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28 Must-Read Books That Will Forever Change How You See the World 25.11.2010 AlterNet
Now if all these books were printed on tree-free paper with soy-based ink, we'd be another step towards true sustainability. Otherwise, the audio or e-book will suffice.
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How Our Dependence on Cheap Meat Is Helping to Destroy the Fabric of the Country 24.11.2010 AlterNet
As family farms and ranches fail, consumers suffer, too.
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D.C. mayor axes healthier school food 24.11.2010 Grist Magazine
by Ed Bruske. When times get tough, the first thing to go, apparently, is better school food. D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty, attempting to close a $188 million gap in the city’s budget, has proposed eliminating funds that had been designated for better school meals as part of a “Healthy Schools” initiative approved earlier this year, which I reported on here . The budget measure would halt payment of some $4.6 million that was to pay an extra 10 cents for every breakfast served in D.C. public schools, an extra 10 cents for every lunch, and 5 cents for every lunch meal that contained a locally grown component. The legislation, which was months in the making and funded only after a dramatic controversy over a proposed “soda tax,” had placed the District of Columbia in the forefront of local jurisdictions attempting to improve the quality of meals children eat at school. The extra funding, in addition to some $7 million in deficit spending the schools currently ...
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Grist readers and staff share their renegade Thanksgiving plans 24.11.2010 From A to Green
by Grist. Are you tired of the same old, same old when it comes to Thanksgiving? We are. Last week Grist General Manager Rebecca Farwell complained that “Thanksgiving without deviation ad infinitum is ad nauseum, and just plain tragic,” and plotted to add blue cheese to her mashed potatoes and swap pumpkin risotto for pie. We asked readers and the Grist staff to tell us what deviant dishes they were planning this holiday. P.S. This time , meat-eaters and vegetarians—can we try to dine together without holding a fork to each others’ throats? Kaela Porter, Grist reader and local-foods blogger Like Rebecca’s , my husband is requiring standard turkey gravy (blecch), basic mashed sweet potatoes (at least I put the kibosh on mini-marshmallows), and stuffing (I asked him if he wanted stuffing and he replied, “Do I breathe air?”) on our Thanksgiving table. Of course, since I am the head chef, so to speak, I get to include some of my requirements as ...
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ACTION ALERT: Factory Farm Vegetable Lobbyists Go After Organic/Local Growers in Food Safety Debate 24.11.2010 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines

Agribusiness Shows Its True Colors! Even though an agreement was reached on the Tester-Hagan amendment last week, by the leadership in the Senate, this issue in the food safety bill is still not over! The Tester-Hagan amendment would exempt smaller, organic and local growers from expensive regulatory burdens.

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Steamboat chefs give Thankgiving dinner tips 24.11.2010 Steamboat Pilot
The turkeys at the grocery store? They probably weren’t raised in Routt County. Same goes for the hams. Even with the limitations imposed by the locale, local business owners and chefs said there are ways to bring the meal home.
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China cracks down on speculators to cool prices 24.11.2010 Seattle Times: Business & Technology
China's government is widening its anti-inflation campaign, Wednesday ordering a crackdown on speculators it accuses of illegally pushing up commodity prices.
Steamboat Briefs: Last day for coats is today at the LIFT-UP Food Bank 24.11.2010 Steamboat Pilot
Clean, warm, free winter coats are available today to anyone who needs a coat — one per person — from 1 to 5 p.m. at the LIFT-UP Food Bank. The Food Bank is at the Lufkin Lift-Up Center, 2125 Curve Court, just down the street from Cook Chevrolet. Call 970-870-8804.
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10 Tips for a Sustainable Thanksgiving 24.11.2010 AlterNet
How to make your Thanksgiving meal an opportunity to support sustainable agriculture, reduce your water use and go on a low carb(on) diet.
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We Can't Afford Cheap Meat Anymore 24.11.2010 AlterNet
As family farms and ranches fail, consumers suffer, too.
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Your guide to a local-food Thanksgiving 24.11.2010 Minnesota Public Radio: News
A list of co-ops, local farms and grocers where you can find local ingredients for your Thanksgiving meal.
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How Wal-Mart, Google and Other Corporate Giants Are Trying to Trick Progressive Consumers 23.11.2010 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines

The signature phrase of America's booming good food movement has been expanded from "organic" to "local and sustainable."

