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Real food security

Anybody interested in solving, rather than profiting from, the problems of food production and distribution will see that in the long run the safest food supply is a local food supply, not a supply that is dependent on a global economy. Nations and regions within nations must be left free — and should be encouraged . . . → Read More: Real food security

Reversing climate change through photosynthesis and biology

Rebuilding soil through organic methods and permaculture can sequester vast amounts of carbon and provide dozens of other benefits at the same time.

How Organic Farming Can Reverse Climate Change

By EcoWatch

Rodale Institute announced yesterday the launch of a global campaign to generate public awareness of soil’s ability to reverse climate change, but only . . . → Read More: Reversing climate change through photosynthesis and biology

The Seventh Winter Farmers’ Market Starting on Nov. 23

Beginning this month and continuing through April, a diverse array of local farmers and vendors will be participating the the Winter Farmers’ Market organized by Seacoast Eat Local.

The outdoor growing season may be coming to a close, but Winter Farmers’ Markets are just getting started. Seacoast Eat Local has been busy pulling together some . . . → Read More: The Seventh Winter Farmers’ Market Starting on Nov. 23

Organic Farming Crucial to Food Security, Addressing Climate Change

In addition to reducing pollution, conserving water, and eliminating hazardous pesticides from the environment, organic farming typically uses 50% less fossil fuel than conventional agriculture.

As the world begins to wrestle with rising food insecurity associated with climate change, a report from Worldwatch points to the crucial role organic farming plays.

Not only is organically . . . → Read More: Organic Farming Crucial to Food Security, Addressing Climate Change

Connecting CAFO to climate destruction

The factory farms that produce most of America’s meat, eggs and dairy products have an seriously negative impact on global warming, air and water pollution, and antibiotic over-use. The article quoted below argues Why We Need Labels on Factory-Farmed Food.

A growing number of organic consumers, natural health advocates and climate hawks are taking a . . . → Read More: Connecting CAFO to climate destruction

Giving back

From someone who walked the talk:

I just happen to think that in life we need to be a little like the farmer who puts back into the soil what he takes out.

— Paul Newman

Sustainable food in an unpredictable world

From FWHorch.com comes good advice in general, but it is especially relevant given the food prices increases that are expected to follow this summer’s widespread droughts in the U.S. As the author notes, “As a food-importing state, Maine needs to think more carefully about our food security. Sustainable local food policies, combined with better agricultural . . . → Read More: Sustainable food in an unpredictable world

Should we be allowed to know what’s in our food?

Food columnist for the New York Times, Mark Bittman, talks about industry resistance to labeling American food.

Democracy. Are we entitled to know what goes in our food? The answer’s easy, but Big Food thinks it’s “no.” It’s not just ammonia in beef, it’s arsenic and antibiotics – banned antibiotics at that, and Prozac and . . . → Read More: Should we be allowed to know what’s in our food?

Food Rules – How to feed the world

Michael Pollen with humanity’s most important best kept secret.

“Food Rules” by Michael Pollan – RSA/Nominet Trust competition from Marija Jacimovic on Vimeo.

Updated plant hardiness zone maps

For gardeners who are thinking about spring planting season (that would be all of us), there is a new USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map. Here is the section that covers southern Maine:

The 2012 USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map is the standard by which gardeners and growers can determine which plants are most likely to . . . → Read More: Updated plant hardiness zone maps

Land as a commodity

From Aldo Leopold, the legendary American author, scientist, ecologist, forester, and environmentalist:

We abuse land because we regard it as a commodity belonging to us. When we see land as a community to which we belong, we may begin to use it with love and respect. —  Aldo Leopold

Proposed bill would create farm jobs, expand access to local food

Congresswoman Chellie Pingree announced her plan to introduce a bill later this week in Congress that includes provisions that would significantly change the nation’s food policy. The Local Farms, Food, and Jobs Act would expand opportunities for local and regional farmers and make it easier for consumers to have access to healthy foods.

“This is . . . → Read More: Proposed bill would create farm jobs, expand access to local food

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