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California Ag Department Funds Pro-Pesticide Media Campaign 26.10.2010 WireTap Magazine
Many environmentally conscious foodies are by now well-acquainted with the wallet cards that rank different types of fish or fruits and vegetables by eco-friendly production practices, a useful tool in negotiating the supermarket offerings. But the produce industry has taken a stand against these innocuous tools, arguing that they discourage consumers from eating all of the pesticide residue that comes with your fruits and veggies. The Environmental Working Group (EWG) produces a "Dirty Dozen" list of the twelve most pesticide covered crops (a PDF, which also which also features the "clean 15," is available here ), to encourage consumers to choose organic. Understanding that many shoppers need to be cautious with spending, the Dirty Dozen helps shoppers prioritize by price and pesticide impact. For example, an extra dollar a pound might be worth it for organic spinach, but it"s smart to save on cantaloupe. The produce industry group Alliance for Food and Farming, ...
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Greatest Person Of The Day: Bun Lai, Chef And Sustainable Sushi Guru (PHOTO) 25.10.2010 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Bun Lai is the chef and owner of Miya's, one of Connecticut's most celebrated and unique restaurants. He is the 2010 recipient of the Elm...
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Rebuilding Local Economies: A Shift in Priorities 25.10.2010 Common Dreams: Views
by Anna White

From the burgeoning popularity of farmers’ markets and co-operatives to the revitalisation of community banking, people are organising to reclaim the economy from large profit-driven corporations and ‘too big to fail’ financial institutions. The small-scale and diversity of these local initiatives masks the immense potential they hold for addressing fundamental flaws in the current model of economic development.

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Organic Gardens Feeding People from Argentina to Haiti 24.10.2010 Truthout.com

Buenos Aires/Port Au Prince - Neither hurricanes nor floods, nor the devastating January earthquake or Haiti's chronic political instability managed to wipe out the organic gardening initiative underway in that country since 2005. The seed was planted in Argentina twenty years ago.

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Mintel: Consumer demand for sustainable food, drink grows 24.10.2010 Science / Technology News

CHICAGO More than 13,000 new sustainable food and drink products have been tracked in the Mintel global new products database since 2005, and 84% of consumers said they regularly purchase such products, according to a new Mintel survey.

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Paula Crossfield: Wal-Mart Promises Local Food, While Big Ag Gears Up for a Fight 23.10.2010 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Originally published on Civil Eats Last week, Wal-Mart-the largest grocer in the world with over 8,600 stores in 15 countries, two million employees and sales...
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Nourishing a Budding Sustainable Agriculture Movement 22.10.2010 worldwatch.org
Nourishing a Budding Sustainable Agriculture Movement
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Acknowledging women’s role in the sustainable food movement 22.10.2010 Grist Magazine
by Tom Philpott. The literary critic William Deresiewicz once identified a kind of rule-of-one in U.S. popular culture: Like a poor man’s Noah, we take one of each. One physicist: Stephen Hawking. One literary theorist: Harold Bloom. One radical social critic: Noam Chomsky. Before her death, we had one intellectual, Susan Sontag, and one only. (Now we’ve dispensed with the category altogether.) We are great anointers in this country, a habit that obviates the need for scrutiny. We don’t want to have to go into the ins and outs of a thing —weigh merits, examine histories, enter debates. We just want to put a face on it—the logic of celebrity culture—and move on. Deresiewicz doesn’t mention it, but the anointed one is usually a man. Things are no different in the sustainable food movement. We have our sage (Michael Pollan), our eminence gris (Wendell Berry), our star small farmer (Joel Salatin), our genius urban farmer (Will Allen), and our ...
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Weekly Mulch: Local food -- where sustainability meets self-reliance 22.10.2010 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Last week, environmentalists and food advocates warily welcomed the news that Walmart plans to expand its local, sustainable food program. The company announced it would double its sales of locally grown food by 2015 and, in new markets, would source from small and midsized producers. Given Walmart"s market share, this announcement is generally understood to be a positive development for the sustainable food movement. read ...
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Local Food - Where Sustainability Meets Self-Reliance 22.10.2010 Truthout.com

Last week, environmentalists and food advocates warily welcomed the news that Walmart plans to expand its local, sustainable food program. The company announced it would double its sales of locally grown food by 2015 and, in new markets, would source from small and midsized producers. Given Walmart's market share, this announcement is generally understood to be a positive development for the sustainable food movement.

