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Half-science, half-mysticism, the world of biodynamic wine is weird and wonderful Organic, biodynamic and natural wines are increasingly apparent on menus across London's restaurants and wine bars, though most customers are unaware of the distinctions between them. Organics are grown without synthetic pesticides or fertilisers, and with far fewer chemicals, colourings and preservatives than conventional wines. On organic vineyards farmers will avoid intervention, opting instead to plant a diverse selection of plants and vegetables to attract wildlife that naturally help keep the vines disease and pest-free. At Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte in Bordeaux, they lace the soil with butterfly-attracting pheromones. (Saturday July 7th, 2018 — City A.M. - London, UK)

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Biodynamic forum held in Wanaka and Clyde Maori star lore, the winter solstice and water and earth energy were popular topics for the nearly 100 people who attended the 2018 New Zealand Biodynamic Association's conference, in Clyde and Wanaka from June 22 to 24. ... She was particularly pleased to see about half those attending were young people, who were interested in biodynamic principles. (Wednesday July 4th, 2018 — New Zealand Herald )

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Kindergarten coders: When is too early to put kids in front of screens? ... demand is also up for no-tech education at the Waldorf School of Philadelphia, a small private school in Germantown that teaches children from 24 months until eighth grade - without iPads, Chromebooks, or any screens whatsoever. There is a waiting list for first grade and other programs, according to Alexandra Borders, the school's director of advancement and enrollment. (Wednesday June 27th, 2018 — Philly.com - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania USA)

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Roussillon is France's most committed biodynamic and organic region with almost 60% of agricultural area planted with vines I wasn't aware that Roussillon is France's most committed biodynamic and organic region until I visited, with a growing number of the 2,200 wine growers converting to organic or biodynamic practices. (Friday June 22nd, 2018 — The Irish Sun - UK)

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Thank Your Lucky Seven Stars The farm practices both organic and biodynamic agriculture. Biodynamic ag is based on the teachings of Rudolph Steiner, founder of Waldorf education. According to The Biodynamic Association, biodynamics is a way "to integrate scientific understanding with a recognition of spirit in nature," and basically views the farm itself as a living organism, an interconnected web of plants, soil and animals. (Friday June 22nd, 2018 — San Francisco Chronicle - San Francisco, California USA)

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Monsanto, You Can Run But You Can't Hide According to a Bayer June 4 statement,11 Monsanto's product line will keep their original brand names in the Bayer portfolio, but the Monsanto name is being retired. The merged entity will retain the Bayer name. Cultural integration is predicted to be a challenge for the new, now much larger Bayer. Bayer also has a shadowy past of its own that is in need of rehabilitation. (Tuesday June 19th, 2018 — Organic Consumers - Finland, Minnesota USA)

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Nurturing "Seedlings," the Story of Alternative Education in Taiwan A 24-year-old experimental school in Taipei exemplifies Taiwan's role as a leading advocate of alternative education. (Tuesday June 19th, 2018 — The News Lens International - )

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Regeneration Guatemala Seeks to Transform Rural Guatemala Agriculture Regeneration Guatemala's mission is to rebuild the deteriorated social, ecological and economic systems in Guatemala by transforming the agricultural landscape through regenerative agriculture and land-use practices, with a focus on Poultry-Centered Regenerative system design. (Monday June 18th, 2018 — RegenerationInternation online - )

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Hawaii becomes the first state to ban the use of pesticide linked to brain damage More than a year after the Trump administration controversially overturned a decision to ban pesticides containing chlorpyrifos, the state of Hawaii has taken the matter into its own hands. The Aloha State has passed a law barring the use of such chemicals, which have been linked to adverse side effects in humans, including debiltating neurological and developmental maladies. (Saturday June 16th, 2018 — ThinkProgress online -- USA)

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A Group of African Nations Are Restoring A Zone Of Fertile Landscape Near The Sahara They initially came up with the extraordinary idea to create a 10-mile-wide (or 16-kilometer-wide) barrier of vegetation stretching from coast to coast. ... The impact should ultimately transcend just those measured in acres (or hectares). As the Great Green Wall of the Sahara and the Sahel Initiative has evolved into a mosaic of land initiatives under the larger vision, the hope is to provide the next generation with fertile land and access to a flourishing economy in the region. (Tuesday June 5th, 2018 — Good Brand Studio for Good News)

