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5 Futuristic Food Wrappers That You Don’t Have to Throw Away 2.9.2014 Wired Top Stories
Before it’s even time for dinner, the food-to-trash transfer has happened several times. Nixing that transfer entirely is the task at hand for Hannah Billqvist and Anna ...
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Co-op's quandary: Boycott, or not? 2.9.2014 Philly.com News
Obamacare, organic soy milk, and birth control pills have proven to be a volatile mix for Eden Foods, a small, highly regarded natural foods company.
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How to make a better Big Mac 31.8.2014 Chicago Tribune: Opinion
McDonald's Golden Arches have been tarnished by a food safety scandal in China, labor issues in America and flat U.S. sales. To restore the shine to those arches, it's time for the fast-food behemoth to acknowledge the growing consumer demand for food grown as close to home as possible, ...
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Refuge for mustangs, vacationers 29.8.2014 CNN: Top Stories
There is, perhaps, no greater living symbol of the untamed, pioneer spirit of the American West than the wild mustang.
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Community Agriculture Alliance: Soil health 28.8.2014 Steamboat Pilot
Soil health — you may have heard this latest descriptor and wondered what it is. Hopefully, by now you are aware that soil is not just dirt. It’s a complicated ecosystem that takes place beneath our feet to support the environment that we see above ground. Plants often are portrayed as the one of the most important organism in our ecosystem, but without good soil, there would be no plants. So while you may not consider soil as “pretty” as a plant, I would argue that it is more important. A healthy soil consists of billions of micro-organisms and thousands of macro-organisms that all work together to better the soil. Glomalin is a micro-organism that stores carbon in its protein and carbohydrate (glucose or sugar) subunits. Arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi, found living on plant roots around the world, appear to be the only producers of glomalin. The fungi use carbon from the plant to grow and make glomalin. In return, the fungi's hair-like filaments, called hyphae, extend the reach of plant roots. Hyphae ...
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Raised to Farm 28.8.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Co-authored with Matt & Peg Sheaffer; Jennifer & Jeff Miller, Sandhill Family Farms; Mike Sands, Farm Business Development Center; Brad Leibov, Liberty Prairie Foundation; Karen Lehman, Fresh Taste. We read Bren Smith's recent op-ed in The New York Times on the economic challenges of small-scale farming ("Don't Let Your Children Grow Up To Be Farmers," Sunday Review, Aug. 10) with concern. The column has provoked responses from many corners of the food movement, from farmers struggling to make the decent living Mr. Smith yearns for, to patrons of those farmers at local markets, in community-supported agriculture and farm-to-school programs, or at locally sourced restaurants. In policy and philanthropic circles, Mr. Smith's economic plight and policy concerns raise questions about the viability of smaller scale agriculture programs as effective tools for lasting economic development. While we sympathize with his concerns about the economic difficulties farmers face, we strongly believe that ...
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Plan To Harvest Trees Scorched By California Rim Fire Called 'Ecological Travesty' 28.8.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Federal forest officials say they were trying for a balanced approach in new plan to allow loggers to remove dead wood from a massive California wildfire, but environmentalists are calling it a travesty for trees. The highly awaited decision announced by the U.S. Forest Service Wednesday and expected to be finalized Thursday will allow logging on 52 square miles of forests blackened in the Rim Fire, which burned 400 square miles of the Stanislaus National Forest, Yosemite National Park's backcountry and private timber land. It came amid a standoff between environmentalists and supporters of the timber industry over what to do with the trees that died in the fire. The blaze also destroyed 11 homes and cost more than $125 million to fight. Susan Skalski, supervisor of the Stanislaus National Forest, said that she tried to balance the need to reduce future fires with protecting the environment and wildlife. She took into consideration input from the public, environmental groups and the ...
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Vandana Shiva to March with Organic Consumers Association ‘Cook Organic, Not the Planet’ Activists at the People’s Climate March in New York 28.8.2014 Commondreams.org Newswire
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Organic Consumers Pledges $50,000 to Colorado GMO Labeling Initiative 25.8.2014 Commondreams.org Newswire
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Weed blaster shows promise as alternative to herbicides 25.8.2014 Star Tribune: Latest
The method, gaining attention from organic farmers, uses corncob grit instead of chemicals to protect crops.
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Wisconsin crop dusters deal with modern technology 24.8.2014 Twincities.com: Local

