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October Food & Farms in the News

From “Hungry Planet.”     China: The Dong family of Beijing. Food expenditure for one week: 1,233.76 Yuan or $155.06. Favorite foods: fried shredded pork with sweet and sour sauce.

In an update on their fascinating project “Hungry Planet: What the World Eats“, Peter Menzel and Faith D’Aluisio traveled the world documenting everything that an average family consumes in a given week, and what it costs — and laid it out in visual, thought-provoking detail.

One last bit about the erroneous claim that GMO labeling would increase food prices.

Go, Mark Bittman, go:  “The question ‘How will we feed the world?’ implies that we have no choice but to intensify industrial agriculture, with more high-tech seeds, chemicals and collateral damage. Yet there are other, better options.”

Oh, GREAT.  “Zombie” endocrine disruptors “rise from the dead” of industrial cattle production. 

Sort of like war-profiteering, only farm-ier:  5 Ways Monsanto Wants to Profit Off Climate Change.

Another beautiful pictorial feature from Modern Farmer– a tribute to a young fallen farmer in Illinois.

A sweet puff piece about a phone call between Carlo Petrini, the President of Slow Food, and Pope Francis.

Faced with indifference and lack of regulation, farmers (a.k.a. “citizen scientists”) engage in some DIY testing for pesticide drift

As is our tradition, we end on an optimistic note: 14 Reasons to Be Hopeful About the Future of Food.