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L.A. County health officials want you to eat smaller portions at restaurants 11.2.2016 LA Times: Commentary

We’ve all heard it before: Too many Americans, more than one out of three, are obese, making them more likely to suffer from diabetes, stroke and heart disease.

But what can be done about a problem that’s so deeply ingrained in our culture? What people eat comes down to a complicated mix of preferences,...

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The Low-Down On Sustainable Cotton 6.2.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
NOTE: Authored by Gina Marie, author at TriplePundit. NOTE: Can we make the byline read "TriplePundit"? Cotton as a fiber is plant-based and as such is more sustainable than synthetic fibers. It is renewable and supports about 250 million people globally. Worn around the world, over 25 million tons of cotton are produced every year in around 85 countries. Cotton is approximately 55 percent of the fiber used in clothing and textile production. Over 60 percent of the world's cotton is grown and produced in developing countries and provides a livelihood for over 100 million farmers. But intensive farming methods are used, such as overusing water and pesticides, and those methods threaten the ecosystems cotton depends on. Cotton farmers are also subject to price fluctuations and increasing input costs. Conventional cotton growing is just not sustainable. "The indiscriminate use of pesticides is bad for the soil and has human health impacts. It's generally bad for the community," Anita Chester, head of ...
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To Feed the World, Tap Into Organic's Potential: Study 5.2.2016 CommonDreams.org Headlines
Andrea Germanos, staff writer

A new review of four decades of science has come to this conclusion: organic agriculture has a key role to play in feeding the world.

To analyze the body of research, author John Reganold, Regents Professor of Soil Science and Agroecology at Washington State University, and doctoral candidate Jonathan Wachter compared conventional and organic farming using the metrics of productivity, environmental impact, economic viability, and social well-being.

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Naomi Klein: Climate Change "Not Just About Things Getting Hotter" 4.2.2016 Truthout - All Articles
A salt truck drives through Times Square in New York City during the blizzard that took place on January 23, 2016. (Photo: blvdone / Shutterstock.com ) A week and a half ago, just as a blizzard was barreling up the East Coast, I traveled to my hometown, Canandaigua, NY, and before a standing-room-only audience of more than 400 at Finger Lakes Community College, had a conversation with author and climate activist Naomi Klein. Our talk was part of the George M. Ewing Forum, named in honor of the late editor and publisher of our local newspaper. He was a worldly and informed man, dedicated to good talk and a lively exchange of ideas. The forum brings to town a variety of speakers each year, some of them from the area, others not. The Finger Lakes region is a beautiful part of the country. As has often been said, it runs on water, and as I grew up, there was an increasing realization that what we have is an invaluable natural resource we could be in danger of losing. Over the years, the threats have grown ...
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Talking With Naomi Klein: Climate Change "Not Just About Things Getting Hotter... It's About Things Getting Meaner" 4.2.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
A week and a half ago, just as a blizzard was barreling up the East Coast, I traveled to my hometown, Canandaigua, NY, and before a standing-room-only audience of more than 400 at Finger Lakes Community College, had a conversation with author and climate activist Naomi Klein. Our talk was part of the George M. Ewing Forum, named in honor of the late editor and publisher of our local newspaper. He was a worldly and informed man, dedicated to good talk and a lively exchange of ideas. The forum brings to town a variety of speakers each year, some of them from the area, others not. The Finger Lakes region is a beautiful part of the country. As has often been said, it runs on water, and as I grew up, there was an increasing realization that what we have is an invaluable natural resource we could be in danger of losing. Over the years, the threats have grown ever more complex with greater hazards revealed as pollution and development have encroached on the landscape. As a result, much of our audience was ...
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PG&E’s eco-friendly offer: Pay more, and we’ll green the grid 4.2.2016 SFGate: Business & Technology
[...] electrons from solar panels, wind farms, hydroelectric dams and conventional power plants all mix freely on the grid, making it impossible to tell precisely where any of them come from. [...] PG&E will buy electricity from solar facilities to cover the needs of customers who enroll in the voluntary program. PG&E has signed contracts with developers to buy power from eight new solar plants, said spokeswoman Ari Vanrenen. Critics initially viewed the idea as an attempt by PG&E to compete with “community choice aggregation,” a new type of public power agency that lets cities or counties band together to buy electricity on behalf of their residents. Last week the California Public Utilities Commission left largely intact the state’s “net energy metering” system that compensates solar homeowners for excess electricity that they place on the grid. Commissioners rejected requests from PG&E and the state’s other large, investor-owned utilities to impose fees that would apply only to solar ...
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A "Probable Carcinogen," Monsanto's Glyphosate Most Heavily Used Weed-Killer Ever 4.2.2016 CommonDreams.org Headlines
Andrea Germanos, staff writer

Glyphosate, the key ingredient in Monsanto's herbicide Roundup, is now the most heavily used weed killer ever and its use has exploded in the past decade, a new report finds, a fact that may portend "a host of adverse environmental and public health consequences."

The new paper on the global use of the herbicide comes less than a year after the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer classified it as "probably carcinogenic to humans."

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Naomi Klein: Climate Change “Not Just About Things Getting Hotter… It’s About Things Getting Meaner” 4.2.2016 Commondreams.org Views
Michael Winship

A week and a half ago, just as a blizzard was barreling up the East Coast, I traveled to my hometown, Canandaigua, NY, and before a standing-room-only audience of more than 400 at Finger Lakes Community College, had a conversation with author and climate activist Naomi Klein.

Our talk was part of the George M. Ewing Forum, named in honor of the late editor and publisher of our local newspaper. He was a worldly and informed man, dedicated to good talk and a lively exchange of ideas. The forum brings to town a variety of speakers each year, some of them from the area, others not.

