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Move Over Chickens, Here's Something Duckier For The Backyard

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2 mentions3 months ago
hide captionDaniel Paduano's Pekin ducks search the grass for slugs, snails and insects, which make up a big part of their diet.Daniel Paduano's Pekin ducks search the grass for slugs, snails and insects, which make up a big part of their diet. When we did our egg taste ...

Buzzing for Solutions: 13 Organizations and Initiatives Helping to Save Bees

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4 mentions3 months ago
Coming in all shapes and sizes and populating all but the most extreme corners of the globe, bees play a crucial role in agriculture everywhere and represent an irreplaceable link in food production.From apples and blueberries to almonds and cucumbers, bees help produce more than 30 percent of ...

Hand Water Pumps Back in Style

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2 mentions3 months ago
Less than 100 years ago, the most important site consideration for communities and homesteaders was whether an abundance of good water was easily accessible. With the introduction of electric power and drilled water wells, close proximity to clean water became irrelevant – or so we thought.Our complacency regarding ...

Michigan Loses ‘Right To Farm’ This Week: A Farewell To Backyard Chickens and Beekeepers

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3 mentions3 months ago
Michigan residents lost their “right to farm” this week thanks to a new ruling by the Michigan Commission of Agriculture and Rural Development. Gail Philburn of the Michigan Sierra Club told Michigan Live, the new changes “effectively remove Right to Farm Act protection for many urban and suburban ...

Got Gas? It Could Mean You've Got Healthy Gut Microbes

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2 mentions3 months ago
hide captionSulfur-rich foods, such as cabbage, bok choy and kale, can be popular with gut bacteria. And we all know how much the critters enjoy beans.Sulfur-rich foods, such as cabbage, bok choy and kale, can be popular with gut bacteria. And we all know how much the critters ...

Is Monsanto’s Roundup linked to a deadly kidney disease?

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2 mentions3 months ago
Entire communities of sugar-farm laborers in Central America are being crippled by a sometimes deadly kidney malady — and nobody knows why. But some think the herbicide glyphosate, sold by Monsanto under the name Roundup, may be connected to the epidemic.The first reports of this disease date back ...

Pittsburgh's urban farms a growing business

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2 mentions3 months ago
City lots where abandoned houses have been demolished aren't the green acres that evoke visions of a bucolic life.Yet in urban neighborhoods through the region, women -- and they are mostly women -- are turning what had been blighted lands back into fertile ground. It is a sector ...

Urban farms won’t feed us, but they just might teach us

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3 mentions3 months ago
During World War II, when the government rationed food, Americans turned their backyards and front lawns into “victory gardens” that supplied 40 percent of the nation’s fruits and vegetables. Could we do that again, or even improve on it?If we want to scale up regional food systems and ...

Michigan Bans Animals On Small Farms

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2 mentions3 months ago
Many Michigan residents will lose their right to keep livestock on their own property due to a new ruling from the state’s Commission of Agriculture and Rural Development.The Commission ruled April 28 that local governments have the right to ban livestock from any area zoned residential in the ...

Family Farmers Hold Keys to Agriculture in a Warming World

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2 mentions3 months ago
This story is part of National Geographic's special eight-month Future of Food series. To learn more about it, join our Food: A Forum live-streaming event on May 2 at 2 p.m. EST.Faced with global warming and a population that will swell to nine billion by 2050, a growing ...

2014 Dirty Dozen List: The Most Pesticide-Laden Produce You're Eating

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Environmental Working Group (EWG) just released its 2014 Dirty Dozen list identifying the most pesticide-laden produce on the market. This doesn't mean you should stop eating produce in exchange for processed foods, but it does suggest that eating organic as often as possible is a top-notch way to ...

Salamander Springs Farm: Permaculture Farm in the Appalachian Mountains

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3 mentions3 months ago
Salamander Springs Farm: Permaculture Farm in the Appalachian MountainsNestled above an overgrown ridge-top meadow in the Appalachian Mountains, farmer Susana Lein proudly runs Salamander Springs Farm, a permaculture farm, homestead and “food forest,” where living, healthy soil is considered the most important resource. Working closely with her local ...

