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Groundbreaking New UN Report on How to Feed the World's Hungry: Ditch Corporate-Controlled Agriculture 8.3.2011 AlterNet
A new report from the UN advises ditching corporate-controlled and chemically intensive farming in favor of agroecology.
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New UN Report on How to Feed the World's Hungry: Ditch Corporate-Controlled Agriculture 8.3.2011 AlterNet
A new report from the UN advises ditching corporate-controlled and chemically intensive farming in favor of agroecology.
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Eco-Farming Could Double Food Output of Poor Countries, Says UN 8.3.2011 CommonDreams.org Headlines
A move by farmers in developing countries to ecological agriculture, away from chemical fertilisers and pesticides , could double food production within a decade, a UN report says . read ...
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Sustainable Fish Farming Through Traditional Salt Water Ponds 8.3.2011 TreeHugger
Sustainable Fish Farming Through Traditional Salt Water Ponds
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Organic Advocates Fight 'All-Natural' Claims 7.3.2011 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
DES MOINES, Iowa — An organics watchdog group's criticism of a cereal company that describes its products as "all natural" is the latest in the...
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Stay True to your Beliefs with a Green Job 6.3.2011 The Earth Times Online Newspaper - Environment News
The number of eco-friendly, green jobs that are available is growing and can be a great way to incorporate your ideals into your career. You may be considering a change of career, or trying to decide what you would like to do for a living after graduation. For eco-conscious individuals there are plenty of green jobs which allow you to uphold your principles and help the world learn how to live a more eco-friendly lifestyle.
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Raw Food Restaurants 6.3.2011 The Earth Times Online Newspaper - Environment News
The raw food phenomenon brings with it a variety of health benefits and unique new dining establishments. For those people keeping up with the latest trends in fine dining, it has been hard to ignore the increase in popular raw food restaurants opening up. For years many healthy individuals have been sticking to a diet that consists of raw food, and now many more health conscious people are finding the benefits of this type of diet for themselves.
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Remembering a Turkish Environmental Pioneer 4.3.2011 TreeHugger
Remembering a Turkish Environmental Pioneer
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Time to end the insane practice of lacing chicken feed with arsenic 4.3.2011 Gristmill
by Tom Philpott. As a jaded observer of the meat industry, even I’m flummoxed by this fact: It’s standard practice on factory chicken farms to dose those unfortunate birds with arsenic. The idea is that it makes them grow faster—fast growth being the supreme goal of factory animal farming —and helps control a common intestinal disease called coccidiosis. The industry emphasizes that the arsenic is applied in organic form, which isn’t immediately toxic. “Organic” in the chemistry sense, that is, not the agricultural sense—i.e., molecules containing carbon atoms as well as arsenic. Trouble is, arsenic shifts from organic to inorganic rather easily. Indeed, “arsenic in poultry manure is rapidly converted into an inorganic form that is highly water soluble and capable of moving into surface and ground water,” write Keeve E. Nachman and Robert S. Lawrence of the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future. Inorganic arsenic is the highly ...
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Chemistry of Small Organic Molecules on Snow Grains: The Applicability of Artificial Snow for Environmental Studies 3.3.2011 pubs.acs.org

