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Organic Agriculture Attracts a New Generation of Farmers

Posted by on June 12, 2014 in Farming, Food, Drink & Nutrition, Health with 0 Comments
Organic Agriculture Attracts a New Generation of Farmers

Agriculture trade groups have developed programs, including training and financial incentives, aimed at attracting young people. The National Young Farmers Coalition through member surveys has found that the bulk of new operators are going the organic route.

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Organic Labeling Fraud: 45% of Organic Produce Contains Pesticides

Posted by on June 12, 2014 in Farming, Food, Drink & Nutrition, Health with 0 Comments
Organic Labeling Fraud: 45% of Organic Produce Contains Pesticides

Pesticides can get onto organic produce through contamination of water or soil through pesticide spray drift from neighboring farms, and through contact with non-organic produce after harvest. Larger residue measurements suggest an organic producer deliberately used a pesticide that is not allowed.

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Geoff Lawton’s Permaculture Wisdom Can Literally Save the World

Posted by on June 9, 2014 in Farming, Health with 1 Comment
Geoff Lawton’s Permaculture Wisdom Can Literally Save the World

World-renowned permaculture teacher Geoff Lawton’s techniques, if used widely enough, can literally save the planet from itself. In a video introducing his techniques, Lawton says he’s taught more than 6,000 people in more than 30 countries “permaculture design science.” His techniques, he says, allows people “to provide for all their needs in a way that’s beneficial to the environment and so that they can survive in a really abundant and meaningful way.”

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March to Stop Monsanto: May 24 Everywhere

Posted by on May 23, 2014 in Farming, Hazards, Issues & Diseases, Health with 0 Comments
March to Stop Monsanto: May 24 Everywhere

On the eve of the second annual March Against Monsanto, farmers and activists are celebrating recent GMO labeling and planting ban victories in Vermont.

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How to Break Up With Your Supermarket

Posted by on May 14, 2014 in Farming, Food, Drink & Nutrition, Health with 0 Comments
How to Break Up With Your Supermarket

So you’ve realized that most of what your grocery store sells is not even food. Fortunately you don’t have to stay in this relationship forever.

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Seeds of Freedom – Vandana Shiva

Posted by on April 30, 2014 in Farming, Health with 0 Comments
Seeds of Freedom – Vandana Shiva

Vandana Shiva: If we have to survive as a species, we need to reclaim our commons — of seed, of climate, of knowledge and resist the privatization of every aspect of life.

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Agricultural Act of 2014 May Finally Be a Win for Organic Farmers

Posted by on April 29, 2014 in Farming with 0 Comments
Agricultural Act of 2014 May Finally Be a Win for Organic Farmers

It took three years, but finally the new farm bill (Agricultural Act of 2014) was passed and is being touted as a “historic win” for the organic industry. The bill replaces the 2008 farm bill extension that had defunded valuable programs, such as marketing, research, certification, data-collection and cost-share that helped organic farmers become more productive and develop better marketing techniques. Thanks to the new bill, those programs will be reinstated and additional new ones implemented.

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The Underground, Year Round, Ever Growing Greenhouse!

Written by on March 22, 2014 in Farming, Food, Drink & Nutrition with 1 Comment
The Underground, Year Round, Ever Growing Greenhouse!

Make no mistake, the world is coming into major transition and change. Economies are inflating like helium filled balloons, debt is escalating like runaway trains and it’s unlikely to be long before big shifts happen. That’s why growing your own food is important, especially as GMO, chemtrails and pesticides continue to decimate topsoils and contaminate the food chain. You don’t need much, a window sill will do, or a balcony that gets some sun. But if you have some spare space in your garden, what about this amazing idea – the ‘underground greenhouse’ – for all year round growing…

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New UN Report: Small Scale Organic is the Only Way to Feed the World

Posted by on March 11, 2014 in Farming, Health with 1 Comment
New UN Report: Small Scale Organic is the Only Way to Feed the World

According to a new publication from the U.N. Commission on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), small scale, organic farming can create strong local food systems – the only viable, sustainable way to feed the word. Sixty experts from around the world weighed in on the problem in Trade and Environment Review 2013: Wake Up Before it is Too Late, which includes a commentary from IATP. The report calls for ‘ecological intensification,’ or a shift from conventional mono-culture planting to independent, small-scale production and permaculture, which can create a mosaic of sustainable regenerative systems which can feed all of us.

