Category: Food Freedom

How This Couple Earns Six Figures Per Year Organic Farming On 1.5 Acres of Land

Can small-scale farming in the modern age really generate enough income for the average family to make an honest living? For Jean-Martin Fortier and his wife, Maude-Hélène Desroches, it does. The Canadian couple grows beets, broccoli, salad greens, carrots, and various other types of produce on their modest 1.5 acres of land, from which they…

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Is Your Dinner Steak “Glued” Together?

By Catherine J. Frompovich The food industry is extremely innovative at reducing waste products and salvaging any last bit of animal tissue aka meat. Transglutaminase is an animal-blood enzyme used as “meat glue” to create a prime filet steak, which many cooks and eaters can’t tell the difference. “Meat Glue” is a naturally occurring enzyme…

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Latest Fear Mongering About Self Sufficiency: Salmonella in Backyard Chickens

By Joe Jarvis Two years ago I moved to Florida from Massachusetts. When people found out I was moving, they would often immediately remark, “Get ready for the brutal heat and humidity!” It was their first instinct to bring up any possible negative about moving to a much more pleasant climate. About a year later,…

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Big Corps Selling Lower Quality Foods To Poorer East EU Nations

By Heather Callaghan, Editor A Slovenian and an Australian sip a Coca-Cola at the same time, although worlds apart. The latter enjoys a typical formula. But the former’s is exploding with elevated sugar content and fructo-glucose. The Coke in Prague might dance a more muted jig on the taste buds than the one in London. What happened? People have…

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Feds Threaten Maine Food Sovereignty Law; Governor LePage Caves

By Michael Maharrey Maine Gov. Paul LePage has called for a special emergency session of the legislature to roll back a food sovereignty bill he signed into law earlier this year, after the federal government threatened to take over meat and poultry inspection in the state. Sen. Troy Jackson (D-Aroostook) sponsored Senate Bill 725 (LD725)….

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Class Action Suits Against Monsanto Mount as American Farmers Lose Millions of Acres of Crops

By Alex Pietrowski A growing amount of anger and outrage against Monsanto has culminated in a number class action lawsuits being filed against the agrochemcial giant. At issue now are the devastating effects of dicamba, a potent herbicide formulated for genetically modified seed. The product has a tendency to drift onto neighboring crops after being applied…

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29 States Allow Big Ag To Act As Seed Legislator?

By Heather Callaghan, Editor States like Oregon, California, Texas, Montana and Iowa just simultaneously nuked the ability to have seed laws. Claws of Big Ag found puppeteering legislators. With little to no fanfare at all, the states passed “seed preemption laws” that essentially shut down public discourse on seeds laws – including the use of genetically engineered crops. There…

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Farming Programs On The Eastern Seaboard

Programs to Help Aspiring Farmers Bring Vision to Fruition If you’ve ever fantasized about becoming a farmer, you’re certainly not alone. Many of us idealize what it might be like to live off the land, working in concert with nature to grow food that will nourish our families and communities. Recently, the Chesapeake Foodshed Network, a…

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America’s food industry is getting a makeover. The driver? Millennials.

As Millennials age and replace the Baby Boomers as the food industry’s main consumers, a new American diet that rejects processed foods is becoming increasingly popular and shifting the current supply chain. At present, only 15 percent of U.S. farmable land is devoted to growing the fruits, legumes, and greens that this generation is hungry for,…

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