|Evrett Lunquist, Organic Inspection, Libel and USDA Culpability|
Corporate Crime Reporter - 12/13/2012. By Russell Mokhiber – After the National Organic Program released documents to farmer Paul Rosberg without redacting the organic inspector’s name (Evrett Lunquist), Rosberg sued Lunquist for libel. Rosberg and his wife own Nebraska’s Finest Meats, LLC, and is being charged in federal court with selling meat that was misbranded and/or not inspected. Both cases go to court in January.
|Monsanto Gets Its Way in Ag Bill|
The Progressive - 12/13/2012. By Jim Goodman – “The Farmers Assurance Provision” is the title of a rider, Section 733, inserted into the House of Representatives 2013 Agriculture Appropriations Bill. Somehow, as a farmer, I don't feel the least bit assured.
|Pesticide chemicals linked to food allergies|
Grist - 12/13/2012. By Susie Cagle – You may not be at all surprised to learn that pesticides are bad for us. No, but, like, really bad. A couple of months ago, the American Academy of Pediatrics warned about the effects of pesticides on kids. Today’s kids have grown up with a new normal of pesticide-laden food and increased food allergies. According to a new study, those two things might be connected.