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Industry_Handbook_for_Safe_Processing_of_Nuts_1st_Edition_22Feb10.pdf. New Health Concerns. Food Safety. Trade deals criminalise farmers' seeds. What could be more routine than saving seeds from one season to the next?

Trade deals criminalise farmers' seeds

After all, that is how we grow crops on our farms and in our gardens. Yet from Guatemala to Ghana, from Mozambique to Malaysia, this basic practice is being turned into a criminal offence, so that half a dozen large multinational corporations can turn seeds into private property and make money from them. But people are fighting back and in several countries popular mobilisations are already forcing governments to put seed privatisation plans on hold.

GRAIN has produced an updated dataset on how so-called free trade agreements are privatising seeds across the world. Guatemala’s trade agreement with the US obliges it to adhere to the UPOV Convention. Trade agreements have become a tool of choice for governments, working with corporate lobbies, to push new rules to restrict farmers' rights to work with seeds. International Assessment of Agricultural Knowledge, Science and Technology for Development. Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. More than 500 million family farms manage the majority of the world’s agricultural land and produce most of the world’s food.

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

We need family farms to ensure global food security, to care for and protect the natural environment and to end poverty, undernourishment and malnutrition. But these goals can be thoroughly achieved if public policies support family farms to become more productive and sustainable; in other words policies must support family farms to innovate within a system that recognizes their diversity and the complexity of the challenges faced. The State of Food and Agriculture 2014: Innovation in family farming analyses family farms and the role of innovation in ensuring global food security, poverty reduction and environmental sustainability. It argues that family farms must be supported to innovate in ways that promote sustainable intensification of production and improvements in rural livelihoods. 2014 International Year of Family Farming.

Telling family farming fairy tales. Farmer Djeneba Diarra stands over a ditch on a bean farm in Heremakono, Mali, on January 22, 2013.

Telling family farming fairy tales

REUTERS/Joe Penney The United Nations declared 2014 as the International Year of Family Farming. As part of the celebrations, the U.N. Organic2014. The Organic Illusion. Barbara H.

The Organic Illusion

Information Graphics. THE STATE OF FOOD AND AGRICULTURE (SOFA) 2007. When Corporations Rule Our Food. Hunger.

When Corporations Rule Our Food

Pollution. Instability. Obesity. The problem with corporate food—by the numbers. The Food System. The Food System The Food System - Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems Social Issues Team and Elliott Kuhn (graphic artist), 2004.

The Food System

Agricultural Treadmills. Retail Food Protection > Growing Sprouts in Retail Food Establishment - CFP Issues 02-III-01 and 04-III-012. See more Food Safety Information Concerning Sprouts.

Retail Food Protection > Growing Sprouts in Retail Food Establishment - CFP Issues 02-III-01 and 04-III-012

See all Retail Food Protection Regulations, Codes & Code Interpretations . December 2004 Fresh produce is an important addition to a healthy diet, however, some produce, including sprouts, the germinating form of seeds and beans, have been implicated in foodborne illness. In July 1999, the U.S Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued an advisory to the public, "Consumers Advised of Risks Associated with Raw Sprouts" (Ref. 4) based on the continued reports of illness from consuming raw sprouts. In October 1999, FDA released two guidance documents to provide recommendations to seed suppliers and sprout producers to reduce microbial food safety hazards common to the production of sprouts. Where does YOUR FOOD come from? Farmers Markets and Local Food Marketing. Farmers markets are an integral part of the urban/farm linkage and have continued to rise in popularity, mostly due to the growing consumer interest in obtaining fresh products directly from the farm.

Farmers Markets and Local Food Marketing

Farmers markets allow consumers to have access to locally grown, farm fresh produce, enables farmers the opportunity to develop a personal relationship with their customers, and cultivate consumer loyalty with the farmers who grows the produce. Direct marketing of farm products through farmers markets continues to be an important sales outlet for agricultural producers nationwide. As of National Farmers Market Week, (the first full week in August), there were 8,144 farmers markets listed in USDA’s National Farmers Market Directory. Agricultural Marketing Service - Agricultural Marketing Service - Home. Just Harvest USA. Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy. 9: Urban Harvest - CGMap > Factsheets > 2009-2011 > CIP > CIP-9. Food Chain Workers.

USDA Scientist Reveals All. ISIS Report 09/01/12.

USDA Scientist Reveals All

The USDA's Organic Deception. By Barbara H.

