Agriculture & Farming

Michigan Loses ‘Right To Farm’ This Week: A Farewell To Backyard Chickens And Beekeepers

Michigan residents lost their “right to farm” this week. This is a new ruling by the Michigan Commission of Agriculture and Rural Development. Gail Philburn of the Michigan Sierra Club told Michigan Live, the new changes “effectively remove Right to Farm Act protection for many urban and suburban backyard farmers raising small numbers of animals.”


Agent Orange Ticking Time Bomb

The clock is ticking on our last chance to stop a ticking time bomb. On August 6 (2014), the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), over the objections of 50 members of Congress, and more than 500,000 citizens, scientists, farmers and health professionals, moved one step closer to approving Dow’s new Enlist "Agent Orange" brand soy


Minutes A Day… To Produce Your Own Food

After we made an impromptu move this summer, I had to leave my robust garden behind and start over. The house we moved to had an existing small tiered garden. It wasn’t much and looked as if it had been abandoned for years. In fact, to put it bluntly, the garden was in pretty bad shape. The soil was


Russia Fires First Salvo In The Sanctions War With The West

The Russian Government has published a document which contains details on the ban of import agricultural products from countries of the European Union, United States, Australia, Canada, Japan and Norway. These products will be prohibited from entering Russian soil as part of a 12 month ban imposed as an answer to sanctions previously imposed by


Debunking The Latest Attempt To Defend Neonicotinoids At The Cost Of The Greater Good

By: Dr. Linley Dixon, The Cornucopia Institute - Dr. Henry Miller’s July 22 Wall Street Journal opinion piece entitled “Why the Buzz About a Bee-pocalypse is a Honey Trap” argues that bees are not in decline and that U.S. agriculture would be devastated without the use of neonicotinoid insecticides. His article is likely in response to the


Dept Of Agri Shuts Down Cell Of Potential “Agri-Terrorists”: Seed Libraries Outlawed In Pennsylvania

It looks like Michigan is not the only state with a Department of Agriculture that is adamant about the best interests of their citizens.  Residents in Pennsylvania can now breathe a little bit easier since an illegal enterprise has been shut down. The Joseph T. Simpson Public Library in Mechanicsburg was participating in an activity that


All-In-One Energy System Offers Sustainable Power For Off-Grid Homes, Farms

An innovative 'trigeneration' system fueled entirely by raw plant oils could have great potential for isolated homes and businesses operating outside grid systems both in the UK and abroad. Developed by a consortium led by Newcastle University and funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), through theRCUK Energy Programme, the small-scale combined


Why Monsanto's 'Cure' For World Hunger Is Cursing The Global Food Supply

What if the very GM agricultural system that Monsanto claims will help to solve the problem of world hunger depends on a chemical that kills the very pollinator upon which approximately 70% of world's food supply now depends? A new study published in the Journal of Experimental Biology titled, "Effects of field-realistic doses of glyphosate


9 Simple Steps For Starting An Organic Garden

The Benefits of Organic Gardening You've been trying to eat more organic foods, both to decrease the amount of pesticides you and your family consume, and to help protect the environment from overloading with toxic chemicals. But organics can get a bit expensive, we know. Luckily, there's a way to grow your own delicious, fresh


The Unsustainable Absurdity Of The Average American Diet

Have you ever thought about how wildly unrealistic and unsustainable our current diets are?  Items that don’t grow within the same season are commonly consumed together. Things that don’t grow on the same continent are combined into all sorts of meals.  We eat blueberries in December and drink pumpkin spice lattes in the summer.  We


Thinking About Raising Chickens? Start Here.

by Jennifer Megyesi, The New pioneer Whether you decide to keep chickens for eggs, meat, show or just companionship, learning to care for them is easy and rewarding, providing that you know some basics. Local laws, such as zoning and other ordinances, may end your chicken enterprise before it takes flight. The best way to


Michigan Dept of Agri Forces Farmer To Dump 248 Gallons Of Organic Milk And Break 1200 Free Range Eggs

While Americans in the nearby city of Detroit face life in third world conditions, unable to even afford running water,  the state of Michigan decided to direct its resources towards cracking down on a small food co-op in Standish for having the utter audacity to provide milk, butter, cream and eggs to people who bought


The Assault On Organics

Ignoring science to make the case for chemical farming. The New York Post loves a good villain, but you’d think it would be hard to cast a bad light on the group of people profiled in an April 19 story: moms who feed their kids organic food. Naomi Schaefer Riley took on the challenge in


Dead, Lifeless Food

FDA aims to sterilize our food through the Food Safety Modernization Act After two years of delay, the Food Safety Modernization Act is finally about to go into effect. The FDA is moving forward with rules that are supposed to make food in the United States the safest in the world. Hailed as the most


Canadian Farmers Say Entire Organic Industry At Risk In GM Alfalfa Debate (VIDEO)

Scroll down for video. GUELPH, Ont. – There’s a new genetically modified crop on the horizon that some say is jeopardizing the entire Canadian organic farming industry. Organic farmers across the country are sounding the alarm bells on the state of alfalfa, one small plant with a massive role in organic farming. When most people


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