|A Pitch to Obama on Food and Farming|
The New York Times - 12/4/2008.The fact that a Secretary of Agriculture has yet to be named has some chefs, farmers and animal welfare advocates wondering whether food and farming have been shoved to the Obama D team.
|One in Three Toys on Shelf Found To Be Toxic|
Treehugger - 12/4/2008.According to a recent study released by researchers for the Michigan-based Ecology Center, one in three toys tested was found to contain toxic chemicals such as lead, flame retardants and arsenic.
|5 myths on the dangers of dining |
Bangor Daily News - 12/4/2008.Is anything safe to eat anymore? It can be so hard to keep up in this world of endless food scares. One minute we’re alarmed by salmonella in jalapenos. Now it’s melamine in milk from China. What next?
|Soil Not Oil: Why We Need to Kick Petroleum Out of Our Farms|
Alternet - 12/3/2008.Vandana Shiva explains how biodiverse farms offer us more food, better food, higher incomes for farmers and a defense from climate disasters. The industrialized, globalized food system is based on oil. It is under threat because of the inevitability of "peak oil." It is also under threat because it is more vulnerable than traditional agriculture to climate change, to which it has contributed. Industrial agriculture is based on monocultures.