|Senate Passes Overhaul of Food Safety Regulations|
The New York Times - 11/30/2010.By Gardiner Harris and William Neuman – Washington: The Senate on Tuesday passed a sweeping overhaul of the nation’s food-safety system, after recalls of tainted eggs, peanut butter and spinach that sickened thousands and led major food makers to join consumer advocates in demanding stronger government oversight. The legislation, which passed by a vote of 73 to 25, would greatly strengthen the Food and Drug Administration, an agency that in recent decades focused more on policing medical products than ensuring the safety of foods.
|Farmers wage organic battle against pests and weeds|
The New York Times - 11/30/2010.By Jim Robbins – Davis, Calif.: Mark Van Horn, director of the student farm at the University of California, is nearly lost as he walks through a yellow cloud of wild sunflowers around the edge of a field of tomatoes and sweet corn. They aren’t here for their beauty or as a cash crop – they are a key pest control strategy down on the organic farm.
|Factory farm nation: map charts unprecedented growth in factory farming|
Food & Water Watch - 11/30/2010.Washington, D.C. – Food & Water Watch today unveiled the newest version of its pioneering Factory Farm Map that charts the concentration of factory farms across the country and the impacts these massive operations have on human health, communities, and the environment.
|Bluefish tuna gets scant relief at fisheries meeting|
Grist - 11/29/2010.By Agence France-Presse – Paris: Fishing nations opted Saturday to leave catch limits for eastern Atlantic bluefin tuna virtually unchanged despite concerns that the species is perilously close to collapse.