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Profiting off hunger: Wall Street makes big gains over food price ... - RT

Profiting off hunger: Wall Street makes big gains over food price ... - RT | Local Food Systems | Scoop.it
Powerful firms like Goldman Sachs have made hundreds of millions of dollars in food future trades. Critics accuse them of profiting off starvation and market manipulation, while traders claim their profits are due to increasing ...
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Local food manipulation on a global scale.

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Breaking Up the Foodopoly

Breaking Up the Foodopoly | Local Food Systems | Scoop.it
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A behind the scenes look at consolidation in the food industry and the tangled web of corporate motivations it creates. Not much for conspiracy theories, but it's always good to know the facts.

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Paleo Diet In A Nutshell (Infographic) | DrVita

Paleo Diet In A Nutshell (Infographic) | DrVita | Local Food Systems | Scoop.it
For those new to Paleo, we decided to create a go-to Guide to make it easy for you. Here is the Paleo Diet In A Nutshell (Infographic)
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I don't really like ANY diets, and frankly didn't know what this was.  However, it's fascinating to see it all laid out like this.  No French fries! Forget it.

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Boycott all the brands that helped kill Prop. 37

Boycott all the brands that helped kill Prop. 37 | Local Food Systems | Scoop.it
California’s Proposition 37, the genetically-engineered (GE) foods labeling initiative, failed to pass by a very narrow margin. But that does not mean the labeling fight is over, nor does it mean p...
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It looks like the GMO battle is just beginning in earnest. 

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Insecticide 'unacceptable' danger to bees, report finds

Insecticide 'unacceptable' danger to bees, report finds | Local Food Systems | Scoop.it
Campaigners say the conclusion by the European Food Safety Authority is a 'death knell' for neonicotinoid pesticides
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The poor bees. Things seem to just be piling on.

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Deborah Madison's recipe for what's hot in vegetables - Illinois Times

Deborah Madison's recipe for what's hot in vegetables - Illinois Times | Local Food Systems | Scoop.it
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Deborah Madison's recipe for what's hot in vegetables
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It's a sure bet that every year around this time, I'll be pulling Deborah Madison's Vegetable Soups from my cookbook shelves.
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Ah, soup recipes in the middle of winter.  I can already smell the goodness.

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Farmers Market of the Ozarks, Where Local People Meet Local Produce - KSMU Radio

Farmers Market of the Ozarks, Where Local People Meet Local Produce - KSMU Radio | Local Food Systems | Scoop.it
Farmers Market of the Ozarks, Where Local People Meet Local Produce KSMU Radio Smiles, friendly faces, laughing children, neighbors, and community- found at Republic Road and Highway 60 in Springfield, where Farmers Market of the Ozarks has strived...
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Photo Gallery: 20 technologies changing agriculture | Farm Industry News

Photo Gallery: 20 technologies changing agriculture | Farm Industry News | Local Food Systems | Scoop.it
RT @EchelonAg: 20 technologies that are continuing to change #agriculture: http://t.co/gb1ImJHb #precisionag
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A photo book of technologies affecting agriculture.

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Cowboys and Ranchers Stealing Bales of Hay -- Climate Change Ushers in New Kind of Crime Wave

Cowboys and Ranchers Stealing Bales of Hay -- Climate Change Ushers in New Kind of Crime Wave | Local Food Systems | Scoop.it
This past year, the Midwest was scorched with heat waves, parched by droughts and seared by wildfires that an old fashioned cowboy crime—hay rustling—has become a lucrative trade in today’s economy.
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Wow, hay rustlers!  Who'd a thunk?  A sign of the times as global warming takes its toll and begins to impact small economies. I keep waiting for John Wayne of Clint Eastwood to gallop up and over the horizon to save the day.

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Wow, hay rustlers!  Who'd a thunk?  A sign of the times as global warming takes its toll and begins to impact small economies. I keep waiting for John Wayne of Clint Eastwood to gallop up and over the horizon to save the day.

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BBC - Radio 4 Farming Today - 10/01/2013

Farmers are fearful for their crops as a new aggressive species of slug invades the UK.
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It's a BBC Radio 4 podcast. (Audio only)  First 30 seconds is a prayer, so feel free to go right to the story if you choose.

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THE PERFECT CUP OF TEA | More Intelligent Life

THE PERFECT CUP OF TEA | More Intelligent Life | Local Food Systems | Scoop.it
JON FASMAN | ACCOUNTING FOR TASTE | December 6th 2007 giantmonster/Flickr Jon Fasman makes a cup of tea--green tea, that is. And he does it properly. With some kit.
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Ah, the taste of a perfect cup of tea.

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Greenhouse to go: Freight Farms puts local produce within reach

Greenhouse to go: Freight Farms puts local produce within reach | Local Food Systems | Scoop.it
Freight Farms introduces a scalable farming platform that can be operated anywhere by up-cycling shipping containers into a source for high-yield crop production. Freight Farms makes fresh food accessible where farming has never been possible.
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Farming in tight spots, backyards, parking lots, truck stops?

