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Urban farmers confront zoning regulations in, around Kansas City

Plowing up zoning restrictions: As urban farming grows, so do conflicts between city zoning laws and farmers. The Kansas City, Mo., City Council is looking to ease some restrictions, while other cities in the area stand firm. The issues — involving where these farmers can farm and sell produce, as well as...

Kansas Senate leaves rBST milk labels on ag committee floor

No crying over milk labeling: The Kansas Senate apparently won't even attempt to override former Gov. Kathleen Sebelius's veto of legislation (as described in the Lawrence Journal-World) bearing complicated milk-labeling rules. The proposed law would have restricted dairies that wanted to tell customers...

CSA to deliver education along with produce

God willing and the creek don't rise, I'll be picking up my first CSA delivery of the year in late April. When I do, it will be the 16th consecutive spring that the Rolling Prairie farmers have unloaded their goods and distributed them to subscribers in Lawrence, Kansas. Those facts — the 16th year and the...

Digest – News: Mega-McDonald’s, bathing moo-ties, and CA Senate embraces food

No budget, but an awesome mandate: The California state Senate reforms its agriculture committee - traditionally a buddy of the state's industrial produce contingent - to prioritize issues such as sustainable agriculture, food safety, animal welfare, and food security. Berkeley/Oakland Senator Loni Hancock...

Digest – News: Ritchie for AgSec, Kansas kraziness, FDA pats itself on back

The best and the brightest: Foodie luminaries, among them Michael Pollan and Alice Waters, send a letter to Obama calling for a Secretary of Ag who will deliver on sustainability. Mark Ritchie makes the list (yeah!). (NYT blog) Meanwhile, environmental groups send their own 391-page policy wish list to the...

Sweet potatoes provide Kansans multiple culinary possibilities and new crop potential

One Kansas City-area program had lots of sweet potato plants, while another had people who know how to cook sweet-potato greens. The two got together recently and showed off the culinary possibilities to a gathering of people interested in good food and sustainable agriculture. The result was an array of...

Foxes guarding the hen house, or how politics trumps qualifications at DHS

Did you hear the one about how our great, politically appointed bureaucrats bypassed better-qualified locations for the planned National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility in favor of one with more desirable political connections? Makes me feel all cozy and protected knowing the care with which our Department of...

Local food promoted as economic development tool

It's one of the ironies of our food system that here in Kansas, one of the largest agriculture states in the union, we don't have a whole lot of local food. It doesn't have to be that way. What's more, a turnaround in that situation is a good economic development plan. That was the message that two...

Local meat gets star treatment at Kansas farmers market

Kansas may be the beef capital (PDF) of the United States, but people here aren't necessarily eating beef from the neighborhood. To introduce people in the Lawrence area to local meats — including many that are not from cattle — the Downtown Lawrence Farmers Market had its third annual "Local Meat: It's...

Gary Nabhan wants you to go native for SOLE food

Could native foods be the next big thing in eating? Some people, Gary Nabhan in particular, are working to push things in that direction. Nabhan, a noted conservation scientist at the Northern Arizona University, is a founder of the Renewing America's Food Traditions (RAFT) Alliance and may be the original...

Bread rises, and not just from yeast

Around the world there’s growing talk about food crisis as grain prices soar and supplies plummet. They’re talking food riots. And the American Bakers Association marched on Washington. Meanwhile, in the breadbasket of the nation (a.k.a. Kansas), the price of bread rose yesterday in its...

Kansas Legislature joins list of those who prefer consumers stay ignorant

Members of the Kansas Legislature have joined the esteemed lawmakers or regulators in Pennsylvania, Indiana and Ohio who want to spare their citizens the challenge of too much information. Specifically, they want to keep consumers ignorant of whether the milk they’re drinking comes from cows not dosed...

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