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Olympia garden program raises food, self-esteem 23.5.2011 AP Washington
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- Ask youths what they've learned after a year of hard work on the GRuB (Garden-Raised Bounty) farm in Olympia, and you probably won't hear an answer about agriculture or plant science....
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Olympia garden program raises food, self-esteem 23.5.2011 Seattle Times: Top stories
Ask youths what they've learned after a year of hard work on the GRuB (Garden-Raised Bounty) farm in Olympia, and you probably won't hear an answer about agriculture or plant science.
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Building Food Policies 'From Neighborhood to Nation' 23.5.2011 Commondreams.org Views

This past weekend over 600 policy wonks, city officials, public health advocates, food policy council members, good food advocates, community gardeners and other interested parties gathered in Portland for the first-ever national conference on local and state food policy, hosted by the Community Food Security Coalition.

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Free Tomato Give-Away to Get Growing 23.5.2011 TreeHugger
Free Tomato Give-Away to Get Growing
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China and South Korea leaders visit Fukushima in show of support 21.5.2011 Chicago Tribune: Nation
China and South Korea leaders visit Fukushima in show of support
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Fish delicacy Thai villagers relish can be deadly 21.5.2011 Seattle Times: Health
The villagers in this poverty-stricken farming community are passionate about their food, especially the traditional varieties of fermented fish that one fan describes as tasting like heaven but smelling like hell.
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Ivory Coast humanitarian response woefully underfunded 21.5.2011 Press releases
On the day Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara is officially inaugurated in front of heads of state from around the world, more than 300,000 people remain displaced from their homes within the country and in neighboring Liberia, and they are in dire need of assistance. $200m funding gap remains for humanitarian crisis following months of conflict, says Oxfam On the day Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara is officially inaugurated in front of Many of the people we speak to have spent weeks and months hiding in the forest, surviving on roots, leaves and fruit. Philippe Conraud Oxfam’s Humanitarian Coordinator in Western Africa Notes to Editors More than 135,000 refugees remain in Liberia (UNHCR emergency registered). More than 200,000 people remain homeless in Ivory Coast, a number that is likely to be a significant underestimate as the majority of people are living with local families rather than official sites. The largest displacement ...
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Is Eating Local A Waste Of Time? 21.5.2011 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
It is a veritable maxim of the modern environmental movement: To help heal the planet, eat local. If only it were that simple. A growing...
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Stink bug spread worries growers across nation 20.5.2011 Seattle Times: Local
An insect with a voracious appetite, no domestic natural predators and a taste for everything from apples to lima beans has caused millions of dollars in crop damage and may just be getting started.
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A Modern Take on Czech Cuisine 20.5.2011 Wall St. Journal: Europe
Can Czech chefs operate in the pro leagues? Oldrich Sahajdák is dressing up classic Old World recipes and exporting them to his new restaurant Hospoda in New York.
State rescinds fine against Yakima Valley dairy 20.5.2011 Seattle Times: Local
Washington state has rescinded a fine against a central Washington dairy that it said had applied liquid manure that resulted in runoff to the Yakima River.
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Living Buildings, Living Economies, and a Living Future 19.5.2011 Commondreams.org Views
David Korten

At a recent conference, I saw the potential for blending two of the most exciting emerging movements of our time—the living building and the living economies movements.

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Utah activists protest budget-balancing constitutional amendment 19.5.2011 Salt Lake Tribune
By Patty Henetz The Salt Lake Tribune Published May 19, 2011 10:11AM MDT Community activists rallied in the rain Thursday to protest a constitutional amendment proposed by Utah’s two U.S. senators that could roll back or even phase out Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security as a way to reduce federal spending and balance the budget. The Anti-Hunger Action Committee, Coalition of Religious Communities, Disabled Rights Action Committee, Homeless Opportunity and Rights Network and individuals who depend on Medicare or Medicaid organized the Salt Lake City demonstration ... ...
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Education seen as key community-builder in WVC 19.5.2011 Salt Lake Tribune
By Cathy McKitrick The Salt Lake Tribune Published May 18, 2011 01:06PM MDT West Valley City • While diverse in background, leaders in this west-side city stand united in the belief that communities fare better when kids stay in school, get educated and gain access to viable careers. Mayor Mike Winder met with political, ethnic, religious, business and education leaders May 12 to brainstorm ways to enhance life in a city that often gets disrespected by outsiders. “People forget how big we are,” Winder said of the estimated 130,000 people who reside in West Valley City. ... ...
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Peasant women learn to fight for their land rights in Honduras 18.5.2011 Grassroots International

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Restoring the World's Forests While Feeding the Poor 18.5.2011 Commondreams.org Views

"We are one shock away from a full-blown crisis," stated Robert Zoellick, the president of the World Bank, at a recent meeting of the bank and the IMF. He was referring to a critical increase in poverty, resulting from the escalating cost of food. The UN's food price index has risen 37% since March 2010. Basic cereal prices are up 60% over this period.

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Restoring the world's forests while feeding the poor 18.5.2011 WRI Stories
Trees are being cut down for farming, but a new study shows that a lot of land already cleared could be used instead. This piece originally appeared in The Guardian . “We are one shock away from a full-blown crisis,” stated Robert Zoellick, the president of the World Bank, at a recent meeting of the bank and the IMF. He was referring to a critical increase in poverty, resulting from the escalating cost of food. The UN’s food price index has risen 37% since March 2010. Basic cereal prices are up 60% over this period. Wheat is up 63%, and maize 83%. Roughly 1 million people slide into extreme poverty for each 1% rise in global food prices, the bank’s analysts calculate. Availability of land for farming is a key factor in long-term food supply and prices. As the human population expands, the remaining forests, wetlands and other fragile ecosystems will come under greater threat as farmers push further into the frontiers of the Amazon, Borneo and the Congo, as well as ...
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P.M. Bay Area Buzz: Parents mourn death of Santa Clara street race victim; Police in North Bay step up ticket enforcement 18.5.2011 San Jose Mercury News: Breaking News
Other hot stories around the Bay Area include Oakland school markets bring food to the deprived
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Fast-food industry is quietly defeating Happy Meal bans 18.5.2011 LA Times: Top News
Working under the radar, restaurant lobbyists have persuaded state lawmakers in Florida and Arizona to ban local governments from outlawing giveaways of toys with high-calorie children's meals. A proposed ban in Nebraska died before its first hearing.

The restaurant industry is quietly — and successfully — fighting back against the enactment of so-called Happy Meal bans, which forbid restaurants like McDonald's to hand out toys with children's meals that are high in calories.


Coast Guard reopens Mississippi River to cargo traffic - msnbc.com 18.5.2011 cargo - Google News
Coast Guard reopens Mississippi River to cargo traffic msnbc.com The Coast Guard reopened the swollen Mississippi River north of New Orleans on Tuesday, allowing cargo vessels on the nation's busiest waterway to pass one-by-one in the latest effort to reduce pressure from rising floodwaters. ... Part of Mississippi closes to cargo ships Newsday (subscription) Mississippi port closed to shipping traffic MarketWatch Cost of closing the Mississippi: $295 million per day Public Radio International PRI WQAD all 6,087 news ...
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