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Genetic Weapon Against Insects Raises Hope and Fear in Farming

Genetic Weapon Against Insects Raises Hope and Fear in Farming | Sustainable Farming | Scoop.it
Scientists, looking for new weapons against insect pests in farming, have developed gene-silencing agents. But skeptics are concerned about potential threats to nontarget insects and even humans.
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This new GMO tactic could have unintended consequences.  You know Murphy's Law?

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A Win for the Raw Milk Movement

A Win for the Raw Milk Movement | Sustainable Farming | Scoop.it
On July 31 Armand and Teddi Bechard entered into a consent
agreement with the State of Missouri, ending a case that began in
2009.
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Organic Farmers Appeal Case Against Monsanto

Organic Farmers Appeal Case Against Monsanto | Sustainable Farming | Scoop.it
One month after a District Court judge dismissed their case against biotech giant Monsanto, organic farmers have filed a notice of appeal...
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Fence Post Economics

Fence Post Economics | Sustainable Farming | Scoop.it
Ever leaned up against an old fence post while you chatted with a friend, or simply paused along a roadside fence to admire the view?
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Map of farmers markets in the Washington area - The Washington Post

Map of farmers markets in the Washington area - The Washington Post | Sustainable Farming | Scoop.it
Browse by location more than 140 farmers markets in Maryland, Virginia and the District.

 

Nice tool for Washington, DC area. Every major metro newspaper should offer the same.

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New Fish Farms Move from Ocean to Warehouse | Worldwatch Institute

New Fish Farms Move from Ocean to Warehouse | Worldwatch Institute | Sustainable Farming | Scoop.it

This just may be the future of sustainable fisheries: moving them indoors! This article describes a Universit of Maryland project to raise fish in an indoor farm.

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2011 Was A Lot More Snowy Than 2012 — ANIMAL

2011 Was A Lot More Snowy Than 2012 — ANIMAL | Sustainable Farming | Scoop.it

Farmers know that a snowless winter can mean a too dry summer.

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Who Are The Young Farmers Of 'Generation Organic'? : NPR

There's a surge of youthful vigor into American agriculture — at least in the corner devoted to organic, local food. Thousands of idealistic young people who've never farmed before are trying it out.
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Cutting hay the old fashioned way, just for the joy of it

Cutting hay the old fashioned way, just for the joy of it | Sustainable Farming | Scoop.it
RUPERT - It's back to the future for one farm boy who is
spending his golden years cutting hay fields with an early 20th
century hay cutter.
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Modern Coops for Modern Chickens

Modern Coops for Modern Chickens | Sustainable Farming | Scoop.it

Yesterday we saw how architecture could extend beyond its service to man to serve man’s best friend, as evidenced in Frank Lloyd Wright’s sophisticated doghouse for Eddie, a 4-year-old black Labrador. After all, why can’t our domesticated friends enjoy the fruits of good design? The same can be said for the rising population of domesticated chickens, one of the more recent species to join the urban migration. As more hens are shacking up in our cities, more designer chicken coops are entering the market, aiming to makeover our feathered friends from country bumpkins into city slickers. The latest to catch our eye comes from Portland-based architecture firm Wright Design Office (no relation to Frank, I presume), and it offers a modern dwelling made of recycled cedar and metal or fiberglass roof panels. The roof of the structure can even double as a coop-top garden.

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Who We Are: National Sustainable Agriculture Project

Who We Are: National Sustainable Agriculture Project | Sustainable Farming | Scoop.it
ATTRA - National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service provides information and other technical assistance to farmers, ranchers, Extension agents, educators, and others involved in sustainable agriculture in the United States.
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Dependence & Gratitude « Polyface Hen House

Dependence & Gratitude « Polyface Hen House | Sustainable Farming | Scoop.it

“Eating with the fullest pleasure – pleasure, that is, that does not depend on ignorance – is perhaps the profoundest enactment of our connection with the world. In this pleasure we experience our dependence and our gratitude, for we are living in a mystery, from creatures we did not make and powers we cannot comprehend.”
–Wendell Berry

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Where and How to Find High-Quality Organic Eggs

Where and How to Find High-Quality Organic Eggs | Sustainable Farming | Scoop.it
Your best source for fresh, organic eggs is a local farmer that allows his hens to forage freely outdoors. (Organic, Cage-Free, Free-Range or Pastured...
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A fresh, free range egg tastes "eggy" and a dozen of them is well worth $5.

