Month: June 2018

Civil Eats: Carbon Farming Works. Can It Scale up in Time to Make a Difference?

by Twilight Greenaway | June 12, 2018 Lani Estill is serious about wool. And not just in a knitting-people-sweaters kind of way. Estill and her husband John own thousands of sweeping acres in the northwest corner of California, where they graze cattle and Rambouillet sheep, a cousin of the Merino with exceptionally soft, elastic wool….



AP Investigation: Fish billed as local isn’t always local

By ROBIN MCDOWELL, MARGIE MASON and MARTHA MENDOZA | Jun. 15, 2018 MONTAUK, N.Y. (AP) — Even after winter storms left East Coast harbors thick with ice, some of the country’s top chefs and trendy restaurants were offering sushi-grade tuna supposedly pulled in fresh off the coast of New York. But it was just an…



Mother Jones: What Canada Can Teach Trump About Milk

by Tom Philpott | Jun. 15, 2018 Our northern neighbor didn’t cause our dairy crisis, but mimicking its policy might get us out of it. The recent G-7 meeting ended in chaos, with President Donald Trump trading zingers with his better-haired rival, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. So now the United States is on the…



GLOBALIZATION IS KILLING AMERICAN JOBS – NOT TARIFFS

http://www.wnd.com/2018/06/globalization-is-killing-american-jobs-not-tariffs/ GLOBALIZATION IS KILLING AMERICAN JOBS – NOT TARIFFS Exclusive: Curtis Ellis says it’s international consolidation that’s hurt communities President Trump has declared the United States must have the ability to produce aluminum and steel here at home. He backed up his words with action and imposed an import tax, or tariff, to protect America’s…



Chicken: It’s what’s for dinner — with or without a checkoff program

Chicken: It’s what’s for dinner—with or without a checkoff program By: Jonathan Buttram June 14, 2018 They say this is the Golden Age of Poultry. Chicken consumption has hit an all-time high, outpacing beef, pork, and turkey. According to USDA estimates, beef was being consumed at 84.4 pounds per person per year in 1970. Today?…



New Food Economy: Citizen-scientists in Minnesota and Wisconsin demand action after finding E. coli in their water

by H. Claire Brown | June 14, 2018 But don’t blame farmers. Pressured to expand, they’re in an unenviable bind: Scale and risk polluting local waterways—or resist and risk their livelihoods. Last summer and fall, citizen-scientists in orange vests descended on waterways across southern Minnesota. They gathered water samples in stainless steel buckets from the…



Union of Concerned Scientists: 50-State Food System Scorecard

by UCSUSA.org Ranking the states on farm and food health About the scorecard From farm to fork, our food system should be something we are proud of—supporting farmers, workers, and local economies; ensuring that everyone has access to enough nutritious food to stay healthy; and protecting our soil and water for the future. How close…



KUNC: Water Is Leaving Colorado Farmland For The City — But Will It Ever Return?

by Luke Runyon, Matt Bloom & Esther Honig | Jun 13, 2018 An old water cliché tells us that “water flows uphill toward money.” It’s an adage born out of people’s frustrations about who benefits when water moves around in the Western U.S., popularized by author Marc Reisner’s 1986 book, “Cadillac Desert.” Like all persistent…



Some framing on G-7/Trump – The Guardian: Donald Trump was right. The rest of the G7 were wrong

Folks have asked what the heck to think about the G-7 dumpster fire. Monbiot piece is spot on re. larger context. (Tho not accurate re. administration demands on NAFTA rengots, which in addition to sunset clause include elimination of ISDS, etc. ) I also pasted in my blog on a similar theme from last week,…



University of Denver Water Law Review: Crisis on the High Plains: The Loss of America’s Largest Aquifer – the Ogallala

by Jeremy Frankel | May 17, 2018 The grain-growing region in the High Plains of America—known as America’s breadbasket—relies entirely on the Ogallala Aquifer. But long term unsustainable use of the aquifer is forcing states in the region to face the prospect of a regional economic disaster. As the High Plains states reach the verge…