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 …

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From VietNamNet | December 9, 2015 Bamboo bicycle – a superb Vietnamese product VietNamNet Bridge – A Vietnamese automobile engineer Pham Minh Tri has made a bamboo bicycle which is strong, beautiful and environmentally friendly. With a master’s degree from a prestigious school in Germany, Tri decided to return to Vietnam to set himself up in business. He is well known as the maker of the bamboo bicycle which is as good as similar products of the same kind in the world. Tri had to …

Organic food and malformations in the urinary tract (hypospadias) in newborn boys

From medicalxpress.com | July 10, 2015 Women who ate organically produced food during pregnancy had halved likelihood of giving birth to a boy with hypospadias compared to women who never or seldom did so. These are findings from a new study from the Norwegian Mother and Child Cohort Study (MoBa) at the Norwegian Institute of Public Health, newly published by Environmental Health Perspectives. Hypospadias denotes a male urogenital anomaly in which the opening of the urinary tract is not …

Nora Pouillon and the Birth of the Farm-to-Table Movement

By Diane Leach | July 8, 2015 Chef Nora Pouillon earned the first organic restaurant certification in the United States. Her memoir, My Organic Life, leads readers from her early years in postwar Vienna to her role in the American organic food movement. Co-written with Laura Fraser, My Organic Life staggers a bit before finding its rhythm. After a rocky start, we learn that Pouillon’s family were avid outdoorspeople, passionate about exercise and healthy diet. The family spent a great deal of …

Reusable bags encourage shoppers to buy junk food, Harvard finds – Telegraph

By Sarah Knapton, Science Editor | July 7, 2015 Taking reusable shopping bags to the supermarket encourages people to buy chocolate and crisps because they feel they deserve a treat Canvas shopping bags might be good for the environment but they could be bad for your waistline, Harvard University has found. Researchers have discovered that a customer’s choice of shopping bag influences purchasing. And while canvas or hessian bags are more likely to encourage shoppers to choose …

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

By Kevin Krein | July 3, 2015 From an early age, Northfield resident Rael Rodning always had an interest in working with food. “I wanted to be a chef before it was ‘cool’ to want to be a chef,” she said. However, at the urging of her father, she played it safe career-wise, receiving a business degree, eventually going on to work in finance and corporate IT consultation. But the desire to work with food never left Rodning. “I need to do this now, or I will take this …

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 …

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

By Leanne Gerich | June 15, 2015 With the majority of us living in cities, our toxin levels are at a high. We are surrounded by pollution from the air, water and wastes and are affected by these toxins on a daily basis. It’s unfortunate to say that our food is no different. With pesticides, herbicides, or antibiotic and hormone fed animals, our diet is also changing from how our ancestors ate. Do you eat organic? An alarming number of us don’t. Our busy lives have us rushing 24/7 and we …

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

By Rael Mora | June 2, 2015 12,000 Peruvian organic farmers are struggling to survive and promote their way of developing sources of food. Demands for Peruvian government policy that prioritizes food security and sovereignty were high on the agenda Tuesday at the National Association of Ecological Producers conference. Vice President of the organization Naida Quispe Farfán said that the government’s emphasis on free trade agreement undermine such a goal. The purpose of the conference is …