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Blog Archive (October 2010)

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Oct 26th, 2010
Eighteen months after Michelle Obama's shovel first broke ground on the White House lawn on Earth Day of last year, her vegetable garden continues to grow and incite envy and awe among the most avid of gardeners. In a recent article posted on the The Week, exactly just how successful her garden has been this past year is summed up by the (impressive!) numbers. For example: 1,600Weight,... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Oct 21st, 2010
By Lisa Stokke Today many of us face challenges of sourcing food grown sustainably and organically, that is mindful of the wage paid to farmers growing the food, as well as of the footprint on the soil, water and air. While some are fortunate to know the individual farmers who grow their food and therefore the agricultural practices used, most of us are not and as a result we must depend... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Oct 21st, 2010
If you haven't already seen it zooming around the Internet, a new comercial by Yeo Valley Organic, a British organic dairy farm is sizzling up the Tubes and bringing a whole new attitude to   We have a strongly held, simple belief that great tasting, organic food should be accessible to everyone.

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Oct 21st, 2010
According to a New York Times story this week, agriculture has hit the big time, with small farms thriving near the Big Apple. The article, Keeping Agriculture Alive Near New York City (Yes, Really) by Tom Applebome quotes Tom Sleight, once a New York farm boy, who took advice from his father, who advised against going into an uncertain future in farming. Although his father's words in the 1970s... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Oct 20th, 2010
It's that time of year again. Election season usually brings out the worst in politicians, whether it's members of the Republican far Right making baseless charges against their opponents or Democrats instinctively tucking their tails between their legs and hoping the election gets over before all of America learns they're cowards. But even worse is the political pandering that goes along with a... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Oct 19th, 2010
As I say regularly, I consider myself fortunate to live in Iowa. While the East coast has it's sophistication and the West coast has its laid back attitude, here in the Midwest we have the best of both worlds, especially with friends like Thornton, Iowa hog farmer Paul Willis. Here at Food Democracy Now!, we think America is lucky to have good family farmers like Paul, who stand as a testament to... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Oct 10th, 2010
By Matthew Green There is no shortage of reasons for opposing Proposition 23, the November ballot measure that would effectively kill California’s landmark climate change legislation. That it’s been funded almost entirely by oil companies to the tune of over $9 million – 70% from out of state — should in itself sound an alarm. Prop 23 would not only derail the state... more

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