New business offers locally grown, organic and pre-prepared food for the soul – Northfield MN: Local

… Business.’” Rodning said that she saw “The Business” as a way to give back. “I want to help people feel good about eating,” she said. “I believe food is more than just calories. It is something that makes us who we are.” Prior to launching Jiva Bites, Rodning said that as a busy, working mother with four children, she tried using similar prepared meal services. “None of these other businesses are using local or organic food,” she said. …

Claims that GMOs Will “Feed the World” Don’t Hold Up | EWG

… largely address the need for more calories in the future.” The Just Label It campaign, which advocates for mandatory federal labeling of GMO foods, provided funding support for this new report. Gary Hirshberg, chairman of Just Label It, said, “Biotech companies and their customers in chemical agriculture have been attempting to sell the benefits of GMOs for two decades. Between exaggerated claims about feeding the world and a dramatic escalation in the use of toxic pesticides, it is no …

Will Going Organic Help You Lose Weight?

… typically afford to over-fertilize their crops to the same extent that conventional farmers can, Benbrook says. And nitrogen is to plants what calories are to people, so when conventional plants get too much nitrogen, they do the same thing we do: They get big. However, their nutritional properties, like our muscles, don’t balloon with them. “When produce is over-fertilized, the ratio of calories per antioxidant activity goes way up,” Benbrook says. That means that bite per bite, you are …

Agricultural Production Affects Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide Cycle | Climatology, Geophysics | Sci-News.com

… University. Prof Friedl and his colleagues gathered global production statistics for four leading crops – corn, wheat, rice and soybeans – that represent about 64 percent of all calories consumed worldwide. They found that production of these crops in the Northern Hemisphere has more than doubled since 1961, and translates to about a billion metric tons of carbon captured and released each year. “These croplands are ecosystems on steroids. They occupy about 6 percent of the vegetated land …