Internships support new concentration in agroecology and sustainable food systems

… and Sustainable Food Systems (CASFS) to integrate undergraduates into the seasonal work of the campus’s 33 acres of organic farmland and market gardens. With support from the Clarence E. Heller Foundation and a U.S. Department of Education Higher Education Challenge Grant, CASFS staff and UCSC faculty have crafted an internship program that complements the environmental studies major’s new concentration in agroecology and sustainable food systems. To continue reading this article, please …

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

… hypospadias has been shown in a cohort study and the findings must be replicated in other cohorts. It is only in large cohort studies such as the Norwegian Mother and Child Cohort Study (MoBa) that it is possible to study the causes of rare diseases and conditions. The study includes 35,107 women who participated in MoBa in the years 2002-2008 and answered six questions about use of organic food during pregnancy, and later gave birth to a boy. Among the infants of these mothers, 74 (0.2%) were …

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 …

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

… there is “strong evidence that 2,4-D induces oxidative stress that can operate in humans and moderate evidence that 2,4-D causes immunosuppression, based on in-vivo and in-vitro studies.” “We have known for decades that 2,4-D is harmful to the environment and human health, especially for the farmers and farm workers applying these chemicals to crops,” said Mary Ellen Kustin, senior policy analyst for the Environmental Working Group. “Now that farmers are planting 2,4-D-tolerant …

Organic farming can actually be more profitable than using fertilizers and pesticides – Quartz

… farmers can make more money than their conventional counterparts, even with their lower yields, because consumers are willing to pay more for organic foods. (Consumers pay extra, apparently, even when they don’t know what “organic” means.) The researchers conducted a meta-analysis of 44 studies representing 55 crops grown in 14 countries on five continents over 40 years, and found that organic farming was actually 22-35% more profitable than conventional agriculture. Organic foods, the …

Organic not healthier than other foods: Organic junk food still junk | Genetic Literacy Project

… the organic food industry. Just what does it mean to be organic and are they really better for you than conventional foods? With more and more organic products flying off the shelves, most consumers believe they are getting a healthier product, regardless of price. But is that true? That depends on who you believe. Nova Scotia Organics’ Nancy Smithers said that research compiled from 50 studies comparing traditionally produced food to organic showed that organics have a higher nutritional …

Goodall on GMO’s: “I Truly Believe We’re Poisoning Ourselves” | KUER

… book, “Altered Genes, Twisted Truth.” She herself wrote the forward and she said the book substantiated her concerns that genetically engineered foods were dangerous. “We’re poisoning the land, we’re poisoning animals, and I truly believe we’re poisoning ourselves,” Goodall said. She pointed to superbugs that have become resistant to pesticides, weeds resistant to herbicides, and isolated animal studies in Europe and Australia where she said rats and pigs suffered from a variety of …

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 …

Which fruits, vegetables are most likely to be exposed to pesticides? – WTOP

… Sustainability Center, said in a news release. “We just don’t know enough about the health effects.” studies have linked long-term pesticide exposure to increased risk of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease, prostate, ovarian and other cancers, as well as depression and respiratory problems, Consumer Reports says. The analysis is based on the risk to a 3 1/2-year-old child because kids are especially vulnerable to the dietary risk from pesticides. The risk to adults would be lower, …

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

… “Biotech companies and proponents of conventional, industrial agriculture have touted genetically engineered crops as the key to feeding a more populous, wealthier world, but recent studies show that this promise has fallen flat,” wrote Emily Cassidy, the EWG research analyst who authored the report. She points out that while genetically engineered crops have been a mainstay in conventional agriculture in the U.S. for roughly two decades, they “have not substantially improved global food …