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MUST WATCH YOU TUBE VIDEO BY OUR ALLIES IN OREGON SUPPORTING RIGHT-TO-KNOW GMO LABELING.

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Please spend five minutes to watch and SHARE! this excellent video produced by Oregon citizens behind Measure 92. Oregon is a major battleground and the important initiative will be voted on by Oregon voters on November 4. Meanwhile, Biotech and Big Food are pouring in huge amounts in a desperate disinformation and fear campaign. Jim

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DANISH HOG FARMER DUMPS GE FEED AND PIGS IMMEDIATELY TURN HEALTHY AND MORE PROFITABLE.

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Four years ago we were part of a group of farmers and researchers from Maine and Vermont who toured organic farms in Denmark. The Danes are remarkable in many ways. As farmers, they are highly educated and exemplary. In Denmark, there are 5.6 million people and 25 million pigs. When a Danish farmer advises about improving pig health by dumping GE feed and avoiding use of the herbicide glyphosate, American farmers would do well to listen. "...so I decided to change the feed from GM to non-GM soy in April 2011 without telling the herdsman on the farm...Two days afterwards, he said to me: 'You have changed the food.' He always notices whenever there is any problem with the feed and tells me. This time was different. Something very good was happening with the food as the pigs were not getting diarrhoea any more. The farm was using two thirds less medicine, saving £7.88 per sow. Not just my farm but three other farms in Denmark that switched from GMO to non GMO feed have also seen the same." Jim & Megan

http://www.globalresearch.ca/the-benefits-of-non-gmo-soy-for-farmers-less-birth-deformities-lower-medicine-costs-and-more-profits/5403116

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EXCELLENT FOOD INTEGRITY NOW INTERVIEW WITH NOTED FILMMAKER ED BROWN ABOUT HIS UPCOMING FILM EXPOSING THE GLYPHOSATE DISASTER.

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We know Ed Brown. He is the best and so is this interview (35:54) with host Carol Grieve. His "A New Resistanc... See More
This interview needs to be heard by every mom and grandmother and for that matter, everyone. Today, Food Integrity Now interviewed Ed Brown, of A New Resistance, a film about Glyphoste. This is one of the most passionate and informative interviews we have ever done. Please listen here and share everywhere: bit.ly/1wtrXiM
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THE NEW YORKER EXPOSED IN ITS HIT JOB ON DR. VANDANA SHIVA.

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Wednesday, 17 September 2014 Category Potatoes in History 0 Comments

"Counterpunch" comes out swinging and takes to task the poor journalism in the "New Yorker's" orchestrated bashing of world-renowned good food leader Dr. Vandana Shiva. "Perhaps nothing symbolizes the decline of the New Yorker magazine more than the hatchet job on Vandana Shiva that appears in the latest issue. Written by Michael Specter, the author of “Denialism: How Irrational Thinking Hinders Scientific Progress”, the article is a meretricious defense of genetically modified organisms (GMO) relying on one dodgy source after another." Jim

http://www.counterpunch.org/2014/08/22/gunning-for-vandana-shiva/

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MONSANTO'S DARK LEGACY VISUALLY DISPLAYED IN STUNNING NEW PHOTO ESSAY.

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Tuesday, 16 September 2014 Category Potatoes in History 0 Comments

If you have any doubt over the worth of Monsanto's word, then this brilliant collection of photographs by talented photographer Mathieu Asselin will be MUST VIEW. "'This photographic investigation is the result of an outrage that became an idea, an idea that became long hours of travel and sincere encounters. It doesn’t pretend to present scientific proof, it is rather the recollection of visual testimonies from people and landscapes deeply affected by this company. And this project is the translation of these testimonies and the translation of my outrage.'” Jim

http://www.featureshoot.com/2014/09/compelling-photos-reveal-legacy-americas-hated-corporation/

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JUNK FOOD LOBBY SEEKS INJUNCTION ON GMO LABELING TO PREVENT THE PEOPLE'S WILL IN VERMONT.

