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"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: 2010-04-29 19:55:16

The dreams of the early organic pioneers have been subsumed into a rush for global supply chains, strict regulations and fast-selling brands.

Keywords: organic, organik, farming, Julian Rose, Changing Course for Life, Local Solutions, Global Problems
Last modified: 2010-04-23 03:07:52

NOW that Congress has pushed through its complicated legislation to reform the health insurance system, it could take one more simple step to protect the health of all Americans. This one wouldn't raise any taxes or make any further changes to our health insurance system, so it could be quickly passed by Congress with an outpouring of bipartisan support. Or could it?

Keywords: NY Times, Cows on Drugs, Donald Kennedy, antibiotic, resistence, agribusiness, bacterial resistant, Joshua Sharfstein, FDA
Last modified: 2010-04-23 03:02:01

 

To enter a farmers' market in a U.S. city in the summer is to experience firsthand the recent revival of small-scale farming. Stand after stand offers a dazzling variety of chemical-free produce, pasture-raised meat and eggs, farmstead cheeses, and more.

Yet in a sense, our teeming, bountiful farmers markets amount to a gloss on a food system that rewards scale and cheapness over all other factors--including quality, nutrition, ecological sustainability, social justice, and a sense of place. While farmers markets, community-supported agriculture (CSA) programs, and "locavore" restaurants have proliferated over the past decade, they still provide just a tiny portion of the calories consumed by Americans.

 

Keywords: Grist, reinvest, food system, infrastructure, food system
Last modified: 2010-04-23 02:51:34

Action Alert of the Week: Stop Factory Farm Production of "Organic" Poultry & Eggs

Get Synthetic Methionine Out of "Organic" Feed!

Keywords: international, organic, eggs, poultry, free range, United Egg Producers, Organic Bytes
Last modified: 2010-04-17 19:49:40

East Timor is no longer a part of Indonesia although it was for almost 25 years.  This article is listed to highlight the success of the industry there, the success of Cooperative Cafe Timor in becoming one of the largest world suppliers of coffee.  As noted in the article, the coffee has always been organic.

Keywords: coffee, organic, East Timor, Cooperative, Cafe Timor, Indonesia
Last modified: 2010-04-17 19:42:37

ScienceDaily (Nov. 20, 2009) - Sustainable farming, initially adopted to preserve soil quality for future generations, may also play a role in maintaining a healthy climate, according to researchers at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge and Los Alamos national laboratories.

Keywords: ScienceDaily, sustainable farming, healthy, climate, preserve soil, ORNL, LANL
Last modified: 2010-04-16 19:54:52

1. Reduce The Toxic Load: Keep Chemicals Out of the Air, Water, Soil and our Bodies
Buying organic food promotes a less toxic environment for all living things. With only 0.5 percent of crop and pasture land in organic, according to USDA that leaves 99.5 percent of farm acres in the U.S. at risk of exposure to noxious agricultural chemicals.

Our bodies are the environment so supporting organic agriculture doesn't just benefit your family, it helps all families live less toxically.

Keywords: Top Ten Reasons, organic, organik, organic.org, Scowcroft, Tawse, Alan Greene, MD,
Last modified: 2010-04-16 18:47:45

Organic cotton: a sensible concept. Cotton candy: frivolous, but delicious. But organic cotton candy - these three words are not natural bedfellows. Nonetheless, the adventurous spirit of the Indian sweet tooth knows no bounds. Now, thanks to a new organic farmers' market in Mumbai (Nilgiri Garden, Bandra Hindu Association, Linking Road, Bandra West), you can get a natural sugar rush - imagine eating a nimbus cloud that passed over a molasses factory - alongside local, pesticide-free food.

Keywords: organic, mumbai, cotton, produce, Mukhi, consciousfood.com cooperative,
Last modified: 2010-04-16 19:58:17

Chocolate once offered simple pleasure and easy choices: plain or with almonds? Milk or dark? Now, from many perspectives - including controversy about some aspects of its production - chocolate is viewed as a far more complex food.

Fine chocolate now shares the status of wine and cheese: connoisseurs have learned to taste differences among producers and even among cacao growers, with single-plantation and single-origin chocolates emerging from Indonesia, Venezuela and the Cote d'Ivoire. (The Theobroma tree, from whose seeds chocolate comes - Theobroma is Greek for "food of the gods" - grows in hot humid climates within 20 degrees of the equator.)

Keywords: NY Times, chocolate, Cacao, emerging, Indonesia, cocoa, plantations
Last modified: 2010-04-16 18:31:31

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has welcomed an innovative seasonal on-line fundraising campaign that connects together two different worlds -- small-scale farmers in rural Africa and a global community of food bloggers.

Keywords: Menu For Hope, United Nations World Food Programme, WFP, innovation, technology, connection, rural farmers, developing countries
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