Solano Coalition for Better Health: Sustainable food system better for all

… Local eating can reduce the number of miles that food travels, which lessens the amount of greenhouse gas emissions. Eating close to home also helps to keep local jobs safe, because the farmer can sell his products within the community. Local farms, cooperatives, farmers markets, community supported agriculture (CSA) and, increasingly, supermarkets, may all be local options. If you can, grow your own food, whether it is a crop of tomatoes or a favorite herb. To continue reading this article, …

Organic seafood standards coming in 2015

… “trying to play catch-up on organic aquaculture,” says miles McEvoy, who heads up USDA’s organic program. The European Union and Canada, along with other countries, have been exporting their own organic products to the United States. Retailer Wegmans already is selling organic seafood imported from Norway and elsewhere. Organic shoppers “skew to higher income and education which makes them extremely desirable,” says Dave Wagner, the company’s vice president of …

Farmers turn to GMO-free crops to boost income

By Christopher Doering | April 18, 2015 WASHINGTON –When Justin Dammann enters his southwestern Iowa cornfield this month, the 35-year-old farmer will sow something these 2,400 acres have not seen in more than a decade — plants grown without genetically modified seeds. The corn, which will head to a processor 20 miles down the road this fall, will likely make its way into tortilla shells, corn chips and other consumable products made by companies taking advantage of growing consumer demand …

Slippery slope? Heated debate in Uganda over super crops | Zee News

… good,” said Semakula, who lives and farms 16 kilometres (10 miles) outside the capital Kampala. “It`s rare not to find it regardless of what part of the country you`re in.” But in recent years a deadly bacterial disease, known as “banana wilt”, has had a devastating impact, driving some farmers to abandon their beloved crop altogether. It has also sparked a Ugandan version of the global row over genetically modified (GMO) foods. Across the world, heated debate …

Climate Change: Vital Signs of the Planet: SMAP observatory ready for launch

… highest-resolution maps of soil moisture ever obtained, mapping the globe every two to three days from space for a least three years. The spacecraft’s final circular polar orbit will be 426 miles (685 kilometers) at an inclination of 98.1 degrees. The spacecraft will orbit Earth once every 98.5 minutes and will repeat the same ground track every eight days. via Climate Change: Vital Signs of the Planet: SMAP observatory ready for launch. …