U.S. rubber-stamped deal; Bayer-Monsanto now controls
25% market share
Jon Greenberg on Thursday, February 14th, 2019 at
presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren has put
regulating the power of large firms at the center
of her campaign. She often speaks about the big
banks, but recently, she trained her sights on agribusiness.
rubber-stamping the Bayer-Monsanto merger, the Justice
Department is handing control over one quarter of
the world's seeds and pesticides market to one ginormous
agribusiness," the Massachusetts senator posted
on Facebook Feb. 4. "Thats bad for farmers,
bad for our food supply, and bad for consumers everywhere."
this factcheck, we look at whether U.S. antitrust
regulators gave the merger little thought, and whether
the deal produced a company as large as Warren said.
$60-plus billion merger of German-based Bayer with
the American firm Monsanto essentially won U.S.
antitrust approval in May 2018. That came about
18 months after the two multinational firms struck
a deal.Continue Reading
chemical and pharmaceutical giant Bayer said Thursday
it would slash 12,000 jobs in a major restructuring
following the mammoth takeover of Monsanto, enabling
it to save 2.6 billion euros ($3 billion) a year from
planned job cuts will affect about one in every
ten of the group's 118,200 posts, "a significant
number of them in Germany", said the group
in a statement.
swallowed Monsanto in one of Germany's biggest ever
corporate takeovers at a cost of 63 billion euros
barely two months later, a court ruling in the US
left Bayer with multi-million-dollar damages to
pay as the judge found that its newly acquired subsidiary
Monsanto should have warned a user about cancer
risks from its herbicide Roundup.
details of the restructuring, Bayer said it planned
to exit its animal health business, in order to
concentrate resources on its core businesses of
pharmaceuticals, consumer health and crop science.
is also looking at letting go of its Coppertone
sun care brand and Dr. Scholl's foot care product
the tie-up with Monsanto, the group's crop science
division will be among the hardest hit by the job
cuts, with 4,100 posts to go.
company said it expected to complete trimming its
headcount by the end of 2021.
Merger: Endangering Our Health, Food, Farms &
February 1, 2019
US Department of Justice finalized its approval of
the Bayer and Monsanto merger. A new monopoly will
be created over agricultural pesticides and industrial
seed production, with farmers locked into industrial
farming and of our health endangered (Inc. transcript)
Local Food News begins again with new back end guidance.
Local Food has much appreciation to those who have
supported the efforts of this work up to this point.
We are saddened by the loss of the Players
Pub, one of our local supporters. The Pub will be
missed for many reasons including the fact that
it presented Bloomington, Indiana the opportunity
to experience live music from amazing talents, both
local and national. They also had good food.
hope that we will see a media trend toward encouraging
take out food to be in compostable packaging, and
that all stores stop providing plastic bags. I have
had cloth bags for years and still often forget
them. This year, I intend remembering. We have reached
the tipping point, perhaps we have already gone
beyond. Read the articles regarding platics here
and hopefully, we can encourage one another to seriously
take this global home care that says no plastic
bags and more to heart. We know the damage, the
cost is real. We food lovers and eaters have a lot
of power. Let's use it.
2018, I cooked and consumed more lancinato kale,
cauliflower, Brussel sprouts and japanese sweet
potatoes than in any previous year (or four). I
had them in soups, stews, tarts, and roasted. I
always roast with the intention of having leftovers
(toss the extra in the freezer) so I have that unique
taste available to combine easly into other dishes.
2018, I ventured far down a sourdough rabbit hole;
became courageous and made my own Italian (like)
sausage, because I was really frustrated at not
finding one product in any store in my town that
I can eat, because every dog and sausage contains
nightshades! So, go without or make your own, also
requiring that I make my own tobasco sauce. Since
I am a maker, I made and am enjoying what to me,
has a better taste than any vegan or vegetarian
sausage I recall eating. Now to get the "skin".
year, Grandma's Mustard Club has lifted a few inches
off the ground. The Weekly Bake (almost) I am making
whole grain focaccia and pastries with my sourdough
starter and sprouting weekly. Ahh, the adventures
a nightshade free life has taken me on. Once it
is layed out in book form, I will have a clearer
view of the journey.
guess from the way I shop that my diet is about
90% plant based, 80% organic. I purchase bulk quantities
of flours, legumes, rice and other grains. I do
eat chicken from local producers and in 2018, I
fell into like over Victors plain pulled pork.
Delicious and savory memories.
leaned that I am a practitioner of Tsundoku: The
practice of buying more books than you can read.
So many cookbooks, so many recipes only to be appreciated
on the page.
make no predictions as to what food trends you will
find on the home or restaurant table. It will all
come down to availability and taste, and a bit of
what consumers fall prey to from advertising concerns.
by a few articles in 2018, I began making an inventory
list of "What Is in My Pantry" and will
post to the blog once it is complete.
we see more and diverse small farms with an interest
in sustainable and regenerative practices be nurtured
by local governments interested in food security.
Funny, In Washington, D.C. in the early 1960's,
in elementary school, I think (or imagine) more
than one year, bought a bean seed to school (I think
mine was pinto) in the spring and we planted and
tended our seeds until they had bust forth and spread
their cotyledons wide. Then for science purpose,
we exposed the roots to see how much life was happening
beneath the soil and to notice the nodules on the
roots and understand their importance to the bean
and to the soil.
person can have an impact on creating a healthy
food systems. May we each find what we can do to
reflect a positive change into our homes, communities
I am often asked, why do I shop organic? Early in
adulthood, I learned that for me, food was truely
my medicine, and organic food is the cheapest medicine
I can purchase.
I seriously got to work on this news, I began waking
and wondering a lot about my own use of plastics
and also thinking it was time again to host a Council
of All Beings and how I might make such a thing
happen. Lucille has been in my thoughts. I became
a facilitator for the Council of All Beings upon
request of Environmental Educator Lucille Bertuccio
for IU's Environmental Education in the Outdoors
graduate program and co-founder of the Center for
Sustainable Living in Bloomington, Indiana. That
was in the early 2000's. I had worked with Lucille
on a variety of other projects and was delighted
to receive this invitation. Since that time, I have
worked with over 200 persons, both youth and adults
in small groups; some as part of their education
as Environmental Educators, others, participants
at CSL Fairs, private events and workshops. Who
knows what may happen.
do I support bee information and seed information?
Seeds and bees make a lot of what I enjoy eating
possible. I want all people to have access to food
and have long been alarmed at the chemicalization
and privitazation moves regarding what is necessary
for human life. In the early 2000's I wrote a poem
about some early Monsanto chemical consolidation
moves and was told it was a manefesto.
hope that some of you will resolve to hold and maintain
seeds for planting, gather in the knowledge of recipes,
and food traditions of your and all peoples because
really, every time we sit down to eat, we are benefitting
from the worlds garden. If you have any memory of
grandmother, or family food, and don't have the
recipes and have the possibility of having them,
get out there and get them. If there are stories,
collect them. Many libraries have kits you can borrow
for audio documentation.
you journey from this moment into the next, "Bridge
of Dreams" author Anne Bishop would say, "Travel
lightly". May we be filled with love, appreciation,
joy, wonder, kindness, discernment, understanding,
happiness and openesss to learning as a constant
seeds of possibility and regeneration in whatever
ways that you can.
after marrying Pauline "Polly" Baker,
92 years old made her first batch of biscuits from
scratch. That was back in 1944!
the Local Food Movement Paved the Way for Delicious,
Whole Grain Baked Goods
With a steady source of butter, sugar, and artisan
chocolate at their disposal, pastry chefs have a knack
for navigating direct routes to our taste buds. But
recently the biggest source of flavor in baked goods
is coming from somewhere you would never expect: the
DOES YOUR LOCAL FOOD GROW?
CAN WE BUILD A LOCAL FOOD WEB INSTEAD OF A GLOBAL
Wayne Roberts looks at all the ways local food webs
are already growing, ready to become the Next Big
Thing in creative disruption.
weeks ago, I went to and wrote about an exciting international
conference in Montpelier, France, on sustainable agrichains??which
is geekspeak for food supply chains that are socially,
economically and environmentally responsible.
I now want to propose the idea of going beyond the
one-way and linear supply chain thinking of agribusiness,
and make the case instead for civic food webs??based
on partnerships among local governments, local public
and community institutions (universities and co-ops,
for example), social movements, citizen groups (such
as the marvelous Equiterre of Montreal), community-oriented
businesses, neighborhood groups, and engaged individuals
Eaters of the world, unite! You have nothing to lose
but your food chains!!
First, let me outline how I think we got to where
we are now. MORE THAN ONE WAY TO FILL A VACUUM
Nature abhors a vacuum, but global corporations seize
There was a food infrastructure vacuum in the cities
of the 1800s and 1900s. It arose most obviously in
Europe as a result of the lack of organic or community-based
connections between city food consumers seeking to
buy foods from around the world and food producers
seeking to sell to them. Technologies, such as refrigerator
ships, trains and trucks, were available to move food
huge distances. As well, technologies, such a sewers
and electrical utilities, were available to make large
cities livable and attractive. But in the absence
of community-based or government-based mechanisms
to sponsor the necessary logistics, what were then
called multinational corporations took over this middleman
infrastructure function of bring food producers and
chains stop & start, but the life cycle doesnt.
More often than not, the vacuum was created by two
forces that sucked the air out of direct relations
between communities. One is called market failure,
and the other is called collective action failure.
Get to the roots of good, local food! Learn from national
and regional experts on what inputs and practices
go into sustainable, organic, high-quality food. Connect
with over 600 farmers, foodies and homesteaders in
Grass Valley on February 7th-10th, for the 2019 Sustainable
Food & Farm Conference. This years conference
Doniga Markegard: regenerative agriculture
integrative systems rancher and author
Jeff Lowenfels: Mycorrhizae soil food web expert
and author of several books including "Teaming
Dru Rivers and Paul Muller: Full Belly Farm,
collaborative whole systems farmers
20 Food & Farm Workshops: build your own
curriculum to upgrade your skills with regional experts
Nevada County Farm Tour: spend the day touring
three Nevada County farms
Quickbooks for the Small Farmer: learn how
to set up QuickBooks to run your ag business profitably
Cheese Making: hands-on cheese making class
from local cheese maker
Seed Saving: grow and select seeds adapted
to your climate
Whole Animal Butchery: hands on butchery workshop
Ag Tech Micro Conference: new technology geared
for the small farmer
More details at www.foodandfarmconference.com
have been enjoying the use of fire to cook our food
for thousands of years. Although many now live in
cities, some lovers of the out of doors, keep freshs
the knowledge and joy of cooking over an open fire.
