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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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In Kenya, Farmers Grow Their Own Way 6.10.2010 CommonDreams.org Headlines
by Heather Day, Travis English

We had just been visiting farmers cultivating land in the lush, steep hills north of the town of Thika in central Kenya. Samuel Nderitu, our guide and host, had one more project he wanted us to see: the Tumaini Women’s Group. They were meeting to found their community's first seed bank.

We were now in an area that has suffered from six years of drought and has a high concentration of people living with HIV/AIDS, both compounding the area’s struggles with hunger.

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Andy Mannle: Why the Green Economy is Unstoppable -- and 10 Ways it's Making Life Better 5.10.2010 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
It's clear from our inability to pass climate legislation that we're not going green because it's the right thing to do, but because it's the smart thing to do. Here are 10 major areas of life that are inevitably getting better by going green.
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Which Are the Healthiest and Most Sustainable Fish to Eat? Here Are Three Ways to Find Out 2.10.2010 AlterNet
It used to be so easy to choose your fish, based on taste, availability and price. Not anymore.
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Obama taps food-industry exec to top ag-research post 2.10.2010 Gristmill
by Tom Philpott. The long-simmering debate about Obama’s ag policy —whether it represents a new paradigm, agribusiness as usual, or some enigmatic combination—has a new data point to consider. Earlier this month, Congress approved Obama’s nomination of Catherine Woteki, the USDA’s undersecretary for research, education, and economics. The appointment drew little attention in the press, including the sustainable-food blogosphere. That’s surprising, because Woteki comes to her new position after a five-year stint as global director of scientific affairs for Mars, Inc., the multinational junk-food giant. In her new role, Woteki will direct the U.S. government’s entire agricultural research budget. That means she will supervise Roger Beachy, head of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, who oversees the USDA’s billion-dollar-a-year competitive grants program. Beachy is a genetic scientist with strong ties to GM seed giant Monsanto ; he ...
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Steven Apfelbaum: A Win-Win Policy: Conserving Lands and Mitigating Climate Change in a Public-Private Partnership 2.10.2010 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
A group of scientists, NGOs, and policy makers has been working on developing technical standards designed to allow soils to be put to work right now to sequester carbon.
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Isabel Cowles: Just Food...And A Few Hard Truths 29.9.2010 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
In the days of contaminated produce and factory-farmed meat, it's comforting to seek out simple, transparent food sources. But according to James McWilliams, author of...
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Donald Carr: Taxpayers Funding Pro-Pesticide PR Campaign 28.9.2010 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
The Alliance for Food and Farming (AFF), a California trade association, wants you to have less information about pesticide residues on the fruits and vegetables...
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Shocking Photos Reveal Organic Eggs Don't Always Come From Happy Hens 28.9.2010 TreeHugger
Shocking Photos Reveal Organic Eggs Don't Always Come From Happy Hens
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Juan Beltran: Quadriplegic Iraq War Veteran Builds Sustainable Eco-Friendly Farm Home (VIDEO) 28.9.2010 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
When Juan Beltran was deployed to Iraq, departing from his wife and daughter, it was with a wholehearted belief in the good of serving his...
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11 Yr Old Speaks Sustainable Truth to Industrial Ag Power at TEDx Asheville - Inspiring! (Video) 28.9.2010 TreeHugger
11 Yr Old Speaks Sustainable Truth to Industrial Ag Power at TEDx Asheville - Inspiring! (Video)
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Scrambled Eggs: Report Spotlights "Systemic" Abuses in Organic Egg Production 27.9.2010 Commondreams.org Newswire

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 27, 2010

Cornucopia Institute

An independent report has been released that focuses on widespread abuses in organic egg production, primarily by large industrial agribusinesses. The study profiles the exemplary management practices employed by many family-scale organic farmers engaged in egg production, while spotlighting abuses at so-called factory farms, some confining hundreds of thousands of chickens in industrial facilities, and representing these eggs to consumers as “organic.”

