The climate emergency is finally gaining the attention of the US (and global) media and body politic, as well as a growing number of US politicians, activists, and even farmers. This great revival has come just in time, given the record high temperatures, severe weather, crop failures and massive waves of forced migration that are …

Mesotunnels, like the ones pictured here, are made of nylon mesh fabric suspended from hoops placed about 42 inches above the ground. The management technique prevents pests from attacking crops. Photo courtesy of Mark Gleason. Bigger picture. AMES, Iowa – Fruit and vegetable growers adopting organic farming practices are forgoing some of the tools commonly …

WADDINXVEEN, The Netherlands — If we are to maintain sustainable food systems for future generations and address the many challenges facing our planet, including the climate crisis, governments would be wise to embrace organic farming practices. This is one of the main conclusions of a new independent study, which concluded that the adoption of organic …

The role of biopesticides in organic agriculture and pest management is increasing, mitigating damage from pests, diseases and other threats to seed security. Over the past two decades, people have become more aware than ever of the impact the food we produce has on our bodies and on the world around us. More than ever, …

On day two of Outdoor Retailer, Patagonia will lead a conversation on supply chains and climate change led by leaders from the Apparel Impact Institute and the Regenerative Organic Alliance, including representatives from Burton, Dr. Bronner’s, Patagonia and Patagonia Provisions, the leaflet is shown at left. Join them from 3:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. in …

The early stone fruit campaign is almost over in the Region of Murcia. Recent climatic variations in Europe have not affected the harvest in La Manga del Mar Menor. “Volumes have been satisfactory, although prices have been below expectations,” said Adolfo Garcia, director of Camposeven, an agrarian organic and biodynamic farming company. According to Adolfo …

(Beyond pesticides, May 21, 2019) As farmers across the country face extreme stressors and consolidate or retire, organic is going against the grain. Despite the overall decline in the number of US farms, the number of organic farms increased by 27% between 2012 and 2017, according to new data from the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics …

Patagonia CEO Rose Marcario is a strong believer in regenerative organic farming. It is an experimental farming method that prioritizes soil health to absorb carbon. Although its long-term effects are unknown, it has enough proven principles to qualify as a beneficial practice worth pursuing. Patagonia is pushing for more adoption, customer education, and federal grants …

Many people choose organic foods to protect themselves and their families from exposure to pesticides. But choosing organic also means helping to create a healthier food system for everyone, from farm to table. Far too often, discussions of pesticides in the food system exclude the men, women and children who plant, tend and harvest our …

Photo by Kyle Ellefson on Unsplash According to a new study, organic farming could reduce the spread of foodborne pathogens thanks to the greater biodiversity of organic soil, particularly the presence of soil microbes and insects. The study, which was published in the Journal of Applied Ecology, found that farmers seeking to reduce the spread …

With global sales of nearly 85 billion euros in 2017, “organic” products have won the hearts and the plates of many consumers and bear witness to legitimate food concerns. However, the health and environmental benefits it claims have a shaky scientific basis. The very philosophy of “organic” is debatable from a methodological point of view. …

Organic farms harbor a greater diversity of soil microbes and insects, which could combat the threat of deadly foodborne pathogens, according to a new study. Write in the Journal of Applied Ecology, a team of international researchers explain that the spread of pathogens, such as feces E.coli bacteria, on farmland, has caused thousands of deaths …

An organic farm in California. Courtesy of UC Davis For you and me, organic groceries are a luxury. For the children of the future, foods from organic farming will be a necessity. We often hear that agricultural industrialization is the key to feeding the world. But in the face of climate change, conventional agriculture will …

TEMPO.CO, Jakarta – The Ministry of Agriculture (MoA), in collaboration with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), today launched a program to help smallholder farmers in West Kalimantan adopt organic methods of rice production. The program is part of the government plan to create “1,000 organic villages”. The organic village model …

Which is better for the environment: organic or conventional farming? For consumers trying to make healthy food choices, this is an important question. A new international study reveals that organic farming actually contributes more to climate change than conventional farming. The study argues that since organic farming requires slightly more land for the same yield, …

Increasing funding for organic agriculture in the 2018 Farm Bill would sow the seeds for a sustainable future. When it comes to taking action on climate change, transitioning to renewable energy and moving away from our reliance on fossil fuels typically gets the most attention. But the food we eat and how we grow it …