There are quite a number of people in the Monroe County
area who share this simple pleasure. Local Therapist
Marsha is one such person. She says that cooking in
her cast iron pots over an open flame has become somewhat
of a passion. (Ed note)
back some years when Green Dove.org and its associated
projects hosted the Simply Healthy Fair in Bloomington,
IN and I invited Judy Wicks
to be the events keynote speaker addressing the subject
of sustainable food and food equity. During her presentation
she spoke of her business practices and the transformative
nature of them in her community. If you are in the MCPL
Library area, you can put in a request with CATS to
see her presentation which centered around the baile.
Also, check out her recent book Beautiful
Business, and this podcast interview Philly
Who? Pioneering Farm-toTable at White Dog Cafe
need to forget about this so we can heal, said
an elderly white woman, as she left my lecture on
the history of enslaved cooks and their influence
on American cuisine. Something I said, or perhaps
everything I said, upset her.
presentation covered 300 years of American history
that started with the forced enslavement of millions
of Africans, and which still echoes in our culture
today, from the myth of the happy servant
(think Aunt Jemima on the syrup bottle) to the broader
marketing of black servitude (as in TV commercials
for Caribbean resorts, targeted at white American
travelers). I delivered the talk to an audience of
30 at the Maier Museum of Art in Lynchburg, Virginia.
While I had not anticipated the womans displeasure,
trying to forget is not an uncommon response to the
unsettling tale of the complicated roots of our history,
and particularly some of our beloved foods.
Herrick's District's Ben Cohen's presentation on
Seed Saving and check out our Seed Video!
in Large Kitchens: Ensuring Sustainable Consumption
on December 18, 2018 at 8:00 AM
Sustainable Development Goal number 12 is about consuming
and producing within our planets natural
limit, and for next generations to be able to
fulfill their needs. As food is a basic need to be
fulfilled and a shortage in large part of the world,
goal number 12 is specified in a 50% reduction
of the amount of food globally ending as waste
throughout the whole value chain before 2030.
Korten posted Dec 21, 2017
To have a viable human future on this over-stressed
planet, it is essential that we build a solidarity
economy that seeks material sufficiency and spiritual
abundance for all in balance with a living Earth.
We must join in common cause to build local relationships
of caring and equitable sharing across the lines of
race, religion, and class. Strong and healthy local
relationships, however, are only one element of the
larger economic transformation required to re-balance
our relationship to Earth and achieve a radical redistribution
of access to and control of the essentials of living.
Will Be the Third Year Blue Ridge Women in Agriculture,
the Watauga County Public Library and the Ashe County
Public Library are working together to provide a
catalog of fruit, vegetable and flower seeds in
time for the growing season. The mission of the
seed libraries is to promote food security, community
resilience and a culture of sharing in the High
The seed library is a great way to help preserve
and promote the amazing crop diversity of our region.
Through the act of seed sharing, we are eager to
make the practices of home gardening and seed saving
accessible to the whole community, said Julia
Showalter, board chair for Blue Ridge Women in Agriculture.
School That Put Local, Healthy, and Homemade on the
school district pulled out, parents at a Eugene, Ore.,
charter school stepped in to reinvent how lunch is
Domzalski posted Oct 03, 2016
A wood-framed blackboard announces the menu of the
day in purple, red, and blue chalk: brown-rice bowl
topped with tamari-marinated tofu and roasted seaweed,
a side of coleslaw, and green salad with citrus dressing.
The Village School is reinventing how a public school
feeds its children.
This isnt a new lunch item at a trendy vegetarian
restaurant. It is the hot lunch at the Village School,
a public charter school in Eugene, Ore.
The Village School is reinventing how a public school
feeds its children, by offering one homemade, all-vegetarian
lunch option each day and earning national recognition
in the process. In October, the Village School won
the national 2015 Golden Carrot Award from the Physicians
Committee for Responsible Medicine, which awards cash
prizes to schools that encourage students to eat healthful
Students have responded favorably to their schools
effort: More than 70 percent of the 216 childrenkindergarten
through eighth gradeparticipate in the lunch
program, compared to the national average of 56 percent,
and nearly all of the staff participate. Continue
Writing Emerge Farmers In Barron County Pack Meeting
On How To Grow Hemp
To Guide Hemp Production
Friday, December 22, 2017, 11:25am
By Rich Kremer
100 farmers interested in growing hemp as a cash crop
gathered Wednesday in Barron County. Some say they're
considering planting test plots as early as next year,
just months after lawmakers lifted a ban on the crop.
Hemp is a strain of cannabis with low concentrations
of the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana known
as THC. Hemp products like hemp oil, protein powders
and roasted hemp seeds are becoming increasingly popular.
The meeting room at the Barron County Government Center
was nearly filled for a presentation by Minnesota
hemp farmer John Strohfus who began growing hemp
in 2016, a year after Minnesota legalized it's production.
He talked about sourcing seeds, harvesting and marketing
hemp products just weeks after Gov. Scott Walker
signed a bill legalizing it's production in Wisconsin.
Strohfufs said he's been getting at least two calls
a day from Wisconsin farmers who have heard about
hemp bringing more profit than traditional crops.
From the Garden - photograph by Glenda Breeden
Kisses in January by Glenda Breeden
(January 11, 2019)
last time I visited my mom in Southeastern Indiana,
she told me that the Amish had dropped by a few days
before and serenaded her with Christmas carols. Theyd
also left her a container of ambrosia, if Id
like to try some for dessert. Of course, the word
ambrosia started spinning through my mind till I couldnt
even decide if I wanted dessert: Ambrosia. Ambrosia.
Ambrosia. I liked how it fell from my lips as I pronounced
it. Like a kiss. How did I know that word? Seemed
like it had something to do with Greek mythology.
So, I googled it, and sure enough:
ancient Greek myths, ambrosia (/æm'bro???/, Ancient
Greek: ?µß??s?a, "immortality")
is sometimes the food or drink of the
Greek gods, often depicted as conferring longevity
or immortality upon whoever consumed it. It was brought
to the gods in Olympus by doves.
Mom was still waiting for my answer. Well, do
you want some, or not? Sure. Sounds intriguing.
I liked the idea of longevity and immortality; who
wouldnt? But, oh my, I could eat only a very
small helping (maybe thats all it would take
for longevity and immortality); it was extremely rich
and sweet. The Greek gods (and goddesses, I should
hope!) mustve tolerated sugar and thick cream
better than I do. And miniature marshmallows! Perhaps
they represented thick clouds, the heavens that seemed
to be the dwelling place of gods. I didnt copy
the recipe that Google so helpfully provided, but
I felt truly grateful to Moms Amish neighbors
for their generosity of food and song, and for reminding
me of the word ambrosia.
past couple of weeks, the first days of January 2019,
ambrosia has floated through my mind and fallen from
my lips several times. Not because Ive had a
change of heart concerning the Amish dessert, but
because of my very own pears. Ive eaten three
manifestations of pears from the fifteen-year-old
pear tree in our garden since New Years Day,
and Im thinking: ambrosia. Im sighing:
ambrosia. Im eating ambrosiathe food of
pear tree was so overloaded with fruit this year that
limbs hung to the ground and a couple snapped from
the weight. I forget how many five-gallon buckets
of fallen pears we picked up off the ground, but it
was so many that we didnt mind leaving at least
two or three buckets for the deer and other critters,
and gladly gave two or three buckets to friends and
family. Since we hadnt tried any of the suggested
organic treatments to deter the worms that cause rot
from stem to stern, the pears were often too far gone
to save by the time they were just right for eating.
But even with the roadblocks to obtaining our own
special ambrosia (they mustve been thrown up
by the demons from the underworld!), we froze, dried,
and cooked into jam all the pears we cared to mess
with. Believe me, it was a labor of love. Why else
would I have worked at peeling, coring, and cutting
away the rot of three dozen pears to end up with only
two fat quart bags to put in the freezer at Moms
one day last November? Then again, when she pulled
a dish of baked pears out of her oven to share with
me the next time I was there, I had no doubt that
the labor was worthwhile.
Glenda's Pear Cake - Photography by Glenda Breeden
now here I am, beginning a new year, and still feasting
on the fruits of my labor. One morning I put a couple
handfuls of dried pears into water and boiled them
a few minutes before adding the oats, cooking several
minutes longer, then stirring in a little brown sugar
and butter. Perfecto! Another morning, I pulled a
thick slice of my daughters homemade bread from
the handy sliced loaf in the freezer, toasted it,
and smeared it with butter and, what I call, pear
honey. To die for! Yesterday, I thawed out the pear
cake I made last fall, and, following my husbands
lead this morning, enjoyed a generous slice with a
cup of coffee. Gourmet breakfast! Surely the gods
and goddesses didnt eat any better than this!
Surely they would declare our treasure of pears in
the midst of winter ambrosia! And whether it increases
our longevity or immortality, it certainly satisfies
our souls and our taste buds. Ambrosia. Ambrosia.
Ambrosia. Like tasty kisses in January.
bio) I live in the woods of Owen County, Indiana, where
my husband and I try to keep a small plot cleared
of honeysuckle, cat briar, poison ivy and young saplings
so that we can grow a few vegetables, herbs, berries,
and fruit trees. Of course, the deer, ground hogs,
squirrels, rabbits, raccoons, possums, voles and birds
are grateful for our efforts, too, and never fail
to help us with the harvest. Despite the reality of
wild critters and creepy crawlies with voracious appetites,
we feast and thrive on the good earths bounty.
I am grateful for the privilege to get my hands dirty:
to plant, tend, and reap; and to preserve food that
lasts throughout the year till Im picking from
my garden once again. Glenda
& Water Watch @foodandwaterwatch
& Water Watch focuses on ensuring that all food
and water is safe, accessible, and sustainably produced.
This initiative works to hold policymakers accountable
and to inform people about issues related to food
Day at Griffy Lake. It started out cloudy,
but several of us started our sketches anyway;
then it started to rain. My car was parked
facing the lake and I went ro the car with
my paper and paints. I decided to begin painting
in the car. As I sat watching the clouds and
the rain, wondering how to mix my colors for
a gray day, the school buses for the field
trip came across the the bridge. Flash back
to my son's school days and outings brought
sunshine to my heart, and I emphasized the
bright orange school bus among the morning
shadows. Comments by the artist, Kathy Barton,
now a grandmother and member of Bloomington
Watercolor Society and the Upland Plein
attitudes towards cannabis shift, the fastest-growing
group of users is over 50 and marijuanas
popularity among seniors is beginning to change the
American experience of old age.
