How a Virginia Nonprofit Is Helping Veterans Launch Careers in Farming...

Apr 27, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Food The innovative program tackles two issues: the aging population of farmers and military veterans looking for new careers. By Lani Furbank / Food Tank  VIA ALTERNET Old farmer displays his American pride by holding the U.S. flag Photo Credit: Brocreative/Shutterstock A nonprofit organization in Virginia has designed a potentially beneficial solution to two looming social issues in American society: the aging population of farmers and military veterans looking for new careers. The Arcadia Center for Sustainable Food and Agriculture’s Veteran Farmer Program aims to develop a new cohort of farmers by providing opportunities and support to veterans. The Center excels at community-focused programming that provides access to healthy food and establishes connections between local farms and consumers in the D.C. metro area. These programs include a Mobile Market that distributes produce to underserved communities and...

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KANSAS GOVERNOR JUSTIFIED KICKING 15,000 PEOPLE OFF FOOD STAMPS...

Apr 25, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] by Alan Pyke THINK PROGRESS CREDIT: AP Photo/John Hanna) Gov. Sam Brownback (R-KS)   For over five years now, Kansas has served as an economic policy experiment for anti-tax, small-government conservatives. Their lab work is costing the state hundreds of millions of dollars, crippling public service budgets, and making life harder for low-income families without reducing the state’s poverty rate at all. With his political star beginning to tarnish, Gov. Sam Brownback (R) came to Washington on Wednesday to discuss his poverty policies at the conservative American Enterprise Institute. At one point, the embattled governor justified his policy of forcing people off of food stamps if they can’t find a job by likening low-income and jobless people to lazy college students. The event was convened around a policy he pioneered: Reinstating a rigid...

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The Creepy Way Processed Food Packaging Messes With Your Hormones...

Apr 24, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] A new study shows common plastic packaging steeps food in industrial chemicals. By April M. Short / AlterNet As if it weren’t already enough of a headache to find non-toxic, safe and healthy food to eat, a recent study published in the journal Environmental Health Perspective reveals that the packaging used to contain certain food products can impact your hormones. Researchers for the study found that people who eat more fast food have significantly increased rates of phthalates—industrial chemicals used to make plastics—in their systems. The study authors attribute the trend to those chemicals seeping from plastic packaging into foods. The study asked 8,877 participants in the National Health and Nutrition Examinations Surveys between 2003 and 2010 to report all the food they had eaten within last 24 hours. Participants also donated a urine sample...

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CLIMATE CHANGE MAY TURN CROPS INTO JUNK FOOD...

Apr 19, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] TAKE PART DAILY   Tove Danovich is a journalist based in New York City. Rising CO2 levels will make plants produce more carbohydrates and fewer nutrients and protein. (Photos: Neil Howard/Flickr; Lew Robertson/Getty Images)   Plants love carbon dioxide. Higher levels of CO2 in the air increase the rate of photosynthesis—it’s why planting more trees helps to clean the air, after all. For a time, that love had some scientists convinced that the world’s greenery could keep CO2 levels in the atmosphere in check—but research has now shown not only that plants alone can’t halt the rise of CO2 but that the increase will make food crops less healthy for human consumption. According to one new study, higher carbon dioxide levels could turn healthy fruits and veggies into junk food. According to a report...

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INTENSE FARMING PRACTICES CAN HELP SAVE WILDLIFE...

Apr 16, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] TAKE PART DAILY Human population growth means we need to farm more efficiently so we don’t plow what’s left of the world’s natural habitat. (Photo: Chris Winsor/Getty Images) Richard Conniff is the author of House of Lost Worlds: Dinosaurs, Dynasties, and the Story of Life on Earth, and other books.   You probably don’t think agricultural intensification could ever be a good thing. And you certainly wouldn’t expect an argument for more of it in a column about wildlife. But here’s the deal: If we don’t figure out how to grow more food on less land, we’re going to have to plow under what little remains of the natural world and turn it into farmland. And we have to figure it out fast, because there are going to be 10 billion people to...

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WASTED FOOD LAYS A HEAVY BURDEN ON THE CLIMATE...

