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San Luis Obispo bans Styrofoam Food Containers... Print E-mail
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Saturday, 20 June 2015 09:39

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A grassroots movement started more than a year ago has resulted in San Luis Obispo becoming the first city in San Luis Obispo County to ban Styrofoam. To the delight of members of SLO Foam Free, the San Luis Obispo City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to ban the use of expanded polystyrene food and drink containers and require food vendors to use eco-friendly alternatives. The new rules, which will come back for final approval at an upcoming meeting, also prohibit the retail sale of Styrofoam products not covered with a more durable material. Products that would be exempt could include coolers encased in hard plastic, for example.


Read more here: http://www.sanluisobispo.com/2015/06/02/36617...

Last Updated on Sunday, 14 June 2015 18:42
 
"Agrihoods" - Suburban-Living Makeovers! Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 16 June 2015 11:32

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When a new $1 billion Florida development of 2,900 homes centered around a nine-acre farm was announced recently, some journalists didn’t mask their enthusiasm for the project. “What has you most excited about new $1B agrihood near UCF?” asked theOrlando Business Journal. Because what’s not to love? Housing and farms! Call them agrihoods, agritopias, or community-supported development—whatever the term, residential development where farming and housing coexist could be the next wave of sustainable agriculture, proponents argue. Last year, the Urban Land Institute estimated that about 200 such developments had been built or were under construction across the country. Not everyone is thrilled with the idea, however. Critics call it a way to greenwash otherwise undesirable development projects. It’s a criticism that has been raised in Orlando too. “It’s still sprawl, sprinkled with some salt and pepper to make it taste better,” read an op-ed in the Orlando Sentinel.

Read more: http://www.takepart.com/article/2015/04/30/agrihoods?cmpid=foodinc-fb

Last Updated on Sunday, 14 June 2015 18:41
 
Monsanto GMOs Defeated by Oregon Organic Farmers as Federal Judge Upholds Seed Ban... Print E-mail
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Thursday, 11 June 2015 18:42

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Oregon, May 30, 2015: A coalition of Oregon organic farmers has beaten Monsanto—the corporate agriculture giant—in a landmark federal lawsuit that will make national waves by the way that their rural county banned the use of genetically modified seeds. Mark D. Clarke, a federal magistrate judge, dismissed a legal challenge brought by commercial farmers who use Monsanto's genetically modified alfalfa seeds. The non-organic farms sought to overturn a 2014 ordinance passed by Jackson County voters that banned the use of such seed stock, claiming that the anti-GMO ordinance violated their right to farm.

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 10 June 2015 19:44
 
Demand for Organic Food Growing Faster than Domestic Supply... Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 10 June 2015 19:39

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Got organic Milk? That's the question more and more consumers are asking in supermarkets across the nation. | Sales of organic food have grown dramatically over the last decade - soaring from $3 billion in 1997 to more than $10 billion in 2003, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Sales of organic food have grown by 20 percent annually, and experts predict that the industry's share of the U.S. food market is expected to grow from about 2 percent to roughly 3.5 percent by the end of the decade. In fact, demand for organic food is growing so fast that consumer demand is outstripping some domestic supplies. Once a net exporter of organic products, the United States now spends more than $1 billion a year to import organic food, according to the USDA, and the ratio of imported to exported products is now about 8-to-1.

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 10 June 2015 19:44
 
Almonds Debated Over in California Water Use Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 12 May 2015 10:01

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California almonds are becoming one of the world's favorite snacks and creating a multibillion-dollar bonanza for agricultural investors. But the crop extracts a staggering price from the land, consuming more water than all the showering, dish-washing and other indoor household water use of California's 39 million people. As California enters its fourth year of drought and imposes the first mandatory statewide water cutbacks on cities and towns, the $6.5 billion almond crop is helping drive a sharp debate about water use, agricultural interests and how both affect the state's giant economy.

More: http://www.aol.com/article/2015/04/19/almonds-get-r...

Last Updated on Saturday, 09 May 2015 14:22
 
New Zealand Officially Recognizes Animals As ‘Sentient Beings’ Print E-mail
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Thursday, 28 May 2015 18:48

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New Zealand just took a huge a step forward for animal welfare by legally recognizing them as “sentient” beings. The amendment to New Zealand law on behalf of the The Animal Welfare Amendment was passed on Tuesday. The new bill states that animals, like humans, are “sentient” beings — meaning they are able to perceive and feel things. “To say that animals are sentient is to state explicitly that they can experience both positive and negative emotions, including pain and distress,” said Dr Virginia Williams, chair of the National Animal Ethics Advisory Committee. “The explicitness is what is new and marks another step along the animal welfare journey.” The bill also includes banning cosmetic testing on animals, which was recently put into law last month. Read more: http://www.ecorazzi.com/2015/05/14/new-zealand-officially-recognizes-animals-as-sentient-beings/

Last Updated on Sunday, 24 May 2015 15:55
 
Berkeley’s Gas Pump Warning Print E-mail
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Monday, 11 May 2015 08:00

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The city council of Berkeley, California approved a measure that would require every gas pump in the city to bear a warning label informing motorists that burning gasoline contributes to global warming, believed to be the first such measure of its kind in the United States.
Read more: http://bluenationreview.com/city-approves...

Last Updated on Saturday, 09 May 2015 14:22
 
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