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NYT examines GMOs

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After a thorough examination, the New York Times has concluded that the basic problem with GMOs is not the one you probably think of first (that they are possibly unsafe to eat), but rather that they have not provably led to increased crop yields or reduced pesticide use.

An analysis by The Times using United Nations data showed that the United States and Canada have gained no discernible advantage in yields — food per acre — when measured against Western Europe, a region with comparably modernized agricultural producers like France and Germany. Also, a recent National Academy of Sciences report found that “there was little evidence” that the introduction of genetically modified crops in the United States had led to yield gains beyond those seen in conventional crops.

Read the full article HERE.

Doubts About the Promised Bounty of Genetically Modified Crops
Danny Hakim, October 29, 2016, New York Times


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ocean forager amanda swimmer live on GH radio this tuesday

Amanda Swimmer wild-harvests local seaweed in her home in British Columbia to sell for food and medicine. She talks to Greenhorns Radio about local foods, added value products, and the value of our ocean commons on the Heritage Radio Network this TUESDAY DEC 6 at 4:00 p.m.


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we are all deplorables

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Journalist Chris Hedges weighs in on the “downward spiral of hating those who hate you,” which seems especially relevant given the current political climate. Read an excerpt from his article here, and find a link to the full article on NationofChange below.

The self-righteousness of the liberal class, which revels in imagined tolerance and enlightenment while condemning the white underclass as irredeemable, widens the divide between white low-wage workers and urban elites. Liberals have no right to pass judgment on these so-called deplorables without acknowledging their pain. They must listen to their stories, which the corporate media shut out. They must offer solutions that provide the possibility of economic stability and self-respect.

We are all deplorables
Chris Hedges, November 22, 2016, NationofChange
Read the full article HERE.


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artists capture carbon and fossil fuel criminals

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photo cred: Danny Lyon

Burn Zone, is Danny Lyon’s newest published work. Burn Zone is a Cri de Coeur directed at the artist community and our youth asking them to join the fight to save planet Earth. In it, photographer and filmmaker Danny Lyon, tells the story of his return to New Mexico after thirty years and the dramatic changes caused there by the use of fossil fuels. Continue reading

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queer farmer voices wanted for white house meeting

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Listen up, queer farmers! Jonah Mossberg, director of the Queer Farmer Film Project’s documentary Out Here has been invited by the White House Rural Council to a meeting at the White House titled “Advancing LGBT Progress in Rural America.” The meeting’s agenda and exact purpose remains unclear, but Jonah is seeking feedback, input, advice, and commentary from LGBTQ farmers, rural folks, and anyone who might know LGBTQ farmers and/or rural folks. What issues are important in these communities? How can LGBTQ farmers in rural America be better served? The meeting will take place Friday, December 2, so get in touch with Jonah before then!


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changing lands, changing hands

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Who? This conference will bring together service providers, policymakers and advocates working on land access, farm succession, conservation, beginning farmers, tenure arrangements, and farm landowners.

What? This national conference will explore the issues surrounding land access, tenure and transfer. Topics include tenure innovations, farmers without successors, affordability, special populations, public policy, equity challenges, and more.

This event is hosted by Land For Good, in cooperation with the US Department of Agriculture.

Early Bird Registration opens February 1, 2017

 
 
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Bellegarde Bakery

The best way to restore justice and foster equality is to remediate the land. Respect for ourselves derives from respect for nature, first and last. If we do not respect the system of life, we will have no moral ecology. Nature is a church and its rhythm a prayer. The democracy of food, that most basic human right, is the stewardship of our humanity. If we do not regain control of our food’s narrative—its quality, origin, price, preparation—we will become victims instead of protagonists. If we do not make affordable access to fresh, healthy, organic food the premise of our new system—if it remains distant, contrived, boutique—we will duplicate the systems of oppression we seek to usurp.

Graison Gill will be on Greenhorns Radio, Heritage Radio Network tomorrow 4pm EST – listen in! And for more information on Bellegarde and their process, check out this video.