Russia confirms GMOs won’t be used to boost agriculture | Genetic Literacy Project

From www.geneticliteracyproject.org | June 24, 2015 Russian Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich has announced that Russia will not use genetically modified organisms (GMOs) to increase productivity in agriculture, while he was speaking on Friday at a session of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum. As a result of this decision Russian products will be “one of the cleanest in the world” in terms of technology use, Dvorkovich continued. “Of course, we must and will use the …

Peru’s Organic Workers Call for Food Sovereignty | News | teleSUR English

… thousands of traditional agricultural families in Peru that have decided to dedicate themselves to organic and ecological farming. For Ortiz joining an association of families to produce and sell such crops is a way of life. He explains that they follow such paths to “have an economic income that favors us but also we have improved our life conditions in terms of what we eat. In that manner, we have a relationship between humans and nature with sustainable development” Ultimately, …

Special Report: The war on big food – Fortune

By Beth Kowitt | May 21, 2015 Major packaged-food companies lost $4 billion in market share alone last year, as shoppers swerved to fresh and organic alternatives. Can the supermarket giants win you back? Try this simple test. Say the following out loud: Artificial colors and flavors. Pesticides. Preservatives. High-fructose corn syrup. Growth hormones. Antibiotics. Gluten. Genetically modified organisms. If any one of these terms raised a hair on the back of your neck, left a sour taste in your …

The Dirt on Growing Food in Water: Some Think It Can’t Be Organic | TakePart

… “This is kind of the proverbial Soylent Green in terms of a plant,” said Mark Kastel, an organic advocate and cofounder of the nonprofit farm group the Cornucopia Institute. To continue reading this article, please click on this link: Source: The Dirt on Growing Food in Water: Some Think It Can’t Be Organic | TakePart …

10 Nutritious Foods That Won’t Break Your Budget

… 10 foods to your grocery list, your money will go further in terms of your shopping budget, as well as your health. The average prices listed below were gathered from various sources, such as the Bureau of Labor Statistics and the USDA Economic Research Service (ERS). Nutritional information was provided by a variety of sources including NutritionData.com. If you’re concerned that prices may rise significantly when buying organic, don’t worry. There are easy ways to buy organic foods on a …

What Food Labels Really Mean

By Sylvia Booth Hubbard | April 2, 2015 If you’re like many Americans, you’re reading more food labels than in the past. Perhaps you look for foods labeled “all natural,” “organic,” “free-range,” “GMO-free,” or “0 trans fats.” But what do those labels really mean? Some terms, such as organic, are regulated by the FDA and USDA. Others, such as “all natural,” aren’t regulated at all, and may not mean what you …

Certified Naturally Grown: A New Way to Identify Pesticide-Free, Non-GMO Food » EcoWatch

… program. The CNG’s certification and inspection documentation is also available online, thus simplifying the paperwork process for participating farms. “The cost of the new USDA program—both in terms of money and paperwork requirements—is too much for many small farmers to afford,” according to the CNG website. “This is even more true for farmers that grow a wide range of crops all at once, typical of the diversified family farms we serve, but not common among the large mono-crop …

Life Lessons: Mike Shekhtman | Environment & Sustainability | Business in Vancouver

… me to be in the trenches because then I understood what drivers were going through,” he said, “and what the market dictates in terms of expectations from drivers.” The experience taught him that being a driver is a hard job. “What we learned for the first three years was to be much more understanding and empathetic to the position,” he said. “I think a lot of people think it’s an easy job, just driving around. But you need to be alert and careful and on, eight or nine hours a …