What we're reading this week 1/26/2016

Meet The Most Pampered Vegetables In America



There's a small corner of the restaurant world where food is art and the plate is just as exquisite as the mouthful.In this world, chefs are constantly looking for new creative materials for the next stunning presentation.The tiny community of farmers who grow vegetables for the elite chefs prize creativity, too, not just in what they grow but in how they grow it. Read more >>



How ‘Natural Geoengineering’Can Help Slow Global Warming

Environment 360


An overlooked tool in fighting climate change is enhancing biodiversity to maximize the ability of ecosystems to store carbon. Key to that strategy is preserving top predators to control populations of herbivores, whose grazing reduces the amount of CO2 that ecosystems absorb.  Read more >>



Potential Contamination in Inputs: How it is addressed in the organic standards

Rodale Institute


Potential Contamination in Inputs: How it is addressed in the organic standards  Read more >>



What Happens to All the Salt We Dump On the Roads?



In the U.S., road crews scatter about 137 pounds of salt per person annually to melt ice. Where does it go after that?Read more: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/what-happens-to-all-the-salt-we-dump-on-the-roads-180948079/#fMdk3D6Xv5WmVBpv.99Give the gift of Smithsonian magazine for only $12! http://bit.ly/1cGUiGvFollow us: @SmithsonianMag on TwitterConsider how easily salt can corrode your car. Unsurprisingly, it's also a problem for the surrounding environment—so much that in 2004, Canada categorized road salt as a toxin and placed new guidelines on its use. And as more and more of the U.S. becomes urbanized and suburbanized, and as a greater number of roads criss-cross the landscape, the mounting piles of salt we dump on them may be getting to be a bigger problem than ever. Read more >>



10 Farmer Training Programs Helping Veterans Heal

Food Tank


As the global farmer population ages, it is imperative that new farmers are recruited and trained to feed the world’s growing population. Programs across the United States are looking to one highly-qualified group to fill this gap: military veterans. The U.S. armed forces are expected to shed 250,000 veterans per year for the next several years, and many of these men and women will be hoping to build a new life. According to the Farmer Veteran Coalition (FVC), agriculture lends itself to the unique qualities and character of veterans. Growing food allows veterans to put these qualities to work in a way that helps them heal their wounds, feed their communities, and protect the environment for future generations. Here are ten programs around the country helping veterans transition to a healthy, happy life as farmers. Read more >>



Can Cover Crops Help Farmers Cut Back On Fertilizer?



“Eighty percent of [nitrogen fertilizer] production is from natural gas,” That puts corn and wheat among the most energy intensive crops grown in the U.S. But natural gas isn’t the only way to get nitrogen. Farmers can make their own, right in the field, by growing cover crops between one year’s harvest and the next year’s planting. Read more >>



Thou Shalt Not Toss Food: Enlisting Religious Groups To Fight Waste



The Environmental Protection Agency on Monday launched the Food Steward's Pledge, an initiative to engage religious groups of all faiths to help redirect the food that ends up in landfills to hungry mouths. It's one piece of the agency's larger plan to reduce food waste by 50 percent by 2030. Read more >>