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Kashi steps up purchases from farms transitioning to organics 23.2.2017 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com
It started with wheat. Now it's buying almonds, dates and sorghum.
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A Progress Report on Scaling Organic Agriculture 23.2.2017 Energy & Climate | Greenbiz.com
Getting to organic is a lengthy and expensive journey for farmers. Certified Transitional is the first-ever way consumers can incentivize farmers during the three-year transition from conventional to USDA organic certification. Through the protocol, farmers are rewarded for upfront investments in capital infrastructure and market uncertainty that can come with making the leap from conventional to organic agriculture.
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Ideas that work to promote sustainable small farms 21.2.2017 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Politics in Canada As I write this column, I am waiting for new census information to learn more about the current farming scene in Canada. The federal government is also cobbling together a budget that they have promised will include strong action on agriculture and food. I'm waiting for that as well. I am hopeful (maybe I shouldn't be), but I also sense urgency. As of the last census in 2011, there were fewer than 205,730 farms in Canada. In 1956 there were close to 600,000. Less than 1 per cent of the Canadian population operates farms. In the last 60 years, Canada has lost more than 66 per cent of its farmers. Each decade since 1941 has shown dramatic declines in the number of Canadian farms and farmers, as an industrialized model of agriculture has encouraged capitalization, land concentration, monoculture and specialization. Prime agricultural land is disappearing as cities expand, and the debt load that farms carry is astonishing. The most recent stats show that well over half of Canadian farmers ...
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U.S. Appetite for Organic Food Sparks Jump in Grain Imports, to Farmers' Dismay 21.2.2017 Wall St. Journal: US Business
Organic grain is flooding into the U.S., pushing down prices despite booming sales of organic foods. U.S. farmers are crying foul, contending their crops are held to stricter standards than foreign-raised crops.
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Seeding the Future Against Destructive Neoliberal Capitalism 18.2.2017 Truthout.com
Speakers at a seed exchange near the Río Santiago in México share planting tips. (Photo: Michael Meurer) The current oppressive neoliberal economic philosophy and its destructive regime of globalized capital is not inevitable. Just as the collapse of the Berlin Wall came out of small local civic movements, many powerful new political and civic movements are growing in Latin America, Europe and the US, offering a future of radical hope. Speakers at a seed exchange near the Río Santiago in México share planting tips. (Photo: Michael Meurer) There was much bluster about US job losses under NAFTA in the 2016 election, but walking along the banks of the Río Santiago in the pueblo of Juanacatlán, Mexico , the larger impact of the agreement immediately becomes a searing reality. One's eyes and skin burn after only a few minutes' exposure to the toxic spray and sulfurous stench as foaming waves of chemical pollution cascade over a once pristine falls known only a few decades ago as the Niagara of Mexico . The ...
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As California's Organic Farming Pioneers Age, A Younger Generation Steps In 18.2.2017 NPR News
The pioneers of organic farming are starting to retire. While some are passing on their farms to family to preserve their legacy, others are getting help finding like-minded strangers.
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The Artisan: A local baking company's jam game 16.2.2017 LA Times: Commentary

The business of good bread can rise and fall and rise again as much as the dough itself, as small-batch bakeries often pop up like small revelations, then move, then happily reappear.

Witness Red Bread, the wonderful bakery that Rose and David Lawrence started in Los Angeles in 2011, delivering...

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Fighting Among Corporate Organic Factions Places Organic Animal Welfare in Limbo / Trump Administration to Decide the Fate 15.2.2017 Commondreams.org Newswire

One of the pending regulations released in the final days of the Obama administration, and put on hold by the Trump White House, was an already controversial rule that pits legitimate family-scale organic farmers against the operators of “factory farms” that had already been accused of violating existing organic animal welfare standards.

