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Category: Food Production :: Sustainable Agriculture
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IPCC Report Underscores Need for Global Sustainable Agriculture 16.4.2014 Commondreams.org Newswire

The prestigious United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released its latest report this week, detailing how governments can avert the most severe consequences of climate change, if they act quickly and decisively.

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Just Say No to Illegal Pirate Fish: Support Sustainable Seafood 16.4.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
How to support sustainable seafood and #eatbetterfish It is a sad state of affairs that 91 percent of all seafood consumed in the U.S. is imported, with more than half of that farmed, often in dubious conditions. A scathing report to be published in Marine Policy says that up to 33 percent of all imported wild fish was from illegal, unregulated and unreported (IUU) fishing. Study co-author Tony Pitcher says those results surprised his team. "We didn't think it would be as big as that. To think that one in three fish you eat in the U.S. could be illegal, that's a bit scary." Pirate fishing is devastating wild fish stocks worldwide, supporting human slavery , and fomenting political tensions, while unregulated fish farming is causing worldwide environmental mayhem to produce cheap seafood with serious health concerns that tastes bad. What's a girl to do? The answer is surprisingly simple: source seafood from domestic wild fisheries. Protects the fish U.S. fisheries management is the world's beacon, with ...
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What does Rainforest Alliance certification mean for palm oil? 15.4.2014 TreeHugger
We all know the palm oil industry has a horrible reputation for deforestation. The Rainforest Alliance, however, believes that change can happen from within and that sustainable palm oil production is attainable.
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Nestle reports sales slump, blames strong Swiss franc 15.4.2014 Yahoo: Top Stories
The world's leading food industry group Nestle saw its sales plunge 5.1 percent in the first quarter, it said on Tuesday, blaming the effect of exchange rates and strength of the Swiss franc. During the first three months of the year, the maker of Nespresso capsules and baby food and many other products, said it had taken 20.8 billion Swiss francs ($23.6 billion, 17.1 billion euros) in sales. Paul Bulcke, who heads the Swiss company, maintained that currency rates were to blame for the drop and stressed Nestle had seen organic growth of 4.2 percent during the quarter. "Our organic growth in the first months of the year was in line with expectations and driven by volume rather than price," he said in a ...
Updates on Calhoun Square, Urban Organics 15.4.2014 Star Tribune: Business
Both projects moving along
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Organic Food: It's Not Just for Yuppies Anymore 14.4.2014 Commondreams.org Views
Tracie McMillan

A man who applies pesticides to Iowa fields for $14 hour might not seem a likely organic enthusiast. But when I met Jim Dreyer last fall, and he mentioned the backyard patch he and his wife had planted with vegetables in the spring, he told me he didn’t use any pesticides. When I asked him why, Dreyer surprised me: “I don’t want to eat that shit,” he said.

