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Circle of Poison Documentary

By Kim Robson: Let’s suppose for a moment that you run a company that produces toxic chemical pesticides. Those pesky environmental folks and that meddling EPA have just banned your best-selling pesticide from use in the United States. The solution? Slap a “For Export Only” label on it and sell …

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Edible Classroom—Giving Kids a New Future

By Fredrica Syren: I don’t know about you, but in my experience, classrooms in general are never great looking and tend to be boring. But imagine a classroom filled with edible plants. Now that’s a classroom I would look forward to going to every day. Teacher Stephen Ritz has made …

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Resistance: Time To End Misuse of Antibiotics in Agriculture

By Fredrica Syren: Last week, meat from a major grocery store in Sweden was recalled because it had been contaminated with a dangerous hormone. I sigh every time I hear about contaminated foods being sold in local grocery stores. I get especially fed up with hearing about all the pharmaceuticals …

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The Relationship Between Water and Agriculture

By Kim Robson: Food and water, two of man’s four necessities for survival, are inextricably connected. When the growing global demand for higher food yields stresses available water resources, both are in jeopardy. At the World Resources Institute (WRI), new analysis shows that more than 25 percent of the world’s …

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Why CSA?

By Asha Kreiling On a quick stint to my local neighborhood market this afternoon, I left with bag of carrots, a head  of celery, and a package of blueberries. After further inspection of the produce labels on these items, I discovered they were all grown in California. Hmm … I …

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Why Organic Cotton Matters

By Chef Centehua We all have basic needs: shelter, food and clothing. We are living in a world where these very basics are massively manufactured for profit, so it’s important to account for the environmental and ethical implications of products that are manufactured by these industries. As we become aware …

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Cut Back on Corn!

By Asha Kreiling Corn is ubiquitous in the American food system. Take a gander at the ingredients label of a few food items on the shelves in a regular grocery store, and you will find that an astonishing number of them will list at least one corn-derived ingredient. High fructose …

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Animal Abuse Whistleblowing Attacked by Proposed Ag-gag Bills

By Asha Kreiling ​Few things disturb me as much as violence towards animals. I can’t tolerate more than a few seconds of footage of the animal abuse that seems to occur so nonchalantly in factory farms and slaughterhouses, but even the short clips I have managed to watch have had a …

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Food Deserts in America

By Asha Kreiling Have you ever seen fresh fruits and vegetables for sale in a convenience store? Oftentimes there’s nothing but a bountiful array of chips, candy and soda; but maybe you’ll find a sparse produce section with some drab, overpriced fruit of mysterious origins. Imagine if this and fast …

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A Close Look at Meat

By Chef Centehua First of all, I’d like to ask the questions “Where is the beef?” or “Where does it come from?” Of course that is followed by another question: “What’s in the meat?”  Our grandparents didn’t have to ask these questions. Their meat came from the farmer who had a few cows …

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