|Up to 98% of our fresh food carries pesticides|
Daily Mail [UK] - 8/28/2013. By Sean Poulter - Almost half of all fresh produce is affected by use of the substances. The proportion of supermarket food with residues has almost doubled in decade.
|World Bank approves loan to sugar plantation amid concerns about kidney disease|
The Center for Public Integrity - 8/28/2013. By Sasha Chavkin - A mysterious kidney disease that is afflicting Central American agricultural workers has been raising growing alarms among governments, and in April the region’s health ministers jointly declared that the ailment was among their top public health priorities.
|Monsanto-developed corn foiled by pests|
St. Louis Post-Dispatch - 8/28/2013. By Georgina Gustin - Farmers in two Illinois counties are reporting that the western corn rootworm, a potentially devastating pest, is showing up in their fields despite rotating fields and planting Creve Coeur-based Monsanto Co’s insecticidal corn.
|Eye on Augusta: Food Sovereignty Movement Takes Root in Maine|
The Free Press - 8/28/2013. By Andy O’Brien - Last spring the Maine Legislature's Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry (ACF) Committee became the center of an emotional debate over the future of the state's food policy. On one side were farmers and local-food advocates who believe that the government, in league with big agribusiness, has hampered the growth of small farms with one-size-fits-all regulations.