Nevada Standoff Grows From Grazing Fees To Much More

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2 mentions3 months ago
The Nevada standoff was initially over unpaid grazing fees by Bundy, but the issue has grown to a significance well beyond that in many Americans’ minds.Few issues have calcified viewpoints on the government in the western U.S. like the tense standoff in southeast Nevada this week between federal ...

Keep Your Eye on the U.S. Dollar

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2 mentions3 months ago
April 16, 2014 — Even though milk prices are holding strong –change is inevitable, according to Matt Mattke, Market360 Analyst with Stewart-Peterson, Inc. He tells us why we shouldbe watching the value of the U.S. dollar and the correlation the dollar has with Class III Milk prices.

Shortage of Farmers Creates 'Dangerous Situation' for U.S.

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2 mentions3 months ago
Farming has always been a hard life. It's a livelihood held hostage by the whims of Mother Nature and fickle consumers.Now you can add the high cost of doing business to the list of things scaring young Americans away from agriculture, and it's raising concerns that the nation ...

How Buying Local Food Grows Local Economies

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2 mentions3 months ago
The motto “Think Globally, Act Locally” has long been a guiding tenet of the sustainable food movement. But does acting locally really make a difference and if so, what kind of difference? That’s just what a team of economists set out to explore in the study Linkages Between ...

Butter's comeback churns big sales

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Hope Creamery manager Jay Logan tossed a chunk of freshly churned butter into the butter wrapping machine Thursday in Hope, Minn. The creamery, which churns more than 300,000 pounds of butter a year, has found success selling to Twin Cities eateries and grocery stores. Per capita U.S. butter ...

On April 17 We Defend our Seeds and Fight Against the Seed Industry

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This year we dedicate the 17th of April, international day of peasant struggles, to the defense of seeds. Seeds are an essential basis for achieving food sovereignty because almost everything in agriculture depends on them: What we can plant and how it is grown; the quality and nutrition ...

Defra gives green light for GM omega-3 plants trials

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SCIENTISTS have been given the go ahead to grow genetically modified (GM) camelina plants which produce the omega-3 fatty acids usually found in fish.Defra granted permission for researchers from Rothamsted Research to conduct the field trial at the centre in Harpenden, Hertfordshire. A Defra spokesman said it had ...

In harsh country, quality pays

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When consumers question the sustainability of today’s beef cattle operations, they clearly haven’t met James Cloud.After all, he’s raising commercial Angus cattle on CRP land in Rule, Texas, that’s been in the family more than 100 years. And despite the environmental odds being stacked against him in the ...

Beekeepers Discuss Mass Honeybee Deaths From Almond Pollination

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2 mentions4 months ago
In early February, commercial, migratory beekeepers travel with their bees to the almond groves in California for pollination. Almonds are one of many key crops that rely upon honeybees for pollination. Many migratory beekeepers begin with almonds and then travel to other states to work with growers and ...

The 10 minor realizations that flipped my thinking about GMOs

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3 mentions4 months ago
A recent story about GMO testing kicked off a conversation with a friend. The researchers tested the biochemicals from crops to suss out variations in food quality and composition due to genetic engineering. The new process allowed researchers to extract 1,000 or so biochemicals from the fruit of ...

5 Anti-Inflammatory Foods that Reduce Mucus, Phlegm and Snot

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2 mentions4 months ago
Whenever my nose gets stuffy and my cough a little phlegm-like, I realize it is time to clean up my diet with some anti-inflammatory foods. Mucus is produced in the body as a defense mechanism against toxins, viruses and bacteria and dually cushions and protects the bodies cells ...

Importance of Environmental Stewardship with Padlock Ranch’s Wayne Fahsholtz

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Each year, the Montana Stockgrowers Association, Montana Beef Council and the Montana Stockgrowers Association’s Foundation, honors a Montana ranch that exemplifies environmental stewardship and demonstrates a commitment toward improved sustainability within their communities. This award recognizes Montana ranchers who are at the forefront in conservation and stewardship and ...

Self-sustaining is best bet with home-grown edibles

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2 mentions4 months ago
Eliza A.H. Lord grows just about everything you can think of on a quarter of an acre in the North Main Street area.She has a pomegranate tree that originated with her great-grandmother in Ninety Six – handed down through five generations of her family. It was a foot ...

