|Food for thought: experts say era of low prices may be over|
Portland Press Herald - 3/17/2011.By P.J. Huffstutter – Los Angeles: American consumers have long enjoyed a luxury that few others around the world could boast: an abundance of affordable food. But with prices of wheat, corn and other staples soaring, some economists and scientists are wondering how long that can last.
|The world-class local foods that gardeners have overlooked|
The Atlantic - 3/16/2011.By Hank Shaw – Consider this statistic: Of all the untold thousands of edible plants on this earth, the world's population largely subsists on about 20 of them. And of those, wheat, rice, soybeans, and corn dominate the rest. Now consider this: Of those 20 species, only corn, and to some extent beans, are native to North America; both are from Mexico.
|Top 10 sustainable food books|
Audubon Magazine - 3/16/2011.By Alisa Opar – New books about sustainable food are coming out all the time, making selecting one or two to read a potentially overwhelming process. So we turned to the experts for suggestions. Michael Pollan, Anna Lappé, Dan Barber, and other influential activists and authors share their favorite books.
|It's time to reduce Maine's dependence on oil|
Portland Press Herald - 3/16/2011.By Stacey Fitts and Philip Bartlett – Augusta: It's time for Mainers of all stripes to come together to start to get our state off oil. According to a Maine Sunday Telegram analysis, the recent surge in oil prices has increased energy costs for a typical Maine family that lives in an oil-heated home and has two cars by more than $1,400 a year – and the price surge just started in early September.