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"...the global community of foodies can make a real difference to poor people who struggle daily with hunger and survival" WFP Director of Public Policy Strategy, Nancy Roman

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Last modified: 2010-02-14 18:51:37

Solo, Indonesia. Variety is the spice of life, and the cultivation of a variety of spices may just be the way to save the environment and restore the country's image as the "Spice Islands," Minister of Agriculture Anton Apriantono said on Wednesday.

Besides being highly prized commodities, part of the original attraction of European colonizers to the archipelago, Anton said spice plants contributed to environmental diversity and human health.

Keywords: Indonesia, organic, spice, farming, eco-labeling, nutritional value
Last modified: 2010-03-18 20:49:07

When his friends were talking about the crunchy, tasty fried chicken they ate the other day, Zaki Fahmi, 32, grumbled. A longtime poultry lover, Zaki was advised to eat less fast-food chicken.

"My doctor told me to stop eating chicken. Takeaway chicken is not good for my health. But he said organic chicken is OK," Zaki said.

Even though a warning has not been issued by health authorities, it is advised to eat healthier food.

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Keywords: organic, chicken, meat, Indonesia, farm, Parung
Last modified: 2010-02-14 18:45:00

They wake up early every morning to tend to their farms, inspecting their crops one by one. For fertilizer they use goat’s manure from nearby goat barns, for pesticides they pour ash and spray liquid coconut husks. “It’s hard being an organic farmer, especially when you are not allowed to use any artificial chemicals,” Kang Marin said.

“I did not know anything about organic farming before the guys from Elsppat [an NGO concerned with organic farming] introduced me to organic farming back in 2000,” Marin said. Marin’s fellow farmer, Ki Tarma, concurred. His first trial with organic techniques was a self admitted big flop. “Pests destroyed my plants and I could not save them immediately with artificial pesticide. As a result, I harvested nothing,” Tarma sighed...

Keywords: organic, farmers, consumers, tactics, Elsppat
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