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Date Fairness.com Resource Read it at: Mar 19, 2012 At Heart of Health Law Clash, a 1942 Case of a Farmer’s Wheat
QUOTE: Mr. Filburn sued to overturn a 1938 federal law that told him how much wheat he could grow on his family farm and made him pay a penalty for every extra bushel. The 1942 decision against him, Wickard v. Filburn, is the basis for the Supreme Court’s modern understanding of the scope of federal power.
New York Times Jul 15, 2011 No Vacancies, but Some Reservations
QUOTE: BP argued that “there is no basis to assume that claimants, with very limited exceptions, will incur a future loss related to the spill.”...Under the formula, settlements would generally be double the demonstrable losses from 2010, with money previously paid by the fund subtracted.
New York Times Jul 13, 2011 As Immigration Audits Increase, Some Employers Pay a High Price
QUOTE: While the administration of George W. Bush focused on headline-making raids that resulted in arrests of immigrant workers, the Obama administration has gone after employers with ICE’s I-9 audits on the theory that employers who hire unauthorized workers create the demand that drives most illegal immigration....The upshot of the more aggressive enforcement is that even employers who have followed the rules can be devastated by an audit that compels them to fire valuable, long-time employees.
New York Times May 13, 2011 Family Quarrel Imperils a Labor Hero’s Legacy
QUOTE: When Cesar Chavez was alive, he was a major force in California politics and agriculture. “The problem now is that the organization has simply drifted,” said Miriam Pawel, who has written a book about the union and is working on a biography of Mr. Chavez. “It has become a family-run organization that is sort of purposeless and does little or nothing to help farm workers.”
New York Times Apr 26, 2011 Who Protects the Animals?
QUOTE: The problem is the system that enables cruelty and a lack not just of law enforcement but actual laws… The biggest problem of all is that we’ve created a system in which standard factory-farming practices are inhumane, and the kinds of abuses documented at E6 are really just reminders of that.
New York Times Apr 21, 2011 Your tomato’s possible ties to slavery
QUOTE: More than 1,200 victims of human trafficking picking tomatoes in Florida's fields… These slaves often work for 10-12 hours a day, seven days a week… Tomato pickers in Florida are paid less than two pennies for each pound of tomatoes they pick.
CNN (Cable News Network) Mar 28, 2011 Amber Waves to Ivory Bolls
QUOTE: Many farmers, both in the United States and abroad, will join Mr. Vela this year in chasing the higher profits to be made in cotton — with consequences that could ripple across the globe... “It’s good for the farmer, but from a humanitarian perspective it’s kind of scary... Those people in poor countries that have a hard time affording food, they’re going to be even less able to afford it now.”
New York Times Dec 21, 2010 African Farmers Displaced as Investors Move In
QUOTE: Across Africa and the developing world, a new global land rush is gobbling up large expanses of arable land. Despite their ageless traditions, stunned villagers are discovering that African governments typically own their land and have been leasing it, often at bargain prices, to private investors and foreign governments for decades to come.
New York Times Dec 21, 2010 House Passes Overhaul of Food Laws
QUOTE: food manufacturers will be required to examine their processing systems to identify possible ways that food products can become contaminated and to develop detailed plans to keep that from happening. Companies must share those plans with the F.D.A., and provide the agency with records, including product test results, showing how effectively they carry them out. The agency, which has sometimes been criticized for its failure to check up on risky food producers, will be required to conduct more frequent inspections in the United States and abroad.
New York Times Jun 24, 2010 Talks on reducing whale hunting break down
QUOTE: Three years of talks aimed at reducing whaling activity by Japan, Norway and Iceland broke down Wednesday, leaving management of the population of the world's largest animals essentially in the hands of whale hunters.
Washington Post May 27, 2010 Anti-whaling activist goes on trial in Japan
QUOTE: Bethune's case is the first time a Sea Shepherd activist has been tried in a Japanese criminal court in the group's long-running battle with Japan's whalers in the icy waters of the Antarctic. Japan annually hunts whales in the Antarctic, despite a worldwide moratorium on whaling, under the loophole that a country may legally do so if its purpose is scientific research.
CNN (Cable News Network) May 14, 2010 Genetically Engineered Distortions
QUOTE: genetic engineering can be used not just to modify major commodity crops in the West, but also to improve a much wider range of crops that can be grown in difficult conditions throughout the world. Doing that also requires opponents to realize that by demonizing the technology, they’ve hindered applications of genetic engineering that could save lives and protect the environment.