Apr 13, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] TRUTHDIG  Tim Radford     About one-third of all food produced never reaches a plate. (Taz via Flickr) This Creative Commons licensed piece first appeared at Climate News Network. LONDON—By mid-century, an estimated one-tenth of all greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture could be traced back to food waste, according to new research. Human use and misuse of land accounts for up to a quarter of all greenhouse gas emissions, and farming directly contributes at least 10%, and perhaps twice as much. Yet roughly one-third of all food produced never makes it to the plate. “Reducing food waste can contribute to fighting hunger, but to some extent also prevent climate impacts like more intense weather extremes and sea-level rise,” says lead author Ceren Hic, a scientific assistant at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact...

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Meet Monsanto’s Evil Twin, an Industry That Does Major Damage and Gets Shockingly Little Attention...

Apr 13, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Food Chemical fertilizer pollutes the environment, disrupts the climate and damages human and animal health. By Martha Rosenberg, Ronnie Cummins / AlterNet Farmer fertilizing wheat with nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium fertilizer Photo Credit: oticki/Shutterstock What do you know about the worldwide chemical fertilizer industry? If you’re like most people, not much. There’s plenty of press coverage and consumer awareness when it comes to genetically engineered food and crops and the environmental hazards of pesticides and animal drugs. But the fertilizer industry? Not so much, even though it’s the largest segment of corporate agribusiness ($175 billion in annual sales), and a major destructive force in polluting the environment, disrupting the climate and damaging public health. Learning the facts about chemical fertilizers and the companies that produce them will give you yet another reason to boycott...

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Move Over Pesticides: Could Traditional Plants Hold the Secret to Saving Crops From Pests?...

Apr 11, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Environment Researchers are building on age-old practices to reduce food loss in Africa. By Rachel Cernansky / Ensia   VIA ALTERNET BUIKWE REGION, UGANDA – JULY 26: An unidentified farmers working on their fields on July 26, 2004 in Buikwe region, Uganda. People in rural areas of Uganda depend on farming. Photo Credit: Pecold/Shutterstock Without any effort at all, Hawa Saidi Ibura crushes dried beans, one at a time, between her fingers outside her home in Endagaw, a village in northern Tanzania. She’s holding a basket of a type of red bean eaten all over East Africa, but these beans are skeletons of what they once were. She harvested them from her farm less than a year ago, but insects have since ravaged her storage room—eating the nutrition out of the beans and out...

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One-Third of All Food Produced Globally Never Finds Its Way Onto a Plate...

Apr 9, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Food The majority of food waste ends up in landfills where it releases methane, a greenhouse gas 21 times stronger than carbon dioxide, into the atmosphere. By Nicole Mormann / EcoWatch  VIA ALTERNET April 8, 2016 It’s easy not to think about food waste when your rotting tomatoes and days-old casserole dishes are hidden away in the back of the refrigerator—out of sight, out of mind. But when it comes time to clean it out, you have to face a lot of waste food, money and the resources that took to produce it. While food waste has made a rapid rise in terms of public awareness recently, new research suggests that the future effect could end up accelerating climate changeat a worrisome rate in coming years. According to a study released Thursday by Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact...

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We’ve Changed a Life-Giving Nutrient Into a Deadly Pollutant—Can We Change It Back?...

Apr 6, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]   Environment In the process of producing food, we’ve inadvertently filled our planet with toxic forms of nitrogen. By Elizabeth Grossman / Ensia   VIA ALTERNET A lot of dead fish on the beach Photo Credit: Brandon Seidel/Shutterstock Coastal dead zones, global warming, excess algae blooms, acid rain, ocean acidification, smog, impaired drinking water quality, an expanding ozone hole and biodiversity loss. Seemingly diverse problems, but a common thread connects them: human disruption of how a single chemical element, nitrogen, interacts with the environment. Nitrogen is absolutely crucial to life — an indispensable ingredient of DNA, proteins and essentially all living tissue — yet it also can choke the life out of aquatic ecosystems, destroy trees and sicken people when it shows up in excess at the wrong place, at the wrong time, in...

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5 Disturbing Facts Big Food Doesn’t Want You to Know...

