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Saturday, May 26, 2018

GOP Congress May Allow More Pesticide Poison In Our Food

Reprinted with permission from DCReport.

 

The proposed farm bill could nullify bans by Arkansas and other states on dicamba, the pesticide that damaged an estimated 3.6 million acres of soybeans across the country.

The House Agriculture Committee whose members have received more than $1 million in campaign contributions from the pesticide industry since 2012, approved the bill, H.R. 2, on a voice vote. Rep. Mike Conaway (R-Texas), the committee chairman and the recipient of $117,000 from the pesticide industry and its trade association, CropLife America, hopes to bring the bill to the full House in May.

“Part of this process on timing on the floor will be dictated by how well I’m able to sell this to my colleagues,” Conaway said.…

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The Losing Fight Against Fake Meat

Reprinted with permission from Creators.

When you visit a grocery, literal-mindedness is a handicap. Apple butter is actually not a dairy product. Grape-Nuts cereal omits grapes as well as nuts. Corn dogs don’t need leashes.

The U.S. Cattlemen’s Association, however, is appalled that new forms of protein are being sold under names such as Beyond Beef and Impossible Burger. Vegetarian and vegan substitutes for meat have gained a significant share of the market, partly because of health considerations and partly because of aversion to killing harmless animals for food. But the livestock group fears that consumers are being cruelly misled.

It wants the Department of Agriculture to stop not only the use of these brand names but any term suggesting that there is such a thing as “synthetic beef” or “vegan meat.”

It complains that Beyond Meat offers what it calls “a plant-based burger that smells, tastes, looks and even feels like ground beef” — and, if you can imagine, “strategically merchandises its products adjacent to traditional meat in grocery stores.” Yet, it notes, these foods are composed entirely of “non-meat ingredients such as ‘Pea Protein Isolate,’ ‘Rice Flour’ and ‘Yeast Extract.'”

About 8 million Americans are vegetarians, nearly half of whom are also vegans.…

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Trump Says Farmers Must Suffer In Trade War ‘For The Country’

Reprinted with permission from Shareblue.com

Suggesting it’s their patriotic duty to take an economic hit for America, Trump on Monday conceded U.S. farmers will likely be hurt by the White House’s unfolding trade war with China.

But he stressed that farmers shouldn’t worry if their livelihoods dwindle because he promises to make it up to them.

“They want to hit the farmers because they think it hits me — I wouldn’t say that’s nice,” Trump said of China. “But I’ll tell you, our farmers are great patriots. These are great patriots. They understand that they’re doing this for the country,” he added.…

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