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Sustainable Ag + Food News: Seedstock’s Weekly Roundup

June 11, 2015 |

seedstock1 Organic farming is financially-sustainable worldwide, study finds | Christian Science Monitor

Excerpt: Organic agriculture occupies just 1 percent of cropland across the world. While organic sales continue to grow, a study has found that organic farming is economically-feasible in many countries.

2 Wharton MBA graduate’s startup wins competitions, places sustainable farms on roofs of supermarkets | The DP

Excerpt: 2015 Wharton MBA graduate Julia Kurnik started her post-graduation life by working full time on the startup that she founded in May 2014.

3 Duke Farms announces new manager of sustainable agriculture | Daily Record

Excerpt: Seth McDonough joins the team as Duke Farms’ new manager of sustainable agriculture on April 1.

4 Urban agriculture may see boom in Fort Myers |

Excerpt: About a month ago, Chris Bruynis, Agriculture and Natural Resources County Director and Extension Educator, recognized an opportunity to give Ross County better access to locally produced food.

5 Troy-based tractor manufacturer Mahindra donates cash, equipment to urban farming non-profits in Detroit } The Detroit News

Excerpt: Receiving $97,000 in funds, equipment are the city of Detroit, Full Circle Foundation, Greening of Detroit, Neighbors Building Brightmoor, Keep Growing Detroit and Detroit Black Community Food Security Network.

6 Capitol hill embraces local food and businesses | KLTV

Excerpt: The Hawaii on the Hill event in Washington DC showcased all the local food and businesses the islands have to offer.

7 Directory looks to connect local food producers to customers | Chillicothe Gazette

Excerpt: Local food directory looks to expand local customer base for local producers

8 Ten things we can all do to support a local food system | Christian Science Monitor

Excerpt: Successful local food systems strengthen economies, aid small-scale farmers, and benefit the environment. Here’s how you can help them thrive.

9 Course allows students to explore Vt. food systems | WCSX

Excerpt: A group of college and grad students is taking a first-of-its-kind course this month — a tour of Vermont’s local food systems and working lands.

10 Behind the Scenes of the Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food Initiative: Jill Auburn | USDA

Excerpt: Jill Auburn, National Program Leader at USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) and manager of the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program, has been part of the KYF2 Task Force since the beginning.

11 California agriculture: It’s worth the water | LA Times

Excerpt: Pundits here in drought-stricken California have become fond of proclaiming that farms consume 80% of the state’s water and generate only about 2% of its gross domestic product. ‘Why devote so much of our water to an industry that contributes so little fuel to our economic engine?’ they ask.

12 Walmart’s Sustainability Promises: Myth vs. Reality | Civil Eats

Excerpt: Will Walmart, the world’s largest retailer, follow through on its promises to make it’s supply chain greener and better for workers?

13 Trader Joe’s ex-president opens store with aging food and cheap meals | NPR

Excerpt: Daily Table opened its doors Thursday with shelves full of surplus and aging food.

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