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Tucson’s seed library fosters food sovereignty in a desert 22.9.2017 High Country News Most Recent
With help from Pima County’s public libraries, Tucsonans grow urban gardens.
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For farmers and working people, cancelling NAFTA could be the best way forward 20.9.2017 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Politics in Canada Have you ever wondered what would happen if you called the bully's bluff? As Liberal members of Parliament return to their seats in the House of Commons, they need to consider the sometimes-veiled opportunities that political bullying provides. Are you listening, Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland? More than 20 years ago, I was someone who campaigned and organized against the passage of both the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) and the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). I was devastated, like many others, when both passed, first the FTA and then later NAFTA, enabled by the Liberals, and supported over the years by various shades of Conservatives. The results of almost 30 years of free trade have not borne fruit for workers, the environment or family farmers. Over the years the U.S. has placed one barrier in front of another, and Canada has spent incredible energy trying to defend some of the public systems that have created a bit of equality in this country. Whether it be ...
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For farmers and working people, cancelling NAFTA might be the best way forward 20.9.2017 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Politics in Canada Have you ever wondered what would happen if you called the bully's bluff? As Liberal members of Parliament return to their seats in the House of Commons, they need to consider the sometimes-veiled opportunities that political bullying provides. Are you listening, Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland? More than 20 years ago, I was someone who campaigned and organized against the passage of both the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) and the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). I was devastated, like many others, when both passed, first the FTA and then later NAFTA, enabled by the Liberals, and supported over the years by various shades of Conservatives. The results of almost 30 years of free trade have not borne fruit for workers, the environment or family farmers. Over the years the U.S. has placed one barrier in front of another, and Canada has spent incredible energy trying to defend some of the public systems that have created a bit of equality in this country. Whether it be ...
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Western Towns Try To Stop Hungry Bears From Causing Havoc 18.9.2017 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
By Sophie Quinton   BOULDER, Colo. — On a recent morning that was chilly with the first nip of fall, Brenda Lee went looking
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As oceans acidify, shellfish farmers respond 18.9.2017 Current Issue
Scientists collaborate to mitigate climate impacts in the Northwest.
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Farming in Alaska is increasingly possible 18.9.2017 Current Issue
Longer growing seasons and food scarcity are turning more people to agriculture.
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Antifa and Leftists Organize Mutual Aid and Rescue Networks in Houston 1.9.2017 Truthout - All Articles
Members of the West Street Response Team in Houston, Texas. (Photo: Courtesy of Andrew Cobb) In Houston, decentralized groups of leftists, radicals and anarchists, including those involved in antifascist organizing, have been busy rescuing victims of flooding and distributing resources to vulnerable communities during the hardest days of Hurricane Harvey's initial landfall. While city officials and journalists focus on the so-called "looting," many of these groups are poised and ready to begin providing direct relief when the water recedes. Members of the West Street Response Team in Houston, Texas. (Photo: Courtesy of Andrew Cobb) "It's been a hell of a few days," says Andrew Cobb, whose house in Houston's Fifth Ward was spared the brunt of Hurricane Harvey's flood waters. His decentralized, grassroots relief effort called the " West Street Response Team " started with a simple scouting mission to a nearby flood plain across Highway 59 on Sunday. After he and his roommates arrived at the location, they ...
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How the Large-Scale Privatization of New Orleans' Schools Upholds Inequality 29.8.2017 Truthout - All Articles
Cafeteria workers in New Orleans are working to organize a union in order to negotiate for better wages and working conditions with Volunteers of America, a wealthy Christian ministry contracting with local elementary schools to provide meals to students. From left to right: Damita Hall, Pamela Bourgois, Quintessa Dampeer and Debra Slaughter. (Photo: Julie Dermansky) For the school cafeteria workers fighting for living wages and a union, the full-scale privatization of the New Orleans school system created a race to the bottom that robbed Black communities of good-paying jobs. For students and families, it created an academic race to the top that left disadvantaged students behind in a system based on markets and competition. Cafeteria workers in New Orleans are working to organize a union in order to negotiate for better wages and working conditions with Volunteers of America, a wealthy Christian ministry contracting with local elementary schools to provide meals to students. From left to right: Damita ...
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How to build a strong local food system 26.8.2017 TreeHugger
It goes beyond farmers' markets and CSA shares.
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How a science museum is changing the culture of resiliency 24.8.2017 Small Business | GreenBiz.com
Jonathan Foley, executive director of the California Academy of Sciences, shares the three pillars of wide-scale climate action.
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Trump's Proposed After-School Cuts Could Lead to More Hungry Kids, Lower Test Scores 21.8.2017 Truthout - All Articles
Greenville, Mississippi—In March, President Trump revealed his "skinny budget," a rough sketch of the nascent administration's fiscal priorities and objectives that included deep cuts to education and nutrition programs. Budget chief Mick Mulvaney defended the move. "[The programs] are supposed to help kids who don't get fed at home so they do better in school," Mulvaney said at a press conference on the day of the announcement . "Guess what? There's no demonstrable evidence they're actually doing that. There's no demonstrable evidence they're actually helping results, helping kids do better in school." In Greenville, Mississippi, a town on the Blues Highway in the Mississippi Delta where every public school student receives free breakfast and lunch, Joan Rowe, director of the local Boys and Girls Club, heard that comment and immediately thought: "They should come down here." Rowe and her colleagues across the Delta are watching with keen attention as the federal government aims to slash vital programs ...
