2012

Issue 286

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Who Pays the Harper, Calls the Tune: We look more closely at the control the corporate sector exercises over governments, particularly with reference to trade agreements, and collaboration of NGOs in this regard
Greening McDonald's: World Wildlife Fund partners on 'sustainably managed' sources
Importing Low Wages:  Target stores prepare to move into Canada under their same old model
Revolving Door Revolves Again: Stephen Yarrow moves from CFIA to CropLife 
Haiti: An "Unnatural Disaster": The disaster built on decades of US free trade and food aid that undermined Haitian small scale, intensive agriculture - this needs to be reclaimed
Orange Juice Concentration: Coke and Pepsi together control nearly 2/3 of the market
"A Lack of Acceptance":  of GMOs in Europe affects canola, corn
In Their Own Words: Canadian Ag Minister Ritz insists that contamination is good for organics; Kraft is showcasing efforts to reduce its carbon footprint
Unsustainable: Notes on industrial agriculture, biodiesel
Or Sustainable: A new report shows how agroecologically efficient systems support food sovereignty
Resistance: Weeds like Johnsongrass popping up like new food movement initatives
Monsanto - Again: We really wish they would go away! but we have to keep reporting, as below:
False Advertising, India: Monsanto's claims on Bt cotton are proved false
Glyphosate - Resistance: A growing number of weeds are now resistant to glyphosate (Roundup)
and Persistence: Both glyphosate and its breakdown products are found in rain and rivers in the USA.

Issue 287

Lead Article: 
The Business of Organics
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The Business of Organics: The Guelph Organic Conference reveals a focus on the management of organic businesses
Sober Reflections: Ted Zettel, one of the founders of Organic Meadow Co-op, talks about the challenges to keep the original vision while participating as a fairly major player in the larger food systemSanitizing Language: from GMOs to GIOs: We propose an alternative to the deceptively innocent "genetically modified organisms"
Monsanto: Beyond the Love to Hate: Not to exonerate Monsanto, but there are other bad actors we should pay attention to as well
Specious Arguments: A dose of genetic engineering propaganda from a Saskatchewan professor who ought to know better
Ethanol: a government baby: Even the George Morris Centre recognizes the reality of the massively subsidized ethanol industry
Cargill and Food Quality:  A top Cargill meat division executive muses on the lower quality of 'highly productive', growth-hormone treated beef, offers no solution
Greenwashing the beef industry: Cargill and World Wildlife Fund are among those at the Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef (as long as there are sustainable profits, that is)
Global Health Watch 3: An Alternative World Health Report:  Excerpts from a report on Ready to Use Therapeutic Foods (RUTF) and their misuse as a dietary supplement as opposed to emergency feeding
Peanuts in Haiti: As in Africa, the RUTF in Haiti comes from an alliance of NGO and drug company. Is it the same picture? 

 

Issue 288

 

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The Economy as oil pipelineDragging people around by The Economy: The Economy is based on limitless energy -- rather like a pipeline though which an endless supply of oil and gas must flow, no matter what damage is caused.
Obesity and Ideology: A book review of Weighing In: Obesity, Food Justice, and the Limits of Capitalism by Julie Guthman
Prairie Landscape: Viterra is broken up, leaving a trio of corporations controlling Canadian grain trade, and the CEO with a payout of more than $13 million
Normalizing GE: to the point where people are eating GE glow-in-the-dark sushi
Deteriorating biotech: The failure of hype in Britain: Only 27% of Britons agree that GM food should be encouraged
Bt Cotton in India: Hailed as a saviour, Bt cotton has been a disaster, as a variety of articles demonstrate, even in a market already confused by more than 700 varieties of see on offer
GE Corn in USA: Corn engineered to resist rootworm doesn't work, according to scientists; Monsanto recommends using more pesticides
Labelling, again: The Just Label It campaign forces the US Food and Drug Administration to consider their demands; the state of Connecticut takes the first steps toward labelling GMOs
Protecting Local Seeds:  Zimbabwe moves to ban genetically engineered seeds from the country
GE Pig Research Halted: The Canadian university developing a pig engineered to produce less phosphorus in its dung has (at least for now) has lost the funding for their work and halted their breeding program
Trade Trumps Politics: Despite all the fear and war-like rhetoric, trade between Israel and Iran carries on.

Issue 289

Lead Article: 
Minding Our Ps and Qs

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Minding Our Ps and Qs:Which comes first, the straight line of The Economy or the circle of the food system?
Really BIG Beef: Cattle being drugged to gain more weight more quickly are producing tough and tasteless meat
It's Just a Tool, Honest: The 'yuck factor' kicks in as the public learns about the use of rendered product, a.k.a. pink slime, in hamburgers and other meat products
Back on the Technology Treadmill: Old crop chemicals, abandoned because of their risks, are coming back to try to deal with multiple pesticide resistance caused by GE crops
The Real Cost of Biotech: Australian farmers get less for GE canola, more for GE-free; by-products of GE canola have no market
Energy Sources and Uses: Canola: The market for canola for biodiesel is robust -- as long as there are subsidies
The Economy as oil pipelineA Stark Choice: USA authorities ponder Dow's request for approval of new varieties resistant to 2,4,D
INDIA:
Breeding non-GE Cotton: Farmers are turning away from GE cotton while a new research program is exploring non-GE options
Karnataka Farmer Goes Organic: One Indian farmer has successfully transitioned to organic cotton farming and now has 23 varieties under production 
"Luxury is Sustainability": The glitz and glamour of consuming for charity
Nestlé gets even bigger: The purchase of Pfizer's "infant nutrition" branch puts Nestlé ahead in the Chinese market
Monsanto's GMOs unpopular: Monsanto has given up on getting its latest offering approved in France
For the Record: Monsanto's statement about Agent Orange; CEO Hugh Grant touts the company's "penetration" into Latin America
Hungary Destroys Tainted Crops: Thousands of hectares of corn contaminated with Monsanto and Pioneer GE traits is destroyed.