Why are more seniors getting high? It might make more
sense to ask: Why not? As adults reach
retirement, they age out of drug tests and have far
more time on their hands. Some feel liberated to abandon
Seniors affinity for weed is beginning to ripple
across the US healthcare system. A 2016 study found
that in states with access to medical marijuana, those
using Medicare part D a benefit primarily for
seniors received fewer prescriptions for other
drugs to treat depression, anxiety, pain, and other
A study published last year in in the Journal of the
American Medical Association found opioid prescriptions
for Medicare part D recipients dropped 14% after a
state legalized medical marijuana a hopeful
sign amid the opioids crisis." - Alex
Roots Farm and Sustainable
is a service oriented organization, focused
on education and other progressive environmental
causes. If you or someone you know is willing
to donate, below is a current list of our needs,
listed by category. We are so grateful to all
those who have helped us so far and to all who
will step forward to help in the future!
Roots Ecovillage process back in 2011,
said founding member Michael Hicks, whose impressive
resume includes two years in the US Air Force
Academy, a degree from the Kelley School of
Business, journeys to forty different countries
around the world, and certification as a massage
was an idea thatd been on my mind for
years, he continued. I came back
from several years living in California and
began to think again about the idea of the Ecovillage.
A lot of things came together at the same time
last year, including the financing and the legalities.
Were more or less organized like a homeowners
association, but we have a specific vision that
revolves around cooperative farming, healthy
and sustainable living, and healing arts like
75-acre farmstead has an existing farmhouse
thats currently serving as interim bunkhouse
until permanent member housing is constructed.
Of the two existing pole barns, one is now the
community center, containing a shared kitchen,
a crafts area, a quiet room for massage and
yoga, and a living room made up of sofas and
armchairs. The other pole barn shelters agricultural
tools including a prized Belarus
brand Russian tractor.
is to my mind the most beautiful part of the
state, said Michael, gazing past the group
of foraging hens to the rolling contours of
the nearby hills. Old gnarled farm trees cast
pools of shade in the pastures while swallows
circled overhead and killdeer emitted their
2-1/2-acre section of highly rich soil is being
enclosed against deer, using black locust fenceposts
that will last for decades. This enclosure contains
luscious organic vegetables that are sold at
the Bloomington Community Farmers Market,
the Lost River Coop in Paoli, and the West Baden
hotel. The produce grown here supplements that
from an existing farm outside Bedford where
Michael has raised vegetables since 2004.
farm is owned by Living Roots. Interested people
can buy in, then construct their own off-grid
homes using sustainable construction methods
including earthen walls, solar technology and/or
recycled materials. Temporary housing is available
in the form of two small cottages built by interns
and ecovillage members, largely using recycled
materials. Costing only about a thousand dollars
each, the cottages provide a living area and
kitchenette on the main level and a sleeping
loft upstairs. Each permanent home will have
its own quarter-acre lot on which members can
grow their own crops or run their own businesses.
The neighbors are all very supportive
of what were doing, said Michael.
One particular neighbor helps them with the
tractor and sold them the ten grass-fed cattle
that now roam the pastures.
this year the community will construct a pond
with a beach and a sauna. The property has between
12 and 15 year-round springs as well as a springhouse,
four main pastures, the ten cattle, one pig
Roots venture has plenty of precedent,
including countless communes during the back-to-the-land
movement of the 1960s and 70s. But even
earlier, during the 1820s, Indiana had an internationally
famous community at New Harmony under Robert
Owen, where property was held in common and
work was divided among all residents. The New
Harmony model spawned scores of utopian communities
across the US during the 1800s. Subsequent communal
experimenters learned that a certain amount
of private property is preferable to having
everything held in common, and such is the case
at Living Roots.
use a modified consensus process, said
Michael, and were not forcing people
to eat all meals communally. Theres a
balance between individuality and communalism.
During my visit a number of enthusiastic residents,
interns and guests were enjoying the shade of
the community building. A young man named Noah
was staying for a week, resting during his coast-to-coast
walk across the United States (he departed from
Delaware more than a month ago).
Living Roots is a cool idea, said
apprentice Chris Stultz, its really
unique in that theres a place you can
connect with the land but also connect with
other people. People think farm living is so
rural and removed from city living, but Ive
got everything I need right here, and I can
visit the city when I feel like it.
I went to school in Bloomington,
said fellow apprentice Brianna Petty, and
attended the Farmers Market on Saturdays.
Its cool to see the other side of the
Market, the place where the food comes from.
rewarding to be here right now, Michael
summed up. Were using our heart
and hands and passion to create our dream. Its
very satisfying to take part in the process
and see each day what weve created. To
be able to do this can change your life.
Hicks at michael (at) indianacommunity.org or
LIving Roots Farm
5907 W CR 375 S
French Lick, IN 47432
of Bloomington Launches Year of Food to
Address Hunger and
Activate Local Food Network
Ind. The City of Bloomington is launching a
year-long campaign to promote food equity in the community
and economic opportunities for local farmers. The
Year of Food campaign will be the topic
of a town hall discussion to be streamed live today
at 1 p.m. at the Citys Facebook page, featuring
City officials along with representatives from local
nonprofits and Indiana University.
goals outlined in the recently approved Sustainability
Action Plan, the Citys Year of Food campaign
will seek to address issues of hunger in the community
while simultaneously strengthening the local food
economy. On the equity side, the City will work with
local organizations to evaluate the food-related needs
of residents and coordinate efforts to address the
root causes of food insecurity, while increasing healthy
food access and consumption in our community. Continue
MICROPLASTICS IN TABLE
is produced on Madura Island, Indonesia, by evaporating
seawater, an ancient technique. A new study found
that salt made in this region contains some of the
highest microplastics sampled.
Photograph by Ulet Ifansasti, Getty Images
Environment Planet or Plastic?
Microplastics found in 90 percent of table salt
A new study looked at sea, rock, and lake salt sold
around the world. Heres what you need to know.
By Laura Parker
October 17, 2018
partnership with the National Geographic Society.
were found in sea salt several years ago. But how
extensively plastic bits are spread throughout the
most commonly used seasoning remained unclear. Now,
new research shows microplastics in 90 percent of
the table salt brands sampled worldwide.
39 salt brands tested, 36 had microplastics in them,
according to a new analysis by researchers in South
Korea and Greenpeace East Asia. Using prior salt studies,
this new effort is the first of its scale to look
at the geographical spread of microplastics in table
salt and their correlation to where plastic pollution
is found in the environment.
findings suggest that human ingestion of microplastics
via marine products is strongly related to emissions
in a given region, said Seung-Kyu Kim, a marine
science professor at Incheon National University in
National Geographic has also teamed up with Wattpad
to raise awareness of the global plastic issue through
a creative storytelling challenge. We're asking people
to share a storyreal or fictioninspired
by this global issue. Learn more and share your story
samples from 21 countries in Europe, North and South
America, Africa, and Asia were analyzed. The three
brands that did not contain microplastics are from
Taiwan (refined sea salt), China (refined rock salt),
and France (unrefined sea salt produced by solar evaporation).
The study was published this month in the journal
Environmental Science & Technology.
density of microplastics found in salt varied dramatically
among different brands, but those from Asian brands
were especially high, the study found. The highest
quantities of microplastics were found in salt sold
in Indonesia. Asia is a hot spot for plastic pollution,
and Indonesiawith 34,000 miles (54,720 km) of
coastlineranked in an unrelated 2015 study as
suffering the second-worst level of plastic pollution
in the world.
another indicator of the geographic density of plastic
pollution, microplastics levels were highest in sea
salt, followed by lake salt and then rock salt.
new study is the fifth on salt published in recent
years. Others have been done in Spain, China, the
United States, and by a group from France, Britain,
and Malaysia. Continue
Whale: Fishing for Plastic and Saving the Planet
Alessandro du Besse'
on December 25, 2018 at 2:15 PM
Plastic in the water is one of the biggest growing
threats to our planet. The percentage of plastic in
our oceans, lakes, rivers, canals and waterways is
reaching a level which is no longer sustainable: this
is endangering our precious marine ecosystems and
is ultimately affecting our food chain. If this situation
continues to progress at its current rate, the consequences
will be paradigm-altering.
How can this be solved? It is a serious issue; this
cannot be overstated. However, as with many other
issues of importance in todays world, there
is a lot of talk about this problem but little action.
Marius Smit, CEO and Founder of Plastic Whale, however,
is someone who is choosing action over words. His
first action was starting Plastic Whale in Amsterdam
the worlds first professional plastic
fishing company. This project was a success, and now
Marius and his team are taking things even further. https://impakter.com/plastic-whale2/
Healthful Food for All Fund, a project of the Center
for Sustainable Living, believes all households should
have access to sustainably grown, healthful food.
To help make this possible the Healthful Food for
All Fund has two programs to make food more available
to low-income households: the Farm to Family Fund
and the SNAP Matching Program.
Exciting news for the 2017-2018 season is the Farm
to Family Fund has received a $10,000 challenge grant
from a private family foundation with a two for one
match! Every dollar we raise up to $5,000 will be
matched with $2 from the foundation, which means we
could have $15,000 to spend on local, healthful, sustainably
raised food this year! Please consider becoming part
of this program. You may use the Donate button
on the right, or mail a check to HFAF, PO Box 503,
Bloomington, IN 47402.
The Healthful Food for All Fund is designed to make
healthful, sustainably produced food more available
to low-income households, to support our farmers who
take the risk of producing this food during the winter
months, and to make shopping at the market more affordable
through the SNAP matching.
For further information or for questions please email
us at email@example.com.
The Farm to Family Fund is designed both to make healthful,
sustainably produced food more available to low-income
households and to support our local, sustainable food
system, especially our farmers who take the risk of
producing food during the winter months. At the close
of the winter farmers market each Saturday,
we purchase produce,
Reasons I love my regular yogurt and would tell you
which brand Ive been using for beyond 30 years!
Anyway, Ha Ha, one reason I love my yogurt, though
it could be improved by being organic, is because
it gives good whey. You heard me right! Good whey!
Some of you know that I am very interested in Mustard
and making a few types and recently in my explorations
discovered probiotic mustard! And I needed whey to
get the life going.
many things you can do with yogurt and now another
one, thankfully someone recorded and someone made
it available for rediscovery. A lot of time, I fee
that we are remembering/rediscovering some basic life
information. I appreciate that we are abele to have
so much forward scientific thrust and that all of
the wonders we experience only are possible because
of all the fore folk who paved the way for what is
now the great new food way!
