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The Battle to Control What We Think About Food

Touch the Soil News #219 We’ve all heard the expression putting a “Spin” on information or truth. The “spin” essentially means that by turning and twisting information, you can drop the truth and add false ingredients. We were particularly interested in a report that just came out called “Spinning Food.” The upshot of the report is that Industrial food companies create “Front Groups” that look like legitimate enterprises, but are used to put a “Spin” on the story of food. The authors of the report include Kari Hamerschlag, Anna Lappe and Stacy Malkan with support from Friends of the Earth. Cover of the special Spinning Food report (courtesy of Friends…

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Finally, the Bees Win in Court

Touch the Soil News # 182 Amidst pressure from Dow AgroSciences, the EPA folded back in 2013 and approved a pesticide called sulfoxaflor. This chemical has been implicated in the global crisis in bee health. Dow AgroSciences touted that the chemical addresses a $2 billion market need for cotton and rice. Mother Jones journalist Tom Philpott, recently covered the outcome of a lawsuit by a group of beekeeping organizations and the National Honey Bee Advisory Board against the EPA – demanding that sulfoxaflor be withdrawn from the market. On Thursday, September 10th, 2015, a federal appeals court struck down the EPA’s approval of the pesticide sulfoxaflor. Commenting on the decision,…

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