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Vermont WON'T BE BOUGHT!
« Reply #3 on: April 16, 2014, 10:23:25 pm »
 




 


The Vermont Senate today voted 28-2 to approve legislation that would require foods produced using genetic engineering (GE) to be labeled in Vermont. Minor changes made by the Senate must still be approved by the state House, which previously approved the measure (107-37). Pending the governor’s signature, the law would take effect July 1, 2016.

 “This is a major victory for the food movement,” said Rebecca Spector, who heads state labeling efforts at Center for Food Safety. “Vermont will be the first state to enact a law to protect consumers’ right to know what is in their food without requiring other states to do so prior to implementation. Nationwide GE labeling is not a question of if; it’s only a question of when. And the answer is soon.”

Unlike other state labeling laws, the Vermont labeling bill (H. 112) is the first bill which will go into effect regardless of actions by other states. Previous GE labeling bills have required that a certain number of states enact similar legislation before they would take effect.

Once signed into law, Vermont’s mandatory labeling policy will likely set the stage for more states to introduce and adopt no strings attached labeling laws.

Center for Food Safety helped draft the legislation in consultation with state representatives and has been at the center of the fight to inform consumers about GE foods for over a decade. Center for Food Safety provided legal testimony before the Vermont Legislature in 2005 and has maintained an active presence in the state, providing resources and expert legal and scientific advice to the citizens and lawmakers of Vermont.

Sixty-four nations including China, South Africa and all countries in the European Union currently require GE foods to be labeled. Rep. DeFazio (D-OR) and Sen. Boxer (D-CA) recently introduced federal legislation that would require nationwide labeling of GE products. That bill has 65 cosponsors.

“Unfortunately, chemical giants like Monsanto and Dow Chemical will not accept the will of the people,” said Colin O’Neil, director of government affairs at Center for Food Safety. “Vermont’s initiative has spurred agrichemical industry lobbyists to push legislation at the national level that would eliminate states’ rights to protect their consumers. We vow to fight them every step of the way and call out industry efforts to keep consumers in the dark.”





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Re: Sustainable Farming
« Reply #4 on: April 20, 2014, 07:59:01 am »
Hooray for Vermont.

Meanwhile, rust never sleeps, and Monsanto and Syngenta's hirelings are well on the case:

http://www.agriview.com/n...b8-9e0e-913b6cceb3b9.html

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Re: Sustainable Farming
« Reply #5 on: April 24, 2014, 01:37:00 pm »
UB said, "good news is always welcome". Amen, Bro!


Especially in the light of how rare it is these days.  :( 
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Re: Sustainable Farming
« Reply #8 on: November 26, 2014, 09:57:38 pm »


You may be interested  ;D in this free book about colonial behavior available online. I am listening to it on librovox. I just heard an interesting anecdote describing a robbery that occurred at Benjamin Franklin's residence! The chapter (Chapter 12) Is on apparel so the author introduced it as an example of what fairly well off people had in their houses in those days. Of course that was over a century after 1620 but it covers that period in detail as well. The colonists, when they first arrived, actually lived in CAVES for a while!

Their cats and dogs were probably quite happy there (caves provide geothermal heat insulation and enabled them to survive for a few winters until they built dwellings).

You won't find too many history books that admit the early colonists were CAVE MEN  ;D. But nevertheless, it is a historical fact.
Chapter 1 of "Home Life in Colonial Days" has the details. 

You can download the book that includes DETAILED accounts of how they grew, processed and cooked their food and manufactured all their clothing, houses, machines, etc. in a sustainable fashion free here:

Home Life in Colonial Days

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Re: Sustainable Farming
« Reply #9 on: December 01, 2014, 06:40:45 pm »
Eva Longoria and Eric Schlosser Expose the Real Cost  of Our Food

Cole Mellino | December 1, 2014 11:09 am

Farm labor today remains one of the most difficult and underpaid jobs in America, despite the advances made for farmworkers by groups like United Farm Workers. There’s a brilliant new movie, Food Chains, that documents the plight of the modern farmworker and farmworker justice movement that has formed in response to this crisis.