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Farm-to-School Movement Fights for a Foothold in Corn Belt Cafeterias 18.8.2017 Truthout.com
As the movement for a local and ethical food system continues to gain traction, school food is slowly but surely becoming a focus in the fight for change.  School districts serve lunch to 30.4 million students a day through the USDA's National School Lunch Program (NSLP). The NSLP provides cash subsidies and USDA foods to enrolled schools, which in turn provide free and low-cost meals for qualifying students. In total, meals served through the NSLP amount to as many as 5 billion per year . Due to the program's scale and the influence of Big Ag interests, the lion's share of food served through the NSLP has typically been sourced from large-scale producers, transported from afar and heavily processed. The resulting meals are often less than nutritious. In 2009, the ground beef the USDA bought from five major meatpackers and distributed through the program failed to meet the quality standards of most fast food restaurants. But two initiatives, the farm-to-school movement and the Good Food Purchasing Policy ...
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Montreal supermarket opens huge organic rooftop garden 18.8.2017 TreeHugger
Talk about slashing food miles; 'fresh from the roof' is as local as it gets.
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Capitalist Economies Create Waste, Not Social Value 17.8.2017 Truthout.com
More production means more waste: more waste means more production. Waste is a sign of capitalism's success. In this excerpt from Creating an Ecological Society, Fred Magdoff and Chris Williams show the immense levels of waste created by capitalism today, including the prison-industrial complex, food system and housing in the United States -- not to mention the horrendous expensive and wasteful US military. (Photo: hroe / iStock / Getty Images Plus) What would a truly just, equal and ecologically sustainable future look like? Why would it require a change in our economic system, namely the end of capitalism? Fred Magdoff and Chris Williams answer these questions in Creating an Ecological Society: Toward a Revolutionary Transformation. Suffused with radical hope, this book can be yours with a donation to Truthout! In this excerpt, Magdoff and Williams show the immense levels of waste created by capitalism today, including the prison-industrial complex, food system and housing in the United States -- not ...
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Ordinary Mexicans struggle to afford avocados 9.8.2017 TreeHugger
So many avocados are exported at such high prices that it's difficult for many locals to buy this staple ingredient.
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The Future of the Low-Wage Worker Movement May Depend on an Unheralded New York City Law 9.8.2017 Truthout - All Articles
Fast food workers and Fast Food Justice board members. (Photo: WNV / Fast Food Justice) Flavia Cabral doesn't equivocate. She joined the fast food worker movement, she said, for a single reason: to put her daughter through college. Cabral, 53, of the Bronx, earned $7.25 per hour at McDonald's when she stood alongside coworkers in her first single-day strike four years ago. Over 10 strikes later, she makes $12 per hour, thanks to a statewide minimum wage hike that will gradually elevate her pay to $15 by the end of 2018. Still, her goal remains out of reach. "I don't have enough savings for my daughter to finish college," she said. "I want her to graduate." Cabral's predicament is emblematic of one facing the Fight for $15: how to move beyond its titular demand to address other barriers that are keeping fast food workers from a middle class life. These obstacles include insufficient hours, non-union workplaces and crippling expenses like housing, health insurance and college education. Fight for $15 won ...
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New Seasonal Food Guide app aims to help ease the search for local & seasonal food in US 8.8.2017 TreeHugger
It's National Farmers Market Week, and this new free app can help you learn when and where your favorite local produce will be available and in peak flavor.
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Planting Resilience to Climate Change 6.8.2017 Truthout - All Articles
Aurelia Arzú inspects the cocoplum patch and reaches in to pluck the ripest fruits. It’s early in the year, and the season is just beginning, so the bush is loaded with edible, plum-sized fruit ripening from yellow to pink in the unrelenting afternoon sun. Arzú bites into the cocoplum, quite literally eating the fruits of her labor. Together with other local Garifuna women, she planted cocoplum, seagrape, and other native coastal plants on and around the sand dunes in an effort to halt their advance and prevent further displacement of Santa Rosa de Aguán community residents. Aurelia Arzú inspects a cocoplum bush planted by local Garifuna women, selecting the ripest fruit to eat. (Photo: Sandra Cuffe) "It fills me with pride to see this and to know that the women helped protect our community," says Arzú, looking out at the burgeoning vegetation. Arzú's footprints crisscross the sandy expanse, tracing a path from the Caribbean Sea lapping at the northern coast of Honduras to the dunes now dotted with ...
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As climate changes, global food supply will become increasingly unstable 4.8.2017 TreeHugger
Global food shipments rely on 14 key 'chokepoints' that are susceptible to disruption, with disastrous effects.
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First attack over meat in Bihar: 3 held, beaten up 4.8.2017 India – The Indian Express
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