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Steve Beaumont Honored at SILT Dinner

December 10, 2016

Steve Beaumont became the third Iowan to permanently protect his land to grow healthy food.  “I believe SILT will help rejuvenate our small towns and rural communities through its work,” Steve said. “And I’m looking forward to working with the young people on the land, to the extent they’d welcome it.” 120 SILT supporters gathered this year at the ...

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#Giving Tuesday is here!

November 29, 2016

#GivingTuesday is here! Your tax-deductible donation will help farmers access land to grow healthy food No money to spare? Donate your time and volunteer with us!

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Glyphosate Found in Popular U.S Foods

November 17, 2016

A new report by @Food Democracy Now! and the Detox Project exposes shocking levels of glyphosate contamination in popular American foods, including Cheerios, Doritos, Oreos, Goldfish and Stacy’s Pita Chips. What kind of food do you want to eat? SILT supports farmers using sustainable (glyphosate-free) practices, by offering long-term affordable leases. View the report here ...

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SILT: Finding Common Ground

November 12, 2016

Dear Iowa, Election Day results leave no doubt that our country is divided and hurting. But at the  Sustainable Iowa Land Trust we have learned how to draw on our differences to make us stronger and more successful. We have an opportunity to do that once again Dec. 1 when we gather to celebrate our third farm ...

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Good Food Org Guide

October 18, 2016

SILT is now listed in Food Tank’s annual Good Food Org Guide, along with our friends, neighbors and allies at @Iowa Organic Association, @Southwest Iowa Food and Farm Initiative and @Eat Greater Des Moines.  

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Des Moines Register Editorial: “Don’t expect Iowa farmers to ‘feed the world'”

October 13, 2016

Today’s editorial says: “The claim that U.S. agriculture “feeds the world” is not a harmless myth. It provides a moral justification for continuing practices that have harmed Iowa’s environment and led to low prices for farmers. It also can be used as political ammunition.” This kind of discourse also hides the fact that 1 ...

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Big Food Strikes Back – NY Times Food series

October 10, 2016

Michael Pollan, a writer and food activist wrote a great summary of the  writes a summary of how “Big Food” lobies can fight back any attempt to regulate them.   “A food system organized around subsidized monocultures of corn and soy […] guzzled tremendous amounts of fossil fuel (for everything from the chemical fertilizer and pesticide ...

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The Dizzying Grandeur of 21st Century Agriculture

October 7, 2016

This food systems series by the New York Time Magazines is worth taking a look at… “Our industrialized food system nourishes more people, at lower cost, than any comparable system in history. It also exerts a terrifyingly massive influence on our health and our environment. Photographer George Steinmetz spent nearly a year traveling the country ...

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USDA’s report on U.S. Farmland Ownership, Tenure, and Transfer sheds light on major barriers to land access

October 3, 2016

USDA’s Economic Research Service (ERS) recently published a report analyzing the trends in U.S. farmland ownership and land tenure drawn from USDA’s 2014 Tenure, Ownership, and Transition of Agricultural Land (TOTAL) survey. Amongst other findings, the report shows that one in three acres in the U.S. is rented, and that most (80%) of the land rented is ...

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