On December 31 2020, the newsrack service will be shut down permanently.

It has been a nice long run from the Sarai days in 2004 to being hosted on its own domain around 2006. Beside maintenance, there has been no real active development on the code or the features since early 2008. Since 2015, even all that maintenance was pretty bare bones. A lot of news sources no longer provide reliable RSS feeds and since mid 2018, there were growing issues with the service and I only kept it alive to assist a handful of users.

So, it is time to shut this down. The internet world in 2020 is vastly differently from 2003 when I first conceptualized this service. Thanks for using this all these years.

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Opinion: Food Security Can Bring Peace – but Agroecology Makes It Last 5.11.2020 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines

Amrita Gupta is the communications lead for the Agroecology Fund and Daniel Moss is its executive director. Anna Lappé directs the food and democracy program of the Panta Rhea Foundation and is a member of the fund.

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America is hungrier than ever for sustainable food systems. Can we build them?   2.11.2020 GreenBiz.com
America is hungrier than ever for sustainable food systems. Can we build them?   Carol J. Clouse Mon, 11/02/2020 - 01:30 In the spring of 2020, many small farms across the U.S. found themselves in a bittersweet predicament. Restrictions aimed at slowing the spread of the coronavirus were forcing restaurants — major buyers for the local farms that serve urban areas — to shut down. The loss of these key customers might have wiped out many of these local growers, if not for another COVID-19-induced phenomenon: individual shoppers started calling — and calling — and calling. "The farms we work with are seeing a huge spike in demand [for direct sales]," Dan Miller, CEO and founder of the crowdfunding platform Steward , told me when we spoke by phone in early April. "But now they have to quickly switch their businesses to meet that demand." So Miller, who launched the platform in the fall of 2019 to provide funding to small, sustainably run farms — operations often underserved by traditional finance — soon ...
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ct-biz-village-farmstand-photos 26.10.2020 Chicago Tribune: Business
Village Farmstand helps farmers sort and package their goods for consumers. It operates an online store selling seasonal produce, pasture-raised meat, dairy and other good from regenerative farms and a pickup location in Evanston. And it recently launched home delivery.
Farm-fresh produce delivered to your door? Because of COVID-19, a growing number of services are offering just that. 26.10.2020 Chicago Tribune: Business
The pandemic-driven decline in dining out has had a silver lining for home cooks: The high-quality produce and meats typically destined for restaurants are finding their way to people’s kitchen tables. Fresh Midwest, owned by one of Chicago’s top restaurant produce distributors, will home-deliver fresh meat, produce and other goods.
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The Pandemic Has Given Organics a Big Boost—but Most Profits Aren’t Flowing To Small Producers 24.10.2020 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines

When COVID-19 forced communications consultant Kyle Freund and his wife to work from home this spring, the Madison, Wisconsin couple and their 5-year-old daughter began seeking out organic produce from small local farms. They stopped patronizing large supermarkets, shopped only at the co-op, and subscribed to a community supported agriculture (CSA) program through a nearby farm.

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Fall into the autumn spirit with 2 seasonal — and socially distanced — October food festivals in Chicago 25.9.2020 Chicago Tribune: Popular
Two in-person fall festivals are still on the schedule for you to celebrate autumn in the West Loop and Lincoln Square neighborhoods of Chicago.
Rural Women Must Be at the Heart of COVID-19 Response and Recovery 21.9.2020 WRI Stories
Rural Women Must Be at the Heart of COVID-19 Response and Recovery Comments|Add Comment|PrintManioc farmer in Lukolela, Democratic Republic of Congo. Photo by Ollivier Girard/CIFOR COVID-19 continues to sweep across the world, and has now spread from the developed world to the global South.  With rural populations making up three-quarters of the world’s poor, the impact of the pandemic will inevitably be most devastating in developing nations.   Emerging evidence from this pandemic and... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ...
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Organic Farms Adapting During COVID-19 17.9.2020 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines

Despite much uncertainty and upheaval of our economy during the 2020 outbreak, many organic farms have been bright spots of the COVID-19 economy. With consumers now having 100% control over their food dollars, we have seen nationwide increase in organic sales.  An increase of home cooking has mirrored an increase in purchase of organic whole foods.

