Macedon Ranges Permaculture program eliminates food waste 

By Barry Kennedy, Macedon Ranges Leader | December 7, 2015 UP TO 300kg of food waste from businesses in Macedon and Mt Macedon is being used to feed hungry chooks, pigs and goats each week. The food loop project was launched by Macedon man Ben “Bushy” Bush in September. Those with animals can participate in the program by taking the scraps to feed their livestock and further complete the cycle by collecting animal waste to add to compost piles and gardens, helping to grow vegetable and fruit …

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 …

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

By Consumer Reports | June 22, 2015 Summer’s bounty of fruit and vegetables does more than tempt your taste buds; it can have a powerful impact on your health. When you have more choices, there’s a greater chance that you’ll eat more produce, and that’s likely to lead to a lower risk of chronic conditions such as heart disease, most cancers, Type 2 diabetes and obesity. To maximize the health benefits, make these four easy changes to the way you shop for, prep and store your fruit and …

FlyPunch! founder builds brand for natural fruit fly killer from Greenville

… universe,” Franken says. “And to notice when things fall in front of you.” The 180 can be explained in two words – fruit flies. The pesky insects inspired Franken’s company, Aunt Fannie’s, and its signature product, FlyPunch!. The special formulation, which Franken developed over the course of four years, is the leading all-natural fruit fly killer on the market. The budding entrepreneur was inspired by his own family’s need to adhere to food allergies and …

Hy-Vee composting food waste at Nebraska stores : Lincoln, NE Journal Star

By Algis Laukaitis, Lincoln Journal Star | May 8, 2015 Hy-Vee plans to recycle thousands of pounds of food and other organic waste from its 25 stores in Nebraska.The grocery chain estimates the stores will divert 75 tons pounds of organic waste from landfills each month. Excess fruit, vegetables, baked goods, solid dairy products and floral clippings will be turned into compost, biogas and animal feed. Some Hy-Vee stores will sell the compost and others that sponsor community gardens will use it …

In debate over organic or conventional, is there third way to feed growing, warming world? | Genetic Literacy Project

… huge variation depending on the region and crop variety. The researchers found that while organic fruit trees, beans and alfalfa delivered just 5% lower yields, major cereal crops and vegetables yielded about 25% less than their conventionally grown counterparts. Reducing non-renewable inputs But while much of the debate has focused on whether organic can match the yields of conventional agriculture, advocates suggest organic foods offer more long-term viability even if yields are lower. But …

Greenville moms launch organic baby food company

… contain no added sugars or fillers. Instead, Harvest Moon focuses on purity of product. The fruit and vegetable purees are made with just the produce, or with a little added spice. The apple and pear cardamom has been a big winner so far. The company is also planning to launch a line of organic cereals. Hines and Gates currently source fresh whole grains from the Grain Loft in Greer and then grind it themselves for optimum nutrition and flavor. The grains are also used in some of the purees …

Growing food heals communities – Valley Morning Star : Tu Salud

… forest including a fruit orchard. His volunteer group met with some resistance when the city gave him a citation for gardening in the public space. But with a bit of press coverage and 900 signatures on a petition, they fought it and won. And why shouldn’t they? South Central LA has many vacant and unsightly lots, as we do in the Valley. What better way to use that land for something positive and productive. Finely’s prophetic voice has touched millions of people. He “preaches” that …

Choose smart & organic – Focus Health – Susie Ponici

By Susie Ponici, R.H.N. | April 9, 2015 Did you know many studies have shown that organically grown vegetables and fruit have been found to have higher concentrations of vitamins and minerals than those that are cultivated inorganically? According to a 2008 report by the Organic Center, a team of scientists concluded that organically grown plant-based foods have an average of 25 percent more nutrients than conventionally grown plants. Chemical fertilizers such as pesticides, herbicides and …

An apple a day: Recent industry news | Food Dive

By Carolyn Heneghan, Posted March 16 2015 So goes the saying, “An apple a day…” But do you really pay much attention to this beloved fruit otherwise? Apples make headlines frequently, and the past few months have been no exception. Here are a few of the latest headlines you should know about in the apple industry: Apples become genetically modified This is arguably one of the biggest pieces of news in the apple industry at the moment. Corn and soybeans are the most commonly known …