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Sustainable Ag News: Seedstock’s Weekly Roundup

October 17, 2014 |

seedstock‘Young Farmers NY’ provides financial help for St. Lawrence County’s future farmers

Excerpt: New ‘Young Farmers NY’ providing incentives for farmers starting out or hanging on in St. Lawrence County and around the state.

Parts of the program launched include more than $600,000 in grants and a loan forgiveness program, both aimed at helping young farmers overcome obstacles to give them a greater chance of a successful career in agriculture.

Source: North Country Now Read More

Sustainable Ag News: Seedstock’s Weekly Roundup

October 11, 2014 |

seedstockL.A. City Council introduces plan to encourage urban farming

Two Los Angeles City Council members want to transform empty, blighted lots into flourishing urban farms. A motion introduced Wednesday by Councilmen Felipe Fuentes and Curren Price calls for landowners to receive tax breaks for leasing vacant property for agriculture.

Source: LA Times Read More

Sustainable Ag News: Seedstock’s Weekly Roundup

October 3, 2014 |

seedstockU.S.D.A. to Start Program to Support Local and Organic Farming

Excerpt: The United States Department of Agriculture plans to announce Monday that it will spend $52 million to support local and regional food systems like farmers’ markets and food hubs and to spur research on organic farming.

Source: New York Times Read More

The Future of Food: Democracy or Dictatorship? Hammer Museum Panel Featuring Vandana Shiva

October 1, 2014 |

The future of the planet and people is intimately linked to the future of food. Ironically, as society becomes more aware of industrial agriculture’s impact on ecosystems and human health, chemical and seed corporations are moving to control the global food system through genetic patents and seed laws that prevent farmers from saving and exchanging seeds. By suppressing food labeling laws, these corporations limit consumers’ ability to make informed choices about what they eat. The internationally renowned food activist Vandana Shiva discusses the movement for food democracy with environmentalist Derrick Jensen and the ecologist and GMO expert Ignacio Chapela.

ALL HAMMER PUBLIC PROGRAMS ARE FREE. Tickets for assigned seating in the Billy Wilder Theater are required and available at the Box Office one hour before each program. Early arrival is recommended. Tickets are available one per person on a first come, first served basis. Read More

Sustainable Ag News: Seedstock’s Weekly Roundup

September 26, 2014 |

seedstockFood hub could bring fresh produce, jobs to west Louisville

A new partnership is shedding light on the dire need for local food in three west Louisville communities and a vacant 24-acre site could be the key to linking supply and demand.

Source: WLKY

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Sustainable Ag News: Seedstock’s Weekly Roundup

September 19, 2014 |

seedstockIndia’s ‘Climate Smart’ Villages Target Sustainable Agriculture

Excerpt: “A prosperous farming region known as India’s bread basket, Haryana state is now home to 26 “climate smart villages,” all of which are part of an initiative led by the research consortium, Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) in India.”

Source: Voice of America

Study shows differences in understanding sustainable agriculture

Excerpt: Across the globe, consumers (81%) and farmers (78%) say they care a lot about sustainability in agriculture. However, the two groups have a very different understanding of what sustainability means. While farmers see it as a detailed, multi-dimensional issue, consumers tend to define it mainly in the context of environmental aspects. This is one of the main findings revealed in the latest BASF Farm Perspectives Study.

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Sustainable Ag News: Seedstock’s Weekly Roundup

September 13, 2014 |

seedstockLong-Awaited New Series ‘Food Forward’ Makes Its Debut on PBS  

Excerpt: “A 13-episode series examining our food system called Food Forward, premiering on PBS stations across the country and streaming on PBS.org beginning this week.”

Source: Civil Eats

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Women in Food: Journalist Jane Black Looks for ‘Solutions’

September 9, 2014 |

This piece is the part of a Seedstock series profiling women who are leading change in sustainable agriculture and local food. Read more profiles here.

Photo courtesy of Jane Black

Photo courtesy of Jane Black

As writer of the Smarter Food column for the Washington Post, among many other outlets, Jane Black has been a prolific journalist on topics of food, food politics, and sustainable agriculture. She has made it her career to broaden the discussion around the creation of a more sustainable food system, by taking culture and scale into consideration. Seedstock recently had the opportunity to speak with Jane to discuss her career so far, the path she took to get there, and what’s next in the pipeline for her career. 

“The idea for the Smarter Food column really came from my reporting,” Jane explains, “I wanted to look at what was not getting a lot of coverage; the nitty gritty stuff that needs to happen to make real change.”  Read More