Unintended Cosequences Of Colorado GMO Labeling Initiative

Alicia Caldwell (Denver Post — Jul 21, 2014)

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Of all the places one might expect to find a hotbed of opposition to a GMO labeling initiative, the Denver Urban Homesteading market would be an improbable choice.

After all, this is a shop that prides itself on handcrafted food and locally grown vegetables, most of them organic.

But owner James Bertini says the Colorado Right to Know initiative, which appears likely to make the November ballot, forces the same heavy-handed regulation on small markets like his as it would on mega-grocery chains. He says he can't afford it.

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Organic Or Not, Local Food Is Better For The Environment

Tom Throgmorton (KUNC — Jul 19, 2014)

Local Think First

Organic produce in the grocery store is labeled as good for the environment. No pesticides on the produce may reduce soil and water contamination, but organic goods that come from faraway places increase pollution and diminish the quality of those fruits and vegetables.

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Farms In The City? Denver Says Go

Brandon Rittiman (Channel 9 KUSA — Jul 15, 2014)

Denver

Like most cities, Denver has its share of concrete, glass and asphalt. But it's also home to an  urban homesteading movement that's bringing small-scale farming to the urban core.

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The Traditional Foods Movement: The Balance Of Healthy Eating

Jennifer McGruther (Mother Earth News — June, 2014)

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The traditional foods movement is a fad-free approach to cooking and eating that emphasizes nutrient-dense food, and values quality, environment and community over the convenience of processed products. The Nourished Kitchen (Ten Speed Press, 2014), by Jennifer McGruther, not only teaches how to prepare wholesome foods, but also encourages a celebration of old-world culinary traditions that have sustained healthy people for millennia. The following excerpt comes from the introduction and discusses some of the general benefits of joining the traditional foods movement.

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Urban Farms One Solution For Ailing Food System, Colorado Agriculture Activist Says

Elaine Grant (Colorado Public Radio — Jun 18, 2014)

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Less than 1 percent of the food Coloradans eat comes from Colorado, despite the fact that agriculture is one of the state’s biggest industries. That’s in part because local food is difficult and expensive to grow in large quantities. Entrepreneur and former Olympic skier Jeff Olson of Denver says he’s found a way to transform local food production -- and simultaneously bring back the family farm.

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Nixing GMOs In The Restaurant

Cindy Sutter (Boulder Daily Camera — Jun 6, 2014)

Salt

Last month, Bradford Heap, chef and owner of Salt in Boulder and Colterra in Niwot, announced that he had eliminated GMO foods from his restaurant. Around the same time, Eric Skokan, owner of the Black Cat and Bramble and Hare in Boulder, along with Black Cat Farm, planted a 6-acre field of dent corn for polenta in his restaurants.Both had long been devoted to local and seasonal eating without a dash of pesticides, Heap through careful sourcing of local, organic and natural foods and Skokan with his own farm that provides his restaurants with produce, as well as much of its meat and poultry.

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New Farmers Continue To Sprout Up In Colorado Springs Area

Teresa Farney (Colorado Springs Gazette — May 14, 2014)

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Farmers markets are gearing up for summer, bringing with them the promise of fresh, local options after a long season of imports. During the past 10 years or so, the number of seasonal markets has increased from a handful to more than 20, with new ones continuing to crop up. Today we'll take a look back at maybe the first local farmers market and then take a peek at a new kid on the block.

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Organic, Sustainable Foods Take Center Stage At New Manitou Springs Grocery Co-Op

Wayne Heilman (Colorado Springs Gazette — May 2, 2014)

Manitou

Manitou Springs residents who want to buy an apple, lettuce or package of chicken won't have to drive to Colorado Springs to get it when a new, full-line grocery cooperative with an emphasis on organic, sustainable foods opens at 1 p.m. Saturday. Local First Grocer, 116 Canon Ave., will be the first grocery retailer in Manitou Springs since Mate Factor closed a limited grocery operation last year, though Tubby's Turn Around has operated as a convenience store in downtown Manitou for more than a decade.

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Boulder Business Plants Veggie Beds For Homeowners

Cindy Sutter (Boulder Daily Camera — Apr 23, 2014)

Veggie Beds

At the heart of that foolproof method are these two gardening essentials: the best light and the best soil. Mason offers raised vegetable gardens in three sizes: 4- by 4-feet, 4- by 8-feet and 4- by 12-feet. The beds are filled with his special soil blend that is proprietary and includes several types of natural amendments.

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Four Things You Should Know About Our Food System

Jeremy Bernfeld (KUNC — Apr 3, 2014)

Boot

Food doesn’t just come from a grocery store. Millions of farmers spend their lives producing the crops and raising the livestock that we eat and use. So it makes sense: If you’re interested in what’s on your plate, you’re interested in what’s going on in the field.

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The Corporate Takeover Of ‘All Natural’ Food

Clarissa A. Leon (Alternet — Jul 21, 2014)

Naked

Walk through your local grocery store these days and you’ll see the words “all natural” emblazoned on a variety of food packages. The label is lucrative, for sure, but in discussing the natural label few have remarked on what’s really at stake — the natural ingredients and the companies themselves. If you take a look at some of the favorite organic and natural food brands, you’ll see they’re owned by some of the largest conventional companies in the world. Coca-Cola owns Odwalla and Honest Tea. PepsiCo. owns Naked Juice. General Mills owns Lara Bar. Natural and organic food acquisitions aside, Coca-Cola, PepsiCo and General Mills all opposed California’s GMO Proposition 37 that would require GMO food labeling. Today, some of those companies touting an all-natural list of grains and sugars can be seen changing the ingredients in their natural food products as the natural foods’ distribution channels are pushed to larger and larger markets.

