"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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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,
Last modified: 2010-06-03 00:57:22
Some 5,000 West African farmers are reaping the rewards from a United Nations scheme aimed at helping them export produce to the growing organic food market in the industrialized world.
The $2.4 million UN Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) project has helped farmers in Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Ghana, Senegal and Sierra Leone to meet the necessary certification and adapt to the required methods to grow and sell organic products, according to a FAO news release issued today.
Keywords: West African farmers receive boost from UN organic food exporting initiative, UN Daily News, FAO, UN food ang Agricultural Organization, organic food market, smallholder farmers, poor countries, organic
Last modified: 2010-06-03 00:34:06
As people world-wide are growing increasingly concerned about the quality of the food and the state of the environment, organic products are becoming ever more popular. The concept of organic agriculture is relatively new in Syria, however products farmed without synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, insecticides and preservatives, as well as genetic modifications or hormones are appealing to all members of the society.
Keywords: Syria, Organic, United Nations, Institutional Development of Organic Agriculture in Syria, project, market possibilities