Found GUILTY in Roundup Cancer Trial, Multi-Million
Verdict Awarded to Dying Man
By Tami Canal On August 10, 2018
He suffers from
non-Hodgkins lymphoma due to the his exposure
to Roundup and another Monsanto product, Ranger Pro,
during his years on the job according to the lawsuit
as noted in this report from NBC News.
After years of denying
its flagship product Roundup causes cancer, the Monsanto
Company has officially been found guilty in federal
court, after a San Francisco jury ruled in favor of
a school groundskeeper dying from the disease.
Dewayne Johnson, who
has long served as a pest control manager in a San
Francisco Bay Area school district, was diagnosed
with lymphoma in 2014 at age 42.
But now doctors say
he only has months to live after his exposure to Roundup,
the chemical weedkilling cocktail with active ingredient
glyphosate deemed a probable human carcinogen
by the World Health Organizations International
Agency for Research on Cancer in 2015.
After a four-week
deliberation, the jury returned the landmark verdict:
Monsanto has acted with malice or oppression
toward Johnson, a verdict that was unanimously reached
against the chemical and GMO giant.
Nearly $290 Million
Awarded in Monsanto Cancer Case
Johnson, who goes
by the nickname Lee and is a father of
three, will now be awarded a total of nearly $290
million from the company $2.3 million in economic
losses, $37 million for pain and emotional distress,
and $250 million in punitive damages.
He suffers from non-Hodgkins
lymphoma due to the his exposure to Roundup and another
Monsanto product, Ranger Pro, during his years on
the job according to the lawsuit as noted in this
report from NBC News.
Protecting Honey Bees and Wild Pollinators From Pesticides
Pesticides advocates for widespread adoption of?organic
management?practices as key to protecting pollinators
and the environment, and has long sought a broad-scale
marketplace transition to organic practices that legally
prohibits the use of toxic synthetic pesticides, and
encourages a systems-based approach that is protective
of health and the environment.?Learn more (below)
on the role that pesticides play in pollinator decline,
and actions you can take to BEE Protective. For information
on growing plants to protect pollinators, see our
Pollinator-Friendly Seeds and Nursery Directory. Use
the Bee Protective Habitat Guide to plant a pollinator
garden suited for your region, and consider seeding
white clover into your lawn; learn more from
Taking a Stand on Clover.
For an overview, watch our short-film, Seeds that
Poison, below. The video highlights the hazards
associated with a major use of bee-toxic pesticides
seed coatings and puts the problem in
the broader context of environmental contamination,
while suggesting a course for change. Please
use the video in conjunction with the resources cited
Pesticides - Given
the choice to forage on untreated or pesticide-contaminated
food sources, bees will increasingly choose the
pesticide, according to research published in Proceedings
of the Royal Society B in late August. The data
indicate that risks to pollinators grow, rather
than wane, over time, making improved regulation
over bee-toxic neonicotinoid pesticides even more
climacteric. In essence, the study indicates that
bees may be undertaking the human equivalent of
chain-smoking themselves to death. Continue
provides powerful medicine in fighting honey bee
Mycelium extract reduces viruses
in honey bees
mushroom extract fed to honey bees greatly reduces
virus levels, according to a new paper. In field
trials, colonies fed mycelium extract showed a 79-fold
reduction in deformed wing virus and a 45,000-fold
reduction in Lake Sinai virus compared to control
colonies. The hope is that the results of this research
will help dwindling honey bee colonies fight viruses
that are known to play a role in colony collapse
Plant Is Designing The Future Of Food And Education
Contributor - Afdhel Aziz - CMO Network -
I write about how purpose drives business and social
Giscombe is one of those quiet revolutionaries.
Meeting him in the exclusive Spring Place members
club in Tribeca in NYC, he cuts an unassuming figure,
stylish and low key. He speaks with a measured intensity,
his eyes watching you to see if youve understood
the full gravitas of what he is attempting to do.
This former Bank of America Merrill Lynch director
(his LinkedIn Profile calls himself a reformed
capitalist) has embarked via his new venture
Plant which nothing less than a crusade to feed
the world (using the power of schools, technology
and branding) and creating a new category which
he dubs Agriculture as a Service.' When asked
why hes doing it, his response is simply,
Everybodys gotta eat.Continue
facilitating a successful crowdfunding campaign
in 2016, a floating vacuum for ocean pollution is
sucking up hundreds of pounds of litter around the
Seabin is an ocean trashcan that tidies up marinas,
bays, and bodies of water by sucking up rubbish
from the surrounding area. The device can collect
up to 44 pounds (20 kilograms) of trash, including
tiny plastic microbeads that are 2 millimeters small.
the contraptions are capable of salvaging half a
ton of garbage every year and because fish
are discouraged from approaching the Seabin due
to the sound of its water pump motor, it causes
zero harm to marine life
as a Farm Worker in Yumas Lettuce Fields
winter, the fields of Yuma, Arizona, grow half a billion
heads of iceberg lettuce. This is what it's like to
work as a lettuce harvester in those fields.
The lettuce seemed to glow in the moonlight. Thirty-two
men and women flashing knives, folding boxes, bagging
hearts: chewing up a Yuma Valley lettuce field. It
was Day 55 of the romaine harvesting season, just
after five in the morning, and the 32 cutters, sleevers,
sealers, stickerers, boxers, driversthe team
of lechugueroshad already been up for hours.
All of them crossed the border from San Luis Río
Colorado, Sonora, between 1 and 2 in the morning,
and boarded the crew bus (a converted, white-painted
Blue Bird school bus hauling a trailer with two portable
toilets and a hand-washing station) that ferried them
to this moonlit lettuce field. During harvest season,
both San Luises (in Sonora and Arizona) come alive
just after midnight, where 10,000 agricultural laborers
cross the border to pick enough produce to send, every
single day, 1,000 fiber-filled semi-trailers streaming
out of Yuma. Continue
stars urge 'serious' action on climate change in
letter to Le Monde
hundred of the worlds most prominent artists
and scientists signed an open letter in French daily
Le Monde on Monday calling for urgent political
action to address the global catastrophe
facing mankind and other species.
The letter, penned by actress Juliette Binoche and
astrophycist Aurélien Barrau, called on politicians
to act firmly and immediately in tackling
climate change and the collapse of biodiversity,
described as the greatest challenge in the
history of mankind. Continue
butterfly population wintering in Mexico increases
production will not be replicated next year, experts
warn, as above average temperatures will cause problems
population of monarch butterflies wintering in central
Mexico is up 144% over last year, according to new
'It's a sad reality': a troubling trend sees a 97%
decline in monarch butterflies
data was cheered but scientists quickly warned that
it does not mean the butterflies that migrate from
Canada and the United States are out of danger.
winter, researchers found the butterflies occupying
14.95 acres (6.05 hectares) of pine and fir forests
in the mountains of Michoacan and Mexico states
an increase from 6.12 acres a year ago. Continue
as a spiritual teacher:
Mealtime traditions at a local Zen temple
Vice Abbot, Sanshin Zen Community
may seem like an unexpected place to find a group
of people engaged in food practice that traces its
origins through 2500 years of Indian, Chinese and
Japanese history. Yet for more than fifteen years,
Sanshin Zen Community has been offering the opportunity
to explore Buddhist cooking and eating traditions
that invite participants to consider from where
their food comes and what impact their meals have
on their lives and the world around them.
other faith communities, Sanshins sangha (community
of practitioners) gathers on Sundays to hear some
teachings and renew fellowship over tea and snacks.
Nearly every month we also hold a retreat that usually
lasts three or five days and includes more formal
meals. Our style of food practice during retreats
is a simplified version of the forms and rituals
used in a traditional Japanese training temple.
These forms developed over the centuries as both
an efficient means of feeding a large number of
monks and an opportunity to consider important Buddhist
teachings about interdependence and the nature of
the core of Soto Zen practice is the teaching that
nothing is hidden or lacking. While we may have
some healthy and worthwhile aspirations toward wellbeing
for ourselves and others, we are also complete as
we are and already have everything we need. We may
recognize in our eating habits a subtle grasping
for something that will make our lives more interesting
or comfortable or meaningful. In this respect, food
is not different from the other things we encounter
and label as good or bad, useful or not; on the
basis of our preferences we expend a lot of energy
chasing after some things and running away from
others. Imagine what we could do if we became aware
of these cravings and aversions and how they shore
up our sense of self a self that is already
completely OK. How much energy we would have for
doesnt say that we cant enjoy our food,
or enjoy our mealtimes with friends and family.
It simply invites us to look carefully at our attachments
and not to get so caught up in wanting what we dont
have and having what we dont want that we
dont appreciate whats right here. Dogen
Zenji (1200-1253 CE), one of the most important
teachers in our tradition, taught that we can have
the same appreciation for a soup made of coarse
greens as for one made from fine cream. Cream soup
is good. Greens soup is also good.
meals in a Zen temple are silent except for chanting
and include three or four simple dishes that are
eaten with a compact set of bowls and utensils called
oryoki, the roots of which mean just enough.
As we go through the ritual of laying out our bowls
and chopsticks and spoon, we get ready to pay attention
to what were being served and how were
using these offerings for the food is indeed
an offering to us from myriad beings. Someone planted
a seed, made sure it had sunlight and water, harvested
the food, prepared it for market, made it available
for sale, cooked it and served it to us. Once weve
eaten it, how are we going to repay that debt of
gratitude? How can we use the energy of this food
to support our Zen practice and help others rather
than simply taking it in greedily for our own ego-driven
purposes? Meals include several chants that remind
us of the life story of the Buddha, our connection
with all beings, our vow to bring wholesomeness
to the world, and our debts to those who teach,
lead and care for us.
a temple meal requires the cook to consider not
only whether things look and taste good but what
the experience of the recipients will be. Can these
dishes be easily served and eaten by people using
chopsticks and spoons? Is there a balance of colors,
flavors, textures and cooking methods? Beverages
are not served with the meal, so will there be enough
moist foods like soup or fruit that people will
be comfortable? Is the lightness or heaviness of
the meal appropriate for the season or time of day?
