FarmsReach Social Media Roundup

On the FarmsReach Facebook and Twitter pages, we post a mix of news, inspirational quotes, photos and more each day.

For those who shy away from the information overload of tracking each of these social sites, here is your monthly “best of” roundup of posts.

If you like, you can “Like” us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter to access the information flow. Otherwise, we hope you enjoy our digest of best picks!

Organic vs. ‘Climate-Smart’: Can the UN Fix Farming in Time?, Civil Eats
From the United Nations Climate Summit to the People’s Climate March and the accompanying Flood Wall Street action, all eyes have been on the climate this week. Amidst heated discussions of global policy change, greenhouse gases, and emissions caps, food and farming–and the impact they are having on climate change – were also in the spotlight. After all, agriculture is one of largest contributors of human-caused emissions.

California Takes a Bite Out of Farmers Market Fraud, CUESA
Most people take it for granted that all the fruits and vegetables at the farmers market are grown by the farmers who are selling them. And with good reason: the purpose of farmers markets is to foster direct relationships between producers and consumers. Values like knowing your farmer, transparency, and nurturing the local foodshed are at the core of why people shop at farmers markets. A new law boosts enforcement to weed out vendors who are cheating the system.

USDA Program Boosts Small and Family Ag Producers, Center for Rural Affairs
Small farm and ranch businesses just got a boost from the U.S. Department of Agriculture! Through the Value Added Producer Grant Program, USDA is investing $25 million in 247 businesses in 46 states. The funds will be used to create or expand value-added agricultural products.

Judge tosses suit by 6 states over California law on eggs, SF Gate
The latest in a long series of lawsuits by egg producers looking to stall the humane egg rules going into effect in California this January has been tossed out. All eggs produced outside the California for sale inside the state will have to adhere to the same standards as the ones produced in-state. And while the Humane Society of the U.S. says those standards mean cage-free production, some egg producers are hoping to move to larger “enriched cages” instead.

In virtual mega-drought, California avoids defeat, LA Times
A few years ago a group of researchers used computer modeling to put California through a nightmare scenario: Seven decades of unrelenting mega-drought similar to those that dried out the state in past millennia.

Serious about saving the bees? Time to rethink agriculture, Grist
It’s not as easy as banning pesticides and boosting honeybees. We need to make our farms function more like wild ecosystems.

The Amish Farmers Reinventing Organic Agriculture, The Atlantic
By studying the immune systems of plants, they’ve developed a technique that eliminates the need for chemicals.

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