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Category: Food Production :: Sustainable Agriculture
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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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Urban farm to urban table: growing and sourcing hyper-local food in the Twin Cities 16.8.2014 MinnPost
Courtesy of Urban Organics Urban Organics produce for sale at Lund's Is that local kale you’re enjoying really local? How can you tell, short of grilling your chef or co-op buyer? For all the talk about locally grown food and local food systems, a consensus on the meaning of “local” remains elusive. In 2008, Congress passed a bill with two complementary definitions: Local produce could either be produced in the state where it’s consumed or transported no more than 400 miles from source to consumer. In our neck of the woods, that second definition includes factory-farmed corn from Iowa, wheat from the Dakotas and dairy from Wisconsin — hardly revolutionary stuff. Still, the region around the Twin Cities is emerging as a hotbed of innovative agricultural activity, producing world-class, sustainable beef (Thousand Hills Cattle in Cannon Falls) and  locally grown hops  (Mighty Axe Hops in Ham Lake). Even closer to home, an ambitious group of producers and retailers aims to redefine what it means to be local, ...
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Eco-Friendly Agriculture Puts Down Roots in Spain 15.8.2014 Truthout - All Articles
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The Prince's Farm: How Prince Charles Is Championing the Organic Movement 15.8.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
We were lost for twenty beautiful minutes in Tetbury, trying to find HRH's driveway. A lovely one, though. By guest blogger Peter Moore, VP/editor of Men's Health Very early on in my stroll through the enchanting organic gardens at Highgrove -- the royal residence near Tetbury, England -- I felt the eyes of Prince Charles upon me. And not just two pair of eyes: There were eight of them! In turn, those eyeballs were kindly, stern, engaging, quizzical -- it was as if His Royal Highness was asking me, quite reasonably, "What are you doing in my sundial garden?" I'd been wondering the same thing for about 24 hours, at that point. But first, to clear up one possible point of confusion: It wasn't actually Prince Charles who was staring me down. Rather, it was four busts of the next King of England, which had been presented to him as gifts. To which I say: If I ever become king, spare me the busts! I'd much prefer courtside tickets to the Chicago Bulls, thank you very much. How do you react to a gift bust if ...
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Meet the Butcher: The Meat Hook's Tom Mylan: How a Lapsed Vegetarian Is Changing How Americans Eat Meat 14.8.2014 Yahoo: Opinion/Editorial

Meet the Butcher: The Meat Hook's Tom Mylan: How a Lapsed Vegetarian Is Changing How Americans Eat MeatIt was October 2009, and Tom Mylan was a month away from opening the Meat Hook, his Brooklyn butcher shop. The anticipation was unreal, particularly among the crowd at the New Amsterdam Market in Manhattan's South Street Seaport. Mylan...


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Let's Use Organic and GMOs to Feed the World 13.8.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
As anyone who follows food and agriculture issues knows, much of the public discourse -- particularly around genetically modified organisms (GMOs) -- is highly polarized. The debates are often as personal and bitter as the extremes that characterize today's partisan politics. For both personal and professional reasons, I'm among those saddened by the intensity of the conflict. Not only did I grow up on a family farm in Illinois, but 30 years ago I helped develop GMO crops. Yet far more important than my, or anybody's, individual reaction is this: The debate over GMOs has tended to sidetrack progress on the development of a common agenda to solving the global food security problem. And that's unacceptable, because 1) we don't have time to waste, and 2) it actually isn't difficult to figure out where that common ground lies. In fact, I think Jonathan Foley, the recent director of the Institute on the Environment at the University of Minnesota, essentially nailed it in the May 2014 edition of National ...
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Regenerative Agriculture: Sowing Health, Sustainability and Climate Stability 9.8.2014 Truthout - All Articles
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