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The Cost of a Lie and a Bribe

Touch the Soil News #661 We’ve been covering the food scandal of the century that is unfolding in Brazil. Brazil, the world’s largest meat producer and meat exporter ($14 billion in meat exports annually) has an ethics problem. Over 30 meat packing facilities have been investigated and dozens of folks arrested in an industry wide practice of paying off meat inspectors to look the other way as compromised meat is doctored up and sold/shipped to foreign nations. As a consequence, more than 30 meat inspectors were fired. They allegedly allowed rotten meat to be sold, dates of expiration to be altered and tolerating the disguising of poor meat with chemical…

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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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Can you Name the Largest Food Company in the World? (Part 2 of 2)

Touch the Soil News # 146 Forbes Magazine and News has been one of the closest followers of Cargill, its finances and its global footprint. In its November 23, 2104 issue, Forbes writer Dan Alexander provided some rare insights into what Cargill is presently doing: Creating a $100 million cocoa plant in Indonesia. Putting in a $91 million livestock-feed factory in Korea. Building a large dairy feed facility in India capable of producing 1.2 million metric tons a year. All in all, Cargill has poured more than $3 billion into upgraded facilities, acquisitions and new projects around the world over the past year. Besides being directly involved with food production,…

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