Since the traditional Thanksgiving feast is predicated upon the execution of hundreds of thousands of conscious, sentient beings, animal rights/vegan advocate Bea Elliot provides for our consideration a mini-tour of executions throughout the centuries. But even as horrific as these scenarios are, they may be viewed as compassionate in comparison to what is done to animals every day of every year – and especially in preparation for the ‘celebration’ of holidays.
Some things to think about before you reach for that slice of turkey: it may contain the active ingredients in Prozac, Benadryl, and Tylenol, as well as antibiotic-resistant intestinal bacteria, arsenic, and other toxic substances, and it is likely to come from diseased birds. It is also brought to you under conditions of unspeakable cruelty. Read this, and ask yourself if it’s really worth it …
The “Walipini” is an underground greenhouse developed for South American mountain regions over twenty years ago. It was made to allow for edible plants to be grown year-round, no matter how severe the winter got. It’s cheap, simple, and could change everything.
Sustainable livestock production practices provide greater animal welfare, increase biodiversity, and extend good working conditions to those who care for the animals, all while maintaining a profitable business. A new study clarifies this further, showing how sustainable livestock care outperforms that of factory farms.
Have you heard of the slow food movement? If not, that’s o.k. Created in 1986 and known as the alternative to fast food, the slow food movement is currently happening in over 150 countries, and the ideas it upholds are spreading.
Governor Jerry Brown has signed SB 566, the California Industrial Hemp Farming Act. After moving smoothly through the California legislature with strong bi-partisan support, this landmark legislation has now become California law.
One forward-thinking town in the North of England, called Todmorden, decided to become more food sovereign. Without permission from Big Government, they transformed their town’s landscape into a giant food-producing, edible garden.
Professor Austin Darragh of Limerick University is employing a new use of radio wave technology that could be called the new or real miracle grow. The consequences of its implementation are being referred to as “the greatest breakthrough in agriculture since the plough.”
It’s that time of year again when many of us are on vacation. If you’re not working and enjoying these hot August nights, you’re in good company. Congress is also on recess until September 9. Lawmakers left Washington DC with unfinished business and a farm and agriculture community truly sweating it out. The 2008 Farm Bill elapsed last September, and rather than pass a new farm bill Congress extended the 2008 bill for one year. This extension left many organic priorities stranded and without funding.
Just one of the many organic growing methods that farmers have used for centuries – crop rotation – is a way to increase yields by as much as 10 fold, and it is better for the planet, too.
Cotton is considered the world’s dirtiest crop due to its heavy use of pesticides. The by-products of conventional cotton production used in our clothing, personal care, bedding, furniture etc. go directly back into our food. Sixty five percent of conventional cotton production ends up in our food chain, directly through food oils or indirectly through the milk and meats of animals feeding on cotton seed meal and cotton gin by-products. The next time you are shopping for clothing, bedding, or personal care products, choose wisely and shop certified organic exclusively for your family’s health and to protect the planet.
Many pesticides have been found to cause grave danger to our bees, and with the recent colony collapses in Oregon, it’s time to take a hard look at what we would be missing without bee pollination. While we don’t need bees to pollinate every single crop, here is just a brief list of some of the foods we would lose if all our bees continue to perish…
ORPP stands for Organic Research and Promotions Program, which could be a mechanism for creating much needed funding for organic research, education and promotion of the burgeoning organic industry.