Category Archives: Organics

9 Simple Steps For Starting An Organic Garden

The Benefits of Organic Gardening You've been trying to eat more organic foods, both to decrease the amount of pesticides you and your family consume, and to help protect the environment from overloading with toxic chemicals. But organics can get a bit expensive, we know. Luckily, there's a way to grow your own delicious, fresh produce, ...

The Unsustainable Absurdity Of The Average American Diet

Have you ever thought about how wildly unrealistic and unsustainable our current diets are?  Items that don’t grow within the same season are commonly consumed together. Things that don’t grow on the same continent are combined into all sorts of meals.  We eat blueberries in December and drink pumpkin spice lattes in the summer.  We ...

Michigan Dept of Agri Forces Farmer To Dump 248 Gallons Of Organic Milk And Break 1200 Free Range Eggs

While Americans in the nearby city of Detroit face life in third world conditions, unable to even afford running water,  the state of Michigan decided to direct its resources towards cracking down on a small food co-op in Standish for having the utter audacity to provide milk, butter, cream and eggs to people who bought ...

The Assault On Organics

Ignoring science to make the case for chemical farming. The New York Post loves a good villain, but you’d think it would be hard to cast a bad light on the group of people profiled in an April 19 story: moms who feed their kids organic food. Naomi Schaefer Riley took on the challenge in “The Tyranny ...

Why You Should Consider Quail For The Urban Homestead (VIDEO)

Raising food sources in urban settings or those living in close proximity to others can pose a problem for some. Urban homesteaders have started efforts in finding microlivestock to raise that will provide adequate nutrition as well as can be raised in small spaces and not annoy neighbors. For years, Marjorie Wildcraft has educated the public ...

Dead, Lifeless Food

FDA aims to sterilize our food through the Food Safety Modernization Act After two years of delay, the Food Safety Modernization Act is finally about to go into effect. The FDA is moving forward with rules that are supposed to make food in the United States the safest in the world. Hailed as the most sweeping overhaul ...

Canadian Farmers Say Entire Organic Industry At Risk In GM Alfalfa Debate (VIDEO)

Scroll down for video. GUELPH, Ont. – There’s a new genetically modified crop on the horizon that some say is jeopardizing the entire Canadian organic farming industry. Organic farmers across the country are sounding the alarm bells on the state of alfalfa, one small plant with a massive role in organic farming. When most people hear the word ...

7 Ways To Get Rid Of Leftover Fruit

Each year, about 40 percent of all food in the United States goes uneaten, or around $165 billion dollars worth of food. Although a certain amount of this waste in the food stream simply can’t be helped, due to the processing and distribution in produce as well as uneaten food from restaurants. However, when we purchase perishable food ...

Sow Revolution: Join The Grocery Store Rebellion

Recently I wrote about how to break up with your supermarket and it really got me thinking. I like to say that I avoid shopping at the supermarket as much as possible, but is that really true?  “As much as possible” is pretty vague.  A better way to put it would be “as much as ...

Major Study Documents Nutritional And Food Safety Benefits Of Organic Farming (VIDEO)

The largest study of its kind has found that organic foods and crops have a suite of advantages over their conventional counterparts, including more antioxidants and fewer, less frequent pesticide residues. The study looked at an unprecedented 343 peer-reviewed publications comparing the nutritional quality and safety of organic and conventional plant-based foods, including fruits, vegetables, and ...

Protecting Organic Seed Integrity

Organic seed should be free of genetically engineered (GE) DNA, because organic regulations prohibit genetic engineering.  Unfortunately, organic crops are threatened by inadvertent contamination from GE crops.  In response to the threat, the Organic Seed Growers and Trade Association (OSGATA) published a workbook, Protecting Organic Seed Integrity: The Organic Farmer’s Handbook to GE Avoidance and ...

Chipotle To Source Grass Fed Beef From Australia As America’s Supply Wanes

Chipotle, the poster restaurant for healthy, sustainable and ethical ingredients has announced that it’s sourcing its grass fed beef from Australia. While the chain insists the issue is related to demand exceeding supply—the chain has doubled in size in recent years—critics think it’s more about price than it is about supply. Chipotle founder Steve Ells said drought ...

July 7: Call Starbucks Day

Today, onJuly 7, OCA, GMO Inside and other concerned groups are asking their members to call Starbucks and ask them to switch to buying organic milk. Starbucks is the largest retail coffee chain in the world. That makes it one of the biggest supporters of Big Dairy factory farms. What's wrong with the Big Dairy factory ...

This Week’s Harvest: Strawberries

Strawberry season is in full swing.  Now is the time to stock up on those delicious vivid red berries! Some strawberry trivia:  Strawberries are not actually a fruit, but a member of the rose family. They are the receptacle of the flower and were first cultivated for eating in ancient Rome. Native Americans called them “heart ...

What Will It Take?

The evidence against neonicotinoid pesticides keeps piling up. But will it be enough to get the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to act in time? Friends of the Earth (FOE) yesterday (June 25, 2014) released results of a second study on so-called “bee-friendly” garden plants sold at Home Depot, Lowe’s and Walmart stores. According to the ...

Small American Farmers Hope To Make Big Impact Without Genetically Modified Food

As a teenager, Danelle Myer wanted nothing more than to leave her family’s farm in Iowa and become a big-city advertising executive. Now, the 42-year-old juggles orders for cabbage and deals with hail damage on her patch of land. After building a career in public relations, Myer returned three years ago to her rural roots in the ...

Rhubarb: The Good Stalk

Rhubarb is more versatile than we give it credit for. Its stalk are a favorite for culinary uses, but there is more to it than meets the eye. This perennial favorite is very easy to grow and makes a popular addition to low maintenance gardens. Rhubarb is an extremely hardy plant, and can grow in almost ...