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Brazil Announces Plan For Sustainable Palm Oil 7.5.2010 TreeHugger
Brazil Announces Plan For Sustainable Palm Oil
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The Snack Pack Problem: Cargill & Palm Oil 6.5.2010 Common Dreams: Views
by Naomi Starkman

Yesterday, activists with Rainforest Action Network (RAN) occupied the executive offices of Cargill, the nation’s largest privately held agribusiness company. Cargill is also the nation’s largest importer of palm oil, a tropical fruit extract commonly found in thousands of consumer products, from soaps and detergents to breakfast cereals and biofuels.

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A new café owner forages and finds a fresh take on sustainability 5.5.2010 From A to Green
From activists to politicians, everybody loves to talk about the promise of green jobs. But in reality, who the heck actually has a green job, and how do you get one? In our new column, “ I Have a Green Job ,” Grist will be regularly profiling one of the lucky employed who has landed a job in the new green economy, or a green job in the old economy. Know someone with a green job and a good story? Tell us about them ! A lemongrass elk meatball sandwich at Nettletown.Photo courtesy Christina ChoiThe newly opened Seattle café Nettletown sources ingredients from the wet forests surrounding Seattle, which makes for an interesting, commendable concept. But is the food any good? I couldn’t stop thinking of mushrooms and ...
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Maria Rodale: First Annual Spring Planting Festival at the Rodale Institute! 5.5.2010 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
This Friday and Saturday, May 7 and 8, the Rodale Institute will be having its first-ever spring planting festival, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m....
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Biotechnology: A False Sense of Food Security 4.5.2010 Commondreams.org Views
by Timi Gerson

In his Foreign Policy essay "Attention Whole Foods Shoppers," Robert Paarlberg paints the movement for sustainable food production and security as a Western elite preoccupation. He writes, "From Whole Foods recyclable cloth bags to Michelle Obama's organic White House garden, modern eco-foodies are full of good intentions...

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The Lost Dreams of Bert DeLeeuw 3.5.2010 Commondreams.org Views
by Paul Hendrickson

May 2, 2010

Editor's Note: Ten years ago today, May 2, 2000, my wife Lina asked Common Dreams to reprint this Washington Post article on the 10th anniversary of Bert's death. And we did.

Bert was Lina's first husband and the father of our now 20-year-old daughter, Chloe. Lina was committed to keeping Bert's memory, and life story, alive. Now, Lina is gone too. But I'm sure that she would have asked that we reprint this again today on the 20th anniversary. So I am.

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Organic, Small Farmers Fret over FDA Regulation 28.4.2010 CommonDreams.org Headlines
by Carolyn Lochhead

WASHINGTON - Small farmers in California who have led a national movement away from industrial agriculture face a looming crackdown on food safety that they say is geared to big corporate farms and will make it harder for them to survive.

The small growers, many of whom grow dozens of different kinds of vegetables and fruits, say the inherent benefits of their size, and their sensitivity to extra costs, are being ignored.

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New Administration at USDA Steps Up to End Organic Corruption 28.4.2010 Commondreams.org Newswire

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 27, 2010

Cornucopia Institute

In a strong departure from Bush-era policy, the USDA's National Organic Program released a memo today banning synthetic "accessory nutrients" - ending a scandal that brought down its former organic leadership.

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Tell us your favorite local, sustainable sandwich shops 27.4.2010 Grist Magazine
A couple of weeks ago, I penned a long tribute to the sandwich —specifically, locally owned sandwich shops that combine a high degree of cooking skill with a zeal for great ingredients from local farmers and producers. To me, these shops represent a nexus that joins skilled cooks, the surrounding farm community, and a broad swath of the local citizenry. They make terrific local food accessible, and keep food dollars circulating within their surrounding communities. And they also make a mean sandwich—no small thing in a world awash in horrible food. In my piece, I highlighted Chapel Hill’s path-breaking Sandwhich , Brooklyn’s glorious Bierkraft , and New Orleans’ sublime Cochon Butcher . Now that I’ve ...
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A Handy Guide to Buying Organic Produce 27.4.2010 TreeHugger
A Handy Guide to Buying Organic Produce
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Co-op Proves that the Poor Can Eat Organic, Too 26.4.2010 Daily Headlines (RSS)

CUENCA, Ecuador, Apr 25 (IPS) - "There is no reason why we poor people have to eat badly," says Ecuadorian farmer Juan Anguisaca. "It's not true that organic products have to be expensive. They can be profitable and within the reach of the poor," Rodrigo Aucay adds.

