UN Report Says Small-Scale Organic Farming Only…

By Nick Meyer | December 14, 2015 Even as the United States government continues to push for the use of more chemically-intensive and corporate-dominated farming methods such as GMOs and monoculture-based crops, the United Nations is once against sounding the alarm about the urgent need to return to (and develop) a more sustainable, natural and organic system. That was the key point of a new publication from the UN Commission on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) titled“Trade and Environment …

Internships support new concentration in agroecology and sustainable food systems

By Martha Brown | December 1, 2015 As their peers settle into lecture hall seats, two dozen UC Santa Cruz interns grab a harvest bucket, a set of pruners, or a digging fork and head out to the fields and orchards of UC Santa Cruz’s organic farm and gardens. They’ll spend the morning working at whatever the season demands: planting, harvesting, pruning, making compost, or packing crops for the campus dining halls. The interns are part of an evolving effort by UCSC’s Center for Agroecology …

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

… that grow organic are small and depend on collecting the seed from past crops to grow the next. However, hundreds if not thousands of them have closed down due to lawsuits against them filed by Monsanto. The following video is Monsanto’s justification for said lawsuits in the first place, an attempt to paint themselves as ethical and moral. To continue reading this article, please click on this link: Source: Organic Movement Is Unstoppable! — Organic Food Demand Growing Faster Than Domestic …

TTIP could open EU to ‘new biotech’ GMO seeds and foods – The Ecologist

From www.theecologist.org | July 7, 2015 The EU Parliament is voting tomorrow on the controversial Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) being negotiated between the USA and the EU. But do MEPs realise that the agreement could force European markets open to ‘new biotech’ foods and crops using advanced GM technologies that do not meet current definitions of ‘GMO’ within the EU? The secretive discussions about the Transatlantic Trade and Investment …

UW-Madison receives endowment to support organic crop research

By Karen Herzog | June 23, 2015 University of Wisconsin-Madison has secured the nation’s first endowed faculty chair focused on plant breeding for organic crops. A $2 million matching gift will provide permanent research support for a UW-Madison faculty member and students to advance innovations in organic food. Public funding for organic crops research hasn’t kept pace with consumer demand, and that has hindered product development, according to one of the donors. The endowed chair …

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

By Shannon Van Hoesen | June 23, 2015 WASHINGTON – The decision by an organization of the world’s leading cancer experts to classify the herbicide 2,4-D as a possible carcinogen underscores the risk posed by the U.S. government’s recent approval of 2,4-D for use on genetically engineered, or GMO, crops, EWG said in a statement. The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), a branch of the World Health Organization, said 2,4-D is “possibly carcinogenic to humans” because …

Weighing The Costs of Not Eating Organic

… dying, and they are dying at a rate of 20 percent” Dan added. He also explained about pesticide use and pest resistance. New pesticides need to be updated, changed and new ones are added yearly. Pests become resistant and additional pesticides need to be used. “If the soil was strong, the plants will be strong and be able to resist pests naturally.” The cost of shipping organic foods is still better for the environment than using local GMO crops. The David Suzuki Foundation states an …

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

… farmers can make more money than their conventional counterparts, even with their lower yields, because consumers are willing to pay more for organic foods. (Consumers pay extra, apparently, even when they don’t know what “organic” means.) The researchers conducted a meta-analysis of 44 studies representing 55 crops grown in 14 countries on five continents over 40 years, and found that organic farming was actually 22-35% more profitable than conventional agriculture. Organic foods, the …

Peru’s Organic Workers Call for Food Sovereignty | News | teleSUR English

… thousands of traditional agricultural families in Peru that have decided to dedicate themselves to organic and ecological farming. For Ortiz joining an association of families to produce and sell such crops is a way of life. He explains that they follow such paths to “have an economic income that favors us but also we have improved our life conditions in terms of what we eat. In that manner, we have a relationship between humans and nature with sustainable development” Ultimately, …