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Growing Green Must Go Green 29.7.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
As the legalization of marijuana for medicinal and recreational purposes becomes more widespread, the budding industry has come under closer scrutiny. One of the more serious concerns to be raised is the possible environmental damage that could be caused by a mass increase in Cannabis production. Marijuana cultivation has a host of environmental concerns such as land coverage, water consumption, power usage, as well as pesticides and fertilizer run-off. Escaped, "wild" Cannabisis not often considered as a potential problem since it is not exactly an invasive species, but it can compete with other plants and disrupt local ecosystems. These situations are quite serious in California , where important watersheds have been threatened by unsanctioned marijuana growing operations. Resource consumption is by far the greatest environmental risk associated with large scale marijuana cultivation. In many areas where it is grown, Cannabis consumes far more water thanthe native vegetation. Indoor operations require ...
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Google’s Famous Kitchens May Serve Fake Shrimp Made of Algae 29.7.2016 Wired Top Stories
Google’s Famous Kitchens May Serve Fake Shrimp Made of Algae
Which is better: Shrimp made of shrimp or shrimp made of algae? The post Google’s Famous Kitchens May Serve Fake Shrimp Made of Algae appeared first on WIRED.
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Want more dahlias than you’ll know what to do with? Use this fertilizer combination 28.7.2016 Seattle Times: Top stories

Mixing alfalfa meal and organic flower food to fertilize your dahlias will probably mean you’ll need to buy more vases for all the bouquets you’ll be cutting.
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When community-supported agriculture doesn’t help local farmers 26.7.2016 Seattle Times: Business & Technology

As demand for local and organic produce has ballooned in the last five years, so have other ideas for connecting farmers to customers.
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A 1-acre permaculture farm supplies 50 families 26.7.2016 TreeHugger
Swales, polycultures and self-seeding pumpkins. A productive farm that operates on part-time hours.
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Paying farmers to go organic, even before the crops come in 25.7.2016 Seattle Times: Top stories

The clamor for organic crops is so intense that major food brands, like General Mills, Kellogg and Ardent Mills, are helping to underwrite the switch.
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Organic Valley highlights authenticity with table-to-farm visits 23.7.2016 SFGate: Business & Technology
According to the trade group, sales of organic food and nonfood products in the United States climbed to $44.3 billion in 2015 from $40.4 billion in 2014, which represents the industry’s largest dollar gain ever; $39.7 billion of last year’s total sales were for organic food. According to the trade group, Millennial consumers, particularly in urban centers, are responsible for much of that growth. Authenticity is “the biggest key for consumers,” said Sarah Masoni, product and process development manager at the Food Innovation Center at Oregon State University. Organic Valley introduced its new website in April, with the goal of telling farmers’ stories and, in doing so, personalizing people’s consumption of organic products. The group was careful to make the website mobile-friendly, a vital quality since people often employ their phones to do research and share information as they shop for food. The site features a tool to help people identify local stores that carry Organic Valley dairy products, ...
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Cast Your Good Food Vote This Year 23.7.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Last week I attended a fundraiser to garner support for the Jimmy Panetta for Congress campaign . It was an intimate, delicious affair sponsored by the Organic PAC on which I humbly sit as a committee member. Jimmy comes from a long line of Panetta's, who have served the public well over the years. He has the opportunity to fill a Congressional seat left vacant by Sam Farr's retirement. Because Sam has long been an advocate for organic food and agriculture, it leads me to ponder: "what tools do we vote with in order to elect the next generation of good food leaders?" It was Michael Pollan who brought meaning to the phrase " Vote with Your Fork ." So for the past year, I have taken his heed and have been electing to seek out local and organic foods to see how the results roll in. I have sought out and enjoyed voluptuous pink lady apples from Watsonville. Free range and organic succulent pork and chicken rummaging the oak forests of Soquel are my fleshy delights. Turgid tat choy, little gem lettuce and ...
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Organic Valley’s marketing strategy puts farm visits on the table 19.7.2016 Seattle Times: Top stories