Almost 25 years ago, an event held at the American Center Auditorium in Chennai on the theme of the Green Revolution has witnessed a lively debate on the merits and disadvantages of organic farming and “conventional farming”, a euphemism for the chemical-based farming practices that have become fashionable in the country in the mid-1960s. … …

Laura Batcha is Executive Director and CEO of the Organic Trade Association. | Lansing State Journal Today’s American organic sector is making a positive difference for all of us and has become an integral part of our lives. Indeed, organic agriculture, regulated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Organic Program, benefits farmers and consumers, …

A new food scandal is brewing… A few days ago we learned of the discovery of Fipronil and about fifteen unapproved products in eggs from the organic sector. The case, which was mentioned by the NGO Foodwatch, comes from the Netherlands. As a reminder, this substance is an antiparasitic used to fight against red lice …

One of the biggest blows to the organic movement was that it began to emulate conventional agriculture, embracing the latter’s monocultures, relying on purchased inputs and industrial processes. “Big Organics” is often derided by advocates of sustainable agriculture. American food authors Michael Pollan and Julie Guthman, for example, argue that as organic farming grew and …

grow forward seeks applications from women aged 18 and over from Africa, Asia or Latin America. The $2,500 scholarship will cover workshops or trainings on agroecology or regenerative organic agriculture in the candidate’s regions. The fellowship program offers women smallholder farmers the opportunity to further explore agroecology, including areas of agroforestry, biochar, compost, holistic management, …

You already know how many excellent agricultural business opportunities exist. But there is a narrower and potentially more lucrative niche for entrepreneurs: organic farming. Sales of organic imports have grown steadily, reaching $47 billion in 2016 according to the Organic Trade Association. Organic Farming Business Ideas And that means there are still plenty of opportunities …

Credit: public domain CC0 Agriculture could go organic worldwide if we cut down on food waste and stop using so much cropland to feed livestock, a new study has found. The analysis, published in the journal Nature Communicationshows that it will take multiple strategies operating simultaneously to feed the growing human population more sustainably – …

Agriculture could go organic worldwide if we cut down on food waste and stop using so much cropland to feed livestock, a new study has found. The analysis, published in the journal Nature Communications, shows that it will take multiple strategies operating simultaneously to feed the growing human population more sustainably – and some of …

It’s an overcast morning, and Ram Khatiwoda is watering his succulent tomatoes in one of six greenhouses he owns in the picturesque village of Sakyong, about 8km from this main town in West Sikkim also known as Gyalshing. . The 36-year-old is one of around 66,000 farmers in the northeastern Himalayan state to have embraced …

Growing demand for Thai organic produce in local and export markets has prompted the government to pursue a series of initiatives to encourage organic farming practices. New support scheme The state is launching a new program to promote organic farming by encouraging a reduction in the amount of new rice plantings and a shift from …

christine rosakranse | Special at the RGJ Wow! Amazon buys Whole Foods for $13.7 billion Amazon got into the grocery business with Amazon Fresh, and now the company is taking a huge step forward by acquiring Whole Foods for $13.7 billion. It’s one of the biggest acquisitions in history – for perspective, Disney bought Marvel …

Discussions about organic crops and farm bills wait for no one. Even as US Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue settles into his new role, Congress is talking farm policy and listening to stakeholders. A key emerging theme is that many food producers and rural communities are struggling. At a time of transition like this, it’s …

Recent headlines about the US Department of Agriculture’s leadership and scientific integrity have been troubling, as have indications that the Trump administration intends to cut budgets for agriculture and climate research. and science more generally. But today, there is rare good news: a bipartisan The trio in Congress introduced legislation that would benefit just about …

Posted by Joseph Heller, Natural Resources Conservation Service in Conservation February 21, 2017 NRCS Resource Curator Joe Heller in a residue-covered vegetable field in New York City. Leaving plant residues in place reduces soil erosion, increases soil organic matter and overall soil health. Bringing people together to talk can lead to good ideas. In June, …

