Agriculture & Farming

Urban Farms And Gardens Are Feeding Cities Around The World

By: Danielle Nierenberg, Emily Nink, and Juliette Crellin | Food Tank – Around 15 percent of the world’s food is now grown in urban areas. According to the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), urban farms already supply food to about 700 million residents of cities, representing about a quarter of the world’s urban population.


Preemption: The Legal Principle Used By Big Biotech To Get GMO Labeling Banned

Preemption is the legal principle being trotted out in the last couple of years by politicians and judges ruling on biotechnology and GMO cases. Big Biotech has seized upon the principle of preemption, and unfortunately but unsurprisingly, is now using it with gusto to prevent states, counties and municipalities from passing and enacting ordinances, moratoriums


Backyard Chickens Must Be Registered In North Carolina "For Your Own Safety"

There isn’t much that feels more self-reliant than going out to your backyard hen house to get fresh eggs for breakfast.  There’s no need for USDA approval, you know what your hens have been eating, and you don’t have to pay a premium price and hope that the farm who raised the chickens that laid


Watch Out, Tyson!

Americans now eat more chicken than beef—almost 60 pounds per person, according to the latest available statistics. Most of that chicken comes from industrial factory farms, controlled by a handful of corporations that not only abuse the birds, but also mistreat the farmers they contract with to raise them. Today’s industrial poultry system, heavily reliant


Rodale: 30 years Of Comparative Data Reveal Organic Farm Yields Match Conventional

(Permaculture magazine) Is organic farming more resilient, higher yielding, more energy efficient and more profitable? The Rodale Institute’s latest report of a 30 year trial says it is. Read the full report free here. The Farming Systems Trial (FST)® at Rodale Institute is America’s longest running, side-by-side comparison of organic and chemical agriculture. Started in


Formaldehyde In GMO Soy?

When the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) wrongfully declared GMOs “substantially equivalent” to non-GMO foods, the agency set the table for decades of corruption. Corruption of our food supply. Corruption of our health. Corruption of our Democracy. Now, along comes a new study, published in the peer-reviewed Agricultural Sciences, that says GMO crops, or


Is Rocket Fuel (Perchlorate) Destroying Organic Farming?

Perchlorate is an environmental pollutant primarily associated with releases by defense contractors, military operations and aerospace programs, as it is a key ingredient in rocket fuel. It is now found contaminating conventional and organically grown food, alike.   Perchlorate and the Post-Organic Era Perchlorate is an environmental pollutant primarily associated with releases by defense contractors,


What Will You Eat When Your Garden Is A Flop?

I love growing my own vegetables. I spend many fulfilling hours outside every summer, tending to my plants, nurturing my soil, and babying things along, with the birds for music and a basket full of delicious organic food to show for it each day. Except this year. This year, my garden is a flop. Daisy’s


Lying Through Their Teeth!

In yet another blatant show of support for Monsanto, members of the U.S House Committee on Agriculture signed off on a bill intended to permanently shut down the GMO labeling movement. The Committee took only 17 minutes to push H.R. 1599 toward a full House vote, expected to take place early next week. Members justified


Is Your Grass-Fed Beef For Real? Here’s How To Tell And Why It Matters

By: Civil Eats | When you buy a pound of hamburger in the grocery store, you’re likely to be bombarded by an incredible assortment of labels. With all-natural, grass-fed, free-range, pastured, sustainably sourced, and certified organic options to choose from, it’s not easy to parse which beef is actually the best. In recent years, demand


The Sweet Truth: Why Buy Organic Maple Syrup?

By: Jérôme Rigot, PhD | Cornucopia – Certified Organic Production Surpasses Conventional on Several Scores. Many people may wonder why a seemingly natural product such as maple syrup would need to be certified organic. However, the reality is that there are significant differences between conventional and certified organic maple syrup production. One key difference is that


American-Raised Meat? You May Not Know For Long

It took years to get country-of-origin labels, so you know where your meat comes from. But just after these labels began appearing in your grocery store, they could be gone for good simply because other countries don’t like them! The House just voted to kill the labels, and the Senate vote is our last chance


Whole Foods Markets: Throwing Organic Farmers Under The Bus?

By: Cornucopia Institute | Veteran Growers Shaken Down to Fund Grocer’s Marketing Program Incensed and insulted, five of the most respected and influential, veteran Certified Organic farmers in the nation have sent the CEO of Whole Foods Market a letter calling the company’s new “Responsibly Grown” produce marketing scheme “onerous and expensive” and stating that


New Yorkers Outraged After GMO Moths Released

Environmental, advocacy and organic farming organizations have sent a letter Thursday to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and Agriculture Commissioner Richard Ball along with Cornell University President David Skorton and Agricultural School Associate Dean Susan Brown, urging them to release information to the public about the field release of genetically engineered (GE) diamondback moths at


Close The Loophole Allowing Conventional Cows On Organic Farms

Origin of Livestock – Proposed Rule *Comment by July 27 The new origin of livestock rule released by the USDA has tightened the rules that govern how conventionally raised livestock can be brought into organic production system, but a major loophole remains. This loophole could allow significant abuses to continue to the detriment of organic


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