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Food Labels: What information can you trust? - The Seattle Times

Food Labels: What information can you trust? - The Seattle Times | Local Food Systems | Scoop.it
Food Labels: What information can you trust?
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If you need proof that you shouldn't believe everything you read, consider the food label. In fact, when reading food labels, a dose of healthy cynicism may help you be ...
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I'm still a bit baffled by nutrition labels. 

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Hone Your Chops: The Chef's Guide to Knives | Visual.ly

Hone Your Chops: The Chef's Guide to Knives | Visual.ly | Local Food Systems | Scoop.it
With all the books and blogs dedicated to the art of food, most focus exclusively on recipes. But while ingredients matter in the concoction of delici
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It's the "everything you ever needed to know about knives" InfoGraphic.

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A fond farewell to Circa Estate Winery - Michigan By The Bottle

A fond farewell to Circa Estate Winery - Michigan By The Bottle | Local Food Systems | Scoop.it
We noticed the cryptic status update on Circa Estate Winery's Facebook page Friday night, as we snuck covert glances at Facebook amid the bustle in our tasting room. "Circa is currently closed," was all it said.
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This is sad, especially in an economy that suggests businesses like this should be thriving.  We hope Margaret & David are O.K.

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8 Eye Opening Reasons to Not Drink Diet Soda

8 Eye Opening Reasons to Not Drink Diet Soda | Local Food Systems | Scoop.it
How about when we hear someone order a meal of food that is loaded with calories, fat, and sugar and right at the end they opt for the diet pop. I always get a kick out of that one. If only they re...
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"Neuro-toxic"  That's enough reason for me. 

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Achieving a Sustainable Food System with Organic Farming | Worldwatch Institute

Achieving a Sustainable Food System with Organic Farming | Worldwatch Institute | Local Food Systems | Scoop.it
New Worldwatch Institute report examines the growth of global organic agricultural practices and their impact on food security and the environment (RT @eartheats: Good news to start the day: Global land area farmed organically has expanded threefold...
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So let's leave Global Warming off the table for a minute and simply ask, "Is it getting warmer?"  Drought is becoming the main concern for many of the world's agriculture communities. “Although organic agriculture often produces lower yields on land that has recently been farmed conventionally, it can outperform conventional practices—especially in times of drought—when the land has been farmed organically for a longer time,”

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Produce sections starting to embrace QR codes | capitalpress.com

Produce suppliers are largely missing out on an easy opportunity to share recipes, contest announcements, nutritional data and business tidbits directly with customers, argues supermarket expert Phil Lempert.
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This would help us in the local food advocacy world.

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Enviro Crusader Turns Pro-GMO, Anti-Organic—And Anti-Logic

A former anti-GMO dogmatist turns pro-GMO dogmatist, generating more heat than light.
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This is a rebuttal to an article I posted last week about Mark Lynas' pro-GMO, anti-organic statements at Oxford.

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Cambridge Initiative in Global Food Security

Cambridge Initiative in Global Food Security | Local Food Systems | Scoop.it
RT @robdoubleday: Smallholder Farming and the Future of Food - London 28 Jan organised by Cambridge Global Food Security Initiative http://t.co/Yr9UvwLQ
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In the global conversation food security is a much larger issue than it is here.

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Fined $10,000 for Selling Produce? A New Bill Could Help | Care2 ...

Fined $10,000 for Selling Produce? A New Bill Could Help | Care2 ... | Local Food Systems | Scoop.it
Farmer's and makers shouldn't be penalized for trying to stimulate the local economy. A new bill would offer enhanced protection.
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Organic wine making market inroads | Grapes content from Western Farm Press

Organic wine making market inroads | Grapes content from Western Farm Press | Local Food Systems | Scoop.it
Wines that are sold as “made with organic grapes” have different requirements than organic wine: 100 percent of those grapes used must be certified organic.
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By my standards organic wines are starting to get better, and there are more to choose from. Our friends at Oryana (www.oryana.coop) here in Traverse City, MI carry a nice selection themselves.

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Foods identified as ‘whole grain’ not always healthy | ScienceBlog.com

Foods identified as ‘whole grain’ not always healthy | ScienceBlog.com | Local Food Systems | Scoop.it
Current standards for classifying foods as whole grain are inconsistent and, in some cases, misleading, according to a new study by Harvard School of Public
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Another delirium of certification yet to be tapped.  The Whole Grain Assocation of America...

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The Implications Of Two Food Media Properties Calling It Quits

The Implications Of Two Food Media Properties Calling It Quits | Local Food Systems | Scoop.it
It's worth remembering that the digital food landscape is still relatively new. Let's hope that as it continues to evolve, that we find it a place for good, meaningful, fun and insightful conversations about food.
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Publications are still struggling to make sense of themselves in the digital age. Some cease to succeed, others cease to survive at all.

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