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Converted Diesel Truck To Be Greenhouse on Wheels for School Kids 17.5.2011 TreeHugger
Converted Diesel Truck To Be Greenhouse on Wheels for School Kids
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Slow Money NYC Presented 1st Entrepreneur Showcase and Resource Exchange This Weekend in Brooklyn 16.5.2011 TreeHugger
Slow Money NYC Presented 1st Entrepreneur Showcase and Resource Exchange This Weekend in Brooklyn
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Time To Overhaul Our Nation's Farming Systems? 13.5.2011 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
It's time to overhaul the Farm Bill. That's the message conveyed in a recent policy paper featured in "Science" magazine. The authors of the paper,...
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Documentary Dives Into World of Sustainable Shrimp Farming (Video) 13.5.2011 TreeHugger
Documentary Dives Into World of Sustainable Shrimp Farming (Video)
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Factory farms the only way to ‘feed the world’? Not so, argues Science paper 12.5.2011 Gristmill
by Tom Philpott. To “feed the world” by 2050, we’ll need a massive, global ramp-up of industrial-scale, corporate-led agriculture. At least that’s the conventional wisdom. Even progressive journalists trumpet the idea (see here , here , and here , plus my ripostes here and here ). At least one major strain of President Obama’s ( rather inconsistent ) agricultural policy is predicated on it. And surely most agricultural scientists and development specialists toe that line ... right? Well, not really. Back in 2009, Seed Magazine organized a forum predicated on the idea that a “scientific consensus,” analogous to the one on climate change, had formed around the desirability of patent-protected genetically modified seeds. If I must say so, my own contribution to that discussion shredded that notion. If anything, a pro-GMO consensus has formed among a narrow group of microbiologists—the people who conduct gene manipulations to develop novel ...
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Glenn Hurowitz: Girl Scouts Censor Criticism of Cookies' Ties to Big Food 12.5.2011 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Americans love the Girl Scouts. But instead of using their power to move big agribusiness companies to do good, CEO Cloninger has instead chosen to cynically defend them.
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Pam Marrone: Natural Pesticides? Large-Scale Farmers Turn to Safer Products to Keep Their Plants Healthy 10.5.2011 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
With the population booming and demands for development being made on our arable land, we've reached a dilemma: How do we provide more food to more people using fewer resources?
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Using Technology To Grow Diverse, Polyculture Food Systems 10.5.2011 TreeHugger
Using Technology To Grow Diverse, Polyculture Food Systems
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Ronnie Cummins: What's Wrong With Local Food? Local and Organic Food and Farming: The Gold Standard 7.5.2011 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Beyond the greenwashing and co-opting of the term, what does "local" food and farming really mean? What is the impact of non-organic local food and farming on public health, nutrition, biodiversity, and climate?
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Bounty hunting: an inside look at a successful farmers market operation [VIDEO] 7.5.2011 Gristmill
by Daniel Klein. Last spring, I had the pleasure of following the farm-to-market process with one of the “successful” upstart organic farms in Minnesota. Laura and Adam from  Loon Organics  let me film and work through their Friday-Saturday operation. I had been idealizing the idea of starting a farm: seeing the beautiful produce stacked up at the market made me want to take out a loan, buy 50 acres, and start my own little operation. But after a day with the folks at Loon Organics, the frantic reality of running a diversified farm comes into focus: Related Links: Monsanto-tied scientist abruptly quits key USDA research post Organic farming just as productive as conventional, and better at building soil, Rodale finds Study: Organic chicken carries significantly lower salmonella ...
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I’ve seen the future and I can’t afford it: Marketplace’s botched ‘feed the world’ story 7.5.2011 Grist Magazine
by Tom Laskawy. In a recent report entitled “ The Non-Organic Future ,” public radio’s Marketplace program considered the challenge to agriculture of feeding a world population estimated to reach 9 billion by 2050. It was, to be frank, a terrible piece of journalism. Short, virtually fact-free, and weakly reported, it gave pride-of-place to soil scientist Pedro Sanchez of Columbia University. To his credit, Sanchez is a well-intentioned scholar dedicated to reducing world hunger. However, he sees his mission through the lens of conventional ag. In essence, Sanchez is nothing short of an evangelist for the policy of handing out fertilizers, pesticides, and hybrid seeds to developing world farmers. Reporter Adriene Hill allowed Sanchez to state, without the need for such things as corroborating facts, the following: Pedro Sanchez: If you ask me point blank whether organic-based farming is better than conventional, my answer is no. There are just too many of us, we just ...
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Diversity is Key to Sustainable Farming, So Why's It So Damn Hard? 6.5.2011 TreeHugger
Diversity is Key to Sustainable Farming, So Why's It So Damn Hard?
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Danielle Nierenberg: Fishing for Sustainable Practices to Conserve Fisheries 6.5.2011 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Around the world, fisheries co-managed by local authorities and fishers themselves are emerging as a promising solution to replenishing depleting fish stocks.
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“Sustainable” Seafood? Maybe Not 6.5.2011 Commondreams.org Newswire

