Stanford’s six-acre site is to be as much a laboratory as a classroom for students to learn theory and evolve best practices in sustainable agriculture. The goal is to educate future leaders who can address our environmental and food system challenges in the 21st Century.
Source: A new educational farm on the “Farm” | Stanford School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences
Consumer Reports tested 458 pounds of ground beef and discovered alarming rates of bacterial contamination. 82% of conventionally produced and processed beef samples were found to have at least 2 types of bacteria. CONVENTIONAL SAMPLES WERE MORE THAN TWICE AS LIKELY TO HAVE BACTERIA WHICH WAS RESISTANT TO 3 OR MORE CLASSES OF TYPICAL ANTIBIOTICS.
Source: Ecocentric | The Bacteria in Our Beef
A new USDA study (published in the journal PLOS ONE) tracked crop diversity across farms in the US from 1978 to 2012 using five year ag census data.
While the overall data confirms the dominance of monoculture farming – a practice known not to be sustainable in the long-term – there is evidence that in five of the nine Farm Resource Regions where fruits and vegetables reign supreme crop diversity was either maintained or increased slightly. Check out the map for specifics and read more…
Source: U.S. Farms Becoming Less Diverse Over Time | Civil Eats
In an effort to strengthen local and regional food systems, the USDA has promised millions through several grants to support farmers markets, CSA’s and ‘hub’ businesses that aggregate and facilitate regional food promotion, awareness of resources and actual distribution channels. Farm-to-institution programs are also included which is great news for educational and health organizations!
Source: USDA Awards $34.3 Million to Support Communities Local Foods Infrastructure, Increase Access to Fruits and Vegetables
From GMO labeling to pesticides to the source of the meat you buy, a handful of companies are spending heavily to keep information off your food labels.
Source: Big Food is Spending Millions to Lobby for Less Transparency | Bay Area Bites | KQED Food
Organic farmers say they need crop varieties that were bred specifically for conditions on their farms. Clif Bar & Company decided to back their cause with up to $10 million in grants.
Source: Do Organic Farmers Need Special Seeds And Money To Breed Them? | Bay Area Bites | KQED Food