Green living and sustainable farming go hand in hand. The food we eat, its sources and how it is made are crucial.
Whether it is fish, meat, fruits and vegetables sustainable farming is key.
Vital Choice Seafood and Organics, our pulse on all food related news shared with us some concerning facts.
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Sustainable farming programs are targeted for more budget cuts. Last month, the House Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee adopted a funding bill that if passed would make a second round of steep cuts to conservation, extension, research, renewable energy, and rural development programs.
And just like in fiscal year 2011, none of the cuts are directed at crop subsidies, the largest federal agricultural spending item.
Congress voted to continue a pattern that allowed ten percent of the nation’s farms to collect 74 percent of all farm subsidies between 1995 and 2009 more than $150 billion.
Still, the 2008 bill had some good things, too, such as a rural microenterprise program, support for beginning and disadvantaged farmers, grants for value-added agriculture, and soil-conservation incentives.
According to the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition, the 2011 budget (finalized this spring) cut funds from these bright spots.
As the subcommittee meets again to negotiate appropriations for 2012, in the midst of deficit fever, more cuts seem likely.
Also just recently, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to ban sale of Genetically Modifed salmon, as an amendment to the draft 2012 Farm Bill.
Congress revises the Farm Bill about every five years. The last one passed in 2008, and many in Congress want to pass a new one before the 2012 Presidential election.
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The FDA will decide this year whether to approve the tank-raised GM fish, which grow twice as fast as natural Atlantic salmon. The advisory board rejected the data by the GM Salmon maker: AquaBounty
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Alaskan representative leads the charge:
Rep. Don Young, R-Alaska, offered an amendment – approved by voice vote – that would block the FDA from spending money to approve AquaBounty’s application.
Young argued that the modified fish would compete with wild salmon in his state. Other critics fear that GM salmon could cause allergies in humans and that escaped GM salmon could weaken the wild salmon population.
The GM fish are Atlantic salmon, which cannot interbreed with wild Pacific salmon, and they’ll supposedly be raised only onshore, in tanks with no connections to rivers or the sea … starting in Panama, of all places.
But one can’t predict whether raising GM-salmon under riskier conditions might be allowed in the future.
As the Associated Press noted, “Approval would open the door for a variety of other genetically engineered animals, including a more environmentally-friendly pig that is being developed in Canada or cattle that are resistant to mad cow disease.” (Jalonick MC 2011)
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