Apr 5, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] A few inconvenient truths you might need to know before tucking into that next bite of shrimp, beef or bacon. By Martha Rosenberg / AlterNet April 4, 2016 Photo Credit: Franck Boston / Shutterstock From mercury in tuna and wood pulp in parmesan cheese to ground beef treated with ammonia to retard E. coli (“pink slime”), the press does a good job exposing the dangerous and deceptive practices of Big Food. The problem is, the public forgets about the food risk or contamination, assuming that reform is in the works and that is just fine with Big Food. Often nothing changes. For example, many thought the problem of mercury in tuna had been solved since it has been so widely reported. But Time recently wrote “the latest analysis shows that eating fish the way the...

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GENETICALLY MODIFIED CROPS CAN THRIVE AS THE WORLD WARMS...

Apr 4, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] By Alex Kirby / Climate News Network  VIA TRUTHDIG     Rice harvesting in Indonesia. (Curt Caremark / World Bank via Flickr) This piece first appeared at Climate News Network. LONDON—Genetically engineering photosynthesis in plants could take advantage of rising global temperatures and increased levels of carbon dioxide, US scientists say. They believe this could achieve much higher yields on the same amount of land and help to stave off the prospect of widespread hunger as human populations increase. Researchers at the University of Illinois report in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B on their experiments with an enzyme that can determine the rate of photosynthesis—the way that plants use light to produce oxygen and organic compounds—and a molecule linked to plant growth They say field tests have shown that their...

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Attention Vegans: Your Salad Was Probably Grown With the Blood and Bones of Dead Animals...

Apr 1, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]   Photo Credit: Juan-Calderon/Flickr C If you want to eliminate animal products from your diet, stock-free farmers want your business. By Ari LeVaux / AlterNet Meat lovers will be forgiven if they feel like the wagons are circling around their protein of choice. The raising of animals for food has been implicated in a host of ethical, environmental, humanitarian and animal welfare problems, while eating animals is increasingly blamed for various health problems. Livestock production is widely considered responsible for some 18 percent or more of greenhouse gas emissions. That’s why the United Nations and several countries have formally recommended people eat less meat in order to curb the climate crisis. Meat probably gives you cancer, notes the World Health Organization, and contributes to world hunger, according to hunger advocates who point out...

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THIS PROGRAM WILL MAKE CUTTING CARBON EMISSIONS LUCRATIVE FOR FARMERS...

Mar 30, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Climate by Natasha Geiling CLIMATE PROGRESS CREDIT: Mark Isbell   When Mark Isbell, a third-generation rice farmer in central Arkansas, tallies up his profits for this year, he’ll count a few extra dollars from a unique source: the greenhouse gases that his 3,200-acre farm didn’t emit. Isbell is part of a small group of farmers participating in a new project piloted by the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), in conjunction with the USDA, and approved by the American Carbon Registry. The program encourages rice farmers in California and the Mid-South to adopt a series of greenhouse-gas mitigating practices on their fields by allowing them to cash in on the carbon emissions that they offset using California’s carbon market. “You always have to be looking forward,” Isbell told ThinkProgress. “It seems like this is the...

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THE NETHERLANDS’ NEW DIETARY GUIDELINES TAKE MEAT OFF THE MENU...

Mar 25, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] by Natasha Geiling CREDIT: Shutterstock   The Dutch government has a new message for its residents: when it comes to meat, less is more. This week, the Netherlands Nutrition Centre — a government-funded program that creates dietary guidelines — issued a recommendation that people eat no more than two servings of meat per week. According to National Geographic, it’s the first time that the Nutrition Centre has placed a hard limit on the amount of meat a person should consume. The Centre released its recommendations after nearly five years of studying the health and ecological impacts of an average Dutch diet. The new guidelines recommend that a person should consume no more than 500 grams (or a little over a pound) of meat per week. Of that, no more than 300 grams should...

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Food Companies Plan to Label GMOs—but Is There More to the Story?...

