2.) Fantastic Voyage video from TEDxManhattan 2011 shows the intestines of two people digesting the same meal, one made of industrially processed ingredients and one made from scratch with whole foods. Ever wonder what blue Gatorade looks like in your body?
3.) Save the date for NESAWG's 2012 Annual Conference
Pre-Conference Trainings, Sunday, Oct 28. Conference, Monday-Tuesday, Oct 29-30. New venue: Saratoga Conference Center, Saratoga, NY. This will be NESAWG's 20th anniversary celebration. Mark your calendar!
4.) 3 related stories on agriculture and animal welfare
= The Supreme Court issued an opinion in the case National Meat Association v. Harris that strikes down a California law with requirements for how slaughterhouses handle pigs that cannot walk, referred to in the law as “nonambulatory.”
= Pending federal legislation, the Downed Animal and Food Safety Protection Act (H.R. 3704), would revise the Federal Meat Inspection Act.
= Another animal welfare measure, addressing the housing of egg-producing hens, was introduced in Congress last week. The bill (H.R. 3798) would amend the Egg Products Inspection Act by significantly increasing the space required per hen and establishing new air-quality standards for hen houses.
9.) 21 New York producers awarded Value Added Producer Grants The Value-Added Producer Grants (VAPG) program provides competitive grants to individual independent agricultural producers, groups of independent producers, producer-controlled entities, and farmer or rancher cooperatives to create or develop value-added producer-owned businesses.
11.) Doing the math on Walmart's strategy to expand into New York City Is Walmart a solution to food deserts in urban areas? Washington DC is home to four new stores, and the company is planning more in Boston as it lobbies for access to New York City. This article looks at their track record in Chicago.
12.) Oaxaca, Mexico and Canada sign agreement to protect Mexican migrant workers in Canada Is this kind of international collaboration a model for us here in the Northeast?