26 May '11, 8pm

USDA Stop Funding Pro-Pesticide Groups:

The Alliance for Food and Farming is a California trade association which set up a website called SafeFruitandVeggies.com , “a source for science based information about pesticide residues.” The site is an advertisement for pesticides. Sourcewatch describes the Alliance as a “front group for the fruit and vegetable industry” which claims that a number of pesticides are safe. The claims on the Alliance’s website are backed up by scientists such as Dr. Penny Fenner-Crisp, who worked for the International Life Sciences Institute, which receives funding by corporations industrial agriculture corporations ConAgra and Archer Daniels Midland. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) gave a $180,000 grant to the Alliance last fall. The money came from California’s $17.5 million portion of the USDA’s Specialty Crops Block Grant program, set up by Congress in 2004. The Environmenta...

Full article: http://www.care2.com/causes/environment/blog/usda-stop-fu...

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