UN Report Says Small-Scale Organic Farming Only…

By Nick Meyer | December 14, 2015 Even as the United states government continues to push for the use of more chemically-intensive and corporate-dominated farming methods such as GMOs and monoculture-based crops, the United Nations is once against sounding the alarm about the urgent need to return to (and develop) a more sustainable, natural and organic system. That was the key point of a new publication from the UN Commission on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) titled“Trade and Environment …

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 …

Organic Movement Is Unstoppable! — Organic Food Demand Growing Faster Than Domestic Supply

From www.inquisitr.com | July 5, 2015 The past five years have seen the most growth pertaining to the demand of organic food. This is thanks to a high number of independent studies showing the negatives of conventional foods made with science (such as GMOs). Because of this, organic food has become a viable business as well as a viable diet. The former is exampled best by the fact Costco, the second-largest wholesale retailer in the United states, has invested in organic food to the point it is …

TTIP could open EU to ‘new biotech’ GMO seeds and foods – The Ecologist

… Partnership (TTIP), a trade agreement between European Union and the United states under negotiation since July 2013, have led to many concerns being raised regarding food and environmental safety standards. One of the most contentious issues is whether TTIP will weaken Europe’s rules over genetically modified organisms (GMOs), a long-time target for US exporters who claim these rules hamper their profits. Meanwhile, the biotech industry is pushing for the products of the ‘next …

FSSAI to tighten noose on meat and poultry industry – The Times of India

… for notification. Earlier, central advisory committee meeting of FSSAI had proposed enforcement of legal provisions and regulations regarding meat and meat products, operations and management of slaughterhouses and animal-handling practices. Following the members of the committee were apprised of deplorable conditions of slaughter houses and the unethical practices followed in this sector, it was mentioned that there were reports of illegal slaughter activities in several states. Members opined …

Dow Crop Chemical Labeled “Possibly Carcinogenic to Humans” | EWG

… states. The other herbicide in Enlist Duo is glyphosate, which the international cancer agency had previously classified as “probably carcinogenic.” Exposure to both chemicals has separately been linked to non-Hodgkin lymphoma. When the EPA approved Enlist Duo for use on GMO crops, the agency did not consider the effects the two harmful defoliants may have on human health when mixed together. Like glyphosate, 2,4-D has been linked to other human health dangers as well. Exposure to 2,4-D has …

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 …

Countries That Ban GMO Foods

By Morgan Chilson | June 2, 2015 Numerous countries around the world restrict the growing or importing of GMO crops. These international restrictions are always held up as examples pointing to the lack of regulation of genetically modified organisms in the United states. The reality is that many nations in the world are in flux about whether to allow or ban GMOs. While countries may ban the growing of GMO crops, most don’t completely ban imports of GMO foods. And some countries that banned …

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 …