China promises boost to African bamboo expertise 

By Keya Archarya | December 11, 2015 [PARIS] China aims to increase Africa’s expertise in novel bamboo products through a new knowledge exchange network, it was announced at the COP 21 summit. The country plans to team up with African states to start a partnership that would see knowledge about bamboo growth and products, such as bamboo-based biofuels and charcoal briquettes, transferred to other bamboo-growing nations. The partnership, which was launched at an event on 9 December in Paris, …

Nora Pouillon and the Birth of the Farm-to-Table Movement

By Diane Leach | July 8, 2015 Chef Nora Pouillon earned the first organic restaurant certification in the United States. Her memoir, My Organic Life, leads readers from her early years in postwar Vienna to her role in the American organic food movement. Co-written with Laura Fraser, My Organic Life staggers a bit before finding its rhythm. After a rocky start, we learn that Pouillon’s family were avid outdoorspeople, passionate about exercise and healthy diet. The family spent a great deal of …

Method keeps salmon fresh for a month without the use of chemicals

… superchilling, so that superchilled food can start to be accepted by consumers. This makes it a rather idealistic project,” says the SINTEF scientist. For organic companies, it is particularly important that their products can be given a longer shelf life without the need for chemicals. This method will enable them to even out seasonal variations and supply their customers all the year round, since many of them do not produce continuously and therefore need to warehouse more stock, and for …

Maine following path to organic dairy farms – The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

… organic farming methods and to help new farmers start organic dairy farms. More than a dozen farms have already made the switch or started the process in the past year. To continue reading this article, please click on this link: Source: Maine following path to organic dairy farms – The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram …

The best anti-inflammatory foods and recipes | Fox News

By Amie Valpone | June 6, 2015 I’ve learned a lot about inflammation over the last ten years while suffering from chronic illness. Today, after many years of suffering from Lyme disease and many other illnesses, I’m happy to say that I’ve learned how to fight inflammation in my body and help clients start an anti-inflammatory diet and lifestyle. What does that mean? For starters inflammation is caused by many of the foods we eat as well as lifestyle factors, such as not enough sleep and …

Do you want healthier food? Start demanding it | The Kansas City Star The Kansas City Star

… Wal-Mart has issued new guidelines to suppliers of beef, poultry and eggs that call for reduced use of antibiotics and better treatment of animals — guidelines that may have encouraged Tyson Foods’ recent announcement that it will stop using human antibiotics in its domestic broiler chicken flocks within a couple of years. To continue reading this article, please click on this link: Source: Do you want healthier food? start demanding it | The Kansas City Star The Kansas City Star …

Farmers who switch to organic face strict rules, costs, red tape – Times Union

… of research, and with no previous experience, she exited the conventional working world to start a farm. She left health care, she said, because she saw so little being done to prevent health problems before they started. “Healthy food will keep us healthy,” she said. Now, she owns Eight Mile Creek Farm in Westerlo, running it with her daughter and an intern. She raises cows, chickens, pigs and horses, and grows more than 30 kinds of vegetables. When looking around at the rolling …

Growing food heals communities – Valley Morning Star : Tu Salud

… even more alarming when it comes to obesity, disability and death from very preventable, curable diseases. Finely’s response to the realities around him was to start growing food in his own yard. Actually, he started by planting in that little strip of dirt between the sidewalk and the street, which belongs to the city, but is supposed to be maintained by residents. He and some neighbors then began planting trees in his yard and more vegetables in vacant lots. It quickly grew to become a food …

GMO Critics Vindicated: Biotech Corporations Were Pushing Fraud All Along | Global Research – Centre for Research on Globalization

… truths about GMOs, including that they have never undergone appropriate safety testing; have never been shown to be safe for human consumption; and were not even approved in accordance with federal law. GMOs are illegal: Their secret introduction into the food supply was an illicit con from the very start When they were first being developed back in the early 1980s, GMOs were hailed as the solution to world hunger. Their proponents argued, and still do, that conventional and organic food crops …

The organic way: Finland organization branches out to Mexico | Lake County News Chronicle

When Rose Welch and her husband Ronnie Cummins started the Organic Consumers Association in 1998, it was a tiny grassroots effort headquartered just north of Silver Bay, and formed mainly to pressure the federal government to keep strict organic standards. Now, the organization has seven employees in Finland, Minn., and a handful more spread across the country. Five years ago, they became international after they helped start an organic-focused nonprofit in Mexico. Welch still remembers those …