the irresistible fleet of bicycles

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women on the land: creating conscious community

Women On The Land highlights the work of women of this Northern California coastal community over the past forty years. The film opens with archival footage of women who founded “Country Women” in the 1970’s, the extremely successful feminist publication and how-to magazine for women’s self-sufficiency. Featuring the work women in this community have done to care for the environment of our coastal land and sea over the years, the film then follows the lives of women farming now and explains why the sustainable, organic, local food movement is essential in our current world of dwindling natural resources and economic decline.

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this new farmer/story teller has oprah on his side

John Chester has become a recurring storyteller for Oprah Winfrey’s Emmy award winning series Super Soul Sunday on OWN. He started with stories detailing the extraordinary experiences on Apricot Lane Farms, a biodynamic farming project in Southern California. His “mini features” have now expanded to include a variety of uniquely inspiring people from all around the country.  Chester has a way of zeroing in on the heartening nuances of the human condition.

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study shows air and rain samples in the mississippi delta region contained >75% glyphosate in 2007

Screen Shot 2015-01-02 at 8.58.14 AMThe US Geological Survey concluded a study in which samples of a variety of chemicals were traced in the air and rain around the Mississippi Delta agricultural region. Glyphosate and its degradation product, aminomethyl-phosphonic acid (AMPA), were detected in ≥75% of air and rain samples in 2007.

Read the abstract of this study HERE and for your viewing pleasure, watch this Jeckyll meets Hyde (it’s mostly scary information, but in a heroic food production light) video by the USGS below!

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food chain: a new documentary on farm labor conditions

There is more interest in food now than ever before, yet, no one is talking about the people who pick our food, the hundreds of thousands of hard working individuals to whom we are all connected through our purchases at supermarkets, farmers’ markets and restaurants.

Food Chains exposes the abuses rampant in farm labor in the United States and reveals the forces behind that exploitation through the narrative of an intrepid group of tomato pickers in Florida, the Coalition of Immokalee Workers, who are battling the 4 trillion dollar global supermarket industry – and winning!

“We need to realize that our entire food system is controlled by a handful of companies. If large supermarket chains wanted to abolish GMO products, for example, they could do so in one swift motion. They have a stranglehold over the entire agribusiness system from farming on down. We need to pressure those retailers to return money to the system. In addition to their power to set prices, they need to set the conditions under which workers toil.”


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