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SOIL YOURSELF

Websites that connect would-be farmers to land are blooming

A new website called the Midwest Farm Connection aims to connect new farmers with established farmland owners, and to the resources they need to get a sustainable operation up and running -- from small-business advice to lists of possible funding sources. Farmers can also post classifieds with equipment for sale and internship opportunities. A project of the Illinois-based Land Connection, the site just launched, so there were only five listings of land available to start, ranging from 4.4 acres of former horse pasture near Madison, WI, to a certified organic 34-acre property in Indiana perfect for "a small holding farm, …

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Don't you antitrust us

Seedy tactics in Iowa and Norway in the news this week

Monsanto's Roundup Ready soybean seedPhoto: MonsantoThe first in a series of daylong federally sponsored workshops kicked off today in Ankeny, Iowa, to debate whether consolidation in agriculture -- in particular in the seed industry -- has stifled competition and harmed farmers. While it may be much more convenient for farmers to do their one-stop seed shopping at Monsanto, DuPont, and Syngenta, et al -- assuming they don't mind that the selection is starting to resemble Soviet-era grocery stores -- it certainly hasn't saved them money. In the past year, farmers have paid 32 percent more for corn seed and 24 …

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Good, butter, best

Meryl Streep more of a food activist than Julia Child ever was

Big bird: Meryl Streep as Julia Child in "Julie & Julia."(Sony Pictures)On Sunday, veteran actress Meryl Streep has a chance to take home her third Oscar, for portraying Julia Child in Nora Ephron's film "Julie & Julia." (It's Streep's 16th nomination.) As charming as Streep is as the towering, funny-voiced woman who revolutionized American cooking, she deserves more accolades for another role she has played in the history of food in America: that of longtime activist. Over at the Natural Resource Defense Council's site Simplesteps.org, Wendy Gordon interviews Streep about her involvement in the environmental and food movements. The two …

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Clif Bar’s husband-and-wife CEO team talk about staying independent in a Big Organic world

Kit Crawford and Gary Erickson. Photo: Bart Nagel Walk into Clif Bar's Berkeley headquarters, and you might think you've entered greenie-nonprofit world: multiple recycling stations, cruiser bikes kept for employees' lunchtime use, and a fridge that serves as a pickup point for a local farm's community-supported agriculture program. Vending machines peddle Amy's Organic frozen meals and healthy snacks and drinks. A Coke machine provides the exception that proves the rule: Sustainability is a priority here. Hard to believe this is the headquarters of a company with estimated revenues north of $150 million last year. But Clif Bar's atypical in lots …

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Author Claire Hope Cummings dishes the dirt on genetically modified food

One of the most encouraging things about the sustainable-food movement is how effortlessly it crosses traditional political-party, religious, ethnic, and other lines. The right to good, clean, and fair food, to borrow Slow Food's shorthand, seems to unite people who'd never otherwise find themselves chatting at the same party: Home schoolers and dreadlocked hippies, libertarian DIYers and heartland moms. Claire Hope Cummings. Photo: Bart Nagel But there are little pockets of polarization where brawls can break out. One of them is the so-called elitism of such food. The biggest hot-button issue by far, though, is that of transgenic crops. The …

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