Digest: Ballard’s green goal, save the milkweed, bovine accents

Sustainable Ballard: Ballard, a protectorate of Seattle and home to two of the Ethicurean team, intends to become the first carbon-neutral community in the United States.

Boston Globe: Heartfelt editorial about the need to save the beautiful monarch butterfly and the milkweed — the only plant on which it lays eggs — from extinction. Both are quickly disappearing from the American landscape.

BBC News: Language experts claim that cows (at least English cows) have regional accents. One farmer reports that his cows moo with a Somerset drawl.

Southeast Farm Press: Full Belly Farm in Guinda, CA, has won one of the USDA's four 2006 Patrick Madden Awards for Sustainable Agriculture.

Common Ground magazine: Why organic food is more expensive.

Orange County Register: Thanks to one conscientious food-services director, the Anaheim Convention Center is starting to serve more sustainable food.

Arcata Eye: Demand for organic food and farming is increasing in northern California's Humboldt County.

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