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From fish to pipes, Minnesota firms see opportunity in growing water challenge 14.4.2014 Minnesota Public Radio: Science
Rising concern over the supply of clean water, both in Minnesota and worldwide, is turning into what some technology companies think is a chance to grow.
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Organic Gardening: 10 Tips to Success 11.4.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
By Dianne Venetta for GalTime.com Organic gardening is the method of gardening that utilizes only materials derived from living things, ie. all natural plant foods and pesticides. Once you know the basic tenets of this practice, organic vegetable gardening is simple. And the payoff is enormous: no toxic chemicals, no waste, better for the environment as a whole, and not to mention a crop full of natural, delicious vegetables. Remember these 10 steps and you'll have a successful crop in no time! Soil. It all begins here. Amending your soil with organic material such as composted manure or yard and kitchen scrap compost will get your dirt off to a good start. The inclusion of organic material provides a solid basis of nutrients for your plants which helps to cut down on the need for commercially made fertilizers and improves soil structure making it easier for your plant to absorb the important minerals they need. Sandy soil will not hold its moisture well. Heavy clay soil may prove too dense for healthy ...
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City lights threaten rain forests by deterring bats 10.4.2014 Environmental News Network
Fruit-eating bats play an important role in forest regeneration, collecting and spreading seeds far and wide. However, human development may be stymying bat-mediated dispersal. In a new study published in the British Ecological Society's Journal of Applied Ecology, researchers found that fruit bats avoid feeding in light-polluted areas, which may significantly affect forest growth. Scientists from the German Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research, Berlin (IZW), undertook the study in Costa Rica, and focused on Sowell's short-tailed bats (Carollia sowelli), a species found throughout Central America and Mexico. The findings of their study indicate that artificial lights may deter these bats from feeding on fruit and spreading seeds by 25 to 50 percent.
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Wal-Mart and Wild Oats unveil cheaper organic line 10.4.2014 Salt Lake Tribune
New York • Wal-Mart is using its massive size to drive down the price of organic food items from tomato paste to chicken broth to make them more affordable for its low-income customers. The world’s largest retailer and nation’s largest grocery seller said Thursday that it has teamed up with Wild Oats to sell a new line of organic foods, starting this month, that’s at least 25 percent cheaper than the national organic brands it carries and in line with the prices of its branded non-organic alter...
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Wal-Mart teams up with Wild Oats to sell lower-priced organic foods 10.4.2014 Star Tribune: Latest
Wal-Mart is using its massive size to drive down the price of organic food items from tomato paste to chicken broth to make them more affordable for its low-income customers.
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Walmart Strikes Deal That Will Hopefully Make Organic Food Cheaper 10.4.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
By Lisa Baertlein April 10 (Reuters) - Wal-Mart Stores Inc wants Americans, even those on a budget, to buy more organic food. The retailer that leads U.S. stores in grocery sales said on Thursday it struck a deal to sell Wild Oats brand organic foods at non-organic prices. The move could help revive Walmart's flagging grocery sales and boost the profile of the resurrected Wild Oats brand. The effort also could turn up the heat on mainstream food sellers, such as Campbell Soup Co and ConAgra Foods Inc . Organic foods accounted for roughly 4 percent of total U.S. food sales in 2012, but growth in the category for years has outpaced the industry overall, buoyed by growing demand for simpler food made from natural ingredients. Organic foods often cost more than their conventional rivals and that has limited purchases by the legions of lower-income U.S. shoppers who are needed to propel a niche product into a national player. Walmart caters to that audience and says it will price Wild Oats ...
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Walmart's Making It Cheaper For America To Buy Organic Groceries 10.4.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
There's a new line of affordable organic food available at -- you guessed it, because their movement toward organic has been happening for a while -- Walmart. We've all heard the rallying cry of organic food proponents. They beg us to leave behind our affordable (but convenient-to-find) groceries, and replace them with more expensive (but healthier, both for ourselves and the environment) organic versions. But for the most part, America hasn't been able to get past the higher price-point to jump on the organic bandwagon. Walmart has recognized that 91 percent of its shoppers would be interested in purchasing organic groceries if they were more affordable, and on Thursday the company announced that it's going to finally give customers what they want -- a line of organic foods that costs the same as non-organic. Walmart embarks upon a partnership with Wild Oats organic food brand, together promising to remove the premium associated with organic groceries and sell them in parity with national brand ...
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Walmart to sell Wild Oats organic groceries 10.4.2014 San Jose Mercury News: Business
The new partnership will add potentially hundreds of organic food items to Walmart stores as the world's largest retailer works to compete with traditional grocers by catering to customers' growing appetite for organics.
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Wal-Mart partners with Wild Oats to roll back prices on organic food 10.4.2014 Yahoo: Business
Wal-Mart Stores Inc wants Americans, even those on a budget, to buy more organic food. The retailer that leads U.S. stores in grocery sales said on Thursday it struck a deal to sell Wild Oats brand organic foods at non-organic prices. The move could help revive Walmart's flagging grocery sales and boost the profile of the resurrected Wild Oats brand. The effort also could turn up the heat on mainstream food sellers, such as Campbell Soup Co and ConAgra Foods Inc ...
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Wal-Mart plans to bring its compete-on-price approach to organic food. Here’s how. 10.4.2014 Washington Post
Wal-Mart has managed to out-muscle competitors in the grocery business by using its mammoth size to promise low prices. Now the retailer plans to use the same strategy to upend the market for organic ...
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Wal-Mart teams up with Wild Oats to sell lower-priced organic food offering 10.4.2014 Star Tribune: Business
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Wal-Mart aims to push organic foods into mainstream 10.4.2014 Chicago Tribune: Popular
Retailer teams with ex-chain Wild Oats to sell lower-priced items Wal-Mart is trying to make organic food more accessible to its budget-conscious ...
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Wal-Mart to boost organic food lineup 10.4.2014 LA Times: Business
It is teaming with Wild Oats to sell organic packaged food priced in line with conventional foods and at least 25% cheaper than other organic brands it currently carries. CHICAGO — Wal-Mart is trying to make organic food more accessible to its budget-conscious ...
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The Peterson Farm Bros' Beef With Chipotle (Part 3): The Definition of a Humanely Raised Animal 9.4.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
In Part 1 of this four-part blog series, we discussed how we believe Chipotle is misleading consumers with their advertisement videos "The Scarecrow" and "Farmed and Dangerous." The blog laid out the 3 definitions of farming that we believe Chipotle has gotten wrong. Part 2 expanded on the first definition: The definition of a family farmer. Part 3 covers the second definition: The definition of a humanely raised animal. The way I would define "humanely raised" in the animal agriculture sense is: Treating animals with care and respect, keeping animals healthy, and allowing animals to live comfortable lives. I believe that the vast majority of farmers, both conventional and organic, are doing just that. Any true livestock farmer will tell you that in order to make a profit in the livestock industry, you must treat your animals well. This is especially important in today's livestock economy, as higher buying costs and higher feed costs have allowed for a very thin margin of profit. One of Chipotle's ...
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