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Rosemary Ahtuangaruak: Shell's Arctic Drilling Will Destroy Our Homeland and Culture 23.11.2010 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Inupiat communities across the Arctic coast of Alaska primarily depend on Bowhead whales for subsistence food. Shell's proposals to drill for oil and gas in the Chukchi and Beaufort Sea are detrimental to that tradition.
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New York City Gets Serious About Local, Sustainable Food 23.11.2010 TreeHugger
New York City Gets Serious About Local, Sustainable Food
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Shell’s Arctic Drilling Will Destroy Our Homeland and Culture 23.11.2010 Common Dreams: Views
by Rosemary Ahtuangaruak
This week families across the country will be celebrating Thanksgiving-sharing food and telling stories. Here is my story about our food and culture that would be destroyed if Shell Oil gets the permit to drill for oil in our homeland-the Beaufort and Chukchi Seas.

Since 1986 I lived in Nuiqsut, an Inupiat community on the Beaufort Sea coast of Arctic Alaska. In 1991, I graduated from the University of Washington Medex Northwest Physician Assistant program and was employed as a health aide in Nuiqsut for 14 years.

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10 Tips for a Sustainable Thanksgiving 23.11.2010 Common Dreams: Views
by Sarah Newman

Since I started this holiday tips tradition a few years ago, the sustainable food movement continues to transform fields of corn, soy and CAFOs to more verdant, bountiful lands filled with organic produce, heirloom greens and pasture-raised livestock. Countless more school and community gardens have sprouted up.

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A mostly vegetarian school gets bloody over turkeys 23.11.2010 From A to Green
by Meghan Lundy-Jones. “She’s a killer,” I tell my eighth-grade student’s family. “Yeah, it’s been a hard thing for us to deal with,” her uncle says. “Some of the family are vegetarians, while others of us are farmers ... it’s been a real controversy.” We’ve just finished eating turkeys at our annual Thanksgiving Celebration that his niece helped raise and slaughter during her time here as a student at the Arthur Morgan School , a boarding and day school for 7th to 9th graders in Western North Carolina. His niece is from Detroit, where slaughtering turkeys for Thanksgiving dinner is unheard of, yet she leapt at the opportunity to do so when given the chance. I’m not surprised there was controversy in her family about it, as there has been controversy in our community over killing animals for some time. Earth Quakers Arthur Morgan School has existed since 1962, as a peace-loving, consensus decision-making, ...
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Submissions: Crowdsourced Cookbook, Fall Edition 23.11.2010 GOOD
GOOD is compiling a four-season cookbook, and we're crowdsourcing the recipes from our community of readers. The first chapter of the cookbook is fall. Browse the slideshow above to check out our readers' submissions, from molasses cookies to roasted Brussels sprouts. Check back next week when we reveal the Editor's Choice. The chosen submission will win a free subscription to GOOD Magazine and a GOOD T-shirt. And in January, we plan to do the whole thing again with winter recipes. Thanks again to everyone who submitted! The recipes sound delicious and the photos are great. Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Danish Bleu Cheese by William Magdziarz Ingredients: Brussels sprouts Bleu cheese Shallots Salt Oil Directions: 1. Trim, rinse and halve sprouts. 2. In an oven-proof pan sauté a couple of minced shallots in oil until soft. 3. Add the Brussels sprouts and some salt and sauté for a few minutes more. 4. Put in 425° oven and wait 25 ...
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Turkeys needed to feed the hungry 23.11.2010 San Jose Mercury News: Breaking News
Only 1,800 turkeys had been donated as of Monday. That's a lot of meat, but not enough to feed the 4,000 pre-screened families who signed up last month for them.
Dar Williams: An Open Invitation to the Tea Party 23.11.2010 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
I don't want to scrap what you might call big government. I distrust big business more than big government. But often enough the two entities have been bedfellows with silk sheets and matching toothbrushes, so I'm willing to meet you halfway.
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