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… be soaked into mud, dried or smoked. “Why bamboo? Bamboo bikes can absorb shocks better than the bikes with metal-made bodywork, thanks to the bamboo’s elasticity and shock absorption capability,” he explained. Besides, he said bamboo is a type of material friendly to the environment. The bamboo used needs to be treated with chemicals friendly to the environment to make it resistible to woodeaters. After that, it is dried to a certain level of humidity to ensure rigidity and protect …

Method keeps salmon fresh for a month without the use of chemicals

From phys.org | June 30, 2015 A new method keeps salmon fresh for a whole month, without the use of chemicals. The technology is called superchilling, and it lies somewhere between freezing the fish and cooling it down. Now it is about to provide useful help to organic food producers. This method of conserving food was developed in order to maintain fresh food quality over a long period of time, thus reducing the amount of food that ends up in the bin rather than in our stomachs. Now it is going …

Is growing organically just a fad or is it the future of farming? – ABC Rural (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

By Marty McCarthy, ABC Rural | June 30, 2015 Is growing organically just a fad or is it the future of farming? That was the topic of the Great Debate at the Ausveg 2015 National Horticulture Convention on the Gold Coast over the weekend. Organic produce might be gaining popularity, but it still only accounts for less than 1 per cent of Australia’s horticulture production. Nonetheless, in a time when consumers are demanding to know more about how their food is produced and the chemicals …

Dow Crop Chemical Labeled “Possibly Carcinogenic to Humans” | EWG

… there is “strong evidence that 2,4-D induces oxidative stress that can operate in humans and moderate evidence that 2,4-D causes immunosuppression, based on in-vivo and in-vitro studies.” “We have known for decades that 2,4-D is harmful to the environment and human health, especially for the farmers and farm workers applying these chemicals to crops,” said Mary Ellen Kustin, senior policy analyst for the Environmental Working Group. “Now that farmers are planting 2,4-D-tolerant …

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 …

Big Food Brands Lose Consumer Trust | CMO Strategy – Advertising Age

By E.J. Schultz | May 25, 2015 This rather unappetizing statement was tucked into a request for proposals recently sent to ad agencies: “Most of our food supply comes from factory farms, is dependent on GMOs and chemicals, and is not sustainably grown or raised.” The inflammatory language sounds like the typical musings of a fiery activist ready to take on Big Food. But it actually came from the Kashi brand owned by industry giant Kellogg Co. The brand is seeking ideas to …

Organic board busts ‘no synthetic pesticides’ myth, okays new herbicides and fungicides | Genetic Literacy Project

By Peter Whoriskey |May 1, 2015 You might think the USDA “organic” label is reserved for foods produced without any man-made chemicals. But under government rules, “organic” food may be grown or processed with the aid of scores of synthetic substances, as long as those chemicals have been deemed essential. Exactly which chemicals should be allowed? This week, in a process that is largely invisible to consumers but that has become a semi-annual ritual of controversy within the world of …

We have the right to know what we are putting in our bodies – Columbus healthy living | Examiner.com

… not proven safe and the labels would not be accurate. The announcement on May 11, 2015 was made by Joseph Mercola MD as a call-to-arms for people to write their Congressmen immediately to stop the progress of H.B. 1159. Our bodies are the temples of our souls. We have an obligation to take care of them. While the USDA and FDA pretend that GMOs may not be harmful, there is no doubt that Roundup (glyphosate), 2-4-D (Agent Orange) and similar chemicals are carcinogenic and cause damage to the …

U.S. forced to import corn as shoppers demand organic food : Business

… market for U.S. growers willing to avoid the use of artificial chemicals and genetically modified seeds, said Laura Batcha, chief executive officer of the association, which includes Whole Foods Market Inc., Whitewave Foods Co. and Earthbound Farm. The report is “a help-wanted sign” for U.S. farmers, Batcha said. “There are market distortions that are pretty striking.” Most of the corn and soybean shipments become feed for chickens and cows so they can be certified …

Choose smart & organic – Focus Health – Susie Ponici

… reduce levels of some pesticides, it doesn’t completely eliminate them. Peeling reduces exposure, but valuable nutrients often go down the drain with the peel. The best option is to eat a varied diet consisting of organic produce to reduce exposure to harmful chemicals. But wait –there are still a few more reasons to eat organically. Because of the high standards that organic farmers must adhere to in order to ensure certification, you will learn that they produce significantly less …