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The Stir: The Golden Arches Go Green? 21.10.2010 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
While McDonald's intentions may be admirable, it's going to take a lot more than a bunch of drought-tolerant plants to convince us that we are buying a product from a company that's really interested in sustainable food production.
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Why California's Proposition 23 Is Bad News for Farmers 21.10.2010 AlterNet
Prop 23 would hinder efforts of farmers who want their businesses to be more resilient, sustainable and energy independent.
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A Rap Song for... Organic Milk? 20.10.2010 GOOD

Dairy Rap Song Yeo Valley
Indeed. I'm going to respectfully disagree with the people who are calling this good music, but it's kind of hilarious nonetheless: A new song—a rap song—promoting organic, sustainable dairy products from England's Yeo Valley. Watch the music video below, which features a pretty girl dressed Barbour-chic, guys in wife-beaters, a tractor bouncing on hydraulics, and off-rhymes about cream and milk.

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The world’s first organic dairy rap video 20.10.2010 Grist Magazine
by Ashley Braun. And now we have it: A song with an environmental message that doesn’t suck . In the form of a rap ode to organic farming, no less. Thank you, Yeo Valley Organic. The hardworking yeomen and yeowomen at Yeo Valley Organic milk this genre to the last drop, from popping wheelies in tractors bedecked with shiny cow bling to their displays of perfectly timed lyrical and visual prowess: “Yeah, we’re down with the soil association and we do lots of what? Conservation!” Why rap about how awesome organic practices are? “If you’re going to talk about yourself and you’re going to talk about how great you are, rapping is pretty much the only art form that allows you to have that bravado,” said Julien Lutz (aka “ Little X ”), the legit rap music video director from Canada, in a behind-the-music video . Fun fact: It was his first time working with farmers. ...
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Food Producers Walk the Line Between Government and Industry Safety Metrics 19.10.2010 WireTap Magazine
On Aug. 13, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a notice that would begin a recall of roughly 550 million eggs that put the public at risk for salmonella poisoning. More than 1,500 Americans were sickened with tainted eggs in what became the largest outbreak of this strain of salmonella since the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) began monitoring such things in the 1970s. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) graders, who are responsible for approving the Grade A designation for eggs based on size and color, "repeatedly noted problems with bugs, trash, and egg residue," at the Wright County Egg Farm, according to the Wall Street Journal , but they never notified FDA inspectors. Jack DeCoster, who owns the henhouses associated with the salmonella outbreak, has been exposed in various reports over the past several weeks for a long record of environmental, labor, and food safety violations. The company received hundreds of positive salmonella test results over the ...
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Food producers walk the line between government and industry safety metrics 19.10.2010 WireTap Magazine
On Aug. 13, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a notice that would begin a recall of roughly 550 million eggs that put the public at risk for salmonella poisoning. More than 1,500 Americans were sickened with tainted eggs in what became the largest outbreak of this strain of salmonella since the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) began monitoring such things in the 1970s. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) graders, who are responsible for approving the Grade A designation for eggs based on size and color, "repeatedly noted problems with bugs, trash, and egg residue," at the Wright County Egg Farm, according to the Wall Street Journal , but they never notified FDA inspectors. Jack DeCoster, who owns the henhouses associated with the salmonella outbreak, has been exposed in various reports over the past several weeks for a long record of environmental, labor, and food safety violations. The company received hundreds of positive salmonella test results over the ...
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A Major Legal Victory in the Fight for Hormone-Free Milk 19.10.2010 AlterNet
After two years, a federal court has ruled that Ohio's ban on the labeling of dairy products as hormone-free is unconstitutional.
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Ronnie Cummins: Industrial Agriculture and Human Survival: The Road Beyond 10/10/10 19.10.2010 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Despite decades of deception and mystification, a critical mass at the grassroots is waking up. A new generation of food and climate activists understands that...
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Bioneers 2010: Gary Hirshberg Explains How To Scale Up Sustainable Foods 19.10.2010 TreeHugger
Bioneers 2010: Gary Hirshberg Explains How To Scale Up Sustainable Foods
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Marion Nestle: Is Wal-Mart’s New Sustainable Food Strategy For Real? 16.10.2010 AlterNet
This post appeared on Food Politics.(With a click of her mouse, EatingLiberally’s Kerry Trueman corners Dr. Marion Nestle, NYU professor of nutrition and author of Pet Food Politics, What to Eat and Food Politics ) KT: Why do you think Wal-Mart has decided to throw its colossal weight behind sustainable agriculture, both domestically and [...] ...
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