|If JBS gobbles up Smithfield, three companies will own U.S. meat market|
Grist - 6/30/2010.By Tom Philpott – A typical supermarket's meat counter displays a landscape of easy bounty: shrink-wrapped chops, cutlets, steaks, roasts, loins, burger meat, and more, almost all of it priced to move. But the dizzying variety cloaks a disturbing uniformity. As the chart below shows, the great bulk of the meat consumed in the United States comes from just four large, powerful companies.
|Crazy ideas for crazy garden farmers|
OrganicToBe - 6/30/2010.By Gene Logsdon – I wonder if a book titled A Guide To Insane Farming would sell, especially when, upon opening the book, the reader would encounter descriptions of how farming is actually done today. But what I’m talking about at the moment are ideas that really are off the grid, outside the box, beyond normalcy, agronomic lunacy. Or to assume a more positive attitude, ideas like maybe the earth moves around the sun which by golly turned out to be true.
|Healthy diet cuts Alzheimer’s risk by 40 percent|
Natural News - 6/29/2010.By Ethan A. Huff – A recent study conducted by researchers at Columbia University in New York has found that people who eat a diet rich in olive oil, fish, nuts, poultry, and fruits and vegetables, lower their risk of developing Alzheimer's disease by 40 percent.
|New rules allow selling of home-made food|
Kennebec Journal - 6/29/2010.AP – Milwaukee: At Wisconsin farmers markets, vendors no longer need licenses to sell pickles, jams and other canned foods, while small farmers in Maine can sell slaughtered chickens without worrying about inspections.