Category: Food Freedom

My Very Un-Instagrammable 9 Months on an Organic Farm

By Katie Hyson There was a position open at a local organic family farm. In my cover letter, I emphasized what a great fit my skill set was, my passion for sustainable food solutions, my love of vegetables. I de-emphasized (read: omitted) my plant-growing record. Dead: 83 herbs, vegetables, and flowers. Still alive: 2 indefatigable house…

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‘Use By’ Food Dates Are Responsible For Billions In Food Waste

By Karen Foster Norbert Wilson who joined the Friedman School as a professor of food policy, has been investigating food waste, building on his past research on food choice, domestic hunger, food banking and the international trade of food products. What motivates people to spend good money on food they don’t intend to eat? According…

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Thailand: Crushing Localism Threatens National, Regional Stability

By Tony Cartalucci – NEO Street vendors of all kinds are facing a complete ban of their livelihood across Bangkok, the capital of Southeast Asia’s Thailand. While it may appear to be a minor move falling in line with many other nations within the “developed world,” the significance of it both to Bangkok, Thailand, and the…

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FDA: Redefine “Healthy” Claim on Food Labeling

  By Fair Farms We (the undersigned) welcome the opportunity to comment on the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) use of the term “healthy” on food labels. Under FDA’s current rules, the focus surrounds the amount of fats and the value of nutrients in foods labeled “healthy.” Proposed revised rules would focus more on the…

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Woman Fights to Raise Chickens in Backyard – Life and Death Situation for Son

By Heather Callaghan, Editor More and more city bureaucrats are becoming stony code enforcers for Agenda 21 when it comes to people’s yards. We’ve reported time and again, about the overreach of municipalities in banning people from growing food, raising small animals, having lemonade stands or even tiny lending libraries on their own property. What happens…

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How Renewable Agriculture Can Save Our Cities and Our Soils

By Katica Maric Agriculture has been practiced since 10,000 B.C.E. and was an essential component in the evolution of society as it allowed humans to adapt to ecosystems by growing their own food and thus settle into communities and develop large populations. Before World War II, agriculture was mostly organic, climate-dependent and based on natural…

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Healthy soil is the real key to feeding the world

Op-ed by David R. Montgomery, University of Washington One of the biggest modern myths about agriculture is that organic farming is inherently sustainable. It can be, but it isn’t necessarily. After all, soil erosion from chemical-free tilled fields undermined the Roman Empire and other ancient societies around the world. Other agricultural myths hinder recognizing the potential…

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Man Grew Gardens to Save Unwanted Bees and People on Lots Abandoned After Katrina

By Heather Callaghan, Editor Man saves bees targeted for extermination by growing food for all on lots that were abandoned after Hurricane Katrina One man has pulled a 180 on one of the poorest, abandoned areas. The Ninth Ward of New Orleans never recovered after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina over a decade ago. But…

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Rising Demand for Organic and Non-GMO Grains Outpaces U.S. Production

Organic imports rise sharply as U.S. corn and soybean growers contemplate premiums, risk-reward scenarios DENVER – Increasing consumer demand for organic and non-GMO foods led to a sharp rise in organic grain imports in 2016—prompting food manufacturers to explore new incentives for U.S. growers transitioning to organic production, according to a new report from CoBank. While U.S….

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The Food Police Can’t Ban the Truth About Company’s Milk

By Frank Garrison In a unanimous decision yesterday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit vindicated Ocheesee Creamery’s free speech rights when it reversed a district court’s decision that prevented the creamery from telling its customers the truth about the products it sells. The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services told the small business…

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