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Monday, 15 September 2014 Category Potatoes in History 0 Comments

The notorious Grocery Manufacturers Association - not one to respect the people's right to Fair and honest electoral process - is determined to make a train wreck the people's desire for right-to-know GMO Labeling in Vermont. "...state attorney general William H. Sorrell said Act 120 does not violate the First amendment because the disclosures it mandates are 'purely factual' and the law 'does not require manufacturers to state a particular viewpoint, such as whether GE foods are good or bad..." GMA is being sued by Washington State's AG for breath-taking campaign finance violations in their dishonest sleaze campaign against GMO labeling last year. Jim

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TWO GAME CHANGING GMO LABELING INITIATIVES UP FOR VOTES THIS NOVEMBER.

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Monday, 15 September 2014 Category Potatoes in History 0 Comments

A victory in either Colorado or Oregon will be a major victory for the people's Right-to-Know and a devastating blow to Biotech and their belligerent self-serving lack of transparency. "More than 60 countries worldwide require labeling, including the European Union, which launched a law in 1997. Europe has yet to conclude a genetically modified food poses health risks, but the EU has argued that labeling hasn’t spurred price increases, which is a common warning from opponents of labeling, most of them major biotech companies such as Monsanto or big lobbying groups such as the Grocery Manufacturers Association." Jim

http://www.governing.com/topics/elections/gov-gmo-labeling-colorado-oregon.html

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U.S. SENATES CASTS OVERWHELMING BI-PARTISAN VOTE FOR NEW CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT TO OVERTURN SUPREME COURT'S DISASTROUS 'CITIZENS UNITED' RULING.

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Thursday, 11 September 2014 Category Potatoes in History 0 Comments

The effort to overturn Citizens United and get Big Money out of politics is one of the defining issues of our time and essential if we are to save our democracy. The vote late Monday night was a decisive 72-18 and reflects the clear consensus among the people that this Constitutional Amendment is needed. "'Because the Supreme Court based its rulings on a flawed interpretation of the First Amendment, a statutory fix alone will not suffice,' said Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT). Unless the court changes its mind or its membership, 'only a constitutional amendment can overturn the Supreme Court's devastating campaign finance decisions."' Learn HOW YOUR SENATORS VOTED HERE. http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=113&session=2&vote=00259 Finally, this article contains the exact wording of this Constitutional Amendment: http://www.politicususa.com/2014/09/08/senate-votes-79-18-advance-constitutional-amendment-overturn-citizens-united.html Jim

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U.S. SUPREME COURT PRAISED FOR ITS CORRECT RULING BANNING THE PATENTING OF HUMAN GENES.

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he June 2013 unanimous 9-0 decision of the Supreme Court banning the patenting of human genes 'got it exactly right' says the UK's 'The Guardian.' We agree. "In the US, the Patent Office which had implemented the tripartite patent policy was granting thousands of patents over isolated human DNA...By 2005 over 20% of the human genome was the subject of US patents...The US Supreme Court held that the isolation of DNA from a human being does not result in something that displays 'markedly different characteristics from any found in nature'...Human DNA regardless of its form, belongs to no one. No one invented it. And no one should be able to patent it." Here's background on precedent setting AMP v. Myriad ruling.

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DANGEROUS EXPERIMENTAL GE TEST PLOTS OUT OF CONTROL WITH ABYSMAL GOVERNMENT OVERSIGHT.

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Tuesday, 09 September 2014 Category Potatoes in History 0 Comments

The reality of anarchy in the conduct of GE crop test plots deserves to be recognized as a national scandal. Genetic contamination and unintentional unapproved GE crop entry into trade channels merely serve to hint at a failing system managed by disinterest and incompetence. This Hearst investigatory article exposes the problem and provides good insight into the widespread mayhem. "The documents show how the obscure Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), part of the government agency charged with promoting and protecting agriculture, takes an industry-friendly approach to regulating as it seeks to prevent contamination or economic harm from field trials...The Agriculture Department issued just two civil penalties for field trials infractions since 2010 despite sending out nearly 200 notices of non-compliance...The Agriculture Department's inspector general in 2005 identified 'weaknesses in inspections and enforcement' as basic as being unaware of the locations of field trials...'We need government agencies that are independent and aggressive in pushing the public interest, but that's not what we're seeing at USDA,' said Harl, who has been a member of a half-dozen federal advisory panels." Jim

http://www.seattlepi.com/local/article/Gene-altered-apple-tested-in-Washington-state-5736742.php

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WHISTLE-BLOWER DR. THIERRY VRAIN SOUNDS STRONG WARNING ABOUT GE CROPS.

