|California’s ag crisis and our concentrated food system|
Grist - 9/2/2009.By Tom Philpott – California’s severe drought – which could well be related to climate change – isn’t just menacing Los Angeles. The drought has helped tip the state’s Central Valley, epicenter of U.S. fruit and vegetable production, into a severe crisis, The Wall Street Journal reports.
|A review of the nutritional quality and safety of organic food|
Organic Consumers - 9/2/2009.By Denis Lairon, Agronomy for Sustainable Development – In line with several published literature reviews, the French Agency for Food Safety (AFSSA) performed under my coordination an up-to-date exhaustive and critical evaluation of the nutritional and sanitary quality of organic food.
|The cruelty of industrial egg-riclture|
Grist - 9/2/2009.By Kurt Michael Friese –Iowa is the number-one producer of eggs in the country, with more than twice the number of laying hens than Ohio, the number two state. There are nearly 20 times as many hens here than there are people, producing a shade over 14 billion eggs a year. As one might expect, their living conditions are less than ideal.
|The way we eat is trashing the fragile conditions that make human life possible|
Grist - 9/1/2009.By Tom Philpott – In the ongoing debate about whether sustainable agriculture can “feed the world,” it’s important not to lose sight of what industrial agriculture is doing to ecosystems—both in specific areas and on a grand scale. Producing and distributing lots and lots of calories, leveraged by fossil fuel and synthetic fertilizers and poisons, may solve certain short-term problems; but the practice also creates long-term ones that won’t be easily solved.