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Slow Food's 1,000 Sustainable Gardens for Africa 2.5.2011 TreeHugger
Slow Food's 1,000 Sustainable Gardens for Africa
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Monsanto-tied scientist abruptly quits key USDA research post 30.4.2011 Gristmill
by Tom Philpott. On a slow Friday afternoon, a surprising bit of news came down the pike: Roger Beachy, head of  National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), the main research arm of the USDA, has officially resigned his post, effective May 20. Who is Beacchy? When Obama hired Beachy in 2009, I got a case of policy whiplash , because it seemed to me that the administration kept whipping back and forth between progressive food-system change and agribusiness as usual. Beachy, you see, came to the post from the Danforth Plant Science Center, where had he served as the organization’s president since its founding in 1998. Nestled in Monsanto’s St. Louis home town, Danforth has long and deep ties to Monsanto. According to its website, the center “was founded in 1998 through gifts from the St. Louis-based Danforth Foundation, the Monsanto Fund (a philanthropic foundation), and a tax credit from the State of Missouri.” Monsanto CEO Hugh Grant sits on the ...
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Sustainable Blooms at the Royal Wedding, Celebrities Against Dogfighting, and More 30.4.2011 TreeHugger
Sustainable Blooms at the Royal Wedding, Celebrities Against Dogfighting, and More
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Biopesticides, Farm Worker Pensions, School Salad Bars and Farm Camps Win NRDC Awards 30.4.2011 TreeHugger
Biopesticides, Farm Worker Pensions, School Salad Bars and Farm Camps Win NRDC Awards
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4 Surprising Places You Can Buy Sustainable Fish 27.4.2011 AlterNet
Buying sustainable seafood doesn't have to be expensive -- the only thing that is truly pricey is choosing to sacrifice the health of oceans and fisheries.
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School Salad Bars, Organic Berries, Biopesticides Win NRDC Food Awards 27.4.2011 Small Business | GreenBiz.com

The third annual Growing Green Awards from the Natural Resources Defense Council recognize leading individuals and organizations across the sustainable food movement, from farm to table -- or school cafeteria.

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Strawberry grower shows how to make a profit without poisons 27.4.2011 Gristmill
by OnEarth. This story was written by Laura Fraser . Along California’s rugged coastal Highway One, just north of Santa Cruz, a yellow vintage pick-up truck and tidy rows of strawberries mark the entrance to the Swanton Berry Farm. Inside the cheerful farm stand, decorated with old photos of the region and fluttering United Farm Worker flags, locals gather at blue picnic tables, sipping coffee, eating strawberry shortcake, and chatting with Jim Cochran , the owner. The air is scented with the first berries of the season. They’re fresh and sweet, intensely red and fragrant, and firm—not pumped up with nitrogen like most commercial strawberries. Cochran, 63, a silver-haired man with an easy manner and quietly fierce intelligence, takes evident pride in watching a visitor savor one. He was California’s first organic strawberry grower, harvesting his initial crop more than 25 years ago. “From the start, everyone said it was impossible to grow a commercial crop ...
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4 Surprising (and Affordable) Places to Buy Sustainable Seafood 27.4.2011 AlterNet
Buying sustainable seafood doesn't have to be expensive -- the only thing that is truly pricey is choosing to sacrifice the health of oceans and fisheries.
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Frances Beinecke: NRDC Recognizes Food Leaders who are Growing a Healthier, Tastier, and More Sustainable Food System 26.4.2011 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Today, NRDC announced the winners of its 2011 Growing Green Awards -extraordinary leaders in the field of sustainable food and agriculture who are making our...
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Urban Agriculture - the Way of the Future? 26.4.2011 Earth Times
An Interview with Dr Robert Biel about sustainable agriculture. Dr Robert Biel is an author and academic, who works for University College London and has written about sustainable agriculture. More than that, he practices what he calls ''experimental agriculture'' in his own allotment and with his students.
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A star Silicon Valley investor puts his money where his mouth is for sustainable ag 26.4.2011 Gristmill
by Tom Laskawy. As antidote to those who argue that the future of food is all about technologies like genetic engineering and new pesticides, I refer you to entrepreneur Ali Partovi (full disclosure: Ali and I are acquaintances) who has an Earth Day post over at Silicon Valley’s Techcrunch , one of the most influential tech-entrepreneur blogs around. Partovi, a former Microsoftie, is a cofounder of the music recommendation service iLike and was an early-stage investor in such online successess as Zappos, Dropbox, and that social network site a few folks use, Facebook. And now, as evidenced by the title of his post—“ Food Is The New Frontier In Green Tech ”—he’s discovered the investment possibilities of food: As an Internet entrepreneur and investor, my interest in food and agriculture began at home, taking care of my body and my kids. In 2008, my wife and I decided to adopt a healthier and more sustainable diet for our family. We switched to exclusively ...
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Josh Dorfman: Radical Transparency: The Key to Shopping Our Way to Sustainability 23.4.2011 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Consumers say they want to shop their environmental values. Many claim to already be doing so. But the sales figures don't lie. When organic food...
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Michael Pollan: It's Not So Much What We Eat, As How We Eat It 22.4.2011 AlterNet
Michael Pollan discusses our unhealthy obsession with singling out foods for their individual properties instead of taking a more holistic approach.
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On Earth Day and Every Day, Women Protect the Planet 22.4.2011 Commondreams.org Views
Yifat Susskind

