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Monsanto’s latest farmwashing ad campaign debuts 22.1.2011 Grist Magazine
by Kerry Trueman. Now that the Supreme Court has declared that corporations are people, too ( happy birthday, Citizens United !), Monsanto is apparently out to put a friendly, slightly weather-beaten, gently grizzled face on industrial agriculture. The above ad (the lefthand one) is part of a campaign currently appearing in bus shelters in D.C., including just outside USDA headquarters, among other places. The link, Americasfarmers.com, forwards to a Monsanto page .  This guy looks an awful lot like Henry Fonda playing Tom Joad in The Grapes of Wrath , which seems only fitting since Agribiz may be helping to create a 21st century Dust Bowl . After decades of boasting about how fossil-fuel-intensive industrial agriculture has made it possible for far fewer farmers to produce way more food, Monsanto is now championing the power of farming to create jobs and preserve land. Does this attempt by a biotechnology behemoth to wrap itself in a populist plaid flannel shirt give you the warm ...
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Parsing the new ‘humane’ food labels 21.1.2011 Grist Magazine
by Michelle Venetucci Harvey. Americans face a dizzying array of food labels. There’s organic, all-natural, sustainable, cage-free, whole grain, and heart-healthy, to name a few. Pop quiz: Which of these is backed by legally enforceable guidelines? Answer: Only organic. (And even that one has loopholes , such as the practice of giving chickens access to outdoor spaces but not requiring that the birds actually spend any time outside.) The rest of these labels can be interpreted by food producers in many different ways. That’s also true for “humane,” which you may have noticed is cropping up more and more. Whole Foods recently rolled out a humane labeling system and both Safeway and Supervalu have made animal welfare pledges. Meanwhile, even Big Meat is getting in on the act—and we do mean acting. The Humane Society has filed a class-action lawsuit against Perdue for the company’s “alleged false advertising of factory farmed chicken products as ...
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Is Eating Meat the Best Way to Fight Factory Farms? Our Readers Respond 21.1.2011 TreeHugger
Is Eating Meat the Best Way to Fight Factory Farms? Our Readers Respond
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Kerry Trueman: Let's Ask Marion Nestle: Is Monsanto's Warm & Fuzzy Farmer Campaign Just A Snow Job? 21.1.2011 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
(With a click of her mouse, EatingLiberally's Kerry Trueman, aka kat, corners Dr. Marion Nestle, NYU professor of nutrition and author of Feed Your Pet...
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Worldwatch Institute Convenes 15th Annual State of the World Symposium in Washington, D.C. 20.1.2011 Worldwatch Institute
FOR Immediate RELEASE Wednesday, January 19, 2011 For press interviews and review copies: Amanda Stone, astone@worldwatch.org , (+1) 202.452.1999 x514 For review copies outside of the U.S., Canada & India: gudrun.freese@earthscan.co.uk ,(+44) 207 841 1930 Worldwatch Institute Convenes 15th Annual State of the World Symposium in Washington, D.C. Event highlights innovative next steps to create an environmentally sustainable food system, improve food security, and alleviate hunger and poverty Washington, D.C. (19 January 2011) —Worldwatch Institute"s 15th Annual State of the World Symposium, convened today, brought together leading thinkers for a targeted dialogue focused on agricultural development, hunger, and poverty alleviation. The symposium occurred in conjunction with the release of Worldwatch"s flagship publication, State of the World 2011: Innovations that Nourish the Planet ,which outlines 15 proven, environmentally sustainable prescriptions ...
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Is Eating Meat the Best Way to Fight Factory Farms? 20.1.2011 TreeHugger
Is Eating Meat the Best Way to Fight Factory Farms?
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UK organic milk better for you than conventional, thanks to cows’ grass-based diet 20.1.2011 From A to Green
by Tom Philpott. According to an important new study, organic milk sold in England delivers significantly higher levels of healthy fatty acids than does conventional milk. The study, funded by the European Union and published in the peer-reviewed Journal of Dairy Science , can be accessed for free here .   The researchers compared fat composition and protein content of 10 organic and 12 conventional brands found on supermarket shelves in northeast England. Researchers found that the organic milk had only slightly higher overall fat content, but much higher levels of what it calls “beneficial fatty acids.” The differences are significant in public-health terms. In America and Great Britain alike, people on average don’t get enough essential fatty acids. For example, one of the fatty acids in question, conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), has been shown to lower heart disease and cancer risks, the researchers say. The meat and milk of ruminant animals are “almost our ...
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Gabe Crane: Tu B'Shvat: An Ancient Jewish Holiday For Modern Environmentalists 20.1.2011 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
What was once an accounting of tree inventory in ancient Israel may be emerging as the accounting of a movement.
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Worldwatch Institute Convenes 15th Annual State of the World Symposium in Washington, D.C. 20.1.2011 Commondreams.org Newswire

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 19, 2011

Worldwatch Institute

Worldwatch Institute's 15th Annual State of the World Symposium, convened today, brought together leading thinkers for a targeted dialogue focused on agricultural development, hunger, and poverty alleviation. The symposium occurred in conjunction with the release of Worldwatch's flagship publication, State of the World 2011: Innovations that Nourish the Planet,which outlines 15 proven, environmentally sustainable prescriptions for alleviating hunger and poverty.

