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Feathers ruffled at Minneapolis Chicken Summit 31.1.2015 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
Chickens are getting some serious political attention in Minneapolis -- and it's more than mindless squawking.
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Avoiding Bioenergy Competition for Food Crops and Land 29.1.2015 WRI Stories
Installment 9 of Creating a Sustainable Food Future shows that any dedicated use of land for growing bioenergy inherently comes at the cost of not using that land for growing food or animal feed, or for storing carbon. It recommends several policy changes to phase out forms of bioenergy that use crops or that otherwise make dedicated use of land. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ...
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Redefining Business Purpose: Driving Societal and Systems Transformation 27.1.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
A Growing Threat The world faces enormous human development and environmental challenges, from poverty and disease to food security and climate change. Significant progress has been made in the last two decades -- extreme poverty has halved, hunger has reduced and over two billion people have improved access to drinking water. But huge problems remain. Inequality has widened, one in eight people still go to bed hungry and climate change threatens everything we have achieved since the 1960s. Half a century of progress stands to be wiped out within a generation. For too long business has sat on the sidelines, either unable or unwilling to be part of the solution to these systemic challenges. But this is now rapidly changing as the limitations of governments and international bodies to resolve them become ever more apparent, as consumers increasingly are demanding change, and as the cost of inaction starts to exceed the cost of action. The cost of climate change is already high and increasing. The UN ...
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Can Whole Foods' Responsibly Grown certification change mainstream farming? 26.1.2015 TreeHugger
From energy use to labor rights, Responsibly Grown helps broaden our idea of responsible farming—even for organics.
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"Eco-Warrior" Vandana Shiva, at $40,000 a Speech, Rejoins Hawaii Anti-GMO Crusade, But Truth Is the Victim 24.1.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
She's baaack, and it's not good news for science literacy, farmers and food-minded Hawaiians. I'm referring to Vandana Shiva, the Indian anti-GMO crusader who kicked off a five-day blitz through Hawaii with a talk-and-music fest at the Capitol Building on Wednesday. It's a grand tour, marked by private fund-raising pitches to wealthy locals and wannabees from the mainland who view the limited role of biotechnological research in modern agriculture as an anathema--Hawaii is a world center because of its favorable climate. Campaigns like this tour aimed at shutting down nursery centers, most based in Maui, could send the seed giants fleeing to Puerto Rico or the Philippines, costing Hawaii hundreds of millions of dollars and hurting the cause for sustainability in the process. Shiva's tour caps off with a Sunday afternoon rally at the Seabury Theatre on Maui with headlined demands for what the prime organizer--Washington, DC-based Center for Food Safety (CFS)--calls "home rule." While polls show a majority ...
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Investment Fund Pours Cash Into Cleaner, Greener Fish Farming 23.1.2015 NPR Health Science
Aqua-Spark is the world's first investment fund for sustainable aquaculture. So far it has bet on an alternative fish feed that could take pressure off the oceans and a tilapia farm in Mozambique.
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From fork to farm: Startup recycles grocery store food waste into organic fertilizer 22.1.2015 TreeHugger
In just 3 hours, California Safe Soil turns fresh food waste into a liquid fertilizer which promises to boost yields, cut costs, and reduce water pollution in agriculture.
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City of Vancouver bans organic waste from regular garbage 21.1.2015 TreeHugger
The use of a green bin has been recommended for years, but now it's the law in Vancouver, as part of the city's plan to cut down on unnecessary food waste.
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CSU launches study to prevent health woes at dairy farms 21.1.2015 Denver Post: Local
PLATTEVILLE —Wally Tryon is convinced that a 400-acre dairy farm in Weld County is the healthiest place in the world to ...
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How the People Can Outwit the Global Domination Plans of Agribusiness 18.1.2015 Commondreams.org Views
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Making a good cup of joe, plus fertilizer and soap, from a coffee bean 18.1.2015 Star Tribune: Business
One Faribault coffee roaster wanted to stop wasting the bean husks ­— and expects to make $5 million in the next five years with his consumer products.
