"swyf finds"

Headline Harvest: Monsanto doubles profits; kids offer hope through gardens; the quinoa problem

It's colder than usual outside, so bundle up and pretend it's warmer with these freshly picked headlines (I know, I know...)

In GMO/Monsanto news:
  • "Monsanto's Earnings Nearly Double As They Create A Farming Monopoly" - Charlotte Silver, for Al Jazeera, as published on AlterNet.org
    • From the article: Monsanto knows that consumers won't voluntarily buy their products - a lesson learned in Europe when GE foods there were required to be labelled as such. In America, the company and its allies have spend millions to defeat local labelling initiatives, most recently in California. But if the company successfully crowds out conventional farmers, Americans won't have a choice - with or without a label."
In consumer demand & awareness news:
  • "Can Healthy Eaters Stomach the Uncomfortable Truth About Quinoa?" - Joanna Blythman, The Guardian, as published on AlterNet.org
    • From the article: But there is an unpalatable truth to face for those of us with a bag of quinoa in the larder. The appetite of countries such as ours for this grain has pushed up prices to such an extend that poorer people in Peru and Bolivia, for whom it was once a nourishing staple food, can no longer afford to eat it...In Lima, quinoa now costs more than chicken. Outside the cities, and fuelled by overseas demand, the pressure is on to turn land that once produced a portfolio of diverse crops into quinoa monoculture. (my emphasis added)
  • "12 Disturbing Facts About Farm Labor Conditions" - Roque Planas, Huffington Post
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In kids-are-cute-and-full-of-hope news:

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Food MythBusters: "Do we really need industrial agriculture to feed the world?"

Food friends! What a perfect find for our year of food literacy (if I do say so myself).

What you just watched is the latest production by the Food MythBusters from the Real Food Media Project. The Project is the brainchild of Anna Lappe and Corporate Accountability International. Check out the Project's site - amazing! 

It's an incredible resource to bookmark for insider food nerds like myself as well as, well, anyone who eats food. Visit, learn and share resources and/or the video you just watched.

Headline Harvest: 2012 wrap-ups; fiscal cliff reviews; fish, fruit and climate change

Ah yes - a new year, a new bounty of food and farm news just for you! Time to settle in, drink a hot beverage and peruse the latest headlines:

2012: A review...
In fiscal cliff/farm policy news...
In climate news...
In GMO news...
In hopeful news...
And, because I can...

SWYF Finds: Frugal Dad's "The Weight of Walmart"

I recently wrapped up a paper on Walmart's sustainable food initiatives in Central America (yes, it has some), and in my research, I came across this excellent graphic about the company from Jason of Frugal Dad. Whether you shop at Walmart or never step food in one, its worth looking at the statics on the company's far-reaching influence:

Walmart Infographic
Source: http://frugaldad.com

Headline Harvest*: Who's who in the USFRA; food label woes; potato plights; listeria lawsuits; the good food fighters

Here's some food-related reading to tempt your taste buds, strain your brain and make you that much more interesting to talk to at parties:

In scary GMO and food-labeling news...
In lobbyist/clearly business-as-usual/food politics news...
In food poisoning news...
In food reality news..
In eating habits and diet news...
In optimistic food news...
And, upcoming posts on SWYF: I'll weigh in on the potato/school lunch debate; food day celebrations and initiatives; and, perhaps a few delicious recipes.

*Formerly "SWYF Week in Food"; this seems like a good working title right now, but I'm open to clever suggestions.)