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Organic Milk More Nutritious? 19.1.2011 Agricultural and Biofuel News - ENN
Organic milk has more beneficial fats than conventional milk, at least in the United Kingdom, says a new study. Whether these differences are nutritionally significant is less clear. Surveys of U.S. milk have yielded different results, though they also show differences between organic and conventional milk.
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USDA Fires Organic Farming Specialist for Expressing Opinions 19.1.2011 AlterNet
He brought 20 years of experience in organic farming to his government service and he had played a key role in the development of the USDA's organic standards.
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Truly sustainable meat eaters choose rabbit [VIDEO] 18.1.2011 Gristmill
by Daniel Klein. People either love rabbits or they hate them. If it’s a love thing, it’s probably because they’re so cute and innocent. If the story is hate, perhaps they ate everything in your garden this past summer. But even those who hate them often balk at eating them. “The Easter Bunny Syndrome” is what farmer Steve Marshall calls Americans’ lack of enthusiasm for eating rabbit, which Europeans eat a lot more of. This rather efficient, healthy animal has been relegated (or is it elevated?) to the occasional spot on the menus of fancy restaurants.  But they’re much more than just cute and furry. Their meat is tasty, and among the most climate-friendly protein options out there, since they’re herbivores, grow to maturity quickly, and reproduce ... well, like rabbits.  This week, I visited  Marshall Farm , one of the few (if not the only) commercial rabbit producers in Minnesota, where Scott and his ...
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EU Study Finds Organic Milk Is Better For You 18.1.2011 TreeHugger
EU Study Finds Organic Milk Is Better For You
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Organic Milk Is Healthier, New Study Says 17.1.2011 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Britain's beleaguered organic sector receives a boost today with a study that suggests organic milk is healthier than the ordinary variety. The European Union-funded study...
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Life, liberty, and the pursuit of fatness 15.1.2011 Gristmill
by Kristin Wartman. Working with people as a nutritionist, I’m often met with resistance. I try to explain how to make healthful food choices without using trigger words like “organic”, “sustainable”, or even “local.” “When I hear the word organic I think of Birkenstock-wearing hippies in Cambridge or Berkeley,” one of my clients told me recently. Other clients have referred to whole, organic foods as “yuppie food.” There’s no doubt that food choice and diet is an indicator of class and culture. But what perplexes me is this notion that eating a diet of processed, sugary junk foods is what “real Americans” eat. According to food historian Felipe Fernandez-Arsmesto, author of Near a Thousand Tables , food has always been a marker of class and rank in any particular society. “Food became a social differentiator at a remote, undocumented moment when some people started to command more food resources ...
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Majora Carter Gets Down to Business 13.1.2011 Inc
Majora Carter rose to national prominence in 2006 with a poignant TED talk on environmental justice. She called it Greening the Ghetto. Listen to the talk and you'll hear her voice falter briefly as she describes growing up in the South Bronx and how her brother survived the Vietnam War only to be gunned down near his home, located across the street from a crack house. Carter, a 2005 MacArthur fellow, says she saw how economic, social, and environmental inequalities interconnected. Better urban planning and development became her lever. The nonprofit Carter founded in 2001, Sustainable South Bronx, turned $10,000 in seed grant money into a $3 million waterfront park that rehabilitated the environment and reunited residents with their waterway for the first time in more than 60 years. The New York Times called Carter "the green power broker." In 2008, she left Sustainable South Bronx to start a new consulting firm called the Majora Carter Group . She spoke to Inc.com about that transition, ...
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The American Fast Food Syndrome 13.1.2011 Common Dreams: Views
by Kristin Wartman

Working with people as a nutritionist, I’m often met with resistance. I try to explain making healthful food choices without using trigger words like organic, sustainable, or even local. “When I hear the word organic I think of Birkenstock-wearing hippies in Cambridge, Massachusetts or Berkeley, California,” one of my clients told me recently.

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Care for some human cheese? 13.1.2011 Grist Magazine
by Danielle Gould. Would you try a slice of human cheese? I’ve asked this question at a dinner of artists and sustainable food advocates, at dinner with my family, and in conversation with friends. There are the brave few who say they’d be interested in tasting some, but most people react in utter disgust. After the shock of imagining what it would be like to consume cheese made from human milk, the real question becomes: Why does it make us so uncomfortable? New York University graduate student Miriam Simun created her Human Cheese project as a way to engage people in conversation about biotechnology, food systems, and the human body. The project originated as part of Marc Alt’s Living Systems course at NYU’s Interactive Technology Program, but she plans to continue her research. I usually focus on information technology, but I was particularly interested in Simun’s innovative approach to exploring the ethics of biotechnology and sustainable food ...
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World Hunger Best Cured by Small-Scale Agriculture: Report 13.1.2011 CommonDreams.org Headlines
by Nidhi Prakash

The key to alleviating world hunger, poverty and combating climate change may lie in fresh, small-scale approaches to agriculture, according to a report from the Worldwatch Institute.

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Sustainable Fish Customers 'Duped' by Marine Stewardship Council 13.1.2011 AlterNet
Certification granted to controversial fisheries has prompted severe criticism of the sustainable fisheries organization.
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