Rooted in Mississippi: MSAN Demonstration Farms Program

rootedmsThe Mississippi Sustainable Agriculture Network has established the Rooted in Mississippi demonstration farm program to incentivize continued sustainable agricultural practices emphasizing organic production and localdistribution by Mississippi farms through support of existing farms falling into one of two categories:


Finally! California becomes first state in U.S. to ban plastic bags

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The first, and hopefully not the last...

This was a long time coming. California's Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill (SB270) that makes his state the first in the U.S. to ban single-use plastic bags. This widens the ban that is already in effect in San Francisco, San Jose and Los Angeles County, among other places, and retailers will have until July 2015 to turn off the litter machine. “This bill is a step in the right direction - it reduces the torrent of plastic polluting our beaches, parks and even the vast ocean itself,” Brown said in a statement Tuesday. “We’re the first to ban these bags, and we won’t be the last.”

Indeed, I hope that other states will follow in California's footsteps, until we eventually have a country-wide ban, or at least a nominal tax, on plastic bags.

Grocers will be required to charge at least 10 cents for each recycled paper bag or reusable bag provided to a customer (going from free to even a small fee makes the total number of bags used plummet, as we've seen in places where a simple plastic bag tax, rather than a complete ban, has been put on the books).


Maine governor signs GMO food labeling bill


(NaturalNews) Food labels aren't telling the whole story. Today's food labels are a mask, a cover-up of sorts. Many people have no clue that their food may contain high levels of toxic heavy metals like aluminum and cadmium. Likewise, many don't know which food products at the grocery store are made with genetically modified ingredients. (more…)

Hawaii’s ‘Big Island’ passes bill forbidding biotechnology companies, GMOs


(NaturalNews) Legislation outlawing all future plantings of genetically-modified organisms (GMOs) as well as the very companies that manufacture and spread them has become law on Hawaii's "Big Island" following the historic passage of Bill 113. According to reports, the new law prohibits biotechnology companies like Monsanto and Dow from further experimenting with GMO crops and seeds on the Big Island, and also forbids any new GMOs from being cultivated there. (more…)

Above the Fold: EPA, Protect Bees!

GT_BeeAd_0Inaction? Intransigence? Negligence? Whatever the right word, we’re reminded that the U.S. is behind the curve when it comes to protecting bees. Yesterday, Europe’s restrictions on bee-harming pesticides went into effect. Today, in a full-page advertisement in the New York Times and six other major papers, Pesticide Action Network (PAN) and over 60 other food, farm, faith, and investor groups called on the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to take action to protect bees. (more…)