The cook must put aside the urge to feed his or
her ego by creating complicated or exotic dishes
and instead focus on feeding practitioners so that
they can practice.
practice is a central activity for Zen practitioners,
and traditionally formal meals avoid the five aromatics
(garlic, onions, shallots, leeks, chives) because
they are considered stimulants and make it more
difficult for people to settle down. Meals are also
usually vegetarian, though if a donors offers a
dish that contains meat or fish we accept it and
serve it in special dishes alongside the oryoki.
all of the food in a temple is provided directly
or indirectly by donations, its very important
not to waste anything. Donors have offered food
or money in support of practice, and no part of
those donations can be thrown away. That means we
have to cook just enough food, neither too little
so that people go hungry or too much so that some
goes to waste. We also take only as much as we can
eat. In addition, at Sanshin we have two compost
areas that can receive the peelings and other vegetable
bits we dont serve, and we use that compost
in the gardens in which we grow flowers for our
altars, completing the circle of giving.
weve finished eating, its time to clean
our oryoki but we dont take them to
the kitchen sink. Instead, right at our places were
served hot water or tea in our largest bowl and
we use that to wash all of the pieces in the set.
Since we dont use soap, oily food is not served
during these meals. When we get down to the last
and smallest bowl, we drink some of the remaining
tea or water so as not to waste the nutrients in
the food weve cleaned from the set. The rest
we collect with a chant and offer later by pouring
it into the ground near a tree or plant.
our practice is not to be careless with any part
of the menu planning, shopping, cooking, serving,
eating or cleanup process. Since we engage in it
three times a day, whether or not were eating
in temples we all have frequent opportunities to
stop and consider our attitude toward others and
our relationship with the world around us. Food
practice is a complete reflection of our lives,
and what we learn from food can be applied to everything
else we do.
was ordained as a novice by Shohaku Okumura in 2005,
and she completed her shuso hossen that same year
at Kogetsu-an in Shiga, Japan. She received dharma
transmission in September, 2012 and completed zuise
at Eiheiji and Sojiji in November of that year.
In January, 2016 Hoko was named vice-abbot and successor
at Sanshin. For more about Hoko - http://www.sanshinji.org/practice-leadership.html
and Sanshin website is at
farming is on the rise but how effective is
this alternative agricultural practice?
retailers like Whole Foods are stocking more biodynamic
brands, but horticultural critics continue to question
biodynamics unconventional methods
Lane Farms is a 213-acre biodynamic and organic farm
in Moorpark, California. The farm nurtures 100 different
types of vegetables, 75 varieties of stone fruit,
Scottish highland cattle, pigs, chickens, sheep, ducks,
hens, horses and livestock dogs.
Apricot Lane Farms is a 213-acre biodynamic and organic
farm in Moorpark, California. The farm nurtures 100
different types of vegetables, 75 varieties of stone
fruit, Scottish highland cattle, pigs, chickens, sheep,
ducks, hens, horses and livestock dogs. Photograph:
Apricot Lane Farms
John Chester, a filmmaker from California, quit his
job to become a farmer, he didnt do it out of
a desire to feed the world. Instead, he
says: Im trying to feed my neighbors
and if everyone did that, we would be able to replicate
is referring to Apricot Lane Farms, a 213-acre biodynamic
and organic farm in Moorpark, California, that Chester
runs with his wife, Molly. The couple nurtures 100
different types of vegetables, 75 varieties of stone
fruit, and countless animal residents: Scottish highland
cattle, pigs, chickens, sheep, ducks, hens, horses
and livestock dogs. Last year, Apricot Lane Farms
was recognized by the National Wildlife Federation
and the North American Butterfly Association for supporting
so much wildlife not a recognition typically
given to farms. Read
PLASTIC BAG USE BY 80% IN 3 MONTHS!
Slashes Plastic Bag Use By 80% In Just 3 Months,
Thanks To Two Grocery Stores
Plastic bags are everywhere these days, and while
they may seem like a cheap, easy way to carry your
goods, they are wreaking havoc on the planet in
a number of ways.
are no government authorities who have directly
implement policies for plastic bag consumption.
The decision was taken by the businesses itself.
So this issue has taken into consideration by the
largest supermarket chains call Coles and Woolworths.
So they have decided to implement this decision
countrywide in order to ban on free lightweight
plastic grocery bags in July and substituting them
with reusable bags sold for 15 cents.
it has successfully prevented as many as 1.5 billion
bags from inflowing the environment. Read
Are Biodynamic Foods and Why Should You Be Eating
by Lauren Mazzo
All About Organics, Biodynamics
a family farm. You probably see sunshine, green pastures,
happy and free-grazing cows, bright red tomatoes,
and a cheery old farmer who works day and night to
tend to the place. What you probably aren't picturing:
the cheery old farmer spraying crops down with pesticides
and tilling soil with artificial fertilizers and chemicals,
or sprinkling antibiotics into his cows' feed before
squishing them into a too-small stall.
The sad truth is that when the world became industrialized,
our food system became industrialized too. This might
sound like a good thing. (Hey, it means we can get
avocados year-round, whatever specific apple hybrid
we want, and enough beef to satisfy our burger cravings,
right?) But nowadays, most farms look more like factories
than like sources of freshly grown nutrition.
And that's where biodynamic farming comes init's
taking food production back to the roots.
What Is Biodynamic Farming?
Biodynamic farming is a way of viewing a farm as "a
living organism, self-contained, self-sustaining,
and following the cycles of nature," says Elizabeth
Candelario, managing director at Demeter, the world's
only certifier of biodynamic farms and products. Think
of it as organicbut better.
This all might sound super hippy dippy, but it's really
just taking farming back to its basics: no fancy antibiotics,
pesticides, or artificial fertilizers. "Pest
control, disease control, weed control, fertilityall
of these things are addressed through the farming
system itself instead of importing the solutions from
the outside," says Candelario. For example, instead
of using an artificial nitrogen fertilizer, farmers
will alternate crop cycles, incorporate the use of
animal manure, or plant certain fertilizing plants
to maintain the richness of the soil. It's like Little
House on the Prairie but in modern times.
In biodynamic farms, farmers strive to maintain a
diversified, balanced ecosystem with ecological, social,
and economic sustainability. Theoretically, a perfect
biodynamic farm could exist inside its own little
One of the Nations Unhealthiest Places, This
Hospital Prescribes Fresh Food From Its Own Farm In
an industry usually focused on medicine and procedures,
a Philadelphia-area hospital decided what its patients
needed was a farm and advice about food.
Bayless posted Dec 15, 2016
Five years ago, when Lankenau Medical Center was confronted
with evidence that it was serving the unhealthiest
county in Pennsylvania, the hospital decided to embrace
the findings with an unconventional approach: building
a half-acre organic farm on its campus to provide
fresh produce to patients.
We were serving a really diverse patient
The teaching and research hospital just outside Philadelphia
was in the midst of its own patient health needs assessment
in 2011 when the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation released
findings about health outcomes in Pennsylvania counties.
Lankenau is officially located within Montgomery County,
one of the states healthiest, taking into account
factors including obesity rates and access to reliable
sources of food. But the campus is adjacent to and
receives many patients from Philadelphia County, ranked
the least healthy of all 67 counties.
That was really telling because it showed that
we were serving a really diverse patient population,
says Chinwe Onyekere, associate administrator at Lankenau,
of the studys revelations. The findings showed
that the hospitals patients had widely varying
access to healthy food and nutritional knowledge.
2001 Local Food Bloomington has been a source
of local food information and resources in
and beyond the Bloomington, Indiana area.
The information we share is of use to our
local and global food community. The local
food movement and the movement toward sustainability
and regeneration are about what's on the home
table, and how citizens interest are reflected
in the communities availablel food resources,
establishments and venues.
Foods, Local Places Toolkit Based on the best practices and lessons learned from Local Foods,
Local Places workshops, EPA developed the Local
Foods, Local Places Toolkit to help communities interested in
using local foods to support downtown and neighborhood revitalization.
The toolkit provides step-by-step instructions for planning and hosting
a community workshop and includes case studies and templates communities
can adapt to their needs.
2018-2019 Call for Applications
The application period for the 2018-2019 round of assistance closed
on October 22, 2018, and is available here
for reference only.
We are fast approaching
a tipping point in terms of climate disruption, degenerative agriculture,
deteriorating public health, financial meltdown, and political
To survive and thrive
in turbulent times we will need to organize ourselves at the grassroots
level to carry out a series of regenerative organic transitions,
not only in terms of food and farming, but also in transportation,
housing, health, education and politics.
While remaining engaged
in pressing governments and businesses to green and revitalize the
economy and stabilize the climate, OCA believes that we must "dig
in" and prepare ourselves locally and regionally to become
as regenerative and self-reliant as possible. Continue
City Council Plan To Require Vegan Protein Options To Fight Climate Change December 5, 2018 at 12:50 pm
Filed Under:Climate Change, Los Angeles City Council, Vegan Food
LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) A Los Angeles city councilman wants to
require all movie theaters, large-scale entertainment venues, and
other locations in the city to provide at least one vegan protein
option in order to combat climate change. Continue
Philipson -Mower says "I really enjoy serving on the Bloomington
Commission on Sustainability (BCOS) with these amazing and dedicated
people. If you are a citizen of Bloomington, IN and want to keep up
on sustainability related information and happenings subscribe to
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Amalgam Fillings Linked To Perinatal Death, Pregnancy Risks
CHAMPIONSGATE, Fla., Dec. 19, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Two new studies
associating dental amalgam fillings with pregnancy risks confirm
action is urgently needed to protect babies from the known risks
of mercury, according to the International Academy of Oral Medicine
and Toxicology (IAOMT). A growing number of countries have taken
measures to prevent the placement of dental amalgam "silver"
fillings in women and children because it contains approximately
50% mercury. However, dental amalgam is still used widely in the
United States with no restrictions for these or other susceptible
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management of freshwater resources. The 2019 theme is "Wastewater"
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Food Expo & Discussion 2019
Friday, February 23rd, 2019
County Line Orchard, Hobart, IN
Tickets and agenda coming soon!
FED is open to all whether you eat food, play a role in the
food system, or have a passion for food issues! (Check
out agenda from last year's event.)
Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door, and include panel
discussions, workshops, locally-sourced lunch, and admittance to
the Expo. You can also visit the ticket link to reserve an Expo
booth for your farm, business, or non-profit.
Be a part of the Expo!
Exhibit space is intended for food producers, community groups,
food businesses, and anyone who provides services or goods to local
growers or consumers. A 6-foot table will be provided. Electricity
will be available but please bring your own extension chords. The
booth fee is $50 and also includes event admission and lunch for
one. This is a fantastic opportunity to get exposure in front
of a very focused audience of 150-200 consumers, farmers, and others
who are into local food. You can also provide samples and/or sell
items that day if you like (as long as you have necessary permits).
