Category Archives: Organics

General Mills Buys Annie’s For $820M

By: Adam Belz, Star Tribune - Latest acquisition adds to General Mills’ presence in organic and natural foods. General Mills is buying its way into the natural and organic food market as it wrestles with stagnating demand for its traditional packaged items. The company said that it has agreed to purchase Annie’s Inc., the firm known for its ...

An Apple A Day

Does an apple a day really keep the doctor away? Not anymore, according to soil health experts—unless the apple comes from a tree grown in healthy, organic soil. According to Australian soil scientist Christine Jones, as reported by Courtney White in his book, Grass, Soil, Hope, apples have lost 80 percent of their vitamin C. And that ...

5 Reasons Why You Need 100 Pounds Of Tomatoes

Here’s my recommendation for your end-of-summer food preservation. You need 100 pounds of tomatoes. 100 pounds?  Are you insane, Daisy? Yes – 100 pounds, and more if you can get them. No other item of produce increases in nutrients when cooked and stored like tomatoes.  Canning them is like loading your shelves with vitamins.  These vitamins have the ...

This Breeder Is Working On ‘Organic Ready’ Corn That Blocks GMO Contamination

For nearly 15 years, Frank Kutka has been working to save prevent genetically modified (GMO) corn from cross-pollinating with organic and other corn varieties. Kutka, a plant breeder, has been developing what he calls “Organic Ready” corn varieties that have the ability to prevent cross-pollination. “We need corn that organic farmers can grow without fear of ...

The Grocery Store Rebellion: Here’s What We Ate During Week 3

The Grocery Store Rebellion continues… This week, we didn’t buy much in the way of weekly food. Instead, I invested my money and time in prepping tomatoes for the year ahead. We learned several things this week, one of which is the vast importance of networking.  Very few of us can self-sufficiently provide every bite of ...

Food Forests Could Bring Healthy Organic Food To Everyone – For Free (VIDEO)

By: Andrew Martin, onenesspublishing - Food forests or Forest gardening have been around for a long time with many of the native cultures practicing this form of sustainable agriculture. It is a form of low-maintenance plant-based food production which replicates natural ecosystems, incorporating fruit and nut trees, shrubs, herbs, running vines and perennial vegetables. Beneficial plants and ...

NOSB Voting Scorecard Released – Lobbyists/Influence Peddlers Eroding Organic Standards

Analysis Illustrates USDA/Agribusiness Collusion A comprehensive voting analysis of members of the National Organic Standards Board, an expert body formed by Congress to insulate the governance of the industry from undue corporate influence, clearly illustrates how illegal appointments to the board by current and past USDA Secretaries have subverted congressional intent. The study, produced by The ...

The Austerity Diaries: Making Hay While The Sun Shines

Over the past couple of weeks, I haven’t been around my computer much. That’s because we are working hard to live a more agrarian lifestyle. And to do that, you have to “make hay while the sun shines.” That little proverb was first recorded in 1546, in John Heywood’s “A dialogue conteinyng the nomber in effect of ...

10 Awesome Ways To Preserve The WHOLE Peach

Peaches. Over the past two weeks, I’ve had my hands on 100 pounds of them. There’s a large orchard just down the road from me, where I buy “seconds” for canning. However, their seconds are about a kabillion times better than the hard, tasteless orbs you pick up at the grocery store, and they aren’t doused in ...

The Grocery Store Rebellion: Here’s What We Ate During Week 2

We had some setbacks this week, but we’re hanging in there with our Grocery Store Rebellion. At the end of Week 2, we ran out of milk. After choking down coffee without fresh cream, I finally broke down and went to our local co-op and purchased milk. Yuck. I really hope that our dairy farmer gets ...

Jumpstart Your Garden: Regrow Vegetable Food Scraps (VIDEO)

No matter what season you find yourself in or headed towards, a jumpstart in growing time is always useful to keep your organic vegetable garden producing (that’s one reason transplants are so commonly utilized). Melissa Melton and Aaron Dykes demonstrate how easy it can be to regrow food scraps from their leftover organic produce. If you can’t ...

The Austerity Diaries: The “Whole Buffalo” Theory Of Food Economics

In Native American lore, it is often said that hunters made use of the entire animal that they had killed in order to respect the sacrifice that sustained them. They considered the buffalo to be sacred, and felt it was an offense to be wasteful.  They ate anything edible; used the hides for shelters, shoes, ...

DIY Homeade Ketchup! Kick Heinz And Other Unhealthy Brands

Ketchup is a pretty common staple in many American households. Kids seem to love it, and even as we grow up, the joy of ketchup seems to remain. In fact, McDonald’s uses about 250 million lbs. of ketchup in their restaurants annually. The problem is, is the ketchup we eat at fast food restaurants, or ...

10 Pizza Crust Recipes That Don’t Use Flour

When it comes to finding a good pizza crust recipe, many are on a lifelong search. Because let’s be honest- there’s nothing better than pizza made at home. But what if you can’t tolerate traditional flour? Or even any kind of flour at all? Is a good pizza crust recipe then simply an unattainable dream? ...

The Grocery Store Rebellion: Here’s What We Ate During Week 1

My family and I decided to embark on a revolution.  We have banished the grocery store from our lives for the next 3 months.  Our Grocery Store Rebellion began on August 1, and this is an update on our first week. The week began with two major upheavals. Our SUV went into the shop, and the ...

Dept Of Agri Shuts Down Cell Of Potential “Agri-Terrorists”: Seed Libraries Outlawed In Pennsylvania

It looks like Michigan is not the only state with a Department of Agriculture that is adamant about the best interests of their citizens.  Residents in Pennsylvania can now breathe a little bit easier since an illegal enterprise has been shut down. The Joseph T. Simpson Public Library in Mechanicsburg was participating in an activity that put ...

No Brainer. Organic Is Better

Want more antioxidants in your food? And lower concentrations of pesticides and the toxic heavy metal, cadmium? Eat organic. According to research published in the British Journal of Nutrition, scientists found 18-69 percent higher concentrations of antioxidants, many of which are linked to reduced risk of chronic diseases, in organic food. They also found that pesticide residues were ...