Green efforts of youth gather steam – The Hindu

… final-year M.Sc. (Computer Science) student of Madurai Kamaraj University, can be seen leading a team of youngsters in bringing 15 acres of land at Kattamankottai, a village 12 km from Madurai, back to life. Wielding the farm implements along with him are K. Naveen, final-year M.Sc. (E-Media Communication) student of MKU; M. Madhan of Kadamalaikundu; K. Nagore Meeran of Bank Colony; and Vijayan Ayyasamy of Thumbaipatti. More students join them every day. All of them volunteer to work in the …

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

… other latest technologies in agriculture,” said Dvorkovich. At the same time, he added, the land resources of the country allow Russia to achieve “good results”, using less fertilizer in comparison with some other countries. President Putin said in 2014 that Russia must protect its citizens from over-consumption of products containing genetically modified organisms. Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev followed this with a statement that Russia has no intention to import GMOs, however there …

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

… agriculture. He attended college in Minnesota in the 1990s, and with two friends, started one of the first CSAs in that state. A CSA, or community-supported agriculture, program sells farm shares to customers who are entitled to a fresh box of produce every week. The Minnesota CSA is still in operation, although Harrison said he sold his stake in the business to his friends after three years and moved on to other jobs. “I have always had a passion for the land, and knew my vocation would be in …

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

… involved. Young participant Mayumi Villegas Huaycama from an organization called Youth from Ucayali explains that the association has helped her “gather a group of young people, children of farmers that are working their parcels of land and at the same time they are studying engineering, agronomy…We are doing it in one way or another so that they don’t get isolated and became instead a source of backing and support for their parents.” Cesar Ortíz’s family is one of those …

Cebu City farmers oppose ban of GMO crops | Cebu News, The Freeman Sections, The Freeman | philstar.com

… suporta sa proposed ordinance,” Secretaria said. Councilor Nestor Archival is lobbying for the passage of an ordinance seeking to prohibit the use of GMO crops in the city. The proposed ordinance, “protecting agricultural land and farmers against the threats of genetically modified crops providing penalties for violation thereof” is in consonance with Republic Act 10068, or the Organic Agriculture Act of 2010. GMO crops are products of genetic engineering in which the genes of one organism …

India’s Independent Farmers Embrace Organic | Al Jazeera America

By Ankita Rao & Bibek Bhandari | May 31, 2015 CHAINA, India — For two decades, Mahender Singh grew his vegetables without chemicals on his 10-acre plot of land in Pipal Mangoli, a village in southeastern Punjab. Then in 1967, an official from India’s Agriculture Department arrived in the nearby city of Patiala with a bag of chemical fertilizer, and farming in Punjab changed radically. With the introduction of chemicals such as urea, phosphate and pesticides as well as new farming …

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

By Caroline Scott-Thomas | May 4, 2015 Proponents of organic agriculture say it leads to better soil management, uses fewer pesticides and fertilisers, and is a better protector of biodiversity. However, when it comes to increasing food production for a growing global population, others argue that organic’s lower average yields would mean clearing more land for agriculture. According to a 2012 meta-analysis, organic crop yields average about 80% of those of conventional crops – but there is …

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

… research, education and extension project, which is showing several environmental and economic benefits for an integrated cropping and livestock system, according to Perry Miller, MSU professor of land resources and environmental sciences who is part of the research team. Miller said that in a typical organic farming system, tillage is used to terminate cover crops and to get rid of unwanted weeds. However, frequent mechanical tilling can disrupt soil structure and reduce organic matter, …