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 …

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 …

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

… last decade. Back in 1997, the industry was worth $3 billion as detailed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Six years later, the revenue went up by more than 200 percent to $10 billion, with an annual increase in sales by 20 percent. With the following numbers, experts predicted organic food would grow from 2 percent to 3.5 percent in their share in the U.S. food market by 2010. Unfortunately, the supply for organic food isn’t keeping up with demand. First and foremost, many U.S. farms …

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

By Tom Bell, Staff Writer | June 28, 2015 WHITEFIELD — A national shortage of organic milk – the result of changing American diets – is fueling interest in Maine among dairy processors eager to increase supplies and meet growing demand. As many dairy farms in the West struggle under drought conditions that have dried up pasturelands, Maine is seen as promising territory. Its abundance of water and land gives the state an advantage because organic dairy cows spend much of their lives …

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

… Local eating can reduce the number of miles that food travels, which lessens the amount of greenhouse gas emissions. Eating close to home also helps to keep local jobs safe, because the farmer can sell his products within the community. Local farms, cooperatives, farmers markets, community supported agriculture (CSA) and, increasingly, supermarkets, may all be local options. If you can, grow your own food, whether it is a crop of tomatoes or a favorite herb. To continue reading this article, …

Weighing The Costs of Not Eating Organic

… we took one carrot that was grown here and picked recently, compared to a carrot shipped and picked a week and a half ago” according to Dan, “the actual nutrient value would be much higher than the shipped carrot.” Social Responsibility – Just like stated above, we are lucky to be in the position where we choose to live the way we do. “I think about everyone who works and lives near those conventional farms” Dan explains, “their chances of something like cancer is much higher in …

Big Food Brands Lose Consumer Trust | CMO Strategy – Advertising Age

By E.J. Schultz | May 25, 2015 This rather unappetizing statement was tucked into a request for proposals recently sent to ad agencies: “Most of our food supply comes from factory farms, is dependent on GMOs and chemicals, and is not sustainably grown or raised.” The inflammatory language sounds like the typical musings of a fiery activist ready to take on Big Food. But it actually came from the Kashi brand owned by industry giant Kellogg Co. The brand is seeking ideas to …

MSU organic farming study finds diverse benefits using sheep : Ag Weekly

… used domestic sheep to graze farmland for cover crop termination and weed control. Placing sheep at the heart of the project helped MSU scientists find out that an integrated cropping system that uses domestic sheep for targeted grazing is an economically feasible way of reducing tillage for certified organic farms. To continue reading this article, please click on this link: Source: MSU organic farming study finds diverse benefits using sheep : Ag Weekly …

Just Because Your Chicken Is Organic Doesn’t Mean It Was Raised Humanely | Mother Jones

… organic farms “have access to outdoor pasture and fresh air throughout the day.” Similarly, 67 percent said they believe “animals have significantly more space to move than on non-organic farms.” But as Meerman, whose family runs a 90-cow farmstead cheese operation, can attest, organic certification doesn’t require either full-time pasture access or more space for the animals. That’s one reason his family has chosen to add the Animal Welfare Approved (AWA) …

U.S. forced to import corn as shoppers demand organic food : Business

… of synthetic chemicals or genetic engineering reached $35.9 billion in 2014, an 11 percent increase over 2013 and about 5.1 percent of U.S. grocery spending. The organic sector’s average annual growth of about 10 percent is triple that of overall food sales, according to U.S. Department of Agriculture and trade association data. Rising consumer demand in what’s been a niche market is creating shortages, pushing companies that supply farms needing organic feed to seek out foreign …