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Cromag's Blog – April 2009 Archive (9)

H.R. 875 Hysteria Debunked by

March 27th, 2009

This is a Re-post from in case someone wanted to add comments on this topic.


Would a new bill in Congress make my backyard organic garden illegal?

This one keeps hitting my inbox.


Hello friends and fellow citizens,



Added by Cromag on April 30, 2009 at 9:39am — No Comments

Earth Day April 22nd! 2009 - What are you doing to celebrate?

Earth Day is a name used for two different observances, both held annually during spring in the Northern Hemisphere, and during autumn in the Southern Hemisphere.

These are intended to inspire awareness of and appreciation for the Earth's environment. The United Nations celebrates Earth Day -- which was founded by John McConnell in 1969 -- each year on the March equinox.

In addition, a global observance -- originated by Gaylord Nelson as an environmental… Continue

Added by Cromag on April 22, 2009 at 2:50pm — No Comments

Lost your Job? Start a local Urban Farming Service!

Entrepreneurs turn clients’ land into household pantry

Want a garden without having to pick up a shovel?...

Want to feed your family with healthy organic foods?

Donna Smith and Robyn Streeter, collectively called Your Backyard Farmer, are just beginning their second season in business and already are in the black —or should we say green.

Their formula: transform ordinary yards into personal farmers markets, leaving weekly harvests in wicker baskets… Continue

Added by Cromag on April 16, 2009 at 11:00am — No Comments

Ooooby is here! (Out of Our Own Back Yards)

Ooooby – Out Of Our Own Backyards – a Ning social network dedicated to connecting for food growers and locavores, and working towards a “goal of food interdependence”. Ooooby is about Building web solutions to inspire, encourage and enable people to grow food and connect with other food growers and locavores.

Things to do on Ooooby

* Connect with others in your area in order to share food, seedlings, seeds, information and more.… Continue

Added by Cromag on April 13, 2009 at 10:00am — No Comments

David Beats (Monsanto) Goliath

Percy Schmeiser, a long time farmer and farm equipment dealer from the small rural community of Bruno Saskatchewan has been growing canola -- the yellow-blossomed oilseed that used to be known as rapeseed -- for 40 years, and he knows his stuff. He's been experimenting, developing his own varieties, using his own seed and generally prospering with canola. reaping the benefits derived from growing an increasingly popular crop.

So when Monsanto, the giant multinational agro-chemical… Continue

Added by Cromag on April 13, 2009 at 1:00am — No Comments

10 Things We Didn’t Know About Food

How the authors of the new [book] Rough Guide to Food lost their appetites for the food industry.

by George Miller and Katharine Reeve


A surprise consequence of writing a book about food was that we lost our appetite. A month in, we realized we had underestimated just how devastating the effects of our industrial food systems are on our health, animal welfare, climate change… Continue

Added by Cromag on April 12, 2009 at 7:30pm — No Comments

NOT for Cancer Prevention: The National Cancer Institute (NCI) and the American Cancer Society (ACS)

The American Cancer Society's mission statement says it is dedicated to "preventing cancer and saving lives—through research education, advocacy, and service." Yet what the Society seems to do best is accumulate wealth

Both the National Cancer Institute and the American Cancer Society (ACS) are fixated on damage control—screening, diagnosis, and treatment—and genetic research, and are largely indifferent to cancer prevention.

Of an approximately $4.6 billion 2003… Continue

Added by Cromag on April 11, 2009 at 1:00am — 1 Comment

Spoiled: Organic and Local Is So 2008

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Spoiled: Organic and Local Is So 2008

By Paul Roberts | Mon March 2, 2009 4:28 PM PST

a couple years back, in a wheat field outside the town of Reardan, Washington, Fred Fleming spent an afternoon showing me just how hard it's gotten to save the world. After… Continue

Added by Cromag on April 10, 2009 at 1:04am — No Comments

Opinion Laundering

Mar 29th, 2006

by Dan Gillmor.

In "Think Tanks for Sale," Slate’s Timothy Noah exclaims:

Among the many revelations of the scandal surrounding the Washington lobbyist Jack Abramoff is the remarkable degree to which the capital’s think tank “scholars” can be bought.

It’s absolutely true. The sleaze [that] Noah documents so well in this posting is well worth a look (and, I… Continue

Added by Cromag on April 9, 2009 at 3:00pm — No Comments

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