Half Of Colorado Farmers Markets Take Food Stamps

(Denver News Channel 9 — Aug 10, 2014)

Farmers Market

More people shopping at Colorado farmers markets and farmstands can now use food stamps to pay for their produce.

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GMO Labeling Movement Poised For Ballot Initiative In Colorado

(RT — Aug 5, 2014)

GMO

Supporters for the labeling of genetically-modified organisms (GMOs) in Colorado delivered a petition on Monday with about twice the number of signatures required for a ballot initiative to appear before voters in November.

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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)

Veggies Root

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)

Evan

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)

Springs

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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Open-Source Farming: A Renaissance Man Tackles The Food Crisis

Dahr Jamail (Truthout — Aug 10, 2014)

Open Source

However, on a local level, scientist Joe Breskin seems to have found a solution for dramatically increasing vegetable yields in greenhouses, doubling the length of growing seasons and feeding more people for less money – all while using cutting-edge energy efficiency techniques. “Heated greenhouses are not new, but the way we are doing it is,” said Breskin, who describes himself as a “senior generalist, engineering design consultant” who likes to “fix complex, interesting things that don’t work.” It might sound too good to be true, except that the facts are speaking for themselves.

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Organic For The People: Residents Of Brooklyn’s East New York Fight Food Deserts With Farms

Alia Malek (Al Jazeera America — Aug 9, 2014)

East New York Farms

As awareness of nutrition and healthy food rises, shoppers like White increasingly want local and organic food. But unlike in wealthier communities, where once- or twice-a-week farmers’ markets supplement the fresh produce available at well-stocked and easily accessible grocery stores, the farmers’ markets in less affluent neighborhoods like this one are often the only source of fresh food.

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India: Selling Out To Monsanto. GMOs And The Bigger Picture

Colin Todhunter (Global Research — Aug 8, 2014)

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On 15 August, India will mark its 67th anniversary of independence from Britain. It may seem strange to some that a nation would publicly celebrate its independence while at the same time it less publicly cedes it to outsiders. The gleaming façade of flags and fly-pasts will belie the fact that national security and independence do not depend on military might and patriotic speeches. Eye-catching celebrations will take place in Delhi and much of the media will mouth platitudes about the strength of the nation and its independence. The reality is, however, an ongoing, concerted attempt to undermine and destroy the very foundation and security of the country.

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Fermentation Is The New Canning

Paul Clarke (Civil Eats — Jun 19, 2014)

Canning

While it’s still a little early in the year to think about preserving our homegrown produce for winter, I recently came across an interesting Kickstarter campaign that makes home fermentation easier than ever. Before detailing this new product, let’s take a moment to review the benefits of fermentation compared to canning and dehydrating.

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Investing In Nutrient-Dense Food

Eric Garza (How Eric Lives — Aug 2, 2014)

Vitamins

Some years back I read with fascination the book Nutrition and Physical Degeneration. Originally published in the 1940s, the book followed dentist Weston A. Price to distant lands as he searched for the dietary secrets that gave some isolated, traditional societies their comparatively healthy teeth and robust health. One takeaway from the book for me was how much more nutrient dense the diets of some traditional peoples were, and how far from this ideal the eating patterns of many in developed countries have become.

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It Doesn’t Take Much Land To Grow A Lot Of Food

Charles Hugh Smith (Of Two Minds — Aug 2, 2014)

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The important national discussions about food security and hunger in America rarely seem to mention a critical fact: it doesn’t take much land to grow a lot of food. Discussions of food deserts–neighborhoods or communities with limited access to supermarkets and farmer’s markets–rarely if ever ask: how much open land is in these communities that could be converted to gardens in the growing season?

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The Fine Print Of The Food Wars

Vandana Shiva (Common Dreams — Aug 1, 2014)

GMO

Monsanto and friends, the biotech industry, its lobbyists and its paid media representation continue to push for monopoly control over the world’s food through its seed supply.

This “empire” is being built on false foundations: that Monsanto is a creator/inventor of life and hence can own the seed through patents and that life can be engineered and machined like an iPhone.

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Corn Is Killing Us Faster Than We Think

Paul Clarke (Resilient Communities — Jul 24, 2014)

Corn

In my humble opinion it’s about time we all start boycotting corn and corn-based products. Corn is killing us and it is doing so in more ways than we think. High-fructose corn syrup – which is as bad for the liver as chronic alcohol abuse – is nearly unavoidable in the typical American diet. Health problems including obesity, diabetes and kidney failure are just a few of the health risks associated with consuming large amounts of corn syrup and other refined sugar products.

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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)

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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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