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Celebrate the Farmer!

Celebrate the Farmer! | Sustainable Farming | Scoop.it

Bittman writes in the New York Times: To give more people access to our bounty of fresh food, we need to support real farmers, not businessmen riding half-million-dollar combines.

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University strikes back against Occupy the Farm

University strikes back against Occupy the Farm | Sustainable Farming | Scoop.it

Throwing themselves on the gears.

 

Those occupying the Gill Tract, a 10-acre plot just outside of Berkeley, say they won't leave until they know it will be farmed sustainably. Meanwhile, the University of California -- owner of the ...

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I Recommend: Righteous Porkchop: Finding a Life and Good Food Beyond Factory Farms - by Nicolette Hahn Niman with Foreword by Robert F. Kennedy Jr.

I Recommend: Righteous Porkchop: Finding a Life and Good Food Beyond Factory Farms - by Nicolette Hahn Niman with Foreword by Robert F. Kennedy Jr. | Sustainable Farming | Scoop.it

I'm  2/3rds of the way through this book. Provides great reporting on factory farming--how it abuses animals, pollutes the environment, and produces cheap but bland-tasting and less nutritious food.

 

Official book website for Righteous Porkchop: Finding a Life and Good Food Beyond Factory Farms, by Nicolette Hahn Niman with foreword by Robert F. Kennedy Jr.

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Burger King Pledges to Go Completely Cage-Free

Burger King Pledges to Go Completely Cage-Free | Sustainable Farming | Scoop.it
In a surprising announcement, the major restaurant chain has pledged to change the way its food is produced.
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Origin of Modern Cows Traced to Single Herd

Origin of Modern Cows Traced to Single Herd | Sustainable Farming | Scoop.it
By Duncan Geere, Wired UKA genetic study of cattle has claimed that all modern domesticated bovines are descended from a single herd of wild...
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From Record Store to Mushroom Farm

From Record Store to Mushroom Farm | Sustainable Farming | Scoop.it

Former Seattle record store becomes a mushroom farm that utilizes coffee ground compost.

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Chickens Flying North for the Spring? | Smith Meadows

Chickens Flying North for the Spring? | Smith Meadows | Sustainable Farming | Scoop.it
Each fall, as our chickens are out foraging for late season grasshoppers and finishing off the last of the frost-nipped clover, wild geese are flying...
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FarmMags - Farming Small Areas

FarmMags - Farming Small Areas | Sustainable Farming | Scoop.it

Using pigs to help churn compost.

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Inside Polyface Farm, Mecca of Sustainable Agriculture

Inside Polyface Farm, Mecca of Sustainable Agriculture | Sustainable Farming | Scoop.it
A writer joins hordes of farmers and tourists for a once-every-three-years look at Joel Salatin's pioneering "grass-farming" operation...
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How Local is it? | Smith Meadows

How Local is it? | Smith Meadows | Sustainable Farming | Scoop.it
We were mentioned in the Washington Post this week in an article called In Winter, farmers markets turn into value (added) villages. by Tim Carman.
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Back to the Start

Coldplay's haunting classic 'The Scientist' is performed by country music legend Willie Nelson for the soundtrack of the short film entitled, "Back to the Start." Download the song now available on iTunes. 

 

This is acually advertising for Chipolte Mexican restaurants. Chipolte does make an effort to source sustainably raised pork, beef, and chicken, but only a fraction of their meat comes from sustainable sources. 

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