What’s Happening to the Bees?

“Are Your Delicious, Healthy Almonds Killing Bees?” That is the question posed by Tom Philpott last week in Mother Jones. As the acreage in monocropped almonds in California has grown, so too has the reliance on “pollinator services”. Wild honeybees simply cannot pollinate the vast number of almond trees growing in California’s almond country anymore.[…]

NY Times critiques USFRA’s ‘Farmland’

The New York times ran this excellent critique of the USFRA sponsored film ‘Farmland’ in their movie section today. Unfortunately, they didn’t link to either Jim or our articles, but they did cite a number of other articles, including Anna Lappe’s piece at Grist called “Who’s behind the US Farmer’s & Ranchers Alliance and why[…]

Find Food Labels Confusing? Food Chain Workers group sorts it out.

The Domestic Fair Trade Association* just released their evaluation program of fair trade and social justice certification programs for food. The evaluation program currently rates 6 “fair trade” labels along many issues including whether the label adequate works to support family farmers and has high labor and environmental standards. Please check it out. Hopefully more[…]