Appetite for organic food grows and found its presence in Indian supermarkets

… retail outlet, which includes supermarkets, drugstores, and mass merchants, captures nearly half of the market sales of organic food. Other outlets such as gourmet stores, farmers markets, and community-supported agriculture programs comprise the remaining 10 per cent share, while the eCommerce portals capture another big pie in lion’s share. “For our retail expansion, we hope to be present in high footfall areas in both metros and Tier II cities. In the near future, we are also increasing …

UN Report Says Small-Scale Organic Farming Only…

… essentially said organic and small-scale farming is the answer for “feeding the world,” not GMOs and monocultures. According to the new UN report, major changes are needed in our food, agriculture and trade systems, with a shift toward local small-scale farmers and food systems recommended. To continue reading this article, please click on the link below: Source: UN Report Says Small-Scale Organic Farming Only… …

We Can End Hunger With Six Billion Pounds Of Edible Produce, But We Don’t Because It’s ‘Ugly Food’

… a solar-powered floating farmthat uses aquaponics to grow 20 tons of vegetables. Organic farmers living in the city figured a way to do vertical farming so that organic food can be grown in urban areas. Finally, Japan has created the world’s largest indoor farm, one that produces over 100 times more food than conventional farms. With such advancements in organic farming, organic food should be at the forefront of ending world hunger. However, there is one issue that is preventing that and it …

Vegan café sees greater demand for local food

… started,” he said. “As more restaurants come on board, it’s a lot easier for the local farmers because they have more clients.” The growth has allowed Dandelion to continue serving local food at reasonable prices. On Mondays, customers can enjoy $5 Giddy Up bowls or wraps that include tempeh chili topped with blue corn chips, diced tomatoes and scallions served with vegan queso. To continue reading this article, please click on the link below: Source: Vegan café sees …

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

… used in the process, is going organic the way for farmers to win them over? Bang for buck The number one criticism of organic produce is that it is too expensive, according to Dr Ian Musgrave, senior lecturer in farm ecology at the University of Adelaide. “The major barrier to people eating fresh fruit and vegetables is cost and organics cost more,” he said. “You get more bang for your buck from buying conventional vegetables which will have more health benefits.” But …

Maine following path to organic dairy farms – The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

… outdoors, grazing in grass pastures. Steve Getz, who manages the milk supply in most of New England for Organic Valley, sees Maine’s potential whenever he drives through the state. “You go past field after field after field of grasslands,” he said. “Let’s put the land to use.” He’s not the only one thinking that way. Wisconsin-based Organic Valley and New Hampshire-based yogurt-maker Stonyfield Farm are running campaigns in Maine to persuade conventional dairy farmers to switch to …

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 …

Solano Coalition for Better Health: Sustainable food system better for all

By Denise Kirnig, Coalition for Better Health | June 19, 2015 Sustainable food habits that support a more environmentally and socially responsible food system are a growing interest in our efforts to protect the environment. A sustainable food system is a collaborative network that integrates sustainable food production, processing, distribution, consumption and waste management in order to enhance the environmental, economic and social health of a particular place. farmers, consumers and …

Weighing The Costs of Not Eating Organic

… that area. If I’m supporting those farms and those people are at risk, then I don’t want to support that. Some people don’t have a choice in many of those countries, and we are in a position where we can change that.” We are privileged to live here, and forking out an extra couple bucks ensures that these farmers can live safer, less chemical infested lives. In regards to affordability lets be honest, can we really not afford a couple extra dollars for organics? If we are buying …

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

By Deena Shanker | June 9, 2015 Despite the many environmental benefits of organic farming—it’s better for soil, water, air, and climate change—it’s often written off as economically unfeasible for farmers. That’s largely because the same patch of land will produce less food when farmed without the synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, and other tools used in conventional agriculture. But according to a new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, organic …