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Reducing Petroleum Input to Farming, given reduced supply and rising prices  A Farm for the Future 01, and more in this series.   BBC documentary on the precient global farming and food crisis, filmed in the UK. Featuring Martin Crawford (Agroforestry Research Trust), Fordhall Farm, Richard Heinberg and others.   Topics covered are the influence of oil on the food production, peak-oil, food security, carbon emissions, sustainability and permaculture.

Pope Francis Slams GMOs and Pesticides for Environmental and Social Damage

June 16, 2015, sustainablepulse.com | “On the subject of GMOs Pope Francis states; ‘It is difficult to give an overall judgment on the development of genetically modified organisms (GMO), plant or animal, for medical purposes or in agriculture, since they can be very different and require different considerations.  Although we do not have definitive evidence about the damage that transgenic cereals could cause to humans, and in some regions their use has produced economic growth that has helped solve some problems, there are significant problems that should not be minimized.”

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Pope Francis slams both GMOs and pesticides in a draft of his major environmental document that was leaked Monday. He has also called for the financing of…
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France Bans Sale of Monsanto Herbicide Roundup in Nurseries

June 14, 2015, www.ndtv.com | “French Ecology Minister Segolene Royal announced today a ban on the sale of popular weedkiller Roundup from garden centres, which the UN has warned may be carcinogenic. The active ingredient in Roundup, glyphosate, was in March classified as “probably carcinogenic to humans” by the UN’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC).”

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French Ecology Minister Segolene Royal announced today a ban on the sale of popular weedkiller Roundup from garden centres, which the UN has warned may…
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This ancient Egyptian practice can cheaply purify dirty water

June 13, 2015, www.sciencealert.com | “The seeds of the Moringa oleifera tree have been used to purify water and clean crockery since the days of ancient Egypt, but up until now scientists weren’t sure exactly how they worked. Thanks to a new paper published in the journal Langmuir by researchers at Pennsylvania State University, part of the mystery has now been solved.”

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The seeds of the Moringa oleifera tree have been used to purify water and clean crockery since the days of ancient Egypt, but up until now scientists weren’t sure…
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School goes green with solar panels and new programme

Forward thinking: Bure Park Primary School’s eco team, who have been working with Low Carbon Hub on the solar panel installation

June 11, 2015, www.oxfordmail.co.uk | “Hunderds of solar panels have been installed at a Bicester school in the biggest scheme of its kind at a primary in Oxfordshire.  Bure Park Primary School had 240 solar panels put in over the May half-term, enough to generate 53,200kWh a year and power more than 15 homes.  Pupils on the school’s eco team worked with social enterprise Low Carbon Hub to set up the scheme, which officially launched on Wednesday, June 3.”

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School goes green with solar panels and new programme
HUNDREDS of solar panels have been installed at a Bicester school in the biggest scheme of its kind at a primary in Oxfordshire.
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Organic farming is financially-sustainable worldwide, study finds

June 10, 2015, www.csmonitor.com | “A recently published meta-analysis of 44 scientific studies shows that organic farming is not only environmentally sustainable, but also financially competitive when compared to conventional farming. Organic sales grew 170 percent to US$63 billion from 2002 to 2011 worldwide, but the analysis’s authors note that organic agriculture currently occupies only 1 percent of global cropland. The good news is that there is room for organic agriculture to continue to spread, and the authors predict that profitability of organic farming will continue to outpace conventional models.”

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Organic agriculture occupies just 1 percent of cropland across the world. While organic sales continue to grow, a study has found that organic farming is…
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Oregon farms – Close Enough to Cities to Feed Everyone Locally

June 5, 2015, photos.oregonlive.com | “Oregon farmers are close enough to city centers to be able to feed the state’s population entirely locally, says a new study.”

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Oregon farmers are close enough to city centers to be able to feed the state’s population entirely locally, says a new study….
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Locally produced from all Organic, mostly local sources

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 Locally produced from all Organic, mostly local sources

Thanks to our beautiful friend Libby Goines, local Rose Goddess, we have a special treat for you this week at the market. Hand-harvested Damascus rose petals are combined with local (Eden’s Edge Farm) dehydrated strawberries and infused into our 68% Divine Rose chocolate bar. Plus, we have on offer our highly levitational (see below) raw Jasmine Green kombucha! We also have creamy stone ground coconut butter, happy nori rolls, Ginger Garden Thyme sauce, and more delights to tickle your palate! Come on down to the market and try everything! Always 100% Organic, Heirloom, non-GMO, Gluten-, Dairy-, Soy-, and Cane Sugar-free!

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Cannabis advocate Morgan Freeman converts his 124-acre ranch into bee refuge to combat colony collapse crisis

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June 4, 2015, www.naturalnews.com | “He might have just turned 78 years old on June 1, but actor and celebrity activist Morgan Freeman isn’t planning to fade away into retirement anytime soon. These days, the longtime cannabis advocate is busy maintaining his vast bee refuge in rural Mississippi, which he reportedly converted from a 124-acre ranch in an effort to combat the global crisis of Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD).”

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Swiss Supermarkets Stop Sales of Glyphosate over Health Concerns

June 3, 2015, sustainablepulse.com | “Coop stated last week that ‘Even if the (Swiss) Federal Office for Agriculture (BLW) judges glyphosate can be continued to be sold without a health hazard for the population, we decided on Monday 18th May to no longer sell any glyphosate-based products in Coop supermarkets and Coop Building & Hobby hardware stores.’ It is a preventive measure. ‘…we don’t sell the concentrate, but only a very diluted form, the ready-made products. These concentrations are up to 48 times lower than the range used in agricultural products.'”

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Swiss supermarket giants Coop and Migros have announced that they will no longer sell products that contain glyphosate, following the World Health Organization’s…
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Judge Upholds Genetically Engineered Crop Ban in Jackson County

June 3, 2015, wakeup-world.com | “In an era where big money is tossed around by biotech and pesticide behemoths like Monsanto, Syngenta, Dow, DuPont and others to defeat laws restricting GMOs, it’s heartening to see grassroots anti-GMO efforts making headway. The latest example involves an American federal court ruling upholding a Jackson County, Oregon ban on genetically engineered crops.”

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Dear Friends,
great news to share. WE WON our lawsuit against Monsanto in Jackson county!!!!!!
A great big THANK YOU for all you who gave their time, knowledge, $$$$ in the Kickstarter to pay for the lawyer costs, your wisdom and support.
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