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Sustainable Ag + Food News: Seedstock’s Weekly Roundup

December 18, 2014 |

seedstockWhat The Change In U.S.-Cuba Relations Might Mean For Food

Excerpt: As you’ve probably heard — or seen, if you’ve traveled to Cuba — food (and, at times, the lack thereof) remains one of the most striking emblems of Cuba’s dysfunctional economic system. Let’s just say that the agreement between Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro will probably eventually mean big changes for the food supply in Cuba.

Source: NPR Read More

Sustainable Ag + Food News: Seedstock’s Weekly Roundup

December 12, 2014 |

seedstockGroundbreaking Study Shows How Sustainable Farming Practices Can Improve Yields

Excerpt: According to the analysis, led by Lauren Ponisio (and published today in the Proceedings of the Royal Society of London), there is evidence that sustainable agriculture – when done right – may have the potential to match the productivity of our dominant agricultural systems.

Source: Union of Concerned Scientists Read More

Sustainable Ag + Food News: Seedstock’s Weekly Roundup

December 5, 2014 |

seedstockGeneral Mills, P&G, Pepsi, Others Set Sustainable Agriculture Goals

EXCERPT: The Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture today announced goals that its member companies — including General Mills, Kellogg’s, Unilever, Procter & Gamble, Coca-Cola, PepsiCo and Cargill — have committed to in an effort to advance sustainable agriculture in the US.

Source: Environmental Leader Read More

Sustainable Ag + Food News: Seedstock’s Weekly Roundup

November 21, 2014 |

seedstockWalmart Commits to More Sustainable Food. Is it Serious?

Excerpt: On Monday, Walmart held its second semi-annual Global Sustainability Milestone Meeting — webcast live and re-aired the following day — and announced a new pledge to help create a more sustainable food system. Taken at face value, the country’s largest food retailer appears to be making a real commitment to help develop a healthier, more affordable, and less environmentally damaging food supply.  Walmart’s real legacy in this area, though, will be measured by how much concrete action follows its ambitious commitments.

Source: Triple Pundit Read More

Sustainable Ag News: Seedstock’s Weekly Roundup

November 14, 2014 |

seedstockIn urban farming, a different taste of L.A.

Excerpt: The tour was organized by Seedstock, a Los Angeles-based company that offers consulting services and disseminates information about sustainable food projects. It hosts an annual conference on sustainable agriculture, which begins Wednesday at the UCLA Anderson School of Management. This year’s theme is “Reintegrating Agriculture: Local Food Systems and the Future of Cities.”

Source: LA Times Read More

California Creates Farm-To-Fork Office, Passes Legislation Promoting Local Food Access

November 13, 2014 |
Image credit: State of California

Image credit: State of California

The Golden State’s farm-to-table movement has had friends in high places working on their behalf in recent months.

This past September, California Governor Jerry Brown signed seven pieces of legislation in honor of Sacramento’s Farm-to-Fork week, an annual event that celebrates locally produced foods and promotes getting it into the hands of local consumers. Read More

Seedstock’s Weekly News Roundup

November 7, 2014 |

seedstockWhat the Doctor Ordered: Urban Farming

Excerpt: At a dead-end street in a blighted section of this city, crumbling roofs of old factories, smokestacks and the Interstate 95 overpass loom overhead, casting long shadows on an October afternoon. Along one end of a field, children play soccer; on the other, men stand around motorcycles, sipping from beer cans.

This is hardly the city’s garden spot. Yet alongside the street, on a quarter-acre of land tucked between a muddy parking lot and the Quinnipiac River, a garden does grow; a lush, well-tended vegetable garden, where, on a recent Tuesday, about 35 people, most of them local residents, were busily harvesting carrots and kale that they helped raise.

Source: New York Times Read More

8 Young Farmers (and 4 Farms) to Watch

November 5, 2014 |
Photo courtesy of Truck Farm.

Photo courtesy of Truck Farm.

From coast to coast, 20- and 30- something adults are ditching their power suits and ties for shovels and seeds. From novice upstarts to young farmers carrying on a family legacy, we’ve rounded up some inspiring, young farmers, farming duos, and teams who are leading the charge in sustainable farming. Read More