Published on February 11th, 2012 | by Zachary Shahan
Europe Dropping GMOs; Walsanto (Walmart & Monsanto) Watch Launched; & Local Food Producers Get USDA Support
1. The big food news of the week comes to us via sister site Eat Drink Better: apparently, GMO crops are being pulled out of Europe! “BASF and Monsanto (large agribusiness companies) pulled GMO crops from Europe and have announced they will only sell them in the United States and Asia,” Becky Streipe writes. For more details and to take action in support of such a move in the U.S., check out the Eat Drink Better post linked above.
Some other big food news of the past week:
2. A scuffle is a brewing between anti-GMO advocates and Monsanto. “Food & Water Watch has been working for a while on a campaign to keep … unlabeled frankencorn off of Walmart’s shelves, and now they’ve launched a new arm of the campaign: Walsanto Watch,” Becky writes again. “Walmart and Monsanto are the new ‘it’ couple to watch, if you’re concerned about unlabeled genetically engineered food on grocery store shelves.”
3. USDA helping out local food movement! Big time. “On Friday, as part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food effort, USDA Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan announced the largest allotment of grants for value-added producers in recent history: nearly 300 grants across 44 states and Puerto Rico — to the tune of $44 million,” Grist wrote a few days ago. “Merrigan announced the grants at The Many Faces of Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food, a one-day conference hosted at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. The event focused on ‘successful models, resources, strategies and opportunities for supporting, cultivating and growing local/regional food systems in the Midwest.'”
Good news; good action; and good news—good week for lovers of clean and healthy local food!
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