Organic Valley, which bills itself as the largest cooperative of organic farmers in the United States, is using an outreach strategy that caters to consumers’ desire to know where their food comes from.
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The 10 Most Sustainable Restaurants in America 19.7.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
While taste is obviously huge when it comes to food, we are approaching an age where making food more sustainable is taking a front seat . If you were one of the millions of people that were sobbing hysterically when Leonardo DiCaprio won his well-deserved Academy Award, you got to hear him speak about how passionate he is about helping to save our Earth. Sustainability is all about moving in an eco-friendly direction by reducing waste, composting, recycling, and focusing on conservation. Many restaurants throughout the U.S. have been trying to become more sustainable and are now serving more organic food than ever before. Here are a few restaurant chains across the country that have been practicing sustainability and making food without harmful add-ons. 1.  Mixt Greens With two locations in Los Angeles and six in San Francisco, Mixt Greens offers healthy options like salads and sandwiches that are made only with organic ingredients. They also use compostable packaging, which is eco-friendly, while using ...
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The Economics of Organic 14.7.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Consumer demand for organic food products led to $37 billion in sales last year, a significant 12% increase from 2014; halfway into 2016, the market's current worth is priced at a healthy $39 billion by some reports. Flourishing with real double-digit growth in most years since the 90s, even 2008's economic downturn didn't slow down organics, sales progression continuing to hold steady around 10%. In fact, the recession revealed a global consumer willingness to pay premiums for quality in a climate that called for more discretion with one's dollars, establishing consumer demand for organic foods as transcending the niche market segment. Organic is the fastest-growing food and lifestyle consumer trend in modern history, yet less than 1% of the nation's farmland is certified organic by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). With demand creating what Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack calls " a powerful local and regional food movement ," why have so few farmers joined up on this profitable market ...
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The GMO Labeling Farce 14.7.2016 Wall St. Journal: Opinion
The organic food lobby wants to raise the cost of your groceries.
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Kellogg Company, United Suppliers and EDF Partner to Advance Sustainable Agriculture in Nebraska 13.7.2016 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
Kellogg Company, United Suppliers and EDF Partner to Advance Sustainable Agriculture in Nebraska
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Sacramento Group Rescues 40,000 Tons Of Food Waste, Turns It Into Fuel 12.7.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
In Sacramento, farm-to-table is a nice start, but it doesn’t stop there. Once the food’s consumed, it’s then turned into fuel. Created through a public-private partnership with the University of California, Davis and the Energy Commission, the Sacramento Biodigester is keeping leftovers out of landfills and converting them into fuel that can power school buses, waste disposal trucks and fleet vehicles, according to the California Energy Commission.  Altogether, it diverts 40,000 tons of food waste from landfills, according to Energy Vision. It’s a pretty sizable operation considering that organic waste makes up about 30 percent of what’s dumped into landfills, according to CleanWorld, one of two companies that helped open the Biodigester.  “ Farm to Fork to Fuel to Farm is an effort to turn what would otherwise be a waste stream – which is food waste – into a regional resource,” Tim Taylor, of the Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District, told Yale Climate Connections.  Take Action ...
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Beautiful permaculture farm grows in just three years 12.7.2016 TreeHugger
Having rejected the world of high finance, Andrew Martin created a beautiful five acre smallholding in the Bay of Plenty, New Zealand.
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A permaculture food forest in the deserts of Jordan 12.7.2016 TreeHugger
From recycled gray water to a chicken tractor on steroids, the Greening the Desert project is using all looks possible to make the dry lands bloom.
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How the World's Most Fertile Soil Can Help Reverse Climate Change 10.7.2016 Commondreams.org Views
David Suzuki

Feeding more than 7 billion people with minimal environmental and climate impacts is no small feat. That parts of the world are plagued by obesity while starvation is rampant elsewhere shows part of the problem revolves around distribution and social equity. But agricultural methods pose some of the biggest challenges.

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If Agroecology Is So Great, Why Aren't All Farmers Doing It? 9.7.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
After a half century of pioneering work by farmers and scientists, agroecology has finally penetrated international policy circles . This is due to agroecology's widespread success on the ground and the tireless efforts of agroecologists, food activists and policy advocates determined to break corporate agriculture's chokehold on the politics and the purse strings of our food system. Last month, Friends of the Earth (FoE) published Farming for the Future: Organic and Agroecological Solutions to Feed the World - which was released on the heels of the International Panel of Experts on Sustainable Food Systems' (IPES) report, From Uniformity to Diversity: A paradigm shift from industrial agriculture to diversified agroecological systems. The two publications reflect a widespread push by civil society to advance agroecology as a solution to the rural poverty, hunger, erosion, agricultural pollution and greenhouse gas emissions attributed to industrial agriculture. Extensively referenced, the reports ...
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Senate Passes A GMO Labeling Bill That The Food Industry Likes 8.7.2016 NPR News
The Senate has passed a bill that requires food companies to reveal whether their products contain GMOs. But those companies are pleased, because they won't have to print "GMO" on food packages.
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WhiteWave sale high-water mark for Colorado’s natural food industry 8.7.2016 Denver Post: News: Local
Danone SA's $10 billion purchase of WhiteWave Foods Co. is a big deal -- not just because of the hefty price tag, but because it could make Denver and Boulder a center for the organic and natural foods industry not just nationally, but globally.
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