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Trader Joe’s Signs Fair Food Agreement with Florida Tomato Farmworkers

Sarah Damian | February 10, 2012

Great news! Yesterday it was announced that Trader Joe’s has, at last, signed an agreement with the Florida-based farmworker organization – the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) – to support the group’s Fair Food Program and demand better labor standards from the store’s Florida tomato suppliers. The agreement involves an increase in tomato farmworkers’ wages […]

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Drowning in Herbicide: Monsanto Ignores Health Concerns

Sarah Damian | February 8, 2012

Monsanto, a self-proclaimed solver of global agriculture problems, has really just brought more and more chemicals into our food supply. GAP coalition partner, the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS), gave the company a failing grade yesterday in documenting eight ways Monsanto has taken agriculture in the wrong direction. In addition to suppressing independent research on […]

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Florida Ag-Gag Bill Dies in Both Houses

Sarah Damian | January 26, 2012

Comforting news in Florida this week: Proposed “ag-gag” legislation – criminalizing whistleblowers who take photographs or video to expose wrongdoing at farm operations – was killed in both the House and Senate. Sound familiar? Similar bills in Florida and a few other states were introduced but then failed to pass last year. Unfortunately, they have all […]

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Monsanto Shareholders Vote Against GE Crop Study

Sarah Damian | January 25, 2012

Tuesday was Monsanto’s annual shareholder meeting at the biotech company’s headquarters in St. Louis, MO, where corporate changes were voted on – including a proposal to study the financial risks and impacts of Monsanto’s genetically engineered crops. The proposal was submitted last August by Harrington Investments Inc. (HII), a socially responsible investment advisory firm and […]

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Yikes! USDA Proposes Privatizing Poultry Inspection

Food Integrity Campaign | January 23, 2012

Disappointing news came from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Friday regarding a new proposal to “modernize” the country’s poultry inspection, although the agency would have you believe it’s actually a good idea. In an attempt to “save money for businesses and taxpayers while improving food safety,” the USDA plans to expand a pilot program – […]

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Monsanto Contractor Allows “Slave-Like” Labor Conditions

Sarah Damian | January 18, 2012

Biotechnology and crop chemical giant Monsanto, also known as a consistent violator of food integrity in FIC terms, has been linked to yet another breach of global community values. The Associated Press reported Monday that Argentina’s tax agency raided a Monsanto contractor and discovered “slave-like conditions” among its corn farmworkers. AP writes: The AFIP tax […]

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Antibiotic Curtailed for Animals, But FDA Should Go Further

Sarah Damian | January 5, 2012

The FDA made a notable announcement yesterday related to combating the ongoing threat of human antibiotic resistance – increasingly linked to antibiotic overuse in food-producing animals. The agency issued a new order limiting the use of cephalosporins, a class of antimicrobial drugs, given to cattle, swine and poultry. In order to reduce the presence of […]

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Go Canada! Integrity Award Given to Milk Hormone (rBGH) Whistleblowers

Sarah Damian | November 28, 2011

The day that whistleblowers are given awards by their superiors – instead of pink slips – would be a miraculous day for public safety. Meanwhile (and that’s a long while at this rate), any support rewarding their brave honesty helps all whistleblowers know the risks are appreciated. Good news on the affirmation front comes from […]

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Anti-Union Retaliation at US Foods Sets Off Protests Nationwide

Sarah Damian | November 4, 2011

Anti-union retaliation at one of the country’s largest food distributors, US Foods, sparked a worker strike in Illinois last Sunday (Oct. 30). In the following week, sympathy picket lines spread to warehouses in Missouri, New York, Indiana, Minnesota, Washington, New Jersey, and Colorado. According to GAP coalition partner International Brotherhood of Teamsters, more than 2100 […]

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Shareholder to Monsanto: Be Transparent about Genetically Engineered Food Risks

Sarah Damian | November 4, 2011

Biotechnology giant Monsanto continues to tout the benefits of genetically engineered crops without seriously acknowledging any risks despite concerns repeatedly raised by farmers, citizen activists and other whistleblowers. Given the desire to satisfy investors and future profitability, it’s not surprising Monsanto has only emphasized the alleged positives of its products. However, one of its shareholders […]

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