Agriculture & Farming

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


Hearst Newspapers Uncover GMO Apple Tree Plots In Washington State

An inspection of an orchard of experimental, genetically modified apples in central Washington last year turned up a troubling finding - gene-altered trees flowering less than 100 feet from conventional apple trees. The grower, Gebbers Farms of Brewster, Wash., previously had been cited for conducting a field trial too near conventional apples, failing to keep


USDA Favors Dow AgroSciences Over Farmers

By: Paul Towers, Pesticide Action Network - Today the US Department of Agriculture granted Dow AgroSciences approval of its controversial new herbicide-resistant, genetically engineered corn and soybean seeds known as Enlist. The seeds have been engineered to withstand applications of the toxic herbicide, 2,4-D. Using Dow AgroScience’s projections in its final report, USDA predicts 2,4-D use in corn


Monsanto GMO Wheat Contamination Discovered In Montana

Monsanto’s experimental genetically modified wheat has been discovered growing in the second US field in Montana, about a year after the discovery of the company’s unapproved crop growing in Oregon disrupted US wheat exports. The plants were discovered at a test site at Montana State University, where back in 2000-2003 Monsanto was conducting field trials


The Answer To Superweeds? Superpoisons!

The U.S. Dept. of Agriculture (USDA) has an answer for superweeds—and it’s called super poisons. Ignoring the public outcry and pleas by saner members of Congress, the USDA last week approved Dow’s new corn and soy crops, genetically engineered to withstand not one, but two poisons—a super-toxic, super-poison comprised of glyphosate, the key ingredient in


Canadian Beekeepers Sue Bayer And Syngenta Over Neonicotinoid Pesticides

Canadian beekeepers are suing the makers of popular crop pesticides for more than $400 million in damages, alleging that their use is causing the deaths of bee colonies. The proposed class action lawsuit was filed Tuesday in the Ontario Superior Court on behalf of all Canadian beekeepers by Sun Parlor Honey Ltd. and Munro Honey, two


Ruin Is Forever: Why GMOs Should Be Banned On The Basis Of The Precautionary Principle

By: Kurt Cobb, resourceinsights.blogspot - If you are dead, you cannot mount a comeback. If all life on Earth were destroyed by, say, a large comet impact, there would be no revival. Ruin is forever. The destruction of all life on Earth is not 10 times worse than the destruction of one-tenth of all life on


This Breeder Is Working On ‘Organic Ready’ Corn That Blocks GMO Contamination

For nearly 15 years, Frank Kutka has been working to save prevent genetically modified (GMO) corn from cross-pollinating with organic and other corn varieties. Kutka, a plant breeder, has been developing what he calls “Organic Ready” corn varieties that have the ability to prevent cross-pollination. “We need corn that organic farmers can grow without fear


Fruit By Design: The Cotton Candy Grape

Is it not enough that we have one of the most diverse diets in the world? Yet, somehow eating our daily fruit is like pulling teeth – especially where children are concerned. Grapes are a popular fruit choice, but their tartness can sometimes overpower the natural flavor of the fruit. This is because the natural flavors of


Food Forests Could Bring Healthy Organic Food To Everyone - For Free (VIDEO)

By: Andrew Martin, onenesspublishing - Food forests or Forest gardening have been around for a long time with many of the native cultures practicing this form of sustainable agriculture. It is a form of low-maintenance plant-based food production which replicates natural ecosystems, incorporating fruit and nut trees, shrubs, herbs, running vines and perennial vegetables. Beneficial plants


NOSB Voting Scorecard Released – Lobbyists/Influence Peddlers Eroding Organic Standards

Analysis Illustrates USDA/Agribusiness Collusion A comprehensive voting analysis of members of the National Organic Standards Board, an expert body formed by Congress to insulate the governance of the industry from undue corporate influence, clearly illustrates how illegal appointments to the board by current and past USDA Secretaries have subverted congressional intent. The study, produced by


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