|How Walmart Threatens Organic Food|
In These Times - 6/23/2014. By Arun Gupta - When Walmart announced in April that it was introducing the Wild Oats brand of organic food products in 2,000 stores, some food-justice advocates grew excited. In U.S. News & World Report, one writer praised Walmart for embracing “sustainable products and sustainable sourcing.” The Guardian declared that Walmart was providing low-income shoppers with “an organic option they can afford.” Others fear Walmart’s history spells trouble for organics.
|Insecticides put world food supplies at risk, say scientists|
The Guardian [UK] - 6/23/2014. By Damian Carrington - The world’s most widely used insecticides have contaminated the environment across the planet so pervasively that global food production is at risk, according to a comprehensive scientific assessment of the chemicals’ impacts.
|Corn farming in the midwest heavily taxes water resources and supply|
The Guardian [UK] - 6/23/2014. By Payton Fleming - Fueled by national ethanol mandates, livestock feed demand and growing exports, US corn production has nearly doubled in the past two decades and is now the nation’s biggest cash crop. Last year’s record harvest was nearly 14bn bushels, enough corn to fill a freight train that can circle the earth. Only 10% of the corn is for direct human consumption. But, as a new Ceres report reveals, the corn sector’s prodigious growth is taking a major toll on water quality and shrinking water supplies.