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No Farms, No Food, No Future: American Farmland Trust Releases New Report On The Loss Of Farmland

Between 1992 and 2012, almost 31 million acres of farmland were lost, equal to all the farmland in Iowa. Expanding urban areas accounted for 59 percent of the loss.

American Farmland Trust
May 9, 2018
(Must see. Mike)

Washington, DC – Today, American Farmland Trust releases the most comprehensive assessment ever undertaken of the loss of U.S. farmland and ranchland. “Farms Under Threat: The State of America’s Farmland” sounds a stark warning: The loss of farmland is serious and will accelerate unless we take action. Among the report’s key findings:

• Between 1992 and 2012, almost 31 million acres of farmland were lost, equal to all the farmland in Iowa,
• Nearly twice the area of farmland was lost than was previously shown,
• 11 million of those acres were among the best farmland in the nation,
• Development disproportionately occurred on agricultural lands, with 62 percent of all development occurring on farmland, and
• Expanding urban areas accounted for 59 percent of the loss. Low-density residential development, or the building of houses on 1-to-20-acre parcels, accounted for 41 percent.

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Electric Composter ‘Red Dragon’ – GG02 returns to City Farmer’s Garden

Rachel Wong next to GG02 at City Farmer.

Microbes come from the deep sea, and have the unique ability to compost food waste aerobically in 24 hours

By Rachel Wong
Oklin Regional Manager – North/South America

Oklin is very excited to announce the arrival of the GG02 composting machines! Previously known as the Red Dragon composter, this machine is able to turn 4kg of food waste into compost in 24 hours with the use of microbes.

These microbes come from the deep sea, and have the unique ability to compost food waste aerobically in 24 hours under the optimal conditions the machine offer – oxygen, heat and agitation. It is a natural composting cycle similar to backyard composting!

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Outside London, British Jewry’s first communal farm in decades takes root

Talia Chain showing off the Havdalah area of her Sadeh Jewish farm near London, April 17, 2018. (Cnaan Liphshiz)

The Jewish couple from London city instead moved last year to the capital’s agricultural outskirts

By Cnaan Liphshiz
JTA
May 3, 2018

Excerpt:

“Judaism is at its core an agricultural religion, but so many of us have lost touch with that cornerstone of our faith,” said Chain, a self-described “city girl” whose new look features baggy pants, low-heeled boots and a wild mane of wavy red hair. But amid growing popularity for environmentalism, especially among young Jews who shun organized religion, “there is a great potential for engagement,” she said.

That’s why in 2016, Chain set up Sadeh farm, whose name means “field” in Hebrew, at the Skeet Hill House — a Jewish community resort 15 miles southeast of London’s center. It has an indoor swimming pool, kosher kitchen, dormitories and a large plot of land that once was disused and covered in weeds.

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