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The Food and Farming Transition

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{Nature_and_Environment.104.1}: Wren W {wren1111} Thu, 06 Nov 2008 21:04:13 EST (5 lines)

<b>The Food and Farming Transition</b>
http://globalpublicmedia.com/museletter_199_the_food_and_farming_tran
sition

Richard Heinberg

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{Nature_and_Environment.104.2}: ... {wren1111} Thu, 06 Nov 2008 21:05:42 EST (HTML)

Deconstructing Dinner: Co-operatives - Alternatives to Industrial Food I

"http://globalpublicmedia.com/deconstructing_dinner_co_operatives_alt ernatives_to_industrial_food_i"

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{Nature_and_Environment.104.3}: ... {wren1111} Thu, 06 Nov 2008 21:06:38 EST (HTML)

Sorry, the first link was not clickable. Here it is again:

The Food and Farming Transition "http://globalpublicmedia.com/museletter_199_the_food_and_farming_tra n sition"

Richard Heinberg

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{Nature_and_Environment.104.4}: ... {wren1111} Thu, 06 Nov 2008 21:20:09 EST (HTML)

Our Vanishing Heritage: Preserving & Reviving Food Diversity "http://www.acresusa.com/toolbox/reprints/AcresNov08_Nabhan.pdf"

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{Nature_and_Environment.104.5}: ... {wren1111} Sat, 15 Nov 2008 17:40:53 EST (HTML)

Local Harvest "http://www.localharvest.org/csa/"

CSA's (Community Supported Agriculture) are local farm co-ops or subscriptions ... you pay a yearly or quarterly fee in exchange for a share of the agriculture products produced in your area. You can narrow it down to say, dairy and vegetables, or whatever.

Many farms offer produce subscriptions, where buyers receive a weekly or monthly basket of produce, flowers, fruits, eggs, milk, meats, or any sort of different farm products.

A CSA, (for Community Supported Agriculture) is a way for the food buying public to create a relationship with a farm and to receive a weekly basket of produce. By making a financial commitment to a farm, people become "members" (or "shareholders," or "subscribers") of the CSA. Most CSA farmers prefer that members pay for the season up-front, but some farmers will accept weekly or monthly payments. Some CSAs also require that members work a small number of hours on the farm during the growing season.

A CSA season typically runs from late spring through early fall. The number of CSAs in the United States was estimated at 50 in 1990, and has since grown to over 2000.

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{Nature_and_Environment.104.6}: David {david1961} Wed, 28 Jan 2009 05:26:58 EST (3 lines)

We have a few CSAs in this area (just outside Phila) but it's too
yuppyish for my taste. The Amish do a much better job at farm markets
and Jersey still can't be beat for fresh produce in the summer.

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{Nature_and_Environment.104.7}: ... {wren1111} Wed, 04 Feb 2009 21:38:31 EST (HTML)

U.S. farm growth fueled by small operations -USDA "http://uk.reuters.com/article/idUKN0431862720090204"

Census: More women running farms in Ohio "http://www.daytondailynews.com/b/content/oh/story/business/2009/02/0 5/ddn020509bizwomenfarm.html"

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{Nature_and_Environment.104.8}: James Files {riverrat} Thu, 05 Feb 2009 00:06:51 EST (2 lines)

Be interesting to find out how many of those new farms are actually
anything more than tax dodges.  (Maybe none, but I suspect otherwise.)

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{Nature_and_Environment.104.9}: Tonu Aun {tonu} Thu, 05 Feb 2009 00:11:11 EST (2 lines)

Many are *otherwise* or hope to be otherwise -- we are seeing the same
here in Ontario. Lots of women.

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{Nature_and_Environment.104.10}: ... {wren1111} Sun, 22 Feb 2009 00:07:52 EST (HTML)

Now my farm will help teach the world to live without oil

"http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1145431/Now-farm-help-teach- world-live-oil-says-woman-banished-plastic-bags-town.html"

As much as I would love him to, Dad can't carry on farming forever, so I recently decided it was time to return to what I think of as the most beautiful spot on Earth. I was under no illusion that being a farmer would be easy, but last year's fuel crisis, with oil prices continually rising, was a wake- up call for me.

Our costs went through the roof - animal feed, diesel for the tractors, agricultural contractor bills - but the biggest rise was in the price of fertiliser. We use very little chemical fertiliser, but many farms were driven to bankruptcy.

With this in mind, I decided to make one last BBC documentary to find out if, and how, modern farming could survive the 21st Century.

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{Nature_and_Environment.104.11}: ... {wren1111} Tue, 03 Mar 2009 23:03:36 EST (HTML)

Outside Atlanta, a Utopia Rises "http://travel.nytimes.com/2009/03/01/travel/01heads.html?em"

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{Nature_and_Environment.104.12}: ... {wren1111} Mon, 30 Mar 2009 22:23:56 EDT (HTML)

Natural World - A Farm for the Future "http://video.google.com/videoplay? docid=4152340418943461860&ei=XcG9Sa6rMKO6qAOCn6HcAQ&q=A+farm+for+the+ Future"

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