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 …

Board game introduces pathways to a competitive bioeconomy using hemp & bamboo

By Derek Markham | December 9, 2015 This Monopoly alternative is designed to act as a walkthrough of the concepts of a new economically and ecologically viable “Industrial Evolution” based on a renewable bioeconomy. To get from here, with here being a global economy based on petroleum and non-renewable resources that is literally killing us, to there, with there being a cleaner future with a livable climate and a high quality of life for all, we’re going to have to make some …

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 …

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 …

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

… organizers of the conference see the future of small organic farmers as one of the struggle between the ecological healthy food movement and the free market forces that prioritize profits instead. This content was originally published by teleSUR at the following address: http://www.telesurtv.net/english/news/Perus-Organic-Workers-Call-for-Food-Sovereignty-20150602-0032.html. If you intend to use it, please cite the source and provide a link to the original article. www.teleSURtv.net/english …

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

… any move toward more organic systems therefore would need to reduce land use, rather than increase it – a big challenge when the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) estimates that food production will need to double by 2050. A third way? While debate over organic’s role in future food production tends to pit organic against conventional farming, conservation farming may provide a compromise. It doesn’t explicitly prohibit any farming practices, but encourages soil and water …

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

… ultimately harming the success and growth of future crops and costing farmers money. “There’s one major downfall in organic farming – and that’s soil erosion, which is related directly to tillage,” Miller said. “This project targets that vulnerability. We’ve designed a system that lets us engage grazing to reduce tillage by more than half.” Instead of using traditional tilling machinery, Miller said the project featured a reduced-till organic system, where faculty researchers …

Goodall on GMO’s: “I Truly Believe We’re Poisoning Ourselves” | KUER

By Andrea Smardon | April 24, 2015 Primatologist Jane Goodall is speaking in Salt Lake City at a sold-out event Friday evening about her work and the future of chimpanzees. But in the afternoon, she lent her fame and clout to a more controversial cause. Goodall appeared with Steven Druker, the author of a book that aims to wipe out genetically modified organisms from the world’s food supply. In a talk sponsored by the Pax Natura Foundation, Jane Goodall thanked Steven Druker for writing his …

The ‘accidental’ quarry in the middle of a food bowl – ABC Southern Queensland – Australian Broadcasting Corporation

… [they] use rock mineral dust as an alternative to chemical fertilisers.” He believes mineral-based insecticides and fertilisers are the future for farming. But the application to extract 100,000 tonnes of basalt from the mine, turning it into a quarry, has not been universally accepted in the region. A neighbour took the application to the Land and Environment Court and eventually sold the property to Mr Lewington’s group. “I’m a miner, yes. But I see a need for an …

Claims that GMOs Will “Feed the World” Don’t Hold Up | EWG

By Shannon Van Hoesen | March 31, 2015 Washington, D.C. – A report released today by Environmental Working Group delivers a stinging rebuke to conventional agribusiness’ argument that genetically modified crops are the answer to future global food shortages. A thorough analysis of recent research conducted in the United States and around the world shows that genetically engineered crops (often called GE or GMOs) have not significantly improved the yields of crops such as corn and soy. …