The only part of Jim Kazmierczak's crop dusting business that fits one of the many stereotypes linked to his misunderstood profession is the cramped, one-seater Piper airplane with its wide wings and roaring engine that he pilots just a few feet over Wisconsin farm fields throughout the summer months.

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What's Holding Back the Organic Food and Farming Revolution 23.8.2014 Commondreams.org Views
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Wisconsin crop dusters battle stereotypes as they thrive with expanded roles in agriculture 23.8.2014 Star Tribune: Business
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The Future MBA, week 7: Monitor student mood and campus food 22.8.2014 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com

What would the Future MBA look like? Explore the potential in week 7 of this new 100-day series.

 
The Future MBA, week 7: Monitor student mood and campus food
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In Riots Sparked By An Ebola Quarantine, A Teen Is Shot And Dies 22.8.2014 NPR News
Protesters were on the move. Soldiers fired. A teenage boy sustained wounds to both legs. For half an hour, no one could find an ambulance and no one came to care for him.
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Community Agriculture Alliance: Sustainable agriculture is a year-round endeavor 21.8.2014 Steamboat Pilot
This summer, I embarked on an adventure in sustainable agriculture. Colorado Mountain College’s Sustainability Studies program offered the course for the first time and, while it wasn’t a required course, I am so passionate about the topic that I jumped at the opportunity. Sustainable agriculture is crucial to the success of food sustainability and I was eager to get my hands dirty. Grand ideas were rolling around in my head, and I quickly learned that these ideas were much larger than the scope of the class. Simply dabbling in sustainable agriculture is a year-round endeavor. First and foremost, when planning a garden, soil composition and quality is evaluated so that soil can be prepared in the fall before the snow arrives to ensure a rich, healthy soil capable of nourishing plants the following spring. A quality garden plan should be developed during the winter months and requires an intimate familiarity of the land and consideration of rotational and companion planting concepts. Prior planning also ...
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Peanut butter, almond butter recalled for salmonella concerns 20.8.2014 Twincities.com: Nation

Got Arrowhead Mills peanut butter, MaraNatha almond butter, MaraNatha Peanut butter, Trader Joe's almond butter, Whole Foods 365 almond butter, Kroger almond butter or Safeway almond butter in your pantry?

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Eating Healthy in Hungary 19.8.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
It wasn't particularly easy to find vegetarian cooking in Hungary when I was there in 1990. This was the land of goulash and chicken paprikas, after all. And forget about organic produce. In those days, even in the United States, organic agriculture and organic products were a decidedly niche market. When the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements met for their 1990 conference in Hungary, it was the first time they served organic food as part of their gathering -- such was the difficulty of sourcing the ingredients in those days. This was before the transformation of consumer attitudes toward food that accompanied the growth of huge organic farms -- what Michael Pollin once called the organic-industrial complex . This in turn produced the economies of scale that allowed for the sale of organic produce in supermarkets and the use of organic ingredients in fast food chains like Chipotle. So when I met Ferenc Fruhwald in 1990, he was way ahead of the curve. He had founded Biokultura in ...
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Author Wendell Berry speaks out for local farming and the land 19.8.2014 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com

In an interview with Yale Environment 360, the acclaimed writer talks about his Kentucky farm, his activism and why he's hopeful for the future.

Author Wendell Berry speaks out for local farming and the land
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Choices abound when buying eggs 16.8.2014 LA Times: Health
Decades ago, eggs were brown or white, big or small. Now you need a scorecard to choose: cage-free, organic, humanely raised or pasture-raised — not to mention prices that can run from less than $2 to $8 for a dozen.
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