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‘From The Garden’: Local Dentist, Moonlighting As Farmer Donates Crops To Charity

Dalondo Moultrie (Herald Zeitung — Jul 18, 2014)

Dentist

When he’s not digging around in someone’s gums, local root canal specialist Dr. Michael Schwarze said he can be found digging fresh fruits and vegetables out of one of his two farms. The New Braunfels endodontist said he raises acres of produce and has been doing it for years. “I’m a pro with roots, in my office and on the farm,” Schwarze said. “I’m the only dentist you’ll ever meet who doesn’t know how to golf. Therefore, I farm.”

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Locally Grown Foods Becoming More Popular, Mainstream

Mary Clare Jalonick (Huffington Post — Jul 16, 2014)

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A growing network of companies and organizations is delivering food directly from local farms to major institutions like Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in downtown Philadelphia, eliminating scores of middlemen from farm to fork. Along the way, they’re increasing profits and recognition for smaller farms and bringing consumers healthier, fresher foods.

Over the past five years, with more than $25 million in federal aid, these so-called food hubs have helped transform locally grown foods into a bigger business, supplying hospitals, schools, restaurant chains and grocery stores as consumer demand grows.

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Faces And Visions Of The Food Movement: Farmer Michael Foley

Jen Dalton (Civil Eats — Jul 11, 2014)

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Michael Foley is a Mendocino County, California-based farmer dedicated to helping young farmers find access to land and education. He wears many hats, including: farmers’ market manager, Vice President of the association behind that farmers’ market (MCFARM), and President of the Little Lake Grange. A former professor of politics at the Catholic University of America, Foley is also one the founders of the Grange Farm School and a mentor farmer at Brookside Farm, an innovative teaching farm. As you might expect, his focus is on the needs of the small farmer.

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The Open Food Network

Raúl Ilargi Meijer (Automatic Earth — Jul 13, 2014)

Open Food

Today looks like a good day to do a shout out and promo for our dear friends Kirsten and Serenity in Melbourne, Oz, who were responsible for the impeccable organization of the tour of Australia Nicole and I did in  2012. So we have living proof that they know how to organize something once they pour their hearts into it, which bodes well for the new project they’re busy setting up.

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We Spent A Day In The Vermont Woods To See Why Foraging Is The Next Frontier In Fine Dining

Melia Robinson (Business Insider — Jul 11, 2014)

Foraging

“Organic.” “Grass-fed.” “Hand-picked.” Once considered rare, these markers of the farm-to-table trend have become so commonplace on restaurant menus that customers hardly notice them anymore.

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Major Study: Monsanto GMO Corn Can Cause Damage To Liver And Kidneys, Severe Hormonal Disruption

Oliver Tickell (Alternet — Jul 9, 2014)

GMO Grenade

A scientific study that identified serious health impacts on rats fed on ‘Roundup ready’ GMO maize has been republished following its controversial retraction under strong commercial pressure. Now regulators must respond and review GMO and agro-chemical licenses, and licensing procedures.

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The Weird And Wonderful World Of Indoor Farming

Annie-Rose Strasser (Climate Progress — Jul 9, 2014)

Indoor

“Green Sense Farms is the largest commercial indoor vertical farm in the U.S,” explains Robert Colangelo, the company’s founding farmer. “We’re also the largest user of LED grow lights. We specialize in growing fresh, nutritious leafy greens — lettuces, microgreens, herbs, and vegetables — and we distribute those locally in a five state area: Ohio, Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, and Michigan.” The farm shows a new type of agricultural experimentation: Taking plants out of their volatile outdoor environments and moving them inside, to a controlled situation where farmers can assure they’re growing the best produce in the most sustainable way possible, beyond the grasps of crop disease, drought, and extreme weather.

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From Developing GMOs To Breeding Organic Seeds: A Scientist Makes The Switch

Ken Roseboro (Civil Eats — Jul 10, 2014)

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It’s rare when a plant breeder goes from developing genetically modified crops at a major biotechnology company to breeding varieties for organic and non-GMO farmers. Jane Dever, associate professor at Texas A&M’s AgriLife Research and Extension Center, is unique in having done just that. As global cotton breeding manager for Bayer CropScience, Dever put genetically modified or (GM) traits into cotton plants. Now she focuses on keeping GM traits out of organic cotton varieties.
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Ways To Support The Local Foods Movement

Crystal Stevens (Mother Earth News — Jul 8, 2014)

Gardening

Eating locally is a vitally important way each of us can contribute to a more sustainable community and food shed. Based on the Permaculture Zone Principles, charted in a bull’s eye pattern, each circle represents sustainable ways to access food in our own communities. According to these principles, it is best to grow our own food in our own backyard first. What we can’t grow ourselves, we can acquire at local community gardens and small farms or by supporting local farmers markets. We can then support area businesses which are purveyors of local foods. Finally, only when we simply have utilized all of our local resources, then we visit the chain supermarket to complete our food needs. This mindset offers a creative insight into how our thoughts about food need to shift a little in order to truly be invested in the local foods movement.

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