Amelia Hitchens Feature Editor This summer, Denisonians gathered all over the world to work, do internships and continue their studies. Emily Myette, a rising elder from Black Diamond, Washington, spent ten weeks of her summer working on an organic farm in Kutztown, Penn. Rodale Institute is an experimental organic farm that researches and experiments with …

The organic industry is one of the fastest growing sectors of the food industry in the United States. Organic food sales grew 11% to nearly US$40 billion in 2015, according to the Organic Trade Association (OTA), while the food market as a whole recorded a growth rate of 3% . This growth is partly explained …

Heinz Thomet, an organic farmer in Newburg, Maryland, plants rice in arid land. (Logan Mock-Bunting/For The Washington Post) The whole point of organic farming is the soil. Farm in a way that your soil stays healthy – rich in organic matter, nutrients and microbial activity – and you can grow crops without the synthetic fertilizers …

Organic agriculture is a relatively untapped resource for feeding the Earth’s population, especially in the face of climate change and other global challenges. That’s the conclusion my PhD student Jonathan Wachter and I came to when reviewing 40 years of science comparing the long-term prospects of organic and conventional agriculture. Hundreds of scientific studies now …

Washington State University researchers have concluded that it is possible to feed a growing world population with sustainability goals in mind. Their review of hundreds of published studies provides evidence that organic farming can produce sufficient yields, be profitable for farmers, protect and improve the environment, and be safer for farm workers. The summary study, …

What’s new? What does “organic” mean? People think of organic farming in many ways. Some define it by what it prohibits – that is, organic production shouldn’t involve pesticides, synthetic chemicals, or processing technologies that you wouldn’t have in your kitchen. Others think of it in terms of food value – organic food should be …

What’s new? What does “organic” mean? People think of organic farming in many ways. Some define it by what it prohibits – that is, organic production shouldn’t involve pesticides, synthetic chemicals, or processing technologies that you wouldn’t have in your kitchen. Others think of it in terms of food value – organic food should be …

The whole picture Organic food contributes to better health through reduced exposure to pesticides for all and better nutritional quality. In order to understand the importance of eating organic food from the perspective of toxic pesticide contamination, we need to look at the bigger picture – from the farm workers who do the valuable work …

The whole picture Organic food contributes to better health through reduced exposure to pesticides for all and better nutritional quality. In order to understand the importance of eating organic food from the perspective of toxic pesticide contamination, we need to look at the bigger picture – from the farm workers who do the valuable work …

Organic food consumers get both more and less than expected. Either way, it’s not good. Many people who pay the huge premium – often over one hundred percent – for organic food do so because they are afraid of pesticides. If that’s their raison d’être, they misunderstand the nuances of organic farming. While it is …

By Sylvia Kantor, College of Agricultural, Human and Natural Resource Sciences PULLMAN, Wash. — Extensive study finds organic farming is more profitable for farmers than conventional farming. Despite lower yields, the global study shows that the profit margins of organic farming were significantly higher than those of conventional farming. The results show that there is …

Jonathan Foley is the executive director of the California Academy of Sciences. He is sure Twitter. These views are his. California is in the midst of an epic drought, possibly the worst the region has seen in 1,200 years. Now is the time for Californians to think differently about water — and about agriculture, which …

“During World War II,” Samuel Zook began, “my ancestors were conscientious objectors because we didn’t believe in fighting.” The Amish farmer paused for a moment to inspect a mottled leaf on one of his tomato plants before continuing. “If you really stop and think about it, though, when we go out to spray our crops …

Recently Mr. Mischa Popoff wrote an editorial for Food Safety News criticism of the organic movement. Popoff is a former Canadian organic certification inspection entrepreneur, the author of a self-published book critical of organic products, and a commentator affiliated with ultra-conservative think tanks in the United States that are funded by agrochemical interests. The article …

At 9 a.m., Jack Motter had been planting peas for hours. He pushed a two-wheeled contraption that dropped a seed every few inches along neat rows at Ellwood Canyon Farms, just outside Santa Barbara. As the clouds gathered overhead, he picked up the pace to avoid losing days of work to the autumn rain. Timing …

Researchers at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU), using specialized monitoring technology, have determined that intensive organic farming can cause significant pollution through nitrate leaching into groundwater. Public demand has led to the rapid development of organic farming in recent years to provide healthy food products without chemical additives and to reduce industrial and groundwater …