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Category: Food Production :: Sustainable Agriculture
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6 Ways We're Learning to Love Our Food 23.5.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
(Yulia Grigoryeva, Shutterstock) More and more people today are realizing that our food system is dysfunctional. Instead of nourishing us, it feeds us food that is not food; food that is damaging to the soil, air, water and climate; food that is decreasing the lifespans of our children and grandchildren; food for which we pay little up front but far, far too much down the road. A spate of books , documentaries and news articles highlighting the hidden costs of our industrial food system has brought this dysfunction into the light. Just five years ago, the political power of the agricultural industry made reform seem out of reach. But the landscape is shifting. Here are six ways environmentalists, lawyers, chefs and food critics are joining forces to enact real change in our food system: 1. Chefs are highly influential, and according to the National Restaurant Association's annual "What's Hot" chef's survey , five out of the top 10 restaurant trends of 2016 involve locally sourced, healthy, natural ...
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Your Favorite Artisanal Food Brand Is Probably Owned by a Huge Company 21.5.2016 Mother Jones
Big Food is in a pickle . Its core business—packaged pre-cooked fare—remains profitable, but sales are shrinking . Consumer distrust is mounting . One response has been to maintain profits by slashing expenses. Conagra, the behemoth behind such one-time powerhouses as Chef Boyardee canned spaghetti and Pam spray oil, recently announced it would cut $300 million in annual costs and lay off 1,500 workers. Another time-tested strategy is to snap up smaller, independent companies operating in niches of the industry that are actually growing; for example, organics . That means that what started as your favorite local organic food brand—Naked Juice, Dagoba chocolate, LaraBar— now belongs to a much larger, much less local company. Last week alone, three much-loved small players succumbed to the appetites of much-larger players: • Spam king Hormel gobbles up an organic peanut-butter player. It might seem bizarre that Hormel—the topic of Ted Genoways' excellent 2011 exposé on working conditions on the ...
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Silver Lake Farms owner says goodbye 21.5.2016 LA Times: Commentary

Grass no longer grows at Silver Lake Farms, a half-acre property that helped establish urban farming in Los Angeles.

Farm founder Tara Kolla long ago banished that remnant of residential, pre-drought lawn fashion and replaced it with organically grown plants that were either edible, provided a...

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Shop for organic seedlings at Fig Earth Supply pop up nursery 21.5.2016 LA Times: Commentary

After years spent building custom MinifarmBox cedar-raised beds and planters for gardeners who are inspired to grow their own food, Conor Fitzpatrick wanted to do something extra for the community. 

“I wanted to create a hub that allowed people to get more connected with the earth,” he said, “a place...

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Land Health Is Our Health: Grass Up! 21.5.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
As any nursing mother can tell you, a mother who eats pepperoni pizza produces milk which will taste significantly different to her child. Additionally, her milk will also sustain her child with different vitamins, minerals and proteins due to her diet. This idea doesn't just apply to humans: the cow milk you drink is fundamentally impacted by the feed the cow consumes. This line of thinking extends to the key source of all nutrients found in our food...the soil. Healthier soil feeds healthier plants, which feed healthier cows, which produce healthier milk, which makes healthier people. This week I was invited to learn about the agricultural work being done for our future at Grass Up! , one of many national think tank pop-ups lead by Organic Valley's educational campaign to promote a more sustainable food future. Theresa Marquez , Organic Valley's Mission Executive, invited an influential group of farmers, scientists, educators, and activists who are leading dynamic conversations about the benefits of ...
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Food labels about to change 20.5.2016 CNN: Top Stories
The labels on the food you buy are going to look a lot different in the next two to three years, and the government hopes the change will help you make healthier decisions.
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Whole Foods seeks to shed 'Whole Paycheck' rap 19.5.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Whole Foods Market, stung for years by snarky comments about its prices, is about to find out if it can dispel the notion that its name should really be “Whole Paycheck.” Next week, the company will open the first of several smaller stores that will specialize in cheaper private-label groceries. It’s seeking to demonstrate that Whole Foods isn’t just for foodies willing to pay a premium for grass-fed beef and organic kale. Called 365 by Whole Foods Market, the new concept is designed to help the...
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Sowing the Seeds of Africa's Success 19.5.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Africa's transformation lies in the continent's rich soil. If we protect the ecosystems that sustain us we can lift Africans out of poverty, achieve food security, build climate resilience, create wealth and end hunger THERE is an old Nigerian proverb that says "fine words do not produce food". So I will keep my words as simple and clear as possible. Africa is facing a harsh reality. One in every two people on the continent lives in extreme poverty. In 15 years, most of the world's poor will reside here in Africa. Sadly, as I write, about 240 million people go to bed hungry every night while malnutrition kills more than 50% of the African children who die before they reach the age of five. These stark statistics are hard to grapple with. But imagine for a moment the pain of a mother who cannot feed her new-born daughter with the proper food she needs to live beyond the age of five. Imagine the mother who toils all day in the field but still goes to bed with a stomach aching from hunger because she cannot ...
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The Challenges and Gifts for Sustainable Tourism in Cuba 15.5.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Richard Berman , Director of the USF Patel College of Global Sustainability (PCGS), and I traveled to Havana, Cuba, to explore the possibilities of an exchange program. We were immediately impressed with Havana's charm of old cars, the architecture and history of Old Havana, and the numerous excursions to choose from. We also soon discovered many of the challenges Cuba as a whole, and Havana specifically, face as tourism begins to invade it shores. The invasion will come through new cruise line stops, new commercial flights from the US, and the general increased interest of Americans as relationships between the two nations begin to improve. Some of the key challenges include: preserving ecosystems, coastal habitats, and marine environments, clean marinas and sustainable ports, need for rapid development of new infrastructure, need for sustainable food supplies to meet increased demand, development of sustainable tourism and coastal sustainability master plans and management strategies. Perhaps one of ...
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Is organic agriculture really better for the environment? 15.5.2016 Washington Post
Is organic agriculture really better for the environment?
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Hawaii May Become The First State To Help Farms Go Organic 14.5.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Hawaii has become the first U.S. state to approve tax credits for organic farmers, a huge potential boost for the industry. A bill now awaiting  Gov. David Ige's signature would provide farmers up to $50,000 in tax credits to help offset the costs of getting certified as organic by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The measure, if it becomes law, may encourage similar programs in other states and help feed America's growing appetite for organic foods . “Organic agriculture has a huge role to play in addressing some of the most pressing issues of our time -- economic revitalization, climate change, public health and environmental protection,” Ashley Lukens, director of Hawaii Center for Food Safety, said in a  statement praising passage of the legislation.  Such initiatives, Lukens said, show the state is stepping up "to fulfill its responsibility to support local food and recognize organic farming.”   Organic certification often is a significant financial challenge for farmers -- costing hundreds to ...
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Hawaii plan would offset cost to certify organic farms 10.5.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Waimanalo, Hawaii • On a farm tucked under the lush Koolau Mountains, Sean Anderson tends his passion fruit, kale and salad greens using only what nature provides. He creates his own compost and fertilizers, and doesn’t use chemicals. But he’s not certified as an organic farmer because the cost of getting certification is too high. “The margins on farming are so slim as it is that any additional cost really can make or break the success of your business,” said Anderson, founder and farm manager ... <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>
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Hawaii plan would offset cost of organic farm certification 10.5.2016 Seattle Times: Business & Technology