It’s easy to feel desolate about the terrible damage being done to our planet by resource exploitation, industrial agriculture, pollution, deforestation, fossil fuel consumption and more. The BP oil spill, the nuclear crisis in Japan and the mounting threat of climate change can leave us feeling hopeless about the fate of the planet.

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15 ways to celebrate agriculture on Earth Day 22.4.2011 Gristmill
by Danielle Nierenberg. Ag doesn’t have to be large-scale and chemical-intensive to be highly productive. For over 40 years, Earth Day has served as a call to action, mobilizing individuals and organizations around the world to address environmental challenges. Agriculture, often blamed as a driver of these problems, is emerging a solution to environmental problems. It’s a source of food and income for the world’s poor and a primary engine for economic growth. It also offers untapped potential for mitigating climate change and protecting biodiversity, and for lifting millions of people out of poverty. Here are 15 solutions to guide farmers, scientists, politicians, agribusinesses and aid agencies as they commit to promoting a healthier environment and a more food-secure future. 1.  Guaranteeing the right to food. Guaranteeing the human right to adequate food—now and for future generations—requires that policymakers incorporate this right ...
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Largest Organic Milk Bottler Accused of Misrepresenting Products 21.4.2011 Commondreams.org Newswire

The Cornucopia Institute filed a formal request with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) today, asking for an investigation into Dean Foods' advertisements for its Horizon milk with Omega-3 DHA, alleging the nation's largest dairy conglomerate with consumer fraud in misrepresenting the nutritional benefits of its products. 

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Organic agriculture: deeply rooted in science and ecoloogy 21.4.2011 Grist Magazine
by Eliot Coleman. Organic farming is often falsely represented as being unscientific. However, despite the popular assumption that it sprang full born from the delusions of 60s hippies, it has a more extensive, and scientifically respectable, provenance. If you look back at the first flush of notoriety in the 1940s, the names most often mentioned, Sir Albert Howard and J. I. Rodale , rather than being the initiators, were actually just popularizers of a groundswell of  ideas that had begun to develop some 50 years earlier in the 1890s. A growing coterie of farmers, landlords, scientists and rural philosophers in both England and Germany had begun questioning the wisdom of the chemically based agriculture that had grown so prominent from its tiny beginning in the 1840s. Advances in biological sciences during the late 19th century, such as those that explained the workings of nitrogen fixation, mycorrhizal association, and soil microbial life supported their case. Those new sciences set the ...
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Why Wolf Hunting is Unethical 21.4.2011 NewWest.Net All Headlines
In light of the recent successful delisting of the wolf by Congress, I have been thinking a lot about why I so strenuously object to killing wolves. 
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Organic Valley Accused Of Violating Organic Egg Standards 21.4.2011 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Organic Valley, the nation's largest name-brand marketer of organic eggs, is being accused of misleading consumers about the living conditions of its California hens, and...
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Sustainable ag education loses funding 20.4.2011 From the Blogs
Budget bill eliminates ATTRA program
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