Organics

 

Dear Farmers: U.S. Is Now Importing Organic Corn To Satisfy Consumer Demand

By: Heather Callaghan | Activist Post – There are three things driving a surge in organic imports: U.S. farmers have been systematically pushed into growing mostly GMO crops; grown primarily for fuel, animal feed and cheap processed foods. Russia even used our food supply as an example for the EU to dump us and join them


Study Finds Organic Food Is Higher In Antioxidants

Chalk up another win for organic whole foods. New research has found that organic food contains more antioxidants than conventionally-grown food and may be one of the most potent ways to fight aging, reduce oxidative stress, and support energy. Organic Food Contains More Antioxidants A comprehensive review that’s set to be published in the British


Organic Stakeholders Sue USDA

(The Cornucopia Institute) Organic stakeholders have filed a lawsuit in federal court, maintaining that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) violated the federal rulemaking process when it changed established procedures for reviewing the potential hazards and need for allowed synthetic and prohibited natural substances used in producing organic food.  A coalition of 15 organic food


Why You Should Grow Heirloom Seeds

By: Sam Cho | Organic Lesson – When I bought seeds for the first time, I did not know what the difference was between heirloom, hybrid, and GMO. If you are in the same boat as I used to be then check out the infographic below to learn what the main differences are. Feel free to


Organic Egg On Their Faces

Buying organic eggs is a good way to fight factory farming—but only if you buy eggs from organic farms that raise their hens on pasture. Unfortunately, there are a lot of so-called “organic” eggs on grocery shelves that come from farms that operate more like factories, than farms—despite the pretty pictures on their labels. Which


Chicken Little vs. Chicken Big

Not all organic chickens and eggs are created equal. The best organic farmers raise their meat chickens and egg-laying hens on pasture, in compliance with organic rules that require animals to spend time outdoors in the sunshine. Chickens raised outdoors on pasture eat a natural diet of insects and worms, grasses and other greens, sometimes


Small Space Gardening

We don’t always have the option of moving out into the sprawling countryside to live off of the land. Our jobs dictate that we live near a city and, as a result, our yards are smaller and may not provide adequate space for a large garden. As well, those that are renting homes may also be


How Does Your State Rank With Supporting Locally Grown Foods?

It is estimated that the average American meal travels about 1,500 miles to get from farm to plate. Our dependency on far away food sources leaves a region vulnerable to supply disruptions, and removes any real accountability of producer to consumer. As well, nutritional value can quickly decline as time passes after harvest. Finding local food


4 Encouraging Facts About Food In America

In today’s society, rarely is the news positive. Whether it’s on a local, national, or global level, networks generally focus on stories that can leave us disheartened and upset. Even some natural health websites will shift their focus of educating their audience on the benefits of eating healthy toward capitalizing on fear about food in


Young Wisconsin Farmers Are Finding The Organic Market

The University of Wisconsin-Madison recently reported that although Wisconsin holds the second-highest number of organic farms in the country, consumer demand for organic produce and meat outpaces supply. The report also says that while conventional farmers continue to age, almost one-third of Wisconsin’s organic farmers are now under 45. Additionally, new farmers in Wisconsin are


7 Laws Of Gardening: Time-Tested Tips For Growing A Successful Garden

We all have the best of intentions in the beginning of summer. We plan on spending the season growing a beautiful lush garden. As the summer drags on, avoiding the heat becomes the top priority. From the neglect, your garden suffers. The plants may not be thriving, there may be bug infestations, or root rot. Inevitably,


The Importance Of Organic Carpet Cleaners

Every time toxic cleaners are used, there’s a heavy impact on our environment. It does not matter whether the cleaners are poured, sprayed, washed, rinsed, or dumped; the harmful effects are the same. When we use these things we risk adding toxins to the air and to the water, both of which come back to


Study: Eating Organic Limits Toxic Pesticide Exposure

Although they are extremely toxic, organophosphate pesticides remain some of the most commonly used insecticides today. A variety of fruits and vegetables are regularly treated with organophosphates, including green beans, apples, grapes, and peaches. The Dangers of Organophosphate Pesticides This highly toxic type of pesticide has been linked to numerous health problems, including reduced testosterone,


4 Reasons Why Your Children Will Love Organics

  By: Meggie Haneckow – Every parent wants to buy and bring only the best of things for their children. From the time couples become new parents, they start thinking about a ‘good future’ for the baby. But it is tough to even think about a safe and sound environment in a world that is


Sustainable Gardening: What To Do Before You Plant Your Seedlings

To live more sustainably, I have a small garden bed in my backyard to grow food for my family. Although it isn’t as large as I would like it be and certainly could not grow a year’s worth of food, I am able to grow plenty of fresh vegetables to make sauces, salsas and salad ingredients.


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