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Paul Sloth

Now you know why I'm not a farmer

In the Aisles
By Paul Sloth June 20, 2012

The folks growing our food, right here in our own state, are either dealing with near drought conditions in the south or flooding up north. Either way, their crops are being affected. You might not notice it or think about it, because there usually isn’t a sign reading, “Sorry, no strawberries this year. The heat ate them.” But what if there was?

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Your Board

Learning to BAG IT: Giving up plastic, one bag at a time

Sounding Board
By Your Board June 12, 2012

It’s been nearly a month since I attended the Outpost screening of the movie Bag It.  And I have to hand it to Director Suzan Beraza.  Choosing Jeb Berrier as the focus of the movie was absolutely brilliant.  He’s a believable "everyman” whose experience with plastic isn’t so different from every one of ours. He’s not an avid environmentalist or a radical.  He’s just a guy in a world filled (increasingly) with plastic.  Best of all, he has a sense of humor about it, which makes the movie engaging and genuinely entertaining.

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Your Board

An Interesting essay on the ethics of what we eat

Sounding Board
By Your Board May 22, 2012

Many owners in the Outpost community, as well as in the general community, have given a great deal of thought to the issue of eating animal products, notably meat.  For people who care, it is a subject layered with many dimensions:  family tradition, spiritual beliefs, political/economic convictions, dietary needs, and consideration for the roles animals play in our lives

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Malcolm Woods

Slimed: beef mix exposes our conflicted relationship with food

Postscript
By Malcolm Woods March 26, 2012

There has been a lot of talk lately about "pink slime." That's the term a former USDA official gave to a commercially prepared mixture of beef trimmings, dosed with a puff of ammonia to thwart germs and often mixed with ground beef as a cost cutting measure.

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Pam Mehnert

52 Things I Learned in One Year - Part 3 of 3

A Year of Inconvenience
By Pam Mehnert January 13, 2012

Repeat after me – I am not a quitter - I am not a quitter. Well I guess “life” happened since my last blog post, as I have blissfully ignored the fact I haven’t yet completed my list of lessons.

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Pam Mehnert

52 Things I Learned in One Year - Part 2 of 3

A Year of Inconvenience
By Pam Mehnert January 13, 2012

Ah, what was I thinking when I came up with the notion of writing about 52 lessons learned? One lesson per week of my challenge - that should be a piece of cake. Okay then maybe I just have a bad old case of writers block.

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Malcolm Woods

The Natural War of the Words

Postscript
By Malcolm Woods October 17, 2011

A new report is generating buzz in the natural foods industry. The Cornucopia Institute, a Wisconsin-based advocacy group which pushes for sustainable and organic agriculture, tested a number of natural and organic cereal brands and found that many of the cereals labeled as natural contained evidence of genetically modified products (GMOs). Further, the report suggests that “natural” cereals may contain pesticide residues.

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Malcolm Woods

Loaves and (GMO) Fishes

Postscript
By Malcolm Woods October 10, 2011

A news report today says an approval of the first genetically-modified animal for human consumption is now in final review at the federal level.

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Malcolm Woods

Small town grocers and sustainability

Postscript
By Malcolm Woods July 8, 2011

An article in USA Today about the declining number of independent grocery stores in small towns across the country is a compelling argument to buy local.

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Malcolm Woods

Bend their ear

Postscript
By Malcolm Woods July 7, 2011

The Obama administration look set to approve a new genetically engineered corn, designed to better tolerate drought conditions, but you still have time to let the USDA know how you feel.

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Malcolm Woods

Milwaukee plays chicken

Postscript
By Malcolm Woods May 24, 2011

Keeping chickens is now legal in the city of Milwaukee.

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Malcolm Woods

Fueling higher prices?

Postscript
By Malcolm Woods April 7, 2011

The sharply rising demand for biofuels around the globe is likely helping increase food prices, as nations cope with a difficult decision - whether to grow crops for fuel or for food.

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Malcolm Woods

Catch a Bee Movie at the Times

Postscript
By Malcolm Woods March 25, 2011

Since 2006, the number of honeybee colonies in the United States has dropped precipitously. What are all those empty and abandoned hives telling us? A new documentary that tries to answer the question will air next week at the Time Cinema on Milwaukee's west side.
 

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Malcolm Woods

A Rally for GMO Labels

Postscript
By Malcolm Woods March 23, 2011

A series of rallies demanding that foods containing Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) be labeled is planned for this coming weekend.

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Malcolm Woods

The inside dope on iodine

Postscript
By Malcolm Woods March 16, 2011

The nuclear crisis in Japan has triggered a run on potassium iodide supplements in the US, but is it much ado about nothing?

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Malcolm Woods

Growing Power's Next Challenge: Growing Jobs

Postscript
By Malcolm Woods March 8, 2011

A new program run by Milwaukee's Growing Power that hopes to boost inner city food production and provide up to 150 jobs has received funding from the city.

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Malcolm Woods

Milwaukee considering urban farms

Postscript
By Malcolm Woods February 21, 2011

The city of Milwaukee today will consider a proposal by Growing Power to create urban farms that would offer employment and training to inner city residents.

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Malcolm Woods

Raw milk fight to be felt by cheesemakers?

Postscript
By Malcolm Woods February 8, 2011

Is the FDA going to make it harder for you to enjoy some of your favorite cheeses?

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Malcolm Woods

Feds release new dietary guidelines

Postscript
By Malcolm Woods February 1, 2011

The Federal government has just released updated dietary guidelines - but not much has changed.
 

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Malcolm Woods

A year of elementary eating

Postscript
By Malcolm Woods January 21, 2011

The lunch lady's secret.

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