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300,000 Organic Farmers Sue Monsanto in Federal Court:

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300,000 Organic Farmers Sue Monsanto in Federal Court:

Decision on March 31st to Go to Trial

By Jane Ayers

Little did Willie Nelson know when he recorded “Crazy” years ago just how crazy it would become for our cherished family farmers in America.   Nelson, President of Farm Aid, has recently called for the national Occupy movement to declare an “Occupy  the Food System” action.

Nelson states, “Corporate control of our food system has led to the loss of millions of family farmers, destruction of our soil…”

 

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 21 February 2012 18:04 ) Read more...
 

Locals are finding ways to move away from food created by corporations

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Locals are finding ways to move away from food created by corporations

BY KATHY JOHNSTON

A quiet revolution is stirring in local kitchens. All over San Luis Obispo County, people are claiming their right to decide what goes in their mouths and their power to choose where it comes from.


CRUNCHY CHOICE
Dan Melton picks out apples from a box he purchased that morning from Bellevue Sea Canyon Farms.
PHOTO BY STEVE E. MILLER

Residents with various income levels are filling their forks with fresh food from local farms and fields as the local food movement gains ground. The Central Coast is among the easiest places for people to pack their plates with food from the community, rather than corporate commodities.

Eating fresh local food is moving beyond farmers, markets, and fancy restaurants. Today’s options include home delivery of just-picked fruit and vegetables from dozens of local farms; improved access to fresh, local produce for people with limited incomes; backyard gardens and chicken coops; a push to grow old-fashioned crops to meet local demand; even a new SLO City-owned farm.

“There’s definitely a shift away from corporate food,” said Caroline Ginsberg, on a break from picking ripe red apples from an orchard at SLO Creek Farms on a sunny afternoon earlier this month. She’s the volunteer coordinator for GleanSLO, a local nonprofit whose volunteers harvest thousands of pounds of excess local crops for distribution to hungry families by the SLO County Foodbank.

 

Last Updated ( Thursday, 16 February 2012 15:57 ) Read more...
 

Review of AMERICAN MEAT

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American Meat (2011)
Directed by Graham Meriwether
http://www.americanmeatfilm.com/

Last night [Dec 8, 2011], in Saxapahaw, North Carolina, I had the pleasure of attending a ‘film and feast’ viewing of the documentary “American Meat”, a film that addresses the many concerns of conscientious meat eaters as well as those Americans who understandably question the ethics or environmental impact of the choice to eat meat. The purpose of this documentary is to highlight the struggles of the conventional meat farmer, and to provide insight into the alternative models being developed in order to revolutionize the meat industry in our country.

Pass the horseradish, will ya?

Though the title may give one the impression that they’re heading into a serious horror flick (or perhaps a tacky porno), this wonderful documentary was incredibly balanced and informative while still being touching and inspiring. This is not a film that uses hidden camera footage and disturbing imagery to portray the industrial animal farmer as an evil, soulless animal abuser who profits from the exploitation of innocent creatures. Rather, the film documents several real-life farmers who are working extremely hard, against the odds, to provide meat to the American public in a way that keeps their heads above water, from a financial standpoint. These men are certainly not in the business to make money; they have been farmers their whole lives, and love the work that they do. More importantly, these men love their animals.

Read more at.... http://ancestralizeme.com/

 

To be screened 1/24 in Santa Barbara: http://www.hopedance.org/events/icalrepeat.detail/2012/01/24/5551

1/26 in SCruz: http://www.hopedance.org/events/icalrepeat.detail/2012/01/26/5553

in Feb in SLO at the Palm: TBA

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 21 December 2011 12:43 )
 
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