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Category: Food Production :: Sustainable Agriculture
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Reclaiming, Relocalizing, Reconnecting: The Power of Taking Back Local Food Systems 17.4.2015 CommonDreams.org Headlines
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Agriculture Department to propose standards for organic seafood raised in US 16.4.2015 Star Tribune: Business
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Consumers increasingly buy organic products despite high prices, supply shortages in industry 16.4.2015 Star Tribune: Nation
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How to grow mushrooms in your garden path 15.4.2015 TreeHugger
Plants don't like being trodden on. Mushrooms, however, do not seem to mind.
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Genetic Engineering of Food Is Not the Answer 15.4.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
In January 2001, I went to California's Monterey coast for the Asilomar ecological conference. About 300 people met in Watsonville to take a bus tour through farms in the prosperous Pajaro Valley near Watsonville. In the bus I met an organic farmer who made a modest living near Santa Cruz from growing tomatoes on two acres of land. He said he quit working for a global food company because he disagreed with its immoral behavior. "What you hear of Monsanto," he said, "is nor practiced by Monsanto alone. Agribusiness companies are not trying to feed the world. Their game is power, monopolies, and profits." Monsanto, of course, is the American giant multinational seed, pesticide, and drug company pushing the genetic engineering of food to its limits. Some of the seeds Monsanto is selling to farmers are designed to bring traditional farming to an end. The Monsanto farmers must buy their seeds from Monsanto every growing season. This is what the organic farmer had in mind with his warning about ...
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Consumers buying more organic products, new data show 15.4.2015 AP Politics
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Consumer interest in the organic label continues to grow....
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Consumers buying more organic products, new data show 15.4.2015 Yahoo: Top Stories
WASHINGTON (AP) — Consumer interest in the organic label continues to grow.
Consumers increasingly buy organic products despite some supply shortages in industry 15.4.2015 Star Tribune: Business
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Wedge Co-op to sell Gardens of Eagan 15.4.2015 Star Tribune: Business
After 7 years of growing organics, natural foods co-op is going to concentrate on sales.
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Why Dr. Bronner's Supports the Organic Check-Off Program 14.4.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
When I first heard that there could be a $30 million-plus annual war chest to build expertise and capacity for organic farming in the United States, and educate consumers about organic food and farming, via the Organic Trade Association's Organic Check-Off program , I thought this sounded like a pretty good idea. In addition to the fact that we need to research and share best organic practices for crop yields and ecosystem health, and develop the next generation of organic farmers in the U.S., the vast majority of Americans lack basic knowledge of what organic agriculture and organic products are, and many consider completely meaningless claims such as "natural" and almost meaningless claims like "non-GMO" as superior attributes. However, I understood that the proposed check-off was controversial and decided to investigate. Largely I found that concerns stem from bad experiences with other agricultural commodity programs like beef, pork and eggs, that benefitted large agribusiness and processors while ...
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Organic Consumers Association Gathers 105,000 Signatures on MoveOn.org Petition Asking Hillary Clinton to Support GMO Labeling 13.4.2015 Commondreams.org Newswire
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Food, Farming and Climate Change: It’s Bigger than Everything Else 13.4.2015 Commondreams.org Views
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Facing uncertain future, Edgewater organic shop aligns with Heartland Cafe 11.4.2015 Chicago Tribune: Opinion
The day Paula Companio learned that a Whole Foods was going to open directly across Broadway Street from her small organic market, True Nature Foods, she felt the blow of the cosmic ...
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Whole Foods, facing competition, steps up its game 10.4.2015 Chicago Tribune: Business
These days, one can find a variety of stores for organic produce and cage-free eggs without making the trek to a Whole ...
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NYC Mayor de Blasio's Environmental Record So Far: A Good Start, but Big Challenges Ahead 10.4.2015 Switchboard, from NRDC
Eric Goldstein, Director of NRDC's New York City Environment, NY: During his first fifteen months at the helm of the nation's largest city, Mayor Bill de Blasio signaled that his Administration will be reaching for significant heights in environmental achievement, continuing and expanding on the progress on sustainability issues that...
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The Modern Savage: A New Book Questions Why We Eat Animals 10.4.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
There's a very good life beyond beef and after meat Dr. James McWilliams' new book called The Modern Savage: Our Unthinking Decision to Eat Animals is a very thoughtful work about our meal plans in which he covers the ecological and ethical reasons for not eating nonhuman animals (animals), and shows that labels such as "cage free," "free range," and "humanely raised" are not necessarily sound and ethical. Furthermore, more "personal" backyard farming in which humans form close relationships with other animals who are usually named before they're killed for food also raises deep ethical questions. The book's description captures what Dr. McWilliams' book is all about: "In the last four decades, food reformers have revealed the ecological and ethical problems of eating animals raised in industrial settings, turning what was once the boutique concern of radical eco-freaks into a mainstream movement. Although animal products are often labeled 'cage free,' 'free range,' and 'humanely raised, can we trust ...
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Firebrand farmer 9.4.2015 Durango Herald
There’s a uniform-cleaning service in Staunton, Virginia, where Joel Salatin buys his work shirts: castoffs marooned there by workers who’ve been fired or died or otherwise gone AWOL. Salatin gets them cheap, and he’s not picky. If it fits, fine, and so he answers the door on a Monday afternoon sporting the logo of...
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Why Modern Regenerative Organic Farming Is THE Way to Feed the World 8.4.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Recently, a friend of mine who is trying to transition a farm to organic asked me with a bit of frustration why people keep insisting that "you can't feed the world with organic." My response was that it's important for him to realize that "We Need to Feed the World" is one of GMO makers' most brilliant marketing campaigns. But that's just what it is, a marketing campaign. But the truth--with a multitude of studies to back it up--is that in the long run, modern regenerative organic farming is the ONLY thing that can truly feed the world. And here is why: 1. Modern organic farming improves the soil and leaves it better over time, including the its ability to store carbon. Chemical farming destroys the soil, ultimately leaving it un-farmable (for example, in China one fifth of agricultural land is already poisoned beyond use). We need healthy soil to grow crops, and therefore, we need to farm organically to keep our soil healthy so that we're not stuck with an earth covered in un-farmable land. 2. Modern ...
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Dietary guidelines are one ingredient in the recipe for sustainable food production 7.4.2015 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
By David Festa Dietary guidelines are one ingredient in the recipe for sustainable food production Some people don’t like the idea of the federal government telling them what they should and shouldn’t eat. Others feel the science of nutrition is still evolving—are eggs good or bad for us this week?—and don’t know whether to trust the recommendations. But there’s no denying that USDA dietary guidelines have a profound influence on the public discussion over our food choices. So it is a good thing that the commission that suggests updates to these guidelines every five years has come forward with a proposal that for the first time recognizes an inarguable fact: dietary choices have an impact not only on our health, but also on the health of our environment. Food fight The scientific advisory panel recommends a diet with more plant-based foods – such as vegetables, fruits, whole grains, legumes and nuts – than the typical American diet, which is higher in calories and includes more meat. Although the panel ...
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Find restaurants that serve food from local and sustainable sources with this app 4.4.2015 TreeHugger
The free Greenease app aims to make it easy to find a cafe or grocery serving foods from local, ethical, and sustainable suppliers.
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