UN Report Says Small-Scale Organic Farming Only…

… Review 2013: Wake Up Before It’s Too Late,” which included contributions from more than 60 experts around the world. The cover of the report looks like that of a blockbuster documentary or Hollywood movie, and the dramatic nature of the title cannot be understated: The time is now to switch back to our natural farming roots. The New UN Farming report “Wake Up Before It’s Too Late.” The findings on the report seem to echo those of a December 2010 UN report in many ways, one that …

Organic food and malformations in the urinary tract (hypospadias) in newborn boys

… positioned exactly at the tip of the penis. This condition arises during fetal life, and is surgically corrected after birth. This study shows that mothers who report eating organic food within one or more of six food categories, had less than half the probability of delivering boys with hypospadiascompared with women who reported “never or seldom” eating organic food. From the data, organic vegetables emerge as the food category with the greatest impact on the result. The analyses …

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

… fuel, feed and water, which accounts for 51 percent of annual greenhouse gas emissions, according to a 2009 report in World Watch Institute Magazine. Plant foods, such as vegetables, rice, beans, and tofu, have a much lower environmental impact. Why not give Meatless Monday a try by replacing meat with plant proteins, such as nuts, beans and soy foods? According to the Environmental Working Group, if a family of four skips eating steak just one day a week for one year, it is similar to taking a …

Organic Food Finds Footing in Growing Chinese Market : News : Yibada

By Alvin Ybanez | June 6, 2015 Organic food is seeing increasingly high demand in China, as the country’s middle class gains stronger purchasing power and awareness of healthy living and dietary concerns increase. Chinese urbanites are seeking alternative options to purchase safe and healthy products, partly spurred by recent food scandal incidents, the China Daily newspaper said in a report on Friday. “Even though imported organic food can be expensive, it’s an investment …

U.S. forced to import corn as shoppers demand organic food : Business

… market for U.S. growers willing to avoid the use of artificial chemicals and genetically modified seeds, said Laura Batcha, chief executive officer of the association, which includes Whole Foods Market Inc., Whitewave Foods Co. and Earthbound Farm. The report is “a help-wanted sign” for U.S. farmers, Batcha said. “There are market distortions that are pretty striking.” Most of the corn and soybean shipments become feed for chickens and cows so they can be certified …

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 …

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

By Shannon Van Hoesen | March 31, 2015 Washington, D.C. – A report released today by Environmental Working Group delivers a stinging rebuke to conventional agribusiness’ argument that genetically modified crops are the answer to future global food shortages. A thorough analysis of recent research conducted in the United States and around the world shows that genetically engineered crops (often called GE or GMOs) have not significantly improved the yields of crops such as corn and soy. …

Will Going Organic Help You Lose Weight?

From U.S. News & World report, Posted 17 March 2015 If you’ve ever picked up an apple from the organic section of your supermarket, you probably thought that by doing so, you were improving your health. And if you haven’t, you may belong to the camp that believes the potential health benefits of going organic don’t outweigh the literal costs. But what if the benefits included weight loss? Here, we explore how eating organic may affect your slim-down efforts. Whether or not you choose …

US Agencies, Gates Foundation, and Monsanto Trying to Force Unwilling African Nations to Accept Expensive and Insufficiently Tested GMO | Global Research

By Friends of the Earth, posted March 19th 2015  JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA – US agencies, funders such as the Gates Foundation, and agribusiness giant Monsanto are trying to force unwilling African nations to accept expensive and insufficiently tested Genetically Modified (GM) foods and crops, according to a new report released today. [1] “The US, the world’s top producer of GM crops, is seeking new markets for American GM crops in Africa. The US administration’s strategy consists of …