|Small is beautiful (and radical) |
Grist - 2/3/2010.By Eliot Coleman – When a friend told me of two of the proposed discussion topics for a major agricultural conference – “What is so radical about radical agriculture?” and “Is small the only beautiful?” – I told him that that I thought both questions had the same answer. The radical idea behind by organic agriculture is a change in focus. The new focus is on the quality of the crops grown and their suitability for human nutrition. That is a change from the more common focus on growing as much quantity as possible and using whatever chemical techniques contribute to increasing that quantity.
|Maine shrimp are swimming|
Zester Daily - 2/3/2010.By Nancy Harmon Jenkins – It’s shrimp season in Maine. In these coldest days of winter, when small, sweet, tender Maine shrimp – aka Icelandic shrimp and Pandalus borealis – head south from the Arctic into the relatively warmer waters off the Maine coast to reproduce. Actually, reproduce is not quite the operative term, at least not in the conventional sense.
|Proposal in federal budget aims to boost organic food labels|
Burlington Free Press - 2/2/2010.By Nicole Gaudiano – Washington: President Barack Obama's record $3.8 trillion budget proposal includes a $3.1 million boost in a program important to Vermont's organic farming industry. Obama's budget, which must be approved by Congress, would increase spending for the National Organic Program by 44 percent, to $10.1 million. The program certifies that organically produced foods meet national standards. The increase includes $2.1 million for regulatory review and enforcement and to forge agreements with other countries to help expand exports. Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., said some agriculture groups want to "get in on the cheap" and charge more for products with misleading labels.
|Slow Food Lake Tahoe – It's all about sustainable and organic|
Sierra Sun - 2/2/2010.By Amy Edgett – The Slow Food Lake Tahoe potluck included a presentation by Sierra Valley Farms owner Gary Romano, who espoused both the rewards and challenges of the small farmer. Romano helped save his family's 102-year-old farm, returning to the land he once worked as a child. “As long as you have a piece of land, you never feel stranded,” said Romano. “You can always grow food – it's very spiritual. That's part of what keeps me going.”