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What is Organic Soil?

Agriculture & Farming |  | Organic soil has been naturally amended by the decomposition of plants and animals and unfortunately, today, most of the soil in the world has been depleted by agribusiness. Farmers who produce certified organic produce must first develop soil that meets with the criteria of the USDA. This requires them to amend previously depleted soil with ...Read More »

GMO Golden Rice Flops In New Trial, Mutant Plants Reduces Crop Yield

Agriculture & Farming |  | By: Brandon Turbeville, Natural Blaze | After millions of dollars and untold amounts of hype, the GM Lobby’s favorite crop is demonstrating itself to do the opposite of what it was allegedly intended to do.As evidenced by a new study, Golden Rice, which was engineered to produce the precursor of vitamin A (carotenoids) has shown ...Read More »

How to Raise Meat Rabbits in Small Spaces

Agriculture & Farming |  | Whether you are planning to survive disasters or simply want to be self-sufficient and less dependent on outside resources, raising your own meat animals is a smart choice. That said, raising farm animals can be tough for those who live in urban areas, small homes or apartments, or under the rule of restrictive homeowners associations. ...Read More »

Where Oh Where Are the GMO Apples?

Agriculture & Farming |  | It’s a little too early for Easter egg hunts. How about a pre-Easter GMO apple hunt? We recently reported that Intrexon, marketer of the GMO Arctic Apple, is quietly selling the apples in 10 retail grocery chains in the Midwest. Along with Friends of the Earth and Center for Food Safety, and with your help, ...Read More »

Extreme Toxicity of Roundup Destroys GM/Non-GM 'Substantial Equivalence' Argument

Agriculture & Farming |  | If Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide were actually ‘safer than table salt’ as they once advertised, the consumption of GM food wouldn’t be nearly as controversial. The truth, however, is that virtually all GM food today contains residues of this toxic chemical, which disproves that GM and non-GM foods are ‘substantially equivalent,” which is the primary doctrinal ...Read More »

GMO Potatoes Will Hit Stores and Restaurants Soon…If They Haven’t Already

Agriculture & Farming |  | If you prefer to avoid genetically modified foods, here’s another one to avoid. GMO potatoes will be joining  GMO apples at a store near you very soon – if they aren’t there already. Last week, the FDA added their approval (again) to that of the EPA, giving the go-ahead for these potatoes to be planted ...Read More »

Hemp: Puzzling Prohibition

Agriculture & Farming |  | In the 1940s, hemp farmers were considered “patriotic supporters” of the war effort. But in 1970, President Richard Nixon signed the Controlled Substances Act, making it illegal to grow industrial hemp. Thanks to that law—which mistakenly lumps industrial hemp in with marijuana—U.S. consumers can buy hemp seeds at our health food stores, or hemp building ...Read More »

FDA Milk Prohibition Is Dirty Dairy’s Scheme

Agriculture & Farming |  | Despite warnings from U.S. health organizations like the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that consuming raw (i.e., unpasteurized) milk is dangerous, the wholesome, natural food has a loyal and growing following. You might remember that at one time all milk was “raw,” as pasteurization did not yet exist. This 19th century invention is touted ...Read More »

Getting Started With Straw Bale Gardening

Agriculture & Farming |  | Gardening can be a huge hassle when you are first getting started.  Not only do you need to find an optimal location with adequate sun, but you need prepared beds and decent soil conditioned with plenty of organic material.  Preparing the beds is not difficult but it can take time and significant expense, especially if ...Read More »

GMO Apples Hit American Stores This Month: How and Why to Avoid Them

Agriculture & Farming |  | If a food company invented a new version of a typical food and then packaged it in a box without the ingredients etc. listed on the packaging, there would be quite the outcry. So why is it that Okanagan Speciality Fruits is allowed to market a new variety of GMO apples without telling people the reason ...Read More »

10 Winter Garden Tasks for People Who Just Can’t Wait to Get Started

Agriculture & Farming |  | If you’re itching for gardening season to start, you’re in luck. You can start now with the clean hands, no backache part. Whether or not you’ve grown a garden before, there are plenty of tasks you can do during the colder months to get ready for spring. Not using this more barren time means that ...Read More »

Small Farmers Being Driven to Bankruptcy (VIDEO)

Agriculture & Farming |  | The next time you hear Trump, or Sonny Perdue (the multi-millionaire agribusiness tycoon he’s tapped to be his secretary of agriculture) rave about how they will “protect rural farmers and American agriculture,” remember these two stories. Arkansas farmers Mitchel and Karen Crutchfield were driven into bankruptcy by a multi-national chicken producer. West Virginia farmer Eric ...Read More »

The Ultimate Chicken Crap Composting Guide

Agriculture & Farming |  | There are no two ways about it – your soil needs nutrition regularly. This isn’t just dirt that we’re talking about. We’re talking about soil and soil is alive. In order for plants to grow to their optimum capacity, they need bio-intensive nutrients present in the soil to assist with growth, root development and disease prevention. While ...Read More »

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 »

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