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What’s on the School Lunch Menu? Ammoniated Beef!

Food Integrity Campaign | March 6, 2012

Earlier this year, FIC celebrated the fact that major fast food chains pulled BPI’s ammoniated beef trimmings from their menus, vindicating the actions of GAP client and whistleblower Kit Foshee. However, news has come that the USDA is still planning to purchase the controversial product for school lunches, according to The Daily. Last year, 6.5 […]

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While Iowa Ag Gag Becomes Law, FIC Fights in Utah

Food Integrity Campaign | March 5, 2012

Despite efforts to prevent Iowa’s “Ag Gag” legislation, including a FIC op-ed that appeared in the Cedar Rapids Gazette last week, Gov. Terry Branstad signed the bill into law on Friday. This is disconcerting news, however unsurprising (as the Associated Press points out) given Branstad’s “strong ties to the state’s agricultural industry.” Iowa is a […]

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Cedar Rapids Gazette – Ag Gag Hurts Whistleblowers, Not Just Animals

February 29, 2012

The following op-ed was written by FIC Director Amanda Hitt. Editor’s Note: While the Iowa Senate amendment did remove the specific language restricting undercover video, the bill is clearly aimed at holding whistleblowers who use such means to convey the truth legally accountable (More on this here). Some things people just have to see to […]

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Iowa Senate Passes Ag-Gag Bill, Lets Worker Intentions Overshadow Agribusiness Abuse

Food Integrity Campaign | February 28, 2012

Update (2/29/12, 9:15 AM ET): Last night, the Iowa House agreed to the Senate language on this Ag Gag legislation. The bill has now been sent to the Governor for approval. Although legislators removed the language that specifically restricts the recording of undercover video, the bill is clearly aimed at whistleblowers who use such, as […]

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Pesticide Exposure in Food Affects Children’s Intelligence: Study

Food Integrity Campaign | February 27, 2012

A recent study shows that chemical exposure – including that from food products – may cause child IQ reduction that rivals the impacts of major medical conditions. The finding reveals that the effect on society of widespread lead, organophosphate pesticides and methylmercury exposure “may be more severe than what previous studies of individual risk would […]

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Jimmy John’s Franchise Owners Face Trial After Firing Sick-Day Organizers

Food Integrity Campaign | February 16, 2012

It doesn’t seem like the Jimmy John’s sandwich chain can escape negative publicity this week. Once again, its raw sprouts have been linked to a foodborne illness outbreak (despite switching from alfalfa to clover sprouts after a Salmonella outbreak a year ago), sickening 12 people in five states with E. coli this time. On top […]

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Trader Joe’s Signs Fair Food Agreement with Florida Tomato Farmworkers

Food Integrity Campaign | February 10, 2012

Great news! Yesterday it was announced that Trader Joe’s has, at last, signed an agreement with the Florida-based farmworker organization – the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) – to support the group’s Fair Food Program and demand better labor standards from the store’s Florida tomato suppliers. The agreement involves an increase in tomato farmworkers’ wages […]

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Drowning in Herbicide: Monsanto Ignores Health Concerns

Food Integrity Campaign | February 8, 2012

Monsanto, a self-proclaimed solver of global agriculture problems, has really just brought more and more chemicals into our food supply. GAP coalition partner, the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS), gave the company a failing grade yesterday in documenting eight ways Monsanto has taken agriculture in the wrong direction. In addition to suppressing independent research on […]

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Florida Ag-Gag Bill Dies in Both Houses

Food Integrity Campaign | January 26, 2012

Comforting news in Florida this week: Proposed “ag-gag” legislation – criminalizing whistleblowers who take photographs or video to expose wrongdoing at farm operations – was killed in both the House and Senate. Sound familiar? Similar bills in Florida and a few other states were introduced but then failed to pass last year. Unfortunately, they have all […]

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Monsanto Shareholders Vote Against GE Crop Study

Food Integrity Campaign | January 25, 2012

Tuesday was Monsanto’s annual shareholder meeting at the biotech company’s headquarters in St. Louis, MO, where corporate changes were voted on – including a proposal to study the financial risks and impacts of Monsanto’s genetically engineered crops. The proposal was submitted last August by Harrington Investments Inc. (HII), a socially responsible investment advisory firm and […]

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