back the clones
your chance to comment on the FDA's plans to unleash unlabeled
cloned animal products on the American public. The opportunity to
make your voice heard closes April 3. In case you missed it in our
news section last month, learn
more about the issue here.
Novel water purifier works without
chlorine; eyed for produce washing
University of Delaware researchers have developed an inexpensive,
nonchlorine-based technology that can remove harmful microorganisms,
including viruses, from drinking water.
UD's patented technology incorporates highly reactive iron in
the filtering process to deliver a chemical “knock-out punch”
to a host of notorious pathogens, from E. coli to rotavirus. The
new technology could dramatically improve the safety of drinking
water around the globe, particularly in developing countries.
Besides helping to safeguard drinking water, the UD technology
may have applications in agriculture. Integrated into the wash-water
system at a produce-packing house, it could help clean and safeguard
fresh and “ready to eat” vegetables, particularly leafy
greens like lettuce and spinach, as well as fruit, according to
Factory farming hearing
series continues through November
An April 9 to 11 meeting in North Carolina is the next in a series
of public hearings being hosted by the National Commission on Industrial
Farm Animal Production.
The task of the commission, an independent entity launched by the
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, is to examine the
impact of factory farming on public health, the environment, rural
areas and animal welfare.
Invited to speak are family farmers, citizens in communities affected
by factory farming and others who have particular knowledge of the
and registration to testify
Sites visually romance Iowa’s
Place-based Iowa foods are getting a boost from a new website that
tries to find an authentic, Midwestern way to honor products that
are closely tied to the land, people and cultures that produce them.
The Iowa Arts Council produces the site, which features 10 items
in a series of photos, brief or long narratives, audio clips, list
of establishments where the items are sold and background on learning
to cherish food with strong ties to place.
The site was developed with funding from the Leopold Center for
Sustainable Agriculture as a way to increase opportunities for Iowa’s
….and local in all of
NewEnglandGrown is a new webzine devoted to New England agriculture
and food. Its third electronic edition came out in February.
Content will include articles, recipes and interviews about New
England farming, as well as a listing of upcoming events of interest
like festivals, open-farm days, country fairs and agricultural workshops.
Goals are to increase the vitality of local food systems, preserve
open space and strengthen rural New England communities.
Editor Kathleen Weldon included a profile on “Local Food
Dude” Tom Cipriano of Bloomfield, Connecticut, and how he
is bringing more local fresh fruits and vegetables into the district’s
Group demands USDA enforce organic
A Wisconsin organic watchdog group recently notified the USDA
of its intention to file a complaint in federal district court accusing
the agency of ignoring the organic regulations, and the intent of
Congress, by their failure to enforce parts of the law on organic
The Cornucopia Institute says it supports the efforts of several
organic dairy groups who recently asked the USDA to crack down on
an increasing number of industrial-scale factory-farms that are
producing organic milk without meeting what the groups say is the
clear intent of the law.
"There are five sections in the federal organic standards
that relate to pasture and grazing. Taken together they leave little
doubt as to what is expected of organic livestock producers,"
said Jim Riddle, of the University of Minnesota and former chair
of the National Organic Standards Board. "It is no coincidence
that except for the handful of mega-farms, all of the nation’s
organic dairy farmers, and most of the certifiers that inspect them,
understand that grazing is required and operate their farms in accordance
with the law."