Category Archives: food security

We are here today because the state has failed: 2013–NOW–SOS.

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Blast from the recent past—Full Story Here: Kauai’s Pesticide and GMO Bill Could Cost Millions  Are we any better off today when this story was fresh (September 2013?)  Well, here is another more recent (Febuary 2014) wrinkle:  LIHUE — The Kauai County Council approved a measure Wednesday redefining the tasks and requirements for a group charged with framing a study on pesticides and genetically modified organisms on Kauai.

LIHUE — The state of Hawaii has effectively foresaken its responsibility to ensure that biotech companies are not risking public and environmental health, several members of the Kauai County Council said Monday, so it was up to the county to pick up the slack.

Basically, the state has done a bad job of enforcing landmark federal environmental laws, according to the councilmembers who spoke at a hearing on a bill before the council’s Economic Development and Intergovernmental Relations Committee that would increase regulation of genetically altered crops and pesticides.

“We are here today because the state has failed,” Councilman Mel Rapozo said.

MORE:  Kauai faces service cuts amid budget crunch

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Food Tank highlights 13 organizations and initiatives helping to save bees. (shutterstock)

Coming in all shapes and sizes and populating all but the most extreme corners of the globe, bees play a crucial role in agriculture everywhere and represent an irreplaceable link in food production.

From apples and blueberries to almonds and cucumbers, bees help produce more than 30 percent of the world’s food. In fact, according to research from Michigan State University, bees are responsible for one out of every three bites of food we eat. The economic value of pollination services by bees is US$365 billion annually and affects 50-80 percent of the world’s food supply.

Unfortunately, many industrial agricultural practices may endanger the livelihood of these pollinators. The rise of large-scale monoculture crops—including maize, wheat, and rice—can decrease agricultural biodiversity worldwide, according to the American Institute of Biological Sciences. Additionally, the use of pesticides and insecticides, specifically neonicotinoids, can kill individual bees and colonies alike by poisoning nectar and pollen which bees feed to larvae.

Go here for the full story: Buzzing for Solutions: 13 Organizations and Initiatives Helping to Save Bees

90 percent of the soybeans churned out on US farms each year are genetically engineered to withstand herbicides

Soybeans are the second-largest US crop after corn, covering about a quarter of American farmland. We grow more soybeans than any other country except Brazil. According to the US Department of Agriculture, more than 90 percent of the soybeans churned out on US farms each year are genetically engineered to withstand herbicides, nearly all of them involving one called Roundup. Organic production, by contrast, is marginal—it accounts for less than 1 percent of total American acreage devoted to soy. (The remaining 9 percent or so of soybeans are conventionally grown, but not genetically modified.)

Go here to read the full artcle: Monsanto GM Soy Is Scarier Than You Think