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La Via Campesina: Building an International Movement for Food and Seed Sovereignty 3.2.2016 Truthout - All Articles
Women members of the Zimbabwe Organic Smallholder Farmers Forum, member organization of La Via Campesina, display their seeds at a seed fair. (Photo: Elizabeth Mpofu) An interview with La Via Campesina General Coordinator Elizabeth Mpofu. Elizabeth Mpofu of Zimbabwe is General Coordinator of the international peasant movement  La Via Campesina , a coalition of 164 organizations in 73 countries around the world, representing about 200 million peasant, landless, indigenous, and other farmers. She is also Chairperson of  Zimbabwe Organic Smallholder Farmers Forum , and herself a farmer. Who we are fighting for is every single peasant farmer - more than 200 million - on the planet. People are eager to join hands in building a global voice.                     Transnational corporations are pushing policies in African countries for industrial farming and the use of GMO [genetically modified] seeds, while grabbing our land and [stealing] our natural resources.  No one should come and tell us how to produce ...
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Canada needs a national sustainable food policy 3.2.2016 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Increasing food costs and high numbers of food insecure people mean Canada must act and create a national sustainable food policy.
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Upper Midwest farmers transitioning to organic can get aid 29.1.2016 Yahoo: US National
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota and Minnesota are helping farmers with the three-year transition from traditional crops to organic production, an effort that the industry's main trade group says could boost the acreage of organically grown crops in the U.S. if it takes root beyond the upper Midwest.
Upper Midwest farmers transitioning to organic can get aid 29.1.2016 Seattle Times: Business & Technology

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota and Minnesota are helping farmers with the three-year transition from traditional crops to organic production, an effort that the industry’s main trade group says could boost the acreage of organically grown crops in the U.S. if it takes root beyond the upper Midwest. Minnesota started its grant program first, […]
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The Insanely Complicated Logistics of Cage-Free Eggs for All 25.1.2016 Wired Top Stories
Demand for cage-free eggs is soaring. But it took a long time to put hens in a cage. It’s going to take a while to figure out how to get them all back ...
This Indian State Now Has Only Organic Farms 21.1.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
You know those agonizing grocery store moments when you wonder if it's worth it to shell out an extra 60 cents for an organic apple? That's a decision some Indians may never have to make again, because every farm in their state is now organic. As of December 2015, all land in the tiny, Himalayan state of Sikkim  is free of chemical pesticides and fertilizers, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi officially announced at this week's Sikkim Organic Festival. "Sikkim has already achieved that feat of living in harmony with nature, and is therefore a model of development which also protects nature," Modi  said. Under guidelines put forth by the National Programme for Organic Production  -- the government body in charge of organic accreditation in India --  organic farming  involves eliminating pesticides, chemical fertilizers and GMOs, and working closely with the local ecosystem to preserve biodiversity and prevent erosion. All of Sikkim's farmland has been certified organic under NPOP regulations, the Press ...
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Target Hits the Mark With Transition to 100 Percent Cage-Free Eggs 21.1.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Target Corporation -- one of the country's largest retailers -- has announced it is dismantling cages from its egg supply by 2025. On Monday, ConAgra Foods -- maker of Egg Beaters and other popular food product brands -- announced it too is switching to 100 percent cage-free eggs. Working with such big-name companies on this commitment prompts me to reflect further on the swift and startling progress in our campaign to end the use of the battery cage in American agriculture. During 2015's final four months, we worked with 20 major companies to announce 100 percent cage-free egg policies. We're just three weeks into 2016 and already nearly half that number of companies have announced cage-free shifts. We've partnered with ConAgra, Denny's (which uses half a billion eggs annually), Wendy's, Quiznos, and Barilla. Just last Friday alone -- all in one single day -- we announced that Campbell Soup, Norwegian Cruise Lines, and Mondelez (the $30 billion snack food giant) added themselves to the list. The ...
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Thou Shalt Not Toss Food: Enlisting Religious Groups To Fight Waste 18.1.2016 NPR News
The Environmental Protection Agency is launching an initiative to engage religious leaders of all faiths to reduce food waste. Many groups have already embraced the challenge as a moral imperative.
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Cage-free eggs a specialty of this farm for 60 years 16.1.2016 Seattle Times: Top stories

Despite all the recent headlines, cage-free eggs still represent a small slice of the industry.
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Campbell’s Will Label GMOs—and the Sky Will Not Fall 14.1.2016 Commondreams.org Views
Katherine Paul

Monsanto and the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) have long defended their die-hard positions against mandatory GMO labeling laws, often by feigning concern about the financial impact labeling laws would have on consumers. Labeling will be costly for manufacturers, who will pass those costs on to consumers, they consistently argue (despite studies suggesting otherwise).

As if concern for consumers’ wallets had anything to do with Big Food’s determination to deceive.

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Venezuela’s Food Revolution Has Fought Off Big Agribusiness and Promoted Agroecology 11.1.2016 Commondreams.org Views
Nick Dearden

Just days before the progressive National Assembly of Venezuela was dissolved, deputies passed a law which lays the foundation for a truly democratic food system. The country has not only banned genetically modified seeds, but set up democratic structures to ensure that seeds cannot be privatized and indigenous knowledge cannot be sold off to corporations. President Maduro signed the proposal into law before New Year, when a new anti-Maduro Assembly was sworn in.

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OCA Statement on Campbell’s Plan to Label Foods Containing Genetically Engineered Ingredients 8.1.2016 Commondreams.org Newswire

The Organic Consumers Association (OCA) today issued the following statement following the announcement by Campbell Soup Co. (NYSE: CPB) will label products that contain genetically engineered ingredients:

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