UN: Eco-Farming Feeds The World

For years now, the most-asked question by detractors of the good food movement has been, “Can organic agriculture feed the world?” According to a new United Nations report, the answer is a big, fat yes. The report, Agro-ecology and the Right to Food, released yesterday, reveals that small-scale sustainable farming would even double food production within five to 10 years in places where most hungry people on the planet live.

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Our Local Economy In Transition: Food As Economic Development

“Our Local Economy in Transition,” a three-day conference in Boulder Feb. 25-27, will explore the most pressing issues that we face as a community, and attempt to chart a course for the future, with an emphasis on developing local agriculture. The event, including Friday night’s session at Unity Church and the Saturday-Sunday conference at the Millennium Harvest House, is part of Transition Colorado’s EAT LOCAL! campaign. It will provide an opportunity to explore how local food and farming can contribute to the resilience of our local economy, reduce our contribution to global warming, and ensure the health, well-being and self-reliance of all our citizens. “Our Local Economy in Transition,” a three-day conference in  Boulder Feb. 25-27, will explore the most pressing issues that we face as a community, and attempt to chart a course for the future, with an emphasis on developing local agriculture. The event, including Friday night’s session at Unity Church and the Saturday-Sunday conference at the Millennium Harvest House, is part of Transition Colorado’s EAT LOCAL! campaign. It will provide an opportunity to explore how local food and farming can contribute to the resilience of our local economy, reduce our contribution to global warming, and ensure the health, well-being and self-reliance of all our citizens.

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Beyond Affluenza And Into The “New Normal”: An Interview With David Wann

We are a nation on the edge of a nervous breakdown. We consume two-thirds of the world’s anti-depressants as we battle for position in the economy. Why not just declare a cease-fire with the Joneses we’ve been trying to keep up with?  We’ve bought into the notion that if we’re not wealthy, we’re not good enough, which creates horrible stress and anxiety. Why not become citizens again, creating employee-owned businesses and member-owned credit unions that can reduce both killer stress and unnecessary expenses? (Credit unions save $8 billion a year in interest on loans because they are non-profit) Why not invest in community bonds, portfolios and banks and make living returns on our investments?

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Local And Organic Farming: The Gold Standard

Local organic food and farming are the gold standard. Organic farmers gladly adhere to a set of regulations, use non-toxic products, and accept the need to be scrutinized by an independent third party inspector. Why? Because, regulation of food safety is essential to guaranteeing consumers that the farmer has their health and well being at the center of his or her business plan. The organic regulatory process is neither easy nor happily anticipated by the farmer. But it is necessary! It is our covenant with our customers.

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Joan Dye Gussow Talks About Why the Local Food Movement Matters

Joan Dye Gussow says she has found the secret to getting a 12-hour day of vegetable gardening out of her 82-year-old body. She has breakfast, works for four hours, comes in for lunch and lies down to get her spine straightened out. Then she gets up and does it two more times before the day ends. Gussow, a nutritionist by trade, applies this dogged behavior to her 35-year campaign to get the public to think more about what happens to food before they eat it.

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How Can We Feed The World And Still Save The Planet?

Chronic underinvestment in agriculture over the last 20 years combined with trade liberalisation has trapped many developing countries in a vicious cycle of low agricultural productivity and dependence on cheap food imports, he argues. The one exacerbates the other as local farmers struggle, and fail, to get a decent price for their produce in competition with imports, which have often benefited from government subsidies.

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Victory! Los Angeles Bans New Fast Food Restaurants

The Los Angeles City Council unanimously passed regulations that prohibit any stand-alone fast food establishments from opening in South Los Angeles, a region of the city that has significantly higher rates of obesity, diabetes, and heart disease compared to wealthier neighborhoods.. The ban takes a courageous step towards fighting obesity and promoting healthier eating, and the victory stands as a commendable example for similar public health campaigns

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