Internships support new concentration in agroecology and sustainable food systems

By Martha Brown | December 1, 2015 As their peers settle into lecture hall seats, two dozen UC Santa Cruz interns grab a harvest bucket, a set of pruners, or a digging fork and head out to the fields and orchards of UC Santa Cruz’s organic farm and gardens. They’ll spend the morning working at whatever the season demands: planting, harvesting, pruning, making compost, or packing crops for the campus dining halls. The interns are part of an evolving effort by UCSC’s Center for Agroecology …

The Food Project in Lincoln grows more than crops – News – Lincoln Journal – Lincoln, MA

By Betsy Levinson | June 19, 2015 With a new director and a renewed focus on “bridging the gap,” The Food Project is gearing up for another season of farming, youth development and providing food security from its fields in Lincoln, Boston, Lynn and Beverly. James Harrison, who goes by J., has moved from acting director to executive director of the organic farming program that started more than 20 years ago. Harrison is a Lincoln native who knew early on that he wanted to study and work in …

Do you want healthier food? Start demanding it | The Kansas City Star The Kansas City Star

… even use actual black pepper to season its beef. (Does anyone even want to know what they were using before?) These aren’t isolated incidents. Chipotle Mexican Grill is dumping genetically modified ingredients from its menu, and both McDonald’s and Chick-fil-A plan to stop selling chicken that’s been treated with human antibiotics. There’s a new category of chain restaurants called “healthy fast casual,” and its market share appears to be growing. It isn’t just restaurants. …

The Locavore: Organic Certification Is Costly, but Help Is on the Way for Athens Farms | Flagpole Magazine | Athens, GA News, Music, Arts, Restaurants

… not necessarily mutually inclusive) people eating organic food are often concerned about eating food that’s in season and locally produced. But all moral factors aside, it cannot be debated that in the organic industry, there is money to be made. Organic food sales have skyrocketed in recent years, jumping by double digits for the last four. Herein lies the catch. Although organic farming can be remunerative (comparatively speaking), the cost of becoming certified is prohibitive for many. It …

Agricultural Production Affects Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide Cycle | Climatology, Geophysics | Sci-News.com

… decompose after their growing season. Over the past five decades, the size of this seasonal swing has increased by as much as half, for reasons that aren’t fully understood. “In the Northern Hemisphere, there is a strong seasonal cycle of vegetation. Something is changing about this cycle; the ecosystems are becoming more productive, pulling in more atmospheric carbon during the summer and releasing more during the dormant period,” said study senior author Prof Mark Friedl of Boston …