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How Safe Is Your Ground Beef? 27.8.2015 Commondreams.org Views
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We need a national food policy so no one in Canada goes hungry 26.8.2015 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us

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Heart of Agave 26.8.2015 Mother Jones
The Suburban surged and swerved, rattling across potholes and rocketing over heaves in the sun-scorched asphalt. At the wheel, Adolfo Murillo smiled with pride. "This road we're on here," he said, "for years and years and years was never paved." Going back to the 1940s, local politicians had run on promises of laying down tarmac but never made good. The highway was only leveled and tarred about a decade ago, in part to accommodate the truckloads of agaves traveling the 16 miles from Murillo's fields near the dusty village of Agua Negra to the tequila distilleries in Arandas, Jalisco, in central Mexico. Murillo steered with one hand and twisted the cork of a bottle of tequila with the other. The rubber stopper squeaked then popped, like a wet kiss, and the cab instantly filled with the smell of baked agave. In just eight years on the market, Murillo's brand, Alquimia, has won 35 gold medals in international contests, including best in show for its extra añejo—the classification for tequila aged in an oak ...
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Eco Fibs and Fish Stories: Two Things You'll Never Hear From Two X Sea 26.8.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Co-written by Saralynn White, sustainability champion, foodie writer, and creative director at Salty Dog. Photography by Julie Ann Fineman. With beloved Blue Bottle in hand (a nod to the early morning hour) my collaborator, Julie Ann Fineman, and I head toward Two X Sea -- the celebrated sustainable-fish purveyor that resides on Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco. Co-founders Bill Foss and Kenny Belov are onboard to let us grill them about the business. As we make our way to the end of the pier we pass countless seafood slaughterhouses and food processors and we're both struck with acute pain -- for our oceans. We're so disturbed we ask Bill and Kenny how many of these places turn a blind eye to raping and pillaging our aquaculture. Their answer is disconcerting: Two X Sea is the only fish operation that harvests ethically here. We point toward the many restaurants on the wharf and Bill adds, "Not one restaurant you're looking at now is a Two X Sea customer. They don't want to pay for sustainable ...
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Urban agriculture in MSP: growing, diversifying, sustainable 22.8.2015 MinnPost
It’s a beautiful Tuesday afternoon in late summer. You hop on your bike and pedal to Midtown Global Market, passing lush yards and bountiful vegetable plots. Once there, you park your bike and make a beeline for Kitchen in the Market, where your weekly CSA share awaits. You peer into your share box, marveling at the perky lettuce heads, just-picked tomatoes and colorful summer squash. You feel like the luckiest home cook on Earth. Plenty of CSAs deliver delicious, fresh-picked produce to markets and garden stores around MSP. Why is this one so special? Because it’s administered by  Shared Ground Farmers’ Co-op , a new, growing agricultural collective with “strong commitment to making environmentally sustainable farming a living wage job for any who chose to pursue it,” according to the collective’s website. Three of Shared Ground’s five founding farms are Latino-owned and -operated spreads in rural Minnesota and Wisconsin. The fourth, near Amery, Wisconsin, belongs to a U.S.-born couple. And the last is ...
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10 ways to pack your kids a more sustainable lunch 21.8.2015 TreeHugger
The modern mantra of convenience has some pretty serious costs, and one the areas this trade-off can be found is tucked away in lunch boxes and backpacks.
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Regeneration: Global Transformation in Catastrophic Times 21.8.2015 Truthout - All Articles
Where profits alone count, there can be no thinking about the rhythms of nature, its phases of decay and regeneration, or the complexity of ecosystems which may be gravely upset by human intervention. ... It is not enough to balance, in the medium term, the protection of nature with financial gain, or the preservation of the environment with progress. Halfway measures simply delay the inevitable disaster.—Pope Francis,  Papal Encyclical "Laudato Si,"  June 18, 2015 Regenerate - to give fresh life or vigor to; to reorganize; to recreate the moral nature; to cause to be born again." (New Webster's Dictionary, 1997) A growing number of climate, food, environment, health and justice advocates are embracing and  promoting  a world-changing concept: regeneration.   What is regeneration? And why are a so many public figures, including Pope Francis, calling for regeneration or revolution, rather than "halfway measures" such as sustainability or mitigation?  The inconvenient truth of course is that our degenerate ...
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Big Food's natural brand acquisitions prosper best when left alone 21.8.2015 Health
When Hormel Foods Corp , maker of Spam canned meat, said it was buying Applegate Farms in May, fans of the organic and natural meat company lamented its takeover by Big Food on social media and questioned whether product quality would go down. Hormel's experience illustrates the challenge large food manufacturers face when they acquire smaller natural and organic companies. Big food and beverage makers such as Campbell Soup Co , General Mills Inc and Coca-Cola Co  , facing sluggish U.S. sales because their processed foods and sugary drinks are increasingly viewed as posing significant health risks, have been buying such brands to tap into a faster growing market and win credibility with consumers. Many health-conscious consumers and retailers have lost trust in the big food manufacturers, and even buying an organic or natural food maker won't necessarily restore ...
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Meet the Nation's First School District to Serve 100% Organic Meals 20.8.2015 CommonDreams.org Headlines
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Healthy, Buggy Harvest: The Joys and Jolts of Chemical-Free Orcharding 19.8.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
The ripening Winesap had a beautiful pinkish cast to its skin, a shine that promised good eating--and a long-legged, fierce-looking insect clinging to it. An assassin bug that could inflict a nasty, painful bite. We were absolutely thrilled. This year Jeff and I have sworn off using chemical sprays at our five-acre orchard in the Virginia mountains. We've been moving in this direction for several years but until now hadn't gotten up the nerve to go completely chemical-free. Finding assassin bugs all over our apples made us whoop with joy--literally. These lanky, scary-looking creatures eat Japanese beetles, which last year caused serious damage to our trees. In summers past we found it just too painful to watch hundreds of brightly colored beetles turn the leaves of our beloved heritage apple trees into skeletons. Last year we caved in and applied a pesticide that we knew would probably kill beneficial insects too. But this year we're applying neem oil, a natural substance that supposedly makes Japanese ...
