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, …

The example of Cuba shows that sustainable development is not only possible, it is necessary. This country was forced to abandon its sugar monoculture and survived thanks to organic farming. The fall of the Soviet Union left Cuba in a dire economic situation. Cuban citizens began to grow crops on their balconies while farmers, left …

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 …

A Bhutanese farmer puts her crop of chillies on the roof of a shed to dry it and protect it from wild boar, deer and monkeys in 2006. James L. Stanfield/National Geographic/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption James L. Stanfield/National Geographic/Getty Images A Bhutanese farmer puts her crop of chillies on the roof of a …