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Meatless Monday for the Media: Tools and Resources for Media

Media attention can be all it takes to turn your local campaign into a keystone of the worldwide movement. Use this media kit to get the notoriety that your event and organizational efforts deserve. Find helpful hints on working with reporters, planning a successful interview and writing a compelling press release. Use in conjunction with the Meatless Monday general starter kit and there's no telling how far your campaign will take you!

Europe's Weedkiller Wars

Monsanto thought that getting their controversial weedkiller Roundup re-approved for use in the EU would be easy. They were wrong. Advocacy groups seized a World Health Organization report from last year, which connected Roundup's active ingredient glyphosate to cancer, to inflame politicians on the European Commission. The fight underscores a challenge facing big institutions and their ability to adapt quickly to deal with insurgent campaigns fueled by social media and savvy NGOs. [Politico]

10 Kids' Food Myths--Busted!

Feeding kids in our crazy media environment can be downright confounding. One week, news headlines may say that a certain food is "bad." The next week, it's touted as a superfood. To clear up the confusion, asked experts like Diana Rice, RD of The Kids Cook Monday, to give them the bottom line on what advice to take--and what to ditch, pronto. []

Feeding Bacteria to Livestock Could Cut Antibiotic Use

In the US, roughly 80 percent of all antibiotics are administered to livestock as a means of promoting growth and preventing disease. This overuse of antibiotics has contributed to the proliferation of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, which can affect human health. Scientists are now experimenting with feeding "healthy" bacteria to animals as a means of preventing disease and reducing reliance on antibiotics. [Harvest Public Media]

Instead of Leaving Leftovers to Rot, Why Don't We Turn Them Into Electricity?

In the US, we waste roughly 40 percent of all the food we produce annually. Most of this food decomposes in landfills, emitting methane, a potent greenhouse gas. Using anaerobic digester technology, municipalities are able to capture this gas and convert it to electricity, turning food waste into a valuable commodity. [Harvest Public Media]

Your Smartphone Could Soon Tell You How Fresh Your Food Is

Among the leading causes of food waste by consumers is confusion over date labels like "use by," "sell by," "best by," etc. These labels aren't standardized, and don't actually reflect food safety or edibility. A physics professor is now working to create a silicon chip that, when scanned by a smartphone, would indicate the freshness of foods with much greater accuracy than existing date labels. Eventually, refrigerators could be equipped with scanners informing consumers when foods are about to expire. [Harvest Public Media]

Possible Class-Action in Seed Case Could Include Most Corn Growers

Biotechnology company Syngenta is facing hundreds of lawsuits from corn farmers following Chinese regulators' 2013 refusal to purchase US products containing genetically modified Viptera corn. At this time, the Viptera trait had not yet been approved in China, a major importer of US corn. Now, farmers are calling for Syngenta to provide compensation for the lost sales. The impact of the 2013 Viptera corn rejection is so widespread that court documents referring to the potential for a class action lawsuit state that "virtually every corn farmer in America" could be included. [Harvest Public Media]

More US Farms Close Up Shop as Remaining Ones Grow Larger

According to new data from the US Department of Agriculture, the number of farms and ranches in the US is decreasing, and those that remain are getting larger. Since 2008, the US has lost 120,000 farms (18,000 last year alone), and the average farm size has increased five percent. While there has been growth in the number of small farms, the overall decline and the trend toward consolidation demonstrate the continuing dominance of industrial-style production. [Harvest Public Media]

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