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Category: Food Production :: Sustainable Agriculture
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Agricultural and Food Controversies 25.11.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Most of us have heard that eating beef is one of the worse things we can do for the planet. Yet as we ponder the choice of arugula over Romaine hearts, we may also hear that these vegetables are sprayed with more pesticides than grain crops. So perhaps we move on to organic until we learn that organics too use pesticides, and that the production method may not make the most efficient use of our scarce resources . And so it goes, comparing the carbon footprint of local to free range, asking waiters whether there's a GMO in our soup, all while speculating whether the Farm Bill is the cause of obesity. Where is one to turn to adjudicate the conflicting messages we hear about food and agriculture? Large agribusinesses have a lot to say on these issues, but their predictable messages about feeding the world easy to dismiss. Journalists and non-profits with earnest, academic sounding names might appear a bit more credible, but their constant drum roll of fear and paranoia, undoubtedly appealing to a certain ...
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Let's talk turkey: What do all of those labels mean? 24.11.2014 Star Tribune: Latest
A few tips on what the labels mean for consumers in the hunt for a perfect turkey.
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Talking Turkey (Labels, that is!) 24.11.2014 Star Tribune: Business
A few tips on what the labels mean for consumers in the hunt for a perfect turkey.
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Sunflowers bloom into a sustainable business at University of Wisconsin-Platteville 24.11.2014 Star Tribune: Local
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'Case for Sustainable Meat' takes on many sacred cows 22.11.2014 LA Times: Top News
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Is Climate Change Reversible? Can Regenerative Agriculture Farming Solve the Climate Crisis? 21.11.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
How to deal with our carbon problem in lieu of climate change was the big question being asked on Monday September 22nd at the Rodale Institute. We heard from such speakers such as Dr. Vandana Shiva; Ronnie Cummins of the Organic Consumers Association; Mark Smallwood, the head of the Rodale Institute; Andre Leu of IFOAM; Dr. Richard Teague from Texas A&M University; and Tom Newmark, Co-Founder, The Carbon Underground. Scientists and world leaders of agrarian reform met to discuss how to reverse climate change by bringing excess atmospheric CO2 back home to the soil, where, as soil carbon, it can improve food production, resilience to climate extremes, and water management. And yes, actually, quickly remove the perilous excesses of CO2 that threatens humanity. Tom Newmark led the presentation with an analogy: imagine a morbidly obese patient going to a physician. Weighing 400 pounds, the patient struggles daily and fears for the future. The physician makes the obvious diagnosis: you're severely ...
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UK unveils first waste-fueled bus 20.11.2014 Environmental News Network
The UK's first ever bus powered on human and food waste has taken to the road today which engineers believe could provide a sustainable way of fuelling public transport - cutting emissions in polluted towns and cities. The 40-seater Bio-Bus, which runs on gas generated through the treatment of sewage and food waste that's unfit for human consumption, helps to improve urban air quality as it produces fewer emissions than traditional diesel engines. Running on waste products that are both renewable and sustainable, the bus can travel up to 300km on a full tank of gas.
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New Report Criticizes Yogurt Industry 20.11.2014 Commondreams.org Newswire
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Competing Water Futures for California 18.11.2014 Switchboard, from NRDC
Kate Poole, Senior Attorney, San Francisco: California is at a crossroads.  One path offers green cities, sustainable farms, flowing rivers, and thriving fish and wildlife.  The other promises desiccated rivers, waterless taps, bird-free skies, and the parched remnants of fields abandoned after the wells run dry. ...
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Proposed marijuana cultivation facility now eyes construction phase after Town Board meeting 15.11.2014 Steamboat Pilot
Ant's Organic, a proposed marijuana growing and distribution business in Oak Creek, received land use approval at Thursday night's Town Board meeting to pursue the construction of its two-story facility on a vacant lot at 231 Arthur Ave. With a crowd of about a dozen people in attendance, Anthony Franciosi got the news he was hoping for and now will move forward with the building process with Yampa Valley Engineering Inc. “Once the state licenses us, the town will once again take a look at it and hopefully we can continue to move forward,” Franciosi said Friday, speaking from the Marijuana Business Conference & Expo in Las Vegas. Yampa Valley Engineering Inc. "is very familiar. They are pretty much working with everyone in the industry in Routt County.” Franciosi agreed to modifications to his original proposal from a meeting Oct. 22 with the Planning Commission, including restrictions to HVAC equipment in the building's planned basement area, accessibility from Arthur Avenue and a 6-foot fence that must ...
