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US “Feeds” Israeli War Machine Instead of Feeding Its People by Finian Cunningham

Note: new tag for Finian’s posts: http://dandelionsalad.wordpress.com/tag/finian-cunningham/

by Finian Cunningham
Writer, Dandelion Salad
East Africa
Crossposted from PressTV
November 2, 2013

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Some 47 million poor Americans – one in four children – see their already meager federal food allowances slashed this week.

The cuts amount to $4 billion a year over the next decade.

That $4 billion figure should ring a bell. It is equivalent to the official annual subvention that the US government sends to Israel – courtesy of the American taxpayer.

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#TPP: Back-room Deal for the 1%

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Joe Friendly on Oct 25, 2013

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP): A Back-room Deal for the 1%, NAFTA on Steroids, Corporate world takeover replacing national sovereignty being negotiated in secret by the Obama administration who is seeking Fast Track passage in Congress to prevent open discussion of what a disaster it will mean for the 99%!!!

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Secret Trade Agenda Threatens Shift Toward Sustainable Food System by Karen Hansen-Kuhn + Promises and Perils of the #TTIP

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by Karen Hansen-Kuhn
www.iatp.org
October 24, 2013

After being delayed by the U.S. government shutdown, talks for a Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) are quietly gearing up again. Tariff barriers between the U.S. and EU are already low, so these negotiations are focused squarely on achieving “regulatory coherence.” Continue reading

Food Stamps Cut As Hunger Rises by Kathy Durkin

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by Kathy Durkin
Workers World
October 3, 2013

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Cupboards will be bare next year for nearly 4 million people in the United States if the bill cutting the food stamp program, which was passed by the Republican majority in the House on Sept. 19, becomes law. They voted to cut this life-saving program by $40 billion over 10 years.

The bill would deny food aid to poor adults, including 170,000 veterans. Cut off would be 1.7 million jobless adults living in high-unemployment regions, as well as 2.1 million people in low-income families, most with underpaid working adults and/or low-income seniors. Continue reading

You Can Stop the #TPP: Say NO to Fast Track

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breakingtheset on Oct 3, 2013

Abby Martin speaks with Margaret Flowers, Organizer for Popular Resistance about why fast tracking the TPP is so dangerous to the democratic process, and why everyone should care about this “free trade deal”.

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Three Myths About Food Stamps

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TheRealNews on Sep 22, 2013

House passes bill to cut food stamps for up to 4 million Americans in 2014, but what are the facts behind this polarizing program? Continue reading

Saru Jayaraman: Why Sustainable Food Must Include Sustainable Working Conditions for the People Who Serve Us

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talkingsticktv on Sep 8, 2013

Talk by Saru Jayaraman author of “Behind the Kitchen Door” on “Serving Up Justice: Why Sustainable Food Must Include Sustainable Working Conditions for the People Who Serve Us” given September 7, 2013 at the Community Alliance for Global Justice 7th Annual Strengthening Local Economics Everywhere Dinner held at University Christian Church in Seattle, WA.  Continue reading

Gulliver’s Tale of Three Food Stores: Part I by Joseph Natoli

by Joseph Natoli
Writer, Dandelion Salad
August 28, 2013

Farmer's Market Eggs

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“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…” — Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities

“The organic-food movement is in danger of exacerbating the growing gap between rich and poor in this country by contributing to a two-tiered national food supply, with healthy food for the rich. Could Wal-Mart’s populist strategy prove to be more “sustainable” than Whole Foods? Stranger things have happened.” — Fred Maloney

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Harvesting, Drying and Propagating Mint

Propagating Mint

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jihadacadien on Aug 23, 2013

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Eric Holt-Gimenez: Justice Begins With Seeds (#GMO #Monsanto)

Lots of cherry tomatoes

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talkingsticktv on Aug 18, 2013

Talk by Eric Holt-Gimenez, Executive Director of Food First – Institute for Food and Development Policy given August 2, 2013 at the Justice Begins With Seeds 2013 International Conference at Seattle First Presbyterian Church in Seattle, WA. Continue reading

Vandana Shiva: Justice Begins With Seeds (#GMO #Monsanto)

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talkingsticktv on Aug 10, 2013

Talk by Vandana Shiva, author of “Biopiracy: The Plunder of Nature and Knowledge” speaking August 2, 2013 at the “Justice Begins With Seeds 2013 International Conference” at Seattle First Presbyterian Church in Seattle, WA.  Continue reading

Still Reaping a Harvest of Shame by Ralph Nader + Moyers and Company: Fighting for Farmworkers

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by Ralph Nader
The Nader Page
August 1, 2013

The great reporter Edward R. Murrow titled his 1960 CBS documentary Harvest of Shame on the merciless exploitation of the migrant farmworkers by the large growers and their local government allies. Over fifty years later, it is still the harvest of shame for nearly two million migrant farmworkers who follow the seasons and the crops to harvest our fruits and vegetables.

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Biotech Industry Moves Toward “Transparency” While Pulling the Curtain Over Trade Agreements by Dale Wiehoff (TTIP)

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by Dale Wiehoff
Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy
August 1, 2013

#Monsanto is on #Molokai and they are not liked. And why should they be. #GMO

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Earlier this week, Andrew Pollack reported in the New York Times that biotech companies like Monsanto, Dupont and Dow Chemical announced through an industry association that they would be more transparent with the public about the chemicals and genetically modified seeds they sell. According to Cathleen Enright, executive vice president at the Council for Biotechnology Information (BIO), “We have not done a very good job communicating about GMOs. We want to get into the conversation.”

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Dennis van Engelsdorp: Why Are the Bees Dying?

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TheRealNews on Aug 4, 2013

With a third of food production dependent on bees, a new study finds out the reason behind the sharp decline in their population.  Continue reading

Chris Hedges: As a Socialist, I Have No Voice in Corporate Media, Part 6

Chris Hedges

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with Chris Hedges
Writer, Dandelion Salad
July 21, 2013

TheRealNews on Jul 24, 2013

On Reality Asserts Itself with Paul Jay, Chris Hedges says an effective movement that defies power will have to be disciplined and articulate what a vision of socialism might look like. Continue reading