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Sikkim receives UN award for becoming world's first 100% organic state


October 16, 2018 – Business Today – Sikkim Chief Minister Pawan Kumar Chamling received the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation's (FAO) Future Policy Gold Award for paving the way for the rest of the world. The CM received the award as Sikkim became the world's first fully organic state. "Let us build an organic world together," he said while accepting the award from FAO's Deputy Director Maria Helena Semedo, who praised the state for setting an example.

Food wasted by rich nations could end world hunger - U.N.


October 16, 2018 - By Thin Lei Win, Thomson Reuters Foundation – Rich nations waste $750 billion of food each year, double the amount needed to end global hunger, David Beasley, head of the United Nations World Food Programme, said on Tuesday.

The Country's First-Ever Credit Union to Lend Exclusively to Farmers and Food Producers Hits Milestone and Moves Forward


October 15, 2018 – By Maine Harvest Credit Union, PR Newswire – Maine Harvest Credit Project has reached its $2.4M fundraising goal – a critical milestone in becoming Maine's 56th credit union and the country's first-ever to lend exclusively to farmers and food entrepreneurs. Once chartered, Maine Harvest will offer specialized loans and mortgages with a statewide goal to boost Maine's growing agricultural economy.

The case for USDA organic


October 15, 2018 – By David P. Carter, The Hill – The Trump administration last spring withdrew a final rule that would have strengthened organic poultry welfare standards. Last week, we learned that the issue will have its day in court.

A Private Equity Veteran Wants to End Animal Factory Farming


October 15, 2018 – By Paul Tullis, Bloomberg Quint – The first investor network dedicated to alerting the financial community of the risks and opportunities stemming from intensive livestock production has seen its assets under management nearly double in the past five months, to $9 trillion spread across 90 members.

Monsanto case: Jurors urge judge not to overturn $289 million award


October 15, 2018 – By Bob Egelko, San Francisco Chronicle – Jurors who awarded $289 million to a former school groundskeeper who is dying of cancer are imploring a San Francisco judge to reconsider her tentative decision to overturn most of the damages against Monsanto Co., manufacturer of the weed killer that they found to be the cause of the man’s illness.