the irresistible fleet of bicycles

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EPA (finally) updates (antediluvian) standards to protect farm workers from pesticides

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Seeing as the the USDA’s worker-training about pesticide safety still (very necessarily) includes the above image and instructions, we couldn’t welcome these development more.

The new revisions to EPA standards “give farmworkers health protections under the law similar to those already afforded to workers in other industries.” You can read the full list of revisions on the EPA fact sheet, some highlights include:

  • children under 18 are no longer allowed to handle pesticides
  • mandatory yearly training for farm workers about pesticides (as opposed to every five years)
  • equirement to provide more than one way for farmworkers and their representatives to gain access to pesticide application information and safety data sheets – centrally-posted, or by requesting records
  • mandatory record-keeping of pesticide application

Great! But if news of the revisions leaves you feeling… I don’t know… a little angry about what they imply about conditions for workers on industrial farms, The United Farmworkers have a number of ongoing actions and campaigns to improve health, life, immigration, and economic conditions for workers on American farms.

Their reaction to the updated standards? “Is it ever too late to do the right thing? It’s been a long time coming, but it has come today.”

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want to add fish to your csa offering?


Here’s the place where you can find your local fisher people who would be happy to partner with you in bringing local fish to your local community. With provided maps, vendor locators, resource guides, how-to’s and newsletters can help you become a role-player in the sustainable fishery movement!

Stay informed about our waters and click here!

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drifting into feudalism

‘Sea Slaves’: The human misery that feeds pets and livestock

Men who have fled servitude on fishing boots recount beating and worse as nets are cast for the catch that will become pet food and livestock feed.


By Ian Urbina

Read the riveting article the the New York Times here:

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farmers: in advocating to your eaters 


Here’s some good evidence about how NAFTA undermines farmers, not only  domestically, but also in the countries where we ” free trade”

This article from The Nation focuses on pigs, who eat corn. 

For nearly two decades, Smithfield has used NAFTA and the forces it unleashed to become the world’s largest packer and processor of hogs and pork. But the conditions in Veracruz that helped Smithfield make high profits plunged thousands of rural residents into poverty. Tens of thousands left Mexico, many eventually helping Smithfield’s bottom line once again by working for low wages on its US meatpacking lines. “The free trade agreement was the cause of our problems,” Ceja says.

Read more…

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tourism with a wonderful purpose

Food Sovereignty Tours



Bolivia Mercado by Shannon Decelle Photography

Multiple dates & locations
Food First, led by Executive Director Eric Holt-Gimenez, offers a series of Food Sovereignty Tours around the globe. The tours are an opportunity to travel to international destinations to experience local food systems and the food sovereignty movement first-hand. Through one- to two-week educational tours, you will learn how you are connected to the global food system and acquire knowledge and strategies you can use to create just, sustainable and healthy food systems in your own community. On each tour, local hosts provide an overview of their country’s history, culture, politics, ecology and agriculture. We also meet with specialists to provide background on specific topics relating to the tour’s theme.  Upcoming trips include Hawaii (Aug), Basque Country (Sept), Mexico (Oct), and Cuba (Jan).

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chipotle declaring to be gmo-free is important


Monsanto’s Worst Fear May Be Coming True
by Jonathan Lathman, PhD, May 18, 2015

The decision of the Chipotle restaurant chain to make its product lines GMO-free is not most people’s idea of a world-historic event. Especially since Chipotle, by US standards, is not a huge operation. A clear sign that the move is significant, however, is that Chipotle’s decision was met with a tidal-wave of establishment media abuse. Chipotle has been called irresponsible, anti-science, irrational, and much more by the Washington Post, Time Magazine, the Chicago Tribune, the LA Times, and many others. A business deciding to give consumers what they want was surely never so contentious.

The media lynching of Chipotle has an explanation that is important to the future of GMOs. The cause of it is that there has long been an incipient crack in the solid public front that the food industry has presented on the GMO issue. The crack originates from the fact that while agribusiness sees GMOs as central to their business future, the brand-oriented and customer-sensitive ends of the food supply chain do not. Continue Reading the full article

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black farmers to buy from



The protests taking place in Baltimore are a part of an uprising for the Black Lives Matter Movement. Through protests, civil disobedience, and media, black people and allies are demanding we acknowledge and discuss the systematic racism in America that is portrayed specifically though police brutality based on race.

The actions taking place in Baltimore have proven to be extremely controversial.  Some, including large media, speak of the events though a lense of violence and fear-mongering, and dismiss the black experience. Others see the actions as a result of righteous rage and compare the protests to historically prominent moments in American history that have shaped civil rights as we know them today.

Everyone has their side. Whole Foods Market in East Baltimore publicly declared to support the National Guard during this time with sandwich donations.  Make a choice to stand in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter Movement through supporting black farmers.

(Post adopted from The Root Of It All Blog)


  1. Five Seeds Farms
  2. The Flower Factory
  3. The Greener Garden

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