Friday, October 28, 2011

Lauren's Farm And Food Roundup

LaurenAn update from the National Sustainable Agriculture Committee on the progress of what could pan out to be the speediest Farm Bill on record. The proposal, which will reflect a net $23 billion cut in mandatory farm bill spending over the next decade, is to be submitted by the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction by November 1st. And could mean that you and I have no say in the Farm Bill.

Rural activists are proving that you don’t need to be anywhere near Wall Street to be a part of the Occupy Movement. Living on Earth’s Bruce Gellerman talks with a Nebraska-native who is occupying her pasture in solidarity with the 99 percent.


U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree announced her introduction of the Local Farms, Food and Jobs Act that would reroute some federal subsidies from large-scale industrial producers to small, often family-owned local farms.

It’s almost time for a Boo-rito! Head into a Chipotle on Halloween in a costume inspired by the family farm and get a $2 burrito—all the proceeds will benefit Farm Aid and The Chipotle Cultivate Foundation!

Drought and disease in states such as Georgia and Texas have caused a peanut shortage that may cause a 25 to 40 percent spike in the price of peanut butter in the coming weeks. If you’re a PB&J fanatic, it may be time to stock up.

Check out these photos of how people across the country celebrated Food Day last weekend!

In the UK, a farmer was tasked with growing Mickey Mouse pumpkins for DisneyLand Paris. Check them out!


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