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bumper harvest for commodity crops and subsidies

Nov 19 (Reuters) – U.S. farmers are about to reap a bumper harvest not just in corn and soybeans but also in new subsidies that could soar to $10 billion, blowing a hole in the government’s promise that its new five-year farm bill would save taxpayers money.

Because of ample supplies, corn prices have fallen well below the long-term average price used as a benchmark for one of the new programs. Ironically, this year’s bumper harvest may not be large enough to compensate for those price falls and revenues for some farmers could be low enough to trigger payments.

“Crop insurance has drifted away from that basic safety net concept and the farm bill has taken it even farther away.”

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what if you only ate the foods within your county lines?

“2 women, 365 days, 3,878 square miles,” is the title line on Bodnar’s and Gowan Batist’s blog, http://www.eatmendocino.com. The project began on Jan. 1, with these two young women emptying their cupboards of everything not created locally. Then, they began their year-long journey of eating food only grown, harvested and produced in Mendocino County, right down to the salt and pepper on their table.

Batist is a farmer; she manages the farm at the Noyo Food Forest in Fort Bragg. Bodnar runs the social media business called Social Media Sisters and has taken over as organizer of the Mendocino Farmers Market, held on Friday afternoons in the summer.

Their rules are fairly simple to understand, but hard to live by. They eat strictly locally produced food, which means all of the ingredients must be grown or harvested within the county. There are no exception for staples, such as seasoning, oils or grain. If they are traveling, they will eat food only locally grown in that area, or take their local food with them. Their top priority is to grow enough food for themselves, then supplement their diets with items from local farmers, ranchers and fishermen. Click HERE to read more about this amazing adventure!


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it is our human right to save seed and distribute it for free. minnesota doesn’t think so

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com)

The Duluth Seed Library is under fire from the Minnesota Department of Agriculture for illegally distributing seeds.

The seed library, located within Duluth’s Public Library has been operating for about a year, distributing seeds for gardeners to grow, harvest the produce, and return new seeds to the library.

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture contacted the Seed Library in Mid-September to notify it that the law prohibits the transfer of ownership of seeds without proper labeling and testing of seeds to make sure they germinate.

The Seed Library has said they do not receive enough seeds of certain varieties to allow for accurate testing. The MDA has stated the law is intended to create a level playing field for seed companies and to protect consumers.

“Humans have been exchanging seeds for thousands of years and the idea that even if I grew something in my garden and saved a handful of seeds and passed them over to you, that would be illegal, just seems not very reasonable” said Duluth Public Library Manager, Carla Powers. To view this article, click HERE.

 

The Greenhorns are in total support of world-wide seed sovereignty. These threats are on a humanitarian level. If you would like to see how you can help mobilize and support your local seed sources, please contact Eliza: egreenman (at) gmail (dot) com.


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UN: 2015 is international year of soils

5 December 2014 – Healthy soils are the foundation for food, fuel, fibre and even medicine said the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) today as it kicked off 2015 the International Year of Soils on the first-ever World Soil Day.

Soils are also essential to our ecosystems, playing a key role in the carbon cycle, storing and filtering water, and improving resilience to floods and droughts, and yet we are not paying enough attention to this important “silent ally,” the UN agency explained.

The International Year of Soils kicks off today at events in Rome, New York and Santiago de Chile, in an effort to raise awareness and promote more sustainable use of this critical resource. Click ⇒HERE to read more and help bring about soil awareness!


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how factory farming ravages the earth

These feedlots confine thousands of animals in small spaces before they are slaughtered, leading to a litany of abuses: the confinement inflicted on the animals, the use of preventive antibiotics to control the spread of diseases in such close quarters, poor working conditions and worker abuse, destruction of rural communities, small towns and family farms, overconsumption of resources, legendary “manure lagoons” stinking up the countryside holding animal waste unsuitable for fertilizer because of the way they are raised and fed, and climate change-inducing greenhouse gases they produce. Click HERE to read more from EcoWatch.com, Anastasia Pantsios, and Mishka Henner.

 

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