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Worldwatch Institute Launches Initiative to Assess Agricultural Methods’ Impacts on Sustainability, Productivity

July 8, 2009 Washington, D.C.-The Worldwatch Institute is launching a two-year project to point the world toward innovations in agriculture that can nourish people as well as the planet, supported by a $1.3 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Click headline for more.

Factory Farms & the Flu. Who Says They're Not Related!

By Larry Powell Sadly, politicians are again placing the interests of a failing industry ahead of science, the public interest and possibly even human health. 
Manitoba and Ottawa are doling out another 37 million dollars -good money after bad - to factory hog producers in this province. 
Both the Manitoba government and the "Feds" have swallowed, hook, line and sinker the siren song of the industry; that it is being unjustly connected to the current outbreak of swine flu and is suffering financial hardship as a result. 
In announcing this latest welfare payment, the Minister of Agriculture, Rosann Wowchuk, cites what she calls "the false connection to H1N1 flu" as one of the factors hurting the industry today. 
This rush to judgement and readiness to be a cheerleader rather than an even-handed lawmaker, does a disservice to Manitobans. 
In contrast, the Green Party of Manitoba has taken a position based on reality and science, as opposed to political ex