|Rep. Sam Farr on Organics and Food Safety|
The New York Times - 3/25/2009.Congressman Sam Farr represents California’s 17th District — which includes the Salinas Valley, hometown of the author John Steinbeck and one of America’s most productive agricultural regions. He authored the nation’s first organic standards law in 1990 as a California assemblyman. He now serves on the House Appropriations Agriculture Subcommittee and co-chairs the Congressional Organic Caucus, a bipartisan group formed in 2003 to promote organic agriculture. He recently answered questions for Green Inc. about farming, food safety and a famous new vegetable garden.
|10 Ways to be Green this National Garden Month|
National Gardening Association - 3/24/2009.According to the National Gardening Association, in 2008, the number of people growing vegetables increased 10 percent over previous years. The National Gardening Association (NGA) anticipates that number will increase by 20 percent in 2009. Home vegetable gardens average 600 square feet in size. NGA estimates that a garden of this size can generate, on average, more than $600 of organic produce. Multiplied by the number of food gardeners in the country (36 million households), NGA estimates that American food gardeners are producing more than 21.6 billion dollars of produce a year.
|Fedco Seeds: The David to Monsanto’s Goliath|
Green Fork - 3/24/2009.Seed money for start-ups may be evaporating faster than California’s dwindling reservoirs, but this rocky economy is proving to be fertile ground for the seed industry. Cash-strapped consumers, scared by the specter of an empty fridge, are investing in the ultimate low-tech, high-yield start-up: the kitchen garden.
Bangor Daily News - 3/24/2009.Editorial - Protecting the natural environment should not be seen as a luxury for good economic times. But the political reality is that it is a harder sell in times like these. The key to persuading policymakers is to tie environmental concerns to sustaining the economy and keeping people safe.