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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: 2011-01-24 01:18:08

CAFO: The Tragedy of Industrial Animal Factories, edited by Daniel Imhoff and published by Watershed Media and the Foundation for Deep Ecology, is a must-read and must-see book about the horrors of Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations. With over 400 photos and 30 essays, the book includes contributions from Wendell Berry, Wenonah Hauter, Fred Kirschenmann, Anna Lappé, Michael Pollan and Eric Schlosser. CAFO pulls back the curtain on what goes on inside so-called "factory farms" and what the effects of industrial meat production are on the animals, our environment, our communities, our agricultural system and our health. Below is a brief excerpt from the book.

Keywords: CAFO: The Tragedy of Industrial Animal Factories, Myths about factory farming, Rodale Press, environmental effects, alternatives, competitiveness, government subsidies, health
Last modified: 2012-09-23 23:31:57

Despite fundamental differences in what they represent, there are occasional calls to allow the use of genetic engineering (which produces genetically modified organisms, known as GMOs) within the USDA National Organic Program. GMO varieties are currently most widespread in corn, soybean, canola and cotton crops, in dairy production, and in minor ingredients, such as dairy cultures, used in food processing, but new products are being introduced and commercialized.

Keywords: Why organic, GMO, compatibility, Jim Riddle, Rodale Press, genetic engineering
Last modified: 2011-01-06 21:43:47

If the world's 12 billion acres of farms and rangelands were transitioned to organic, we could pull 50 ppm of that carbon down from the atmosphere and store it safely in the soil.

The Earth's living soils hold three times as much carbon as the atmosphere. Before industrial agriculture and deforestation, these same soils stored twice as much carbon organic matter - six times the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere today.

Using organic farming and ranching to put CO2 back where it belongs in the soil could mitigate greenhouse gas emissions at a rate of 6 billion tons of carbon per year.

Keywords: Working Fast to Slow Climate Change: Farmers Inspire Hope & Action, OCA, Organic consumers association, organic, food, agriculture, climate change, farmers, family, technologies, conversion to organic, why organic
Last modified: 2011-01-15 22:06:11

Preserving the health in the soil while eliminating weeds.

Jeff Moyer has been farm manager/director at the Rodale Institute for more than 28 years, has served as chair of the USDA's National Organic Standards Board, and is a founding board member of Pennsylvania Certified Organic. He has also been working on perfecting an organic no-till system that reduces and even eliminates both tillage and the herbicides on which most no-till systems are dependent.

"As a human being, you can hold your breath for 2 or 3 minutes, but that is not a sustainable respiratory system. For the last 100 years, ag has been holding its breath."

Keywords: No till, permanent bed, farming, increase yields, green manure, cover crops, Jeff Moyer
Last modified: 2011-01-15 22:07:28

This is an old article but Ken recently commented in a blog "Organic, no-till farming, in permanent beds, increases yields, reduces labor by 75% or more, reduces inputs/expenses to nearly 0, increases fertility, stops soil erosion [no rain water run off], eliminates most weed, disease and insect problems and greatly increases profits. Drip irrigation as needed."

Maximize organic matter production

Little by little, work in a dozen countries has convinced us that the vast majority of soils can be made highly fertile. How? By using our first principle: maximize organic matter production.

Keywords: No till, permanent bed, farming, increase yields, green manure, cover crops, Ken Hargesheimer
Last modified: 2013-12-18 20:00:07

According to the new UN report, major changes are needed in our food, agriculture and trade systems, with a shift toward local small-scale farmers and food systems recommended.

Keywords: UN Farming Report, "Wake Up Before It's Too Late
Last modified: 2010-11-21 22:50:02

Science is digging deeper into the roots of food quality. Thousands of scientists worldwide are probing the secrets of antioxidants in food. Why do plants produce them? What factors govern their levels? How do they promote human health? These natural plant chemicals help prevent or reduce tissue damage in cells caused by free radicals. Free radicals are oxygen and nitrogen-based molecules with unpaired electrons that are generated by several of the body's metabolic processes. Antioxidants inhibit damaging reactions within human cells by providing the positively charged atoms needed to neutralize free radicals. They bring stability to cells in the throes of inner chaos.

Keywords: Increasing Antioxidant Levels through Organic Farming and Food Processing, food, organic, organik, science, antioxidants, Organic Center, supplements, food quality
Last modified: 2010-11-17 04:14:22

Odyssey Institute launches its' inaugural youth expedition program in Bali, Indonesia, promising to deliver bright minds of the future a cultural experience of a lifetime.

Keywords: Ben Tamblyn, Odyssey Institute, youth expedition program, Bali, Indonesia, arts, cultural, study, community service, projects
Last modified: 2010-10-29 19:29:20

Global Warming/Climate Change, Rehabilitation, Soil Biology, Soil Composition, Soil Conservation, Soil Erosion & Contamination, Water Contaminaton

Carbon deficient soil at left, carbon rich soil at right.
It's not difficult, but it could make all the difference.

Keywords: Indonesia, organic, Permaculture, environment, solution, climate change, carbon, offsetting emissions, Global Warming/Climate Change, Rehabilitation, Soil Biology, Soil Composition, Soil Conservation, Soil Erosion & Contamination, Water Contaminaton
Last modified: 2010-10-28 20:18:57

Indonesian Coffee is famous worldwide. Indonesia is currently the third largest producer of Coffee in the world following Brazil and Vietnam. The country also ranks fourth among green coffee exporters on the global market.

Keywords: Indonesia, coffee, organic, market report, certified
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