Food

Orchards Go to Ruin in Afghanistan’s Khost Province

Orchards Go to Ruin in Afghanistan’s Khost Province

  By Ahmad Shah KHOST, Afghanistan, June 5, 2014 (ENS) – At least half the once-thriving fruit and nut orchards in Khost in southeast Afghanistan have been destroyed, and the rest have fallen into disuse through neglect, according...

 

Court Battle Looms Over Vermont’s GMO Food Labeling Law

Court Battle Looms Over Vermont’s GMO Food Labeling Law

  MONTPELIER, Vermont, May 23, 2014 (ENS) – Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin has signed a first-in-the-nation law requiring the labeling of food produced by genetic engineering. “I am proud that we’re leading the way in the...

 

80 Governments Agree ‘Unorthodox Steps’ to Restore Oceans

80 Governments Agree ‘Unorthodox Steps’ to Restore Oceans

  THE HAGUE, The Netherlands, April 25, 2014 (ENS) – The Global Oceans Action Summit for Blue Growth and Food Security concluded today in The Hague with commitments from 80 government ministers, the fishing industry and civil society...

 

Pepsi, Coke Pledge to Respect Land, Fisheries, Forest Rights

Pepsi, Coke Pledge to Respect Land, Fisheries, Forest Rights

  ROME, Italy, April 25, 2014 (ENS) – The two largest beverage companies in the world have pledged to conduct their businesses in ways that promote secure ownership rights and equitable access to land, fisheries and forests as a means...

 

Extinction Threatens One-Quarter of Europe’s Bumblebees

Extinction Threatens One-Quarter of Europe’s Bumblebees

  GLAND, Switzerland, April 3, 2014 (ENS) – Seventeen of the 68 species of European bumblebees are threatened with extinction, finds a new study assessing the species group at the European level. “We are very concerned with these...

 

The Story Behind Daniel Levin’s Documentary, “Kaltag, Alaska”

The Story Behind Daniel Levin’s Documentary, “Kaltag, Alaska”

  By Doug Karlberg KALTAG, Alaska, March 13, 2014 (ENS) – This is a story that needs to be told: an ancient culture imperiled and under siege as Bering Sea fish resources are sold off to the highest bidder. Poor people eliminated...

 

Food Scam: Tons of Fake Food, Drinks Seized in Interpol Bust

Food Scam: Tons of Fake Food, Drinks Seized in Interpol Bust

  LYON, France, February 19, 2014 (ENS) – Environmental offenses were uncovered as more than 1,200 metric tons of fake or substandard food and nearly 430,000 liters of counterfeit drinks were seized in an Interpol-Europol coordinated...

 

Obama Signs $1 Trillion Farm Bill Into Law

Obama Signs $1 Trillion Farm Bill Into Law

  WASHINGTON, DC, February 7, 2014 (ENS) – Today, President Barack Obama signed into law the nearly $1 trillion farm bill, H.R. 2642, the Agriculture Act of 2014, which extends, expands, or modifies federal agriculture and nutrition...

 

India’s Dangerous ‘Food Bubble’

India’s Dangerous ‘Food Bubble’

  By Lester R. Brown WASHINGTON, DC, December 4, 2013 (ENS) – India is now the world’s third-largest grain producer after China and the United States. The adoption of higher-yielding crop varieties and the spread of irrigation...

 

Typhoon Spares Philippines’ Rice Fields

Typhoon Spares Philippines’ Rice Fields

  MANILA, Philippines, November 14, 2013 (ENS) – Amidst the deaths and devastation wrought by Super Typhoon Yolanda/Haiyan that lashed the Philippines last weekend, the island nation has caught a much-needed break. The rice crop was...

 

GMO Labeling a Hot Ballot Fight in Washington State

GMO Labeling a Hot Ballot Fight in Washington State

  OLYMPIA, Washington, November 4, 2013 (ENS) – With one day before the election in Washington State, grassroots organization Food Democracy Now! is urging its 650,000 members and citizens everywhere to make calls urging voters to...

 

Real Food Short Film Contest Offers Cash Prizes

Real Food Short Film Contest Offers Cash Prizes

  SAN FRANCISCO, California, October 28, 2013 (ENS) – The Real Food Media Film Contest, a new competition seeking short films about sustainable food and farming, is welcoming entries at: www.realfoodmedia.org. The contest invites...

 

Vegetable Compound Shields Rodents From Deadly Radiation

Vegetable Compound Shields Rodents From Deadly Radiation

  WASHINGTON, DC, October 16, 2013 (ENS) – A compound derived from cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage and kale can protect rats and mice from lethal doses of radiation, Georgetown University Medical Center...

 

One-Third of World’s Food Goes to Waste

One-Third of World’s Food Goes to Waste

  ROME, Italy, September 12, 2013 (ENS) – One-third of all the world’s food is wasted every year at enormous economic and environmental cost, finds a United Nations report released Wednesday. The report, “Food Wastage Footprint:...

 

EPA Debuts Bee-Protective Pesticide Labels, Enviros Demand More

EPA Debuts Bee-Protective Pesticide Labels, Enviros Demand More

  WASHINGTON, DC, August 16, 2013 (ENS) – To protect bees and other pollinators, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has developed new pesticide labels that prohibit use of some neonicotinoid pesticide products where bees are...

 

NGOs Join to Fight China’s Dog and Cat Meat Industry

NGOs Join to Fight China’s Dog and Cat Meat Industry

  CHANGSHA, China, July 3, 2013 (ENS) – Animal welfare organizations from across China have agreed to work together against what they term the “criminal and cruel” dog and cat meat industry. Animal protection organizations have...

 

GMO Battle Marks Choice of 2013 World Food Prize Winners

GMO Battle Marks Choice of 2013 World Food Prize Winners

  WASHINGTON, DC, July 2, 2013 (ENS) – The 2013 World Food Prize has gone to three scientists turned chemical company executives who pioneered the development of genetically modified organisms, GMOs. For the first time, the jury’s...

 

Europe Adopts Greener Agricultural Policy

Europe Adopts Greener Agricultural Policy

  BRUSSELS, Belgium, June 26, 2013 (ENS) – Europe’s Common Agricultural Policy will be reformed so that specific environmental practices will be a condition of payments to EU Member States from central government coffers under...

 

Washington to Ulaanbaatar: World Environment Day Fights Food Waste

Washington to Ulaanbaatar: World Environment Day Fights Food Waste

  WASHINGTON, DC, June 4, 2013 (ENS) – Each year, June 5 is celebrated around the world as World Environment Day, and this year the focus of attention is on reducing food waste. In keeping with this effort, today U.S. EPA Acting Administrator...

 

U.S. Senate Bars GMO Labels as March Against Monsanto Revs Up

U.S. Senate Bars GMO Labels as March Against Monsanto Revs Up

  WASHINGTON, DC, May 24, 2013 (ENS) – Two days before thousands of people across the United States plan to march against Monsanto’s genetically engineered crops, the U.S. Senate Thursday turned down a measure that would have...