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Early September frost jeopardized a peak month for Front Range farmers. Here’s how you can help. 15.9.2020 Denver Post: News: Local
At local farms, crews scrambled to collect all of the tomatoes, peppers and more, a month ahead of schedule.
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Stop Eating Pesticides: Which Produce Should You Pick? 2.9.2020 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines

Sinking your teeth into a crisp apple or chomping on a stalk of celery is something you should be able to do without thinking. After all, the best nutritional science shows that eating a variety of fruits and vegetables—and plenty of them—is a crucial component of good health. But produce sometimes comes with potentially harmful pesticide levels.

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There's a big appetite for farm-to-consumer shopping 21.8.2020 Energy & Climate | Greenbiz.com
There's a big appetite for farm-to-consumer shopping Jim Giles Fri, 08/21/2020 - 01:45 Avrom Farm sits in the hills above Green Lake in central Wisconsin. With 5,000 chickens, 200 pigs and six acres of vegetables, it’s a minnow in an industry dominated by an increasingly small number of producers and processors.  In March, a stay-at-home order hit the region. In just a week, the restaurants the farm sold to shut up shop, and local farmers’ markets closed. That might have been the end for Avrom. But then something interesting happened. Owner Hayden Holbert cleared space in a corner of his barn and created a tiny fulfillment center, the back-end operation for an online store and delivery service that he had quickly set up. Then he added products from nearby farms to the site.  Soon his digital business outgrew the barn and had to be moved into a newly constructed hoop house. In a few weeks, business online had pretty much compensated for the losses from restaurants and markets. Now Holbert is raising money ...
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The eternal question of summer: How do you pick a good watermelon? 14.8.2020 L.A. Times - Food & Dining

If you've ever bought a watermelon, you've wrestled with the question: How do you pick a good one?

Why you should be pickling 13.8.2020 L.A. Times - Food & Dining

Why people are pickling.

L.A. chefs share tips for how to pickle like a pro 11.8.2020 L.A. Times - Food & Dining

Pickle tips from Porridge + Puffs chef Minh Phan, Birdie G's chef Jeremy Fox, pickle workshop instructor Jessica Wang and Dr. Arielle Johnson.

The Coronavirus Is Bringing Back Aztec-Era “Floating Gardens” 4.7.2020 Mother Jones
This piece was originally published in Atlas Obscura and appears here as part of our Climate Desk Partnership. In the south of Mexico City, about 100 miles of murky canals wind their way through the Xochimilco neighborhood. Here, the urban sprawl of one of the world’s densest cities yields to a lake region where indigenous farmers […]
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As Food Supply Chain Breaks Down, Farm-To-Door CSAs Take Off 16.6.2020 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines

While some American farmers have been forced to dump milk or plow under crops due to loss of markets during the COVID-19 pandemic, farmers of community supported agriculture (CSA) programs are thriving.

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Nearly a Third of Small, Independent Farmers Are Facing Bankruptcy by the End of 2020, New Survey Says 30.5.2020 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines

It seems an oasis of good news in a desert of bad: Small farmers who saw restaurant sales evaporate and farmers’ market sales erode, in the wake of Covid-19, have found alternative ways to sell produce. They contribute to boxes sold by shuttered restaurants, sell their own boxes out of their trucks, even offer delivery. And they’re selling retail, not wholesale, so the money’s good.

COVID-19 Sparks a Rebirth of the Local Farm Movement 30.5.2020 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines

“I’m trying to connect our network with the people who would like to have that food in their home,” she said on Michael Dimock’s podcast, Flipping the Table, on March 26. “We can sort of skip the restaurant for now. … We could help people do the cooking in their own kitchen.”

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Where to shop during the meat shortage, from wholesalers to farms to barbecue joints 7.5.2020 Chicago Tribune: Popular
Meat shortages have been reported, but you can still find deals on steakhouse rieyes and artisan sausages if you know where to shop
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Local: A glimmer of hope for a post-pandemic world 5.5.2020 Small Business | GreenBiz.com
Local food, manufacturing and retail could see a revival as we strive for community resilience in the new normal.
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