Daniel Jennings, Off The Grid News
A growing number of farmers are abandoning genetically modified seeds, but it’s not because they are ideologically opposed to the industry.
Simply put, they say non-GMO crops are more productive and profitable.
Modern Farmer magazine discovered that there is a movement among … More
Vicki Hird, EcoWatch
They say every cloud has a silver lining, and since the horsemeat scandal in 2013 it has become much easier to talk about meat—more people seem to know and care about the impact of meat production and consumption and the benefits of cutting down. They’re … More
Maureen Nandini Mitra, Earth Island Journal
As was expected, Big Biotech’s legal juggernaut has rolled into action in Hawai’i. On Friday afternoon, three big agrochemical companies—Pioneer-DuPont, Syngenta and Agrigenetics Inc. (a subsidiary of Dow Chemical)—filed a suit in a federal court in Honolulu seeking to block Kaua’i … More
Barbara H. Peterson, Farm Wars
New scientific discovery reveals DNA manipulation can create mutations due to ignorance of gene control mechanism.
There was a time when science dictated that the world was flat, and that if you reached the edge, you would simply fall off. What they couldn’t … More
Natasha Longo, Prevent Disease
Palm oil of any kind, whether it be from the fruit or kernel is not beneficial to the Earth or human health. The marketing gurus behind the largest palm oil manufacturers in the world will never give you the whole story. In fact, they … More
Thomas Prade, The Conversation
Bioenergy is currently the fastest growing source of renewable energy. Cultivating energy crops on arable land can decrease dependency on depleting fossil resources and it can mitigate climate change.
But some biofuel crops have bad environmental effects: they use too much water, displace … More
Alexis Baden-Mayer, Organic Consumers
There are plenty of reasons to boycott factory farms, including the top two: your health and animal welfare. But the big-picture reason is this. The only way to feed the world and restore climate stability is to restore efficiency to our food system.
When … More
Alex Pietrowski, Staff Writer
Across the globe, farmers who choose to plant non-genetically modified seed instead of patented seed varieties from the agro-chemical giants like Monsanto, Dow, Syngenta and BASF, are being forced out of business by the burden and costs of fighting seed patent lawsuits.
Targeting farms … More
Natasha Longo, Prevent Disease
Since the genetic code of the apple was mapped by researchers a few years ago, scientists have explored gene silencing and other manipulation techniques to alter one of nature’s most healing superfoods. Genetically modified apples may soon enter the food supply under the guise … More
Interest in urban agriculture is growing locally as well as nationally—a trend that is truly a cause for celebration. In fact, I’ve been encouraging everyone to plant a “Victory Garden” as a step toward fixing our broken food system. During the previous Victory Garden … More
Ever consider that your grandparents didn’t have food allergies…or at least it wasn’t common as it is in our children. Was there a reason why they did not have food allergies?
Food allergies are becoming a household concern and are on the rise. In addition to making life … More
Jeremy Hance, Mongabay
Neonicotinoid pesticides, which have been increasingly blamed for the collapse of bee populations, may also impact human’s developing nervous system, according to a review of research by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA). The EFSA says that current safety guidelines for two pesticides—acetamiprid and imidacloprid—may … More
Kaye Spector, EcoWatch
Who would think that one of the world’s largest cities, New York City, would be a major hub for urban agriculture? Well, it is.
Food Tank has compiled a list of 10 urban farming projects providing New Yorkers fresh, local produce.
1. Eagle Street … More
Jerry Brunetti, an internationally renowned speaker, is the founder of Agri-Dynamics, a company that provides holistic animal remedies for farm, livestock, and pets.
He’s also a co-founder of EarthWorks Natural Organic Products, which provides products and consulting services. Brunetti is a cancer survivor who can say … More
Daphne Miller, Yes!
Recently I’ve been enjoying dirty thoughts.
I spend my days in a sterile 8×10 room practicing family medicine and yet my mind is in the soil. This is because I’m discovering just how much this rich, dark substance influences the day-to-day health of my patients. … More
Brenton Johnson, Guest
1. Locally grown food tastes better.
Food grown in your own community is usually picked within the past day or two. It’s crisp, sweet, and loaded with flavor. Produce flown or trucked in from Florida, Chile, Mexico, or Holland is, quite understandably, much older. Several … More
April McCarthy, Prevent Disease
Antibiotics are added to animal feed or drinking water of cattle, hogs, poultry and other food-producing animals to make them gain weight faster or use less food to gain weight. The United Nations and World Health Organization have both stated that humans are building … More
Elizabeth Royte, Modern Farmer
One mainstream farmer is returning to conventional seed — and he’s not alone
As an invulnerable tween, Chris Huegerich, the child of a prosperous farming family, wiped out on his motorcycle in tiny Breda, Iowa. Forty years on, folks still call Huegerich “Crash.” And … More
Alex Pietrowski, Staff Writer
The issue of food quality and food independence is of critical importance these days, and people are recognizing just how easy and fun it is to grow your own food at home. When renegade gardener Ron Finley said, “growing your own food is like … More
Rachel, This Original Organic Life
1.) Composting turns trash into treasure
Compost turns what would ordinarily be considered “garbage” into viable nutrients.
2.) Composting builds soil
Composting plays a critical role in building healthy soil. This is extremely important given that the US loses about 3 tons … More