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Following the Pleasure Principle: How to Create a Sustainable Economy That Makes Daily Life Better 3.3.2011 AlterNet
For too long, environmentalists have been viewed as self-righteous killjoys demanding that everyone overhaul their wasteful habits. It's time to change that.
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Eric Sorensen: Haiti's Future Hinges on New Ideas, Sustainable Agriculture and the Rural Environment 2.3.2011 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
After all the devastation wrought upon Haiti over the last year (decades, really), a country that was once the "Pearl of the Caribbean" stands at a crossroads of opportunity.
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The Economist dismisses organic ag, while also making the case for it 2.3.2011 Grist Magazine
by Tom Philpott. I’ve been reading The Economist’s “Special Report on Feeding the World” (intro here ). So far, it’s typical Economist : compellingly written and impressively broad in scope—but largely uncritical of the status quo. The report doesn’t bring much new to the table, especially to those of us who follow the gloomy macro-analyses of thinkers like Lester Brown . Predictably enough, The Economist’s perspective on the “feed the world” question is guided by the assumption, never much examined, that only high-tech, massive-scale farming can tackle the task of feeding the 9 billion people expected to be on Earth by 2050. The series’ lead editorial frames the question like this: [While] the concerns of the critics of modern agriculture may be understandable, the reaction against intensive farming is a luxury of the rich. Traditional and organic farming could feed Europeans and Americans well. It cannot feed the world. ...
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Worldwatch Institute Convenes 15th Annual State of the World Symposium in Washington, D.C. 1.3.2011 worldwatch.org
FOR Immediate RELEASE Wednesday, January 19, 2011 For press interviews and review copies: Amanda Stone, astone@worldwatch.org , (+1) 202.452.1999 x514 For review copies outside of the U.S., Canada & India: gudrun.freese@earthscan.co.uk ,(+44) 207 841 1930 Worldwatch Institute Convenes 15th Annual State of the World Symposium in Washington, D.C. Event highlights innovative next steps to create an environmentally sustainable food system, improve food security, and alleviate hunger and poverty Washington, D.C. (19 January 2011) —Worldwatch Institute"s 15th Annual State of the World Symposium, convened today, brought together leading thinkers for a targeted dialogue focused on agricultural development, hunger, and poverty alleviation. The symposium occurred in conjunction with the release of Worldwatch"s flagship publication, State of the World 2011: Innovations that Nourish the Planet ,which outlines 15 proven, environmentally sustainable ...
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Biodiverse Ecological Farming is the Answer, not Genetic Engineering 28.2.2011 Truthout.com

Industrial globalised agriculture is heavily implicated in climate change. It contributes to the three major greenhouse gases: carbon dioxide (CO2) from the use of fossil fuels, nitrogen oxide (N2O) from the use of chemical fertilizers and methane (CH4) from factory farming. According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate change (IPCC), atmospheric concentration of CO2 has increased from a pre–industrial concentration of about 280 parts per million to 379 parts per million in 2005.

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Despite its Horizon brand, dairy giant Dean Foods doesn’t really get organic 26.2.2011 Gristmill
by Tom Philpott. Dean Foods is by far the largest U.S. dairy processor. According to Sen. Bernie Sanders (I.-Vt.), Dean processes 40 percent of fluid milk consumed in the U.S., which it distrubutes in a dizzying array of brands . Its dominance extends to organic milk, too—Dean’s Horizon brand is the largest supplier of organic milk. Dean’s Horizon organic milk generates plenty of controversy. For years, Horizon has been sparring with the watchdog group Cornucopia over its farming practices, like use of conventionally raised heifers on its certified-organic farms . But sometimes, Cornucopia goes after Dean for putting additives in its “organic” products. The latest dust-up is over a new Horizon product called “Fat-Free Milk Plus DHA Omega-3.” According to Cornucopia , the DHA in question is a “synthetic additive” banned under organic standards. Horizon counters that it has been using the synthetic DHA for years in its organic baby formula, ...
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Climate: Putting People Over Money 26.2.2011 Truthout.com

While debate about whether climate change is real or not continues in the US, the world's leading producer of CO2 emissions per capita, those already living with the effects, like Jose Domingo Cruz in El Salvador, don't have time to debate.

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Shoppers Wary of GM Foods Find They're Everywhere 25.2.2011 CommonDreams.org Headlines
You may not want to eat genetically engineered foods. Chances are, you are eating them anyway. Genetically modified plants grown from seeds engineered in labs now provide much of the food we eat. Most corn, soybean and cotton crops grown in the United States have been genetically modified to resist pesticides or insects, and corn and soy are common food ingredients. read ...
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Green Scene: Some ideas for an environmentally friendly landscape 25.2.2011 Washington Post: Real Estate
Now is the time to formulate your spring garden plans. Before you choose the plants you will install this year- or design the entire landscape-consider the ways you could make your gardens more productive and environmentally friendly. Here are some suggestions:

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Shoppers Find It Hard To Avoid GM Foods 25.2.2011 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON — You may not want to eat genetically engineered foods. Chances are, you are eating them anyway. Genetically modified plants grown from seeds engineered...
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