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 …

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

By Jan Omega | December 4, 2015 For the past decade or so, many organizations and companies that are in favor of genetically modified organisms, or GMOs, pushed that such would be at the forefront of ending hunger on a global scale. One of their biggest reasons they use is that traditional conventional farming cannot yield what GMO farm factories produce. Today, that excuse is no longer valid thanks to the new methods of organic farming the green community has created. Forward Thinking created …

Green efforts of youth gather steam – The Hindu

… farm, which is being prepared to supply organic greens and vegetables to Madurai. The eldest among them is 34. Third in a row Kattamankottai farm is the third in a row being developed for organic farming by a bunch of enthusiastic youngsters, after T. Kunnathur and Sengulam. Two more farms are to be turned the organic way soon. N. T. Prasanth Kumar, who gave up a lucrative overseas job as an expert in business intelligence, started Maram Madurai to restore the city’s green cover by planting …

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 …

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

… organic farming methods and to help new farmers start organic dairy farms. More than a dozen farms have already made the switch or started the process in the past year. To continue reading this article, please click on this link: Source: Maine following path to organic dairy farms – The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram …

4 ways to create a healthful summer diet – The Washington Post

… vegetables: Be organic-savvy. When you buy organic, you reduce your exposure to pesticides and you support a way of farming that’s good for the planet. And a new analysis by Consumer Reports’ scientists has good news for people who find that organic produce is unavailable or too expensive: It identified 23 conventional fruits and vegetables considered low risks for pesticide residue. Many summer favorites (blueberries, cherries, raspberries and watermelon, for instance) are on the list. But …

The Food Project in Lincoln grows more than crops – News – Lincoln Journal – Lincoln, MA

By Betsy Levinson | June 19, 2015 With a new director and a renewed focus on “bridging the gap,” The Food Project is gearing up for another season of farming, youth development and providing food security from its fields in Lincoln, Boston, Lynn and Beverly. James Harrison, who goes by J., has moved from acting director to executive director of the organic farming program that started more than 20 years ago. Harrison is a Lincoln native who knew early on that he wanted to study and work in …

Weighing The Costs of Not Eating Organic

… Starbucks every morning, chances are we can. It’s not affordability; it’s our priorities that we are confusing Environment – Speaking of responsibility. Organic famers practice crop rotation and use composted fertilizers, which maintains the quality rather than depleting the soil. Ever since the dawn of agriculture, we have depended on the quality of soil. Conventional farming does not think about the future. “Thirty to forty percent of produce will become extinct if the bees continue …

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 …

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, …