Food and Agriculture News: 7/28/22

Food and Agriculture News: 7/28/22

Farm labor traffickers bribed Georgia government employees, federal agent testifies - USA Today

Earlier this year, the Atlanta Journal Constitution released an investigative report about human trafficking and slavery taking place on Georgia farms. The federal government arrested 28 people involved in a bust known as Operation Blooming Onion. The conditions were so horrific and blatant, it left me wondering how they possibly got away with it in the first place. 

This new report from USA Today sheds some light on that question. Testimony from a recent court hearing revealed a bribery scheme on top of human trafficking. The very people responsible for the welfare of these workers instead took bribes from those enslaving them. This report details everything that’s happened so far and offers some insight as to what might be coming next. As of now, no one has been charged with bribery… yet. 

A New Project in Rural Oregon Is Letting Farmers Test Drive Electric Tractors in the Name of Science - Inside Climate News

The first time you start an electric you can find yourself wondering, “is this thing on?” Well, I imagine the sensation is significantly greater on a tractor! 

The pitch for electric tractors is pretty much the same as electric cars. The big difference is that farmers rely heavily on tractors to power their business. It’s not like they can hail an Uber if anything goes wrong. For this reason, the greenification of farm equipment has been very slow. That’s a big reason why companies are allowing free test drives – to prove the tractors are effective. 

Another potential plus? With high prices of gas, some farmers are spending over $2,000 per day just to fill up the tank.

The biggest issue, though, is that it can’t run in heavy rain or while irrigation is spraying water. That dog don’t hunt. 

Farmers forced to sell their cows as drought conditions worsen across US - CNN

Extreme drought like what’s happening in Texas impacts ranchers twice as bad. For starters, the cows need more water. That much is clear. But secondly, it causes fire in grasslands, which means there’s less for cattle to graze on. Throw in the high price of fuel, grain and seeds, and many farmers are bringing cattle to market as soon as possible.

In the short run, that could mean lower prices for consumers. In the long run, it will almost certainly mean higher prices, as cows that might ordinarily go to market this year are heading there now. 

What Subway’s Tuna Lawsuit Can Teach Us About Fish - Yahoo

The audacity of Subway offering 100% tuna is extremely bold considering 20-56% of seafood is mislabeled. For them to claim it’s 100% tuna would mean they had to lab test all tuna before it got in the store. That’s just not possible. 

Anyway, here’s what the study found: “According to the complaints of the lawsuit and independent lab results, Subway’s tuna sandwiches allegedly contain pork, chicken, and possibly no traces of tuna DNA at all.”

So definitely not 100% and in some cases possibly 0%!!!!! 

And that is the lesson the headline alludes to. Unless you really know where your seafood is coming from, there’s a decent chance it’s not what the label says or what the restaurant claims it is.

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