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US: Food Companies Face U.S. Probe Over Iraq Deals
by Glen R. SimpsonWall Street Journal
October 16th, 2007
Prominent American food companies are under scrutiny in a federal probe of possible fraud and corruption in the military's food-supply operations for the Iraq war.

US: In Turnaround, Industries Seek Regulations
by Eric Lipton and Gardiner HarrisNew York Times
September 16th, 2007
After years of favoring the hands-off doctrine of the Bush administration, some of the nation's biggest industries are pushing for something they have long resisted: new federal regulations.

US: FTC: Milk Ads Not Misleading
by Sam HananelGuardian (UK)
August 28th, 2007
Federal regulators have turned down a request from Monsanto Co. to take action against dairy companies that advertise milk as free of synthetic hormones.

EUROPE: A Genetically Modified Potato, Not for Eating, Is Stirring Some Opposition in Europe
by Elisabeth RosenthalThe New York Times
July 24th, 2007
Amflora potatoes, likely to become the first genetically modified crop in the last decade to be approved for growth in Europe, have become the unlikely lightning rod in the angry debate over such products on the Continent.

WORLD: A Way for Resource-Rich Countries to Audit Their Way Out of Corruption
by Tyler CowenThe New York Times
July 12th, 2007
An Oxford economist has a new and potentially powerful idea: setting up an voluntary international charter to guide transparency efforts in resource-rich developing countries, in order to stave of corruption.

CHILE: Gold rush threatens glacier
by Lucia Newman Al Jazeera
July 8th, 2007
A new gold rush is under way as mining companies seek to supply the ever-increasing demand for the precious metal from emerging economies such as India, and with reserves dwindling all over the world they are going to extraordinary lengths to extract it.

CHINA: The Growing Dangers of China Trade
by Jyoti ThottamTIME Magazine
June 28th, 2007
Growing concerns over the safety of everyday goods manufactured in China and imported to the US have thrown into relief the problematic (and dangerous) differences in safety and regulatory standards between the two countries.

US: Starbucks in Ethiopia coffee vow
BBC News Online
June 21st, 2007
Starbucks has agreed a wide-ranging accord with Ethiopia to support and promote its coffee, ending a long-running dispute over the issue.

WORLD: Food Firms Accused of Pushing Toddler Milk
by Bellinda KontominasSydney Morning Herald
June 9th, 2007
Food and drug companies are using aggressive marketing tactics similar to those used in the tobacco industry to circumvent advertising bans on infant formulas and sell milk drinks to parents.

IVORY COAST: Cocoa exports ‘fund’ Ivory Coast conflict
by  William Wallis and Dino MahtaniFinancial Times
June 7th, 2007
After diamonds and timber, Global Witness, the London-based pressure group, has turned its sights on chocolate in a report that claims cocoa exports from Ivory Coast, the world’s largest producer, have contributed to funding and prolonging the conflict there.

US: Another Chemical Emerges in Pet Food Case
by 
DAVID BARBOZA
The New York Times
May 9th, 2007
A second industrial chemical that regulators have found in contaminated pet food in the United States may have also been intentionally added to animal feed by producers seeking larger profits, according to interviews with chemical industry officials here.

US: KFC to tell customers of chemical in potatoes
by Tim ReitermanThe Los Angeles Times
April 25th, 2007
To resolve a suit by the state attorney general, the maker of Kentucky Fried Chicken agreed Tuesday to tell its California customers that its fried or baked potatoes contain a suspected carcinogen.

CHINA: China union says U.S. fast food chains broke wage law
by John RuwitchReuters
April 4th, 2007
U.S. fast food chains, including McDonald's and KFC, broke minimum wage laws in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou, the state-backed labor union said on Wednesday, urging tougher enforcement of employment laws.

COLOMBIA: Colombia seeks extradition of 8 people in Chiquita payments to terrorists
by Javier BaenaUnion-Tribune
March 23rd, 2007
Colombia's chief prosecutor said Tuesday he will demand the extradition of eight people allegedly involved with Chiquita's payments to right-wing paramilitaries and leftist rebels in a region where it had profitable banana-growing operations.

COLOMBIA: Colombia May Extradite Chiquita Officials
by Simon RomeroNew York Times
March 19th, 2007
Colombian officials said over the weekend that they would consider seeking the extradition of senior executives of Chiquita Brands International after the company pleaded guilty in United States federal court to making payments to paramilitary death squads.

US: Chiquita admits paying fighters
BBC News
March 14th, 2007
US banana company Chiquita Brands International has said it will plead guilty to a count of doing business with a paramilitary group in Colombia.

ARGENTINA: Mapuches Return to Benetton-Held Land
by Marcela ValenteInter Press News Service (IPS)
February 27th, 2007
Mapuche Indians in the southern Argentine region of Patagonia, who in 2002 took part in a land dispute against the Italian textile group Benetton, have returned to occupy land belonging to the firm, reclaiming their ancestral rights.

INDIA: Farmers irked over land acquisition for Reliance's power plant in Ghaziabad
by Shailesh KumarDown to Earth
February 9th, 2007
Farmers continue to protest against Reliance's power project in UP

US: Lawsuit accuses Connecticut nursery of human trafficking
by John ChristoffersenAssociated Press
February 8th, 2007
A dozen Guatemalan workers filed a federal lawsuit Thursday accusing one of the nation's largest nurseries of engaging in human trafficking by forcing them to work nearly 80 hours per week, paying them less than minimum wage and denying them medical care for injuries on the job.

UK: Starbucks stirred by fair trade film
by Ashley SeagerGuardian Unlimited (UK)
January 29th, 2007
A campaign by Ethiopia to get a fair price for its coffee - some of the world's finest - kicks off in London today as a spokesman for the east African country's impoverished coffee growers meets Tony Blair.

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