Appetite for organic food grows and found its presence in Indian supermarkets

… retail outlet, which includes supermarkets, drugstores, and mass merchants, captures nearly half of the market sales of organic food. Other outlets such as gourmet stores, farmers markets, and community-supported Agriculture programs comprise the remaining 10 per cent share, while the eCommerce portals capture another big pie in lion’s share. “For our retail expansion, we hope to be present in high footfall areas in both metros and Tier II cities. In the near future, we are also increasing …

UN Report Says Small-Scale Organic Farming Only…

… essentially said organic and small-scale farming is the answer for “feeding the world,” not GMOs and monocultures. According to the new UN report, major changes are needed in our food, Agriculture and trade systems, with a shift toward local small-scale farmers and food systems recommended. To continue reading this article, please click on the link below: Source: UN Report Says Small-Scale Organic Farming Only… …

Organic Movement Is Unstoppable! — Organic Food Demand Growing Faster Than Domestic Supply

… last decade. Back in 1997, the industry was worth $3 billion as detailed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Six years later, the revenue went up by more than 200 percent to $10 billion, with an annual increase in sales by 20 percent. With the following numbers, experts predicted organic food would grow from 2 percent to 3.5 percent in their share in the U.S. food market by 2010. Unfortunately, the supply for organic food isn’t keeping up with demand. First and foremost, many U.S. farms …

Russia confirms GMOs won’t be used to boost agriculture | Genetic Literacy Project

From www.geneticliteracyproject.org | June 24, 2015 Russian Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich has announced that Russia will not use genetically modified organisms (GMOs) to increase productivity in Agriculture, while he was speaking on Friday at a session of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum. As a result of this decision Russian products will be “one of the cleanest in the world” in terms of technology use, Dvorkovich continued. “Of course, we must and will use the …

Solano Coalition for Better Health: Sustainable food system better for all

… Local eating can reduce the number of miles that food travels, which lessens the amount of greenhouse gas emissions. Eating close to home also helps to keep local jobs safe, because the farmer can sell his products within the community. Local farms, cooperatives, farmers markets, community supported Agriculture (CSA) and, increasingly, supermarkets, may all be local options. If you can, grow your own food, whether it is a crop of tomatoes or a favorite herb. To continue reading this article, …

The Food Project in Lincoln grows more than crops – News – Lincoln Journal – Lincoln, MA

… Agriculture. He attended college in Minnesota in the 1990s, and with two friends, started one of the first CSAs in that state. A CSA, or community-supported Agriculture, program sells farm shares to customers who are entitled to a fresh box of produce every week. The Minnesota CSA is still in operation, although Harrison said he sold his stake in the business to his friends after three years and moved on to other jobs. “I have always had a passion for the land, and knew my vocation would be in …

Weighing The Costs of Not Eating Organic

… Starbucks every morning, chances are we can. It’s not affordability; it’s our priorities that we are confusing Environment – Speaking of responsibility. Organic famers practice crop rotation and use composted fertilizers, which maintains the quality rather than depleting the soil. Ever since the dawn of Agriculture, we have depended on the quality of soil. Conventional farming does not think about the future. “Thirty to forty percent of produce will become extinct if the bees continue …

Organic farming can actually be more profitable than using fertilizers and pesticides – Quartz

By Deena Shanker | June 9, 2015 Despite the many environmental benefits of organic farming—it’s better for soil, water, air, and climate change—it’s often written off as economically unfeasible for farmers. That’s largely because the same patch of land will produce less food when farmed without the synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, and other tools used in conventional Agriculture. But according to a new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, organic …

Cebu City farmers oppose ban of GMO crops | Cebu News, The Freeman Sections, The Freeman | philstar.com

… suporta sa proposed ordinance,” Secretaria said. Councilor Nestor Archival is lobbying for the passage of an ordinance seeking to prohibit the use of GMO crops in the city. The proposed ordinance, “protecting agricultural land and farmers against the threats of genetically modified crops providing penalties for violation thereof” is in consonance with Republic Act 10068, or the Organic Agriculture Act of 2010. GMO crops are products of genetic engineering in which the genes of one organism …

India’s Independent Farmers Embrace Organic | Al Jazeera America

By Ankita Rao & Bibek Bhandari | May 31, 2015 CHAINA, India — For two decades, Mahender Singh grew his vegetables without chemicals on his 10-acre plot of land in Pipal Mangoli, a village in southeastern Punjab. Then in 1967, an official from India’s Agriculture Department arrived in the nearby city of Patiala with a bag of chemical fertilizer, and farming in Punjab changed radically. With the introduction of chemicals such as urea, phosphate and pesticides as well as new farming …