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

By Shannon Van Hoesen | June 23, 2015 Washington – The decision by an organization of the world’s leading cancer experts to classify the herbicide 2,4-D as a possible carcinogen underscores the risk posed by the U.S. government’s recent approval of 2,4-D for use on genetically engineered, or GMO, crops, EWG said in a statement. The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), a branch of the World Health Organization, said 2,4-D is “possibly carcinogenic to humans” because …

Organic seafood standards coming in 2015

By Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press | April 18, 2015 Washington – After more than a decade of delays, the government is moving toward allowing the sale of U.S.-raised organic fish and shellfish. But don’t expect it in the grocery store anytime soon. The Agriculture Department says it will propose standards for the farmed organic fish this year. That means the seafood could be available in as few as two years — but only if USDA moves quickly to complete the rules and seafood …

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 …

Farmers turn to GMO-free crops to boost income

By Christopher Doering | April 18, 2015 Washington –When Justin Dammann enters his southwestern Iowa cornfield this month, the 35-year-old farmer will sow something these 2,400 acres have not seen in more than a decade — plants grown without genetically modified seeds. The corn, which will head to a processor 20 miles down the road this fall, will likely make its way into tortilla shells, corn chips and other consumable products made by companies taking advantage of growing consumer demand …

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

By Sarah Beth Hensley | March 30, 2015 Washington — It’s a question many people ask themselves while shopping for produce at grocery stores: should I buy organic? Experts at Consumer Reports say that buying organic is the best choice because it is better for your health, the environment and those who grow the food. Also, there is a diminished risk for pesticides exposure. Earlier this month, Consumer Reports scientists and a Washington State University researcher analyzed data from the …

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

By Shannon Van Hoesen | March 31, 2015 Washington, D.C. – A report released today by Environmental Working Group delivers a stinging rebuke to conventional agribusiness’ argument that genetically modified crops are the answer to future global food shortages. A thorough analysis of recent research conducted in the United States and around the world shows that genetically engineered crops (often called GE or GMOs) have not significantly improved the yields of crops such as corn and soy. …

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

… her husband worked in Washington, D.C., lobbying against genetically modified organisms (GMOs), particularly vegetables, fruits and other crops which have had their genes altered artificially. Such efforts at the policy level are important, Welch said, but she and Cummins saw the need for an organization that tackled similar food issues using a grassroots approach. “When we first started out, there wasn’t an organization that dealt primarily with consumers and organics,” she …

Will Going Organic Help You Lose Weight?

… apple and a conventionally grown apple may both contain the same number of vitamins and antioxidants, the organic apple is much smaller, meaning that it contains more of them per ounce, says study co-author Charles Benbrook, a research professor at Washington State University’s Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources. Why the size difference? The funny thing is, the reason may be because organic, nitrogen-rich fertilizer is so expensive, meaning that organic farmers can’t …

5 ways Congress could affect S.D. farmers

By Christopher Doering, USA Today, Posted March 15 2015 Washington – The enactment of a five-year, $500 billion farm bill last winter was the culmination of almost three years of debate in Congress. But while the farm bill — long viewed as the pinnacle of agriculture policy — was finally complete, lawmakers in Washington could address a number of topics this year that could be just as important to the farmers and ranchers across South Dakota. “The farm bill is just like agriculture’s …