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Bioneers 2010: Gary Hirshberg Explains How To Scale Up Sustainable Foods 19.10.2010 TreeHugger
Bioneers 2010: Gary Hirshberg Explains How To Scale Up Sustainable Foods
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Marion Nestle: Is Wal-Mart’s New Sustainable Food Strategy For Real? 16.10.2010 AlterNet
This post appeared on Food Politics.(With a click of her mouse, EatingLiberally’s Kerry Trueman corners Dr. Marion Nestle, NYU professor of nutrition and author of Pet Food Politics, What to Eat and Food Politics ) KT: Why do you think Wal-Mart has decided to throw its colossal weight behind sustainable agriculture, both domestically and [...] ...
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Wal-Mart Plans To Greatly Expand Its Sustainable Agriculture Practices 14.10.2010 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Wal-Mart Stores announced a program on Thursday that would focus on sustainable agriculture among its suppliers, as the retail giant tries to expand its efforts...
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Walmart Sows Major Sustainable Ag Commitment 14.10.2010 Small Business | GreenBiz.com

The company's latest set of sustainability goals focuses on food and farming, with a focus on sustainable sourcing, educating and improving farmers' lives, cutting food waste, and sourcing more local food.

Walmart Sows Major Sustainable Ag Commitment
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Police Raid Organic Co-op for Raw Milk, Guns Drawn (Video) 14.10.2010 TreeHugger
Police Raid Organic Co-op for Raw Milk, Guns Drawn (Video)
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Ending Hunger in Africa 14.10.2010 worldwatch.org
As hunger and drought spread across Africa, there’s a huge focus on increasing yields of staple crops, such as maize, wheat, cassava, and rice. Although these crops are important for improving food security, they cannot cure malnutrition alone. There is no one-size fits all or single crop solution to solving global hunger, alleviating poverty, or protecting the environment and mitigating climate change. But the good news is that there is a multi-crop solution and it’s already being spear-headed by farmers on the ground: vegetables. Some 1 billion people worldwide are affected by “hidden hunger,” or micronutrient deficiencies – lack of Vitamin A, iron, and iodine, none of which are found in staple crops, but rather, in vegetables. Vegetable production is the most sustainable and affordable way of alleviating micronutrient deficiencies among the poor. It’s also the most sustainable and affordable way of improving biodiversity, preserving traditions and cultures, and improving ...
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Purdue’s Gebisa Ejeta on the vexing task of feeding a growing population 13.10.2010 Gristmill
by Ashley Braun. Over the next several weeks, I’ll be attending the University of Washington’s food and environment lecture series and harvesting knowledge from a diverse array of food-system luminaries. As I move from the politics of the plate with Marion Nestle to ethnobotany with Gary Nabhan , I hope to share as much of that bounty as I can with Grist readers. Look forward to discussions with a lot of spice! In an introduction to the lecture series this past week, Beth Wheat, founder of the University of Washington student farm , said the farm is “helping the most urbanized generation reconnect with a sense of place.” I realized she had identified some of the reasons why I engage with food issues—through organic gardening, CSAs, community cooking, and attending lectures—here in my place, Seattle. Ironically, the evening’s conversation lead immediately into an issue that seems so vast that it almost defies the specificity of place: global ...
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Hormone Free Milk Gets Labels: A Win for Organic Producers and Consumers 13.10.2010 WireTap Magazine
In a decision favoring transparency in food labeling, a federal appeals court ruled in favor of organic consumers groups , overturning parts of an Ohio law that prohibited labeling dairy produced without synthetic growth hormone ( rBST , for recombinant bovine somatotropin, also known as rBGH or recombinant bovine growth hormone) as such. Bovine somatotropin is a naturally occurring hormone in cattle, and this genetically modified synthetic version, originally developed by Monsanto, is injected into dairy cows to increase milk production by upwards of a gallon a day. The appeal was filed by the International Dairy Foods Association and the Organic Trade Association, whose 1200 members include Organic Valley, Stonyfield, and Horizon. The use of rBST is prohibited in organic milk production, and organic milk producers have long wanted to label their milk as rBST-free. The origins of the labeling controversy go back to 1993, when the FDA approved rBST and "found that there was no ...
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Our Commons Future Is Already Here 13.10.2010 Commondreams.org Views
by Maude Barlow
Maude Barlow gave this stirring plenary speech, full of hope even in the face of ecological disasters, to the Environmental Grantmakers Association annual retreat in Pacific Grove, California. Barlow, a former UN Senior Water Advisor, is National Chairperson of the Council of Canadians and founder of the Blue Planet Project.

 

“Every now and then in history, the human race takes a collective step forward in its evolution. Such a time is upon us now.”

