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Rue Bella

Member Since 25 July 2011 - 09:08 PM
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Leader of largest US organic food fraud gets 10-yr term

31 August 2019 - 06:33 AM

I doubt these are the only growers who have been tempted to cheat because of the higher prices that organic products can bring. Organic produce from China? Do you trust it? Not only organic/non organic - what about all the fake olive oil that is out there?

Food fraud - how much of it is there? Everyone has to eat. With 7+ billion mouths to feed, daily, I shudder to think.



The farmers grew traditional corn and soybeans, mixed them with a small amount of certified organic grains, and falsely marketed them all as certified organic by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Most of the grains were sold as animal feed to companies that marketed organic meat and meat products.

The farmers reaped more than $120 million in proceeds from sales of the tainted grain. The scheme may have involved up to 7 percent of organic corn grown in the U.S. in 2016 and 8 percent of the organic soybeans, prosecutors said.

The Wall

12 June 2019 - 01:18 PM



Privately funded border wall ordered to keep gate open indefinitely

Officials have ordered a privately funded section of wall on the U.S.-Mexico border to keep its gate open indefinitely, saying organizers failed to obtain required permits, according to BuzzFeed News.

The International Boundary and Water Commission (IBWC), which oversees waterway issues between the U.S. and Mexico, said the organizers of We Build the Wall, which raised more than $23 million, had not obtained permission to build on federal land.

The half-mile barrier, on the border near Sunland Park, N.M., restricts access to a public monument and waterways, according to the IBWC.

"This is normally done well in advance of a construction project," IBWC spokesperson Lori Kuczmanski told BuzzFeed News. "They think they can build now and ask questions later, and that's not how it works."

The Hill has reached out to the IBWC for further comment.

On Monday, IBWC officials propped open a large gate built into the wall, which had prevented access to a levee and a dam as well as a historic monument that begins a series of obelisks marking the border, BuzzFeed reported.

"We're going to lock it in an open position until we come into a mutual decision on how this gate is going to operate," Kuczmanski told the outlet.

Brian Kolfage, the Air Force veteran who founded the wall fundraiser, accused the IBWC of "over stepping DHS [Department of Homeland Security] and national security experts" with the move.

CA Electric Co. cuts power to help prevent wildfires.

08 June 2019 - 10:56 AM

As someone who lives in a fire-prone area, and who has PG&E as provider, I wonder how often they will turn off power to us costumers. I hate power outages, but I hate wildfires more. Last year they cut us off for a few days because of a small nearby fire.



Pacific Gas & Electric said it will shut off power Saturday to about 1,600 customers in Northern California and may do the same for thousands more to reduce the risk of wildfires.

The utility announced Friday night that as of Saturday morning it will turn off electricity to customers in Napa, Solano and Yolo counties west of Sacramento.

The utility said it also will monitor conditions in parts of the Sierra foothills Saturday night through Sunday when they will be at peak fire risk. The company said it could decide to cut power to 30,000 customers in Butte, Yuba, Nevada, El Dorado and Placer counties.

That includes portions of Paradise, where a wildfire wiped out nearly 15,000 homes last year.

The warning came as forecasters issued the year's first red flag warning of high fire danger because of strong winds, low humidity and warm temperatures in portions of the Central Valley and areas north of San Francisco.

After downed power lines and PG&E equipment were blamed for previous fires, the utility has been under enormous pressure to avoid another deadly blaze.