Produce Labels Decoded: GMO, Organic, or ‘Conventional’?

The following article is reposted from Read It With a Grain of Salt, a blog about label-reading for healthy food decision-making.

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Written by: Allison Jorgens – “Read it with a Grain of Salt”  © 2012, Ontario, Canada

We have all seen cashiers at supermarkets type in the codes from those pesky stickers found on fresh fruits and vegetables, herbs, and sometimes nuts; Perhaps you have even typed the codes in yourself when using the manual checkouts some grocery stores now offer. But have you ever stopped to consider if you should be reading those codes while shopping?

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Letter Home from an Agrarian Journeyman in Australia

Dear Friends,

After spending a few months in Brisbane, Australia, getting to know some people in the food movement here, I’d like to share my experience and analysis with interested people in Canada. I have been WWOOFing to a number of farms and come across different parts of the distribution system of the city. Mostly I am interested in organic food, and co-operative, local food distribution systems that circumvent the national retailers.

The retailing of food in Australia is dominated by two major chains which control 80% of the market. Continue reading

Food Security and Climate Change Course

The UN’s Food and Agriculture Agency offers some really interesting looking free courses on food security, including one new one on Climate Change:

Climate Change and Food Security – New E-learning Course from FAO

This free course helps us understand how climate change is affecting agriculture and our food security – and what can be done.

PeaceMeal Launches at the National Peace Academy Conference

Last weekend we traveled to Boulder Colorado for the National Peace Academy Peacelearning Conference on Ecological Peace. Aside from wanting to simply connect with other peacemakers to share ideas and get inspired, we also went to launch a new project. After many months of pondering, plotting and “peacing” things together, on February 19, the PeaceMeal Project was officially born. Continue reading

Seeds: Schmeiser v. Monsanto

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ERIC PETERSON. PHOTO: MAXIME CÔTÉ.

Animals. Seeds. God. People. Persons.

This was the answer by the youngest audience member to the question “What is life?” during the pre-show audience interview at Tuesday night’s performance of Seeds.  So powerful and simple a reply, the lead actress began the show wiping tears from her face, saying, “That’s unfair to do to a pregnant woman!” Continue reading