Digest: USDA swindles again, Monsanto’s still greedy

Washington Post*: A federal court concluded last week that the USDA repeatedly broke the law by allowing genetically-engineered crops to be planted on hundreds of acres in Hawai'i without first studying their impact.

New York Times*: Monsanto will control even more of our seeds. The deal to buy Delta and Pine Land Company -- the nation's leading supplier of cotton seeds -- was announced yesterday. At this posting, more than 80% of U.S. cotton is genetically modified. [Corn Maven: Please read "Breadbasket of Democracy" for some (non-genetically-engineered) food for thought.]

Des Moines Register: The U.S. is projected to harvest 11 billion bushels of corn this year, the third largest harvest on record -- or 152.2 bushels/acre, up 4.3 bushels from 2005.

Sacramento Bee: Got GMO yeast? Your wine just might. In possibly trading one headache for another (or worse), the U.S. wine industry will allow vintners to use ML01 yeast in their wines, in an effort to eliminate the bacteria responsible for producing migraines in some wine enthusiasts. [Corn Maven says: Of course, your wine will not be labeled if it contains this yeast product -- just like all of the other genetically-modified ingredients in the food of the U.S. of A(lmighty-profit). Am I beginning to sound shrill? Please don't answer that.]

Fauquier Times-Democrat: Struggling small farmers in Virginia are having a Farm Food Security Day at Joel Salatin's Polyface Farm to educate legislators about their plight. [DQ says: It's a shame they have to pitch it that way, but with most food production in the hands of a few companies, it's nice to know there are lots of action plans.

Chowhound.com: A lively discussion of the benefits/drawbacks of grass-finished versus grain-finished beef.

NPR: Chef Tamara Murphy, of Seattle-based Brasa, raises her own pigs, while she explores an uncomfortable truth: she later prepares and serves them to her customers. (Also, check out her intriguing, insightful blog).

All Things Considered (NPR): Encouraging news: The owners of Peregrine Farm in Graham, N.C., discover that small is beautiful: twenty-five years ago they began farming with 5 acres of land but now farm 3.5 acres -- and are more profitable than ever before. (Check out the page's related links -- and listen to the audio stream too.)
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4 Responsesto “Digest: USDA swindles again, Monsanto’s still greedy”

  1. Corn Maven says:

    re: Des Moines Register article: And unfortunately, a good deal of this corn is genetically modified, especially in Iowa -- land I care so much about. It looks like corn, but does it really taste like corn -- and, more importantly, behave like corn, when introduced into our bodies? The research is still out on that, since it's difficult to trace, with no government-mandated labelling.

  2. Man of La Muncha says:

    That's odd--I always associated wine headaches with sulfites and histamines, not the yeast.

  3. Corn Maven says:

    maybe histamines, is a form of amines, which is mentioned in the article as causing the migraine. i believe adding the yeast, creates a different chemical process, which prohibits amines from forming.

    don't forget: i'm not a scientist in real life. :)

  4. Kitty says:

    Oh great Corn Maven, you GO Girl! I am right by your side. I am horrified by the greedy, tenacious tenacles that Monsanto and other transnational corporate entities are extending into our natural world. No hope for help from this government to protect its citizens, much more global citizens and life from this grab for control. And yet, these corporations are run by real live people with loved ones, small children, pets, personally enmassed land - don't they get that they are chewing their hand off! With what do we have to respond besides our pocketbooks? What involvement do the environment non-profits have? I am interested in your response.

    PS. Love your writing.