Dr. Jill Clapperton, soil scientist, says that farmers need to focus on building diversity of organisms within soils. Poor soil biology produces poor crops in terms of both crop yields and nutrient content.
Read more: Dr. Jill Clapperton, Rhizoterra, on Soil Health
Africa produces 10 percent less food than it did in 1960. With the rise of monoculture farming and globalized food production, the landscape of the continent is shifting and threatening its ability to feed itself. In Mali, an American plan for a vast sugar cane operation on the banks of the Niger River threatens small-scale native rice farmers who have fed their communities for generations.
Read more: African Land Grabs: Land Rush, a Video
Alternating between the eastern side of the Cascades and the west, Tilth Producers of Washington held its 2013 Annual Conference in Yakima. Every year, the conference is preceded by a Washington State University symposium, and the two events are attended by hundreds of Washington farmers, ranchers, food processors, and “friends.”
Read more: Past But Not Over – Nourishing the Future: Tilth Producers of WA Annual Conference
Yes, US farmers do indeed apply a wide variety of farming methods, however the idea that they can “coexist through cooperation” is a stretch. “Coexistence” puts an undue burden on organic farmers trying to protect the integrity of their crops.
Read more: What is the USDA’s Plan For ‘Agricultural Coexistence?’
Candidates for Seattle’s mayoral election, Ed Murray and Mike McGinn, responded to questions by the Puget Sound food policy, planning, and advocacy community. Seattle is just part of the Regional Food Policy Council, so the city and our mayor do not drive policy decisions, but strive to influence them. At GoodFood World, we’ve reviewed the candidates’ answers and we have a few comments of our own.
Read more: Seattle’s Mayoral Candidates Talk Regional Food System
GoodFood World Position Statement on Genetically Engineered or Modified Organisms (GMOs) in the Food System
From the beginning of time, food has been the foundation of culture throughout the world and often the seat of wealth and prosperity. However, food system dynamics are characteristically influenced by external conditions such as
Read more: Position Statement on GMOs in the Food System
We’ve been slowly moving away from any processed foods in our household, and crackers have been a holdout. I never could seem to get something that was crisp enough and with enough flavor. These are yummy, crispy, and soooo easy to make with real ingredients!
Read more: Sourdough Crackers – Easy and Versatile