The movie, produced by actress and activist Eva Longoria and Eric Schlosser, author of Fast Food Nation and producer of Food Inc., follows the Coalition of Immokalee Workers, which has formed the Fair Food Program to ask large retailers to pay just a penny more per pound of tomatoes and to refuse to buy tomatoes from farms with human rights violations.

“The real power today is with big fast food chains, big food service companies, and the huge supermarket chains. Pennies more on purchases of fresh fruits and vegetables could eliminate this problem and get rid of this misery,” said Schlosser.

Alice Waters, chef and farm-to-table pioneer, calls this movie, “viscerally moving … [it] shows a true lens into the lives of the very people who pick our food.” More and more people are thinking about how their food was grown. Now they need to think about who grew and picked it.

“I still believe agriculture is the backbone of America and when you have an industry as big as agriculture you
 have to pay attention to the labor force,” Longoria said in the film. “People often look at farmworker issues as an immigration issue but it’s more than an immigration issue, it’s a human rights issue.”

https://www.youtube.com/w...p;feature=player_embedded
Food Chains  - trailer

http://ecowatch.com/2014/...01/expose-real-cost-food/

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Re: Sustainable Farming
« Reply #10 on: December 01, 2014, 07:24:30 pm »
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Re: Sustainable Farming
« Reply #11 on: December 06, 2014, 03:49:01 pm »
12/05/2014 04:37 PM     

Big Food Backs Move Toward Sustainable Agriculture  8)


SustainableBusiness.com News

While Big Food companies are against GMO labels on food, they seem to be moving forward on other issues as members of the Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture - General Mills, Kellogg's, Unilever, Procter & ****, Coca-Cola, PepsiCo and Cargill are among the members.

 The Alliance consists of 66 grower organizations; agribusinesses; food, beverage, restaurant and retail companies; conservation groups; universities and public sector partners, they say    , all committed to "sustainable outcomes for commodity crops such as corn, soybeans, wheat, cotton, rice and potatoes."

 Their "Field to Market" initiative is engaging the entire agricultural supply chain to "address the collective environmental challenges we face and responsibly manage our planet's natural resources," says Rod Snyder, President.

The goal is to improve agricultural practices for 20% of US  commodity crop production on 50 million acres by 2020.

 Williams Farm in Mississippi grows corn, soy and cotton on 40% of the land, and preserves habitat for bobwhites and waterfowl:


Farm Members pledge to:

•reduce soil erosion to tolerable levels or below on all US  cropland

•improve productivity on farms to preserve wildlife habitat

•improve regional water quality by reducing sediment, phosphorus, nitrogen, and pesticide loads from farms

•improve regional water availability through efficient irrigation and conservation.

•increase energy efficiency in crop production

•reduce greenhouse gas emissions from farms per unit of output


The Alliance has a calculator that estimates farm performance on land use & conservation, carbon in the soil, water quality and consumption, energy use and greenhouse gas emissions. The next step is to work with The Sustainability Consortium on  a way to measure and report on the sustainability of US agriculture. 

Read our article, Radical Agriculture Overhaul Would Enhance Global Ecosystems.

Learn more about Field to Market:
 
Website: www.fieldtomarket.org/

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Re: Sustainable Farming
« Reply #12 on: December 08, 2014, 06:23:05 pm »
Big Mac hurting  as customers get pickier   

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By CANDICE CHOI and MICHELLE CHAPMAN

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« Reply #13 on: January 03, 2015, 10:43:45 pm »
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Many golden tidbits of information!  ;D
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« Reply #14 on: January 23, 2015, 10:15:40 pm »
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This is a VERY smart man. Pay attention to his logic. It is sound.  

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No Fossil Fuels Folks  ;D


 In Holyoke, Massachusetts this fellow is growing watercress, figs and all kinds of produce in his "bio shelter"- a totally unheated hoop house.

 He used reclaimed insulation and has a solar powered aquaponic system set up.

 Even in the wicked chill - 7 degrees below Fahrenheit - his bioshelter never went below 29 degrees F.

 He's thinking about growing citrus now - in Massachusetts.

 Look how far a little courage and determination will get you!

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