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The Rise of Food Allergies and First World Problems

The Rise of Food Allergies and First World Problems | Food Security, Permaculture, & Environment | Scoop.it
If you have spent any time inside an elementary school classroom over the past few years, you have likely noticed signs banning peanuts or other types of food.
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Photo Essay: Women Are Feeding the World - Modern Farmer

Photo Essay: Women Are Feeding the World - Modern Farmer | Food Security, Permaculture, & Environment | Scoop.it
Queen Turner, a Humphrey Fellow who visited UC Davis as part of her fellowship, inspected the beekeeping operation on the rooftop of the San Francisco Chro
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How Solar Can Become The World's Largest Source Of Electricity

How Solar Can Become The World's Largest Source Of Electricity | Food Security, Permaculture, & Environment | Scoop.it
Even the stodgy International Energy Agency is scrambling to keep up with the good news on solar panels.
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New USDA Tools to Help Locate Local Food | National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition

New USDA Tools to Help Locate Local Food | National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition | Food Security, Permaculture, & Environment | Scoop.it
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Why Supermarkets Are On The Way Out

Why Supermarkets Are On The Way Out | Food Security, Permaculture, & Environment | Scoop.it

The supermarket model was built on cheap energy in an era of low oil prices that will never return. They are stuck now with their multibillion-pound investment in sophisticated logistics and ordering systems that depend on just-in-time buying, trucking food across the globe – from farms to a handful of mega-processors to centralised distribution centres to stores – burning fuel on each leg of the journey.


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Graham Watson's curator insight, October 8, 12:25 PM

A Guardian friendly take on the future for large grocery retailers. It's not pretty and prophesizes their doom, but then again, there are some interesting angles to this - not least the fact that the supermarkets business model are, according to Felicity Lawrence, predicated upon low energy costs.

 

However, bear in mind that the Guardian would probably want us all to be living "The Good Life" a la Tom and Barbara. (If you're a student, you might want to ask a 'grown-up' at this point...)

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The Ultimate Guide to Sheet Mulching - Chelsea Green

The Ultimate Guide to Sheet Mulching - Chelsea Green | Food Security, Permaculture, & Environment | Scoop.it
Sheet mulching is a soil nurturing technique that is best done in the fall. Learn how to prepare the perfect sheet mulch from author Toby Hemenway.
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Unfolding Truth: Dismantling the World Bank's Myths on Agriculture and Development (PDF)

Unfolding Truth: Dismantling the World Bank's Myths on Agriculture and Development (PDF) | Food Security, Permaculture, & Environment | Scoop.it
In the 1980s and 1990s, the World Bank and International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) intervention in developing countries’ national policies, through aid conditionality and austerity programs known as Structural Adjustments Programs (SAPs), triggered a wave of global resistance against the International Financial Institutions (IFIs). in the face of growing criticism that these policies increased poverty, debt, and dependency on rich countries, saps were eventually withdrawn in 2002; however the World Bank, through renewed means, continues to pursue and impose its neoliberal agenda on the developing world.
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jon inge's curator insight, October 7, 4:29 AM

market based solutions don't help the very poorest 

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Unfolding Truth: Dismantling the World Bank's Myths on Agriculture and Development (PDF)

Unfolding Truth: Dismantling the World Bank's Myths on Agriculture and Development (PDF) | Food Security, Permaculture, & Environment | Scoop.it
In the 1980s and 1990s, the World Bank and International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) intervention in developing countries’ national policies, through aid conditionality and austerity programs known as Structural Adjustments Programs (SAPs), triggered a wave of global resistance against the International Financial Institutions (IFIs). in the face of growing criticism that these policies increased poverty, debt, and dependency on rich countries, saps were eventually withdrawn in 2002; however the World Bank, through renewed means, continues to pursue and impose its neoliberal agenda on the developing world.
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jon inge's curator insight, October 7, 4:29 AM

market based solutions don't help the very poorest 

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Ecology On Water Rule: Let Them Eat Fish - Capital Press

Ecology On Water Rule: Let Them Eat Fish - Capital Press | Food Security, Permaculture, & Environment | Scoop.it
Washington's Department of Ecology proposes new water quality standards to ensure you can eat fish everyday without risking taking in too many toxins. If the rule is adopted, it's unclear whether anything will change.
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How Do You Farm A Clam That Can Grow 3 Feet Long And Live For Over A Century?

