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Monsanto’s ‘Director of Millennial Engagement’ Says GMOs Are Cool

Posted by on November 5, 2014 in Farming, Hazards, Issues & Diseases, Health with 1 Comment
Monsanto’s ‘Director of Millennial Engagement’ Says GMOs Are Cool

Monsanto, clearly worried about increasing concern for climate change and personal health among young people, hired a “director of millennial engagement,” to convince them that GMOs are great and Monsanto is cooler than the latest hipster band out of Brooklyn.

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Organic and Local: Still the Gold Standard

Posted by on October 14, 2014 in Farming, Food, Drink & Nutrition, Health with 0 Comments
Organic and Local: Still the Gold Standard

Growing number of conscientious consumers actively seek out the “local” label—and are willing to pay a premium for it—corporations routinely co-opt the term so they can sell more product, at higher prices, in order to increase profit margins by promising (but not actually delivering) added value.

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Big Win! Monsanto Reports $156 Million Loss in Q4 as Farmers Abandon GM Crops

Posted by on October 12, 2014 in Farming, Hazards, Issues & Diseases, Health with 2 Comments
Big Win! Monsanto Reports $156 Million Loss in Q4 as Farmers Abandon GM Crops

Have you invested in Monsanto stock like Bill Gates, who owns hundreds of thousand of Monsanto shares worth about $23 million? It might be time to pull out since the company just reported over $156 million in losses for the fourth quarter.

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The Solution Is the Soil: How Organic Farming Can Feed the World and Save the Planet

Posted by on October 9, 2014 in Farming, Health with 0 Comments
The Solution Is the Soil: How Organic Farming Can Feed the World and Save the Planet

Just over a week ago, the executive director of the Rodale Institute, Mark ‘Coach’ Smallwood, set out from the group’s research farm in eastern Pennsylvania on a 160-mile journey to Washington, DC with a walking stick, a brimmed hat, and a simple but profound message: We can not only stop climate change. We can reverse it.

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10 Easy Monsanto-Free Tips to Get Rid of Weeds

Posted by on October 7, 2014 in Farming, Health with 0 Comments
10 Easy Monsanto-Free Tips to Get Rid of Weeds

We need to use pesticide- and Monsanto-free ways to rid our gardens and crops of weeds, or more chemicals will be sprayed.
Here are 10 easy ways to boycott Monsanto’s RoundUp chemicals and fight weeds in a sustainable way:

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USDA’s Greenlighting of ‘Agent Orange’ Crops Sparks Condemnation

Posted by on September 18, 2014 in Farming, Food, Drink & Nutrition, Health with 0 Comments
USDA’s Greenlighting of ‘Agent Orange’ Crops Sparks Condemnation

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s decision this week to approve two new genetically engineered crops is being denounced by watchdog groups as a false solution to herbicide-resistant weeds and a move that threatens human and environment safety alike.

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How You Can Travel the World & Learn About Organic Farming At The Same Time

Posted by on September 9, 2014 in Farming, Health with 0 Comments
How You Can Travel the World & Learn About Organic Farming At The Same Time

WWOOFING for the uninitiated is an acronym for Willing Workers on Organic Farms. The simple idea behind the concept is to promote awareness of ecological farming practices by living and working on organic farms.

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Why Hillary Clinton is Just Plain Wrong on GMOs

Why Hillary Clinton is Just Plain Wrong on GMOs

Hillary Clinton’s public support of GMOs includes wrongly equating the age-old practice of seed hybridization with modern genetic engineering, in order to make the case that genetic engineering has been around since the beginning of farming.

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Experts Smash Untruths About Glyphosate, GMOs at Beijing Conference

Posted by on August 12, 2014 in Farming, Hazards, Issues & Diseases, Health with 0 Comments
Experts Smash Untruths About Glyphosate, GMOs at Beijing Conference

The true harm perpetrated by the makers of GMOs and glyphosate-based herbicides were discussed by experts the last week of July in Beijing at the Food Safety & Sustainable Agriculture (FSSA) Forum.

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Win! EPA Denies Farmers’ Request to Use Dangerous Herbicide

Win! EPA Denies Farmers’ Request to Use Dangerous Herbicide

Victory! The EPA was urged by public health advocates, environmental groups, and organic farmers alike to deny an ’emergency’ request to use propazine on superweeds invading 3 million crops of GM cotton in Texas.

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Looking Upward: Vertical Farms Offer a Bright Future for Hungry Cities

Posted by on July 22, 2014 in Farming, Health with 3 Comments
Looking Upward: Vertical Farms Offer a Bright Future for Hungry Cities

The 21st century has seen rapid urbanisation and the global population is now expected to grow to more than 8.3 billion by 2050. Currently, 800m hectares – 38% of the earth’s land surface – is farmed and we’ll soon need to give over another 100m hectares if we continue to use current agricultural methods. That’s not additional fertile land that actually exists though, so some are investigating the potential of vertical farming.

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An Organic Farmer in Congress: Chellie’s Story

Posted by on July 15, 2014 in Farming, Health with 0 Comments
An Organic Farmer in Congress: Chellie’s Story

Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (Maine-D) has a lot to say about local alternative farming, small farms, farmers markets and restaurants serving local produce. She has a lot to say and a lot to do with its resurgence. She believes the answer to current top-heavy industrialized problems lies in reviving local agriculture.

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Historic Approach to Raw Milk Regulation Returns

Historic Approach to Raw Milk Regulation Returns

With no national standards, raw milk producers have taken to an independent certification standard, similar to the Non-GMO project for verification. This is a way for raw dairy farms to have openness, testing and transparency – consumers know exactly what they are getting.

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UC Davis Study Links Pesticides to Autism

Posted by on June 23, 2014 in Farming, Hazards, Issues & Diseases, Health with 0 Comments
UC Davis Study Links Pesticides to Autism

A new report suggests that families near agricultural fields being sprayed get their children out of town. The study also found that pregnant women after the first trimester had an increased risk of their infant becoming autistic with the exposure closer to the due date being the most harmful to the fetus.

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Awesome: Oregon Aims to Be First State to Map GMO Fields

Posted by on June 20, 2014 in Farming, Hazards, Issues & Diseases, Health with 0 Comments
Awesome: Oregon Aims to Be First State to Map GMO Fields

If their plan works, Oregon will be the first state to successfully map GMO fields, putting preventative measures into place to protect organic crops.

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