Farming

Butter is Better, But Choose Your Cows Carefully

Butter is Better, But Choose Your Cows Carefully

Butter, especially raw organic butter from grass-pastured cows, is a wealth of nutrition and nourishing fats, short and long-term. Beware of “Monsanto butter”.

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The Underground, Year Round, Ever Growing Greenhouse!

Written by on March 22, 2014 in Farming, Food and Drink 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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Gangsta Gardener Fights South L.A.’s Food Desert

Posted by on March 20, 2014 in Farming, Food and Drink, Health-Wellness, Nutrition with 0 Comments
Gangsta Gardener Fights South L.A.’s Food Desert

Food deserts – where people lack access to fresh food – affect 23.5 million Americans. Renegades like L.A.’s Ron Finley promote the gangsta gardening solution.

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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-Wellness 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-Wellness 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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Can Chipotle Trigger a Food Industry Revolution?

Can Chipotle Trigger a Food Industry Revolution?

Virtually all of the meat and poultry found in your local grocery store comes from animals raised in so-called confined animal feeding operations (CAFOs). Chipotle has launched a web-based show called Farmed and Dangerous, a four-part satire aimed at revealing the “outrageously twisted and utterly unsustainable world of industrial agriculture”

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

Posted by on February 27, 2014 in Farming, Health-Wellness 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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Inspiring Community of Iberia, Louisiana

Posted by on February 27, 2014 in Farming, Food and Drink, Health-Wellness, Nutrition with 1 Comment
Inspiring Community of Iberia, Louisiana

Small communities like Iberia, Louisiana, are not waiting around for authorities and Big Ag to change their ways – they’re already empowered to be the change. Seemingly ordinary people are making remarkable impacts all around the country.

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Grow a Garden, Rejuvenate the Planet

Posted by on February 20, 2014 in Farming, Food and Drink, Health-Wellness, Nutrition, Prevention with 1 Comment
Grow a Garden, Rejuvenate the Planet

As our collective consciousness expands, so does our creativity. Visionary garden planning abounds as as city rooftops and even entire apartment buildings multi-task as veggie-growing homes. Solution-oriented minds have even dreamed up plans for military combat veterans to build and operate hydroponic greenhouses that can infuse new life into America’s food deserts. Organic gardening offers not only nutritional benefits, but also supports mental, emotional and physical health. Rediscover the power of gardening to revive yourself and our shared environment.

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

Posted by on February 18, 2014 in Farming, Health-Wellness 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-Wellness 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, GMOs, Health-Wellness 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, GMOs, Health-Wellness, Monsanto 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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Today’s Peasant Movement – Sophisticated, Threatened, and Our Best Hope for Survival

Posted by on January 27, 2014 in Farming, Health-Wellness with 1 Comment
Today’s Peasant Movement – Sophisticated, Threatened, and Our Best Hope for Survival

Peasants proudly and powerfully put forward effective strategies to feed the planet and limit the damages wrought by industrial agriculture. What’s more, they understand the connections between complex trade and economic systems

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MUST SEE: Supreme Court Hands Monsanto Victory Over Farmers on GMO Seed Patents, Ability to Sue

Posted by on January 14, 2014 in Farming, GMOs, Monsanto, Videos with 2 Comments
MUST SEE: Supreme Court Hands Monsanto Victory Over Farmers on GMO Seed Patents, Ability to Sue

The US Supreme Court upheld biotech giant Monsanto’s claims on genetically-engineered seed patents and the company’s ability to sue farmers whose fields are inadvertently contaminated with Monsanto materials. The high court left intact Monday a federal appeals court decision that threw out a 2011 lawsuit from the Organic Seed Growers and Trade Association and over 80 other plaintiffs against Monsanto that sought to challenge the agrochemical company’s aggressive claims on patents of genetically-modified seeds. The suit also aimed to curb Monsanto from suing anyone whose field is contaminated by such seeds.

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