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Farmers for the Future: Launching young farmers (

By Gil Gullickson

“Springfield, Ohio, producers have helped start 22 young farmers since the 1980s. It’s their way of passing on the help they received from folks early in their farming career.”

Backyard chicken fight heats up (CBC News)

“A Halifax man who could start receiving a fine of $100 a day for keeping chickens said he will fight the city to keep his flock.”

GM Crop Escapes into the American Wild (Nature News)

By Natasha Gilbert

“A genetically modified (GM) crop has been found thriving in the wild for the first time in the United States. Transgenic canola is growing freely in parts of North Dakota, researchers told the Ecological Society of America conference in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, today. The scientists behind the discovery say this highlights a lack of proper monitoring and control of GM crops in the United States.”

A Dozen Eggs for $8? Michael Pollan Explains the Math of Buying Local (Wall Street Journal)

By Ben Worthen

“Michael Pollan, author of “Omnivore’s Dilemma” and other popular books, has become a figurehead for the local-food movement, which advocates buying in-season produce from nearby farms. Proponents say such food is healthier and that the way it is grown and shipped is better for the environment. But it often is more expensive. Mr. Pollan says the real problem is that subsidies keep the prices of some, largely mass-produced foods artificially low.”

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