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April 6, 2004

RESEARCH

LOW-COST WAY TO INCREASE YIELDS
From The New Farm®, www.newfarm.org
Cultivating beneficial soil fungi can increase yields and it's easy. The Rodale Institue's breakthrough research on this low-cost, on-farm system for producing mycorrhizal fungi inoculant takes another step forward, and we have the latest.
http://www.newfarm.org/redirect/cs3/myco.php

ISSUE

MAN WHO SHOT THE MAD COW TAKES AIM AT THE USDA
From The New Farm®, www.newfarm.org
After witnessing what he described as a blatant cover-up, Dave Louthan, a former slaughterhouse worker, resigns in protest and undertakes a one-man crusade to expose the truth about BSE in the USA.
http://www.newfarm.org/redirect/cs3/louthan.php

MICRO-
ORGANISMS

USING THE ORDINARY FOR EXTRAORDINARY ON-FARM RESULTS
From The New Farm®, www.newfarm.org
Philippine farmer and scientist Gil Carandang has a cure-all that brings new life to everything it touches, and you'll never believe what it's made from. An early-spring California workshop featured Gil's cheap and ultra-effective method for harnessing local microorganisms and coached farmers how to use these invisible workhorses on their farms.
http://www.newfarm.org/redirect/cs3/gil.php

ISSUE

THINKING UPSTREAM
From The New Farm®, www.newfarm.org
Our conventional agricultural system is like chemotherapy for the soil … kill everything and hope it solves the problem. But what caused the cancer in the first place, and what can we do about it? Mary-Howell Martens reflects on soil and demands we begin thinking upstream--looking for root causes and real solutions to our agricultural challenges.
http://www.newfarm.org/redirect/cs3/upstream.php

MARKET

A FARMERS' MARKET RINGS IN 30 YEARS
From The New Farm®, www.newfarm.org
The Davis Farmers' Market attracts 6,000 to 8,000 people each week and features nearly 100 vendors from all over California. Annual gross sales top $1.5 million. This original producer-only market shows how it's done.
http://www.newfarm.org/redirect/cs3/davis.php

MARKET

LOCAL FOOD SPARKS CONSPIRACY THEORY IN CA
From The New Farm®, www.newfarm.org
The watermelon radish: Conspiracy from the left or the right … or just a darned good heirloom daikon? Those were among the suspicions raised by this ancient veggie at a recent event in Santa Cruz designed to introduce consumers to local food producers.
http://www.newfarm.org/redirect/cs3/radish.php

ISSUE

MEATY REASONS TO GO ORGANIC
From The New Farm®, www.newfarm.org
With BSE an issue, why eat organic beef? Regs keep risky feeds out of the system while strict tracking from field to store provide consumers with additional assurances.
http://www.newfarm.org/redirect/cs3/orgbeef.php

PROFILE

SHOOTING STAR
From The New Farm®, www.newfarm.org
David and Edie Griffiths, owners of Seven Stars Dairy, reflect on nearly two decades in the biodynamic yogurt business.
http://www.newfarm.org/redirect/cs3/sevenstars.php

LIVESTOCK

STRESS DOWN AT ROUNDUP
From The New Farm®, www.newfarm.org
Intelligent, humane livestock handling methods improve the management experience for people and animals. Hear it from the handlers mouth – how to "stress down" your cattle when it's roundup time.
http://www.newfarm.org/redirect/cs3/stressdown.php

PROFILE

WHERE CABBAGES AND CHEMICALS REIGN SUPREME, TOKI KUROIWA QUIETLY DOES THINGS HER WAY
From The New Farm®, www.newfarm.org
The Tsumagoi region in Gunma prefecture is all about uniformity. Toki Kuroiwa takes a different path, however, carrying on the pioneering Natural Agriculture ways of her late son. Her urban customers have turned into workers and friends, while her neighbors are slowly being won over by a system that works – without chemicals.
http://www.newfarm.org/redirect/cs3/toki.php

PROFILE

BIODYNAMIC BANANAS START A TREND
From The New Farm®, www.newfarm.org
Three-quarters of all bananas exported from the Dominican Republic are now certified organic. Six years ago, none were. Biodynamic farming pioneers, Christoph and Annelien Meier, revolutionized banana production in the Dominican Republic and continue the tradition despite increased pressure from large agri-corporations entering the organic market.
http://www.newfarm.org/redirect/cs3/biobanana.php

GREENHOUSE

THE GANDHI OF GREENHOUSES
From The New Farm®, www.newfarm.org
Eager students flock to rural Pennsylvania from near and far to learn from Steve Moore, the master of low-input season extension. Simple in design and construction, yet sophisticated in management, Moore's greenhouses have a truly tiny environmental footprint and a huge positive economic impact on the farm. They are now, in a word, sustainable.
http://www.newfarm.org/redirect/cs3/moore.php