WAIMANALO, Hawaii (AP) — On a farm tucked under the lush Koolau Mountains, Sean Anderson tends his passion fruit, kale and salad greens using only what nature provides. He creates his own compost and fertilizers, and doesn’t use chemicals. But he’s not certified as an organic farmer because the cost of getting certification is too […]
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Hawaii plan would offset cost of organic farm certification 10.5.2016 AP National
WAIMANALO, Hawaii (AP) -- On a farm tucked under the lush Koolau Mountains, Sean Anderson tends his passion fruit, kale and salad greens using only what nature provides....
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Macalester College Signs Resolution to 'Bee' Friendly 10.5.2016 Commondreams.org Newswire
Center for Food Safety Center for Food Safety (CFS) congratulates Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota on becoming a designated neonicotinoid-free campus. This recognition comes from the BEE Protective Campaign , a program led by Center for Food Safety and Beyond Pesticides which aims to protect bees and other pollinators from harmful pesticides like neonicotinoids. Neonicotinoids are a class of pesticides known to have severe impacts on bee ...
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What is 'natural' food? A riddle wrapped in notions of good and evil 8.5.2016 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
Time is almost up for consumers to tell the FDA what "natural" food means. It's an ancient philosophical question with no easy answers.
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Check your freezers: Massive recall of frozen fruits and veggies expands after Listeria outbreak 5.5.2016 Washington Post
Check your freezers: Massive recall of frozen fruits and veggies expands after Listeria outbreak
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Listeria prompts recall of 42 brands of frozen fruits and veggies 4.5.2016 CNN: Health
CRF Frozen Foods announced Tuesday that it's expanding a voluntary recall of frozen organic and non-organic fruits and vegetables because of possible health risks.
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Good Changes in the Organic Standard -- But We Want More 4.5.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
When you hear the words "Certified Organic," do they conjure visions of small, biodiverse farms tended by fresh-faced women and men with beards and/or man-buns who live in harmony with the land? Animals roaming freely on green grass? Or do you picture monocropped acre after monocropped acre harvested by underpaid and poorly treated workers and concentrated animal feeding operations? I'm happy to report that the USDA has proposed changes to the definition of Certified Organic that get that label closer to the former. However, we've still got a long way to go to completely eradicate the reality is actually the latter. Highlights of the USDA's proposed new animal welfare standards for organic chicken and meat include: Outdoor access is required year-round for all animals and must include: soil cover, shade, shelter, exercise areas, fresh air, clean water for drinking, and direct sunlight. Porches and other structures attached to the indoor living space, including roofed areas attached to the building, will ...
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Republic of Tea organic turmeric ginger tea recalled 2.5.2016 CNN: Health
Tea drinkers, take note: If you've got organic turmeric ginger green tea from the Republic of Tea sitting on your shelf, take a look at the label. The company is voluntarily recalling it because one lot of its organic ginger ingredient might be contaminated with salmonella bacteria.
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