Ellen Sabina

Ellen Sabina

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9 years 4 months ago

San Francisco isn't the only city in the U.S. in the midst of a sustainable urban agricultural revolution, but it's definitely one of the forerunners. Farmers and activists in the Bay Area are challenging zoning laws and regulations, planting seeds, shaking things up, and positioning themselves as a model for other urban gardeners to follow. It's an exciting time, and is enabled in no small way by innovative support from projects like Bayview Greenwaste. Bayview Greenwaste turns waste into free mulch which...


9 years 4 months ago

(Hear what Mars has to say for themselves at the Certification, Consumption, and Change Conference, on April 5th at the National Press Club in Washington, DC. To find out more about the conference, go to: http://www.justmeans.com/pages/Washington-DC. )

I tend to focus on sustainable food on the grassroots level:...


9 years 4 months ago

(Fair Trade USA will be featured at the Certification, Consumption, and Change Conference, on April 5th at the National Press Club in Washington, DC. To find out more about the conference, check out: http://www.justmeans.com/pages/Washington-DC)

Fair trade products represent one of the fastest growing sectors of the food industry, thanks in no small part to...


9 years 4 months ago

Industrial corn production is a thorn in the side of sustainable agriculture in the US, hand in hand with CAFOs, soybeans, and other heavily subsidized, heavily chemicalized and mechanized agricultural sectors. As it is most commonly produced, corn is basically the antithesis to sustainable agriculture. This is perhaps even more true now that a significant portion of industrial corn is grown for ethanol production, contributing to the rising price of food.

The US is the largest producer of corn in the world,...


9 years 4 months ago

When it comes to national food policy, the Farm Bill is arguably the most impactful and important piece of legislation. The Farm Bill spans all things food and farm--from nutrition assistance programs to food safety, rural development and conservation to trade policy. It's all there, and it's all up for grabs in 2012.  Sustainable food and agriculture advocates are clamoring for change, and likewise the City of Seattle has organized a list of principles they hope to see in the revised Farm Bill....


9 years 4 months ago

In the sustainable food realm, it's all about connecting the dots and being able to trace where food comes from. The tag line of a new innovative website sums it up well: "Know your farmer. Find their food." Real Time Farms. Com aims to help folks do just that by building a virtual food hub linking local consumers to farmers, artisans, markets,  restaurants and retailers that sell local, sustainable food.

Real Time Farms.Com was just re- launched...


9 years 4 months ago

In the aftershock of Vilsack's GM Alfalfa decision, which poses a daunting threat to the integrity of sustainable agriculture, it is even more important to support the vitality of organic and sustainable seed companies. Without good seed, sustainable agriculture doesn't have much hope; seed is the foundation of our organic food system. Luckily, interest in organic seeds is on the rise and will...


9 years 4 months ago

Visions of Valentine's Day conjure up images of decandent food and red wine, and of course lots and lots of chocolate, in all forms. Traditionally, chocolate production is not very sustainable, inflicting scars on the environment and the people who live in cocoa producing regions of the world. However you can now find a growing number of chocolatiers who are concerned with both the people and places that produce cocoa and use sustainable practices to bring the very best and sustainable...


9 years 4 months ago

Pigs are not one of the most environmentally sustainable animals to raise in large numbers. The dreaded and still ubiquitous concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) run a-muck with huge pools of animal waste that seeps into local waterways and contributes to global climate change by releasing methane gas. While large livestock operations will likely never be great for the environment,  new farm infrastructure and methods are being tested in Taiwan to raise pigs in a slightly more earth-friendly and sustainable...


9 years 5 months ago

Finding sustainable seafood is no easy task, but thanks to Monterey Bay Aquarium's Seafood Watch, it just got a whole lot easier. Seafood Watch is responsible for the widespread pocket guide to seafood, and maintains a regularly updated comprehensive list of fish, rated on the sustainability of each species. Seafood Watch has now converted their pocket guide into a...


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