Agriculture & Farming

Idaho's Ag Gag Bagged

By: Kimberlee Kruesi | Idaho Statesmen – A federal judge ruled Monday that Idaho’s law banning secret filming of animal abuse at agricultural facilities is unconstitutional, giving animal rights activists across the country hope that the decision will pave the way to overturn similar laws in other states. U.S. Judge Court Judge B. Lynn Winmill


Rare Footage Shows George Bush’s 1987 Visit To Monsanto, Uttering Seven Infamous Words That Changed Everything (VIDEO)

By: Nick Meyer | Alt Health Works – Proponents of genetically engineered crops would have you believe that we’ve been “modifying” foods for “thousands of years.” But the truth is that these lab-created GMOs are far different from traditional hybrid crops and have only been around for a few decades. And if not for intense


Pesticide Drift Threatens Organic Farms

Chert Hollow Farm sits nestled between rows of tall trees and a nearby stream in central Missouri. Eric and Joanna Reuter have been running the organic farm since 2006. That means they don’t plant genetically modified crops and can only use a few approved kinds of chemicals and fertilizers. “We’ve traditionally raised about an acre


Organic Crops: Lower Heavy Metals, Higher Antioxidants

By: Easther Crain | Rodale’s Organic Life – Share this with friends and family that are still on the fence. Ever since the USDA Organic label began showing up on some food labels in the early 2000s, a debate has raged over whether crops grown without chemical additives and fertilizers rack up more nutrition than


Seeding Fear - The Story Of Michael White vs Monsanto (VIDEO)

All giants fall. Monsanto’s day is coming. Neil Young’s new documentary, “Seeding Fear,” tells the story of Alabama farmers Michael White and his father who were sued by the agrochemical giant in 2003 for patent infringement of its GMO soybeans. The film I would like you to see tells the story of a farming family


Urban Farms And Gardens Are Feeding Cities Around The World

By: Danielle Nierenberg, Emily Nink, and Juliette Crellin | Food Tank – Around 15 percent of the world’s food is now grown in urban areas. According to the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), urban farms already supply food to about 700 million residents of cities, representing about a quarter of the world’s urban population.


Preemption: The Legal Principle Used By Big Biotech To Get GMO Labeling Banned

Preemption is the legal principle being trotted out in the last couple of years by politicians and judges ruling on biotechnology and GMO cases. Big Biotech has seized upon the principle of preemption, and unfortunately but unsurprisingly, is now using it with gusto to prevent states, counties and municipalities from passing and enacting ordinances, moratoriums


Backyard Chickens Must Be Registered In North Carolina "For Your Own Safety"

There isn’t much that feels more self-reliant than going out to your backyard hen house to get fresh eggs for breakfast.  There’s no need for USDA approval, you know what your hens have been eating, and you don’t have to pay a premium price and hope that the farm who raised the chickens that laid


Watch Out, Tyson!

Americans now eat more chicken than beef—almost 60 pounds per person, according to the latest available statistics. Most of that chicken comes from industrial factory farms, controlled by a handful of corporations that not only abuse the birds, but also mistreat the farmers they contract with to raise them. Today’s industrial poultry system, heavily reliant


Rodale: 30 years Of Comparative Data Reveal Organic Farm Yields Match Conventional

(Permaculture magazine) Is organic farming more resilient, higher yielding, more energy efficient and more profitable? The Rodale Institute’s latest report of a 30 year trial says it is. Read the full report free here. The Farming Systems Trial (FST)® at Rodale Institute is America’s longest running, side-by-side comparison of organic and chemical agriculture. Started in


Formaldehyde In GMO Soy?

When the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) wrongfully declared GMOs “substantially equivalent” to non-GMO foods, the agency set the table for decades of corruption. Corruption of our food supply. Corruption of our health. Corruption of our Democracy. Now, along comes a new study, published in the peer-reviewed Agricultural Sciences, that says GMO crops, or


Is Rocket Fuel (Perchlorate) Destroying Organic 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,


What Will You Eat When Your Garden Is A Flop?

I love growing my own vegetables. I spend many fulfilling hours outside every summer, tending to my plants, nurturing my soil, and babying things along, with the birds for music and a basket full of delicious organic food to show for it each day. Except this year. This year, my garden is a flop. Daisy’s


Lying Through Their Teeth!

In yet another blatant show of support for Monsanto, members of the U.S House Committee on Agriculture signed off on a bill intended to permanently shut down the GMO labeling movement. The Committee took only 17 minutes to push H.R. 1599 toward a full House vote, expected to take place early next week. Members justified


Is Your Grass-Fed Beef For Real? Here’s How To Tell And Why It Matters

By: Civil Eats | When you buy a pound of hamburger in the grocery store, you’re likely to be bombarded by an incredible assortment of labels. With all-natural, grass-fed, free-range, pastured, sustainably sourced, and certified organic options to choose from, it’s not easy to parse which beef is actually the best. In recent years, demand


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