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Safeway Tops Seafood Rankings as Whole Foods, Kroger Tighten Policies 14.4.2011 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com

 An unexpected grocery chain takes the top spot in Greenpeace's rankings that rate stores on sustainable seafood practices.

Safeway Tops Seafood Rankings as Whole Foods, Kroger Tighten Policies
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Watchdog: Organic Valley, Herbruck's Violating Federal Organic Standards with Factory Farm Egg Production 13.4.2011 Commondreams.org Newswire

The Cornucopia Institute announced it has filed a formal legal complaint with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), alleging that one of the nation's largest industrial egg producers, Michigan-based Herbruck’s Poultry Ranch, is violating the federal organic standards by confining their laying hens in buildings on "factory farms" instead of providing legitimate outdoor access as required by law.

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Eco-Friendly Winemaking Practices 13.4.2011 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Options abound when it comes to "going green" for Earth Day (April 22nd), or any day, for that matter. On the plate, in the kitchen,...
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Huge Wind-Powered Aquaponic Dome Greenhouse Planned for Vermont Park 13.4.2011 TreeHugger
Huge Wind-Powered Aquaponic Dome Greenhouse Planned for Vermont Park
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Halter Ranch: Ronald Reagan Hangout Becomes Sustainably-Certified Winery 13.4.2011 TreeHugger
Halter Ranch: Ronald Reagan Hangout Becomes Sustainably-Certified Winery
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Food Labeled 'Organic' Perceived To Taste Better, Study Claims 12.4.2011 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
The power of the word "organic" has long been understood by the culinary scribes who write the mouthwatering descriptions for high-end restaurant menus, and a...
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Sally Brown and BioCycle Magazine, Supporters of Growing Food in Sewage Sludge, Call Organic Food Advocates “Ecoterrorists” 12.4.2011 Commondreams.org Newswire

Leading organic gardening and food safety advocates who oppose  growing food in sewage sludge are attending the national BioCycle magazine conference Tuesday, April 12, 2011 in San Diego to demand an apology and retraction from Sally Brown, a columnist and editorial board me

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Goat Meat As an Ethical Alternative to Beef 11.4.2011 TreeHugger
Goat Meat As an Ethical Alternative to Beef
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Urban Beekeeper, Noni Leather Maker, and Yogurt Cup Clothes Designers Vie For Visionary Award 10.4.2011 TreeHugger
Urban Beekeeper, Noni Leather Maker, and Yogurt Cup Clothes Designers Vie For Visionary Award
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Ken Cook: Thank You for Spraying 9.4.2011 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Eyes widened in a room of executives from companies with annual organic sales in the hundreds of millions of dollars, as Schmidt described how cakes baked with organic sugar and flour don't taste as good as regular cakes.
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Growing Rice in Vermont and Designing for Peak Oil (Video) 8.4.2011 TreeHugger
Growing Rice in Vermont and Designing for Peak Oil (Video)
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Wendy Gordon: Why I Buy Organic Pork and Poultry 8.4.2011 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Today it is estimated that antibiotic-resistant infections add $50 billion annually to the cost of health care in the U.S..
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Stop the Corporate Takeover of Organics 7.4.2011 Commondreams.org Newswire

The National Organic Standards Board (NOSB), which advises the Secretary of Agriculture on organic policy and rulemaking, is considering several changes to the USDA’s organic standards that would water down organics, catering to corporate interests.

We cannot allow corporate-backed members of the NOSB to chip away at the integrity of the label.  The following proposals are highly objectionable.  Please comment on them through www.regulations.gov (complete instructions below).

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Going vegan for the environment 7.4.2011 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
With many aspects in life, it's easy to see which choice is the better one for the environment. We can see the exhaust from cars, so we know that biking and public transit are more environmentally friendly options. We know that waste has to be hauled away and that it builds up in landfills, so we know that recycling and composting are better options. However, with the food we decide to eat, it's not so straightforward. You might have heard that eating a plant-based diet is better for the environment. In fact, it's the most significant thing you can do to lessen your impact on the environment. Here's why: Energy read ...
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Does Organic Food Need a Marketing Campaign? 5.4.2011 TreeHugger
Does Organic Food Need a Marketing Campaign?
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Budget fight threatens to turn Farm Bill into Industrial Ag Bill 5.4.2011 Grist Magazine
by Tom Philpott. Will the next Farm Bill, scheduled for passage in 2012, put public policy in service of a food system that works for farmers, eaters, and the environment? Well, optimism over federal food-policy reform never runs very high in sustainable-ag circles. The agrichemical lobby is flush with cash and friends in Congress and the White House . But the current budget fight is making a bleak situation look downright disastrous. It’s looking like the looming budget deal will slash funding for the few programs that currently counteract the Big Ag policy agenda. And while the current fight only involves fiscal 2011 funding, what emerges from it will set the “baseline” for funding in the coming Farm Bill, Ferd Hoener, policy director for the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC), told me in a phone conversation. Many of the USDA programs heralded by the Obama administration under the “ Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food ” initiative, which are ...
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Cattle and Wolves 4.4.2011 Sustainable Ecosystems and Community News - ENN
Cattle ranchers in southwestern Alberta have suspected it for a long time and now, GPS tracking equipment confirms it: wolf packs in the area are making cow meat a substantial part of their diets. University of Alberta researchers tracked wolves to bone yards, where ranchers dispose of dead cattle, and to sites of fresh cow kills. The study was done over two grazing seasons in 2008 and 2009. The vast study area in southwestern Alberta includes private ranchland and wooded public lands bordering the Rocky Mountains. Researchers found that during the summer months when livestock was set out to graze on public lands, cattle made up to 45 per cent of the diet for the three wolf packs in the study. This shows a seasonal switch from the wolf's usual pattern of wild prey in the non-grazing season to cattle in the grazing season.
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Wenonah Hauter: No Quick Subsidies Fix for Food System 4.4.2011 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
From chefs and policy wonks to teachers and bloggers, everyone interested in food has an opinion on subsidies and how to craft the 2012 Farm Bill.
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UK organic sales fall 4.4.2011 The Earth Times Online Newspaper - Environment News
A new report has revealed that sales of organic products fell 5.9% to £1.73 billion in the UK in 2010. Released by the Soil Association, the Organic Market Report suggests that, despite the decline, the outlook for 2011 is a little bit more optimistic.
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Medium is beautiful: why we need more mid-sized farms 2.4.2011 Grist Magazine
by Bob Comis. Recently, I have made the argument in a couple of different articles ( here and here ) that in order to make local-regional meat broadly affordable and accessible, we should make a shift from the direct markets (farmers markets, CSAs, on-farm sales) to the existing indirect, arms length markets of supermarkets (and mom and pop groceries and butcher shops). Coming from me, if you know my politics and you know the history of my writings, this is a shocking claim. Nevertheless, I have been thinking about it very hard over the last few days, in light of the comments I have received, and I do still think it is the right thing to do. Given our meat-intensive culture, it is unfair to ask people of limited means to eat only cheap cuts and/or to substantially reduce their meat consumption. As I argued yesterday , bucking one’s cultural impulses often takes Herculean efforts. Being poor is challenging enough already; we shouldn’t also force counter culturalism on poor people. ...
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