Internships support new concentration in agroecology and sustainable food systems

… and Sustainable Food Systems (CASFS) to integrate undergraduates into the seasonal work of the campus’s 33 acres of organic farmland and market gardens. With support from the Clarence E. Heller Foundation and a U.S. Department of Education Higher Education Challenge Grant, CASFS staff and UCSC faculty have crafted an internship program that complements the environmental studies major’s new concentration in agroecology and sustainable food systems. To continue reading this article, please …

Engineer Creates First Local Organic Bamboo Kiln 

By Douglas McIntosh | November 29, 2015 Jamaica’s emerging bamboo industry has been further boosted with the creation of the first locally manufactured organic bamboo charcoal kiln. The furnace was designed and developed at a cost of $1.4 million by Jamaican engineer, Gentle Wallace, a member of the Bamboo and Indigenous Materials Advisory Committee (BIMAC), in support of the multimillion dollar Peckham Bamboo Project, being implemented in North West Clarendon. Funding for the kiln was …

4 ways to create a healthful summer diet – The Washington Post

… vegetables: Be organic-savvy. When you buy organic, you reduce your exposure to pesticides and you support a way of farming that’s good for the planet. And a new analysis by Consumer Reports’ scientists has good news for people who find that organic produce is unavailable or too expensive: It identified 23 conventional fruits and vegetables considered low risks for pesticide residue. Many summer favorites (blueberries, cherries, raspberries and watermelon, for instance) are on the list. But …

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

By Denise Kirnig, Coalition for Better Health | June 19, 2015 Sustainable food habits that support a more environmentally and socially responsible food system are a growing interest in our efforts to protect the environment. A sustainable food system is a collaborative network that integrates sustainable food production, processing, distribution, consumption and waste management in order to enhance the environmental, economic and social health of a particular place. Farmers, consumers and …

Weighing The Costs of Not Eating Organic

… that area. If I’m supporting those farms and those people are at risk, then I don’t want to support that. Some people don’t have a choice in many of those countries, and we are in a position where we can change that.” We are privileged to live here, and forking out an extra couple bucks ensures that these farmers can live safer, less chemical infested lives. In regards to affordability lets be honest, can we really not afford a couple extra dollars for organics? If we are buying …

Peru’s Organic Workers Call for Food Sovereignty | News | teleSUR English

… involved. Young participant Mayumi Villegas Huaycama from an organization called Youth from Ucayali explains that the association has helped her “gather a group of young people, children of farmers that are working their parcels of land and at the same time they are studying engineering, agronomy…We are doing it in one way or another so that they don’t get isolated and became instead a source of backing and support for their parents.” Cesar Ortíz’s family is one of those …

Countries That Ban GMO Foods

… most GMO foods have allowed one or two GMO crops to be grown. Special: GMO Foods: Are We Unknowingly Poisoning Our Families? Here are a few of the rules and regulations regarding GMOs in other countries: 1. China. Beijing supports GMO technology because it sees GMO as crucial to food security, says Reuters. But although China may support the technology and allows for some genetically modified food crops to be imported, it doesn’t permit their domestic cultivation. The country plans to …

Choose smart & organic – Focus Health – Susie Ponici

… pollution while enforcing waste water management, crop rotation, animal welfare, and sustainability. Fortunately, organic foods are becoming an important staple among the health-conscious public. Many grocery stores are expanding their organic produce while health food stores have sprung up across the country. Families are learning the value of eating locally by joining community gardens and supporting local farmers. In doing so, you too can support local producers who use sustainable and …

Claims that GMOs Will “Feed the World” Don’t Hold Up | EWG

… largely address the need for more calories in the future.” The Just Label It campaign, which advocates for mandatory federal labeling of GMO foods, provided funding support for this new report. Gary Hirshberg, chairman of Just Label It, said, “Biotech companies and their customers in chemical agriculture have been attempting to sell the benefits of GMOs for two decades. Between exaggerated claims about feeding the world and a dramatic escalation in the use of toxic pesticides, it is no …

Lakewinds announces grants to local farm groups – Chanhassen Villager: Business

From SW News Media, Posted March 16 2015 Lakewinds Food Co-op, a natural foods co-op, has announced the recipients of its 2015 Lakewinds Organic Field Fund Grant Program (LOFF). LOFF began in 2011 as a way for Lakewinds to deepen its commitment to providing local, organic food to the communities it serves. Since its inception, the program has given over $100,000 to support local farmers and farm associations. “The financial burden these farmers face to maintain their commitment to sustainable …