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Category: Food Production :: Sustainable Agriculture
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Pesticide Drift Threatens Organic Farms 1.8.2015 NPR News
Conventional farmers use millions of pounds of pesticides each year to protect crops from weeds and insects. When those chemicals drift to neighboring property, they can ruin crops on organic farms.
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City's plastic bag ban could mean more potato chips in your cart 1.8.2015 Chicago Tribune: Business
As Chicagoans switch to reusable grocery sacks due to a ban beginning Saturday on thin plastic bags, those reusable bags may cause psychological effects that make consumers spend extra money buying more organic food - and more junk ...
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As Gary Hirshberg Emerges as Face of Anti-GMO Labeling Movement, Science Takes a Hit 31.7.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Co-Author: Bruce Chassy , professor Emeritus of Food Safety and Nutritional Sciences from the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign For years, the leadership faces of the anti-GMO community and the mandatory labeling movement--and make no mistake they are one and the same--have been a remarkably motley crew. It consists of a blustering economist ( Naseem Taleb) ; a former flying yoga instructor ( Jeffrey Smith ); a computer scientist who publishes anti-GMO screeds in pay-for-play journals ( Stephanie Seneff ); an engineer with no food or genetic expertise who claims to have developed email ( Shiva Ayyadurai ); a talk show doctor ( Mehmet Oz ); an Indian Brahmin philosopher who pretends to be a physicist ( Vandana Shiva ); and a French geneticist whose body of work has been rejected by mainstream scientists around the world ( Gilles-Éric Séralini) . Not a very inspiring group. Over the past year, however, a fresh face has emerged: Gary Hirshberg , ...
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Whole Foods picks Bellevue Square for small, new ‘365’ store concept 30.7.2015 Seattle Times: Local
The “365” store will open next year as part of the organic grocer’s move to up its game against the likes of Trader Joe’s. Whole Foods also will open a full-fledged store in Kirkland’s Totem Lake area in 2017.
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Good food is never cheap and cheap food is never good 29.7.2015 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Twenty years ago I wrote that family farms in Canada were at a pivotal point in their evolution. Farmers could continue growing crops based on the corporate agenda or they could lessen their ecological impact by adopting a model that encouraged eating local, in-season, organically grown indigenous foods. Consumer buying power was imperative to changing the way food was grown and distributed. Ironically, very little has changed. Canadians have developed a sense of entitlement when it comes to buying cheap food. What's really needed are consumers who recognize they have a duty to ensure fairness within the marketplace. This begins with paying farmers a reasonable price for the food they produce and extends to buying food that is produced in an ecologically responsible ...
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Homeless People In Atlanta Plant Organic Garden, Provide Food For Shelter Residents 29.7.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Planting an organic garden is an activity typically reserved for bougie hipster types who have the time, money and training to get behind the cause. But a homeless shelter in Atlanta is opening up that skill, and approach to responsible farming, to its residents. “It is important to share and train residents in green technology that we are involved in because poor and homeless people are being left out  of the green development that we see burgeoning in our community,” Anita Beaty, executive director of Metro Atlanta Task Force, told Atlanta Progressive News.  The organization, which services homeless and formerly homeless people in its sustainable facility, offers a number of programs to its clients. In addition to its growing gardening initiative, the Metro Atlanta Task Force  has a 24-hour assistance hotline, day service center and transitional housing program, among other programs.  But the rooftop garden, which was first established in 2009, serves as a means to teach homeless people about urban ...
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Consumers, Health Advocates and Farmers Mobilize Massive Movement in Opposition to Congressional “DARK Act” Aimed at Preempting Labeling and Safety Testing of Genetically Engineered Foods 24.7.2015 Commondreams.org Newswire
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Is Campbell's Soup Back in the Game? 23.7.2015 Yahoo: Business
Campbell’s Soup has a fresh new plan to simplify their recipes and ditch artificial ingredients by the end of 2018.
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If we support community-supported agriculture, a caring society is within reach 22.7.2015 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Please support our coverage of democratic movements and  become a supporter of  rabble.ca . Farmers operating Community Supported Agricultural ventures (CSAs) have created local ecological, alternative food systems. These small scale farmers sell shares to customers in the spring in exchange for a weekly supply of locally grown, organic vegetables and fruits that lasts for the growing season. But these farmers offer much more to the customers and communities that they ...
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This bacon-flavored seaweed could be the new eco-friendly superfood 21.7.2015 TreeHugger
It's not the 'chicken of the sea,' but perhaps there's a place for the 'bacon of the ocean' in sustainable seafood.
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Imagine farming that actually heals the earth 21.7.2015 TreeHugger
Sustainable agriculture is nice. But regenerative agriculture is the bomb.
