Agriculture & Farming

The Unsustainable Absurdity Of The Average American Diet

Have you ever thought about how wildly unrealistic and unsustainable our current diets are?  Items that don’t grow within the same season are commonly consumed together. Things that don’t grow on the same continent are combined into all sorts of meals.  We eat blueberries in December and drink pumpkin spice lattes in the summer.  We


Thinking About Raising Chickens? Start Here.

by Jennifer Megyesi, The New pioneer Whether you decide to keep chickens for eggs, meat, show or just companionship, learning to care for them is easy and rewarding, providing that you know some basics. Local laws, such as zoning and other ordinances, may end your chicken enterprise before it takes flight. The best way to


Michigan Dept of Agri Forces Farmer To Dump 248 Gallons Of Organic Milk And Break 1200 Free Range Eggs

While Americans in the nearby city of Detroit face life in third world conditions, unable to even afford running water,  the state of Michigan decided to direct its resources towards cracking down on a small food co-op in Standish for having the utter audacity to provide milk, butter, cream and eggs to people who bought


The Assault On Organics

Ignoring science to make the case for chemical farming. The New York Post loves a good villain, but you’d think it would be hard to cast a bad light on the group of people profiled in an April 19 story: moms who feed their kids organic food. Naomi Schaefer Riley took on the challenge in


Dead, Lifeless Food

FDA aims to sterilize our food through the Food Safety Modernization Act After two years of delay, the Food Safety Modernization Act is finally about to go into effect. The FDA is moving forward with rules that are supposed to make food in the United States the safest in the world. Hailed as the most


Canadian Farmers Say Entire Organic Industry At Risk In GM Alfalfa Debate (VIDEO)

Scroll down for video. GUELPH, Ont. – There’s a new genetically modified crop on the horizon that some say is jeopardizing the entire Canadian organic farming industry. Organic farmers across the country are sounding the alarm bells on the state of alfalfa, one small plant with a massive role in organic farming. When most people


Pregnant? Live Near Crops Sprayed With Pesticides?

You might want to move. A study published last month in Environmental Health Perspectives shows that babies whose moms lived within a mile of crops treated with widely used pesticides were more likely to develop autism. According to the research, mothers who lived less than one mile from fields treated with organophosphate pesticides during pregnancy


10 Problems Genetically Modified Foods Are Already Causing

Genetically modified foods (GMOs) have been getting a bad rep for years now as studies continue to come out revealing the dangerous nature of GMOs. Whether it be the harm they cause to people eating them, or the environment, many believe GMOs have no place in our world. On the flip side, many state there


Major Study Documents Nutritional And Food Safety Benefits Of Organic Farming (VIDEO)

The largest study of its kind has found that organic foods and crops have a suite of advantages over their conventional counterparts, including more antioxidants and fewer, less frequent pesticide residues. The study looked at an unprecedented 343 peer-reviewed publications comparing the nutritional quality and safety of organic and conventional plant-based foods, including fruits, vegetables,


Protecting Organic Seed Integrity

Organic seed should be free of genetically engineered (GE) DNA, because organic regulations prohibit genetic engineering.  Unfortunately, organic crops are threatened by inadvertent contamination from GE crops.  In response to the threat, the Organic Seed Growers and Trade Association (OSGATA) published a workbook, Protecting Organic Seed Integrity: The Organic Farmer’s Handbook to GE Avoidance and


Landmark Agriculture Bill Now Law In Virginia

New Law Reaffirms the Right to Farm and Grants Freedom from Government Overreach. In 2012, Virginia officials of Fauquier County threatened Martha Boneta with $15,000 per-day fines for hosting a birthday party for eight 10-year-old girls without a permit, and for advertising pumpkin carvings. That fine eventually reached $2 million. Seeing the county’s action against


Pesticides Found In 51% Of “Bee-Friendly” Plants From Garden Centers Across U.S.

Many “bee-friendly” home garden plants sold at Home Depot (NYSE: HD), Lowe’s (NYSE: LOW) and Walmart (NYSE: WMT) have been pre-treated with pesticides shown to harm and kill bees, according to a study released today by Friends of the Earth and allies. The study, Gardeners Beware 2014, shows that 36 out of 71 (51 percent)


Small Farmers Are Feeding The World

Small-scale farmers are producing the majority of the world’s food on just 25% of farmland. GRAIN report says small farms are more productive than large scale industrial monocultures. Small-scale farmers are using just one quarter, 25%, of the world’s farmland to feed the world! This atonishing figure comes from a new report by GRAIN, a


Small American Farmers Hope To Make Big Impact Without Genetically Modified Food

As a teenager, Danelle Myer wanted nothing more than to leave her family’s farm in Iowa and become a big-city advertising executive. Now, the 42-year-old juggles orders for cabbage and deals with hail damage on her patch of land. After building a career in public relations, Myer returned three years ago to her rural roots


What The FDA Doesn’t Know About Farming And Food Could Fill An Encyclopedia

This time they try to save us from some of the most delicious and healthy cheeses. A few weeks ago, we reported on the continuing ramifications of the 2011 Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), which gave the FDA unprecedented power over farms and food producers. We told you how the agency’s FSMA rulemaking on “spent


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