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Gavin Newsom: The People -- and the Shame -- Behind Our Food 24.4.2010 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Our state's farm workers deserve every opportunity to participate in the California dream. We have the ability to stop the indignities, to end the suffering, to ease the fears -- and it is our moral imperative to do so.
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Jim Cochran 23.4.2010 Grist Magazine
.series-head{background:url(http://www.grist.org/i/assets/2/forty_people/40people_header_C.gif) no-repeat; height:68px; text-indent:-9999px;} h3.subscribe-head{padding-left:5px;background-color:black;color:#ff8400;} dl.series-nav{margin-top:-15px;} .media {float:left; width:300px; margin-right:10px;} Art: Nat Damm Farmer, Swanton Berry Farm Davenport, Calif. Despite what many consumers may think, organic rules don’t ensure fair treatment of workers—and tight profit margins mean that working conditions and pay on organic farms are too often no different from those in conventional operations . But Jim Cochran, 62, who launched California’s first organic strawberry farm in 1987, refused to accept the established norms ...
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Genetically Modified Crops Are Not the Answer 23.4.2010 Common Dreams: Views
by Hans Herren and Marcia Ishii-Eiteman

The Senate is considering a bill that would overhaul the way Americans deliver foreign aid. With more people going hungry than ever before, the bill's attention to global hunger could not come at a better time. The Global Food Security Act would streamline the aid process and focus on long-term agricultural development. But something has gone awry inside the bill. A closer look reveals that its otherwise commendable focus may be seriously undermined by a new clause lobbied for by one of America's largest seed and chemical companies.

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Supreme Court to Hear Agribusiness vs Organic Growers in Biotech Alfalfa Case 23.4.2010 ENS
Supreme Court to Hear Agribusiness vs Organic Growers in Biotech Alfalfa Case
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Brianne DiSylvester: Dangers of Dog Food; Benefits of Organic Treats 23.4.2010 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
My little Pomeranian, Mercutio, is my baby. Seriously, it's an unhealthy attachment. I just want to take him everywhere. Some places kick me out on...
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Foreign Policy mag spotlights ‘peak phosphorous’ 22.4.2010 Grist Magazine
Where your food comes from: a phosphate mine in Florida run by the fertilizer giant Mosaic. Mosaic is two-thirds owned by Cargill, the globe’s largest agribusiness company, with interests in meat, feed, biofuels, and more. Photo: Susan Dracket, via FlickrAs Grist’s recent special series showed, our reliance on synthetic nitrogen fertilizer has serious ecological , geopolitical , public-health , and agricultural consequences. Yet N isn’t our only fertilizer problem. To grow robustly, plants need sufficient access to three key macronutrients: N,P, and K, or nitrogen, phosphorous, and potassium. In non-industrial and organic farming systems, recycling these nutrients is a paramount task. Think compost, which harvests the ...
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Organic Industry Watchdog Asks USDA to Crack Down on Labeling Abuses 22.4.2010 Commondreams.org Newswire

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 22, 2010

Cornucopia Institute

While the organic label is the gold standard of eco-labels on food packages, one major loophole in the federal organic standards remains—which an organic industry watchdog is asking the USDA to close. Companies are tightly regulated in terms of their use of the word “organic” on food packaging, but some businesses are deceiving customers by using the words “Organic” or “Organics” in their company name on food that does not legally qualify as organic.

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Stop Land Grabbing Now 22.4.2010 Commondreams.org Views
by Environmental Justice Groups
State and private investors, from Citadel Capital to Goldman Sachs, are leasing or buying up tens of millions of hectares of farmlands in Asia, Africa and Latin America for food and fuel production. This land grabbing is a serious threat for the food sovereignty of our peoples and the right to food of our rural communities. In response to this new wave of land grabbing, the World Bank (WB) is promoting a set of seven principles to guide such investments and make them  successful. The FAO, IFAD and UNCTAD have agreed to join the WB in collectively pushing these principles.

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Leslie Hatfield: Earth Day 2010: Celebration vs. Cynicism 22.4.2010 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Originally published on The Green Fork. It's hard to believe it's been two years since we launched The Green Fork but there it is,...
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