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 …

The potential for organic food in Middle East

… government-imposed regulations ensuring organic products “are actually organic” for resulting in a higher uptake among Israeli consumers. There is also a much wider distribution of organic products in sales channels across the country. In the UAE, the region’s second-largest market for organic food, the demographics of the population have a lot to do with influencing the sector’s growth. Joby Mathew Muricken, head of exhibitions at the Middle East Natural & Organic …

Claims that GMOs Will “Feed the World” Don’t Hold Up | EWG

… unlikely to change in light of increased consumption of meat around the world and the U.S. biofuels policy requiring production of millions of gallons of corn ethanol to blend into gasoline. “There is a way out of this mess that will produce enough food for the world’s burgeoning population with minimal impact on our environment,” said Cassidy. “In combination, smarter use of fertilizers, a dramatic shift in biofuels policy, a significant reduction in food waste and a better diet could …

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

By Jodi Cash, Posted March 18, 2015 Although agriculture is the leading industry in Georgia, less than one percent of the state’s farms are organic. As of December 2014, there were merely 70 certified organic farms in Georgia. Georgia does have a larger number of Certified Naturally Grown farms—130 to be exact. There is little reason to embellish on the merits of organic farming practices—sustainability in a world with a growing population, safety from pesticides, and (although they are …

An apple a day: Recent industry news | Food Dive

… tree fruit industry. Through this acquisition, we can deliver more accessible and affordable choices of high-quality foods for an ever-growing population.” ‘Listeria hysteria’ The apple industry has also had to deal with what The Packer calls “listeria hysteria” following a recall of Bidart Bros.’ granny smith and gala apples due to a listeria contamination. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 35 cases, 34 of which were hospitalizations, in 12 states …

ASU talk focuses on vertical agriculture to save space, help environment | savannahnow.com

… the current movement to a 1999 medical ecology class he taught in which he discussed how megafarms feed a huge population but require a huge land mass to do it. The world’s population is now pegged at 7.2 billion, and farms cover an area the size of South America. That agriculture is a major source of polluted runoff. To finish reading this article, click on this link: via ASU talk focuses on vertical agriculture to save space, help environment | savannahnow.com. …

Call for “equal rights” for landholders dealing with miners | Fraser Coast Chronicle

… unresolved farming families simply loathe the fact that they are currently subsidising the resource sector,” he said. ” PRA believes that committing to the No Disadvantage principle provides a positive solution, a rule of thumb to progress all of Queensland into the future. “While there may be some within political parties that may wish to dispute what has occurred in the past, it is important that all of the population is informed and lessons are learnt from past …