Issue 290

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Visible State, Invisible Government: The role and power of the G20, and behind that, the B20
Harper courts the TPPNAFTA on Steroids: The Trans-Pacific Partnership takes foreign control of procurement down to the municipal level
Corporate Perspective: Cargill says the TPP will enhance economic opportunity and, of course, increase food security
Private Solutions: Only the private sector can get measurable results, so just turn it all over to them, OK?
Brazil: Royalties on Soy: Court challenges to Monsanto's royalties on all crops with Roundup Ready traits have some success
Coup in Paraguay: about seeds and profits: Behind the news is corporate strategy to maintain their profit flow from transgenic soy
 Food Secure Canada Assembly: The theme is Powering Up! Food for the Future, and proposals are still being accepted for FSC's November conference in Edmonton
G8 still going strong: While the G20 gets the publicity, the G8 continues to work to control Africa's agriculture
India's Adoption of Bt Cotton: A Sign of Success or Failure: Indian sources see the spread of Bt cotton as an indicator of the failure of chemical agriculture; others point to the spread of bollworm infestation to food crops as a result
Weed Resistance: Worldwide, weeds resist the control measures of farmer "police"
Grain Trade Update: With a recent purchase, Japan's Marubeni becomes a match for Cargill
Africa: Reading the Script: The President of Malawi parrots the corporate line on GM in his State of the Nation speech
Into the World Food Chain: Cargill spokesman comments frankly about plans to chain Africa to the global food system.

Issue 291

Lead Article: 
Spikes and Speculation

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Spikes and Speculation: The real reasons behind the rise in food prices after the extreme weather of the past few months, and some details of the effects and commentary /analysis:
Speculator drives food price spike    High grain prices hit pig exports
    Poultry producers in trouble
    A Threat To (or From?) the Poor
    "Financialization"
Bank Stops Food Speculation: Germany's Commerzbank says speculation in food prices is immoral
Get Out of Jail Free: PM Harper usurps a Royal prerogative to pardon the prairie farmers who broke the law in exporting their grain
Who will feed China?: A list of the substantial Chinese investments in food production around the world
The Wonderful Baobab: A little-known wonder tree of Africa
On the Outside: The Federal government has no time to listen to the Federation of Agriculture
Genetically Modified Tires: Fed up with flat tires on their equipment from GM corn stalks, farmers turn to DuPont, makers of both Kevlar and GM corn
Fungi to the Rescue: Miraculous results in plant growth and productivity from treatment with fungi - preferably in a community
Editorial: The Ram's Horn is turning to the larger issues within which the food system operates (in case you hadn't noticed)

Issue 292

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The Name is Coli. E Coli.Reductionism in the Slaughter-House: An analysis of the background, context, and different approach to the highly centralized system of beef production and slaughter in Canada and the recent crisis of e. coli contamination in foods from XL meat packers in Brooks, Alberta:
   Food inspection by press release (‘alerts’)
   Built-In Conflict of Interest
   Control Over Livestock Prices
   Who Are the Owners?
   You didn’t think we could get through this without discussing Cargill, did you?  
   About the Labour Force
   A Rancher’s Perspective
   Breaking News:
   The Saga Continues
Double Standard – Séralini and Monsanto: Ground-breaking research from respected scientists prove   harm to lab rats from consuming both RoundUp and glyphosate-resistant crops; Monsanto fights back dirty
Northumberlamb: A successful co-op based on principles of respect, integrity and trust -- 30 years later
Food Price Spike Loses Edge: FAO changes its mind, there is not such a crisis after all
Cargill Prescription: We look at the language used by a top official
Perils of GE: Wind Blown Canola: High winds spread windrows of GMO canola all over neighbouring fields, contaminating the whole countryside
Department of Shameless Promotion: This issue is being circulated at Food Secure Canada's Assembly in Edmonton -- an encouragement to participants to explore The Ram's Horn further 

"The Name is Coli. E Coli."

Issue 293

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Running Scared: Both the Harper regime and the biotech industry are working overtime to ensure that the public cannot find out what they are up to in time to stop them - the huge amounts of money spent to avoid GMO labelling, and the continuing vicious attack on Seralini are cases in point

GMO regulation in Africa

On Investment: The OECD insists that it is private investment (eg. land grabs) is the key to development

Legalizing Corporate Colonialism: Gates Foundation supports the agenda of Monsanto, Syngenta, et. al., to gain control of African agriculture through the colonizing agency of engineered and patented seed, synthetic fertilizer, and the legal framework of regulation
Take Your Pills: Fertilizer parallels dietary supplements in pill form instead of a balanced diet
Market development: Potash corp partners with Free the Children, Cargill partners with the Aga Khan Foundation
Rootworms closing in on Monsanto-Syngenta: As predicted, pest resistance is spreading - to be countered with a new pesticide, of course
Product Development: New research on rice is trying to genetically engineer 'efficiency' through the photosynthetic pathway
Defending Maize in Mexico: A very strong and clear statement from a coalition of organizations supporting maize diversity
True Believer: The President of Paraguay says that God supports transgenic crops - in church
Coming Home to Roost: New reports that destruction of the Wheat Board has removed the farmer voice. Who would have thought?