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Monday, 08 September 2014 Category Potatoes in History 0 Comments

Former Agriculture Canada research scientist Dr Vrain is on a courageous determined campaign to dispel the false propaganda generated by Biotech. "There is, however, a growing body of scientific research - done mostly in Europe, Russia, and other countries - showing that diets containing engineered corn or soya cause serious health problems in laboratory mice and rats...I refute the claims of the biotechnology companies that their engineered crops yield more, that they require less pesticide applications, that they have no impact on the environment and of course that they are safe to eat...Genetic engineering is 40 years old. It is based on the naive understanding of the genome based on the One Gene - one protein hypothesis of 70 years ago, that each gene codes for a single protein. The Human Genome project completed in 2002 showed that this hypothesis is wrong. The whole paradigm of the genetic engineering technology is based on a misunderstanding. Every scientist now learns that any gene can give more than one protein and that inserting a gene anywhere in a plant eventually creates rogue proteins. Some of these proteins are obviously allergenic or toxic." Jim

http://www.foodnavigator-usa.com/Markets/All-natural-snacking-starting-to-falter-says-Datamonitor/?utm_source=newsletter_daily&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=19-Aug-2014&c=sgeOPuPlMJG4w%2FjTbrsM9qgFq96BbpfG

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INDUSTRIAL FOOD'S DECLINING USE OF "NATURAL" IN DEVELOPED MARKETS RESULTS FROM FEAR OF LAWSUITS AND NEGATIVE SOCIAL MEDIA.

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To promote the public good, we must all learn this important lesson of the power the people actually possess. We must be careful where and how we spend our food dollars. "With this shift into mainstream, a raft of class action lawsuits had started to hurt the trend, particularly in the US, she said. Diamond Foods, Frito-Lay and Kellogg were just a handful of companies that had faced all-natural lawsuits in the past year...'Companies are increasingly accountable for everything they do and I don't see that going away, especially these days where reputation can be so easily damaged by social media.'" Jim

http://www.foodnavigator-usa.com/Markets/All-natural-snacking-starting-to-falter-says-Datamonitor/?utm_source=newsletter_daily&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=19-Aug-2014&c=sgeOPuPlMJG4w%2FjTbrsM9qgFq96BbpfG

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Variety Corner: Spotlight on Caribe

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Variety Corner: Spotlight on Caribe.’

 

The One Variety That For Over 25 Years We Have Said Deserves to Be in EVERY Garden.

 

   We closely observed Caribe’ (pronounced (“Ka-REE-bay”) prior to its official naming and release in 1984 while it was being grown as an experimental numbered variety (“F55066”) by organic farmer friends across the line in Canada.  Caribe’ – Spanish for “Caribbean” – was early on recognized as a truly extraordinary potato variety. 

 

 Designs on Cuba.

 

  Caribe’ had been bred by our friend, Dr. Hielke De Jung, the Agriculture Canada potato breeder in neighboring Fredericton, New Brunswick (and author, along with Cornell potato breeder son, Walter, of the excellent The Complete Book of Potatoes).  The intention back in the 1970s was to fill the niche  for a purple-skinned, white-fleshed export variety for Cuba.  Among other appealing qualities, local Cuban lore credits such purple potatoes with powers as an aphrodisiac.  Sadly, the Caribe’s minor susceptibility to the fungal pathogen fusarium was a mismatch for the tropical climate of Cuba – as well as the tropical southern half of Florida – so Caribe’ never came to flourish there. 

 

   However, Caribe’s extraordinary qualities – including earliness, very high yield, great taste and stunning beauty – and excellent performance in northern Florida and the other forty-nine States has made it a top performer virtually everywhere away from the tropics.

 

Attractive & Exceptional.

 

   Caribe’ is a striking potato in many ways.  It is an attractive oblong potato with lustrous purple skin, fairly shallow eyes, and a delicious snow-white flesh.  Caribe’ is unexcelled as a new potato fresh out of the garden.  It’s incredible earliness and very rapid tuber bulking allow impressive harvests beginning in as few as 60-65 days after planting when seed potatoes have been fully green-sprouted.  Caribe’ is a consistently high yielding variety.  University of Rhode Island researchers considered the early, high yielding nature of Caribe’ to be so exceptional that URI came to recommend simply growing Caribe’ as an effective strategy for combating economic loss due to potato nemesis Colorado Potato Beetle (CPB).