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Jennifer Grayson: Eco Etiquette: Is Organic Milk A Hoax? 13.10.2010 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Organic milk production, long considered one of the fastest growing segments of US agriculture, has begun to slow in the past year as Americans tighten their belts.
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Annie Spiegelman: Sheet Mulch Now to Impress Your Garden Guests This Summer 13.10.2010 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Wondering how to turn your pathetic, hard, deadbeat dirt into healthy, productive soil? Sheet mulching will save your yard and make you look like you know what you're doing
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Bring on Enviropig?: Can Genetic Engineering Make Meat a More Sustainable Food? 12.10.2010 Environmental News Network
Food safety advocates may shudder at the thought, but a team of scientists in Canada have come up with a new breed of pig that is intended to make meat a greener, more sustainable food. The Enviropig is engineered to have the same meat quality as your typically breeded Yorkshire pig, with all the ideal protein and fat content developed for the market. But in addition, it is also engineered to produce less toxic manure that releases fewer pollutants into the atmosphere, thereby making it a more environmentally sustainable option for large scale pig farmers.
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Sustainable farming? Yes we can! 10.10.2010 Green Left Weekly issue #780
Public Forum with special guests: Robyn Francis, permaculture designer; Wayne Wadsworth, convenor, Northern Rivers Greens; Geoff Reid, SCU Environment Collective; Nick Sudakoff, Socialist Alliance Agriculture Spokesperson The Zest Room, SCU Uni Bar. Event date: Wed, 13/10/2010 - 6:00pm Event time: Wed, 13/10/2010 - 6:00pm Phone: ...
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Danielle Nierenberg: Don't Sweep Away Crop Diversity 9.10.2010 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Efforts throughout Africa to promote staple crops -- high in calories but lacking in essential nutrients -- have ignored the importance of indigenous foods.
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Biofuel's Bumpy Road: Algae's Still Over the Horizon, There's Lots More Sustainable Palm Oil + The Ups & Downs Of Bioelectricity, Feedstocks & Birds 8.10.2010 TreeHugger
Biofuel's Bumpy Road: Algae's Still Over the Horizon, There's Lots More Sustainable Palm Oil + The Ups & Downs Of Bioelectricity, Feedstocks & Birds
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OPINION: Don't sweep away crop diversity 8.10.2010 Worldwatch Institute
Anywhere you go in Malawi you find people sweeping the ground clean-floors, sidewalks, bare dirt around homes-even throughout small farms and gardens. Sweeping soil makes everything look tidy, but it causes major damage, making it vulnerable to erosion and nutrient loss. Not removing organic matter around crops has proven to help farmers get more out of the soil and reduce their dependence on high-cost agricultural inputs that can damage the long-term health of soils. And it's not only the soil that matters in permaculture, but what is grown in it as well. Permaculture emphasizes the same holistic approach to the food system as it does to soils. Unfortunately, just as top soil is often cleared, crop diversity is being lost in Malawi. By planting a variety of indigenous vegetables-like amaranth, dika, moringa, and African eggplant-along with staple grains, farmers can improve food security while relying on local resources. Efforts throughout Africa to promote staple crops-high in calories ...
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Industrial Agriculture and Human Survival: The Road Beyond 10/10/10 8.10.2010 Common Dreams: Views
by Ronnie Cummins
Note: Climate and food activists are organizing thousands of “work parties” in 170 nations on October 10, 2010 (10/10/10). These work parties are designed to both highlight local projects that can help reverse global warming, and to force politicians to take decisive action - before it’s too late. http://www.350.org

Despite decades of deception and mystification, a critical mass at the grassroots is waking up.

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EatingWell: Food Labels That Lie 7.10.2010 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
I live in Vermont. I have cows and goats as neighbors. I buy chickens from the farm a mile down my road. I’m the...
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In search of black and Latino farmers in the sustainable food movement 6.10.2010 Grist Magazine
by Natasha Bowens. I’m stuck on this concept of blending contrasts. It may have to do with being the only brown girl I know interested in farming (although this really shouldn’t be a contrast at all); or maybe it has to do with going from D.C. political advocate to farmer-girl overnight. Either way, blending things that aren’t expected to go together is my thing, always has been. After all, I’m a girl born of blended love: young hazel-eyed Catholic girl from Texas meets aspiring Black Panther from the dirty South. Their eyes lock in a club in L.A.The rest is history— out pops me. I was always blending contrasts throughout my childhood without knowing it. I was just being myself. I was the tomboy that dreamed of romance; the shy girl that loved the theatre spotlight; the only girl of color for miles that not only listened to country music, but danced to it. And nothing’s changed. Now I’m the advertising grad that despises consumerism; the advocate ...
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Are Organic Eggs Really Healthier and Tastier and from Happier Chickens than Conventional Eggs? 6.10.2010 AlterNet
In the best cases, the eggs are healthier for you, and more ecologically and humanely produced than the conventional alternative. But which are the best?
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