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Japan earthquake impacts food security

From Jim Scott at Salt Spring News:

“Regular visitors know I’m concerned about food. The Japanese earthquake triggered a tsunami with 10-meter-high waves hitting the northern port of Sendai and its surrounds. I watched in horror as waves rolled across farmland, sweeping away crops, homes, livestock and outbuildings. Continue reading

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“Ain’t no time to wonder why….”

Some insights on the state of farming today, via Salt Spring News:

"The very next year we wrote a parody of Country Joe's "I Feel-like-I'm-fixin'-to-die Rag" and called it "The Monsanto Rag" which became our first ever song." -- Synister Dane and the Kickapoo Disco Cosmonuts (via Salt Spring News)

“It ought to be obvious that in order to have sustainable agriculture, you have got to make sustainable the lives and livelihoods of the people who do the work. The land cannot thrive if the people who are its users and caretakers do not thrive. Ecological sustainability requires a complex local culture as the preserver of the necessary knowledge and skill; and this in turn requires a settled, stable, prosperous local population of farmers and other land users. It ought to be obvious that agriculture cannot be made sustainable by a dwindling population of economically depressed farmers and a growing population of migrant workers. Continue reading

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Global “honey laundering” affects U.S.

Jessica Leeder writes in The Globe and Mail:

STICKY SITUATION: A Chinese beekeeper checks honey production at his bee farm in Jiyuan city, central Chinas Henan province. (Photo: ZUMA Press) Caption from Mother Nature Network

““If we lose our honey industry in the U.S., there’s going to be massive food shortages like we haven’t seen before,” said Richard Adee, a South Dakota beekeeper who owns 80,000 honeybee colonies, the largest operation in the U.S. Continue reading

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Middle-eastern immigrants brought dairy farming to Europe during the Neolithic period — Spiegel Online

From Matthias Schultz, Spiegel Online, via Salt Spring News:

New research has revealed that agriculture came to Europe amid a wave of immigration from the Middle East during the Neolithic period. The newcomers won out over the locals because of their sophisticated culture, mastery of agriculture — and their miracle food, milk. … The remains of more than 40 houses were unearthed [in the Upper Franconia region of northern Bavaria], as well as skeletons, a spinning wheel, bulbous clay vessels, cows’ teeth and broken sieves for cheese production — a typical settlement of the so-called Linear Pottery culture (named after the patterns on their pottery).

This ancient culture provided us with the blessing of bread baking. At around 5300 BC, everyone in Central Europe was suddenly farming and raising livestock. The members of the Linear Pottery culture kept cows in wooden pens, used rubbing stones and harvested grain. Within less than 300 years, the sedentary lifestyle had spread to the Paris basin. The reasons behind the rapid shift have long been a mystery. … In a bid to solve the mystery, molecular biologists have sawed into and analyzed countless Neolithic bones. The breakthrough came last year, when scientists discovered that the first milk drinkers lived in the territory of present-day Austria, Hungary and Slovakia. But that was also where the nucleus of the Linear Pottery culture was located. “The trait of lactose tolerance quickly became established in the population,” explains Joachim Burger, an anthropologist from the University of Mainz in southwestern Germany who is a member of the Leche team. … Continue reading

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The Canadian revolution — owning the podium on agricultural renewal — seeds

Thanks to Jim Scott at Salt Spring News for bringing this story to our attention. From Salt Spring Seeds — “Oh Canada, how can I grow for thee“:

Dan Jason of Salt Spring Seeds -- outstanding in his field! Salt Spring Seeds picture.

“There’s a revolution that is happening in Canada. Not many people know about it yet but a lot of people are part of it. Continue reading

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Microsoft Execs for Orwellian internet

From a recent story on Chase Hunter’s “American Patriot Daily” blog:

Orwell on the Beeb -- a future whose time has come?

“New World Order elites and their corporate yes men are increasingly irate with the loud clear voice of the free internet, spawning as it has, a genuine grassroots lashback against Obama White House socialism, the American Tea Party Movement. That same movement may soon need to muster it’s resources and it’s loudest clearest voices again to make sure the internet which voices the will of the American people remains a free and open forum, untainted by corporate ownership and “licensing” of websites under an Orwellian sounding suggestion from Microsoft executive Craig Mundle:

“We need a kind of World Health Organization for the Internet.”

The hell we do, Craig. You need to butt out. Microsoft does not represent the best interests of the internet, and it never has. Microsoft only represents it’s own best interests in all situations and everyone knows it. That’s nothing new.

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