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Zac Goldsmith wants £2bn food budget to be spent on organic produce 22.5.2010 Guardian: Environment
Conservative MP for Richmond Park and green campaigner wants annual budget for schools, hospitals and care homes to be spent on local, organic and sustainable food Zac Goldsmith is urging ministers to kickstart a revolution in eating habits by ensuring that all schools, hospitals and care homes start using healthy, environmentally friendly, sustainable food. A Conservative party taskforce led by the new MP for Richmond Park and prominent green campaigner wants the government and public sector's £2bn annual food budget to be spent on produce that is organic, has been produced nearby and meets animal welfare standards. The taskforce's unpublished final report calls on the government to overhaul public sector food procurement to boost ...
Good Question: How Do You Look For Pesticides? 21.5.2010 WCCO: Local News
For most of us, it's a no-brainer. Who wants to eat pesticides -- especially if you have kids? So, how do we know if there are pesticides in our food?
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Food: Field Report: A Movable Beast 20.5.2010 NY Times: Magazine
A new slaughterhouse on wheels hopes to satisfy the hunger for local meat in the Northeast.

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Study casts doubt on nutritional benefits of organic food 20.5.2010 New Kerala: World News
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Stake perennials early in the growing season 20.5.2010 Seattle Times: Top stories
Garden writer Ciscoe Morris recommends staking tall growing perennials before they blow over in the wind. He also offers tips on harvesting rhubarb and growing corn in the western part of the state.
Under-The-Radar Hollywood Jobs 20.5.2010 Forbes.com: News
If you want to rub elbows with the stars without becoming one, check out these behind-the-scenes entertainment jobs.
Organic Feed? No, Thanks 20.5.2010 NY Times: Science
Birds tend to prefer conventional feed over the organic sort, a new study shows.

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An Urban Farming Pioneer Sows His Own Legacy 19.5.2010 NY Times: Most Emailed
John Ameroso, who has helped New Yorkers raise food to feed themselves since 1976, is retiring.
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New evening market coming to downtown Carbondale 19.5.2010 Vail Colorado: Business
CARBONDALE - Downtown Carbondale will be abuzz with activity longer into the evening on Wednesdays this summer with the addition of the new Main Street Market & Artist Bazaar. The evening market will be in addition to the daytime farmer's market, with takes place from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. each Wednesday throughout the summer and fall, featuring a variety of commercial growers and vendors on hand selling everything from fresh produce to baked goods. In contrast, the focus of the evening market will be on local backyard gardeners, artists and musicians, Carbondale Recreation Director Jeff Jackel said. "The idea behind the Main Street Market is to encourage local citizens and visitors to spend a weekday evening in colorful downtown ...
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Letters to the editor 19.5.2010 SFGate: Op-Ed
Letters to the editor
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Did exploding stars shatter life's mirror? 19.5.2010 New Scientist: GM Organisms
Did exploding stars shatter life's mirror?
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Haitian Farmers Commit to Burning Monsanto Hybrid Seeds 19.5.2010 Truthout - All Articles

"A new earthquake" is what peasant farmer leader Chavannes Jean-Baptiste of the Peasant Movement of Papay (MPP) called the news that Monsanto will be donating 60,000 seed sacks (475 tons) of hybrid corn seeds and vegetable seeds, some of them treated with highly toxic pesticides. The MPP has committed to burning Monsanto's seeds, and has called for a march to protest the corporation's presence in Haiti on June 4, for World Environment Day.

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At Jello Mold Farm, flowers are grown organically 18.5.2010 Seattle Times: Top stories
At Jello Mold Farm near Mount Vernon in Washington state, Diane Szukovathy and Dennis Westphall are growing flowers organically, applying the same sort of local, green standards to their work as fruit and vegetable growers are to theirs. The result is row upon row of beautiful, bouquet-ready flowers — everything from lilacs and lupines to sweet peas, sunflowers and even gourds and chestnut tree branches.
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Recipes for Health: Chicken Soup With Bulgur and Yellow Squash 18.5.2010 New York Times Health
This Greek-inspired soup benefits gets its heft from coarse bulgur.

Letters to the editor 18.5.2010 SFGate: Op-Ed
Letters to the editor
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The Little Garden that Could 18.5.2010 Common Dreams: Views
by Roger Doiron

The Obama family is celebrating the first anniversary of their new kitchen garden, but in my house we're putting two candles on the organic carrot cake and making a wish for our national food gardening future.

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Vending over backward for health 18.5.2010 SFGate: Business & Technology
Vending over backward for health
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Richard Carnes: Attack of the Oreo Nazis 18.5.2010 Vail Colorado: Business
Imagine you walk into your favorite bar, and upon ordering your favorite beer, the bartender says, "Sorry, but new studies have shown that beer is bad for you. Here, you can have this cold glass of fat-free, organic milk instead." After emptying the cow juice all over his big fat head, you quickly choose a new favorite bar down the road and enjoy the rest of your evening. Now imagine you are a fifth-grade student in Tucson, Ariz., attending Children's Success Academy (a public school), and your teacher just inspected your lunch box for what she calls forbidden foods, removing any American cheese, canned fruit, flavored yogurt, white bread, peanut butter (if made with sugar) and, of course, your personal favorite, Oreo cookies. While you'd ...
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Bridging the water divide: It's not only about taste 18.5.2010 Washington Post: Health
Bridging the water divide: It's not only about taste
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Supremely Important: Genetically Engineered Crops 17.5.2010 Commondreams.org Views
by Ben Lilliston

Fifteen years after farmers and agribusinesses began planting genetically engineered crops in our nation's fields, we still know very little about their long-term environmental, economic, and social consequences.

The Supreme Court is finally getting involved. It recently heard a case involving Monsanto's genetically engineered (GE) alfalfa, which is resistant to the herbicide Roundup. Farmers, including many that use pesticides and herbicides and others that don't, asked that approval for this variety of alfalfa be blocked.

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