Agriculture & Farming

False Promises

One of Monsanto’s favorite (false) claims is that the proliferation of GMO crops leads to reduced pesticide use. The latest study to refute that claim, published this week in Environmental Sciences Europe, says that glyphosate use has risen almost 15-fold since Monsanto’s “Roundup Ready” genetically engineered crops were introduced in 1996. (Glyphosate is the active

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.

Monsanto Sues Over Action To Classify Glyphosate As Carcinogen (VIDEO)

( Monsanto has decided to move forward with suing California over the listing of a particular herbicide ingredient as a carcinogen. The company is allegedly seeking to prevent the main ingredient of their Roundup product from being added to the state’s list of known carcinogens and they’ve filed a lawsuit against the Office of Environmental

Grassfed Label Watered Down By USDA

The USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service has rescinded the grassfed meat labeling standard, due to the possibility that the USDA agency which approves meat labels, Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS), may not recognize it. FSIS will now only consider feeding protocol in their verification process, leaving the issues of confinement; antibiotic and hormone use; and the

Seeds Of Revolution

Dr. Vandana Shiva’s work around seed sovereignty and organic agriculture is perhaps best known in India. But she influences and inspires on a global scale. With special thanks to, and permission from Acres U.S.A., North America’s monthly magazine of ecological agriculture, we reprint the following introduction and in-depth interview with Dr. Shiva. Americans who visit

Saudis Have Been Buying Up Drought Stricken American Farmland

By: Joshua Krause, The Daily Sheeple | As the Southwest grapples with a devastating multi-year drought, farmers in the region have expressed growing frustration over where their precious water is going. Namely, they’re upset by the fact that countries like Saudi Arabia have been buying up farmland in the US, and sending the food back

Is GMO Farming Poisoning The World's Drinking Water?

Monsanto’s Herbicide Linked To Groundwater Contamination In a groundbreaking study published in the journal Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry last year, evidence surfaced that glyphosate, the active ingredient in the Monsanto’s patented herbicide Roundup, is flowing freely into the groundwater in areas where it is being applied.1 The researchers found that 41% of the 140 groundwater

Scrambled Eggs

Should you look for the USDA seal when you buy eggs? Yes,  if you don’t have any trustworthy local egg suppliers whose production methods meet or exceed organic standards, based on your own personal verification. But consumer beware. Not all USDA certified organic eggs are equal, according to a recent report by the Cornucopia Institute.

New “Honey On Tap” Invention Will Change The Beekeeping Industry (VIDEO)

For anyone looking into caring for bees, this is the article for you! The biggest concern for beekeeping newcomers is acquiring all of the needed equipment, as well as finding the time involved in collecting the honey. You are right to have these concerns – caring for bees is a commitment. You have to invest time and

Drugging Animals On Factory Farms—ENOUGH Already.

(Organic Consumers Association) We’ve all grown accustomed to the steady parade of television ads—$3 billion year worth, by some estimates— urging us to “ask our doctors” about the latest miracle drug. Pharmaceutical ads have been commonplace since the 1990s, after the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) cleared the way for prescription drug companies to

Why (And How) To Know The Origin Of Your Meat

As often occurs, members of Congress snuck some crusty little barnacles onto the budget bill that would have been hard to pass on their own. One of those was repealing the law that required labels letting you know the origin of your meat sold in US grocery stores. The World Trade Organization said those labels

Big Agra Driven Deforestation Is Behind Floods In South America

El Niño is a cyclical phenomenon, is part of nature, but its effects can be exacerbated by deforestation. (The Real Agenda) The top-three causes of the recent floods in Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay are El Niño, AgriBusiness and extremely lousy location of villages. The El Niño phenomenon has brought more rain than usual to south

Help Defend Oppressed Farmer Michael Schmidt

The world can be an unjust place and there are many wrongs desperately in need of being made right. One that came to my attention involves a biodynamic farmer in Canada, Michael Schmidt, who is facing multiple charges and up to 10 years in prison for feeding his community. Michael is a known person in

6 Horrifying Facts About Chickens: A Wake-Up Call For The Meat Industry (VIDEO)

By: Yelena Sukhoterina, AltHealthWorks | Today about 9 billion chickens are raised for food in the U.S. annually, a staggering 1400% increase from 50 years ago. Back then, the chicken were raised by more than 1.6 million independent farmers, while today less than 30,000 farms — many of them concentrated factory farms — raise billions of

Absolute Beginner’s Guide To Growing Your Own Aloe Vera

The aloe vera plant has become incredibly popular. It’s a very easy plant to care for, making it a staple in many homes. A large part of aloe vera’s popularity can be attributed to the fact that it boasts a wide range of natural health properties. These versatile plants are known for their ability to

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