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Category: Food Production :: Sustainable Agriculture
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We Can Reverse Climate Change by the Way We Grow Food 30.7.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Yesterday the White House and USDA hosted a meeting with food, agriculture and data industry officials in an attempt to encourage innovation to stem the effects of climate change on agriculture and food production Beyond "stemming" the effects of climate change on agriculture however, the way we produce food has the potential to substantially address and even reverse many of the root causes driving climate change. Here's how: The overall global food system -- including land-use changes, feed, fertilizer, transportation, refrigeration, processing and waste -- is estimated to be responsible for 30 to 50 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions. Over the last decade, agricultural emissions have increased by approximately 1 percent per year. Researchers at the World Bank Group estimated intensive livestock production alone is the largest single contributing factor to climate change. Industrial animal agriculture is also one of the largest polluter of air, water and land, and the largest consumers of fossil ...
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Food briefs: Crawdad contest, sustainable start up series 30.7.2014 Salt Lake Tribune
Crawdad-o-Rama at East Canyon Cooks and crustacean fans are invited to attend East Canyon State Park’s Crawdad-O-Rama Dutch oven cook-off. Categories include a crawdad main dish, best Dutch oven side dish and best Dutch oven dessert (no need to include crawdads in this category). Cooking begins at 5 p.m., judging at 7 p.m. Participating in the event is free, but cooks must register in advance at eastcanyonstatepark.utah.gov. When • Aug. 23, 5 to 8 p.m. Where • East Canyon State Park, 5535 S. H...
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Events: Gravenstein apples at Mar Vista, Farm-to-Feast, House Garlic of Venice 30.7.2014 L.A. Times - Food & Dining
The Mar Vista Certified Farmers Market is celebrating its eighth anniversary from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, and there will be Gravenstein apples. Among the 75 vendors at the market are Nana Mae Organics, owned by Paul and Kendra Kolling, who specialize in the coveted variety, which have an...
Diversified cropping system, cover crops part of discussion during Nebraska organic farm tours 28.7.2014 Star Tribune: Business
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The Corporate Takeover of "All Natural" Food 27.7.2014 Truthout - All Articles
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ESA Policy News July 25: Senators review EPA power plant rules, rural CA receives drought relief, ESA to aid Interior science group 26.7.2014 EcoTone
ESA Policy News July 25: Senators review EPA power plant rules, rural CA receives drought relief, ESA to aid Interior science group
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Can you trust that organic label on imported food? 24.7.2014 Minnesota Public Radio: News
In recent years, the USDA has been getting about 200 complaints each year about organic products that somebody suspects really aren't organic.
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Could There Be an Economic Rebirth for Rural America? 24.7.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
I live in rural America. But my rural America is not the agricultural fields of waving grain so often imagined. It is not a land locked state in the center of our country. My county crashes up against the wild surf of the Pacific Ocean. It is filled with great natural beauty and diversity, encompassing forests of giant redwood groves, rugged coastlines, coastal mountains, small inland towns nestled in valleys, and yes, agricultural areas. We are a tourist destination for visitors from all over the world. While much of rural America encompasses large agribusinesses, for many rural communities that only comprises just 7 percent of the businesses in those communities. The marketplace has changed from butcher, baker and candlestick maker to butcher, food product entrepreneur and high-tech worker. All of them are using innovative ways to re-new, replace or repair infrastructure. The opportunities for an economic rebirth in rural America are as diverse as any street corner in downtown Manhattan. Now is the ...
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Can You Trust That Organic Label On Imported Food? 24.7.2014 NPR: All Things Considered
A new book claims the organic label can't be trusted, especially on food that's imported. Yet there is a global system for verifying the authenticity of organic food, and it mostly seems to work.
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Organic foods really are more nutritious 20.7.2014 Star Tribune: Health
It disputes notion that all foods are created equal.