How Do You Farm A Clam That Can Grow 3 Feet Long And Live For Over A Century? | Food Security, Permaculture, & Environment | Scoop.it
We called up Marco Pinchot, of Taylor Shellfish Farms in Puget Sound. Taylor is the largest shellfish farm in the country, and they’re not just doing geoduck. “If you’ve ever had Manila clams in New York City, they’ve come from us,” says Pinchot.
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Midnight Oil - Beds Are Burning - YouTube

Music video by Midnight Oil performing Beds Are Burning. (C) 1997 Midnight Oil
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GRAINS

GRAINS | Food Security, Permaculture, & Environment | Scoop.it
At Brooklyn Porridge Co, we celebrate the global diversity of porridge by using a variety of ancient, naturally gluten-free whole grains. Although each grain holds its own distinctive flavor, textu...
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Bamboo Charcoal - Charcoal for Your BBQ Made from Bamboo

Bamboo Charcoal - Charcoal for Your BBQ Made from Bamboo | Food Security, Permaculture, & Environment | Scoop.it
Environmentally friendly bamboo charcoal has a high combustion value and is ideal for the barbecue as it does not smoke or smell like some other charcoals.
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We tried to eat every part of a salmon, and this is what we ended up with

Exactly how much blood, sweat, and tears go into a first-timer's salmon fileting? Watch our video to find out.
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This Illustrated Guide Makes Marine Protected Areas Fascinating

This Illustrated Guide Makes Marine Protected Areas Fascinating | Food Security, Permaculture, & Environment | Scoop.it
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So, Nietzsche and an Alaskan fisherman walk into a bar ...
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MEATSTINCTION!

Meat consumption - along with energy production and use - is one of the most ecologically damaging systems on the planet ... and it’s one that will only get worse as the human population grows, unless we take drastic steps to change our unsustainable eating habits and adopt an Earth-friendly diet.
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World Food Day and the Family Farm: Celebrating the Bedrock of Global Food Production – by Destroying It

World Food Day and the Family Farm: Celebrating the Bedrock of Global Food Production – by Destroying It | Food Security, Permaculture, & Environment | Scoop.it
Imagine what small farmers could achieve if they had access to more land and could work in a supportive policy environment, rather than under the siege conditions they too often face. For example, the vast majority of farms in Zimbabwe belong to smallholders and their average farm size has increased as a result of the Fast Track Land Reform Programme. Small farmers in the country now produce over 90% of diverse agricultural food crops, while they only provided 60 to 70% of the national food before land redistribution.
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The Amish: Reinventing Organic Agriculture

The Amish: Reinventing Organic Agriculture | Food Security, Permaculture, & Environment | Scoop.it
A group of farmers have developed a technique that eliminates the need for chemicals.
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Destroying African Agriculture

Destroying African Agriculture | Food Security, Permaculture, & Environment | Scoop.it
At the time of decolonization in the 1960s, Africa was not just self-sufficient in food but was actually a net food exporter, its exports averaging 1.3 million tons a year between 1966-70. Today, the continent imports 25% of its food, with almost every country being a net food importer. Hunger and famine have become recurrent phenomena, with the last three years alone seeing food emergencies break out in the Horn of Africa, the Sahel, Southern Africa, and Central Africa.
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How To Pick Mushrooms Without Poisoning Yourself

How To Pick Mushrooms Without Poisoning Yourself | Food Security, Permaculture, & Environment | Scoop.it
Foraged vegetables are always more fun to cook. So Food52’s resident forager, Tama Matsuoka Wong, is introducing us to the seasonal wild plants we should be looking for, and the recipes that will make our kitchens feel a little more wild.
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Time to End the Abuse and Exploitation of Animals

Time to End the Abuse and Exploitation of Animals | Food Security, Permaculture, & Environment | Scoop.it
If we accept that animals are self-aware beings and have emotions, then this raises the question of whether we should keep animals in captivity (zoos), whether we should allow the cruel confinement and treatment of farm animals, and whether we...
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California Farmers File Suit Alleging Oil Companies' Faulty Wastewater Injection Caused Crop Loss

California Farmers File Suit Alleging Oil Companies' Faulty Wastewater Injection Caused Crop Loss | Food Security, Permaculture, & Environment | Scoop.it

Palla Farms LLC, a ninety-two-year-old family farm operation, says it had to tear out hundreds of cherry trees due to high levels of salt and boron in the groundwater it has used to irrigate its crops for the past 25 years. The company claims its almond orchard has also experienced production declines.

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Noah’s Ark for Fruits, Nuts and Grapes

Noah’s Ark for Fruits, Nuts and Grapes | Food Security, Permaculture, & Environment | Scoop.it
Almonds, apricots, cherries, figs, grapes, kiwi, olives, peaches, pistachios, plums, pomegranates, walnuts: The repository’s list adds up to 253 taxa and so much mouth-watering diversity that a 30-foot stroll will net you five kinds of plums.
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Food Truck Economics

Food Truck Economics | Food Security, Permaculture, & Environment | Scoop.it

But what is the future of food trucks? At some point, there will be enough new entrants to the market that the profits will be competed away and the market will be saturated. Or perhaps local governments will start to heavily regulate food truck permits like they do taxi medallions and liquor licenses. Already, we’re seeing evidence of each of these trends that might curb the food truck movement.

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