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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 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
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
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