 

    Tubers of Caribe’ exhibit medium dormancy and should be considered a preferential choice for Fall planting where winters are mild and Fall planting is practiced.  Yet with proper storage conditions (soil-like conditions: dark, moist and 38oF) Caribe’ actually stores very well and will keep all winter, though the purple color typically begins to fade after about three months storage.  Cool and moist soil conditions during the growing season result in the best coloration for Caribe’; in hotter and drier conditions, the beautiful purple color will be more muted.

 

Performance in the Kitchen and Field.

 

   In the kitchen, Caribe’ is a versatile, good tasting variety.  It’s waxy, mid-dry texture makes it suitable for boiling, baking or frying.  The dry heat of baking will preserve best the purple skin color; boiling or steaming will tend to wash out some color.

 

   In the field, Caribe has proved itself to be a reliable easy to grow potato.  Plants are medium-sized and spreading.  Tops flop over as plants reach maturity.  Caribe’ is widely adapted and has only moderate nitrogen requirements.  It is highly resistant to hollow heart and is somewhat resistant to potato scab.

 

   Year in, year out, Caribe sets a good number of tubers per hill and is reliably one of our highest yielding varieties.  For over twenty years it has been one of our best selling varieties.  Caribe has a fiercely loyal following and we witness a great number of farmers and gardeners who unfailingly order it year after year after year.  We know from experience that they are onto something. Caribe’ deserves to be in your garden, too.

 

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CHINA REVERSES POLICY AND REVOKES GE RICE.

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Wednesday, 03 September 2014 Category Potatoes in History 0 Comments

More evidence of the growing momentum worldwide which responds to citizen concerns and keep GE out of the human food supply. "China’s Ministry of Agriculture has decided not to renew biosafety certificates that allowed research groups to grow genetically modified (GM) rice and corn...Whatever the reason, the decision marks an abrupt change in fortunes for transgenic rice in China. Five years ago, 'China was widely expected to soon put GM rice on the country’s dining tables"....The Bt rice project 'is now to all intents and purposes dead and buried....'" Jim

http://news.sciencemag.org/asiapacific/2014/08/china-pulls-plug-genetically-modified-rice-and-corn

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RUSSIA GETS TOUGH ON ENFORCEMENT OF RIGHT-TO-KNOW GMO LABELING VIOLATIONS.

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Tuesday, 02 September 2014 Category Potatoes in History 0 Comments

Russia is one of the 64 countries worldwide - representing over half of the world's population - which require labeling of GMO foods. They are becoming serious about enforcement. Our government should reverse its bias which favors the Biotech industry's self-serving position over the interests of the people. "Control bodies can also confiscate the improperly marked stock.... Russian lawmakers are pushing for changing the existing law On Safety and Quality of Alimentary Products by introducing a norm set for the maximum allowed content of transgenic and genetically modified components. The motion’s initiators want to make this norm zero for all foodstuffs produced in Russia." Jim

http://rt.com/politics/181244-russian-gmo-food-fines/

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FDA DISINTEREST AND INEPTITUDE: YET MORE REASONS TO BE VERY SKEPTICAL OF CONVENTIONAL PROCESSED FOODS.

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One would be living in a fool's paradise to imagine that the government is looking out for your family's interests when it comes to processed food and food additives. This expose' from 'The Washington Post' will be an eye-opener into the failing process of government oversight of the Industrial Food industry. "In the five decades since Congress gave the FDA responsibility for ensuring the safety of additives in the food supply, the number has spiked from 800 to more than 9,000, ranging from common substances such as salt to new green-tea extracts. This increase has been driven largely by demand from busy Americans, who get more than half their daily meals from processed foods, according to government and industry records.... the FDA proposed new rules. The agency told companies that were going the GRAS route — which turned a years-long process into one of months — that they no longer would have to submit their research and raw data. The companies can share just a summary of their findings with the agency...The changes didn’t work out as planned. For starters, most additives continued to debut without the FDA being notified...'I’ve given up on the FDA protecting the public; they are protecting businesses,' said Grovit, who also has Crohn’s disease. 'The only reason for its presence in so many food products today is that it’s cheap and it makes food processing easy.'" Jim

http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/food-additives-on-the-rise-as-fda-scrutiny-wanes/2014/08/17/828e9bf8-1cb2-11e4-ab7b-696c295ddfd1_story.html

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USDA'S ATTEMPTED CO-OPTION OF ORGANIC COMMUNITY DETAILED IN REPORT BY FORMER NOSB CHAIR.

