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Global Meat Scandal – Food Tremor

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Touch the Soil News #656 (feature photo – Michael Bennett CC SA 3.0) A global food scandal is unfolding as Federal authorities in Brazil arrested and investigate almost 30 Brazilian meat companies. Included in the investigation are JBS SA and BRF SA. JBS SA is the world’s largest meat company overall. BRF SA is the world’s largest poultry exporter. Allegations include bribes to conceal unsanitary meat packing and processing conditions along with using chemicals to doctor up spoiled meat for export. The Federal probe in Brazil has been going on for over 2 years. Now that proof has been obtained for wrongdoing, the impact is having shock waves around the…

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A Sad Story of a Land Far Away – Corrupt Takings of Small Food Farms

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Touch the Soil News #230 Here in America there are established rules, documentation, laws and records that protect owners of land from being dis-placed. In Romania, however, coming out of the Eastern Communist bloc into the European Union has not been an easy transition and documentation over ownership is lacking. “Romania is an example of a ‘perfect storm’ scenario,” says Attila Szocs from Eco Ruralis, an NGO based in Cluj, Romania. “In its transitional economy, where access and control over strategic resources floated from a Communist regime towards local oligarchs and then to corporate businesses, weak national land governance coupled with institutional corruption or passivity paved the way for large…

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