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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: 2010-04-16 01:53:34

Lately there's been a tremendous surge in interest in eating locally. There are Slow Food groups popping up all over the globe, books about eating food sourced within 100 miles from your home, and farmers markets becoming more common and trendy.

But what's better than going to a farmers market and filling your cloth bags with your local farmer's latest and greatest veggie? Well, how about stepping out on your porch or into your yard and picking some bright, juicy, delicious, home-grown tomatoes or some fragrant basil?

Keywords: Nature Conservancy, square-foot garden, Help Oceans, chemical free, compost,
Last modified: 2010-04-07 21:51:12

ScienceDaily (Feb. 24, 2010) - Conventional wisdom among many ecologists is that industrial-scale agriculture is the best way to produce lots of food while preserving biodiversity in the world's remaining tropical forests. But two University of Michigan researchers reject that idea and argue that small, family-owned farms may provide a better way to meet both goals.

Keywords: Science Daily, family farms, conservation, conserving species, natural habitat, small farms, feed the hungry, biodiversity, preservation,
Last modified: 2010-04-02 03:10:12

It's interesting that, for the most part, as a civilization we have tended to ignore what was beneath our feet: dirt. We walk on it; we build on it; we move great quantities of it out of the way. We also grow crops in it-but even then, our understanding of it has been minimal, as witnessed by the fact that current industrial farming methods have depleted the soil of its life.

Keywords: Dirt The Movie, future, soil, Benenson, rosow,
Last modified: 2010-04-02 02:39:34

Sun exposure has always been considered the driving force behind rising rates of melanoma. But new research suggests that repeated, long-term use of pesticides may be an important factor, too.

Keywords: cancer, pesticides, melanoma, farm, fields, farmers, maneb, mancozeb, methyl-parathion, carbaryl, study
Last modified: 2010-03-26 22:19:11

Annticipation is building for the first ever Global Conference on Agricultural Research for Development (GCARD) ‘Reshaping agricultural research for development,' which will take place in Montpellier, France from 28-31 March 2010.

A delegation of 15 IFAP farmer leaders from 14 countries will participate.

Keywords: IFAP, Farmers, Influence, Water, Research, agricultural, GCARD, development
Last modified: 2010-03-24 21:52:13

March 22, 2010 - Farmers around the world are constantly developing and implementing innovative solutions to reduce threats on water quality. On World Water Day 2010, with the theme ‘Clean Water for a Healthy World,' we are reminded of the critical importance of water to the lives of farmers. Farmers' lives depend on using water sustainably, for their own health, the health of their farms and the ecosystems they depend on. In 2050, nearly two of the world's nine billion inhabitants are expected to live in areas where water is absolutely scarce, while two-thirds of the world's population will have difficult access to adequate clean water. This will have a huge impact on farmers everywhere in the world. IFAP and the world's farmers' organizations are prepared to work as essential allies in facing these challenges.

Keywords: IFAP, World Water Day, farmers organization, family farmers, water quality
Last modified: 2010-03-08 20:35:39

"Fertilizer is good for the father and bad for the sons." Dutch saying

The use of artificial manure, particularly [synthetic nitrogen] ... does untold harm. The presence of additional combined nitrogen in an easily assimilable form stimulates the growth of fungi and other organisms which, in the search for organic matter needed for energy and for building up microbial tissue, use up first the reserve of soil humus and then the more resistant organic matter which cements soil particles.

In other words, synthetic nitrogen degrades soil.

Keywords: Nitrogen, soil, fertilizer, GRIST, Philpott, artificial manure
Last modified: 2010-03-17 00:17:05

35 Million Hectares of Organic Agricultural Land World-wide

FiBL and IFOAM present new facts and figures about organic agriculture world-wide at the BioFach World Organic Trade Fair 2010 in Nuremberg, Germany.

 

Keywords: 35 Million Hectare, certified, organic, IFOAM, Markus Arbenz, FiBL
Last modified: 2010-03-16 20:03:13

IFAP concluded that sustainable agriculture is the core of the green economy, and that national farmers' organizations should be a key partner in all levels of discussion.

Keywords: IFAP, Bali, Environmental, UNEP, Global Ministerial Environment forum, biodiversity, sustainable, agriculture, development, ecosystem, green economy,
Last modified: 2010-03-16 19:53:52

This is a gem of an article, translated from the original Spanish by our sun-loving contributor, Vicky Hayward. Whilst it presents some exciting new medical research, we beg to differ about one point. The learned doctor suggests that mothers passing on pesticides to their babies via breast milk won't harm them. His research team list these chemical pesticides as including such extreme ones as DDT and lindane.

We suggest the precautionary principle - in fact, we'd go so far as to say that feeding babies poisonous chemicals via breast milk is not a good idea if it can be avoided. Luckily it can. The most sensible option would be for the mother to eliminate her accumulated chemical toxins before getting pregnant. This way, she can breast feed her baby safe in the knowledge that she is not passing on potentially dangerous pesticide residues. Of course, even without the detox, breast milk really is Mother Nature's idea of an all-in-one medicine, food, comfort zone and maternal bonding technique. Here at Orrganicfoodee.com we simply recommend that both parents-to-be have a thorough detox before conceiving their child if possible. But read on, and make up your own mind...

Keywords: organic, breast cancer, breast feeding, toxins, lactating, breast health, environment, WHO, Segarra
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