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Do Organic Farmers Need Special Seeds And Money To Breed Them?

Do Organic Farmers Need Special Seeds And Money To Breed Them? | Sustainable Food Systems | Scoop.it
Organic farmers say they need crop varieties that were bred specifically for conditions on their farms. Clif Bar & Company decided to back their cause with up to $10 million in grants.
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Can Better Grazing Help Dairy Farmers Cope With Drought and Climate Change?

Can Better Grazing Help Dairy Farmers Cope With Drought and Climate Change? | Sustainable Food Systems | Scoop.it
Jon Bansen has been working on a dairy farm in Monmouth, Oregon alongside his father for nearly 30 years. When the farm switched to organic about 16 years ago, he started to pay more attention to their 650 acres of grass and forageland. Grazing has long been central to organic dairies, and since 2010 the... Read More
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How Seed and Pesticide Companies Push Farmers to Use Bee-Killing Insecticides | Civil Eats

How Seed and Pesticide Companies Push Farmers to Use Bee-Killing Insecticides | Civil Eats | Sustainable Food Systems | Scoop.it
A near-monopoly in the seed industry leaves farmers with few other choices than seeds coated with neonicotinoid insecticides
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A New Water Paradigm for California | Civil Eats

A New Water Paradigm for California | Civil Eats | Sustainable Food Systems | Scoop.it
A fourth year of severe drought is waking Californians to the reality of global warming and the value of our most precious resource. The state’s reservoirs are dangerously low, and the California Climate Center is projecting that rising temperatures could result in 80 percent less snow pack by the end of the century. Hard times... Read More
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The Next Phase of Genetic Engineering: A Flood of New Crops Evading Environmental Regulation | Civil Eats

The Next Phase of Genetic Engineering: A Flood of New Crops Evading Environmental Regulation | Civil Eats | Sustainable Food Systems | Scoop.it
Why isn't the USDA regulating new GMO crops for environmental harm?
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Nicolette Niman: Our Beef Shouldn’t Be With Cows | Civil Eats

Nicolette Niman: Our Beef Shouldn’t Be With Cows | Civil Eats | Sustainable Food Systems | Scoop.it
Defending Beef is a well-researched, nuanced book that offers a balanced defense of pasture-based beef production
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Nicolette Hahn Niman argues that beef, when raised right, can actually help alleviate climate change. Continuously rotating cows through grasslands allows their manure to fertilize the land, which increases the soil's ability to retain water and sequester carbon.

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New Seeds, Old Pesticides: A Farmer on 2,4-D and Next Gen GMOs | Civil Eats

New Seeds, Old Pesticides: A Farmer on 2,4-D and Next Gen GMOs | Civil Eats | Sustainable Food Systems | Scoop.it
My guess is that Dow decided it would be cheaper and easier to engineer seeds to resist 2,4-D rather than develop new, less-toxic herbicides.
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Students Go Whole Hog with Farm-to-Cafeteria Cooking | Civil Eats

Students Go Whole Hog with Farm-to-Cafeteria Cooking | Civil Eats | Sustainable Food Systems | Scoop.it
Students in Oregon take farm-to-school cooking to the next level, by raising and butchering their own pork.
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Locally-grown foods look to bigger business

Locally-grown foods look to bigger business | Sustainable Food Systems | Scoop.it
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Once a niche business, locally grown foods aren't just for farmers markets anymore.
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Meat Is Murder—but It’s People Being Killed (and Not How You Think)

Meat Is Murder—but It’s People Being Killed (and Not How You Think) | Sustainable Food Systems | Scoop.it
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Antibiotic-resistant bacteria and the livestock industry.

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Organic agriculture attracts a new generation of farmers

Organic agriculture attracts a new generation of farmers | Sustainable Food Systems | Scoop.it
By 9 a.m., Jack Motter had been planting peas for hours.
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Hope for the future of agriculture - young farmers!

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Laurie David Dishes About 'Fed Up' and Her New Cookbook | Civil Eats

Laurie David Dishes About 'Fed Up' and Her New Cookbook | Civil Eats | Sustainable Food Systems | Scoop.it
With a new documentary and cookbook, Laurie David delivers a 1-2 punch to Big Food: A hard-hitting look at the problem and a proposed solution.
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The article is really about a documentary and cookbook, but I think this quote is so key: "We’ve got to get people back in the kitchen and teach them some basic skills, so they can see for themselves how rewarding and fun and delicious this actually is. To not be cooking in your own home is to be missing one of the best parts of the day."

