|From Field to Table: Rights for Workers in the Food Supply Chain|
Common Dreams - 5/22/2013. By Beverly Bell and Tory Field - The Food Chain Workers Alliance has a goal of nothing less than full rights and fair wages for the 20 million workers who grow, harvest, process, pack, ship, cook, serve, and sell food in the US. Founded in 2009, the Alliance brings together 11 organizations representing workers throughout the food supply chain.
|Anonymous investor puts $3 million into MOOMilk|
Bangor Daily News - 5/22/2013. By Whit Richardson - MOOMilk, a producer of organic milk, received the single largest investment in its existence this week, an amount large enough to stabilize the startup for the foreseeable future, according to its chief executive officer. An anonymous benefactor from New Hampshire has invested $3 million in MOOMilk, which stands for Maine’s Own Organic Milk. The company launched in 2009 after H.P. Hood Inc. dropped 10 Maine organic dairy farmers.
|Who Owns Organics — Updated|
The Cornucopia Institute - 5/22/2013. The latest version of Who Owns Organics has been released by Dr. Phil Howard, an Assistant Professor at Michigan State. Dr. Howard teaches in the University’s Community, Agriculture, Recreation and Resource Studies program. The latest update now includes the top 100 food processors in North America.
|Trees on farms: challenging conventional agricultural practice|
The Guardian [UK] - 5/21/2013. By Caspar Van Vark - There's a received wisdom that tree stumps, shoots and bushes should be cleared from a field before planting crops. It seems logical, but the experience of farmers in southern Niger suggests otherwise. There, the practice of Farmer Managed Natural Regeneration (FMNR) has been found to significantly improve soil quality and crop yields, along with additional resources and income from tree products.