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How a small British garden became a mature food forest 13.11.2014 TreeHugger
The Scottish borders aren't typically thought of as the best place to grow a diversity of food. Graham and Nancy Bell, however, were not to be deterred.
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Dig In and Grow Your Own 13.11.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Photo provided by Jane Seymour of her own organic garden. By guest blogger Pam Peeke, MD, MPH, FACP, best-selling author and expert on health, fitness, and nutrition. As senior science advisor to Elements Behavioral Health , the largest national residential addiction-treatment program, I'm in the process of integrating a natural, whole-foods-based nutrition program to support lifelong recovery. Presently, I'm also working with Malibu Vista, a women's mental health treatment center, associated with the renowned Promises. There, we are developing our own sustainable organic garden so that everyone can benefit from freshly picked herbs and vegetables. It's not just the chefs who are enjoying the digging and seeding. The clients have found that by becoming intimate with the earth, their healing process is greatly improved. What a win-win-win. Your mind, body, and soul form a powerful healing triad. As a University of California-Berkeley alumna, I had the pleasure of introducing my friend and colleague, U. S. ...
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Agriculture and climate change: a cause, a victim and a potential solution 13.11.2014 MinnPost
CC/Flickr/thebittenword.com Properly managed soil is a natural carbon sink, and organic farming is increasingly recognized as a viable, more adaptable, and healthier alternative to conventional modern agriculture. When people think of climate change, the first things that come to mind are typically power plants, rising sea levels or melting glaciers. But an often overlooked yet important piece of the issue is our food system. Agriculture is intricately tied to climate change because it is at the same time a cause, victim and potential solution, depending on the way we grow and transport food from the fields to our plates. In a new event series, Dine for Climate, the Will Steger Foundation is making the connection between climate change and our food system by partnering with local restaurants (Birchwood Café, French Meadow Bakery and Café/Bluestem Bar, Spoonriver and Lucia’s) that source organic and sustainable food from Minnesota farmers. The events will showcase how eating local and organic is a ...
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Golden State Joe: California Makes A Play For Coffee's Future 12.11.2014 NPR News
California's coffee crop is new and small, but farmers are optimistic about its potential. Scientists hope that by growing coffee here they can learn more about how to help the crop resist disease.
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Back-To-The-Future Agriculture: 'Farming Like the Earth Matters' 12.11.2014 Commondreams.org Views
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What?! Fish Can't Be Organic? 10.11.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
by Lisa J. Bunin, Ph.D., organic policy director of Center for Food Safety That's right. Neither wild fish nor farmed fish can be certified organic because no organic standards exist in the U.S. to regulate them. But that may be about to change -- for the worse. Why? The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is currently proceeding with the development of organic aquaculture regulations that could allow wild fish and ocean-based fish farms to be certified organic. The argument against certifying wild fish as organic is evident: Wild fish can't be called organic because they are wild. Their behavior in the open ocean can't be monitored or controlled like those of domesticated animals. Organic farmers feed their livestock 100 percent organic feed, as required by law, but that's simply not possible to do for wild fish that forage and scavenge for food in the open ocean. Exposure to synthetic toxic chemicals or even radionuclides by wild fish cannot be prevented, given the presence of those toxins in the ...
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Growing organic food industry rips California's pest-management program as threat to business 9.11.2014 Star Tribune: Nation
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California, No. 1 farm state, enshrining pesticide-heavy means, says growing organic industry 8.11.2014 Star Tribune: Business
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Showdown looms as California eyes pesticides 8.11.2014 AP National
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- With organic food growers reporting double-digit growth in US sales each year, producers are challenging a proposed California pest-management program they say enshrines a pesticide-heavy approach for decades to come, including compulsory spraying of organic crops at the state's discretion....
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Showdown looms as California eyes pesticides 8.11.2014 Yahoo: US National
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — With organic food growers reporting double-digit growth in US sales each year, producers are challenging a proposed California pest-management program they say enshrines a pesticide-heavy approach for decades to come, including compulsory spraying of organic crops at the state's ...
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