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Local farms use human waste as fertilizer, renamed


It is one of the latest forms of "greenwashing" that has many thinking they are "recycling" solid waste, but the practice of dumping biosolids (which is really just concentrated human waste) on farm fields is a serious environmental detriment. NBC Philadelphia reports that local residents in Lehigh County, located in eastern Pennsylvania, have been raising an issue with local and state authorities about the use of "granulite," a type of sewage sludge fertilizer made from human waste, ...

FEMA to confiscate food from local farms in emergencies?


FEMA to confiscate food from local farms in emergencies? Wednesday, May 11, 2011 by: J. ... He said he and local farms were voluntarily providing the information but that the food security aspect of the questions made them all "a little suspicious." "...

Urge Congress to Amend SB 510 to Protect Local Farms


Senate Bill 510, the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act, is scheduled for committee vote on Wednesday, November 18, and provisions to protect small-scale organic and family farms are missing from the bill. ... Small, local farms bear the lowest food safety risk while large-scale factory farm operations carry the largest food safety risk. "...

Growing popularity of clean food spells boon for local farms, farmers markets


But many consumers are discovering that some of the best deals for clean food are actually found through local farms, farmers markets and community supported agriculture (CSA) programs, which is good news for the small-scale food movement. ... Even low-income families on government assistance are joining in, as more local farms and farmers markets than ever are accepting things like food stamps, or what is officially known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance ...

Support 'Local Farms, Food and Jobs Act' to help decentralize food system


Federal food policies that distribute billions of taxpayer dollars every year to subsidize the growth of commodity crops like genetically-modified (GM) corn and soy are largely responsible for the dismal state of food quality and health in our nation today. ... You can read the entire Local Farms, Food and Jobs Act by visiting: farms that aren't growing food," writes Kari Hamerschlag on the EWG blog. "...

Calif. governor will withhold water from local farms this spring due to severe drought


As an unprecedented drought in California worsens, Gov. "...

Minnesota moms threatened with criminal charges for distributing fresh food from local farms


Minnesota moms threatened with criminal charges for distributing fresh food from local farms Thursday, May 10, 2012 by Mike Adams , the Health Ranger Editor of NaturalNews.com (See all articles...) ... In addition to the threatening letters the MDA sent the mothers, MDA has brought charges against two local farmers for supplying their communities with fresh foods. "...

How the Food Safety Modernization Act will destroy American jobs, farms and local foods


How will the new Food Safety Modernization Act actually impact small, local farmers who grow food for CSA's, local restaurants and grocers? "...

New Boston law promotes local agriculture


Urban farms in Boston will be a source of fresh produce for neighborhoods and local restaurants and shops, as well as an opportunity for community-supported enterprises to fill valuable educational and social roles. ... Boston previously had zoning codes in place for community gardens, but farmers weren't allowed to sell their goods, meaning restaurants were unable to buy local produce from farms within the city limits. "...

A Local Market Supports Community


It's a local food market that will create a supply of food that we don't currently have. ... Cynthia's vision is to keep costs in check by cutting out the dependence on middlemen and brokers by building relationships directly with farms. "...

Local and organic food, farming: Here's the gold standard


But, beyond the greenwashing and co-opting of the term by Wal-Mart, the supermarket chains, and factory farms and feedlots, what does "local" food and farming really mean? ... "Local" Factory Farms and CAFOs: Destroying Public Health and Climate Stability According to Wal-Mart and Food Inc.'"...

Indoor urban farm in New York helps feed hundreds of families


Flowering displays are replacing urban decay all across America, with recent reports out of New York illustrating the power of creative, resourceful thinking in implementing successful, city-based farming initiatives. ... With the help of hydroponics expert Lee Mandell, who owns nearby Boswyck Farms in Bushwick, another Brooklyn neighborhood, Massac has created an urban oasis that not only produces fresh food, but also educates the local community about how to grow it. "...

Action alert: Just 2 days left to help stop the FDA's regulatory war on small, local farmers


There are only two days left to post your comments to the FDA concerning the agency's desire to place onerous new food safety regulations on small, local farmers (while allowing big agribusiness to conduct business as usual). "...

CSA health secret: Eating local means eating in tune with the seasons


They seem to be everywhere these days: straight-from-the-farm subscription programs where folks can order shares of the weekly food harvest from their favorite local farms and partake in their seasonal offerings. ... Eating locally and seasonally also encourages community, as local farms that specialize in different foods can mix and match their offerings to maximize variety and availability. "...

Restaurant customers willing to pay more for local food


Local food continues to gain in popularity as increasing numbers of people recognize and appreciate the value of clean food from local farms. ... Follow real-time breaking news headlines on Local food at FETCH.news The world of independent media, all in one place. - More news on local food State officials in Maine target local food sovereignty bills in effort to thwart food freedom Sedgwick, Maine is first town to declare total food sovereignty, ...

Small family farmer fights back against over-reaching government forcing her off her land


Martha Boneta, operator of a small family farm in Paris, Virginia, achieved success not only for her business but also for small farmers and property owners across the state when the "Boneta Bill" finally became law on July 2. ... Follow real-time breaking news headlines on Family farms at FETCH.news The world of independent media, all in one place. - More news on family farms Rawesome bombshell: Lab test evidence against Sharon Palmer (Healthy Family Farms) found invalid; ...

NAIS Threatens Access to Organic, Local and Sustainable Food


NAIS Threatens Access to Organic, Local and Sustainable Food Monday, February 09, 2009 by: Barbara L. ... NAIS hands over production of food to factory farms NAIS is a system of regulation that poses a serious threat to consumers of organic animal products. "...

California farms face collapse as unprecedented droughts sizzle crops


Local authorities are already warning that there may not be enough water even for people’s homes, or for wildlife that live in the area. Many farms have already been cut off as there is simply no water to be had for their crops. "...

Help protect food and farm freedom in your area with local 'right-to-farm' laws


Help protect food and farm freedom in your area with local 'right-to-farm' laws Wednesday, April 25, 2012 by: Ethan A. ... If the right-to-farm laws in your state are lacking, it might be a good idea to contact your local representatives and state senators to urge support for amended right-to-farm legislation that: • Protects all existing farms against nuisance lawsuits • Conforms with all federal, state, and local laws and regulations • Remains consistent with ...

A woman's journey to promoting food independence and helping the local community in Tanzania


Many years later, she would eventually establish her own small business called Heirloominous Farms in Urbana in Central Illinois. ... The one thing I took away from the farms and from the people that I worked with is that nothing goes to waste…every single thing that comes off of their property or their farms either goes to animals or family, or they sell it. "...