Good food? Grow it or buy it locally

According to the Market Free News, earlier this year economic students at Seattle University tallied prices over a two-week period at two groceries � Whole Foods and QVC � and at the farmers market in Seattle’s University District. To the surprise of many, the prices for the locally produced produces from the farmers cost less than at the two chain stories. For example, a pound of fruits and veggies at the farmers market was $2.37, at Whole Foods $2.59 and at QVC, $2.97.

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How much of your food is GMO?

Monsanto, which has a chokehold on the world’s use of genetically modified seeds, is now using its extensive network of lawyers and lobbyists to pressure state agriculture agencies not to allow milk producers to label dairy products as not coming from cows fed with GM food or bovine growth hormone.

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State auditors watch to keep food safe

But the state Ag inspectors are doing their best to see that the crops are free of E. coli, Listeria, salmonella and other food-borne illnesses that sickened so many. The massive media coverage on food recalls often damage or destroy the businesses of many mom and pop farmers, even some whose crops were not contaminated but were swept up in the public angst.

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Can we afford to eat organic food?

The internal medicine specialist reported that the federal government says April’s food prices were 14 percent higher for bread, 13.5 percent higher for milk, and 5 percent higher for food overall compared with last year’s prices and last month’s food cost increase was the largest in the past 18 years. Is organic food woth the price?

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Scientists urge EPA to ban endosulfan

The EU and 20 other countries have banned the use of the pesticide endosulfan, but the U.S. continues to permits its application on crops even though it is known to harm the hormone system, and low levels of exposure in the womb have been linked to male reproductive harm, other birth defects and possibly autism.

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Govt coverup in fertilizer research?

David Lewis, a former US Environmental Protection Agency scientist, who is suing agency’s officials and researchers at the University of Georgia. Lewis, a microbiologist, alleges researchers at the university manufactured and published false data to support the use of potentially harmful sewage sludge as fertilizers.

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GAO urges caution on ocean fish farms

The big business “farmers” want permission to build sprawling complexes of floating pens, nets and cages in deep water miles offshore. This is the United States’ Exclusive Economic Zone, which covers three to 200 nautical miles from shore. Thus, opening shop for anything in this hunk of ocean becomes a matter of federal jurisdiction, not state.

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