Thursday, February 14, 2019
8:00 AM 4:00 PM
Indianapolis Marriott East Hotel (map)
The Indiana Horticultural
Congress is an educational meeting designed to meet the needs of
fruit, vegetable, wine, organics, and specialty crop growers and
marketers in Indiana and surrounding states. All interested individuals
are invited to attend.
The Indiana Horticultural Congress is an educational meeting designed
to meet the needs of fruit, vegetable, wine, organics, and specialty
crop growers and marketers in Indiana and surrounding states. All
interested individuals are invited to attend. Connect
COMING! INDIANA BEE SCHOOL!
Indiana Bee School XVII
Oh Boy, it's Bee School time!! What a super school we have planned
this year. With two outstanding speakers, you can expect the
school to fill up early. Each year we max out and disappoint
those that call after the cutout. Dont be disappointed,
register early. ?Cost is $35 for members and $45 for non-members.
The Bee School will be held on February 23, 2019, at Decatur
Central High School, 5251 Kentucky Avenue, Indianapolis, Indiana 46221.
Vendors are being listed on the left bottom our Bee School XVII page.
Here are the directions to the school and hotels.? Folder pickup
starts at 7:00 a.m. (EST), with the program starting promptly at 8:30
a.m. and concluding around 5:00 p.m.? ????
With wonderful local and national speakers, super topics, great lunch
and hundreds of beekeepers that we havent seen since the previous
year, we seem to get bigger and better and this year will be no exception.
Click here for the current agenda.
For the first time ever, we have two first time guest speakers for
the Indiana Bee School. Dr. Tom Seeley is from the Mississippi
State University, and Jeff Pettis is a Research Scientist with Pettis
and Associates. See "Our Guest Speaker" on the right
for more information.
To download the paper form and mail it in, click
To register online, click
Feb 16 Seedy Saturday Seed and garden show Local
& organic Victoria, BC
Mon Feb 18 Permaculture Design Course (Feb 18 - March 4), Belize,
Central America Belize
Sat Feb 23 Permaculture Foundations & Inner Permaculture Workshops
(Feb 23-25) London, ON
Mar 02 Ladner Seedy Saturday and Garden Expo 2019 Delta, BC
Sat Mar 23 Four-Season
Permaculture Course (4 weekends, begins March 23) London, ON
Sat Mar 30 Innisfil
Seedy Saturday 2019 (near Barrie & Newmarket ON) Innisfil, ON
literally means to feel with, to suffer with. Everyone is capable
of compassion, and yet everyone tends to avoid it because it's uncomfortable.
And the avoidance produces psychic numbing - resistance to experiencing
our pain for the world and other beings.
-- Joanna Macy
Council of All Beings is a series of re-Earthing rituals created
by John Seed and Joanna Macy to help end the senseof alienation
from the living Earth that many of us feel. This workshop will
renew the spirit and vision of those who serve theEarth and connect
participants with deep sources of joy, and
people INTELLECTUALLY realise that we are inseparable from Nature
and that the sense of separation that we feel is illusory. These
rituals enable us to deeply EXPERIENCE our connectionwith Nature,
in our hearts and our bodies.
our "deep ecology" - our interconnectedness with all
beings - we find empowerment as agents of healing change.
interactive exercises, we practice letting go of the socially
constructed, isolated self and come home to our interexistence
with all forms of life. We retrace our steps through our evolutionary
journey and allow other life forms to speak through us. We shed
our solely human identification and feel deep empathy for the
myriad species and land
scapes of the Earth.
gathering also provides tools for practicing deep ecology in our
daily lives. As many participants in this work have discovered,
alignment with our larger identity clarifies,
dignifies and heals our personal conflicts. We see that the pain
of the Earth is our own pain and the fate of the Earth is our
own fate. The Council of All Beings empowers us to act on behalf
of the Earth and gives us clarity and direction for this work
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to the friends and family of Kent Whealey who passed away in April
Kent Whealey died
in April. He was co-founded the Seed Savers Exchange in 1975, and
ran it for 33 years. He was instrumental in the early development
of the SSE and created all of the SSE publications, including the
well known Garden Seed Inventories that created a movement around
North American genetic diversity and food heritage remaining. I
still hold on to one issue, I think from 1983. Prior to his death,
hed spent seven years editing The Illustrated History
of Apples in the United States and Canada. The seven volumes
were published in 2017. ***Ask Bookstore if they carry on their
web and if so, can I link?
you know that China has been importing our waste electronic recyclable,
plastics and paper and China says it does not want take anymore. They
want to clean up their environment. So what is America going to do?
Since 1992 they have imported more than 106 million tons of waste,
much of it contaminated?
you know that clothing affects the quality of our water, which
means clothing choices have an impact on the quality of our foods?
80% of garment industry workers are women between the ages of 18-24.
Because of the synthetic materials and dyes, it is the 2nd most polluting
industry and now, due to plastic fiber, has poluted most water systems
with microscopic plastic particles?
you know that Salt (also known as sodium chloride or halite) is
an important part of a healthy diet? Salt helps to balance electrolytes
and is needed for proper cell function. Without salt we will
Did you know
that currently about 84 % of textile waste finds its way to US landfills,
according to Recycle.com?
for information and resources.
you know that insects pollinate at
least 30 percent of the world's crops?
Feminist Power of Embroidery
When I pick up needle
and thread, I join a long line of women who have turned the domestic
arts into political expression.
Many years ago, inspired
by a book on Korean folk art and craft, I began a crude, autodidactic
experiment in stitching. I worked without a pattern, using cheap
floss, a needle with a too-small eye and a plastic embroidery hoop
to sew geometric designs on a few worn-out T-shirts. Continue
DID YOU KNOW?
Local Food Bloomington recently learned that the seeds of the papaya
fruit have been used as a substitute for black pepper and have a
mild wabasi like taste. (I tasted them and it is true!)
Anddid you know that those little paper condiment cups are actually
little origami plates, so are the Chinese take out containers. Gently
grasp the edges and pull out to enjoy the tiny plate or larger one
with the take out container.
Bill Delivers Victory for Organic Research
The organic community is celebrating historic wins today following
Congresss passage of the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018,
also known as the Farm Bill. The final text was released Monday evening
and the Senate and House proceeded to vote swiftly on Tuesday and
Wednesday, respectively, passing the bill in both houses with strong
bipartisan support. The bill now awaits the Presidents signature.
House Seed Library Bloomington
FARMS IN THE BLOOMINGTON, AREA
County Seed Lending Library
The Seed Librarys Mission is to increase the capacity of our
community to feed itself wholesome food by being an accessible and
free source of locally adapted plant seeds, supplied and cultivated
by and for Brown County residents. Visit
There are now over 500 seed lending libraries open worldwide! (See
list below.) If you have opened a seed library or are in process
or if your information is inaccurate below, please take a moment
to fill in our Seed Library Survey and let us know
the name of your library, location (ex. public library), town or
area served, state/province or country and the name of a contact
person and your email. We'll add you to our email list so when new
resources come out you'll get them. We'll also add you to our sister
libraries' list below. Please "Like" Seed Libraries on
Facebook and join us at our social network site, SeedLibraries.org.
There is also a University Seed Libraries Association on
Facebook . There are downloadable plans and instructions for
a portable Share Seeds station from Eating in Public,
a group based in Hawaii. Continue
Gardeners to open seed library
By Lana Bandy
A new library is opening in Hamilton County in March, but you wont
find any books in it.
The Hamilton County Master Gardeners Association is opening the
countys first-ever seed library at Carmel Clay Public Library.
A seed library is a collection of open-pollinated and heirloom
seeds that you can borrow to plant and grow at home or in community
gardens, said Jennifer Lambert, SEEDS committee co-chair.
At the end of the growing season, some seeds are saved from
the plants grown and then returned to the library. Continue
Garden & Seed Library
The Pendleton Community Public Library provides traditional library
services, but also offers some unique non-traditional opportunities
and services to our 26,000+ patrons. For the past 7 years we have
partnered with the Pendleton Parks Department to develop and maintain
the Pendleton Community Garden. Learn
County Seed Library
The seed library is free to Hamilton County residents. It will be
available during regular branch hours from late March through October.
Seeds are provided for check out (as well as classes and resources
about growing and saving seeds). Visit
Public Library Seed Library The Seed Library is a collection of open-pollinated and heirloom
seeds that residents of Hamilton County with a valid library card
from their home library can borrow to plant at home. Seeds are available
to "check" out from early March through October. Each person
may check out up to 5 packets per visit, to a total of 15 packets
At the end of the growing season, borrowers are encouraged to save
seeds to return to the library and/or keep for their garden next year.
The Seed Library will only accept open-pollinated seeds that are self-pollinated.
The Seed Library is a partnership between the Master Gardeners of
Hamilton County and The Carmel Clay Public Library. Visit
IndyPL Seed Library
The IndyPL Seed Library is located at the Glendale branch and at
the Spades Park branch. The Seed Library is open and free to the
public. It is available during regular branch hours from late March
through October. We provide seeds for check-out (as well as education
and resources about growing and saving seeds and organic gardening).
The vast majority of the seeds are open pollinated. Many of them
are also organic or heirloom seeds. Visit
the world is to be healed through human efforts, I am convinced
it will be by ordinary people, people whose love for this life is
even greater than their fear. People who can open to the web of
life that called us into being Joanna Macy
online seed-swapping communities bringing the internet back to nature
- Kelly Lay has been gardening since she was three-years-old.
Now a nursery specialist at a Lowes in central Illinois, Lay has
turned her natural gift for gardening into a profession. And in
her spare time Lay moderates r/seedswap, a small Reddit group dedicated
to the swapping of seeds. Yes, honest to goodness seeds. Continue
Organic Seed Growers Conference - February 12-15, 2020
The 9th Organic Seed Growers Conference drew more than 600 participants
February 14-17, 2018, with more than 400 participants attending the
event in Corvallis, Oregon, and an additional 200 people joining the
conference via live webinar. You can find highlights from the conference here.