Mar 24, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Companies’ change of heart may mask a larger strategy to pass a rival bill. By Katherine Paul and Ronnie Cummins / AlterNet Photo Credit: Burtmurno/Flickr Creative Commons The world’s largest food corporations have spent hundreds of millions of dollars (some of it illegally) to avoid being required to label the genetically engineered ingredients in their products. But with the July 1 deadline for complying with Vermont’s GMO labeling law on the horizon, a handful of the largest multinational food corporations have announced they will now label GMOs—not solely because they will be forced to, but because as General Mills claims, they believe “you should know what’s in your food and how we make ours.” Have consumers won the GMO labeling battle? Have these food companies that so fiercely fought to keep labels off their products really split...

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THIS IS WHAT CLIMATE CHANGE LOOKS LIKE...

Mar 24, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] By grumpynerd   VIA DAILY KOS   Food rioting in Algeria, 2011. Source:Wikimedia.org It’s important to express solidarity with Belgium at this time of grief and fear, but we have to also start thinking longer term about these kinds of events.  One of the overlooked factors leading to the Paris and Brussels attacks is something we’ll be living with a long time: climate change. We have to start making this point: regional political instability and the resulting export of terrorism are climate change problems. And no doubt we’ll be ridiculed for saying that. “Don’t be ridiculous,” some people will say,”the problem is radical Islam.” Well the Assads have ruled over radical Islamists for decades, and have ruthlessly but successfully put down past Islamist risings.  So what was different about 2011?  This was: Source: USDA Now note that...

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SPRING IS HERE, SO LET’S EAT ALL OF ITS BEST, MOST SUSTAINABLE VEGETABLES...

Mar 23, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Ramps, artichokes, and green garlic are in season, but they aren’t all grown equally. Artichokes. (Photo: Kotomi Creations/Flickr) Mar 23, 2016 Jane Lear is a regular contributor to TakePart. She was on staff at ‘Gourmet’ for almost 20 years.   Longer days and warmer weather mean that early spring greens and other things are starting to appear in the markets and not a moment too soon. Here are a few updates for you. The passion—nope, make that frenzy—this pungent wild allium inspires every year never ceases to amaze. From March through May, ramp festivals will be in full swing in Appalachia and beyond—and many chefs, home cooks, and the foragers they depend upon will do whatever it takes to get their hands on some. In May 2015, I wrote about the abusive overharvesting...

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SEED BANKS ARE SUPPOSED TO ENSURE FOOD SECURITY, BUT THEY’RE MISSING CRUCIAL PIECES...

Mar 23, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] by Natasha Geiling CLIMATE PROGRESS CREDIT: Mari Tefre/ Global Crop Diversity Trust Svalbard Global Seed Vault at night   Seed banks are supposed to be a safeguard against terrible food shocks, a sort of last line of defense if something terrible — a megadrought, a virulent disease, a war — wipes out a staple crop. But a new study found that the banks themselves are missing crucial pieces: crop wild relatives, which contain key genetic diversity that could help domesticated crops adapt to a changing climate. …over 70 percent of the crop wild relatives are not sufficiently preserved in global gene banks In a study published Monday in Nature Plants, a coalition of international scientists embarked on a first-of-its-kind effort to map the representation of crop wild relatives — crops that are genetically...

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OVERFISHING IS AS BIG A THREAT TO HUMANITY AS IT IS TO OUR OCEANS...

Mar 20, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] THE GUARDIAN As market leader John West commits to sustainably sourced tuna, WWF Australia CEO says the move will drive fishery reform, helping to provide food security for Pacific islanders as well as save vulnerable marine species A fisherman in the Philippines with a tuna catch. John West Australia has joined forces with WWF and the Marine Stewardship Council to source only sustainable tuna. Photograph: Jürgen Freund/WWF Australia Dermot O’Gorman is the CEO of World Wildlife Fund Australia     There has never been a more urgent time for seafood businesses and fishing nations to make a commitment to sustainability. The world’s oceans are in trouble, with marine life plummeting and the people who are dependent on the sea for income and food left increasingly vulnerable. Data shows populations of fish and other...

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NEW DANISH SUPERMARKET SELLS THE THINGS NOBODY ELSE WANTS AT A DISCOUNT...

