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Farmer Faces Over 2 Years Jail, $10K Fines for Feeding Community

Posted by on May 11, 2013 in Farming with 1 Comment
Farmer Faces Over 2 Years Jail, $10K Fines for Feeding Community

Raw milk drinkers are outraged that Wisconsin DATCP is bringing criminal charges against a farmer who serves a private buying club. Do citizens have a right to contract with a producer and grow food to their own standards? That is what is at stake in this case.

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Goat Milk vs. Cow Milk: The Milk Battle

Posted by on May 7, 2013 in Farming, Food, Drink & Nutrition with 0 Comments
Goat Milk vs. Cow Milk: The Milk Battle

Dairy farmers had quite a marketing plan back in the 1980’s that made them more than 13 billion dollars in recent years. With commercials touting milk mustaches and encouraging little kids to drink their milk (even if it’s chocolate, and full of refined sugar), should we question if cow’s milk is really that ‘good’ for the body?

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Subsidized Corn Destroying Global Agricultural Bio-Diversity

Posted by on April 4, 2013 in Farming with 1 Comment
Subsidized Corn Destroying Global Agricultural Bio-Diversity

Industrial agriculture is threatening the existence of small farmers growing corn in Mexico and Guatemala; potatoes in Peru and the Andes; rice in Bangladesh and Southeast Asia. These small farmers maintain the reservoir for adaptation of crops to new insects, new pests, and climate change.

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Lobbyists Fight to Hide Cruel Farm Abuse from Public

Posted by on March 19, 2013 in Corruption, Farming with 0 Comments
Lobbyists Fight to Hide Cruel Farm Abuse from Public

Bills being shopped in six states by the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) would make it a crime to film animal abuse at factory farms or lie on job applications, in hopes of shutting down animal rights activists who infiltrate slaughterhouses to expose ghastly conditions.

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Why the U.S. Should Legalize Industrial Hemp

Posted by on March 16, 2013 in Farming, Policies with 0 Comments
Why the U.S. Should Legalize Industrial Hemp

The U.S. government, in all its wisdom, treats hemp and marijuana in the same manner. Despite one offering no psychoactive effects (hemp) and the other offering psychoactive effects (marijuana), both are against the law. While several states have passed laws to allow the growing of hemp, the federal government has stood firm on the ban for decades, and continues to do so. The time has passed for the feds to come off their high horse and get a dose of reality; it’s time to legalize industrial hemp.

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US Farmers Flood Fields With Dangerous Poison To Fight Monsanto Superweeds

Posted by on February 26, 2013 in Farming, Hazards, Issues & Diseases with 0 Comments
US Farmers Flood Fields With Dangerous Poison To Fight Monsanto Superweeds

As of 2012, almost 50% of US farms had superweeds. Many US farmers, go to a strategy called “burndown,” which is just as bad as it sounds. You use something a lot stronger than Roundup to kill those weeds…

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India Farmers Growing World Record Amounts of Rice – with No GM, and No Herbicide

Written by on February 25, 2013 in Farming, Hazards, Issues & Diseases with 1 Comment
India Farmers Growing World Record Amounts of Rice – with No GM, and No Herbicide

In a village in India’s poorest state, Bihar, farmers are growing world record amounts of rice – with no GM, and no herbicide. Is this one solution to world food shortages?

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The Top 10 Healthiest Seeds on Earth

Written by on February 22, 2013 in Farming with 2 Comments
The Top 10 Healthiest Seeds on Earth

A plant goes to great lengths to produce each seed and fill it with high concentrations of vitamins, minerals, proteins, essential oils and dormant enzymes. If you’re looking for a high quality, nutritious and filling snack, seeds are tough to beat. Let’s look at the ten healthiest seeds on Earth and how to consume them.

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Supreme Court Sympathizes With Monsanto In Seed Patent Case

Posted by on February 19, 2013 in Farming, Hazards, Issues & Diseases with 0 Comments
Supreme Court Sympathizes With Monsanto In Seed Patent Case

Monsanto insists that farmers are prohibited from saving “second generation” seeds used after a preliminary harvest because those seeds, like the original, are resistant to herbicides and could thus be used for multiple grow seasons without a license. According to Bloomberg News, Justice Stephen Breyer seemed to agree with that interpretation during Tuesday’s hearing and told Mr. Bowman’s lawyer, “What [the law] prohibits is making a copy of the patented invention, and that is what he did.”

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Kentucky Hemp Bill Approved By State Committee After Testimony From Rand Paul In ‘Hemp Shirt’

Posted by on February 12, 2013 in Farming, Policies with 1 Comment
Kentucky Hemp Bill Approved By State Committee After Testimony From Rand Paul In ‘Hemp Shirt’

Kentucky’s state Senate Agriculture Committee voted unanimously on Monday to approve legislation that could pave the way for the creation of a legal hemp industry in the state, following testimony from Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), who claimed to be wearing a hemp shirt.

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Ben Swann Reality Check: Should the Federal Ban on Hemp Production Be Lifted?

Posted by on February 6, 2013 in Farming, Policies with 1 Comment
Ben Swann Reality Check: Should the Federal Ban on Hemp Production Be Lifted?

Could a federal ban on hemp production soon be lifted? One of Americas most powerful Senators is now backing that idea and throwing his support behind a bill that could mean an economic boom for Kentucky. So what exactly is hemp and why was it been banned in the United States in the first place? Ben Swann has the Reality Check you won’t see anywhere else.

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Organic Food Can Feed the World

Posted by on January 9, 2013 in Farming, Food, Drink & Nutrition with 1 Comment
Organic Food Can Feed the World

Rodale concludes that farming must move away from using unsustainable, increasingly unaffordable, petroleum-based fertilizers and pesticides and turn to “organic, regenerative farming systems that sustain and improve the health of the world population, our soil, and our environment.”

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