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You Need to Know: What Do Natural, Local and Organic Mean? 18.7.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Today's consumers are increasingly concerned with where their food comes from, and demand for "organic," "local" and "natural" foods is on the rise . But what do those labels really mean? Are we getting what we think we are when we buy "all natural" granola bars or "organic" beef? And how local is "local?" Here's what you need to know about "organic," "local" and "natural" food labels. What is the legal definition of "natural" when it comes to food? Whoops -- there isn't one. We're not kidding, there is no government regulation of the word "natural" for any food. Even though most food labels are highly regulated, the word "natural" remains undefined. The only guidance for what qualifies as natural is nothing artificial or synthetic . Really? Why isn't it legally defined? The answer is a rather philosophical one: What is nature? Nearly every food item for sale is processed in some way. Who is to say that one thing is more natural than the other? Is beet juice natural if it has been squeezed out of the ...
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A dissenting view on the Paleo Diet 17.7.2014 Seattle Times: Health
Nutritionist Kristal Lowe explains why the popular Paleo Diet might not be right for everyone.
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A dissenting view on the Paleo Diet 17.7.2014 Seattle Times: Top stories
Nutritionist Kristal Lowe explains why the popular Paleo Diet might not be right for everyone.
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Eating organic is like two extra portions of fruit and vegetables per day with no added calories 16.7.2014 TreeHugger
Plants that have to succeed without chemical pesticides create their own natural chemicals -- the good ones which marketers like to tout as "magic", "healthy" and "anti-aging"
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How to make your wedding day green 16.7.2014 TreeHugger
A wedding is one of the most important days in a couple's life. If you care about the planet, why not integrate your principles into your big day?
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Six Surprises about the State of the American Farm 16.7.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
By Tracie McMillan, OnEarth A few early-summer visits to the local farmer's market are usually all it takes to turn us into cheerleaders for the American farm. But if you really want to know about the current state of farming in the U.S.A. (as opposed to merely knowing the current state of this summer's heirloom tomatoes), you'll need some real, hard facts. For that, you'll want to turn to the latest Census of Agriculture (COA). Chances are you've never heard of it, but this comprehensive report, released every five years by the USDA, tracks the trendlines and changes affecting our farms and farmers, issuing a 700-page data set that offers a snapshot of American agriculture in a given year. Here, then, are six discussion-worthy--and perhaps surprising--facts about our nation's farms, taken from the most recent COA, released in May. 1. Yes, we have fewer farms than we used to. But business is booming! Start with the basics: Between 2007 and 2012, the number of American farms dropped by about 4 percent, to ...
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10 ways to make your garden more green 15.7.2014 TreeHugger
How green does your garden really grow? Top 10 tips for making sure your garden is chemical free and growing strong.
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Organic food has real nutritional benefits 15.7.2014 TreeHugger
When compared to conventional produce, organic has more antioxidants, fewer toxic metals, and less pesticide residue.
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Organic foods are more nutritious, according to review of 343 studies 15.7.2014 LA Times: Top News
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Ranch Organics soap company opens downtown Steamboat location 15.7.2014 Steamboat Pilot
Ranch Organics soaps and lotions are in 180 places across the country, but for Debbie Dygert, opening a storefront on Fifth Street in downtown Steamboat Springs felt like bringing her company back home. Dygert has been making soap in a North Routt County barn for more than six years — first as Steamboat Soap Co. then starting Ranch Organics about three years ago. The ingredients in Ranch Organics products are wholly different from Steamboat Soap Co. items, Dygert said, and the packaging, with a rustic, country charm feel, appeals to boutiques looking for unique organic products. Now, in addition to being used by guests at Vista Verde Guest Ranch and One Steamboat Place, Ranch Organics products can be found in celebrity gift bags for major award shows and were carried by Anthropologie, a popular women's apparel chain. Dygert is heading to Los Angeles next month to take part in an Emmy Award gifting suite held by Matt and Mark Harris, brothers known for gifting parties and seen on the TV show “Storage ...
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