“Fuel is a huge expense for us. Huge.” says Mark Sanchez of Lane Southern Orchards in an interview with CNN. It’s not just the cost of trucking their peaches to a market or distributor. “We have to move our equipment from one orchard to the next, we have to move our people from one orchard [...]
Time magazine writes the food movement can save the environmental movement. I’d argue they are the same, at least for me. Sustainable agriculture and local food have many benefits, but they certainly and immediately address environmental issues. Lowering the amount of fossil fuels consumed by our agricultural system will, of course, reduce greenhouse gas emissions. [...]
My inlaws’ front yard peach tree is both attractive and delicious! This picture was taken last year. I gorged on fresh peaches for an entire weekend and returned home with a full 40lb sack. We made sorbet and preserves, of which I’ve never seen a deeper red/orange color. I post this picture in anticipation… I [...]
In his latest column and in recent blog posts, Paul Krugman explains the rise in commodity prices through simple supply and demand, as opposed to blaming speculators or monetary policy. Demand in emerging economies is rising, particularly in China where grains are imported to satisfy the demand for more meat. Mr. Krugman correctly notes that [...]
A company in California is recalling thousands of pounds of ground beef due to possible e.coli contimination. This is a common refrain for industrial agriculture, where we’ve seen recalls over the years for everything from eggs to beef to spinach. Salmonella and e.coli are common and rampant in filthy chicken houses and crowded CAFOs. Contamination [...]
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