A new report and seafood-buying guide released today by Food & Water Europe shows that consumers can’t always rely on labels if they want to buy sustainably. In fact, determining which seafood products are best for you and our planet can be a difficult job.

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The Xtremes: Subversive Recipes for Catastrophic Times 5.5.2011 Commondreams.org Views
Ronnie Cummins

"In just a few short months, we’ve witnessed people power in action. From the Middle East to the Midwest, movements have risen up to overturn tired dogma and challenge entrenched power. Many of us were inspired by these events. And many of us were surprised. Perhaps we were growing skeptical that people power could still work.

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Prince Charles Champions Organic Farming, Criticizes Ag Subsidies In DC Speech 5.5.2011 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON -- Prince Charles is in Washington talking about environmentally friendly farming, and he says it's a change from giving royal wedding toasts. After greeting...
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Who is Top Banana in Sustainable Banana Business? 4.5.2011 Agricultural and Biofuel News - ENN
When it comes to fresh produce, establishing brand recognition is a tricky business. Many commercially grown fruits and vegetables are indistinguishable from one company to the next. Bananas are one standout exception largely thanks to the Chiquita company's groundbreaking ad campaign in the 1960's. The company also has a jump on sustainability marketing, having worked with the Rainforest Alliance since the 1990's. Now there's a new banana vying for attention in that arena: Dole has just announced that it is selling bananas from farms in South America that are certified by the Rainforest Alliance.
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Who is Top Banana in Sustainable Banana Business? 4.5.2011 Environmental News Network
When it comes to fresh produce, establishing brand recognition is a tricky business. Many commercially grown fruits and vegetables are indistinguishable from one company to the next. Bananas are one standout exception largely thanks to the Chiquita company's groundbreaking ad campaign in the 1960's. The company also has a jump on sustainability marketing, having worked with the Rainforest Alliance since the 1990's. Now there's a new banana vying for attention in that arena: Dole has just announced that it is selling bananas from farms in South America that are certified by the Rainforest Alliance.
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Organic Uses Less Energy, Searches for Even Lower Carbon Farming 4.5.2011 TreeHugger
Organic Uses Less Energy, Searches for Even Lower Carbon Farming
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Fishing for Sustainable Practices to Conserve Fisheries 3.5.2011 Worldwatch Institute
New analysis highlights need to sustainably manage global fisheries to secure livelihoods and protect ecosystems May 3, 2011 Washington, D.C. —Global fish production has reached an all-time high, according to research done by Nourishing the Planet ( www.NourishingthePlanet.org ) for the Worldwatch Institute"s Vital Signs Online publication. Aquaculture, or fish farming—once a minor contributor to total fish harvest—increased 50-fold between the 1950s and 2008 and now contributes nearly half of all fish produced worldwide. According to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, an estimated 53 percent of fisheries are considered fully exploited—harvested to their maximum sustainable levels—with no room for expansion in production. Population growth and a higher demand for dietary protein are putting increasing pressure on depleted stocks and threatened ecosystems. Mainstream approaches to fisheries management have focused narrowly on ...
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