The USDA's Organic Deception

Peterson Farm Wars. About Organic Foods. Topics Are organic foods worth purchasing? When the USDA certifies a food as "organic" is it actually guaranteeing something about the food? Why did we need regulation of organic foods? North American Organic Food Processing, 1997 to 2007. Food Empowerment Project. Food deserts can be described as geographic areas where residents’ access to affordable, healthy food options (especially fresh fruits and vegetables) is restricted or nonexistent due to the absence of grocery stores within convenient travelling distance. For instance, according to a report prepared for Congress by the Economic Research Service of the US Department of Agriculture, about 2.3 million people (or 2.2 percent of all US households) live more than one mile away from a supermarket and do not own a car. [1] In urban areas, access to public transportation may help residents overcome the difficulties posed by distance, but economic forces have driven grocery stores out of many cities in recent years, making them so few and far between that an individual’s food shopping trip may require taking several buses or trains.

In suburban and rural areas, public transportation is either very limited or unavailable, with supermarkets often many miles away from people’s homes. Healthy Food Gets Short Shrift. Fruit and vegetable growers have historically been left out of agriculture policy, even though they provide foods that are vital for improving America’s nutrition and reducing the costly toll of diet-related diseases. The 2008 farm bill began to correct this misguided policy by providing modest but important gains for programs that promote the production, research and marketing of fruits, nuts and vegetables, known also as “specialty crops.”

EWG’s analysis shows, however, that these programs are still dwarfed by programs tailored to a handful of commodity crops – corn, soybeans, cotton, rice and wheat – that are primarily grown in the Midwest and South and provide feed for livestock and raw material for processed food and fuel for our cars. > From 2008 to 2010, the farm bill spent $39.6 billion on commodity crops, more than eight times as much as on specialty crops, even though their market value – $320 billion – was only twice that of fruits, nuts and vegetables. Invest in Health. Cut Subsidies, not SNAP. Tuesday, January 14, 2014 Wondering how Congress could cut farm subsidy giveaways instead of SNAP?

Last week (Jan. 9), the New York Times wrote that House and Senate farm bill negotiators are poised to cut $9 billion from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) over the next 10 years. That’s on top of the $11 billion cut that already went into effect last November. If the conference committee goes ahead with that plan, millions of poor Americans could see their benefits reduced. So, how could Congress cut subsidies, not SNAP? EWG Farm Subsidy Database. Europe’s agriculture: how to make food affordable, healthy and ‘green’ In the recently published EEA indicator report, food is identified as one of the main systems that has an impact on the environment.

It Takes More Than A Produce Aisle To Refresh A Food Desert : The Salt. Hide captionEuclid Market, a corner store in East Los Angeles, recently got a makeover to promote healthier eating. It not only sells more fruits and vegetables, but also offers cooking classes and nutrition education. Because your food choices can change the world. How Climate Change Will End Wine As We Know It. Wine Industry Concentration. Concentration in the U.S. Millions face starvation as world warms, say scientists.

Legume Futures. Fair Trade Coffee, Organic Coffee: Grounds for Change. Quick guide to coffee certifications. This is a quick guide to the most common certifications seen on coffee. Advantages, disadvantages and desirable characteristics of shade trees for coffee, cacao and tea John Beer A8008I. Shade Management in Coffee and Cacao Plantations J Beer et al A3507I. Op-Ed Columnist - Cleaning the Henhouse. Buying Poultry - Find out what you're actually eating. Rice Farmers Sue Drug Companies. Farmageddon: The True Cost of Cheap Meat by Philip Lymbery – review.

Every January in Berlin, thousands march against the agro-industry under the banner "Wir haben es satt! " Governor Cuomo Hosts First New York State Yogurt Summit. U.S. and EU Requirements for Recycled Food Contact Materials. PACKAGING | October/November 2013. Grow. Share. Prepare : Jo Ann Santangelo. Affiliations. Naked Sea: Naturally Harvested Gourmet Mineral Dead Sea Salt by Ari Fruchter.

Twn-icnp2-no5-Nestle-Nigella. US Town Declares Total Food Sovereignty, Opposing State & Federal Laws. USA : Monsanto fait payer des amendes aux agriculteurs bio. Programs. CGIAR Fund. Fund Donors. Fund. CGIAR. USDA-agriculture-census. Forum. Top 10 things the TSA could do if its power is not sensibly limited. Codex Alimentarius: Population Control Under the Guise of Consumer Protection.

Save My Life Dr. Rima. CODEX Alimentarius: Home. PlantProtAct2000. TreeHugger. Economy. We Are What We Eat. Seeds at Risk in AgroBusiness.