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Honey from city bees can be used to trace environmental pollutants

March 12, 2019 – By Chrissy Sexton, earth.com – Researchers at the University of British Columbia (UBC) have discovered that honey samples can be used to measure environmental pollution. When bees hunt for pollen and nectar near their hives, they pick up trace amounts of elements such as lead. As a result, these elements can be detected in the honey produced by the bees.

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Can This Radical Approach to Dairies Save US Farms?

March 11, 2019 – By Lela Nargi, Civil Eats – Canada's practice of limiting milk production ensures a stable market for its dairy farmers. It’s also being touted as a potential solution to the US dairy crisis.

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How Are New York’s Organic and Grassfed Farms Faring Amid a Devastating Dairy Crisis?

March 11, 2019 – By Lisa Held, edible Manhattan – On January 17, more than 30 organic dairy farmers—most of whom sell their milk to Organic Valley or Maple Hill—gathered at a farm near Syracuse, New York. The “emergency meeting” was called without the processors’ knowledge, and attendees discussed who had lost contracts, who had seen trucks from Texas hauling in cheap organic milk, and falling prices.

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President’s Budget Puts Agriculture Back on the Chopping Block

March 11, 2019  – National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition – Seemingly unphased by Congress’ resounding rejection of his previously proposed budget cuts to agriculture spending, today the President recommended $2.2 billion (a roughly ten percent cut compared to FY 2019 enacted levels) in cuts to federal food and farm programs as part of his FY 2020 budget proposal. Although the President’s “skinny budget” is historically light on details, there are a few specifics of note.

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People with future-oriented personalities are more likely to consume organic food

Mar 11, 2019 – The Organic Center – A recently published study in Nutrition Journal shows that people with future-oriented personalities are more likely to consume organic food. In the study conducted in France, over 27,000 participants responded to a questionnaire that quantified how much the respondents considered the future versus immediate consequences of their actions, and paired that with the proportion of organic food they consumed in their diets.

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I’ve been a farmworker all my life. Here’s why you should buy organic food

March 10, 2019 – By Rudy Arredondo, The Sacramento Bee – Like millions of farmworkers who have labored in America’s fields and orchards, I know what it’s like to grow the food we eat using toxic pesticides. At 12, I worked as a “flag man,” waving in crop-dusting planes that would swoop down close to the plants — and us workers — to blast out a foggy spray of toxins that killed every bug in sight.

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How three generations are making it work on a Maine farm

March 9, 2019 – By Abigail Curtis, Bangor Daily News – A few generations ago, it would have been very normal to have several generations of one family working together on a Maine farm and living together in the farmhouse.

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