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To Diversify Agriculture, We Must Diversify the Questions We Ask 28.10.2016 Views
Emile Frison

It is not uncommon for ‘food security’ to be the subject of gatherings and conferences around the world, particularly since the food price spikes of 2007-2008. More often than not, the discussion is framed around the following questions: How can we ‘feed the world’ and with what technologies? How can we tweak current approaches in order to maintain crop yields? As farmers groups and civil society organizations gather in Romania for the Nyeleni European Food Sovereignty Forum, it is refreshing and reassuring to note that ‘feeding the world’ is not at the top of the agenda.

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Community Agriculture Alliance: Don’t Buy food from strangers 28.10.2016 Steamboat Pilot
As a child, you may remember your mother telling you not to talk to strangers or not to take candy from strangers (my personal favorite). Well, what’s old is new again, as we adopt the #dontbuyfoodfromstrangers to promote local food. As a local nonprofit organization, Community Agriculture Alliance has been working to promote and support local food in the Yampa Valley. We’ve been encouraging people to “Be a Yampavore,” defining that as someone who eats local from the Yampa Valley. It’s easier than ever to buy local: Visit to and start shopping The online farmers market is open for weekly ordering Monday through Thursday, and orders are picked up Friday afternoons in downtown Steamboat Springs. Product availability varies by season, and includes farm fresh eggs, local lamb and pork, grass fed beef, local honey, certified organic potatoes, baked bread and more. Each producer has a profile page on the site, so you can learn more about their practices, background and ingredients. CAA recently ...
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Sample life on the farm, goats and all, at Ventura County's free Farm Day 25.10.2016 LA Times: Commentary

Want to know where your food comes from? Ventura County farms on Nov. 5 will open to visitors who want to learn about “the hands and lands that feed us” in Southern California. And the best part? It’s all free.

The deal: Farm Day events are oh-so family friendly. Discover how tomatoes are grown...

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Report: Most Top Grocery Chains Fail on Pollinator Protection 25.10.2016 Newswire
Report: Most Top Grocery Chains Fail on Pollinator Protection
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Diageo, PepsiCo make the connection on food-water risk 25.10.2016 Energy & Climate |
Ceres and WWF hope that more companies will join this wake-up call to the water risks in supply chains.
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Mars, WRI team up on science-based targets for climate, land, water 24.10.2016 Resource Efficiency |
An inside look at a sustainability partnership in action.
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'They're Being Eaten Alive!' What I Saw In A Cage-Free Egg Farm 22.10.2016 Green on
The first thing I heard from the darkness was a scream. “Are there children in here?” I thought. It sounded like a crying baby. But our lights showed us the source. Hens across the barn were shrieking as they were being attacked. Many ― a few dozen, according to the farm’s own records ― would not survive the night. In the unnatural conditions on this Costco cage-free egg farm, they would literally be eaten alive. As hundreds of major retailers move towards cage-free, many in the industry have been celebrating a humane future for animals. But as lead investigator of the Direct Action Everywhere (DxE) Open Rescue Network , I have a different reaction: horror. Because as you peel back the marketing, you see cage-free is not all it’s cracked up to be. WARNING: The video below shows graphic content including injured and deceased chickens. It may be disturbing to some viewers. Cannibalism is the first dark secret of cage-free egg farming. One study showed rates of cannibalism increasing by 3000% on cage-free ...
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Organic Consumers Assoc. Launches Consumer Advocacy Campaign Network in Mexico 21.10.2016 Newswire
Organic Consumers Assoc. Launches Consumer Advocacy Campaign Network in Mexico
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A Sustainable Food System Could Be A Trillion-Dollar Global Windfall 21.10.2016 Green on
Our planet has a very long way to go toward building a food system that is truly and genuinely sustainable, but that work, if done correctly, could come with a massive reward. That’s the conclusion of a new report released this month by the Business and Sustainable Development Commission, an international nonprofit hoping to make a strong bottom-line case for industries to take a more earth-friendly approach to their businesses. In its flagship report, the commission appears to have done just that. The report claims that taking a sustainable approach to the world’s food and agriculture challenges, like hunger, food waste and environmental degradation, could lead to new business opportunities totaling an annual $2.3 trillion — and 80 million new jobs — by 2030, based on an analysis of of industry reports and academic literature. That economic impact would be a sevenfold return on an annual investment of $320 billion, according to the report. What exactly is meant by a sustainable approach that could ...
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Video at Costco egg supplier reveals how ‘cage-free’ hens live, animal advocates say 21.10.2016 Seattle Times: Top stories

Using some of the same tactics that drove food companies to move away from caged hens, the animal advocates are asking whether the conditions for the cage-free chickens are much better.
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The Long March Against Monsanto: A Letter from The Hague 21.10.2016 Views
Ronnie Cummins

We are today in the midst of a battleground for two very different approaches to agriculture. One is the agro-ecological approach based on the use of open source traditional seeds based on biodiversity and living in harmony with nature. The other is the mechanistic world of an industrial system based on monocultures, one-way extraction and the use of pesticides, poisons and GMOs, where chemical cartels compete to take over our agriculture and food systems, destroying our ecosystems along the way.” - Brochure for The People’s Assembly, The Hague, Oct.