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Calling All Chefs (and Their Customers) 19.8.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Chefs have the great task of nourishing others. And hopefully that means caring about every ingredient they are using. Though just as consumers turn a blind eye to food choice, so do many culinary wizards. And while I realize and appreciate that everyone has a different starting point, it's time that we help these incredible women and men take on the role of agents of change, understanding the true value of quality ingredients. Working with many accomplished chefs over the years, I realize no matter how beautiful or delicious, food will always miss the mark for me if using the purist most sustainable ingredients doesn't take center stage--if not 100% of the time, then most of the time. As a chef trained at Natural Gourmet Institute I know firsthand that truly high quality ingredients can be used across the board to create delicious food. However many of the notables were taught that quality equals flavor (a top down approach) rather than quality means far more than just flavor--it starts with sourcing ...
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Agroecology as a Tool for Liberation: Transforming Industrial Agriculture in El Salvador 16.8.2015 Truthout.com
Miguel Ramirez training family farmers on seed bank management. (Photo courtesy of MAOES)Beverly Bell interviewed Miguel Ramirez, National Coordinator of the Organic Agriculture Movement of El Salvador, about agroecology as a tool for liberation. An edited transcript of Ramirez's replies appears below. We say that every square meter of land that is worked with agro-ecology is a liberated square meter. We see it as a tool to transform farmers’ social and economic conditions. We see it as a tool of liberation from the unsustainable capitalist agricultural model that oppresses farmers. We in the Organic Agriculture Movement see the soil as Mother Earth, a living organism, which gives birth to all kinds of life. Mother Earth is agonizing, and needs to be rescued. Even a new small plot of land under organic management is part of the effort to revive her. We now have around 3,700 small local producers who are educated and working on organic agriculture in El Salvador. We’re just about one percent of all small ...
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Four Ways Mexico’s Indigenous Farmers Are Practicing the Agriculture of the Future 15.8.2015 Commondreams.org Views
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Specialty foods for the locals 15.8.2015 Philly.com News
Joe Rauh Jr. is the owner of a new supermarket in Egg Harbor Township, JR's Fresh Market, that specializes in organic produce, meats, and other specialty items. It has opened in the wake of a jobless glut and faltering economy after the closings of four Atlantic City casinos and the domino effect of other business closings in the Shore region, including several supermarkets.
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5 Fertilizer Facts That Dispel the Myths 14.8.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Soil has seen its place in the sun this year, with the United Nations having declared 2015 the International Year of Soils and continued scientific research showing the importance of healthy soils as a key component of our food system. Looking forward, the world is faced with a colossal challenge: to produce more food in the next four decades that we have done in the last 10,000 years combined. This cannot happen without healthy soils to nourish the crops we grow. While fertilizers are a vitally important way to maintain healthy soils, the topic has remained a polemical issue. Are mineral or organic fertilizers better for the environment? What is even the difference between the two? Many myths have circulated on this topic - but science can set the record straight: 1. Mineral fertilizers can be "natural" too. It is important to distinguish here what we mean by organic and mineral, natural and synthetic (man-made). Organic fertilizers contain carbon. Some are natural such as manure, and others are ...
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OCA Cites President Obama’s Executive Order on Preemption; Calls on the President to Veto the DARK Act 13.8.2015 Commondreams.org Newswire
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Why So Many Young Women Are Rethinking The Tampon 12.8.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Alex Friedman and Jordana Kier were classmates at Dartmouth when they bonded over an unusual thing: They found tampon shopping not only a nuisance, but also confusing. "We couldn't figure out what were in the tampons we were getting off of the shelf," Friedman said, noting that chemical additives and dyes are listed ingredients in traditional tampons.  Dissatisfied with the options available to them, the pair took matters into their own hands: "We decided to create our own brand... to make a product we want to be using."  Their company, LOLA , is a subscription service for tampons that are 100 percent cotton, hypoallergenic, biodegradable and BPA-free. And they're not alone: The Honest Company has a subscription service that can include organic tampons and pads, and a similar startup, Cora, launched in 2014. These companies are responding to a growing trend among young women to think more critically about what's in their menstrual products.  The success of organic, plastic-free and eco-friendly products, ...
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Don't jump to rasher conclusions. Pigs offer bacon of hope to sustainable food systems. 11.8.2015 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us

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Yes, vegan organic agriculture is possible 11.8.2015 TreeHugger
These farmers call BS on the use of manure, and all other animal products.
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Routt County CSU Extension: Is organic produce worth the price? 9.8.2015 Steamboat Pilot
In the produce department, I am often faced with quandary: Should I spring for the organic or save some money and buy the conventionally grown fruits and vegetables? It’s a conversation I have with myself weekly, but for many, there is no debate — of course, you’d buy organic. They view the decision as a social statement that defines their relationship with their food and the environment. For them, buying organic is an obvious choice, yet I still struggle spending the extra money for organic carrots or broccoli. Maybe you do, too. While there may be a variety reasons for buying organic, I decided to focus on a specific part of the conventional vs. organic choice and review current research about the nutritional benefits of each. I’m not alone in my interest. According to the Economic Research Service of the USDA, in 2013, 81 percent of families reported they are purchasing organic products at least sometimes. The Organic Trade Association in 2013 reported that 41 percent of those organic-buying ...
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