Fred Kirschenmann, a leader in the sustainable food movement, completes his reflections upon the future of agriculture.
Fred Kirschenmann, a long-time leader in the sustainable agriculture movement, Distinguished Fellow at the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture, and a third-generation farmer (an organic farmer himself), offers some thoughtful reflections upon the future of agriculture. Kirschenmann points out that much of what made modern industrial agriculture possible, depended upon relatively mild and stable climate [...]
Cooking Up a Story: Food News Fred Kirschenmann steadfastly warns us, conventional agriculture, and its heavy dependence upon fossil fuels, and irrigated water, simply will not continue to offer a viable means for feeding the world. We have been drawing upon nature’s reserves of stored energy (hydrocarbons) and water resources at unsustainable rates, and those [...]
Across the national landscape, family farmers have been for decades a declining breed. The national average age of farmers is 57, and climbing. Fertile land is diminishing. Purchasing affordable farmland for new farmers poses severe challenges. Listening to Michael Pollan, perhaps the closest this country has to a patron saint of food, during a recent [...]
Damascus, Oregon (population: 10,000) ponders how to integrate existing urban agriculture into its future urban fabric. Damascus, Oregon is located about 20 miles southeast of Portland, incorporating the surrounding communities of Damascus and Carver to become a city in 2004. It occupies roughly 10,000 acres (16 miles); now designated inside the Portland Metropolitan urban growth [...]
As a young farmer experiences the springtime cash flow crisis, the USDA offers no direct financial help, a catch-22 situation impossible for new family farmers
Courtesy of our friends at Edible Portland Magazine Fall 2007 Issue: In Search of the Elusive Mushroom By Ellen Jackson Chanterelles grow exuberantly in the Northwest, and the golden (or yellow) variety is easy to find and identify—if you can persuade someone in the know to tell you where exactly to look. Wild mushroom hunting [...]
Cooking Up a Story: Food News Furthering the conversation, Dan Imhoff explains how there are cracks appearing in the alliance. A number of opposing interest groups may be coming together to push the Farm Bill toward rewarding better farming practices: encouraging farmers to grow nutritious foods, and employ farming methods that preserve the land for [...]