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 …

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

From www.theecologist.org | July 7, 2015 The EU Parliament is voting tomorrow on the controversial Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) being negotiated between the USA and the EU. But do MEPs realise that the agreement could force European markets open to ‘new biotech’ foods and crops using advanced GM technologies that do not meet current definitions of ‘GMO’ within the EU? The secretive discussions about the Transatlantic Trade and Investment …

How To Make 7 Healthy Meals Out Of Just 1 Chicken | Food & Drink | The Debrief

… blanc to avoid the bottom shelf stuff, I’m happy to put my hand a *little* bit further in my pocket to make sure my chicken hasn’t been fiddled with. And I’m not the only one; the Organic Trade Board say they’ve seen more demand than ever for organic food thanks to people getting on the Deliciously Ella bandwagon – and they believe it’s affordable for everyone, not just 4×4 driving smugsters or long limbed glowy ex-models. They reckon one chicken can make seven meals, and when …

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 …

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

By Rael Mora | June 2, 2015 12,000 Peruvian organic farmers are struggling to survive and promote their way of developing sources of food. Demands for Peruvian government policy that prioritizes food security and sovereignty were high on the agenda Tuesday at the National Association of Ecological Producers conference. Vice President of the organization Naida Quispe Farfán said that the government’s emphasis on free Trade agreement undermine such a goal. The purpose of the conference is …

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

By Rael Mora | June 2, 2015 12,000 Peruvian organic farmers are struggling to survive and promote their way of developing sources of food. Demands for Peruvian government policy that prioritizes food security and sovereignty were high on the agenda Tuesday at the National Association of Ecological Producers conference. Vice President of the organization Naida Quispe Farfán said that the government’s emphasis on free Trade agreement undermine such a goal. The purpose of the conference is …

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

By Damian Mann, Medford Tribune | May 22, 2015 Demand for organic foods keeping growing, and big box retailers and mainstream grocery chains, from Walmart to Costco, have jumped in. Consumer demands for organic foods in the U.S. continue to explode. Sales of organic food and non-food products totaled $39.1 billion in 2014, up 11.3 percent from the previous year—with sales of organic food alone accounting for $35.9 billion, according to the Organic Trade Association. But controversy has dogged …

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

By Alan Bjerga, Bloomberg News | April 15, 2015 WASHINGTON • A growing demand for organics, and the near-total reliance by U.S. farmers on genetically modified corn and soybeans, is driving a surge in imports from other nations where crops largely are free of bioengineering. Imports such as corn from Romania and soybeans from India are booming, according to an analysis of U.S. Trade data released Wednesday by the Organic Trade Association and Penn State University. That shows a potential …

The ‘accidental’ quarry in the middle of a food bowl – ABC Southern Queensland – Australian Broadcasting Corporation

… conflict. “I’m a geologist by Trade as well as being an environmentalist. I don’t have a problem with human requirements,” he said. “I guess I call myself pragmatic.” Along with several partners he “bought a hill” in the valley with a plan to extract diatomaceous earth from the ground. Diatomaceous earth is a soft sedimentary rock used in various applications from cat litter to insulation. “But we use it primarily for an organic …

Genetically modified food in the UK and TTIP | openDemocracy

By Linda Kaucher | April 2, 2015 Unless we act to prevent it, we are likely to have genetically modified food on our supermarket shelves, soon. Following on from the anti-GM activism of the late 1990s and early 2000’s, it is widely believed that there is a ban on GM foods in the UK. However law changes in the EU, potential international Trade law tie-ins via the upcoming Transatlantic Trade and Investment Agreement (TTIP) and the UK political climate combine to make us very vulnerable now to …