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The Time Has Come For Local Agriculture 17.1.2015 Commondreams.org Views
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My Dream for All Farmers 16.1.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
I know farmers in Brooklyn who raise bees on rooftops and kale in former junkyards. I've spoken at hippie organic-farming conferences in California at which I've met organic farmers, used to being considered outsiders, who are passionate about what they do. I've been in the homes of Mennonite farmers who speak Pennsylvania Dutch into their cellphones but drive a horse and buggy. I've been called a farmer (even though I'm not). Yet, nothing quite fascinates me as much as the Pennsylvania Farm Show , which has nothing organic, hippie, or Brooklyn about it. Despite the cold weather, on opening day, 11,244 cars parked and thousands of people gathered to celebrate agriculture with 6,000 animals and more than 10,000 exhibits. For city dwellers (and other suburban, non-agricultural communities), it can feel like an alternate universe: where kids learn to sew camo outfits and enter square dancing competitions wearing them. Where teenagers raise the sheep, shear the sheep, make and dye the yarn, knit the ...
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How the Great Food War Will Be Won 14.1.2015 Truthout.com
Heirloom carrots and leeks at a farmers market. (Photo: Cyclotourist ) By conventional wisdom it is excellent news. Researchers from Iowa have shown that organic farming methods can yield almost as highly as pesticide-intensive methods. Other researchers, from Berkeley, California, have reached a similar conclusion . Indeed, both findings met with a very enthusiastic reception. The enthusiasm is appropriate, but only if one misses a deep and fundamental point: that even to participate in such a conversation is to fall into a carefully laid trap. The strategic centrepiece of Monsanto's PR, and also that of just about every major commercial participant in the industrialised food system, is to focus on the promotion of one single overarching idea. The big idea that industrial producers in the food system want you to believe is that only they can produce enough for the future population ( Peekhaus 2010 ). Thus non-industrial systems of farming, such as all those which use agroecological methods, or SRI , or ...
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Hello Kitty organic farm is obviously super cute 14.1.2015 TreeHugger
The cute-yet-cool Japanese cartoon promotes sustainable food at the Hello Kitty Go Green Organic Farm in Hong Kong.
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This seeds of the month club features only organically-grown heirloom varieties 13.1.2015 TreeHugger
Ready to get growing some organic heirloom vegetables, but don't know where to start? This subscription club aims to make organic gardening simpler, easier and more affordable.
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New Prague organic dairy affected by power lines closes 13.1.2015 Star Tribune: Local
Cedar Summit Farms is closing after winning a lawsuit that requires a utilities coalition to buy the property.
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New Prague organic dairy affected by power line closes 13.1.2015 Star Tribune: Business
Cedar Summit Farms is closing after winning a lawsuit that requires a utilities coalition to buy the property.
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Meatless Monday: Leslie Cerier -- The Culinary Tao of Beginner's Mind 12.1.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
When culinary instructor Leslie Cerier teaches her class , Spice it Up! -- Creative Cooking with Herbs and Spices at Kripalu this weekend, she'll advise her students to "have a beginner's mind." She means coming at cooking, yoga, even life, with an open mind and heart, with a sense of discovery. Cerier's been doing it even though she's been cooking, eating and teaching organics for over 25 years. "I'm a yogi, so I teach to be flexible," says Cerier, who teaches at spiritual retreats including Kripalu, Esalen and Rancho La Puerta . "It also brings in the art of eating with the seasons, going into the garden, picking the vegetables, herbs, bringing them back into the kitchen and cooking," she says. "I think of farm to table as a sacred experience." Back in the '60s, Cerier grew up on "frozen food, packaged cake mixes and white bread made into a tight ball so I could use it to play catch with my brother." Fresh-from-the-garden produce came as a revelation. So did other meatless wonders. She'd take her ...
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Efforts underway to help wind-whipped farmers 11.1.2015 Durango Herald
BREEN – For farmers and ranchers in the Breen area, the days of last spring and summer won’t be easily forgotten. Drought conditions and steady winds created health and safety hazards for residents. Fort Lewis Mesa Elementary often kept children inside for recess. Roads were plowed of the mounting dust. Above all, the good...
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