Monthly Archives: January 2016

Spin Shift on Bernie: The Escalating Media Assault by the Mainstream Press – Norman Solomon

Longtime media critic, co-founder of Roots Action, and North Bay resident Norman Solomon notes the growing chorus of mainstream media outlets that are stoking fears of a Bernie Sanders presidency. This article originally appeared at Common Dreams. Spin Shift on Bernie: The Escalating Media Assault Published on Wednesday, January 27, 2016 by Common Dreams by…

Roger Waters of Pink Floyd Launches Campaign to Close Guantanamo

Those with an interest in upholding universal human rights and international law, as well as providing a soft landing for end of the American imperial project, particularly in this hemisphere, continue to hold out hope that President Obama will keep his promise to close the U.S. military’s detention center in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters is organizing a campaign to give the U.S. administration a further push in that direction. – RR

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Who Owns Organic? Infographic – Consolidation Continues – Updated Edition for 2016

Click on image to enlarge. Via the Cornucopia Institute.


Courtesy of Dr. Philip H. Howard, an Associate Professor in the Department of Community Sustainability at Michigan State University. Howard is author of the forthcoming book, Concentration and Power in the Food System: Who Controls What We Eat?, to be published on February 25, 2016.

CDFA Needs Your Comments on the Agronomic Rates of Compost Application for its Healthy Soils Initiative

Ami Gunasekara, PhD, liaison to the Environmental Farming Act Science Advisory Panel of the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) has put out a call for public comments on an important program of California’s Healthy Soils Initiative. Writes Gunasekara, “Per direction of the Environmental Farming Act Science Advisory Panel, CDFA is making the draft document…

Fresh Eggs from Pastured Petaluma Hens at Oasis Community Farm

The Raucous Rooster paid a visit to Petaluma Grange VP Connie Madden and partner Wayne Morgenthaler’s Oasis Community Farm yesterday and found them with a surplus of fresh eggs from their flock of pastured chickens. Oasis normally sells eggs for $7/dozen but the hens have been particularly busy over the winter and for the time…

Public Input Requested on the Young-Armos Farm Incubator Project

The Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation & Open Space District and the University of California Cooperative Extension are pleased to host two public meetings to discuss the Young-Armos Incubator Farm Concept: Neighbor Input Session Intended for adjacent landowners, homeowners, and local residents to provide input on the project concept, including potential site improvements and farm education…

Seed Libraries, Seed Swaps Endangered in California – Your Help Requested

There are about 52 Seed Libraries in California. AB 2470, the “California Seed Law,” was amended in 2014.  One of the provisions that was slipped in, basically makes Seed Libraries and Seed Swaps illegal in California.  Specifically it says is that if you share seeds with anyone that lives more than 3 miles away from…

Help Ban GMO Crop Cultivation in Sonoma County – Signature Gatherers Needed

A message from Organic Consumers Association: Sonoma County Needs Your Help to Pass a Ban on GMO Crops! Citizens for Healthy Farms and Families in Sonoma County is working on a citizens’ ballot initiative to ban GMO crops throughout the county. The group has only six more weeks to gather 20,000 signatures if they want…