China promises boost to African bamboo expertise 

By Keya Archarya | December 11, 2015 [PARIS] China aims to increase Africa’s expertise in novel bamboo products through a new knowledge exchange network, it was announced at the COP 21 summit. The country plans to team up with African states to start a partnership that would see knowledge about bamboo growth and products, such as bamboo-based biofuels and charcoal briquettes, transferred to other bamboo-growing nations. The partnership, which was launched at an event on 9 December in Paris, …

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 …

Russia confirms GMOs won’t be used to boost agriculture | Genetic Literacy Project

From www.geneticliteracyproject.org | June 24, 2015 Russian Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich has announced that Russia will not use genetically modified organisms (GMOs) to increase productivity in agriculture, while he was speaking on Friday at a session of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum. As a result of this decision Russian products will be “one of the cleanest in the world” in terms of technology use, Dvorkovich continued. “Of course, we must and will use the …

Dow Crop Chemical Labeled “Possibly Carcinogenic to Humans” | EWG

… also been associated with a higher risk of Parkinson’s disease, immune system problems and hypothyroidism. “Because of the approval of Enlist Duo for use on GMO crops, we expect the use of 2,4-D to increase up to seven-fold by the end of the decade,” said Kustin. “Since the federal government has failed to curb the overreliance of glyphosate and 2,4-D, mandatory GMO labeling is essential so that consumers can know whether they are buying GMO foods that rely heavily on these toxic …

Organic Food Finds Footing in Growing Chinese Market : News : Yibada

By Alvin Ybanez | June 6, 2015 Organic food is seeing increasingly high demand in China, as the country’s middle class gains stronger purchasing power and awareness of healthy living and dietary concerns increase. Chinese urbanites are seeking alternative options to purchase safe and healthy products, partly spurred by recent food scandal incidents, the China Daily newspaper said in a report on Friday. “Even though imported organic food can be expensive, it’s an investment …

Countries That Ban GMO Foods

… increase its surveillance of GMO products to make sure rules are being followed. The country’s ministry has been sued by a group of individuals who want more transparency relating to GMOs. AgWeb reported that GMO soybeans and corn are used in the country for feeding animals, but GMOs can’t be in food except for cooking oil and papayas. To continue reading this article, please click on this link: Source: Countries That Ban GMO Foods …

How the food you eat affects how you feel

From Statesman Journal | May 9, 2015 You’ve heard it a million times — “You are what you eat”. “We all know that eating nutritiously is important to overall health and well-being. But did you know that what you eat, even if it’s considered healthy, may increase or decrease the pain you feel? Food has changed a lot since the 1930s and ’40s, when we were an agricultural society. Buying local wasn’t a trendy thing to do; it was a way of life. The food you …

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 …

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 …