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Swedish supermarket tests lasers to label organic produce 15.2.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
Malmo, Sweden • Something high-tech is happening in the produce aisle at some Swedish supermarkets, where laser marks have replaced labels on the organic avocados and sweet potatoes. Swedish supermarket chain ICA started experimenting in December with “natural branding,” a process that uses low-energy carbon dioxide lasers to remove the pigment from the outer skins of fruits and vegetables. The laser beams create tattoo-like patterns — in this case the product’s name, country of origin and code ...
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Swedish supermarket tests lasers to label organic produce 15.2.2017 Seattle Times: Nation & World

MALMO, Sweden (AP) — Something high-tech is happening in the produce aisle at some Swedish supermarkets, where laser marks have replaced labels on the organic avocados and sweet potatoes. Swedish supermarket chain ICA started experimenting in December with “natural branding,” a process that uses low-energy carbon dioxide lasers to remove the pigment from the outer […]
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Engaging the C-suite to reach global goals 13.2.2017 Resource Efficiency | GreenBiz.com
Novozymes and Unilever are among companies embedding the U.N. SDGs into their business practice. Here are their strategies.
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3 circular principles for healthy agriculture 11.2.2017 GreenBiz.com
Agriculture contributes to a quarter of the climate crisis. Here is how to replenish the soil, nature’s regenerative capital.
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Analysis: Why Whole Foods is now struggling 10.2.2017 SFGate: Business & Technology

Organic food has never been so popular among American consumers. Ironically, that's bad news for the brand that made organic a household name - namely, the Austin, Texas-based Whole Foods. On Wednesday, Whole Foods reported what is arguably its worst performance in a decade, announcing its sixth consecutive quarter of falling same-store sales and cutting its outlook for the year.

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Why Whole Foods is struggling 10.2.2017 Washington Post
Organic food has never been so popular among American consumers. Ironically, that’s bad news for the brand that made organic a household name.
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"Dark Forces" Are Coming for Your Organic Food 10.2.2017 Mother Jones
The Freedom Caucus is a rowdy band of GOP US House members most famous for triggering government shutdowns , pushing to repeal the Affordable Care Act , and driving former GOP Speaker John Boehner from his post on the theory he wasn't conservative enough. And now they're coming for your certified-organic food.  Back in December, the Freedom Caucus released a "recommended list of list regulations to remove."   Among its 228 targets—ranging from eliminating energy-efficiency standards for washing machines to kiboshing rules on private drones—the group named the National Organic Program. Operated by the US Department of Agriculture, the NOP was established by the Organic Foods Production Act of 1990 to set uniform national standards for foods and agricultural products labeled "USDA Organic," replacing the patchwork of state-level standards that had held sway for decades previously. The NOP ensures that food labeled organic really is raised without synthetic pesticides and fertilizers—it also oversees ...
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Don't Call It Wheat: An Environmentally Friendly Grain Takes Root 8.2.2017 NPR News
Researchers have developed a new wheat-like species called Salish Blue that grows back year after year, which not only cuts down on work for farmers, but helps prevent erosion and agricultural waste.
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Colorado farmers going organic to meet rising demand 8.2.2017 Denver Post: Business
In three years, Colorado's organic agricultural industry has more than doubled in sales and farmers say they will increase their ability to meet the rising demand.
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Should you stop eating meat? 7.2.2017 CNN: Top Stories
Beef from Brazil, avocados from Mexico, lamb from New Zealand, wines from South Africa and green beans from Kenya -- food shopping lists have a distinctly international flavor.
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Mild-Mannered Retiree Facing Criminal Prosecution Highlights How Welfare Laws Fail Animals 7.2.2017 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
On Thursday, California resident and retiree Diane Gandee Sorbi was charged with larceny, theft, and criminal mischief. Her alleged crime? Removing an injured hen from a cage-free egg farm and bringing her for veterinary care before placing her in a sanctuary to live out her life. Hens inside the cage-free egg farm from where Diane removed one injured bird for vet care The hen -- Ella -- at the centre of the controversy was removed from a cage-free egg farm and Costco supplier where activists reportedly found: Extreme filth, crowding, trampling and fighting. Feces-covered, featherless, ill, and injured hens. Some had bloodied, dragging reproductive organs. Dead and rotting chickens' bodies on the floor among the living hens. In addition to the obvious animal welfare concerns, cage-free marketing raises consumer protection issues. In this case, eggs from the farm where animals never saw the light of day were sold in packages depicting rolling pasture and wide-open sky. Many cage-free retailers, including ...
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We're having the wrong argument about GMOs 7.2.2017 Washington Post
We're having the wrong argument about GMOs
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