Mar 14, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Other stores toss food that’s perfectly safe to consume. WeFood sells it at a discount. Alexandra Ma Editorial Fellow, The Huffington Post A new supermarket that opened in Copenhagen, Denmark this week sells the products other stores don’t want. WeFood sells food, cosmetics and household items that other stores had rejected — either because they neared their expiration dates, had been wrongly labeled or had damaged packaging — but are still legal to sell and safe to consume. The store’s goods are priced 30 to 50 percent lower than those in regular supermarkets, according to WeFood. WeFood is a joint project from Fødevarebanken, or “The Food Bank,” a Danish nonprofit that distributes surplus produce to homeless shelters, and DanChurchAid, a religious charity that works to eradicate poverty, HIV/AIDS and hunger. All of the store’s proceeds will...

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HERE’S A REALISTIC PLAN TO SLASH FOOD WASTE...

Mar 9, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] By Nathanael Johnson  GRIST If you are unconvinced that food waste is a problem, then there are plenty of boggling stats to make you come to Jesus: The United States spends $218 billion a year producing food that nobody eats — amounting to 40 percent of all food grown. We devote roughly 80 million acres to grow food just for the garbage bin — an area three-quarters the size of California. But what are we supposed to do? I assume you, like me, are already eating your onion skins (unsurpassable fiber!) and adding your coffee grounds to your smoothies? Or maybe I’m just getting a little eccentric after hearing all the anti-food-waste messages without any concrete plan for action. That’s why I was excited to see the pragmatic, step-by-step plan just released by...

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The U.S. Has Approved Industrial Aquaculture in Deep Offshore Waters for the First Time — and It’s a Huge Step Backwards...

Mar 6, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] If the U.S. public had known the extent of harms that industrial agriculture would cause, we would have never allowed it to become the norm. By George Kimbrell, Sylvia Wu, Cristina Stella / Center for Food Safety VIA ALTERNET   Aquaculture Photo Credit: shutterstock The tragedy of industrial agriculture, the unwise adoption of inherently unsustainable forms of food production over the past generation, has cost us dearly in environmental destruction and public health. From millions of acres of monocultured, genetically engineered, pesticide-promoting crops to inhumane and filthy, water-and-air-polluting Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs), the dominant paradigm for current crop and animal production on land in the United States relies on intensive and toxic inputs. These include animal feed and feed additives, antibiotics and other pharmaceuticals, and pesticides and other synthetic chemicals, which have irreparably damaged our farmlands and native...

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TWO-THIRDS OF ALL SHOPPERS ARE TRICKED BY THE WORD ‘NATURAL’ AT THE SUPERMARKET – ARE YOU ONE OF THEM?...

Mar 2, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] There’s a gigantic food labeling scandal going on. Now there’s a campaign to get the FDA to ban it. By Reynard Loki / AlterNet Photo Credit: Minerva Studio/Shutterstock A recent Consumer Reports study shows that nearly two-thirds of shoppers are being misled to believe the label “natural” on food packages means more than it does — including that the foods are free of GMOs, hormones, pesticides or artificial ingredients. But the truth is, these foods often contain the ingredients and chemicals consumers are trying to avoid. As an example, some “natural” shredded cheese contains natamycin, a pesticide. And “natural” fruit snacks can contain artificial preservatives like potassium sorbate and sodium benzoate. Consumers shouldn’t be misled in this way, and now there is a campaign to get the U.S. Food & Drug Administration either...

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INCREDIBLE EDIBLE LANDSCAPE MAP SHOWS YOU WHERE TO FIND FREE FOOD...

Feb 29, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Fruit is abundant if you know where to look. Falling Fruit, a massive collaborative mapping project, provides foragers with the tools they need to track down a nutritious snack. Beyond satisfying the hunger pangs of the present, the initiative provides individuals and communities with a resource through which they can build resilience in the long term. Through the contributions of people all over the world, Falling Fruit is steadily building a map that will guide the hungry towards free food that may otherwise have gone to waste. Falling Fruit was launched in Colorado in 2013 as an open project to which anyone could contribute or access food location information. While Falling Fruit was not the first foraging map online, its creators aspire for it to be the most comprehensive. At latest count, the Falling Fruit map...

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FARMING PRESCHOOL WOULD TEACH KIDS HOW TO GROW THEIR OWN FOOD...