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If you care about the future of the organic community and your family's continued access to high quality authentic organic food, then this concise report by former NOSB Chair - and certified organic Montana farmer - Barry Flamm is MUST READ material. "In its Report (1990) on the bill, the Senate Agriculture Committee stated that, 'The Committee regards this Board as an essential advisor to the Secretary (of Agriculture) on all issues concerning this bill and anticipates that many of the key standards will result from recommendations by this Board….(it) is generally responsible for advising the Secretary on all aspects of the implementation of OFPA, specifically, the Board is responsible for evaluating substances for inclusion on the Proposed National List'...In 2013, all began to change without public notice or opportunity to comment or consult with the NOSB...The issues may sound complicated, but it really boils down to two questions: 1) Does the organic community and public want a strong NOSB as prescribed by OFPA? 2) Does the organic community and the public believe and want the implementation of the overall principle of OFPA that for any product to be labeled organic it must be produced and handled without the use of chemicals with only temporary exemptions allowed and then only after stringent review? Will there now be a community uproar as occurred in the nineties when USDA tried to push through unsuitable regulations?"
The future of organic hangs in the balance. Please become informed and get involved. We will continue to post important developments in the on-going efforts to protect organic and return independence to the NOSB. Jim & Megan

http://www.montanaorganicassociation.org/nosb.htm

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YES ORGANIC CERTIFICATION DOES MATTER AND IT MATTERS A LOT.

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For families, it means significant assurance by an independent verifier that the food is authentic and meets the highest organic standard. For organic farmers, certification establishes a high common ground thereby leveling the playing field, and provides the format for the organic community to make key decisions for what is - and is not - appropriate in organic production. This article does a good job to put the debate over organic certification in context. Do read between the lines and do remain wary about unsubstantiated claims about food the producer would like customers to believe is 'just like organic.' "In the 14 years he’s owned his farm, he’s never sprayed a pesticide directly on any food crop. Yet, he says, 'I have no interest in being straight-up organic. It gives me a little wiggle room to do things I might need to do. Kruger uses a conventional fungicide on his raspberries..." As a farmer I wonder if that fungicide is a systemic which by design translocates via the xylem system throughout the plant including to the edible portion.
Choosing certified organic gives you peace of mind when it comes to feeding your family bonafide organic food.

Jim & Megan

http://civileats.com/2014/08/18/organic-vs-organic-how-much-does-certification-matter/

 

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DECEPTION EXPOSED: HAPLESS MONSANTO/CONDE' NAST SCHEME TO SNARE GOOD-FOOD-LEADERS INTO CLOAKED PR PROJECT.

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There is good reason why Monsanto is considered one of the most hated corporations. The world has learned repeatedly Monsanto is not to be trusted. Now, in this MUST READ article Tom Philpott writes of their feckless attempt to trick respected good food advocates into becoming unwitting promoters. "...I've learned that Condé Nast's Strategic Partnerships division dangled cash before several high-profile food politics writers, in an unsuccessful attempt to convince them to participate." Here's another link describing a related Monsanto attempt to also trick Center for Food Safety's Andy Kimbrell into participation. Jim

http://www.motherjones.com/tom-philpott/2014/08/monsanto-and-conde-nast-offered-big-bucks-writers-pr-project

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DROUGHT IN CALIFORNIA DICTATES FARMING CHANGES AS FARMERS GRAPPLE WITH CLIMATE CHANGE.

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Well-written and valuable Bloomberg article provides insight and examples of the major changes underway in California agriculture as farmers respond to extended drought. "In the long term, California will probably move away from commodity crops produced in bulk elsewhere to high-value products that make more money for the water used...That may mean less farmland in production as growers abandon corn and cotton because of the high cost of water...On its own, California would be the world’s ninth-largest agricultural economy...An estimated 82 percent of California is experiencing extreme drought...Another dry year in 2015 is a strong possibility, according to a study by the University of California at Davis released last month...'California needs to rebalance its agricultural portfolio in response to this drought,' Howitt said. 'You will see more fallowing of land. We have to reduce our water footprint.'" Jim

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-08-11/california-drought-transforms-global-food-market.html

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