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80% of chickens in local grocery stores test positive for pathogens 20.4.2011 Seattle Times: Top stories
Eighty percent of raw chickens from Seattle-area grocery stores were contaminated with at least one type of pathogenic bacteria — - mostly salmonella and campylobacter — according to tests commissioned by a Seattle law firm.
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Agriculture: The Unlikely Earth Day Hero 19.4.2011 Worldwatch Institute
This Earth Day, Worldwatch Institute"s Nourishing the Planet team recommends 15 ways that agriculture can address environmental challenges while also alleviating hunger, reducing malnutrition, and lifting people out of poverty. April 18, 2011 Washington, D.C. —Rising temperatures, erratic weather, population growth, and scarce water resources—along with growing civil unrest and skyrocketing food prices—are putting unprecedented stress on people and the planet. For over 40 years, Earth Day has served as a call to action, mobilizing individuals and organizations around the world to address these challenges. This year, Worldwatch Institute"s Nourishing the Planet project ( www.NourishingthePlanet.org ) highlights agriculture—often blamed as a driver of environmental problems—as an emerging solution. Agriculture is a source of food and income for the world"s poor and a primary engine for economic growth. It also offers untapped potential for ...
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Action Alert: Texas Raw Milk and Local Foods Bills go to Hearing Wednesday 19.4.2011 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines

Action alert: Raw Milk and Local Foods Bills go to hearing. The House Public Health Committee will hear the raw milk bill, cottage foods bill, and local foods omnibus bill on Wednesday, April 20.

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Agricultural Land Grabs Threaten Local Property Rights and Sustainable Development 19.4.2011 WRI Stories
With large-scale agricultural investments on the rise, the rights of local people must be protected. Large-scale land acquisitions for agricultural use by both local and foreign commercial entities – often dubbed “ land grabs ” - are on the rise worldwide. Often touted as a form of economic development, these investments could have profound negative effects on the environment and rural livelihoods if transactions go through without the meaningful participation of affected peoples and due consideration for the many benefits they derive from nature. Land provides the very platform on which sustainable lives and livelihoods are built. As a result, the land on which people build their homes and organize their communities is directly linked to their quality of life. Seventy-five percent of the world’s poor live in rural areas, and a majority of rural livelihoods depend primarily on natural resources to provide food, fresh water, and a healthy environment, among other benefits. Reliable access to ...
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Haiti – Seeding Reconstruction or Destruction? 18.4.2011 Commondreams.org Newswire

The distribution of tens of thousands of tons of tools, seeds and plant cuttings to some 400,000 Haitian farming families (perhaps one-third of the country’s farming population) may look good in annual reports, but behind the glossy headlines and photos, foreign humanitarian organizations and companies like Monsanto may be seeding dependency, and much worse...

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Agriculture: The Unlikely Earth Day Hero 18.4.2011 Commondreams.org Newswire

Rising temperatures, erratic weather, population growth, and scarce water resources - along with growing civil unrest and skyrocketing food prices - are putting unprecedented stress on people and the planet. For over 40 years, Earth Day has served as a call to action, mobilizing individuals and organizations around the world to address these challenges.

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At War: One Soldier's Experience With One Nation Under Contract 18.4.2011 NY Times: Middle East
Maybe we don't fight for contractors in the same way that we fight for the men in our battalions, but we certainly couldn't fight without them.

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It's Time to Outlaw Land Grabbing, Not to Make It "Responsible"! 18.4.2011 Commondreams.org Views

On 18-20 April 2011, a gathering of some 200 farmland investors, government officials and international civil servants will meet at the World Bank headquarters in Washington DC to discuss how to operationalise "responsible" large-scale land acquisitions. Over in Rome, the Committee on World Food Security, housed at the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation, is about to start a process of consultation on principles to regulate such deals.

