Monthly Archives: December 2009

New Study on Feeding the World

Friends of the Earth, a UK-based organization whose campaigns are for “Fair Future, Healthy Planet, Safe Climate, and Smart Economy” recently came out with an interesting new study.

The group claims that it is possible for us to feed the growing global population sustainably, and that it is in our power to push back against big agribusiness companies and better the state of the world in the process.  Their main finding:

Despite pushes from agribusiness to intensify farming to feed a growing global population that is expected to reach over nine billion by 2050, the researchers found that a diet equivalent to eating meat three times a week would allow forests to remain untouched, animals to be farmed in free-range conditions and greener farming methods to be used.

Something to think about as we go back home for break and might run into some naysayers about sustainable agriculture.

Read the whole press release at http://www.foe.co.uk/resource/press_releases/eating_the_planet_11112009.htm

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Regional Food Summit Thursday!

Do you care about farming, food, or Vermont?  Then you’re invited!  The Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund has launched a farm-to-plate initiative with the goal of creating a 10-year strategic plan for Vermont’s farm and food sectors.  In order to create a sound plan, they’re in the process of holding regional summits all over Vermont to gather stakeholder input.  The Northeast Kingdom regional summit will be held on Thursday, Dec. 3rd, from 3-7pm at Lake Region Union High School.  If you’re interested in going from Sterling, talk to Anna Schulz (aschulz@sterlingcollege.edu).   More info can be found here and there’s an agenda posted on Anna’s door (across from the copy room in Kane).

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