|UN: only small farmers and agroecology can feed the world|
The Ecologist - 9/23/2014. By Nafeez Ahmed - Governments must shift subsidies and research funding from agro-industrial monoculture to small farmers using 'agroecological' methods, according to the UN's Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food. And as Nafeez Ahmed notes, her call coincides with a new agroecology initiative within the UN's Food and Agriculture Organisation.
|How your Tax Dollars are Helping Distort the GMO-Labeling Debate|
Food & Water Watch - 9/23/2014. By Tim Schwab - Our nation’s taxpayer-funded cooperative extension program, created by Congress 100 years ago with a mission to conduct education and outreach around important agricultural topics, has been largely silent in the raging public debate on the potential labeling of GMOs. If so desired, the USDA and our fifty states could marshal their army of extension officers and specialists to weigh in. Perhaps wisely, extension has not taken a position.
|New Crop of Cider Makers to be Farmers, too|
Maine Eater - 9/23/2014. By Adam H. Callaghan - At the kickoff of the 38th annual Common Ground Country Fair on Friday, one of the many talks was "Growing Maine's Cider Market." The three speakers, all of whom hope to produce complex, dry ciders unlike many of the mass-produced brands on the market, were at various stages of progress with their companies, ranging from a year out to mere days away from full licensing.