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A warm welcome: Ask Umbra on green housewarming gifts 18.4.2011 Grist Magazine
by Ask Umbra. Send your question to Umbra! Q. Dear Umbra, A friend has finally been able to buy a home in Florida, and I want to send a gift card.  I know she will have plenty of occasions to patronize the big chain hardware stores, but I am wondering whether there is a green alternative—either a chain that might have a brick-and-mortar store nearby, or a versatile general-purpose online vendor of things that will help make her infrastructure more sustainable? Deborah Roher New Bedford, Mass. A. Dearest Deborah, A considerate friend, you are. A less-thoughtful (and less eco-conscious) pal would poke a few holes in a refrigerator box and send her self to Florida for an impromptu, vitamin D-filled vacation. In a perfect world, you could enact one of the three R’s—reuse—and send her something she needed that you don’t, like your old toolkit or picture-hanging supplies. While still incurring wrath from the eco-gods for the CO2 associated with ...
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Boy, 6, crashes van, says he was hungry and going to buy food 18.4.2011 Seattle Times: Local
Oregon State Police say a 6-year-old told authorities after he crashed his mother's minivan in the Klamath Falls area that he had left his home hungry and wanted to go buy food.
Next stop: Fresh produce 18.4.2011 Chicago Tribune: Popular
Next stop: Fresh produce
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Volunteers/Donations Needed, 4/17 17.4.2011 Denver Post: News: Local

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What Bean-Counting 'Contrarians' Miss About the Local-Food Movement 16.4.2011 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines

Roughly 10 years ago, the long history of alternative agriculture entered a new phase. Sometime between the founding of Slow Food in 1986 and the publication of The Omnivore's Dilemma in 2006, what might be called the "local food movement" took shape.

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Steamboat Wellness Clinic aims to jump-start healthy lifestyles 16.4.2011 Steamboat Pilot
Wellness Clinic workshops in Hayden are sponsored by Pediatrics of Steamboat Springs and began about a month ago when Dr. Sheila Fountain began to notice that youths with health problems such as obesity and diabetes weren’t getting the treatment they needed from doctor visits alone.
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Food nurtures a community 16.4.2011 LA Times: Top News
Two men in Pasadena feed the needy and build a strong bond

There's a sign-in sheet at the door, with a note asking everyone to "Please limit yourself to one plate." But nobody seems to be keeping track.


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Nonprofits will struggle to absorb United Way cuts 16.4.2011 Salt Lake Tribune
By heather may The Salt Lake Tribune Published Apr 15, 2011 06:14PM MDT Nonprofits that have relied on United Way funding to support their work are reeling from the group’s decision to change how it funds community groups. They are looking at cutting staff and services after United Way of Salt Lake axed contributions completely or by more than half. “We were quite saddened to hear we weren’t going to receive any funding at all. That’s going to be quite a hit,” said Erin Trenbeath-Murray, director of Salt Lake Head Start. The group, which provides early childhood de... ...
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Michael C. Moynihan: A Whole Foods Fight in Boston 16.4.2011 Wall St. Journal: Opinion
Grad students and hipsters protest the organic market, but many Latino residents are happy about the new shopping option and the jobs.
The food movement’s multiple-personality disorder: Let’s move beyond foodies and localists 16.4.2011 Gristmill
by Bob Comis. The food movement has a case of multiple-personality disorder. One of its personalities is the foodie, who approaches the movement as a vehicle to increase sensual-aesthetic pleasure. Another of its personalities is the localizer, who views the movement through the lens of the foodshed radius and food miles. Another is small-is-beautiful—small farms, small artisan processors, small distributors. Two more of its personalities are the food-justice advocate and the broadener, who want the movement to expand to a robust, durable, fair, and deeply embedded system that really  challenges the stranglehold that the industrial food system has on us. If you look at the literature, the news media, the blogosphere, Twitterdom, and Facebookland, you’ll find that foodie-ism, local-ism, and small-ism are the dominant personalities, with a smattering of food justice and broad-ism here and there. You’ll find plenty of foodies slobbering over whipped  Mangalitsa ...
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Mpls. passes plan to expand urban farming 16.4.2011 Minnesota Public Radio: Business
A plan to expand urban farming in Minneapolis received final approval from the city council and Mayor R.T. Rybak on Friday.
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Food Waste Diversion to Smarter Transportation: EPA Awards 22 "Climate Showcase Communities" 16.4.2011 TreeHugger
Food Waste Diversion to Smarter Transportation: EPA Awards 22 "Climate Showcase Communities"
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