Agriculture & Farming

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


81% Of Reviewed GM Crops Were Approved Without Scientific Safety Studies, Researchers Find

By: David Gutierrez | Natural News - Nearly all genetically modified (GM) crops approved by governments worldwide received that approval in spite of a complete lack of published, peer-reviewed research supporting their safety, according to a new study published in the risk-assessment journal Environment International. The researchers looked at GM crops engineered either for tolerance


The End Of Monsanto’s Roundup?

For decades, Monsanto has claimed that Roundup and its key ingredient, glyphosate, are “safe.” The biotech industry has backed up those claims with industry-funded “studies.” The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), which is supposed to protect us, has been protecting Monsanto’s profits instead. In July the EPA, despite new studies linking glyphosate to everything from


GMO Crops Are Destroying Farmland, And Monsanto Doesn’t Want You To Know

By: Christina Sarich | Natural Society - The European Association for bio-industries, EuropaBio, wants you to believe that “GM crops can protect soils from erosion through less ploughing, conserving soil moisture, too. GM herbicide tolerant crops reduce the need to plough fields in preparation for planting crops. This saves fuel because less tilling is necessary. GM insect resistant


“Retaliation”: Feds Launch New Land Grab Targeting Bundy Family

By: Paul Joseph Watson | Infowars - Battle of Bunkerville 2: BLM to declare 1.8 million acres environmental protection zone. A federal land grab being imposed under the guise of environmental protection in Southern Nevada has been labeled an act of “deliberate retaliation” by Cliven Bundy, the rancher who was at the center of a


So You Want To Be A Farmer…

By: Jesse Hirsch | Modern Farmer - (Editor's note) Romancing the farm? Many non-farmers see farming as romantic work, replete with visions of perfect livestock births, sunny fields of verdant crops, farmhouse meals and adequate rest. The reality of farming is much more challenging (working 14-hour days in all kinds of weather) and less bucolic (picture


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


World Bank And UN Carbon Offset Scheme ‘Complicit’ In Genocidal Land Grabs – NGOs

  By: Nafeez Ahmed | Permaculture News - Plight of Kenya’s indigenous Sengwer shows carbon offsets are empowering corporate recolonisation of the South. Editor’s Note: On Monday The Independent published an article titled "Britain has only 100 harvests left in its farm soil as scientists warn of growing ‘agricultural crisis’". We are all too aware


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


Local Farming Is Key To Curbing World Hunger

In spite of Big Agra’s claim that GMO foods are a necessity to keep the world well fed, the Food and Agriculture Organization seems to think differently. Family farms are the “backbone” in the fight against hunger and to achieve sustainable rural development. This is the conclusion of the annual report released today by the


Dow’s Done Deal

It’s official. Thanks to the folks at Dow Agrosciences, and their buddies at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Dow now has permission to unleash up to 176 million more pounds (according to the USDA, though scientists predict much more) of 2,4-D into the environment. Yesterday, the EPA removed


Pesticide Use By Farmers Linked To High Rates Of Depression, Suicides

By: Brian Bienkowski | Environmental Health News -  On his farm in Iowa, Matt Peters worked from dawn to dusk planting his 1,500 acres of fields with pesticide-treated seeds. “Every spring I worried about him,” said his wife, Ginnie. “Every spring I was glad when we were done.” A clinical psychologist spoke to him on the


Lack Of Pollination Threatens Levels Of Micronutrients In Food

The problems affecting bees and other pollinating insects, with the massive disappearance of populations for reasons not entirely known, are a major threat to global food supply. That we know for sure. But now, another caveat has been added to the bee extinction crisis. Not only may food not be available to all of us,


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.


Eggs Galore: Why Chicken Eggs Have Different Colors

By: Jordan Walker, Coops and Cages - Jordan Walker is fond of animals is an understatement; he is passionate about them. His expertise in all animal and pet-related matters is a welcome addition for this blog’s readers. Jordan also writes content for Coops and Cages. In this article, he brings little-known facts to light regarding the


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