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One year after deadly Firestone explosion, half of Anadarko’s vertical wells are back in service 11.4.2018 Denver Post: Business
Nearly a year since the deadly home explosion in Firestone, Anadarko Petroleum Corp. has returned to service almost half the vertical wells it shut down for inspection and plugged and abandoned 600 more.
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More organic than thou? Rebel farmers create new food label 11.4.2018 Denver Post: Local
Was your tomato grown in dirt or water? Organic shoppers might notice additional labels this summer that will give them the answer — and tell them whether their choices align with what a rebellious group of farmers and scientists deem the true spirit of the organic movement.
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More organic than thou? Rebel farmers create new food label 10.4.2018 AP Top News
THETFORD, Vt. (AP) -- Was your tomato grown in dirt or water? Organic shoppers might notice additional labels this summer that will give them the answer - and tell them whether their choices align with what a rebellious group of farmers and scientists deem the true spirit of the organic movement....
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A grass-roots movement for healthy soil spreads among farmers 10.4.2018 Minnesota Public Radio: News
America's farmers are digging soil like never before. A movement for "regenerative agriculture" is dedicated to building healthier soil and could even lead to a new eco-label on food.
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If you're only growing one type of tomato this year, it should be this 7.4.2018 LA Times: Commentary

Every spring, home gardeners face the same thorny dilemma: With so many choices and so little space, what tomato should I grow?

We asked three garden experts — Scott Daigre of Tomatomania!, Mark Anderson of Farmer Mark certified organic farmer’s markets and Yvonne Savio, retired coordinator of...

Heading to Coachella? Here are some packing tips 7.4.2018 LA Times: Commentary

Music festival season is upon us — which essentially means all-nighters, exhaustion, dusty campgrounds and iffy shower and bathroom access. (Ladies, you already have your portable urinals for emergencies, right?)

Here are a few things to toss in your bag to keep you calm, clean-ish, quenched and...

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Punch List: You should be focusing on soil in the Colorado garden the second week in April 6.4.2018 Headlines: All Headlines
We want our plants to be healthy with great flowers, foliage or fruiting -- the reason we garden! What makes this all happen? It’s all about the soil.
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In a first, FDA orders recall of a 'contaminated food' — kratom with salmonella 3.4.2018 Washington Post
In a first, FDA orders recall of a 'contaminated food' — kratom with salmonella
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How the White House garden became a political football 3.4.2018 Washington Post: Politics
Why Melania Trump's decision not to plant vegetables matters so much.
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5 secrets to growing big, fat, juicy tomatoes 30.3.2018 LA Times: Commentary

Scott Daigre knows tomatoes. For 18 years he’s produced Tomatomania!, a traveling springtime smorgasbord of more than 300 heirloom and hybrid tomato varieties. (Next stop: Descanso Gardens, April 6 through 8.) We asked Scott to answer the questions he gets asked most frequently. You can see more...

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Hong Kong's skyline farms harvest more happiness than food 27.3.2018 AP Business
HONG KONG (AP) -- High above downtown Hong Kong's bustling, traffic-clogged streets, a group of office workers was toiling away not on a corporate acquisition or a public share offering but on harvesting a bumper crop of lettuce atop one of the skyscrapers studding the city's skyline....
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Former nude beach hits the market in Santa Cruz for $35 million 27.3.2018 LA Times: Commentary

Feeling frisky? A 175-acre coastal property that once housed a nude beach is up for sale in Santa Cruz for $35 million.

Once known as Red White & Blue Beach, the topless territory offered sunbathers a chance to lose their tan lines until it shut down in the late 2000s. Now, the 3.5-acre stretch...

Amid the hipster foodies of Grand Central Market, one longtime chile vendor tries to hang on 25.3.2018 LA Times: Commentary

As I strolled through Grand Central Market in downtown Los Angeles one day, one of the longtime vendors flashed her big smile at me, so I stopped to ask how things were going.

Rocio Lopez, who owns Chiles Secos, said business was OK. But the more we talked, the more clear it became that she’s struggling....

This Farmer Turned Congresswoman Sees a Way out of America’s Health Crisis 17.3.2018 Mother Jones
Many members of the US House of Representatives run businesses in their home districts. Few of those enterprises can offer you a half-dozen oysters and a glass of wine, or send you home with an array of locally grown vegetables. But then US Rep. Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) isn’t your usual DC politician, as I learned […]
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"Real Organic" Label Bites Back at Industrial Agriculture 16.3.2018 Truthout - All Articles
Support from readers keeps Truthout 100 percent independent. If you like what you're reading, make a donation! When you think of  organic food , you probably imagine a bucolic farm with happy cows out in the pasture and crops growing lush and healthy in fields free of synthetic fertilizers,  pesticides  and other agricultural chemicals. There's a reason for that image: It was the original intent of the organic movement, which aimed to reclaim farming and preserve soil integrity. Unfortunately, the value of the organic label -- now  regulated by the USDA   -- has been undermined in recent years by the rise of what some refer to as " industrial organic ." Now, "organic" includes  confined animal feeding operations (CAFOs) , hydroponics and crops grown in industrial settings that don't adhere to the spirit of the label. Backed by ferocious marketing, organic is big business, with consumers paying a premium for products labeled "organic." Following the money, numerous  major agriculture firms  have entered ...
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When farm-to-table comes to your own front yard 14.3.2018 LA Times: Commentary

“We’re a farm-to-table restaurant.”

Sound familiar? These words are part of the repertoire of greetings uttered by countless servers in Los Angeles and beyond.

If you’ve been paying attention, the term farm-to-table, which refers to the idea of showcasing farm produce on your menu — and was coined...

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Deconstruction of Obama Regulatory Agenda Continues: Animal Welfare Rule Repealed 14.3.2018 Truthout - All Articles
The US Department of Agriculture announced Monday it would rescind a regulation aimed at improving animal conditions at certain slaughterhouses. In an announcement to be published in the Federal Register, the department claimed the rule exceeded its statutory authority. The regulation would have affected participants in the National Organic Program, requiring them to take a number of steps to improve the well-being of chickens and cattle. In order to keep their organic certification, the rule stipulated that producers must ensure chickens have free movement within their cages, and that cows can access the outdoors year round. Other measures improved animal welfare during transportation and handling prior to slaughter. The regulation was finalized in April 2016, and it was finally set to take effect in May, after the Trump administration delayed its implementation three times throughout last year. The department admitted in its Federal Register filing that the vast majority of feedback it received was ...
Your Organic “Cage-Free” Eggs Might Come From Hens Locked Up All Day 13.3.2018 Mother Jones
When you pay up for certified-organic eggs, do you picture a flock of hens scratching outdoors in the grass? If so, I’m here with a sobering reminder: As I reported in 2015, under the letter of organic code, which is developed and enforced by the US Department of Agriculture, organically managed hens often spend most […]
Always choose organic farming 11.3.2018 The Navhind Times
Maneka Sanjay Gandhi Organic farming for me is as important as animal welfare. Both save thousands of species and make the world a better place for humans. When I became minister for Women and Children, we started a new project: an annual Mela in Delhi Haat, for 15 days, where 300 women organic farmers from ...
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Processed-food stalwart Kraft Heinz creates unit to go after health-conscious consumers 8.3.2018 Chicago Tribune: Business
The maker of the top-selling processed cheese slice is creating a business unit to fund and foster food brands for the protein bar and greek yogurt set. Kraft Heinz — which makes brands including Oscar Mayer, Velveeta and Jell-O in addition to its namesake macaroni and cheese and ketchup — ...
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