Sudden Chicken Death: What Are the Causes?

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1 mentions4 months ago
I’ve lost birds before, because of a weasel attack and a pile-up as chicks. But this death was totally strange.The night before, when I closed up the coop, all eight birds were roosting and looking fine. Nothing out of the ordinary. The next morning, when I opened the ...

Urban Farming Comes with Unique Soil Contamination Risks

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2 mentions4 months ago
Urban farming is on the rise—some 9 million Americans are now growing food in urban areas—highlighting the growing shift towards greener cities and truly local food. But is it safe?A new report suggests food contamination is also on the rise in urban environments with soil contamination a serious ...

Eliot Coleman reflects on four decades of organic farming in Maine

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2 mentions4 months ago
When Eliot Coleman was in his 20s, farming was just the next adventure, after earlier passions for rock climbing, skiing and mountaineering. Then in 1968, he and his first wife, Sue, went to visit their heroes, Helen and Scott Nearing, the back-to-the-landers in Harborside whose books, particularly 1954’s ...

Garden & Farm Fungicides, Herbicides & Pesticides Far More Toxic Than Originally Thought

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4 mentions4 months ago
French researchers have found that commonly used chemicals on farms and in gardens are up to 1000 times more toxic to humans than originally thought, with Roundup being the most toxic of the insecticides and herbicides.A new study has found that a number of commonly used pesticides are ...

Grazing Animals vs. Chemical Fertilizers: Which Improves Biodiversity?

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2 mentions4 months ago
Nitrogen or phosphorus based chemical fertilizers and grazing animals including kangaroos, deer, sheep and zebras were the subject of an extensive worldwide study on the health of plant species in prairies, savannas, alpine meadows and other grasslands.The findings may help scientists better understand how to boost crops grown ...

Open Source Beehives let Citizens Save Bees from their own Backyards

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5 mentions4 months ago
A new crowdfunding project aims to put the power to fight colony collapse disorder in the hands of everyday people. Now, anyone can log on and download a simple design for their own internet-connected beehive. These hives do more than provide a home for local bee populations — ...

Open Source Beehives

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2 mentions4 months ago
Posted March 19, 2014 by Keveen Gabet & filed under Animal Housing, Building, Community Projects, Insects.We are all too familiar with the Colony Collapse Disorder afflicting our precious bees. So much needs to be done to educate the mass (and beekeepers) about what bees truly need. The Open ...

Learn to Timber Frame

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1 mentions4 months ago
The village of Buckler's Hard on the banks of the Beaulieu river in Hampshire, will become a centre for teaching and studying ship building, beginning with the construction of a timber workshop.The Shipwright School will be partnering with the International Boatbuilding Training College in Portsmouth, to provide a ...

Homestead Hints

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1 mentions5 months ago
There are two main suggestions that I would give to any would be gardener who is starting out for the first time. Today, I'm going to focus on these two main points, with more to come later, because I believe every other suggestion I could give still hinges ...

No, GMOs Won't Harm Your Health

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2 mentions5 months ago
With historic drought battering California's produce and climate change expected to jeopardize the global food supply, there are few questions more important than what our agriculture system should look like in the future. And few agricultural issues are more politically charged than the debate over genetically modified organisms.

Cows are incredible: They might just keep producing more milk forever

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1 mentions5 months ago
Along with the bright future of soybeans, this year's long-term projections from the U.S. Department of Agriculture contained this fascinating graph of the future of growing things:You see that blue line? That is the number of pounds of milk the average cow will produce per year, progressing upward ...

Cotton 101: Blog Posts that Provide the Basics of Farming Cotton

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3 mentions5 months ago
Having worked in the cotton industry for longer than I want to remember and having talked to so many experts over time, I’ve been able to pick up some of the basics. As I thought about what unique things I can put out here that may help others ...

Earth Eats - Indiana Public Media | New Cases Raise Ire Between Conventional And Organic Growers

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Earth Eats is a weekly podcast, public radio program and blog bringing you the freshest news and recipes inspired by local food and sustainable agriculture. Learn more »Annie Corrigan is the producer of Earth Eats, and an announcer and producer at WFIU Public Radio. Learn more »Daniel Orr ...

