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Farmers Wage Organic War on Pests

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New developments in chemical-free pest control.

Since the 2008 U.S. farm bill, annual funding for organic farming research has increased from $3 million to $20 million. With more research dollars, scientists and farmers are delving deeper into organic pest control techniques and gaining a better understanding of the larger natural systems at work. Wild sunflowers, for example, are being planted not as a cash crop but as a home for beneficial......read more

Organic Orange Orchard

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Isabelle Cossart accidently joins the local food movement.

It's been a tumultuous few years for Isabelle Cossart. First, she was diagnosed with breast cancer, then Hurricane Katrina tore through her neighborhood, then her husband left her for her best friend. In the ensuing divorce she was left with a three-plus acre fruit orchard, and was suddenly transformed into a farmer. Turns out she's pretty good at it. The produce from Cossart's......read more

Hearty Greens

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Give greens a chance.

Leafy greens get a bum rap. You're not going to find many die-hard fanatics of kale or chard. Mention to your household that you're cooking turnip, mustard, collard or beet greens for dinner, and you're likely to be met with a scrunched up face or two. At the Portland Farmers Market Blog, we stumbled on a great post from Jane Pellicciotto, who offers some convincing arguments in......read more

Hungry for Change

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Can foodies save the environmental movement?

It seems like one step forward, two steps back for the environmental movement these days. The once-high hopes of achieving national and/or international action on climate change have faded to a mere memory. Backward-thinking Republicans are attacking the Environmental Protection Agency in Congress. Eco-minded folks are getting bummed. But another movement, one that shares a common ethos with......read more

Young Farmers Join the Food Shift

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Bolstered by demand for local and organic food, a new generation of farmers emerges in Oregon.

It's no secret that young people are psyched on farming these days. Nowhere is that more evident than in rural Oregon, where NYT writer Isolde Rafferty discovered a burgeoning movement of young farmers making a run at small-scale agriculture by doing things the old school way. Shunning the ways of industrial farming, the new generation of ranchers and growers are capitalizing on heightened demand......read more

Sweet Corn Ceviche

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Seasonal sweet corn put to refreshing use by Sprouted Kitchen

Of the few great food blogs out there dedicated to local, organic fare, Sprouted Kitchen is tops. Every week, Sara Forte dishes up easy and delicous recipes with stunning photography courtesy of her husband, Hugh. For those of you still hanging on the last shreds of summer, Sara's Sweet Corn Ceviche is just the creation you've been waiting for. But act quick. Corn season just wrapped up, so this......read more

Babylonstoren

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A stunning farm near Cape Town reshaped into an elegant getaway

If you want to get away from it all, but you don't want to sacrifice style or good food, then this little slice of paradise is just the spot for you. Situated in the Winelands region outside of Cape Town, South Africa, Babylonstoren is a converted 1692 farmhouse and row of whitewashed old workers’ cottages that have been transformed into a tastefully-done "resort." Reshaping......read more

Miso Noodle Soup

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Simple, healthy, delicious. This Japanese veggie soup delivers on all counts

In our neverending quest to find the best food blogs out there, we recently came across Green Kitchen Stories, on which a Stockholm couple dish out day-to-day food stories along with vegetarian recipes using all organic ingredients. The recipes are always healthy and simple, and the photography is always stunning. Pretty much what we're looking for. With the days shortening and the nights......read more

Turkey Tips For a Sustainable Thanksgiving

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The countdown to Thanksgiving is on. Remember these tips when picking your poultry

Thanksgiving is upon us. In an ideal world, we'd be headed out into the steppes this weekend to hunt a wild turkey for the feast. Alas, the closest we'll ever get to a wild turkey is a bottle of bourbon. So we need to know how to buy a turkey that's sustainably raised. Luckily, NRDC Smarter Living has the answers -- and they're as easy as 1-2-3. 1. Always know where your bird came......read more

Is Organic Always Sustainable?

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How our demand for organic produce is depleting aquifers south of the border

On Mexico's arid Baja Peninsula, the organic agriculture sector is thriving, thanks in no small part to booming demand for year-round organic produce in America. But as Elizabeth Rosenthal points out in The New York Times, our growing appetite for all things organic carries an environmental cost: intensive irrigation. Every ton of organic produce exported from Mexico contributes aquifer......read more

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