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Doctors Who Care: Does Alternative Medicine Work? In recent years, integrative medical-research clinics have been springing up all around the country, 42 of them at major academic medical institutions including Harvard, Yale, Duke, the University of California at San Francisco, and the Mayo Clinic. (Tuesday June 5th, 2018 — UTNE - Ogden Publications Topeka, Kansas USA)

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The massive experiment in New Orleans schools that few have noticed "What personalization means to the Gates Foundation is a specific - it's software," said Audrey Watters, author of a forthcoming book on the history of educational technology. She pointed out that Montessori schools and Waldorf schools have been doing their own version of personalized learning for 100 years, one that emphasizes free play and imagination. But "the Gates Foundation hasn't spent $10 billion funding Waldorf schools," Watters said. "They've been funding a particular vision of what personalization means. And it's one that is very wrapped up in the idea that the way that one personalizes education is through software that both mines student data and algorithmically presents students with the concept they need to learn." (Tuesday June 5th, 2018 — The Hechinger Report - New York, New York USA)

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How Producers are Returning to Winemaking's Roots Vinifying wine in clay is far from a new practice. With a history that dates back more than 6,000 years and origins in the Caucasus region, its lineage is longer and deeper than that of steel and barrique. While the last century saw the use of clay diminish drastically, a return to wine's roots is afoot. ... "Rudolf Steiner [an Austrian philosopher and founder of biodynamics] often speaks on clay as an element between two polarities, one that harmonizes extremes, gives and takes, returns purity and [delivers] a clear message," she says. (Wednesday May 30th, 2018 — Wine Enthusiast Magazine )

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An Apple Shows Just How Broken Our Food System Is Buying and eating apples seems a pretty healthy thing to do. But a new study has found that every 1 kilo (2.2 pounds) of conventionally grown apples creates health effects costing 21 cents due to the effects of pesticides and fungicides, resulting in sick leave and eventually shorter life expectancies. (Sunday May 27th, 2018 — HuffPost - USA)

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Fish Market Buys Freedom For Fred The 70-Pound Octopus The market owner won't sell octopus products after playing hide-and-seek with a friendly cephalopod. (Friday May 25th, 2018 — HuffPost - USA)

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Monsanto And Bayer Are Set To Merge. Here's Why You Should Care. The U.S. Justice Department this month is expected to approve a merger of two huge corporations ― St. Louis-based seed company Monsanto and German crop-chemical conglomerate Bayer ― and the consequences could be enormous. (Friday May 25th, 2018 — HuffPost - USA)

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Ground-Breaking New Lawsuit Against Monsanto n the past, lawsuits have attempted to establish that RoundUp causes cancer, which Johnson, a groundskeeper, is also doing but he's added a ground-breaking allegation to his lawsuit: he claims that Monsanto has been involved in a lengthy coverup to showcase its glyphosate-containing products are safe when they may not actually be. So, beginning on June 18 Monsanto faces allegations that it has spent decades hiding information linking its products to cancer. (Thursday May 24th, 2018 — Care2.com - USA)

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Wine Wednesday: Demeter's Southern Oregon disciples Demeter, the ancient Greek goddess of grain and fertility, is the name of a modern international organization that since 1928 has fostered biodynamic agricultural practices that recognize and nurture the living ecosphere of soils, plants and animals. (Wednesday May 23rd, 2018 — Mail Tribune - Medford, Oregon USA)

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The Battle To Save Our Dying Soil This is Camp Altiplano, where volunteers are using simple practices such as creating ponds and loosening hard earth to return the soil to health. ... In focusing on soil, Camp Altiplano's ultimate goal is to learn how to bring degraded land back to life. If current rates of global soil degradation continue, itís estimated we may only have 60 years of farming left. What's more, restoring degraded soil worldwide has the potential to remove billions of tons of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, meaning soils can play an important role in climate change mitigation. (Thursday May 17th, 2018 — HuffPost - USA)

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A New Farming Technique Using Drastically Less Water Is Catching On Reports from China, India, Southeast Asia and Africa suggest that average yield increases of 20 to 50 percent are regularly being achieved by farmers adopting the "system of rice intensification" (SRI), which aims to stimulate the root system of plants rather than trying to increase yields in the conventional way by using improved seeds and synthetic fertilizers. ... SRI, in contrast, involves the careful spacing of fewer but younger plants, keeping the topsoil around the plants well-aerated by weeding, using manure and avoiding flooding. (Tuesday May 15th, 2018 — HuffPost - USA)

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