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 …

Federal Grant To Help More Low-Income Families Buy Organic Produce | WJCT NEWS

… Growers and Consumers says the grant will give people in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program a way to make their money go twice as far. Franz said, “So if they spend $20 on their SNAP card, they will get $40 worth of tokens to spend at one of our participating markets. And then that buy one get one money, the incentive money, is good for the purchase of Florida-grown fruits and vegetables.” Two farmers’ markets in Duval County, the Atlantic Beach Mid-Week Market and the Beaches …

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 …

10 Nutritious Foods That Won’t Break Your Budget

By Chloe Della Costa | March 28, 2015 Consumers know that there is a price to pay for eating healthy. Prices on organic foods and healthier options in general tend to be higher than prices on processed foods with low nutritional value. Certain health foods, however, aren’t going to break the bank. In addition to money-saving strategies like buying in bulk, avoiding restaurants, and growing your own garden, there are ways to cut costs simply with the foods you choose to purchase. If you …

What Food Labels Really Mean

… think — or what the manufacturer wants you to think. You may merely be paying more money. “Much of the terminology that is used to describe various food products is extremely confusing to customers,” says Alison Massey, registered dietitian and diabetes educator at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore, Maryland. Some labels, she told Newsmax Health, are strategies to make consumers feel that a product is healthier. “I think it is important for consumers to make informed …

The Locavore: Organic Certification Is Costly, but Help Is on the Way for Athens Farms | Flagpole Magazine | Athens, GA News, Music, Arts, Restaurants

… not necessarily mutually inclusive) people eating organic food are often concerned about eating food that’s in season and locally produced. But all moral factors aside, it cannot be debated that in the organic industry, there is money to be made. Organic food sales have skyrocketed in recent years, jumping by double digits for the last four. Herein lies the catch. Although organic farming can be remunerative (comparatively speaking), the cost of becoming certified is prohibitive for many. It …

Certified Naturally Grown: A New Way to Identify Pesticide-Free, Non-GMO Food » EcoWatch

… program. The CNG’s certification and inspection documentation is also available online, thus simplifying the paperwork process for participating farms. “The cost of the new USDA program—both in terms of money and paperwork requirements—is too much for many small farmers to afford,” according to the CNG website. “This is even more true for farmers that grow a wide range of crops all at once, typical of the diversified family farms we serve, but not common among the large mono-crop …

Greek Yogurt’s Popularity is Harmful to the Environment « CBS DC

… acid whey into something usable for other food products. One of those components is lactose, which food companies will pay good money for in food-grade form. Scientists say the technology isn’t there yet, but is “quite far along.” Follow WNEW on Twitter via Greek Yogurt’s Popularity is Harmful to the Environment « CBS DC. …

Abbott’s support for Old King Coal is worse than knighting a prince – Opinion – ABC Environment (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

… coal seam gas; and individuals are doing all they can to cut pollution — reducing, rethinking, reusing, recycling, and cutting their bills with renewable power. In recent years, people have really harnessed their power as consumers, but not all have yet realised how much power they have as investors. You don’t need a share portfolio. If you have a bank account, you have money being invested. If you have superannuation, you have money being invested. If you’re paying a mortgage, …