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Coalition of Immokalee Workers unveils Fair Food Label listen

10/24/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Tags: CIW, Coaliton of Immokalee Workers, labor, unions, farmworkers, fair food, food

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If you want to buy tomatoes that have been grown with the rights of farmworkers in mind, you now have a label to look for.

Friday the Coalition of Immokalee Workers unveiled a green Fair Food Label.

WMNF's Seán Kinane interviewed Gerardo Reyes Chavez, a member of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers.

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Sarasota schools go meatless on Mondays listen

10/07/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Tags: Meatless Monday, food, vegetarians, meat, Health, Sarasota County, Sarasota County Schools, Sarasota

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Students in Sarasota County schools will not see meat on the menu the rest of the school year on Mondays.

Beginning this week, only meat-free dishes are being served every Monday to improve health and food diversity.

Tuesday morning WMNF interviewed Beverly Girard, the director of food and nutrition services with Sarasota County Schools.

”Meatless Monday is simply an initiative to bring an emphasis to the fact that we don’t have to have meat with every single meal we consume, and ...

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North Tampa Head Start kids get their hands dirty through gardening listen

10/03/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Tags: Head Start, north Tampa, USF, Gardening, vegetables, food, community gardens

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Young kids in a Head Start program in north Tampa planted a vegetable garden Friday morning.

The Garden Goodies Program teaches the children and their families how to grow food and the importance of eating right.

WMNF interviewed Simon Bollin, the agribusiness development manager for Hillsborough County economic development.

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Kids in St. Pete can get free breakfast and lunch all summer long listen

06/18/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Tags: free lunch, nutrition, food, hunger, poverty, St. Petersburg, free

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The city of St. Petersburg has rolled out a program to feed kids for free this summer. The Free Summer Food Program provides both breakfast and lunch at city-owned properties across St. Pete. Alexis Shuder is with the Parks and Recreation Department.

"The city of St. Petersburg parks and recreation department is sponsoring summer food service program which is through the state's program through the department of agriculture at our play camp sites for June, July and August this summer. It'...

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Bee Against Monsanto plans actions for Pollinator Week listen

06/13/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Tags: Bee Against Monsanto, March Against Monsanto, bees, Monsanto, pollinators, food, agriculture, farms

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Many plants that produce important fruits, vegetables and nuts rely on pollinators like bees. Next week is Pollinator Week but a local bee advocacy group is planning an edgier celebration by going a bit against the pollen grain.

They plan actions beginning tomorrow in Tampa’s Curtis Hixon Park for Pollinator Week.

WMNF interviewed Kriz Partridge, an organizer with Tampa’s Bee Against Monsanto.

"An official Pollinator week was put on by the Pollinator Partnership and it runs from Ju...

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Consumer advocates asking Publix to label GMO foods listen

03/12/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Tags: PIRG, Florida PIRG, Dalyn Houser, GMO, food, Publix

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Last week we told you about a bill in the Florida legislature to require labeling of foods with genetically modified organisms and about opposition to that legislation. We interviewed Dalyn Houser, a program associate with Florida PIRG who is organizing support for the bill requiring labeling of GMO foods.

"GMOs are genetically modified organisms and these are seeds that grow our food that we eat and they have the DNA of the seed has been altered in some way. So, for instance, you can cro...

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Holistic doctor: GMO foods are weapons of mass destruction listen

02/17/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Tags: GMO, food, Carlos Garcia, Health, cancer, holistic medicine

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Could genetically modified foods be causing cancer? Holistic Dr. Carlos Garcia thinks so. He’s so convinced GMOs can be deadly, he calls them a weapon of mass destruction. During a lecture at USF Tampa in January, he outlined the hazards and why they’re being ignored.

“The animals that were not fed or were fed non-genetically modified foods had a death rate of 20% female, 30% males before two years. They feed them the genetically modified foods – 70% of the female die, 75% of the males di...

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PIRG report indicates more work needed on food safety listen

12/17/13 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Tags: food, food safety, PIRG, FL PIRG

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Two years ago Congress passed the Food Safety Modernization Act and the president signed it into law.

But a new report indicates more work is needed to protect Americans from unsafe food.

We interviewed Dalyn Houser, a program associate with the Florida Public Interest Research Group (FL PIRG). It's a consumer advocacy organization.

"We analyzed data from the Center for Disease Control, the CDC, just for one year between October 2012 and 2013. We fou...

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G.M.O.s [genetically modified organisms]

06/29/13 The Urban Cafe Crew
The Urban Cafe

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The Urban Cafe answers to the 10 most intriguing questions concerning G.M.O.s [genetically modified organisms]

  1. Why are many people against the consumption of GMOs?

  2. What are some examples of GMOs?

  3. Why do these food giants opt for genetic modification?

  4. What are some of the concerns people have when it comes to feeding Genetically Modified food to our children?

  5. What countries have banned GMOs?

  6. Why do they want the animals growing bigger/faster?

  7. How ...

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Franken Farms Labs labels cans as activism to draw awareness to March Against Monsanto and GMOs listen

05/22/13 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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This Saturday there will be coordinated protests across the country and around the world opposing genetically modified foods and the company Monsanto.

There are even March Against Monsanto rallies planned in Tampa and St. Petersburg.

In the meantime some activists have printed food label...

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