New York Times Apr 14, 2010 U.S. Leads New Bid to Phase Out Whale Hunting
QUOTE: The compromise deal, which has generated intense controversy within the 88-nation International Whaling Commission and among antiwhaling activists, would allow the three whaling countries to continue hunting whales for the next 10 years, although in reduced numbers.
New York Times Apr 01, 2010 Congress misses deadline for payments to black farmers
QUOTE: The federal government promised last month to pay more than $1 billion by the end of March to tens of thousands of black farmers who had filed decades-old discrimination complaints against the U.S. Agriculture Department.
Washington Post Oct 03, 2009 The Burger That Shattered Her Life
QUOTE: Ms. [Stephanie] Smith’s reaction to the virulent strain of E. coli was extreme, but tracing the story of her burger, through interviews and government and corporate records obtained by The New York Times, shows why eating ground beef is still a gamble. Neither the system meant to make the meat safe, nor the meat itself, is what consumers have been led to believe.
New York Times Sep 17, 2009 Health Ills Abound as Farm Runoff Fouls Wells (Toxic Waters)
QUOTE: runoff from all but the largest farms is essentially unregulated by many of the federal laws intended to prevent pollution and protect drinking water sources.
New York Times Sep 12, 2009 Clean Water Laws Are Neglected, at a Cost in Suffering (Toxic Waters)
QUOTE: in recent years, violations of the Clean Water Act have risen steadily across the nation...
New York Times Sep 02, 2009 Pain-free animals could take suffering out of farming
QUOTE: might "pain-free" be the next sticker slapped onto a rump roast? As unlikely as that may seem, progress in neuroscience and genetics in recent years makes it a very real possibility. In fact, according to one philosopher, we have an ethical duty to consider the option.
New Scientist Sep 02, 2009 GM crops: Battlefield: Papers suggesting that biotech crops might harm the environment attract a hail of abuse from other scientists. Emily Waltz asks if the critics fight fair.
QUOTE: some scientists say that this activity [attacking papers that criticize genetically modified crops] may be going beyond what is acceptable in scientific discussions, trampling important research questions and stifling debate.
Nature Aug 27, 2009 Hold the sushi: Mercury in fish
QUOTE: Consumers are now trying to understand how the USGS [U.S. Geological Survey] study’s findings [on mercury in fish] should influence their eating habits.
Economist Aug 25, 2009 Herbicide Found in Water May Pose Greater Danger (Green)
QUOTE: Drinking water containing a common herbicide could pose a greater public health risk than previously thought because regular municipal monitoring doesn't detect frequent spikes in the chemical's levels...
Washington Post Aug 08, 2009 Fatal Sunshine: The Plight of California's Farm Workers
QUOTE: Last week, the ACLU and the blue-chip law firm Munger, Tolles & Olson sued California's occupational-health and safety agency... According to the lawsuit "large numbers of agricultural employers fail utterly to provide basic access to water and shade for their employees" and, as a result, hundreds suffer heat-related illnesses and hospitalizations — or worse — each year .
Time Magazine Aug 05, 2009 L.A. lawyer accused of fraud in pesticide litigation (Column One)
QUOTE: Here[Nicaragua], [the chemical] DBCP is more than a pesticide. It is a political movement. The forces of poverty and corruption cloud the most basic facts surrounding the claims. The truth that can be established is one that [Judge Victoria] Chaney alluded to in her ruling: If Nicaraguans truly were injured by DBCP a generation ago, what has happened since makes identifying the victims nearly impossible.
Los Angeles Times Jul 16, 2009 European Subsidies Stray From the Farm
QUOTE: it [computer analysis] also showed that hundreds of millions of euros [for farm subsidies] are being paid to individuals and companies with little or no connection to traditional farming.
New York Times Jul 03, 2009 Purity of Federal 'Organic' Label Is Questioned
QUOTE: the USDA [organic food] program's shortcomings mean that consumers, who at times must pay twice as much for organic products, are not always getting what they expect: foods without pesticides and other chemicals, produced in a way that is gentle to the environment.
Washington Post Jun 27, 2009 Rebellion on the Range Over a Cattle ID Plan
QUOTE: Ranchers like Mr. [Jay] Platt have been joined by small-scale family farmers and other agrarian advocates to oppose the national animal identification system.... The extra cost of radio tags, scanners and filing reports when animals change premises would be crushing, some smaller producers say.
