Farming

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

Posted by on September 18, 2014 in Farming, Food and Drink, Health-Wellness 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-Wellness 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

Posted by on August 28, 2014 in Farming, Food and Drink, GMOs, Health-Wellness, Monsanto with 1 Comment
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, GMOs, Health-Wellness, Monsanto 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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The Woman Who Eats Weeds (Video)

The Woman Who Eats Weeds (Video)

Julia Sich began eating wild weeds and making them into green smoothies for health as a result of a health crisis. Having restored her health, she is now called the “Weed Guru”, teaching classes and leading tours and workshops to encourage others to “go wild” with their gardens.

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Win! EPA Denies Farmers’ Request to Use Dangerous Herbicide

Posted by on July 29, 2014 in Farming, Food and Drink, GMOs, Health-Wellness, Monsanto with 0 Comments
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-Wellness with 2 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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Urban Skyfarm Concept to Provide Inner City Farming Space

Urban Skyfarm Concept to Provide Inner City Farming Space

The Skyfarm design uses a hydroponic system for growing crops, instead of soil. The higher, external leaf sections would be used for fruit trees and larger scale vegetables that need more exposure to air and sunlight, while lower, internal growing areas would be available for items such as herbs.

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An Organic Farmer in Congress: Chellie’s Story

Posted by on July 15, 2014 in Farming, Health-Wellness 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

Posted by on July 7, 2014 in Farming, FDA, Food and Drink, Health-Wellness with 0 Comments
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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9 Reasons to Stop Drinking Pasteurized Milk Today

9 Reasons to Stop Drinking Pasteurized Milk Today

At higher temperatures of pasteurization, not only are bacteria killed, but so are enzymes required for digestion, vitamins, minerals and other nutrients. Asthma, allergies and inflammatory bowel disease are among the resulting health risks.

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UC Davis Study Links Pesticides to Autism

Posted by on June 23, 2014 in Farming, Health-Wellness, Monsanto 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, GMOs, Health-Wellness, Monsanto 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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Organic Agriculture Attracts a New Generation of Farmers

Posted by on June 12, 2014 in Farming, Food and Drink, Health-Wellness 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 and Drink, Health-Wellness 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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