"Cloned food. GMOs and rBGH. Oh my! Interesting how swiftly these food technologies were rushed to market, when organic fought for 13 years to become federal law. Eleven years ago, genetically modified food was not part of our food supply; today an astounding 30 percent of our cropland is planted in GMOs. Organic is the only de facto seal of reassurance against these and other modern, lab-produced additions to our food supply, and the only food term with built in inspections and federal regulatory teeth." www.organic.org
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Last modified: 2010-07-12 17:44:07
Arsenic carried to rice fields by contaminated irrigation water tends to accumulate in top soil layers where the rice takes it up, contaminating the grain, lowering its nutritional value and exposing large populations who depend on it for food. Rice is one of the largest sources of arsenic exposure for people in Bangladesh and India. It represents about half the total intake of arsenic, according to the authors, who note that rising arsenic contamination in water and food supplies threatens food security, food safety and quality, and long-term agricultural sustainability of rice crops.
Keywords: Arsenic collects in top soil, contaminating rice, reducing yield, Environmental News, rice, arsenic poisoning, accumulation, EPA, World Health Organization, WHO, Bangladesh, study, contanimated water, contamination, irrigation, water
Last modified: 2010-08-02 00:53:21
Many are convinced that we need industrial agriculture to feed the world, that there is no other way. But they believe that too easily. The truth is that family farmers can and do perform far better than the agro-industry.
"Continuing along the current path is not an option"
Keywords: A CONVENIENT TRUTH, Family farmers can feed the world, VECO, family, farmers, reports, industralized agriculture
Last modified: 2010-07-01 20:56:43
Organic farming means quality, not quantity.
Swiss researchers studied organic wheat for 21 years.
Organic farming is more energy-efficient than its conventional counterpart, say Swiss researchers. Their study shows that lower yields of organic crops are more than compensated for by the benefits of using less fertilizer and pesticide.
Keywords: Green Fields are Efficient, Nature News, pertanian organik, efektif, hemat, soil, tana, diversity, keanekaragaman, yield, penanan
Last modified: 2010-07-01 20:35:55
Human waste could be an alternative to chemical fertilizers.
Plankton thrive on the nitrogen in human urine.Plankton thrive on the nitrogen in human urine.
Human urine could nourish the plankton used as food on fish farms. Plankton grown in diluted urine do better than those given other nitrogen-rich materials, ecological engineers have found.
Keywords: Urine Grows Better Fish Food, urin, ikan, Nature News, University of Kalyani, India, blankton, cow urine, nutrients, nitrogen, organic, amino acids, algae, alternatives, wastewater, agriculture fertilizer, alternative to chemical,
Last modified: 2010-07-01 20:15:43
Why ecological evenness is as important as relative richness. A study suggesting that organic agriculture gives better pest control and larger plants than conventional farming is sure to reignite longstanding debates about the merits of organic versus conventional agriculture. It also highlights an often-neglected aspect of biodiversity.
Keywords: Organic Farms Win at Potato Pest Control, Nature News, organic, potato, David Crowder, pest control, debate, bugs, nematodes, fungi
Last modified: 2010-06-20 20:22:31
Odds are most supermarket strawberries come from California - that's where 90 percent of the berries are produced. And if the strawberries are not organic, they were likely grown in fumigated soil, which is creating a stir between scientists and regulators in California. The two groups recently faced off over the expected approval of a potentially dangerous pesticide.
Keywords: methyl bromide, methyl iodide, EPA, pestisida, pesticide, effects, regulations, health, risk, Indonesia,
Last modified: 2010-06-13 20:13:24
Garden birds turn up their noses at organic bird seed and cannot be tricked into changing their minds. A three-year study by the University of Newcastle that monitored birds' feeding patterns showed that they had a strong preference for conventional seed, with significantly more being consumed than organic alternatives.
Keywords: Birds shun organic seed as inadequate for survival, TIMES, organic, seeds, birds
Last modified: 2010-06-13 20:10:34
Scientists believe the phenomenon could be linked to obesity or exposure to chemicals in the food chain, and is putting girls at greater long-term risk of breast cancer.
Keywords: Girls now begin puberty aged 9, links to chemicals, TIMES
Last modified: 2010-06-11 19:43:46
Indonesia's exports of organic produce are expected to increase by an average of 15 percent a year beginning this year thanks to increases in the country's organic farming sector, a senior Agriculture Ministry official said.
Keywords: Indonesia, organic, The Organic Boom,
Last modified: 2010-06-04 03:04:57
"G20 countries need new sources of demand. The developing world has the potential, and it has the people," she said. "The G20 must recognize this and give development the central place it deserves in its agenda."
Recovering funds stolen through corruption, providing aid for trade and greater market access for poor countries to sell their goods and services in richer countries are other key priorities, the experts said.
The G-20, founded in 1999, evolved into a global crisis management forum with the 2008 collapse of U.S. investment bank Lehman Brothers and the resulting turmoil in financial markets. It now needs to set an agenda that will promote sustainable long-term global growth, said Asian Development Bank chief economist Jong-Wha Lee.
Keywords: World Bank meet: G20 agenda should add development,