New York Times Jun 11, 2009 The Amazon: The future of the forest:
QUOTE: Brazil’s government hopes that land reform in the Amazon will slow deforestation. Greens doubt it
Economist Nov 27, 2008 Dot Earth: The (Tuna) Tragedy of the Commons
QUOTE: in a world seeking to manage limited, shared natural resources while also spurring economic growth — whether the resource is the global atmosphere or an extraordinary half-ton, ocean-roaming predator. The European stance — insisting on a harvest in the eastern Atlantic and Mediterranean 50 percent above the limit recommended by scientists — was sharply criticized by environmental campaigners, marine biologists and United States fisheries officials.
New York Times Nov 18, 2008 As children starve, world struggles for solution
QUOTE: Some mothers choose what their children will eat. Others choose which children will eat and which will die...Haitians are so desperate for food that many mothers wait to name their newborns because so many infants die of malnourishment. Other Haitian mothers keep their children alive by parceling out food to them, but some make an excruciating choice when their food rationing fails...
CNN (Cable News Network) Oct 21, 2008 Is Fair Trade Green?: Making sense of sanctimonious product labels.
QUOTE: If you care about both global poverty and climate change, you can't always have it both ways. The Lantern suggests you keep things in perspective: Boycotting bananas from the Dominican Republic may reduce your carbon footprint a tad, but you'll make a bigger dent by putting that hamburger meat back on the shelf once in a while—and you won't be cutting a poor grower out of the global economy.
Slate Aug 30, 2008 Indians’ Water Rights Give Hope for Better Health
QUOTE: More than a hundred years ago, the Gila River, siphoned off by farmers upstream, all but dried up here in the parched flats south of Phoenix, plunging an Indian community that had depended on it for centuries of farming into starvation and poverty....after decades of litigation that produced the largest water-rights settlement ever in Indian country, the Indians here are getting some of their water back.
New York Times Jul 08, 2008 Europe Debates Perfection It Demands of Its Produce
QUOTE: Had enough? So has the European Commission's agriculture commissioner, Mariann Fischer Boel of Denmark. She proposes scrapping all but 10 of the regulations, arguing that they are needlessly cumbersome and bureaucratic, and that they lead to people throwing away perfectly edible fruits and vegetables for cosmetic reasons at a time when the world is suffering food shortages and rapid price increases. She hopes representatives from the 27-nation bloc will vote to streamline the regulations at a meeting this month.
Washington Post May 30, 2008 As Oil Prices Soar, Restaurant Grease Thefts Rise
QUOTE: Outside Seattle, cooking oil rustling has become such a problem that the owners of the Olympia Pizza and Pasta Restaurant in Arlington, Wash., are considering using a surveillance camera to keep watch on its 50-gallon grease barrel. Nick Damianidis, an owner, said the barrel had been hit seven or eight times since last summer by siphoners who strike in the night. “Fryer grease has become gold,” Mr. Damianidis said. “And just over a year ago, I had to pay someone to take it away.”
New York Times May 22, 2008 Proposed change to water law riles landowners
QUOTE: Smith sometimes diverts water on his 20,000-acre spread for the sake of his animals or crops. He worries that doing so under a new law will mean lots of paperwork, lawyers and site visits rather than a few scrapes of a backhoe. "We're perfectly capable of doing what's right for the land," says Smith, who has 1,000 head of cattle in Glen. "We know that if we don't take care of it, we won't take care of our animals."
USA TODAY May 21, 2008 U.S. Moves to Prohibit Beef From Sick or Injured Cows
QUOTE: The animals had fallen after passing an initial inspection by government inspectors. Under the downer exemption, a veterinarian could have been called to reinspect the animals and perhaps deem them healthy enough to slaughter. But the exemption apparently encouraged laxity; in some instances at Westland/Hallmark, downer cows were sent to slaughter without the reinspection.
New York Times May 19, 2008 World Aid Agencies Faulted in Food Crisis: Failure to Support Agriculture Cited
QUOTE: Wade's broadside is part of a backlash against multilateral organizations that were created after World War II -- including the FAO, the World Bank and the World Food Program -- tasked with weaving together a safety net for the world's poorest. The recent spike in food prices has ripped a massive tear in that net, triggering riots around the world and threatening to plunge more than 100 million people into extreme poverty.
Washington Post May 17, 2008 World’s Poor Pay Price as Crop Research Is Cut (The Food Chain)
QUOTE: This is a stark example of the many problems that are coming to light in the world’s agricultural system. Experts say that during the food surpluses of recent decades, governments and development agencies lost focus on the importance of helping poor countries improve their agriculture.
