|UN Must Include Soil Health in Climate Mitigation Strategies|
Common Dreams - 11/23/2015. By Abigail Seiler, Center for Food Safety - Center for Food Safety (CFS) is calling on world leaders to recognize agro-ecological agriculture as a core climate solution during the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Paris this December. CFS, as part of its newly launched Soil Solutions program, will be attending the talks as an accredited representative, participating in events aimed at raising the profile of carbon sequestration through regenerative agriculture, a strategy that holds great potential to address the climate crisis.
|Soper Farms Triples Net Income Switching From GMO Crops to Organic|
Nation of Change - 11/22/2015. By Ken Roseboro - Making the transition from conventional to organic farming can be a big leap, but Harn Soper will tell you – based on experience – that it is worth it in terms of better crops, soil and financial returns. Soper, a member of a four-generation Iowa farming family, is so convinced of organic farming's value that he has launched a fund, Sustainable Farm Partners, to increase organic farming in Iowa.
|Apocalypse Pig: The Last Antibiotic Begins to Fail|
National Geographic - 11/21/2015. By Maryn McKenna - On Thursday, researchers from several Chinese, British and US universities announced in the journal Lancet Infectious Diseases that they have identified a new form of resistance, to the very last-ditch drug colistin – and that it is present in both meat animals and people, probably comes from agricultural use of that drug, can move easily among bacteria, and may already be spreading across borders. This is very bad news.
|Trade laws undo local progress on food systems|
Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy - 11/20/2015. By Sharon Treat - So much of trade policy involves searching through legal texts and leaked documents for clues about what’s coming next. Careful examination of the recently released text for the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) is already revealing new risks for our food system.