Tag Archives: agriculture

Our Beaker Is Starting to Boil: NYTimes Op-Ed

NICHOLAS D. KRISTOF explains the grave consequences of disappearing glaciers in today’s NYTimes: “A glacier is a giant part of the alpine landscape, something we always saw as immortal,” Mr. Schell said. “But now this glacier is dying before our eyes.” . … Continue reading

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Farm work should be an honored, palatable job for Americans: LA Times

Written by DOUGLASS ADAIR, and published July 10th in the Los Angeles Times:  read the full story here. Arturo Rodriguez, president of the United Farm Workers of America, appeared on “The Colbert Report” on Thursday to invite Americans of all … Continue reading

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Statement from the People’s Movement Assembly on Food Sovereignty, US Social Forum 2010

Republished from the Growing Food and Justice for All Initiative listserve: Statement from the People’s Movement Assembly on Food Sovereignty, US Social Forum 2010 Over a half-century ago, Mahatma Gandhi led a multitude of Indians to the sea to make … Continue reading

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Haitian Farmers Refuse Monsanto Hybrid Seeds: Yes! Magazine

Posted today on Yes! Magazine, BEVERLY BELL reports: (…) In an open letter sent May 14, Jean-Baptiste, both Executive Director of MPP and the spokesperson for the National Peasant Movement of the Congress of Papay (MPNKP), called the entry of … Continue reading

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Indian State of Kerala Starts 10-Year Conversion to All-Organic Farming: Treehugger

The southern Indian state of Kerala has officially announced a new farming policy which aims to covert all agriculture in the state to organic methods over the next ten years. In the first phase 30,000 hectares converted, The Hindu Business … Continue reading

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Building an Agricultural Community: The Model Self-Sufficient Village in Haiti: Wyclef Jean

Written by WYCLEF JEAN and published by Huffington Post here.

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Will Allen Profiled by Van Jones in Time 100

At one time, the term urban farm sounded like an oxymoron. No longer. A new movement is sprouting up in America’s low-income neighborhoods. Some urban residents, sick of fast food and the scarcity of grocery stores, have decided to grow … Continue reading

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Global Exchange and Cuba Food Sovereignty Tour: July 17-31, 2010

This tour is open to anyone seeking to learn about the Cuban food system and promote solidarity with Cuban agriculturalists. See more details here.

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An Ode to Farming: Foreign Policy Slideshow, Photo 9 of 20

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Millions Sought for Global Fund to Aid Farms: NYTimes World

EARTH DAY: HELENE COOPER reports from Washinton DC: The Obama administration is proposing to add $408 million to a global fund to boost food production and encourage good farming practices in the developing world, the Treasury Department announced on Thursday. … Continue reading

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Study Says Overuse Threatens Gains From Modified Crops: NYTimes Business

(…) The first comprehensive assessment of the impact of genetically modified crops on American farmers, who have rapidly adopted them since their introduction in 1996,  (…) was issued by the National Research Council, which is affiliated with the National Academy … Continue reading

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Obama Appoints Pesticide Boss As Top Government Agriculture Negotiator

While the Government slumbers through spring break, President Obama: (…) bypass(ed) a vacationing senate to make recess appointments of 15 nominees, including an Indian American; agricultural scientist (Dr. Islam A. Siddiqui,) as chief agricultural negotiator in trade talks. (Economic Times, … Continue reading

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A Certain Skewer by Food and Farm Subsidy: Treehugger

In a classic case of contradictory government policy the above pyramids clearly show the inverse relationship between federal government agriculture subsidies and federal nutrition recommendations. Originally published in 2007 by Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) in Good Medicine Magazine … Continue reading

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This Will Ruin Your Appetite: Food and Pesticide Residues

Easy to access and highly disturbing findings from “What’s On My Food?–”  Your online guide to pesticide residues commonly found on fruits, vegetables, meats.  Get a peak at the toxicology report here.

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Big Question: Feast or famine?

The University of Minnesota’s Institute on the Environment is discovering solutions to Earth’s biggest problems, including the big question of how are we going to feed a growing world without destroying the planet?

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GMO-Free Zapatista Seed Corn from School for Chiapas Available in US, Canada

(…) By planting Zapatista corn, you become a part of a global effort to preserve a vital genetic heritage that has evolved over thousands of years.  Great for making tortillas!  You can plant this powerful Zapatista seed corn in your … Continue reading

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For Pennies, a Disposable Toilet That Could Help Grow Crops: NYTimes Science

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Crop Mobs and Field Shares: NYTimes

The Crop Mob gathers mulch and finishes the greenhouse — just two of the day’s tasks at Okfuskee Farm in Silk Hope, N.C.

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Creating a World That Can Feed Itself: Google.org Debate

Larry Brilliant, Executive Director, Google.org interviews Hugh Grant, Chairman, President and CEO, Monsanto, Michael Pollan, Knight Professor of Journalism, UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism and Sonal Shah, Director, Global Development Initiatives, Google.org

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Cuba Plans City Farms to Ease Economy Woes: UK Guardian

Cuba plans city farms to ease economy woes: Project launched to ring urban areas with thousands of small farms in bid to reverse agricultural decline.

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