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An Interview With "Eco-Pioneer" Priscilla Woolworth, Author of LOLA Lots of Love Always 20.7.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
The first time I heard about Priscilla Woolworth was when she was named a "New Green Pioneer" in Time Magazine. Of course, having grown up in New York, her name was more than familiar. Priscilla is the granddaughter of the founder of Woolworth's, the iconic chain of "five and dime" stores. Connecting with Priscilla brought back a flood of warmhearted memories of accompanying my mom on shopping trips to Woolworth's for "odds and ends." When Priscilla became a mom, she began creating books for her two daughters about making healthy choices. After producing 40 volumes (talk about mother love!), she decided to compile her tips into a book for young women, LOLA Lots of Love Always . Here's my interview for with Priscilla Woolworth: Moms Clean Air Force: What is LOLA? Why did you write the book? Priscilla Woolworth: LOLA Lots of Love Always is a book I wrote for young women about how to live a sustainable lifestyle and make healthy choices that are good for them and the planet. It's a health and lifestyle ...
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Here's How You Can Make Meat Way More Sustainable 18.7.2015 Mother Jones
This story was originally published by Grist . Should we eat meat? That's the big question, which— for this series —I'm asking three different ways: in terms of environmental sustainability, morality, and practicality. Today, to begin: Can meat be sustainable? In any comparison of the environmental impact of meat eaters and plant eaters, we have to start by noting that plant eaters have a powerful ally on their side: physics. Every time energy moves from one state to another, a little is lost along the way. Flip on an incandescent bulb and only 8 percent of the electric energy turns into visible light—the majority of energy is lost as infrared light and heat . Convert the calories in corn into meat by feeding a chicken, and you've got the same problem. In even the most efficient, high-tech farms, it takes a pound and a half of grain to grow a pound of chicken—because that chicken is constantly radiating heat and burning energy to move around. The picture gets worse if you just look at the parts of the ...
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The True Cost of Cheap Food 16.7.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Organic, GMO, pesticide-free, fair-trade -- what do these really mean, are they just trends and how do they affect our planet? Agriculture is a complex industry which to some extent we are all reliant upon. Understandably, for decades the focus has been on how to increase crop yield more efficiently and cheaper. At first glance, this seems intuitive. And in large measures the agricultural industry has been able to accomplish this through the widespread use of pesticides and genetically modified crops that are resistant to pests and other external factors. But does more equal better? The evidence suggests not. We have sacrificed nutrition for quantity, and we are now ingesting chemicals into our bodies that we were never meant to. In 1974 Monsanto patented glyphosate as an herbicide, aka Roundup, which revolutionized farming practices and as such the use of the herbicide has grown exponentially. This has had not only a profound impact on the food we eat, but also on all the natural support systems that ...
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Here's Why Even Organic Farms Are Awful For Animals -- And How They Can Be Improved 15.7.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Sonia Faruqi accidentally became an animal welfare investigator. After losing her job as an investment banker, this Type A, Ivy Leaguer volunteered on an organic dairy farm, where she discovered that the cows were kept chained up and covered in feces. It was the opposite of what the word "organic" conjured. Faruqi's curiosity was piqued: If things are bad for animals at an organic farm, what must life be like at a conventional farm? And how can things get better? Faruqi spent about four years exploring industrialized farming all over the world -- living with farmers, talking her way into slaughterhouses, choking on the ammonia-filled air in henhouses, learning to differentiate especially cruel veal-raising practices from those that aren't quite so grotesque. She also lived with farmers whose husbandry is humane (even if their animals are still bound for the plate). She describes their philosophies and practices, and how they can serve as models. It's a process she describes, in sometimes grim, always ...
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Food Smart Cities: Join the Food Revolution 15.7.2015 Commondreams.org Views
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Whole Foods tops Greenpeace sustainable seafood report 14.7.2015 TreeHugger
While Whole Foods continues to lead on sustainable seafood, Trader Joes drops out of the "Good" category.
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Sustainable Tourism: An Opportunity for Implementing the UN Sustainable Development Goals 11.7.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
This week, I had the opportunity to attend the United Nations High Level Political Forum on sustainable development (HLPF) as a guest of the UNWTO. The HLPF on sustainable development is the main United Nations platform on sustainable development. It provides political leadership, guidance and recommendations. It follows up and reviews the implementation of sustainable development commitments. It addresses new and emerging challenges; promotes the science-policy interface and enhances the integration of economic, social and environmental dimensions of sustainable development. The HLPF meets every four years at the level of Heads of State and Government under the auspices of the General Assembly and every year under the auspices of the Economic and Social Council. The meeting focused on the proposed 17 Sustainable Deveopment Goals (SDG's) that will replace the expiring Millennium Development Goals (MDG's) this fall. The meeting opened with remarks from: H.E. Mr. Martin Sajdik, President of the Economic & ...
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General Mills plans major move toward cage-free eggs 7.7.2015 Seattle Times: Business & Technology
Food maker General Mills committed itself to 100 percent cage-free eggs for its U.S. operations, a move several other large companies also have taken recently.
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General Mills plans major move toward cage-free eggs 7.7.2015 Chicago Tribune: Business
Food maker General Mills announced a major move toward cage-free eggs Tuesday as part of an updated animal welfare policy that now extends throughout its global supply ...
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