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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


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


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


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...


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


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


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


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...


Health foodies want labels on genetically modified foods listen

09/21/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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This month, French researchers said genetically modified corn may have caused tumors in laboratory rats. People concerned about genetically modified foods are launching a campaign for accurate labeling. At an event hosted by Food and Water Watch at a health food store in Tampa Thursday night, 40 people learned how they can persuade elected officials to introduce a law that requires labels on genetically engineered foods.

Kara Kaufman is the Tampa field director for the Let Me Decide Camp...


Agent orange corn?

06/21/12 Mary Glenney
From A Woman's Point of View
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Rebecca Spector with Center For Food safety talks about efforts by Monsanto to get approval of a genetically modified corn that would be able to tolerate 2,4D-an agent in Agent Orange. The USDA, who has the authority to approve Monsanto's new seed, will be giving a decision soon . The EPA is taking opinions whether 2,4 D can safely be used in this way. Public comment is open until June 22-but Rachel said that opinions are still open and welcome. Since the introduction of Monsanto's Roun...

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Last Call Friday

05/11/12 Lisa Marzilli
Last Call Friday
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It was open phones on today's Last Call. We talked about some of the headlines that caught my attention during the week including the somewhat provocative question over whether or not restaurants should be allowed to ban children.

Tampa Bay Times food critic Laura Reiley wrote a great piece on Friday on the heat Cappy's Pizzeria owner, Scooter Gabel has taken over the l...

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