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Our alarming food future, explained in 7 charts

Our alarming food future, explained in 7 charts | Sustainable Food Systems | Scoop.it
The takeaway on food from the National Climate Assessment: As the temperature goes up, crop yields will go down.
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The Misleading War on GMOs: The Food Is Safe. The Rhetoric Is Dangerous.

The Misleading War on GMOs: The Food Is Safe. The Rhetoric Is Dangerous. | Sustainable Food Systems | Scoop.it
Is genetically engineered food dangerous? Many people seem to think it is. In the past five years, companies have submitted more than 27,000 products to the Non-GMO Project, which certifies goods that are free of genetically modified organisms. Last year, sales of such products nearly tripled. Whole Foods will soon...
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Fear of Almonds

Fear of Almonds | Sustainable Food Systems | Scoop.it
Almonds are not the enemy, and the water-use problem is not going to be fixed by Americans cutting back on them.
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How One Visionary Changed School Food in Detroit | Civil Eats

How One Visionary Changed School Food in Detroit | Civil Eats | Sustainable Food Systems | Scoop.it
With a focus on healthier foods and local farms, Betti Wiggins has led Detroit’s kids through a food revolution.
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Food Politics » USDA’s farm “typology” report: defines small, midsize, large

Food Politics » USDA’s farm “typology” report: defines small, midsize, large | Sustainable Food Systems | Scoop.it
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Useful reference for how farm sizes are defined

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Cover Crop Comeback Might be Best Big Ag News in Months | Civil Eats

Cover Crop Comeback Might be Best Big Ag News in Months | Civil Eats | Sustainable Food Systems | Scoop.it
Cover crops don’t look like much. To the untrained eye, these vast fields of green grasses, clovers, and legumes might be reminiscent of a long-neglected lawn gone to seed. For acres. On the contrary, these in-between crops are anything but the product of neglect.  And they’re growing in popularity as a relatively easy way for... Read More
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How School Lunch Became the Latest Political Battleground

How School Lunch Became the Latest Political Battleground | Sustainable Food Systems | Scoop.it
Inside the Obama administration’s standoff with Republicans, the food industry and the nation’s lunch ladies over the future of the cafeteria.
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Detailed review of the evolution and background behind school lunch policies.

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What the Food System Needs Now Is More Infrastructure | Civil Eats

What the Food System Needs Now Is More Infrastructure | Civil Eats | Sustainable Food Systems | Scoop.it
While the rejection of Prop 37 in California has been held by some as proof of the food movement’s immaturity, a lack of rhetorical and ideological cohesion is not necessarily the food movement’s biggest problem. Grassroots efforts across the country have successfully bolstered independent sections of the food system, from small farm incubators to mobile... Read More
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‘The Soil Will Save Us’: A Manifesto for Restoring Our Relationship with the Land | Civil Eats

‘The Soil Will Save Us’: A Manifesto for Restoring Our Relationship with the Land | Civil Eats | Sustainable Food Systems | Scoop.it
Kristin Ohlson, author of 'The Soil Will Save Us', thinks we can reduce greenhouse gases and grow enough food to feed the world by repairing the soil.
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Sequestering carbon dioxide back into the soil through a) growing plants and b) high-density rotational livestock grazing.

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People left behind when we talk about global warming and climate change — Medium

People left behind when we talk about global warming and climate change — Medium | Sustainable Food Systems | Scoop.it
For people to care about global warming it needs to be made relevant.
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How to talk about climate change: Emphasize what people care about, pollution, and extreme weather.

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Cooking up Change: Chefs Attend Advocacy Boot Camp | Civil Eats

Chefs gather in California to study sustainable seafood and to develop their skills as good food advocates.
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Cool way for chefs to learn more about sustainable food systems!

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Iowa is getting sucked into scary vanishing gullies

Iowa is getting sucked into scary vanishing gullies | Sustainable Food Systems | Scoop.it
And as a result, we're losing valuable topsoil 16 times faster than nature can replace it.
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