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Eco and Health Advocates Weigh in on Farm Bill

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Legislative delay means there's time for revisions

Some U.S. farmers are paid to leave their land wild; others are compensated when weather devastates their cultivated land. Still others receive money when crop prices drop -- all from the same federal funds set aside through the current Farm Bill. To call it the "Farm Bill," however, is something of a misnomer. The federal government's primary agricultural and food policy legislation......read more

Will the Farm Bill Address GMO Concerns?

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With California's Prop 37 narrowly defeated, GMO labeling proponents take aim at the federal Farm Bill

California's Proposition 37, which would have required that genetically modified foods carry a label, suffered a narrow defeat (53 to 47) last week, thanks largely to the $45 million No On Prop 37 ad blitz backed by Big Food companies like Monsanto. Despite the defeat of the bill, GMO labeling advocates have plenty to be proud about, considering that the Yes cause was outspent 5 to 1......read more

What's in the 2014 Farm Bill?

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Latest amendment contains small victories for the sustainable food movement, big losses for Big Food

Elizabeth Kucinich for the Huffington Post: The purpose of the Farm Bill is to balance the immediate needs of feeding the country with the long term goal of ensuring a sustained food supply. In order to unite the interests of both urban and rural communities, the Farm Bill combines food assistance for our fellow country men, women and children in need, along with longer term agricultural......read more

Gary Hirshberg, CE-YO, Stonyfield Farm

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And now, a word from our sponsor.

What began 26 years ago as an organic farming school funded by yogurt sales is now a $320 million company supporting 1,400 organic farms across the USA. Stonyfield Farm co-founder Gary Hirshberg explains himself....read more

Hemp House

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Handy website helps consumers find out what farm their dairy products come from.

Do you know where your yogurt came from? That cheese in your sandwich? The milk in your cereal.? If you said, "A cow," you're quite right, but where do you know where the cow lives and works? At whereismymilkfrom.com, you can enter the code on the the packaging of dairy product and instantly find out what farm it came from. A welcome tool for all you conscientious dairy consumers.......read more

Billy Ray's Farm

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A modern dairy tale.

The small town of Oxford, Mississippi has played a disproportionately big part in American literature, having been home to a bunch of big-name authors, from William Faulker to John Grisham to Larry Brown. The title essay of Brown's final book, "Billy Ray's Farm," discusses his son's quest to become a cattleman. Now, six years after his father's death, the story is......read more

SHFT Sampler 7-1-10

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Essential links for your Memorial Day weekend.

The EU, which says it will meet 20% of its energy needs from renewable sources by 2020, gets set to switch on solar power in the Sahara Desert. Vertical agriculture takes off: 11 "farmscrapers" that build on the success of living walls and mobile gardens. A fake oil spill was staged at the Tate in London, as BP protestors railed against the unholy alliance between oil companies and......read more

Betting on the Farm

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Popular farming internships teach people how to plant and plow.

It ain't no cushy, high-paid summer position, but these days it's just as coveted. Farming internships are being flocked to by people of all stripes, eager to learn the tangible skills of food production. In the New York Times Sunday Magazine this week, Christine Muhlke writes about the increasing popularity of farming internships. She pays a visit to Tantre Farm in Chelsea, Michigan,......read more

Chickening Out

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How to appease a farm-obsessed six year-old? Pete Wells explains.

We all want our children to be enthusiastic about local, sustainable food, but there are moments when they can get a little too, er, focused on it. For Pete Wells, author of the always great (and too infrequent, in our opinion) Cooking With Dexter column in NYT Mag, that happened when his six year-old started demanding backyard chickens and rooftop beehives. After hiding his copy of "My......read more

Farmers Wage Organic War on Pests

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New developments in chemical-free pest control.

Since the 2008 U.S. farm bill, annual funding for organic farming research has increased from $3 million to $20 million. With more research dollars, scientists and farmers are delving deeper into organic pest control techniques and gaining a better understanding of the larger natural systems at work. Wild sunflowers, for example, are being planted not as a cash crop but as a home for beneficial......read more

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