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Connect The Dots – Kiss the Ground – 11.22.17

Kiss the Ground: Listen to Josh Tickell, award-winning filmmaker and author of upcoming book, Kiss The Ground, as well as a film of the same name (Executive Produced by Leonardo di Caprio) on the climate costs of conventional agriculture and how that can be corrected by ecologically mindful agriculture — in conversation with Alison Rose Levy. Download this episode (right …

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The USDA Is Putting $34.3 Million Into Local Food Projects. Will It Be Enough?

The recent Department of Agriculture announcement that it would allocate $34.3 million to support local food systems was met with skepticism by many in the sustainable farming and food justice movements. Many organizations doing food systems work in the most vulnerable communities find USDA grants too competitive, bureaucratic, short-term, and daunting to be worth the effort. The USDA has historically …

Steve Volk – Suspended USDA scientist says agency tried to block his research into harmful effects of pesticides

A prominent Agriculture Department scientist is alleging that he was suspended after complaining that the agency was blocking his research into the harmful effects of pesticides on pollinators, such as bees and butterflies. In a whistleblower complaint filed Wednesday, Jonathan Lund­gren, an entomologist and 11-year veteran of the USDA’s Agricultural Research Service, says his supervisors retaliated against him by suspending …

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Organic Producers Sue USDA for Changing Organic Rules without Public Input

Washington, D.C., April 8, 2015 – Organic stakeholders have filed a lawsuit in federal court, maintaining that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) violated the federal rulemaking process when it changed established procedures for reviewing the potential hazards and need for allowed synthetic and prohibited natural substances used in producing organic food. A coalition of 15 organic food producers and …