The report will be formally presented to the U.S.

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Waylon Lewis: Whole Foods dumps Silk Soy. 26.9.2010 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Whole Foods will no longer carry Dean Food's Silk Soy milk--instead goes with organic brands. Last year, Silk Soy--while continuing to offer a somewhat...
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S. 510: The FDA Food Safety Modernization Act 24.9.2010 Agricultural and Biofuel News - ENN
The U.S. Senate is expected to vote on a sweeping overhaul of the federal food safety law – S. 510. The House food safety bill passed last year (HR 2749) included several measures that threaten small-scale organic producers, including a registration fee of $500 and blanket application of complicated monitoring and traceability standards - regardless of one's farm size.
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A Farm Is a Business and Meat Are Not Pets 24.9.2010 NewWest.Net All Headlines
Recently, we noticed that one of the chickens had something funny going on. An over-large bulge on the right side of her chest filled with liquid and swung when she walked. A quick check of the Internets led to the diagnosis of impacted crop, which is caused by a blockage in the digestive tract. I read that eating long blades of grass can be a culprit, and this particular bird had been confined with another sick bird for a few days, during which time I had fed them long grass. A mistake you can bet I won't repeat. Further investigations led me to two possible cures. One was to force-feed her olive oil, massage the crop to try to break up the blockage, then tip her upside down to make her vomit. The other cure was to cut open her crop, extract the blockage, and sew her back up. I called our local vet to see if he had any suggestions, and his response was Soup. That didn't bode well for the bird.
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S. 510: The FDA Food Safety Modernization Act 24.9.2010 Environmental News Network
The U.S. Senate is expected to vote on a sweeping overhaul of the federal food safety law – S. 510. The House food safety bill passed last year (HR 2749) included several measures that threaten small-scale organic producers, including a registration fee of $500 and blanket application of complicated monitoring and traceability standards - regardless of one's farm size.
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General Mills Adopts Sustainable Palm Oil Policy Out Of Concern For Rain Forests 24.9.2010 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
JAKARTA, Indonesia — Environmentalists on Friday praised a decision by U.S. food-maker General Mills to stop buying palm oil from companies accused of rain forest...
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Your meat is too big—try this worm instead 24.9.2010 The Grist List
by Ashley Braun. Americans have issues with meat. They eat too much too often, and the means of production all too commonly end up being unhealthy for animal, person, and planet. Maybe meat itself isn’t the problem. What if the meat Americans are eating is just too big?  A growing trend in sustainable eating seems to favor the flavor of the small: mini cows , goats , squab (pigeons!) , and most crunchy— insects . From a daily diet of caterpillars in the Congo to Brooklynites going bug-eyed over mod mealworms , entomophagy (bug eating) is slowly worming its way onto American plates. San Francisco chef Phil Ross needs no convincing about its environmental merit : “I have my month’s meat growing in my office. It’s taking up almost no space, it’s organically raised, it’s as fresh as I want it to be and the waste from it is garden compost.” Comestibles creating compostables—perhaps for your organic veggie garden? What’s not ...
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One sick chicken 23.9.2010 Gristmill
by Steph Larsen. With a few exceptions, the animals on my farm are not pets. My sheep and chickens have jobs to do—eating grass and bugs, making eggs and meat and babies. If they don’t do their job, they don’t stay on my farm. That isn’t to say that I don’t treat them well or care what happens to them. In stark contrast to the images we see of factory farms like Jack DeCoster’s, where dead animals rot on the floor (not to mention are routinely deprived of body parts including beak tips , tails, and teeth ), I’d like to think I’m pretty quick to notice if one of them isn’t feeling well and take steps to alleviate the problem. But while I do my best to take care of it, I don’t treat sick livestock in the same way I would treat Arrow the dog or Clementine the housecat if they were sick. I’m not above giving medicine if it’s not expensive, but taking a chicken to a vet for surgery? Recently we noticed that one of the ...
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