Iceland has lately been world famous for the way in which they held their bankers to account for the financial crisis. Now, it would seem, they’re again setting an example by recognizing the value of making raw milk available through legally-approved channels. From the Icelandic Review Online:
Legal raw milk will now be available in Iceland. Photo Copyright Icelandic Photo Agency.
“Dairy company Biobú ehf. will start producing dairy products made of unpasteurized milk, which they will receive directly from dairy farmers, after obtaining a license from the Icelandic Food and Veterinary Authority (MAST).
“We get the milk straight away, instead of having to wait one day before it reaches us,” Helgi Rafn Gunnarsson told Morgunblaðið. Continue reading
From Patricia Sellers on CNN Money:
Last year Mark Zuckerberg set out to learn Chinese. Now he’s determined to get in touch with his food. If the goats, lobsters and chickens of Silicon Valley aren’t trembling, they should be.
When he’s not too busy connecting people across the universe, Mark Zuckerberg is pursuing a new “personal challenge,” as he calls it. “The only meat I’m eating is from animals I’ve killed myself,” says the Facebook founder and CEO.
It’s an odd dietary direction for the 27-year-old Internet billionaire, but since he has taken to killing goats, pigs and chickens, “I’m eating a lot healthier foods. And I’ve learned a lot about sustainable farming and raising of animals,” he says. “It’s easy to take the food we eat for granted when we can eat good things every day.” Continue reading
From Dr. Mercola on Mercola.com:
“Many have long suspected that U.S. policy on genetically modified (GM) organisms was being influenced by the multinational corporations that profit from genetic engineering and the export-oriented agribusiness. However, recently released Wikileaks cables document just how close that relationship has become.
The U.S. Department of State has virtually become an agency for promoting the private interests of the Monsanto Corporation.
As European social movements pressure their governments for an ongoing moratorium on GM seeds and foods, Monsanto and other biotech corporations have been pushing to find new market footholds, using hybrids even in impoverished Haiti following the January 12, 2010 earthquake. They have been pursuing such goals in collaboration with USAID, the U.S. State Department and the Gates Foundation Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA). Continue reading
Here’s an excerpt from a story by Katherine Eban, writing for Fortune magazine titled “What a Scientist didn’t tell the New York Times about his study on Bee Deaths“:
Bee photo above from the Oregonian. See link at bottom of story.
FORTUNE — Few ecological disasters have been as confounding as the massive and devastating die-off of the world’s honeybees. The phenomenon of Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) — in which disoriented honeybees die far from their hives — has kept scientists, beekeepers, and regulators desperately seeking the cause. After all, the honeybee, nature’s ultimate utility player, pollinates a third of all the food we eat and contributes an estimated $15 billion in annual agriculture revenue to the U.S. economy. Continue reading