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News for January 11, 2009

The Growth of Citizen Co-Ops Is a Positive Development As Corporations Fail Us in Every Way

As economic hardship threatens communities, there is one bright light in the fog -- cooperatives -- which already serve 4 in 10 Americans and are growing strong.

During Andrew McLeod's 10-day visit to the Basque Country of northern Spain, he met a 34-year-old man named Aitor Garro, who makes aluminum car components. For the last 13 years, this man has worked at Fagor Ederlan, a division of the Mondragon Cooperative Corporation, which is the world's largest system of worker-owned businesses. Mondragon's 100 global businesses employ 120,000 people and produce sales exceeding $20 billion annually. Garro grew up knowing only this system, as both his parents also worked in co-ops. "It was interesting to watch his perception of co-ops," McLeod said. "He took them for granted. It was like water to a fish."

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DuPont Pledges Support to My American Farm Initiative

Funds help Farm Bureau inform consumers.

Washington and Des Moines, IA (Vocus) Jan. 11, 2010 – DuPont business Pioneer Hi-Bred and the American Farm Bureau Federation announced a $500,000 donation to the American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture’s My American Farm virtual education program. The donation from Pioneer Hi-Bred, paid over three years, will enable the foundation to further build agricultural awareness and understanding through education.

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Does that smokey flavor come with a health cost?

Additives used to give meats, cheeses and other foods a "smokey flavor" may pose a health risk, according to initial results of an investigation by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA). Officials researched the effect of 11 different smoke flavorings—which are added to food products, as opposed to flavor incorporated through traditional smoking processes—and found that, while most pose no measurable health risk, a few, including the additive known as Primary Product AM 01, may be toxic to humans when large concentrations are consumed.

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RAW MILK ALERTS: U.S. and Canadian Alliances for Raw Milk (ARMs) Formed for Farm Food Freedom

TORONTO, ONTARIO, CANADA (January 10, 2010) U.S. and Canadian Alliances for Raw Milk (ARMs) have announced their formation. These Alliances for Raw Milk (US ARM and Canadian ARM) and Family Farm and Food Freedom are to promote connections between natural farmers and dairies and families who want fresh, wholesome and healthy natural food choices based on their nutritional education.

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Where America Stands: Food Safety

Despite a decade marked by a number of food safety scares, most Americans are somewhat confident in what they eat. As Bill Whitaker reports, what can be done to make our food safer?

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USDA misleads on farming’s climate future

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has issued new report that attempts to forecast the impact of climate change on American farming in the next 50 years. USDA seems to expect serious climate-related farming problems ahead, but the recent changes in global climate have been tiny—and in the “wrong” direction! The earth’s temperatures are now slightly cooler than when NASA’s James Hansen first warned the U.S. Senate about “runaway global warming” in 1988.

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Farmer Campaigns for Nutrient Dense Food Production

Beginning in the 1950s, America’s farmers were told to get big, or get out. It wasn’t just a slogan, it was USDA policy, a mantra recited by several secretaries of agriculture.

That mindset, combined with a post-WWII explosion in chemical fertilizer use, made our farms larger and more productive than ever — but at a high price, with many small farmers vanishing and the introduction of new kinds of environmental challenges.

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How to Find Grass-fed Raw Milk for Your Family

So you've read all about the benefits of raw milk and you want to try some fresh, pure, creamy raw milk! Most likely you are not going to be able to run down to the grocery store and pick up a gallon. In fact, raw milk can be incredibly difficult to find with many states making it illegal to sell. So how do you obtain something as simple as good ol' fashion milk?

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Boy thinks outside the coop, sells eggs

Connor Burns, 9, is probably among the youngest CEOs in the Valley.

That would be Certified Egg Officer, according to his business card.

What started a year ago as a passing interest - and a couple of pet chickens - for the third-grader has morphed into a flock of about 80 hens and a budding egg business.

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'We believe in land conservation:' How neighbors are helping save one Vermont farm

Grassroots conservation work often means more than simply raising money.

When word got around Hyde Park last summer that John and Judy Clark’s Applecheek Farm was struggling — like many dairy farms — to make ends meet, neighbors convened a meeting of 15 residents to talk about ways to help.

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India: ‘Organic farming to be popularised in a big way’

PALAKKAD: The State Government has proposed to declare some areas of Wayanad and Idukki districts as fully organic on January 30, when the nation remembers Mahatma Gandhi, said Agriculture Minister Mullakara Ratnakaran.

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