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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


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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Climate change means challenges for Florida agriculture: scientist listen

05/16/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Tags: agriculture, climate change, farms, Florida


You’ve probably heard about changes that could be in store because of climate change to sea levels, summer heat waves and intense hurricanes; but how will disruptions to the climate affect Florida’s agriculture industry?

To answer that, WMNF spoke with Jerry Hatfield, the director of the National Lab for Agriculture and Environment in Iowa. He was a lead author for the agricultural chapter of the recent National Climate Assessment.

"If you look at Florida, now you're talking about a t...

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Farmers markets to get big boost thanks to Farm Bill listen

05/08/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tags: Farm Bill, farms, farmers market, USDA, agriculture


The USDA is pumping almost $80 million into local food programs. Department secretary Tom Vilsack announced a program during a conference call Thursday that will offer $30 million in grant money for things like farmers markets. The rest of the funding will guarantee loans for small and medium-sized agriculture businesses.

“The industry loan program will clarify that these resources can now be used for an urban project so long as it’s benefiting rural producers.”

The funding is availabl...

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Small farms under threat from the FDA in "Farmageddon" listen

08/12/11 Josh Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Federal and state laws can create hurdles for small farmers, who face raids and arrests for such things as selling raw milk to customers. A new film, called Farmageddon, documents the struggles of independent farmers. Hundreds of people attended sold out screenings in Tampa.

Many viewers were shocked to find that all over the United States, federal food regulators are shutting down businesses, throwing fresh food in the garbage, and raiding families’ homes...


Florida Senate passes bill to make taking photos of farms a crime listen

05/06/11 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Today The Florida Senate approved a bill that would make outlaws out of people who photograph farms. Democratic minority leader Nan Rich opposed the bill, saying it’s meant to crack down on whistleblowers.

"It's really about people who want to conceal animal abuse. Whistleblowers on farms alert the public to animal cruelty, to environmental abuse, and to dangers to our food supply. This bill discourages such reports and jeopardizes consumers. I think that whistleblowers actually should ...


PETA “chicks” in bikinis protest Tampa McDonald's for chain’s chicken cruelty listen

04/29/11 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Why were two slender young women wearing yellow bikinis and waving at traffic in front of a McDonald’s on 50th street in Tampa this morning? The activists from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, or PETA, were drawing attention to what they say are inhumane chicken-killing practices in the slaughterhouses of McDonald’s suppliers.

Arthur Andrews from Tampa was passing by and says the information he learned from the PETA spokespeople will keep him away from eating at McDonald's...


PETA says farm photography bill would criminalize those calling attention to animal abuse listen

04/06/11 Lenka Davis
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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One controversial bill moving through the Florida Legislature would make people criminals if they photograph or video tape farms without permission. Animal rights groups are concerned the bill will target activists trying to document cruelty. Last night, the senior vice president for PETA, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, spoke at the University of South Florida in Tampa. WMNF reporter Lenka Davis interviewed Matthews about the farm photography bill.

Senate Bill 1246, filed by ...


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