New York Times May 14, 2008 Lawmaker: Nation's food system is collapsing
QUOTE: As nearly 12 million cattle nationwide are being readied for slaughter this year to satisfy America's passion for beef, new questions have arisen about the safety of the nation's meat supply and the agency that oversees it.
CNN (Cable News Network) May 06, 2008 Farm Bill Negotiators Cut Funds for Overseas School Lunch Program
QUOTE: House and Senate negotiators bargaining over a new farm bill have reduced funding for a key school lunch program for poor children abroad and agreed to sharply expand nutrition programs for low-income families and children in the United States.
Washington Post Apr 21, 2008 New Threat to Farmers: The Market Hedge ("The Food Chain" part 5)
QUOTE: Those wild swings in expected [crop] prices are damaging the mechanisms — like futures contracts and options — that in the past have cushioned the jolts of farming, turning already-busy farmers into reluctant day-traders and part-time lobbyists.
New York Times Feb 05, 2008 A Corporate View of Mafia Tactics: Protesting, Lobbying and Citing Upton Sinclair
QUOTE: [Smithfield Foods] has filed a racketeering lawsuit against the union, on the theory that speaking out about labor, environmental and safety issues in order to pressure the company to unionize amounts to extortion like that used by organized crime...But what [Smithfield's lawyer] calls extortion sounds quite a bit like free speech.
New York Times Feb 01, 2008 U.S. Sugar Employee Shareholders Claim Lucrative Buyout Offer Was Kept From Them
QUOTE: U.S. Sugar employee shareholders filed a federal suit Wednesday claiming that they were improperly kept in the dark about two $575 million buyout offers promising to deliver a 50 percent premium on their stock.
Law.com Jan 18, 2008 With predator populations rising, more calls for control: Western states grapple with how to address an increasing threat to livestock from wolves and big cats.
QUOTE: While there is no direct connection, collectively these issues reflect the tension between rural Westerners involved in ranching, farming, and logging, and those in growing urban and recreational areas where people are more likely to have a friendlier attitude toward wildlife.
Christian Science Monitor Jan 14, 2008 Farmers Rise In Challenge To Chinese Land Policy
QUOTE: The [land] redistribution exercise at Changchunling [on Dec. 19] was not an isolated incident. Rather, it marked what appears to be the start of a backlash against China's system of collective land ownership in rural areas.
Washington Post Jan 13, 2008 In the Farm Bill, a Creature From the Black Lagoon?
QUOTE: But you may be surprised to learn that your tax dollars have helped pave the way for the growth of these livestock megafarms by paying farmers to deal with the mountains of excrement that their farms generate. All of this is carried out under the rubric of “conservation.”
New York Times Jan 10, 2008 Food Allergies Stir a Mother to Action
QUOTE: [Robyn O'Brien] wonders if it’s only a matter of time before Big Food tries to stop her from exposing what she sees as a profit-driven global conspiracy whose collateral damage is an alarming increase in childhood food allergies.
New York Times Nov 14, 2007 Colombian families' suit says Chiquita liable for torture, murder
QUOTE: Earlier this year, Chiquita, as part of a plea agreement, admitted that what it called protection payments had been given to Autodefensas Unidas de Colombia, or AUC. AUC was named a terrorist organization by the United States in 2002, making it a crime to give them money.
CNN (Cable News Network) Nov 13, 2007 In Farm Belt, Ethanol Plants Hit Resistance
QUOTE: Some experts say the local protests reflect a new anti-ethanol mood spurred by a slow but steady drumbeat of negative attention on the industry. Across the Midwest, questions about ethanol have been raised by environmental advocates, livestock owners have complained about soaring prices for corn feed and farmers have fretted about how expensive some farmland has become.
New York Times Nov 12, 2007 Farmers Ask Federal Court To Dissociate Hemp and Pot
QUOTE: ask a federal judge in Bismarck to force the Drug Enforcement Administration to yield to a state law that would license them to become hemp growers.
Washington Post Nov 04, 2007 Colorado Ranchers Angry Over Army Site Expansion: Plan to Take Land Spurs Debate On Patriotism, Property Rights
QUOTE: Several dozen ranchers and members of 15 county commissions that voted to oppose the project find themselves pitted against the Pentagon and Colorado business interests in a struggle over property rights, personal heritage and the contested priorities of national security.
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