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Explaining Corporate Sponsorship on a ‘Land-Grant’ University 30.3.2011 WireTap Magazine
GOOD magazine published a piece on my alma mater, the University of Minnesota, by Claire Stanford on the worth of a land-grant university. Though the piece was clearly written from a food justice perspective, a general point of view I can get behind, Stanford seems to have some gaping holes in her analysis of higher education. Stanford is a fiction writer from Brooklyn, something I will do my best not to begrudge her, who takes classes in the English department at the University of Minnesota–Twin Cities. She takes a bus to a farm class each week two days a week on the St. Paul campus. But Stanford has issues with the U of M: The University of Minnesota is a land-grant university, a term I was vaguely familiar with before coming here, but only insofar as I knew it meant something, well, farm-y. In my experience in agriculture classes, we haven"t specifically talked about what it means to be a land-grant institution, but the concept underlies everything that we do. After all, ...
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Farmers and Seed Producers Launch Preemptive Strike against Monsanto 30.3.2011 Commondreams.org Newswire

On behalf of 60 family farmers, seed businesses and organic agricultural organizations, the Public Patent Foundation (PUBPAT) filed suit today against Monsanto Company challenging the chemical giant's patents on genetically modified seed.  The organic plaintiffs were forced to sue preemptively to protect themselves from being accused of patent infringement should their crops ever become contaminated by Monsanto's genetically modified seed.

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How to Eat Animals and Respect Them, Too 29.3.2011 AlterNet
Why this foodie farmer believes sustainable farming includes meat.
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Joel Salatin: How to Eat Animals and Respect Them, Too 29.3.2011 AlterNet
Why this foodie farmer believes sustainable farming includes meat.
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How to Build a Lightweight Food-Producing Green Roof 29.3.2011 TreeHugger
How to Build a Lightweight Food-Producing Green Roof
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Ask Pablo: Can Food In A BPA-Lined Can Still Be Considered Organic? 28.3.2011 TreeHugger
Ask Pablo: Can Food In A BPA-Lined Can Still Be Considered Organic?
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Sowing the Seeds of Sustainable Foods 26.3.2011 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com

Although sustainability has become firmly planted in the food sector, sustainable food has yet to become the status quo.

Sowing the Seeds of Sustainable Foods
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Rodale data show organic just as productive, better at building soil 26.3.2011 Gristmill
by Tom Philpott. Organic agriculture is a fine luxury for the rich, but it could never feed the world as global population moves to 9 billion . That’s what a lot of powerful people— including the editors of The Economist —insist, but the truth could well be the opposite: it might be chemical-intensive agriculture that’s the frivolous luxury, and organic that offers us the right technologies in a resource-constrained, ever-warmer near future. That’s the conclusion I draw from the latest data of the Pennsylvania-based Rodale Institute’s Farming Systems Trial (FST), which Rodale calls “America’s longest running, side-by-side comparison of conventional and organic agriculture.” Now, Rodale promotes organic ag, so industrial-minded critics will be tempted to dismiss its data. But that would be wrong—its test plots have an excellent reputation in the ag research community, and the Institute often collaborates with the USDA’s ...
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Will Sustainable Biofuel Certification Scheme Put End to Food Versus Fuel Debate? 26.3.2011 TreeHugger
Will Sustainable Biofuel Certification Scheme Put End to Food Versus Fuel Debate?
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Study: Organic chicken carries significantly lower salmonella risk 26.3.2011 Grist Magazine
by Tom Philpott. This study from the University of Georgia’s Center for Food Safety came out in November and has bounced around the Internet, but for some reason I’m just now noticing it. It’s worth a look. The researchers looked at broilers—chickens raised for meat—from “three organic and four conventional broiler farms from the same company in North Carolina,” and tested their manure for salmonella. They also tested samples of their feed. Here’s what they found: 38.8 percent of the conventional birds were carrying salmonella, versus 5.6 percent for the organic birds. As for feed, 27.5 percent of the conventional feed samples were carrying the pathogen, versus 5 percent of the organic. Recall that in the vast salmonella-egg recall of last year, authorities homed in on tainted feed as the likely source of contamination. Now for the creepy part: 39.7 percent of the salmonella found in the conventional birds had resistance to no fewer than ...
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Can Agriculture Ever Be Sustainable? 25.3.2011 TreeHugger
Can Agriculture Ever Be Sustainable?
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U.S. Lakes Expert Stephen Carpenter Earns Stockholm Water Prize 25.3.2011 ENS
U.S. Lakes Expert Stephen Carpenter Earns Stockholm Water Prize
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Ready To Eat Meat: Healthy? 24.3.2011 Green Lifestyle and Sustainable Culture News - ENN
What is better to eat, in terms of health, a hot dog (made from what?) or chicken? If given the choice between eating a hot dog or enjoying some rotisserie chicken, consider the hot dog at least according to some research out of Kansas State. That's because hot dogs, as well as pepperoni and deli meats, are relatively free of carcinogenic compounds, according to their research. But it's a not-so-happy ending for bacon and rotisserie chicken -- especially chicken skin -- because both have higher levels of cancerous material.
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Roundup: Can Sustainable Agriculture Feed the World? Depends on Who You Ask 24.3.2011 NewWest.Net All Headlines
Yes, but can you feed the world? That question is often big agriculture's the first argument against organic and sustainable agriculture. (And the inversethat we need chemicals and large-scale farming to feed the worldis often a talking point in support of production ag in general and in specific, genetically engineered crops.) So what is the answer?  Thanks to a recent study by the United Nations Special Rapporteu, the web has been abuzz with the question. Here's a quick roundup of those discussions. Also in this week's roundup: Is the USDA anti-antibiotic? Agriculture zoning across the U.S. and more. 
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Regina Weiss: Are Regulations for Sustainable Fish Farming Just a Red Herring? 24.3.2011 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Ocean fish farms, enormous submerged cages filled with highly concentrated groups of live fish, are essentially the factory farms of the sea.
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Mindy Pennybacker: My GM-Free, Vegan Lunch With Chef Vikram Garg 23.3.2011 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
In Hawaii, birthplace of the genetically modified papaya, a top restaurant launches a GMO-free menu.
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Green Schools Project Promotes Renewables & Sustainable Agriculture (Video) 22.3.2011 TreeHugger
Green Schools Project Promotes Renewables & Sustainable Agriculture (Video)
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Industry Watchdog "Dumbfounded" by USDA’s Failure to Enforce Organic Law 21.3.2011 Commondreams.org Newswire

The Cornucopia Institute, one of the nation’s leading organic industry watchdogs, condemned the position of the United States Department of Agriculture that it will allow products containing unapproved synthetic additives to be labeled “organic” for an indefinite grace period.

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Why a Truly Green World Must Be Beautiful Too (Photos) 21.3.2011 TreeHugger
Why a Truly Green World Must Be Beautiful Too (Photos)
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What Vegan or Veganic Farming Actually Looks Like: Huguenot Street Farm (Video) 21.3.2011 TreeHugger
What Vegan or Veganic Farming Actually Looks Like: Huguenot Street Farm (Video)
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