Weighing The Costs of Not Eating Organic

… dying, and they are dying at a rate of 20 percent” Dan added. He also explained about pesticide use and pest resistance. New pesticides need to be updated, changed and new ones are added yearly. Pests become resistant and additional pesticides need to be used. “If the soil was strong, the plants will be strong and be able to resist pests naturally.” The cost of shipping organic foods is still better for the environment than using local GMO crops. The David Suzuki Foundation states an …

The Dirt on Growing Food in Water: Some Think It Can’t Be Organic | TakePart

… comment sections—the dynamic is a part of how federal organic standards are determined. Case in point: In late April, the National Organic Standards Board, a 15-person board appointed by the secretary of agriculture, recommended to the Department of Agriculture that hydroponics, a method for growing plants in a nutrient-rich water solution instead of soil, be banned from receiving official organic certification. The USDA promptly ignored the recommendation, which has organic advocates furious. …

We have the right to know what we are putting in our bodies – Columbus healthy living | Examiner.com

By Jessica Simpson, Sedona | May 11, 2015 It was announced on May 11, 2015 that Mike Pompeo R-KS is moving H.B. 1599 ahead in committee. H.B. 1599 is labeled the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2015. This is a bill that will prohibit states from requiring GMO labeling on processed foods that use seeds that have been genetically altered to withstand herbicides or use plants that act as pesticides for organisms eating the plant. The bill is a total misnomer in that the unlabeled GMO food is …

Farmers turn to GMO-free crops to boost income

By Christopher Doering | April 18, 2015 WASHINGTON –When Justin Dammann enters his southwestern Iowa cornfield this month, the 35-year-old farmer will sow something these 2,400 acres have not seen in more than a decade — plants grown without genetically modified seeds. The corn, which will head to a processor 20 miles down the road this fall, will likely make its way into tortilla shells, corn chips and other consumable products made by companies taking advantage of growing consumer demand …

Choose smart & organic – Focus Health – Susie Ponici

By Susie Ponici, R.H.N. | April 9, 2015 Did you know many studies have shown that organically grown vegetables and fruit have been found to have higher concentrations of vitamins and minerals than those that are cultivated inorganically? According to a 2008 report by the Organic Center, a team of scientists concluded that organically grown plant-based foods have an average of 25 percent more nutrients than conventionally grown plants. Chemical fertilizers such as pesticides, herbicides and …

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. …

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 …

Beware of the Corporate GMO Spin Doctors | Food & Water Watch

… captured by the industry. As I outlined in my book Foodopoly, Monsanto’s roots in the biotech game date back decades, and they have a long history of subverting public policy. In effect, the company used its relationship with the Reagan Administration to create a weak regulatory process that would help the company bring its products to market quickly and smoothly. A 1985 U.S. Patent and Trademark Office ruling that allowed for plants to be patented further entrenched Monsanto’s power in …

An apple a day: Recent industry news | Food Dive

… apples its seal of approval, it took less than two weeks for the company that produced them, Okanagan Specialty Fruits, to enter into an acquisition agreement with Intrexon Corp. Thomas R. Kasser, Ph.D., senior vice president and head of Intrexon’s food sector has high hopes for the acquisition. In a press release, Kasser said, “Okanagan is a world leader in the development of fruit-bearing plants to express enhanced, advantageous traits with tremendous potential to revolutionize the …

Agricultural Production Affects Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide Cycle | Climatology, Geophysics | Sci-News.com

Nov 21, 2014 by Sci-News.com Crop production may generate up to a quarter of the increase in the seasonal cycle of atmospheric carbon dioxide, with corn playing a leading role, according to a new study published in the journal Nature. Intensification of agriculture is a driver of changes in the seasonal characteristics of the global carbon cycle. Each year in the Northern Hemisphere, levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide drop in the summer as plants inhale, and then climb again as they exhale and …