Organics

 

Nationwide Organic Fraud Investigation Implicates USDA

CORNUCOPIA, WIS: In what has been called one of the largest fraud investigations in the history of the organic industry, The Cornucopia Institute, a Wisconsin-based farm policy research group, announced filing formal legal complaints against 14 industrial livestock operations producing milk, meat and eggs being marketed, allegedly illegally, as organic. After years of inaction by the


Organic Food Is Healthier By Far, Finds Study After Study

Organic food is healthier than conventional food by a long way, many studies are now showing. There are two main reasons why: pesticides and nutrients. Conventionally produced food is sprayed with numerous forms of pesticides, from insecticides to herbicides to fungicides and more. In large scale agriculture, these pesticides are petrochemical derivatives. In other words,


Health Benefits Of Raw Honey

Honey is one of nature’s premier superfoods. Not only does honey taste good in tea, yogurt, baked goods etc. but it has been a staple anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory since ancient times. Even modern practitioners swear by its miraculous healing properties. Top 5 Health Benefits of Raw Organic Honey 1. Honey Kills Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria In the


Seeds In The Commons

By: Lisa Hamilton | OpenSource.com - Revolutionizing American agribusiness from the ground up, one seed at a time. Modeled after open source software, The Open Source Seed Initiative (OSSI) was born in 2012 in an attempt to keep seeds in the public commons. In an age when corporations are rushing to gobble up seed patents and


Want More Vitamins, Omega-3s And Antioxidants? Go Organic!

The health risks posed by meat, eggs and dairy products from animals raised on factory farms are well known. But now there’s growing evidence that organic alternatives not only eliminate those health risks, but actually provide significantly more nutritional value. We know why products sourced from factory farms, can’t be good for our health. Animals


Maybe You Aren’t Actually Gluten Intolerant. Maybe You’re Just Poison Intolerant.

Over the past couple of years, I had the unpleasant experience of having bloodwork done to confirm that I am gluten intolerant, only to have it come back and say, “Nope, you’re just crazy.” The same thing happened to my good friend Melissa Melton, who was terribly ill before she cut wheat out of her


Study Says Home Cooking Equals Better Health: 5 Ways To Cut Kitchen Time Without Sacrificing Nutrition

Those of us who are proponents of whole foods and scratch cooking have known it all along, but a study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine confirms it.  Time spent in the kitchen equals a better diet. 1319 participants in the Seattle Obesity Study answered questions about the amount of time they spend preparing food for


15 Best Fall Superfoods

  By: Dr. Mercola - There are many good reasons to choose your foods seasonally, and contrary to popular belief, there are many foods in-season during the fall. Seasonal foods will taste fresher and their nutrition will be at its peak level, as opposed to foods picked prior to ripeness, which are then chilled and


Making Orwell Proud: Organic Trade Association's Faux Farmer Group

By: Cornucopia - OTA/Corporate Interests Creating “Trojan Horse” to Soften Image, Increase Influence... In a move that would look just as cynical as if General Motors decided to create their own workers-union, the powerful Organic Trade Association (OTA) has created their own Farmer Advisory Council and is now discounting memberships to smaller family farmers in an


No GMO Livestock Vaccines In Organics!

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


Nanomaterials In Organic Food? The USDA Is Looking The Other Way

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.”[1] As of


Organic: Key For Sustainable Agriculture

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.


What The ‘Organic’ Label On Chicken Is Hiding

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


No, Kerry, 'Climate Change' Is Not The Most Critical Problem Facing The World

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


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


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