Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) aren’t allowed in organics because they fall into the “excluded methods” category—meaning things that are excluded from organics. But there’s one exception to the “no GMOs in organics rule”—GMO vaccines for livestock. Under current law, GMO vaccines are allowed in organic, but only after they’ve been reviewed and approved by the
By: Pamela Coleman, PhD | Cornucopia - At their October 2010 meeting, the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) unanimously approved a guidance document recommending that “Engineered Nanomaterials be prohibited from certified organic products as expeditiously as possible. We respectfully request that the National Organic Program take immediate actions to implement this guidance document.” As of
By: Warren Beaumont, organicwellnessnews.com - (EUROPE) Key EU policy-makers and organic stakeholders met at the 8th European Organic Congress in Bari, Italy in mid September and agreed, that the EU must support the development of the organic sector across Europe to achieve a sustainable agricultural system that benefits people and the planet, IFOAM EU said.
If you think buying organic chickens keeps you safe from added antibiotics, think again. Organic chickens are not necessarily 100% antibiotic-free. There is a loophole, allowing unhatched eggs and freshly born chicks to be administered small doses of antibiotics, including the powerful antibiotic gentamicin. Even if the label reads “organic”, the law regulating antibiotic use
The message that the United States Secretary of State broadcast to the World is ridiculous. I am sure the Terrorists threatening the World and the United States are scared of Climate Change. John Kerry announced that Climate Change was the most critical problem facing the World at this time. He must have a big investment in
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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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