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{Nature_and_Environment.97.1}: ... {wren1111} Thu, 18 Oct 2007 01:11:23 CDT (HTML)

Slow Food USA "http://www.slowfoodusa.org/"

Eating the Alternative

"http://www.boiseweekly.com/gyrobase/Content?oid=oid%3A308102"

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{Nature_and_Environment.97.2}: Suzanne Griffith {sggriffith} Sun, 28 Oct 2007 03:01:57 CDT (4 lines)

That was a nice article about Idaho.

I can't find much local to eat this time of year. I need greenhouse
connections, I guess.

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{Nature_and_Environment.97.3}: ... {wren1111} Fri, 21 Dec 2007 12:27:33 CST (HTML)

A Food Bill for America’s Cities "http://www.commondreams.org/archive/2007/12/18/5877/"

With many legislative hiccups along the way, Congress is rapidly deciding the fate of America’s food supply: what’s grown, how it’s produced and by whom, and how that food will affect our health and the planet. The roughly $288 billion Farm Bill, covering everything from urban nutrition and food stamp programs to soil conservation and agribusiness subsidies, will dictate much about what we eat and at what price, both at the checkout line and in long-term societal costs. And if agribusiness lobbies keep getting their way, as they’ve largely done in this year’s Farm Bill battles, the ‘food bill’ we all pay will be astronomical — not just the cost of the Farm Bill itself, but the hidden costs of a taxpayer-subsidized industrial food system that causes profound harm to public health and the environment, as well as to farmers and workers.

Despite valiant progressive efforts that may bring some change at the margins, the big picture is not pretty: increasingly centralized power over food, abetted by lax antitrust policies and farm subsidies that provide the meat industry and food-processing corporations with cheap raw ingredients; huge subsidies for corn and soy, most of which ends up as auto fuel, livestock feed, and additives for junk food, fattening America’s waistlines while soiling the environment; and, despite organic food’s rising popularity, a farming system that’s still heavily reliant on toxic pesticides (500,000 tons per year), which pollute our waterways and bloodstreams while gobbling up millions of gallons of fossil fuel. As a nation we consume (quite literally) some 100 billion gallons of oil annually in the making and long-distance transport of our food supply.

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{Nature_and_Environment.97.4}: {david1961} Fri, 25 Jan 2008 02:01:22 CST (0 lines)
{erased by david1961 Fri, 25 Jan 2008 02:02:12 CST}

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{Nature_and_Environment.97.5}: David {david1961} Fri, 25 Jan 2008 02:02:38 CST (6 lines)

Contrast the above article with this one on Cuba.

http://www.i-sis.org.uk/OrganicCubawithoutFossilFuels.php

We'll all be eating cloned animals and genetically modified organisms
if agribusiness gets its way.

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