Lawrence Anthony - Telegraph

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1 mentions5 months ago
In his native South Africa, Anthony was a key figure in promoting the concept of joining tribal lands to game reserves in order to give remote tribal communities a vested interest in conservation. As well as creating two new African game reserves, he ran a private reserve of ...

A Call For Backyard Biodiversity

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1 mentions5 months ago
Common suburban landscapes consist of manicured lawns and nonnative ornamental plants, which provide little nourishment to local fauna.You have probably never thought of your property as a wildlife preserve representing the last chance we have to sustain plants and animals that were once common throughout the US. But ...

The secret ingredient to slow food: slow cash

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4 mentions5 months ago
When I spoke with Tim Crosby, director of Slow Money Northwest, he was working on a deal at the Finn River Cidery. “I’m in my outside office,” he said. “I’m standing here looking out over this: It’s just idyllic, there’s hoop houses, there’s chickens. They make apple cider,

Monsanto versus the monarchs

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2 mentions5 months ago
Major press outlets worldwide reported earlier this month that the butterflies are in "grave danger". Their population has reached the lowest numbers ever recorded. Now, an independent study has linked the monarch's decline with Monsanto’s Roundup pesticide.This corporate giant knows what it's doing. But Monsanto says we should ...

Who Owns Organic Now? New Info Graphic Tracks the Corporate Takeover of Organics…

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4 mentions5 months ago
(click on the poster image above to view a quick loading larger version, and then click on it again for even larger detail) Download High Resolution PDF for printing purposesIn 1995 there were 81 independent organic processing companies in the United States. A decade later, Big Food had ...

Home Depot, Lowe's Swarmed by Bee Activists

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2 mentions5 months ago
It's estimated that between $20 billion and $30 billion in American agriculture production depends on honey bees and other pollinators.Home Depot and Lowe's are under fire for selling pesticides that some believe are partly to blame for killing billions of the nation's honey bees.Petitions with thousands of signatures ...

Coming soon – Roundup-Ready Turfgrass

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2 mentions5 months ago
News from the garden-product company we love to hate – Scotts-MiracleGro, of course.As reported here (via a Rant tipster) CEO Jim Hagedorn announced at the company’s annual meeting that it’s testing genetically modified grass seed (Kentucky bluegrass) that will withstand the large-scale spraying of the herbicide Roundup on ...

Sad about swans? Think about chickens

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2 mentions6 months ago
New York’s Department of Environmental Conservation is currently taking public comments on its proposal to kill 2,200 mute swans by 2025. As you can imagine, there has been fierce opposition from many who enjoy seeing the beautiful animals in New York’s parks. Wildlife experts rightly note that the ...

The Full-Fat Paradox: Whole Milk May Keep Us Lean

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2 mentions6 months ago
hide captionA customer shops for milk at a Safeway in Livermore, Calif. Although it may seem counterintuitive, there's growing evidence that full-fat dairy is linked to reduced body weight.A customer shops for milk at a Safeway in Livermore, Calif. Although it may seem counterintuitive, there's growing evidence that ...

Vertical farming explained: how cities could be food producers of the future

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3 mentions6 months ago
Growing food in population centres would increase yields, cut transport costs and overcome limited land area Populations are growing and cities are booming – but could we soon see skyscrapers turned into centres for crop production? From Chicago warehouses to the south pole growth chamber in Antarctica, the ...

Teeny urban farm is "patch of green in a sea of brown"

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2 mentions6 months ago
“It’s not idyllic country living, but we’re not that type of farm,” says McNamara, 49, a former landscaper who with his wife, Emily Mabry, 46, grows broccoli, kale and other green goodies at River Road Gardens on the grounds of the Tucson Waldorf School.As part of “a social ...

The (False) 'Advertising Industry' Gets Parodied for Blatant Misuse of 'Natural' Food Claims [Video]

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The recently launched Only Organic campaign nails it in this LOL video about “The False Advertising Industry,” which reveals the shocking truth about what is allowed in “natural” food.According to the Only Organic campaign, “only the USDA Organic Seal guarantees your food contains no Genetically Modified Organisms, no ...
 

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