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

… study found, often include a price “premium,” or markup, of 29-32%. Only a 5-7% premium is needed to break even. True, organic farmers spend more on labor—7-13% more according to the study. They use hands-on pest control methods, for example, like introducing a predator insect to get rid of a pest species, instead of pesticides applied en masse. But farmers offset those costs by skipping the expense of synthetic fertilizers and pesticides. To continue reading this article, please click on …

Farmers who switch to organic face strict rules, costs, red tape – Times Union

… hills, squealing pigs and wide-open space, the attraction of organic farming is easy to see. But being an organic farmer isn’t as simple as enjoying a romanticized landscape. The process is cumbersome, the upkeep expensive and the profits minimal, she said. Despite the challenges of going organic -— the transition time, the added costs, the longer maturing time — more farmers are making the switch. To finish reading this article, please click on this link: via Farmers who switch to …

Non-GMO products’ sales soaring amid latest long-term trend – Finance Post

… larger yield and fear raising prices are sticking with traditional seed because it costs less. Even with those conventional farmers, some seed companies said their sales in 2014 did better than any year from the past five years. Others reported a 50 percent increase in sales in 2014 compared to 2013. via Non-GMO products’ sales soaring amid latest long-term trend – Finance Post. …

10 Nutritious Foods That Won’t Break Your Budget

By Chloe Della Costa | March 28, 2015 Consumers know that there is a price to pay for eating healthy. Prices on organic foods and healthier options in general tend to be higher than prices on processed foods with low nutritional value. Certain health foods, however, aren’t going to break the bank. In addition to money-saving strategies like buying in bulk, avoiding restaurants, and growing your own garden, there are ways to cut costs simply with the foods you choose to purchase. If you …

Will Going Organic Help You Lose Weight?

From U.S. News & World Report, Posted 17 March 2015 If you’ve ever picked up an apple from the organic section of your supermarket, you probably thought that by doing so, you were improving your health. And if you haven’t, you may belong to the camp that believes the potential health benefits of going organic don’t outweigh the literal costs. But what if the benefits included weight loss? Here, we explore how eating organic may affect your slim-down efforts. Whether or not you choose …

Certified Naturally Grown: A New Way to Identify Pesticide-Free, Non-GMO Food » EcoWatch

… synthetic chemicals or GMOs. “Certified Naturally Grown is like the USDA’s National Organic Program in that our certified producers must follow similar standards, farm without the use of synthetic chemical inputs or GMOs, and farm to support biological diversity and ecological balance,” Alice Varon, CNG executive director, told Mother Earth News. Some benefits of the CNG certification include the facts that it costs less and takes less time to get compared to the USDA’s certified organic …

Should the UK be subsidising the world’s first tidal lagoons? | Environment | The Guardian

… criticised for its exorbitant electricity costs, estimated to be £168/MWh. When the project begins generation in 2018, onshore wind will be producing electricity for less than half of this price. But Tidal Lagoon Power (TLP), the company behind the projects, says the Swansea development is simply a proof of concept and tidal power at scale will produce affordable power. On Monday the company announced the beginning of the approval process for a second site near Cardiff where construction could …

Dark Horse May Outdo Lithium-Ion Battery Storage

Andrew Burger | Tuesday February 17th, 2015 Leading battery storage technology developers and emerging market players, including Elon Musk’s SolarCity and Tesla, are investing billions of dollars to improve the performance and lower the costs of manufacturing lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries. Along the way, they are promoting Li-ion battery storage as a cleaner, more efficient, sustainable and significantly less costly solution across a wide range of applications, from electric vehicles, homes …