Thursday, July 26, 2012

July 26, 2012: The Story of Corn, The Farm Bill, and an Iowa Farmer and Public Caught in the Crossfire

Crops burning in the field are the subject of hot debate this summer. But little attention has been given to the practice of monoculture farming and a gargantuan piece of legislation known as "The Farm Bill." Martha Baskin takes a closer look at the forces fueling the growth of certain crops; and the farmers and activists attempting to fight the tide.

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Below is a partial list of organizations, agencies, non-profits and other entities to learn more or get engaged in the Food and Farm Bill issue. For a complete list see Dan Imhoff’s Food Fight, A Citizen’s Guide to a Food and Farm Bill

Sustainable Agriculture:
American Farmland Trust
National Campaign for Sustainable Agriculture
National Family Farm Coalition

Conservation Groups:
Defenders of Wildlife
Natural Resources Defense Council
Wild Farm Alliance

Environmental Working Group
Food First
Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy
Public Citizen

Thursday, July 19, 2012

July 19, 2012: Anyone Listening While the Food You Eat & Land that Grows It Comes Up for Debate?

As the nation focuses on the economy, the presidential race, immigration, and most recently, the worst drought in half a century; a critical piece of legislation about the food you eat is being debated in Congress. Martha Baskin goes behind the scenes to bring us the first in a two part series.

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Thursday, July 12, 2012

July 12, 2012: Klickitat Canyon Winery

Does it matter whether the grapes that go into that wine you love come from vineyards where butterflies thrive and birds sing from oak trees? At Klickitat Canyon Winery in the Columbia Gorge that’s what winemaking is all about. Here, the ecosystem - the nuthatches and bush grasses - are just as important as the grapes. Martha Baskin has our story.

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Thursday, July 5, 2012

July 5, 2012: Oyster Reclamation: One Estuary and Community Shellfish Farm at a Time

Oysters on the half-shell – what’s a summer without them? For thousands of years oysters were considered inexhaustible in the Pacific Northwest. But loss of habitat, over-harvest, and most recent ocean waters saturated with greenhouse gases, are undermining stocks. Can these rich succulent marine creatures be reestablished in community shellfish farms? Martha Baskin takes a look and brings us the story.

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