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How Mars and WRI Developed Science-based Sustainability Targets for Climate, Land, Water 19.10.2016 WRI Stories
How Mars and WRI Developed Science-based Sustainability Targets for Climate, Land, WaterAdd Comment|PrintThrough its work with WRI, Mars found opportunities to hit two environmental problems with one stone. For example, preventing deforestation can also help protect water resources. Photo by Jose Bodalo/Flickr Surely you have considered how the foods you buy take a toll on the environment. But have you ever thought about how that toll is multiplied by everyone around the world who buys food? ... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ...
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Food for Thought: What does World Food Day Look Like in 2030? 19.10.2016 Green on
If you're reading this, it's likely you've heard about the UN's Sustainable Development Goals, or SDGs. In 2015, nearly 200 world leaders committed to work toward 17 SDGs in a collective effort to end extreme poverty and achieve sustainable growth. In particular, Goal 2 has the laudable benchmark of ending hunger, achieving food security and improved nutrition, and promoting sustainable agriculture by 2030. You might also know that October 16th was World Food Day , dedicated to raising awareness of world hunger. Now that the day has passed, you may have questions about how you can make a difference going forward in your daily life. You may wonder what Sustainable Development Goal #2 and World Food Day have to do with you. What can YOU actually do to make sure that there is enough food for people who you don't know, living halfway around the world? It seems to be a little bit out of your ability to influence, doesn't it? The fact is, it isn't a government or a coalition of nations that will achieve ...
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Amid Controversy, Secrecy, and Lawsuits, 5,000 Organic Stakeholders Calling for New Management at USDA National Organic Program 18.10.2016 Newswire
Cornucopia Institute The Cornucopia Institute has delivered to the USDA more than 5,000 individually signed letters from farmers and consumers calling for new management of the National Organic Program (NOP). The Wisconsin-based organic food and farm policy research group collected the letters from concerned organic advocates across the country. "This is one more indication of the growing dissatisfaction with Deputy Administrator Miles McEvoy’s direction and oversight of the rapidly growing organic industry," said Mark Kastel, who acts as Cornucopia's Senior Farm Policy ...
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Millions Face Hunger by 2030 Without 'Deep Transformation' of Agriculture: UN 18.10.2016 Headlines

A new report from the United Nations released Monday brought another dire warning of the catastrophic consequences of climate change—that without putting immediate environmental safeguards into place, more than a hundred million more people could be driven into extreme poverty and hunger by 2030.

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Sustainable agriculture can unlock $2.3 trillion, report says 17.10.2016 Resource Efficiency |
That's a stunning figure to describe potential added value by 2030, not to mention generating 80 million jobs. Here's what's key.
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The World’s Largest McDonald’s Franchisee Is Going Totally Cage-Free 17.10.2016 Green on
Arcos Dorados , the world’s largest McDonald’s franchisee and the largest operator of fast-food restaurants in Latin America, said in a statement that it will serve exclusively cage-free eggs by 2025, a shift that will impact the welfare of millions of animals. The new policy, developed in conjunction with Humane Society International , reflects a growing focus by U.S. animal protection groups on securing cage-free commitments internationally. Burger King recently announced a similar pledge for its Latin American supply chain. Roughly 5 billion egg-laying chickens are raised each year worldwide and most spend their entire lives intensively confined , held in small wire enclosures called battery cages.  Peter Singer, a professor of bioethics at Princeton University, refers to caged hens as “the most closely confined, overcrowded and generally miserable animals in America .” In Latin America, where Arcos Dorados operates most of its 2,100 restaurants, conditions for these birds are even worse . The ...
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We Need an Agroecological Revolution—So Why Are Governments Investing in Agribusiness? 16.10.2016 Views
Kirtana Chandrasekaran

Agriculture is under pressure to perform on this World Food Day. As governments pay lip service to combatting climate change in the Paris Agreement, few of them are taking the real action necessary to reduce emissions. While just this month Hurricane Matthew, almost certainly made worse by climate change, battered Haiti and El Nino related drought is wreaking farming across South and East Africa. 

Agroecology cools the planet 

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3 healthy ways to add fat - yes, fat! - to your diet 14.10.2016 LA Times: Health

After decades of low-fat yogurts and 1% milk populating store shelves, whole milk and products such as creamy ghee (clarified butter) are finding their way back to favor.

On the back of a 2014 Harvard School of Public Health study that found full-fat dairy to be more satisfying — and consequently...

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Envisioning a good Anthropocene 14.10.2016 EcoTone
By Elena Bennett, associate professor at the McGill School of Environment and Department of Natural Resource Sciences in Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue, Canada. Bennett and colleagues’ Concepts and Questions article “Bright Spots: Seeds of a Good Anthropocene” appeared in the October 2016 issue of ESA Frontiers.   We are constantly being bombarded with negative visions of the future, ...
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