With such a packed agenda, its no surprise that we have several
follow-up resources to share as well, including: eOrganic webinar
recordings, conference proceedings, and a slideshow of events. And
mark your calendar for the 10th Organic Seed Growers Conference
February 12-15, 2020 in Corvallis, Oregon. https://seedalliance.org/conference/
#heirloomvegetables, #mushrooms, #petergilmore, #squash, #vegetablegardening
On the podcast this week are three interviews I recorded at the 7th
annual National Heirloom Expo in Santa Rosa in the first week of September
2017. The organizers of the expo, Baker Creek Seeds, hold a press
conference in the midst of the fair and that gave me the chance to
talk to some really interesting folks including a Hawaiian squash
farmer and a world renowned Australian chef.
Food Recovery Network
unites students at colleges and universities to fight food waste
and hunger by recovering surplus perishable food from their campuses
and surrounding communities that would otherwise go to waste and
donating it to people in need.
LIGHT WITHIN for her Sacred jewelry and tools for connection
to the Divine Self. Palo Santo pendants, malas, bracelets, and earrings.
Tools for meditation that aid in connection between source and spirit
self. Love and light, Kaja's
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France has banned
all children under 15 from using their phones in school
French students returning from the summer break will no longer
be able to use their phones during the school day.
Earlier this summer France banned all students under 15 from
using all cell phones, tablets, and smart watches at any point during
That includes mealtimes.
The government is concerned that students are becoming too
dependent on and distracted by their phones. Continue
becomes first country in Europe to ban all five pesticides killing
France will take
a radical step towards protecting its dwindling bee population on
Saturday by becoming the first country in Europe to ban all
five pesticides researchers believe are killing off the insects.
The move to ban the five so-called neonicotinoids has been hailed
by beekeepers and environmentalists, but cereal and sugar beet farmers
warn it could leave them all but defenceless in protecting valuable
crops against other harmful insects. Continue
THAT RECONNECTS NETWORK "The
central purpose of the Work that Reconnects is to help people uncover
and experience their innate connections with each other and with the
systemic, self-healing powers of the web of life, so that they may
be enlivened and motivated to play their part in creating a sustainable
civilization." Joanna Macy
#heirloomvegetables, #mushrooms, #petergilmore, #squash, #vegetablegardening
On the podcast this week are three interviews I recorded at the
7th annual National Heirloom Expo in Santa Rosa in the first week
of September 2017. The organizers of the expo, Baker Creek Seeds,
hold a press conference in the midst of the fair and that gave me
the chance to talk to some really interesting folks including a
Hawaiian squash farmer and a world renowned Australian chef.
THE ORIGINAL FARMERS'
Perfectly situated in the heart of the Midwest, Indianapolis is
ripe with farmers offering outstanding produce, dairy products,
meats, and more! Through the Original Farmers' Market we bring them
straight to you at the Indianapolis City Market. From fruits
and vegetables and meats and cheeses, to baked goods and unique
spices and herbs, you can find in-season, fresh foods that have
been selected at their peak. As you fill your basket with good-tasting,
healthy foods, you'll support the local growers dedicated to providing
you with the freshest foods available.
The 2019 Original Farmers' Market season starts Wednesday, May 1st,
Benefits of Eating Organic Do the pesticides
used to grow our food stay on the food? And do those pesticides end
up in our bodies? A recent study published in Environmental Research
shows that, in just six days, participants who switched to an all
organic diet had a 60 percent reduction in their exposure to four
classes of pesticides. We know results like these matter to consumers:
when we surveyed 1,000 household shoppers a few months ago, we learned
that nearly 50 percent avoid food with pesticides.
For those of you
looking to introduce more organics into your diet without breaking
the bank, check out the Dirty Dozen for guidance on where to focus
your organic dollars. And for those of you looking to learn more
about the use of pesticides in industrial crop production, please
read our recent FoodPrint report. Continue
Changing the WorldOne
Chicken at a Time
05/01/2018/by Reginaldo Haslett-Marroquin
The chicks have arrived! A 6 a.m. phone call from the Northfield,
Minnesota, post office alerted Eric Foster and others at the Main
Street Project to the arrival of the first training flock of 2018.
A new cohort of aspiring Latino farmers from the south-central region
of Minnesota were about to start their poultry-centered regenerative
Their mission? To become part of a southeastern Minnesota cluster
of farms designed to change the way poultry is produced in Minnesota
and beyond, by joining dozens of other families in the region who
have received similar training from Northfield-based Main Street
Beatrix Potter--who, was a beloved author and illustrator, mushroom
expert, sheep breeder, and ecologist.
Food For All Healthful
Food for All Fund
The Healthful Food
for All Fund, a project of the Center for Sustainable Living, believes
all households should have access to sustainably grown, healthful
food. To help make this possible the Healthful Food for All Fund
has two programs to make food more available to low-income households:
the Farm to Family Fund and the SNAP Matching Program.
Exciting news for
the 2017-2018 season is the Farm to Family Fund has received a $10,000
challenge grant from a private family foundation with a two for
one match! Every dollar we raise up to $5,000 will be matched with
$2 from the foundation, which means we could have $15,000 to spend
on local, healthful, sustainably raised food this year! Please consider
becoming part of this program. You may use the Donate button
on the right, or mail a check to HFAF, PO Box 503, Bloomington,
The Healthful Food
for All Fund is designed to make healthful, sustainably produced
food more available to low-income households, to support our farmers
who take the risk of producing this food during the winter months,
and to make shopping at the market more affordable through the SNAP
For further information
or for questions please email us at email@example.com.
The Farm to Family Fund is designed both to make healthful, sustainably
produced food more available to low-income households and to support
our local, sustainable food system, especially our farmers who take
the risk of producing food during the winter months. At the close
of the winter farmers market each Saturday, we purchase produce,
orchards in Britains unused spaces help to address the nations
allotment shortfall, promote community production and ownership
of fruit, and help us rediscover the pleasures of eating organic
fruit grown close to home. Community orchards also green the urban
environment and create habitats for wildlife, increasing the citys
biodiversity. In an era of climate change and peak oil, planting
trees which will provide a large yield year after year for decades
to come is a logical move, helping to build food security and community
of the New EU Regulation on Organic Production for the EU Seed Sector Posted on February 15th, 2018 by kate Wilson - EU
Organic agriculture has been regulated in the European Union (EU)
since 1991 when the first provisions laying down minimum standards
for the internal market were adopted. Initially, the legal framework
only covered plants and plant products. However, subsequent revisions
were later introduced covering animals and animal products; it has
been constantly evolving ever since to include more detailed rules
on issues like labelling and imports, the extension of provisions
to cover wine and aquaculture as well as establishing the now widely-recognised
EU organic leaf logo for pre-packed products. Continue
#mushrooms, #petergilmore, #squash, #vegetablegardening
On the podcast this week are three interviews I recorded at the
7th annual National Heirloom Expo in Santa Rosa in the first week
of September 2017. The organizers of the expo, Baker Creek Seeds,
hold a press conference in the midst of the fair and that gave me
the chance to talk to some really interesting folks including a
Hawaiian squash farmer and a world renowned Australian chef.
Irish 'healing soil,' once used by Druids, really works The medicinal soil
has been found to contain powerful antibiotics.
Folk remedies aren't always taken seriously by scientists, but occasionally
age-old wisdom can surprise. Case in point: researchers looking at
ancient Irish "healing soil," long believed to have remarkable
medicinal properties, have discovered a previously unknown strain
of bacteria that produces antibiotics capable of killing four of the
world's deadliest superbugs, reports Phys.org.
The soil, which can be found in the Boho Highlands of Fermanagh, Northern
Ireland, has a reputation for its ability to heal a number of ailments,
ranging from toothaches to throat infections. Its history of use can
be traced back to the Druids who once occupied the land, and possibly
even as far back as Neolithic times. Read
You Know This About Bloomingtons Ginkgo Trees? Ginkgo biloba, the ginkgo tree, sometimes called the Maidenhair
Tree is like a living fossil being able to live for more than 1000
years, with reports in Japan of some as old as 3,000! Not only are
they the oldest know tree to exist, botanically going back more than
200 million years. They have been cultivated by humans for their beauty
and their medicinal value. They are used as a symbol of hope, peace,
endurance , regeneration and vitality after fully recovering from
the Hiroshima blast. This is because of their remarkable resistance
to pest and disease. It is also considered a tree of hope and peace.
If you plant ginkgo to enjoy their beautiful butter colored leaves
in the autum, be sure to plant only a male plants as you will find
in the downtown area because the the odor of the female ginkgos
seed pods have been called pretty foul smelling, some compared it
to Limburger cheese.
Top 10 Herbs for the Cardiovascular System
a lot of heart-healthy herbs and essential oils this month here
on the blog and in the February issue of the magazine, which revolves
around herbs and essential oils for the cardiovascular system. These
10 botanicals are my absolute favorites for heart-health blends,
both physical and emotional. Youll find some of them in the
heart tonic shrub recipe I shared last week as well! Lets
dig in, shall we? My top 10 herbs for heart health and the cardiovascular
system are Continue
of Dumping Rejected Food Shipments into Landfills, Truckers Are
Donating Them to Local Charities
McKinley Corbley - Dec 17, 2018
Instead of letting
thousands of pounds of food go to waste, this new program is allowing
truck drivers to donate rejected food deliveries to charity.
Truck drivers will often arrive at a grocery store to drop off several
pallets of ordered food only to have the products rejected by the
supermarkets because there was either an error in the ordering process;
the food was cosmetically damaged in transit; there were equipment
failures en route that caused delay; or a variety of other reasons.
Regardless, this often results in tons of edible food being dumped
into a landfill. Continue
Sets 2020 Phase-Out of Bee-Toxic Pesticides on Its Plants, Costco
Encourages Suppliers to Change; Both Commit to Carry More Organic (Beyond Pesticides, June 29, 2018) It is widely known that
pollinators are in trouble. In light of this, Kroger (which includes
numerous other grocery chains, like Harris Teeter) announced in
a press release last week during National Pollinator Week
a phase-out by 2020 of live garden plants treated with
the insecticides most closely associated with the decline of bee
populations, the neonicotinoids. In May, Costco updated its pollinator
policy, which encourages its suppliers of garden plants,
fruits, and vegetables to limit the use of bee-toxic pesticides
and adopt ecological practices. The company in 2016 announced a
policy to encourage suppliers to change their pesticides. Continue
Food Truck Vendors Should Handle Charity Request If your food truck has garnered a lot of public and press discussion
in your area, there is a good chance you will be called upon to contribute
to charity requests by donating gift certificates for meals and/or
being part of special charity events. Instead of hiding behind your
voicemail system or tapped out budgets, consider it a compliment
and treat it like a necessary and integral part of your marketing
is the second highest exporter of food in the world!
farm atop a former factory in The Hague produces vegetables and
fish in a self-sustaining loop: Fish waste fertilizes plants, which
filter the water for the fish. Local restaurants proudly offer the
veggies and city swimmers.
