U.S. Aid & Policies

Horizon "Organic" Factory Farm Accused of Improprieties, Again

February 18, 2014

Cross-posted The Cornucopia Institute

Selective Enforcement by USDA Alleged — Kid Glove Treatment for Dean Foods/WhiteWave

In an open letter published today and addressed to USDA National Organic Program chief Miles McEvoy, The Cornucopia Institute accused the regulatory agency of abdicating its enforcement responsibilities.   Cornucopia, an organic industry watchdog, charged that the USDA had allowed Dean Foods and its WhiteWave subsidiary to, allegedly, operate a giant factory farm dairy that has been illegally disadvantaging the nation’s family-scale dairy producers.

 

IN AMERICA YOU CAN PAY SOMEONE A WAGE OF $2.13 AN HOUR And get away with it

February 10, 2014

Cross-posted from Sky Valley Chronicle

By Marjorie Elizabeth Wood 

At a pancake house in Houston, Claudia spent two hours rolling silverware into napkins on a slow weekend night. Without any tables to serve, she wasn’t tipped to supplement her $2.13 hourly wage. Like many other restaurant employers, Claudia’s boss did not make up for her shortfall in tips despite the legal obligation to do so.

Claudia’s story, reported in the book Behind the Kitchen Door by Saru Jayaraman, speaks for millions who struggle to make ends meet on a tipped minimum wage of $2.13.

Building an Earth Economy: Local, Organic, and Fair

February 5, 2014

Cross-posted from PR Watch

By Elizabeth Henderson

With the financial recovery looking more like the Great Recession, people are turning to the real goods and services of the earth economy. As stock prices rise and the top one percent bloats with wealth, for many in the 99 percent incomes are eroding and job security is a quaint concept from the past.

Behind Haiti's Hunger

October 23, 2013

Cross-Posted from Haiti Grassroots Watch

 Port-au-Prince, HAITI, 10 October 2013 – During the past year or so in Haiti, as humanitarian actors raised a cry of alarm about hunger, Haiti Grassroots Watch (HGW) journalists kept hearing complaints and rumors about the misuse, abuse, or negative effects of food aid.

Haiti’s Imported Disaster

October 22, 2013

Cross-posted from the New York Times

Haiti’s cholera epidemic, now entering its fourth year, has killed more than 8,300 people and sickened more than 650,000. It is a calamity, though one fundamentally different from the earthquake, hurricanes and floods that have beset the fragile country since 2010.

Too High a Price for Courage

October 3, 2013

The Honduran government should stop repressing indigenous leaders like Berta Cáceres.

By Beverly Bell

Berta Cáceres, an internationally respected leader of the movement for indigenous rights, is now living as a fugitive. The Honduran government ordered this soft-spoken dynamo imprisoned on September 20.

From her undisclosed location, she emailed me and a few others. “We’re standing firm against the pressure, the criminalization, the abuse, and the manipulations,” she said.

Berta Caceres speaks at a press conference. Photo by Beverly Bell.

Berta Cáceres speaks at a press conference. Photo by Beverly Bell.

A Glittering Industrial Park in Haiti Falls Short

September 18, 2013

Cross-posted from Al Jazeera 

By Jonathan M. Katz

CARACOL, Haiti — The young men playing dominoes in this tin-roofed fishing village used to have high hopes for the industrial park being built up the road. They had heard of the U.S. government's plans to invest hundreds of millions of dollars in a part of Haiti where most people are barely scraping by, and promises from a South Korean garment manufacturer to create tens of thousands of jobs.

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