|Why our food system may suffer the same fate as our financial system|
Alternet - 6/11/2009.By Lisa M. Hamilton – This spring, local foods advocates have reason to be hopeful. In 2009, there will be more farmers markets than ever, nearly 5,000 nationwide. And in backyards everywhere are some real green shoots, with 43 million Americans planting gardens this year. But look beyond the local, and so far 2009 has been disastrous for agriculture.
|Will big ag plow under Waxman-Markey?|
Grist - 6/11/2009.By Tom Philpott – As the Waxman-Markey climate and energy bill moves forward in the House, Big Ag interest groups are circling their plows and sharpening their pitchforks. Some of the largest corporations in the agribusiness sector – including the GMO-and-herbicide giant Monsanto – are pushing to control how agriculture would fit into the bill’s cap-and-trade scheme.
|Big ag goes green|
Common Dreams - 6/11/2009.by Tom Laskawy – Sadly, the green I'm referring to is the color of money. As Tom Philpott reports, Big Ag is trying to get an agricultural technique known as "chemical no-till" established as a legitimate carbon offset in the Waxman/Markey legislation. There's only one problem, all the research out there says that chemical no-till doesn't actually sequester carbon.
|Down economy fuels a hunger for food-preservation workshops|
Portland Press Herald - 6/10/2009.By Meredith Goad – Lots of folks are putting in recession gardens this year to help take a bite out of their spiraling food budgets. But what do you do in August when you suddenly have tomatoes coming out your ears? Apparently, lots of other people are wondering about that too. Kathie Savoie, a food-safety expert at the University of Maine Cooperative Extension Service, says she has been swamped with requests for food preservation workshops this year. She's already done 14 since March.