It goes into great
detail on how the Netherlands is the second highest exporter of
food in the world, second only to the US (and the us has 270 times
the landmass as the Netherlands). Greenhouses take up 36 square
miles of land--bigger than all of Manhattan. Food is grown with
less pesticides and water, and grown in closer proximity to the
city. They use no GMOs. Aquaponics is also utilized. Continue
Eatery, an active lifestyle
restaurant offering a variety of greens, grains and broth-based dishes,
will continue bolstering its Illinois presence by opening a new location
at 115 S. Veterans Parkway, Suite D in Normal. CoreLife Eatery brings
together scratch cooking with flavorful source ingredients and a fast,
casual service line for a healthy and affordable eating alternative.
The highly anticipated
new eatery will open its doors in Normal for the first time at 11
a.m. on Thursday, June 7. CoreLife Eatery offers a wide variety
of fresh ingredients that are transformed into custom-created dishes.
All foods are free of trans fats, artificial colors, sweeteners,
other artificial additives and GMOs. The chicken and steak
used are sustainably raised and never given antibiotics or hormones,
and the bone broth is slow simmered all day for maximum taste and
nutrition. Creating a menu that tastes great because its healthy
is the secret to CoreLife Eaterys success.
can be found here.
Please see the attached release for further details and feel free
to reach out with any questions or requests!
TIP Take a brant off of a healthy tomato plant. Notice
all the bumps along the stem. Roots will emerge from these bumps.
Remove lower leaves up to the top two or three inches. Plant up to
the first leaves and water thoroughly. Mulch and water daily until
you are sure a strong root system has been established. I've even
had success propagating tomatoes in water, just until they had their
roots and I did put a little food into the water. This propagation
technique also works well with basil.
10 Ways Your Clothes
May Be Harming Your Health
By Diane Small
Your skin is breaking out in a rash. Must be stress, you think. Youve
got the sniffles. You always seem to have a toenail fungus. Probably
something genetic. You come down with the sniffles. It must have
been that guy in your office with a cold, right?
Wrong. The surprising truth is that the reason you may be feeling
under the weather could possibly be blamed on your wardrobe.
We often give great consideration to what we eat, and even what
we put on our skin. But after reading these different ways your
clothes may be harming your health, youll probably start thinking
twice about what you wear.
10 Ways Your Clothes May Be Harming Your Health
Exerpt from article by Diane Small
-Underwire Bras come with a range of potential health risk
-Vegan Shoes may be cruelty-free for animals, but not so much for
your feet. Its plastic and does not breathe.
- Oversized Bags contribute to back and shoulder problems
- Do not wear outdoor shoes indoors to prevent dragging in toxic
chemicals from car pollution and what ever is on the streets and
-Getting weird bumps, redness, and rashes on your skin? Most detergents
are ridden with toxic dyes, fragrances and chemicals that clean,
deodorise, and disinfect. Go with Fragrance Free products.
-Wearing spandex, polyester and any non-breathable material may
look sexy but they trap moisture in vunerable places,and for many
lead to urinary tract and yeast infections. If youre prone
to urinary and yeast infections, wear only organic cotton panties.
-Human-made fabrics like polyester, nylon, rayon, and acrylic simply
cannot be made without loads of toxic dyes and chemicals. Wrinkle-free
clothing may be finished with formaldehyde, a known carcinogen thats
not regulated in the USA.
-High Hills are a major cause of bunions, ingrown toenails, callouses,
and sprained ankles. They can also cause chronic health issues,
like shortened Achilles tendons and lower back pain? Read
the full article.
Costa Rica Runs
for 300 Days on 100% Renewable Energy
By Laura Alvarado
December 20, 2018
his week Costa
Rica accumulated a total of 300 days of 100% renewable energy during
The last time
the country had to resort to the use of bunker or diesel was back
in May 17 in response to the demand of electricity of the country,
which means it has ran for more than seven consecutive months without
the use of hydrocarbon fuels.
sa the second source in terms of the contribution to the annual
production with a 15%, just behind water that works as a basic resource
within the National Electric System, in third place comes geothermal
energy, biomass and solar. Continue
toxins leave shellfish at mercy of predators
Chemical cocktail suppresses periwinkles ability to avoid
crabs and disrupts food chain
Damian Carrington Environment editor - @dpcarrington
Chemical cocktail suppresses periwinkles ability to avoid
crabs and disrupts food chain
Toxins leaching from microplastics leave shellfish at the mercy
of predators, research has found. The chemicals completely suppress
the ability of the periwinkles to detect and avoid the crabs that
Microplastics plague the worlds rivers and oceans and absorb
poisonous chemicals from the water. Previous work has shown mussels
are harmed by these toxins when they eat microplastics, but the
latest study is the first to show disruption of the relationship
between predator and prey. This is likely to disrupt the entire
food chain, researchers say.
Microplastics are known to be present in seafood, as well as tap
water, honey and salt and probably many other foods. Humans are
known to consume microplastics but the impact on health is as yet
Bayer CEO Werner Baumann: Think Roundup Lawsuits Are a Nuisance?
Imagine How Cancer Victims Feel!
More than 9,000 lawsuits
are now pending against Monsanto, by people who allege that exposure
to Roundup weedkiller caused their cancer.
Most of the people
behind these lawsuits have stories not unlike the one told by Dewayne
Johnson, during his landmark jury trial. Like Johnson, many of these
people have non-Hodgkin lymphomaor they have family members
who have already died from the disease.
victims, these trials are a way to hold Monsanto accountable for
But to Werner Baumann,
CEO of Bayer (which acquired Monsanto last year for $63 billion),
these lawsuits are just nuisances.
Amount of Toxic Wastewater Produced by Fracking is Unbelievable
Up to 1,440 percent more was generated in the first year. Alexander
C. Kaufman - August 17, 2018 12:21 PM
story was originally published by HuffPost. It
appears here as part of the Climate
Desk collaboration. Fracking
companies used 770 percent more water per well in 2016 than in 2011
across all the United States major gas- and oil-producing
regions, according to a new
The number of new fracking wells decreased as gas
prices fell, but the amount of water used per well skyrocketed,
with up to 1,440 percent more toxic wastewater generated in the
first year of each new wells production period by 2016.
The research, published Wednesday afternoon in the peer-reviewed
journal Science Advances, raises new concerns that hydraulic fracturing,
the controversial drilling technique used to extract oil and gas
trapped deep in bedrock, imperils vital drinking water reserves.
in 2018: Another Year of Pretending to Make Money
By Justin Mikulka
2018 was the year the oil and gas industry promised that its darling,
the shale fracking revolution, would stop focusing on endless production
and instead turn a profit for its investors. But as the year winds
to a close, it's clear that hasn't happened.
Instead, the fracking industry has helped set new records for U.S.
oil production while continuing to lose huge amounts of moneyand
that was before the recent crash in oil prices.
But plenty of people in the industry and media make it sound like
a much different, and more profitable, story.
and Record Production
Going into this year, the fracking industry needed to prove it was
a good investment (and not just for its CEOs, who are garnering
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Peasant Farmers Clash With U.S. Over Seeds
Cruz Esmeralda Mejía, Maybelyne Palacios and Rosa María
Rivera growing plants from improved maize seed in the La Maroma
cooperative, in the Bajo Lempa region of El Salvador. Credit: Edgardo
JIQUILISCO, El Salvador, Jul 5 2014 (IPS) - Under a searing sun,
surrounded by a sea of young maize plants, Gladys Cortez expresses
her fears that her employment in the cooperative that produces seed
for the Salvadoran government may be at risk, if United States companies
achieve participation in seed procurement.
"This is our source of income to support our children,"
Cortez told IPS as she continued her regular farming tasks at the
La Maroma cooperative, one of the seed producing establishments
located in La Noria, in the municipality of Jiquilisco, in the eastern
department of Usulután.
The U.S. government, through its ambassador in El Salvador, Mari
Carmen Aponte, has set conditions on the delivery of a development
aid package worth 277 million dollars from the Millennium Challenge
Corporation, a U.S. foreign aid agency. It wants the country to
open its seed procurement process to U.S. companies.
the Group Up: A Call for Regenerative Agriculture
38 percent of the Earths land area and is a major contributor
to climate change. But it doesnt have to be this way. Soil
and plants have the capacity to store huge amounts of carbon in
the ground, thus how we grow food can be one of the key solutions
to our climate crisis. Visionary farmer and educator Charles Massy
argues that an ecologically and socially enhancing agricultureknown
as regenerative agriculturecan reverse these harmful carbon
emissions by working with nature rather than against it to increase
biodiversity, enrich soils, improve watersheds, and strengthen ecosystems.
Allan Savory, the Pioneer of Regenerative Agriculture
By Barry Estabrook
3/8/2018 - Allan Savory
Spencer and Abbey
Smith could not have picked a less promising year to take over Springs
Ranch, an 1,800-acre property in far northeastern California previously
run by Spencers parents. At the best of times, the Surprise
Valley, where the ranch is located, is a parched high desert, receiving
a meager 16 inches of precipitation a year, virtually all of which
falls in the late fall and winter. The young couple, who have a
7-year-old daughter, began managing the ranch in 2014, during the
height of Californias recent drought. To add to their difficulties,
they would somehow have to expand the existing cattle herd to generate
enough money to make the ranch profitable.
I visited Springs
Ranch three years later. As we took a walk across the land, my reaction
was, Desert? What desert? Pastures descended in green
waves to the shores of Upper Alkali Lake. The jagged, dun-colored
peaks of Nevadas Hays Mountains rose majestically from the
opposite bank. Spencer, who sported a straw cowboy hat and wore
a pearl-buttoned, long-sleeved shirt over jeans and scuffed work
boots, pointed to a knoll that was covered in chest-high grass.
That was all bare ground two years ago, he said. Continue
France leads the
world on food system sustainability
France tops the
FSI index, in large part due to its holistic approaches to food
loss, water management, and climate change mitigation, and its positive
In 2016 the coolest
restaurant in Paris wasnt in Saint-Germain-des-Prés
or Le Malais but much further out in the 19th arrondissement, where
chef Aladdin Charni served meals made of donated and recovered fruit
and veg. Freegan Pony, described by one Yelp reviewer as Hands
down the hippest spot in Paris at the moment,
is part of a movement that is taking hold across France and pushing
for regaining control of the countrys food waste.