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Crops, ponds destroyed in quest for food safety

Started by Judy Harper Jul 14, 2009.

EPA and Mount Sinai Investigate Food Allergy Triggers

Started by Judy Harper Apr 14, 2009.

places to get involved in the city 14 Replies

Started by Devin. Last reply by Leah Apr 3, 2009.

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Comment by Judy Harper on July 13, 2009 at 3:38pm
Bill Seeks to End Antibiotic Use to Spur Animal Growth
New York Times -- By GARDINER HARRIS: July 13, 2009
WASHINGTON — The Obama administration announced Monday that it would seek to ban many routine uses of antibiotics in farm animals in hopes of reducing the spread of dangerous bacteria in humans. (Read More)
Comment by Judy Harper on June 30, 2009 at 5:47pm
Governors Island Adds Sustainable Farm at Picnic Point
Added Value farm is most recent addition to Picnic Point – area of eight acres of green space, hammocks, and stunning views

Farm to grow squash, eggplant, tomatoes, potatoes, beets, and more.
(Read More)
Comment by Judy Harper on June 19, 2009 at 6:21pm
European Farmers Turn to Biogas Plants
By MATTHEW DALTON The Wall Street Journal

BERGHAREN, the Netherlands -- European governments are quietly transforming the practice of turning manure into energy from a fringe technology into a tool for both slashing greenhouse gases from farms and boosting domestic energy supplies.

Plants that convert manure, corn, grass or organic waste into electricity were historically built by just a few environmentally conscious farmers. But the European Union now counts about 8,000 so-called biogas plants, and -- fueled by rising subsidies -- thousands more are expected to be built over the next decade. Farmers are building plants to make a profit, not to protect the environment, and orders are rising at companies that provide the technology.

Farm emissions account for 9% to 10% of the EU's total greenhouse gases -- more than all industrial processes, such as steelmaking and chemical manufacturing, combined, according to the European Environment Agency. Much of the emissions come from two gases produced from livestock manure: methane, which has 20 times the global warming potential of carbon dioxide, and nitrous oxide, which is 300 times as potent as carbon dioxide. (Read More)
Comment by Liz on June 17, 2009 at 10:23am
Hello everyone,

I just wanted to let everyone interested in yardsharing know that there's a website called hyperlocavore that helps connect people with yards on which to grow food. It's a great concept and I hope everyone takes advantage of it.

Also, if you don't already know about the Brooklyn Food Conference/Coalition's neighborhood meetings, please take a look at their site and get in touch with your neighborhood's organizer to find out when the next meeting is. It's an amazing time right now to get involved with changing our food system for the better.

(I've also written a blog post for them, from my neighborhood meeting's perspective)
Comment by Judy Harper on May 28, 2009 at 3:36pm

What's Organic About Organic featured on NY1 The Northeast Farming Association of New York, or NOFA, recently held their second annual luncheon at Midtown's Gustavenos restaurant, under the 59th Street Bridge, and landed Christie Brinkley for a host.
Luncheon attendee Shelley Rogers' film about the organic movement called "What's Organic About Organic?" was featured. "It's really about farmers on the ground who are facing challenges every day to get food on our table," says Rogers. Check out the footage from the event.
Comment by Eric Justin Levinson on May 10, 2009 at 12:36am
As an avid NYC cyclist, I am constantly discovering new areas of Brooklyn and have seen many potential empty lots with viable buildings in their vicinity. Right now, I am developing a business plan for a Community Center that will have a yoga studio, cafe/restaurant, lounge, meeting/lecture rooms, produce some of the food it serves (rooftop/indoor), and hopefully be LEEDS certified. The location chosen should be accessible to the PermaCulture farm and sustainable greenhouse site. It seems people with the right interests and skills will naturally join the efforts.
Comment by Leah on May 9, 2009 at 9:02pm
Eric! I am on board with the Urban Perma Farm, I would love to be a part of it. I am in New Zealand right now studying permaculture, both urban and rural application! Do you have ideas on locations?
Comment by Carolyn Gilles on May 9, 2009 at 6:06pm
PAISLEY FARM CSA

Pickups in East Village, Williamsburg, Downtown Brooklyn, and the Upper East Side.

All four locations are still accepting members!
Join now for any of these pick-up sites:

Jimmy's No. 43 - 43 E. 7th St., between 2nd and 3rd Avenue in the East Village, Manhattan.
d.b.a. Williamsburg - 113 N. 7th Street, between Berry and Wythe in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
Metropolitan Exchange Building - 33 Flatbush Ave, Brooklyn (near BAM, Ft. Greene, and Fulton Mall).
Central Park East School II, 19 East 103rd St. near 5th Ave. on the Upper East Side, Manhattan.

First pick-ups start June 17th!

In addition to weekly add-on orders of fruits, eggs, dairy, and poultry through Upstate Farms,
we are excited to announce that we are partnering with Crop to Cup coffee
for regular deliveries of family farmed coffee.
Comment by Leslie Gold on May 7, 2009 at 1:54pm
Where are you thinking of doing it, and what 'expertise' is available...perhaps Devin?
Comment by Eric Justin Levinson on May 7, 2009 at 12:25pm
Anyone else interested in starting an urban PermaCulture farm?
 

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