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Tanzanian Farmers Face Heavy Prison Sentences if They Continue Their Traditional Seed Exchange

Agriculture & Farming |  | In order to get developmental assistance, Tanzania amended its legislation, which should give commercial investors faster and better access to agricultural land as well as a very strong protection of intellectual property rights. ‘If you buy seeds from Syngenta or Monsanto under the new legislation, they will retain the intellectual property rights. If you save seeds ...Read More »

Trouble in Tuscan

Agriculture & Farming |  | In a perfect example of how people are organizing locally against corporate power, a growing number of citizens in Tucson, Ariz., are locked in a heated battle with Monsanto and some local elected officials. In a nutshell, here’s the deal. Pima County Administrator Chuck Huckelberry negotiated a back-room deal that allowed Monsanto to buy 155 ...Read More »

Study Links Roundup Herbicide to Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease

Agriculture & Farming |  | A new study published Monday in Scientific Reports, an online, open access journal from the publishers of Nature, has shown that the glyphosate-based Roundup herbicide causes non-alcoholic fatty liver disease in rats at very low doses. The new peer-reviewed study led by Dr. Michael Antoniou at King’s College London using cutting edge profiling methods describes ...Read More »

Local Farms Are Key To Curbing World Hunger

Agriculture & Farming |  | 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 ...Read More »

An Apple A Day?

Agriculture & Farming |  | Does an apple a day really keep the doctor away? Not anymore, according to soil health experts—unless the apple comes from a tree grown in healthy, organic soil. According to Australian soil scientist Christine Jones, as reported by Courtney White in his book, Grass, Soil, Hope, apples have lost 80 percent of their vitamin C. ...Read More »

‘Substantially Equivalent’ Big Biotech Argument Busted by Latest Study

Agriculture & Farming |  | The Biotech industry assures the public that GMOs are substantially equivalent to their non-GMO or near-isogenic counterparts. In fact, the whole idea of substantial equivalence has been spun into existence by Big Biotech as a clever way to peddle their wares – but they like to have it both ways. You see, when it comes to health, ...Read More »

Roundup Herbicide Linked To Overgrowth of Deadly Bacteria

Agriculture & Farming |  | Could Monsanto’s glyphosate-based herbicide Roundup be leading to the overgrowth of deadly bacteria in animals and humans consuming genetically-modified food contaminated with it? This question follows from a study published in the journal Current Microbiology titled, “The Effect of Glyphosate on Potential Pathogens and Beneficial Members of Poultry Microbiota In Vitro,” which found that the ...Read More »

Chinese Firm Begins Testing GMO Corn Seeds in U.S. Greenhouse

Agriculture & Farming |  | A Chinese biotech seed firm has planted genetically modified corn seeds in the United States at a greenhouse designated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the company said, an early step toward launching China’s first GMO corn products in the United States. Beijing-based Origin Agritech Ltd said on Wednesday that U.S. field tests of its ...Read More »

Study: GMO Corn has "Major Molecular Differences"

Agriculture & Farming |  | One of the biggest scams Monsanto perpetrated against consumers was getting its GMO crops declared “substantially equivalent” to non-GMO crops—a coup that allowed the biotech industry to unleash GMOs into the food system with no independent pre-market safety testing. First, a little history on substantial equivalence: The concept of ‘Substantial Equivalence’ was first introduced in ...Read More »

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

Agriculture & Farming |  | 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 study published in the Journal of Experimental Biology titled, “Effects of field-realistic doses of glyphosate on ...Read More »

Organic Standards Update: Finally Some Good News!

Agriculture & Farming |  | Our movement needed a win. We’re happy to report not one, but two recent wins in the battle to preserve organic standards. New GMO technologies such as cloning, nanotechnology, synthetic biology—technologies sometimes referred to as GMO 2.0—won’t be allowed in organics, thanks to a recent decision by the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB). (And thanks ...Read More »

Thriving When It Counts: How To Use Bug Infested Food (VIDEO)

Agriculture & Farming |  | It is a fact that bugs in all of their life cycles can be harmful to your stored food sources. They are one of the true enemies of your food supply and can usually be avoided by properly storing food for long-term use. But there are times when they find a way to penetrate your ...Read More »

Is Rocket Fuel (Perchlorate) Destroying Organic Farming?

Agriculture & 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, ...Read More »

City Farming with Backyard Quail – An Alternative to Raising Chickens

Agriculture & Farming |  | Some time ago, I shared some information about raising livestock.  Although it was a bit tongue in cheek, the serious part of it all was that if given the room, it would be wonderful to have a small flock of chickens that could provide fresh eggs for consumption.  That plus chicken meat, of course. A ...Read More »

How GMO Farming and Food Is Making Our Gut Flora UNFRIENDLY

Agriculture & Farming |  | Two studies published reveal a disturbing finding: glyphosate-based herbicides such as Roundup® appear to suppress the growth of beneficial gut flora, leading to the overgrowth of extremely pathogenic bacteria. Late last year, in an article titled Roundup Herbicide Linked to Overgrowth of Deadly Bacteria, we reported on new research indicating that glyphosate-based herbicides such as Roundup® may ...Read More »

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