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Brazil’s President Tied to Meatpacker Scandal

Touch the Soil News #736 (feature photo – Michel Temer – President of Brazil, CC SA 4.0)) Brazilian President Michel Temer has been found to accept millions of dollars of bribes to protect JBS SA – the world’s largest meatpacker. Temer is facing formal corruption charges for taking bribes from JBS in exchange for tax leniency and getting preferential treatment for loans at large Brazilian banks. In a deal to keep JBS executives out of jail, the company was fined $3.2 billion. JBS executives Wesley and Joesley Batista revealed on tape that they had spent over $112 million in recent years bribing over 1,900 politicians and government officials. How long…

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World’s Largest Meat Company Aflame in Corruption

Touch the Soil News #717 News is rocking around the world on the corruption activities of JBS SA – the world’s largest meat company. We wrote a few weeks back of the corruption scandals surrounding the bribing of Brazilian meat inspectors that led to compromised meat being shipped around the world. The JBS SA bribery activity includes millions of dollars of payoffs to Brazilian President Michel Temer, which now has Brazil in a national uproar for his resignation. In a plea-bargain arrangement, JBS SA senior executives Joesley Batista and Wesley Batista (brothers) revealed that in recent years, they have spent over $112 million USD to bribe nearly 1,900 politicians. What…

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Cultured Meat – Fighting for a Presence

Touch the Soil News #489 We have run a few stories in the past on cultured meat – meat artificially grown in lab conditions from animal tissue cultures. Early attempts were so expensive and far from commercialization. A hamburger under earlier technology could cost tens of thousands of dollars. However, with statistics coming in every day about the overconsumption of Earth’s resources necessary to produce meat for everyone, the cultured meat paradigm continues to find interest. Hitting the news recently is an Israeli company called SuperMeat. SuperMeat is in the process of attracting venture capital in order to continue research and work towards an economically viable process. SuperMeat feels it…

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Subway – the New “Clean Meat” Leader

Touch the Soil News #223 In recent months, Subway has been under criticism by Friends of the Earth, Natural Resources Defense Council, Consumers Union, Food Animal Concerns Trust, Keep Antibiotics Working and Center for Food Safety.  At issue was the use of meat from animals which are routinely administered antibiotics. Subway is not a small company. It boasts 44,310 restaurants in 111 countries, 27,000 of which are in the United States. In an October 20, 2015 press release, the Subway company has pledged to take fairly dramatic action as relates to its food quality. In specifics, the company pledges to:   Subway will remove all artificial colors, flavors and preservatives…

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Impossible Foods – Getting the Google Eye

Touch the Soil News # 148 To get a more complete picture of what is going on here, a few words about Impossible Foods. Impossible Foods was created by Patrick O. Brown, MD, PhD and a Stanford University Biologist. The business is three years old and is located in Redwood City, California. To date, Brown has assembled an impressive staff of researchers and developers to include over 50 scientists, farmers and engineers. Their goal – make the best meats and cheeses you’ll ever eat – from plants. The team looked at specific proteins and nutrients from greens, seeds, and grains to recreate a very realistic experience of meats and dairy…

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Should Home Gardeners Get Into Producing Their Own Meat/Proteins?

Touch the Soil News # 130 The logistics of raising fruit and vegetables are one thing. The pursuit of meat and protein is another.  There has been a revival of backyard chickens for eggs and meat. More and more cities that had restrictions on urban chickens are lifting or reducing them. It is hard to imagine that in 1859, residents of Manhattan were keeping over 50,000 pigs in the city. Posing the question as to whether or not home gardeners should be concerned about their own meat stems from a more basic question: Should meatpacking be more decentralized and are meat companies getting to big? This question came again to…

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Food-Chain News Roundup

Touch the Soil News # 121 – includes 4 videos   Monsanto Blunders in its Approach to Buy Syngenta Swiss company Syngenta, has been dogged by Monsanto to sell itself to Monsanto (three tries so far). Monsanto has offered a deal worth $45 billion. However, Syngenta believes their company is worth far more than Monsanto’s proposal. In addition, Syngenta feels such merger is dangerous if it cannot be consummated without hang-ups and regulatory snags. Should the two companies try to merge and fail, it could hurt the value of Syngenta. Monsanto has agreed to put up a $2 billion safety net that would go to Syngenta should the deal fail.…

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