|How much reform does the Farm Bill really contain?|
Alternet - 6/6/2012. By Susan Prolman and Ferd Hoefner – This week, the full Senate is expected to take up the farm bill. The farm bill spends one trillion dollars over ten years and sets food and agriculture policy for our nation. The bill’s title is the Agriculture Reform, Food and Jobs Act of 2012, but how much reform does it really contain?
|Beer and cheese ‘r’ us: why fermentation makes us human|
Grist - 6/6/2012. By Sandor Katz – One word that repeatedly comes to the fore in my exploration and thinking about fermentation is culture. Fermentation relates to culture in many different ways, corresponding with the many layers of meaning embedded in this important word, from its literal and specific meanings in the context of microbiology to its broadest connotations.
|New initiative aims to build truly local, resilient economies|
Treehugger - 6/6/2012. By Sami Grover – It seems like every other month, what has begun to feel like a tentative economic recovery once again starts feeling a whole lot less secure. Each time that happens, more and more of us realize that stability, resilience and quality of life should be our prime goals – not growth for the sake of growth.
|Pushing for local food in the farm bill: an interview with Chellie Pingree|
Grist - 6/6/2012. By Enrique Gili – Does local and organic food matter more to people in Maine than it does to other Americans? It’s possible, but Rep. Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) insists that’s not why she introduced the Local Farms, Food, and Jobs Act, a small but encouraging set of legislative reforms meant to accompany this year’s farm bill.