Sustainable Agriculture

Soil and Food, Post Election

November 13, 20120 Comments

On this day, November seventh, 2012, we know who our president and political leaders will be in America for the next four years. We know that we will have the same cast of characters that we’ve had since the last election two years ago plus and minus a few faces and we know that Californians’ [...]

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Farmers and Seed Distributors Defend Right to Protect Themselves From Monsanto Patents

August 29, 20113 Comments

New York – August 11, 2011 The eighty-three family farmers, small and family owned seed businesses, and agricultural organizations challenging Monsanto’s patents on genetically modified seed filed papers in federal court today defending their right to seek legal protection from the threat of being sued by Monsanto for patent infringement should they ever become contaminated [...]

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Whole Paycheck and Organic Food Deserts: The Challenge

August 4, 20111 Comment

By Ronnie Cummins Organic Consumers Association, Aug 4, 2011 After decades of grassroots public education, battles to safeguard standards, and hard work, organic food and farming has become the fastest growing sector of U.S. agriculture. Organics have surged in popularity to become a $30 billion dollar industry in the United States, representing approximately four percent [...]

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Becoming Soil Conscious by Deborah Koons Garcia

June 28, 20112 Comments

Becoming Soil Conscious This fall I will be completing my new feature length documentary, Symphony of the Soil. Along with this exploration of soil, I am creating several short films, Sonatas of the Soil, each of which goes deeply into one soil-related topic like dry farming grapes, as is depicted in Portrait of a Winemaker: [...]

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Conference Asks What the Future of Food Should Look Like

May 16, 20110 Comments

Article on the Future of Food conference

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WHAT DOES THE U.S. CHAMBER OF COMMERCE HAVE TO DO WITH CLIMATE CHANGE?The Chamber is controlled by Big Polluters, poisons politics with its dirty money and opposes every single effort to curb climate pollution.

February 24, 20110 Comments

From Bill McKibbon:  Together we’ve accomplished an awful lot in the last two years—we’ve built the first mass movement around climate change, with thousands of rallies around the country and around the world. We’ve put the basic science out where it can’t be ignored, and built a coalition of poor and affluent people around the [...]

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For once, developments in Washington could make things better on the farm

February 24, 20110 Comments

I write on Grist about my small farm, but my day job is different. I’m an organizer for the Nebraska-based Center for Rural Affairs (CFRA). One of the things we do at CFRA is try to tweak federal farm policies in ways that help rural farm communities thrive. And this past week, I’ve been thinking a [...]

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Researcher: Roundup or Roundup-Ready Crops May Be Causing Animal Miscarriages and Infertility

February 24, 20110 Comments

One of the nation’s senior soil scientists alerted the federal government to a newly discovered organism that may have the potential to cause infertility and spontaneous abortion in farm animals, raising significant concerns about human health.  Dr. Don Huber, professor emeritus at Purdue University, believes the appearance and prevalence of the unnamed organism may be related [...]

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Over 9,900 Upset Consumers Tell Fair Trade Certifier ‘No Thanks’ on Name Change

February 23, 20110 Comments

WASHINGTON, DC – North America’s largest consumer advocacy organization, the Organic Consumers Association (OCA), which represents over 850,000 consumers, announced last month a new campaign to oppose the name change of the fair trade certifier TransFair USA to “Fair Trade USA”. TransFair has applied for the new name to be trademarked, along with the term [...]

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Organic Seed Alliance Publishes State of Organic Seed

February 22, 20110 Comments

Organic Seed Alliance (OSA) released an extensive report last weekend at the Organicology conference in Portland, Oregon, that serves as the first comprehensive analysis of the challenges and opportunities in building the organic seed sector. The report, titled State of Organic Seed: Advancing the Viability and Integrity of Organic Seed Systems, is an ongoing project [...]

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