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New Study: Organic Farms Support 34 – 43% More Species than GMO Farms

Posted by on March 9, 2014 in Farming, Health with 0 Comments
New Study: Organic Farms Support 34 – 43% More Species than GMO Farms

A new study will make it hard for Monsanto, Dow, and DuPont to argue that they aren’t simply desirous of eliminating all of nature, and then – us. A detailed analysis of species diversity – more plants, animals, and insects – is included in the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences and Oxford University’s report published in the Journal of Applied Ecology, looking at data from 94 previous studies covering 184 farm sites dating back to 1989. It shows how organic farms support life on planet Earth, and how GMO farms do not.

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Organic Agriculture: ‘The Way Forward’ in the Age of Climate Change

Posted by on February 27, 2014 in Farming, Health with 0 Comments
Organic Agriculture: ‘The Way Forward’ in the Age of Climate Change

From the Center for Food Safety’s Cool Foods Campaign, Food & Climate: Connecting the Dots, Choosing the Way Forward contrasts the dominant, fossil-fuel dependent industrial agriculture system with organic and agroecological systems, and shows how the environmentally-friendly approach is also the best hope for future global food security as it not only reins in runaway carbon emissions but offers climate resilience as well. The concept of resilience is key, report author and Cool Foods Campaign director Diana Donlon explained in an interview with Common Dreams.

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Washington State House Votes To Nullify Federal Hemp Ban, 97-0

Posted by on February 18, 2014 in Farming, Health with 0 Comments
Washington State House Votes To Nullify Federal Hemp Ban, 97-0

Today, the Washington State House voted unanimously to approve HB1888, the Hemp Freedom Act, which would “permit the development in Washington of an industrial hemp industry,” effectively nullifying the de facto federal prohibition on the farming and production of hemp crops within the United States. The vote was 97-0.

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New Research Supports Many Benefits of Local Farming

Posted by on February 17, 2014 in Farming, Health with 1 Comment
New Research Supports Many Benefits of Local Farming

Policy makers should value environmental, health benefits of small-scale local farming, researcher argues.

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Our Special Today Is Corn Chowder with Agent Orange

Posted by on February 4, 2014 in Farming, Hazards, Issues & Diseases, Health with 1 Comment
Our Special Today Is Corn Chowder with Agent Orange

Remember Agent Orange? The US Army sprayed it all over Vietnam. It defoliated (destroyed) plant growth and brought on cancers and birth defects. One of its significant ingredients was a chemical called 2.4-D. Well, the US Dept. of Agriculture has cleared the way for brand new Dow GMO corn and soy crops. They are engineered to withstand spraying with 2,4-D. The theory is, the corn and soy will survive, but pesky weeds will die. Of course, the drifting spray of 2,4-D will kill all sorts of other plants, including fruit trees. And there is that species called Human. Have a little lymphoma with your corn chowder.

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This Game-Changing Lawsuit Could Help Farmers Fight Monsanto – Abby Martin Interviews Scott Kinnear

Posted by on January 29, 2014 in Farming, Hazards, Issues & Diseases, Health with 0 Comments
This Game-Changing Lawsuit Could Help Farmers Fight Monsanto – Abby Martin Interviews Scott Kinnear

Abby Martin speaks with Scott Kinnear, director of the Safe Food Foundation, about the case of Steve Marsh, an Australian organic farmer who lost his organic certification after his crops were contaminated by Monsanto GM seeds from a neighboring farm. As a result, Marsh and his family are no longer able to sell their product on the organic market and have lost a great deal of their income.

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