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- Franklin D Roosevelt. Signing the Soil Conservation and Domestic Allotment Act.
    

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Pheonix Obrien
Pheonix Obrien, one of MOFGA's farmers in residence, cultivates just-germinated carrots. Photo by Megan Gardner.


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Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
Agriculture beyond water
Sustainable Food Trust - 6/19/2015.
By Megan Perry - New data from NASA shows how the world is running out of water, with more than half of the earth’s largest aquifers being depleted. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change predicts that by 2020, upwards of half a billion people worldwide will be facing water stress, while US scientists are predicting an historic mega-drought unless we reduce our greenhouse gas emissions. But droughts don’t only mean a shortage of water, they also lead to a shortage of food.
Pope Francis, in Sweeping Encyclical, Calls for Swift Action on Climate Change
The New York Times - 6/18/2015.
By Jim Yardley and Laurie Goodstein - Pope Francis on Thursday called for a radical transformation of politics, economics and individual lifestyles to confront environmental degradation and climate change, as his much-awaited papal encyclical blended a biting critique of consumerism and irresponsible development with a plea for swift and unified global action.
The Sweet Truth About Maple Syrup
The Cornucopia Institute - 6/18/2015.
By Jérôme Rigot - Many people may wonder why a seemingly natural product such as maple syrup would need to be certified organic. However, the reality is that there are significant differences between conventional and certified organic maple syrup production.
100,000 German beekeepers call for GMO cultivation ban
GM Watch - 6/18/2015.
German beekeepers have called for a nationwide ban on cultivating GM plants, reports the German NGO keine-gentechnik.de. The call by the German Beekeepers Association (DIB), which represents almost 100,000 beekeepers, comes after Europe adopted controversial legislation enabling member states to opt-out of the cultivation of GMOs that have been approved at the EU level.
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