Feb 29, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] INHABITAT by Lucy Wang  INHABITAT In our age of constant digital contact, connecting kids to nature seems more difficult than ever. Fortunately, intrepid thinkers, like Edoardo Capuzzo Dolcetta and his team of Rome-based designers, are envisioning innovative ways to bring children closer to nature. Dolcetta, along with Gabriele Capobianco, Davide Troiana, and Jonathan Lazar, recently won the AWR International Ideas Competition with “Nursery Fields Forever,” a proposal that fuses urban farming with nursery education. Part farm and part school, “Nursery Fields Forever” offers three approaches to learning: learning from nature, learning from technique, and learning from practice. “We think that kids should enjoy nature,” said Edoardo Capuzzo Dolcetta to Fast Company. “So we designed this strange school: No classrooms, but open spaces where vegetables grow inside and animals can come in too. It’s...

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HERE’S WHAT WE SHOULD BE ASKING CLINTON, SANDERS, TRUMP AND CRUZ ABOUT FOOD...

Feb 18, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] REUTERS/Katherine Taylor By Donald Carr GRIST Cross-posted from The Republic of Awesome Let’s assume the nascent “good food” movement had its collective shit together enough to coalesce and organize into a coherent political force like the farm lobby. The Club for Growth has famously hamstrung conservative politicians with its tax pledge and it’s not out of the question to think someday the food movement could exercise the same clout. Yet no one is asking the candidates to talk about food. It’s paramount to get politicians who may have nuanced views on the record. Since a consistent and organized “Food Party” doesn’t yet exist, here’s a no-way-definitive list of what I’d like to ask the candidates about their food and farm policy plans. 1. Michael Pollan, Ricardo Salvador, Mark Bittman, and Olivier De Schutter recently called...

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MEAT IS MURDERING AMERICAN RIVERS...

Feb 17, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] TAKE PART DAILY Government data shows that food processing plants are the biggest toxic polluters of waterways in the U.S. Workers process turkeys at the West Liberty Foods processing plant in West Liberty, Iowa. (Photo: Jessica Rinaldi/Reuters)   There is no question that industrial agriculture is polluting the nation’s waterways, but huge factory farms are not the only culprits: Food processing plants also dump millions of pounds of toxic waste into rivers, lakes, and streams, according to an analysis released by Environment America, a national coalition of advocacy groups. The report listed the top 15 water polluters in terms of volume but focused mostly on Tyson Foods, which processes 73 million pounds of beef, pork, and poultry every week. “Tyson Foods Inc. and its subsidiaries dumped 104 million pounds of pollutants into waterways...

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56 INDIGENOUS CORN VARIETIES AT RISK AS MONSANTO EYES MEXICO...

Jan 16, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Lorraine Chow  ECOWATCH Mexico’s unique and treasured native corn varieties could be under threat as Monsanto, the world’s largest seed producer, vies to plant genetically modified (GMO) corn in the country. In August 2015, a Mexican judged overturned a September 2013 ban on GMO corn, thus opening more business opportunities for Monsanto and other agribusinesses pending favorable later court decisions. Monsanto even announced in October 2015 that it was seeking to double its sales in the country over the next five years. Chef Pancho Ibanez of Mexico City-based restaurant Pujol. He joins roughly 80 other Mexican chefs who are speaking out against GMO corn. Photo credit: Financial Times The GMO corn ban remains pending a ruling on the appeal, but a final decision could end up in Mexico’s supreme court. Monsanto, which is seeking five permits to grow...

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GROWING POWER GROWS FISH, VEGGIES, AND COMMUNITY WITH AQUAPONIC FARM...

Jan 10, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] by Greg Beach   INHABITAT Gardeners and farmers who live in colder climates are well aware of the limitations posed by a short growing season. But these challenges often yield outstanding innovative practices, such as those used by Growing Power in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Growing Power harnesses natural cycles to power a farm that produces over one million pounds of food every year. Because of its ultra efficient greenhouse system, Growing Power is able to continue its harvest even through the frigid Great Lakes winters. Will Allen, the founder of Growing Power, created an aquaponics system that captures energy produced by natural systems. The greenhouses are heated by indoor compost piles, which generate heat as they break down organic matter. These compost pile heaters are also an excellent source of fertile soil for growing high-quality vegetables...

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