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

… car off the road for three months. 2. Go organic. Because fewer chemical pesticide and fertilizers are used, organically grown and raised products have less impact on the environment. When applied to animal products like dairy, organic means that no antibiotics or synthetic hormones are fed to the animals. Look for foods labeled USDA Certified Organic or ask at your farmers market. 3. Close to home. Eating locally means sourcing foods that are produced relatively close to where they are sold. …

Organic farming can actually be more profitable than using fertilizers and pesticides – Quartz

… farmers can make more money than their conventional counterparts, even with their lower yields, because consumers are willing to pay more for organic foods. (Consumers pay extra, apparently, even when they don’t know what “organic” means.) The researchers conducted a meta-analysis of 44 studies representing 55 crops grown in 14 countries on five continents over 40 years, and found that organic farming was actually 22-35% more profitable than conventional agriculture. Organic foods, the …

The prison garden supplying organic ingredients to Bali’s healthy eateries

By Jewel Topsfield | June 7, 2015 Bali: While high-end hotels in Bali often insist on importing foie gras, wagyu beef, salmon and truffles, Ubud’s Locavore is the sort of right-on restaurant that has slow food movement devotees salivating. Locavore chef Eelke Plasmeijer sources most of his ingredients in Indonesia, including from his own vegetable garden. (Locavore, the 2007 word of the year in the Oxford American Dictionary, means a person who eats food grown locally.) Critics on the …

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

… for citizens. Regarding food sovereignty, Naida Quispe Farfán stated that it means, “to be able to decide out of the products we have what can we produce, what amount goes for certain use, and how much goes to a particular place. Some goes on exports, the rest on national consumption. Therefore, we learn to prioritize for ourselves. How? According to our reality and our capacities.” The conference also touched on reaching out to the children of farmers by expanding programs to get them …

Can organic foods and GM-like technologies ever go hand in hand?

… significant steps towards GM foods by passing new laws that allow Member States to ‘make their own rules’ – reiterating that allowing EU wide cultivation and consumption of genetically modified products is the biggest barrier to the development of the organic farming and food sector. While seen by many as a positive step towards banning GM, the fact that European countries can now decide ‘yes’ or ‘no’ on the question of GM crop cultivation means that the chance of growth in GM crop …

Organic seafood standards coming in 2015

By Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press | April 18, 2015 WASHINGTON – After more than a decade of delays, the government is moving toward allowing the sale of U.S.-raised organic fish and shellfish. But don’t expect it in the grocery store anytime soon. The Agriculture Department says it will propose standards for the farmed organic fish this year. That means the seafood could be available in as few as two years — but only if USDA moves quickly to complete the rules and seafood …

Non-GMO products’ sales soaring amid latest long-term trend – Finance Post

By Melody Dareing | April 9, 2015 Those looking for a new hot product to invest in might find money put into non-GMO products worth the effort. Non-GMO foods are becoming the latest hot products, and younger entrepreneurs are learning to take advantage of the new demand. With spring here and many buying seeds, predictions state that growth in the niche market is here to stay for several years. The term genetically modified organisms (GMO) refers to the artificial means in which food – all …

Berkeley-Based Wild Food Week Aims to Convince People to Eat Weeds – CityLab

… plants woven into the Chez Panisse experience,” for which reservations alone cost $25, payable by credit card. Friday is Mission Heirloom’s turn, with a $40 dining experience from a restaurant that promises organic and non-GMO foods with “head to tail goodness.” (“This means nothing goes to waste,” the Berkeley restaurant explains). To continue reading this article, click on this link: via Berkeley-Based Wild Food Week Aims to Convince People to Eat Weeds – CityLab. …

What Food Labels Really Mean

… survey by the Consumer Reports National Research Center, however, found that almost 60 percent of shoppers look for the term “natural” on food labels believing it means a food has no artificial ingredients, and also that the food contains no pesticides or genetically modified organisms (GMOs). But even high-fructose corn syrup can appear in products labeled “all natural,” and even chicken injected with a saline solutions equal to 25 percent of its weight can also be …

Will Going Organic Help You Lose Weight?

… typically afford to over-fertilize their crops to the same extent that conventional farmers can, Benbrook says. And nitrogen is to plants what calories are to people, so when conventional plants get too much nitrogen, they do the same thing we do: They get big. However, their nutritional properties, like our muscles, don’t balloon with them. “When produce is over-fertilized, the ratio of calories per antioxidant activity goes way up,” Benbrook says. That means that bite per bite, you are …