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Organic Food Is Pricey, But a New Study Suggests It's Worth It

The relatively high price of organic food can be tough to swallow for many supermarket shoppers — but ponying up the extra cash for organic might be worth it in more ways than one.<p>According to a new study reported on by <i>Time</i>, organic farming methods might actually be key to figuring out how to feed …

Research

Why Organic Food Might Be Worth the High Price

The most infamous fact about organic food is that it’s expensive—about 47% more expensive, according to a recent analysis from <i>Consumer Reports</i>. But a …

Agriculture

Can Africa afford to save its soils?

On the fertilizer-starved continent of Africa, the discourses about soil fertility revolve around the availability of inorganic fertilizers, and how …

EU organic farming rules prioritise animal welfare and natural food and do not insist animals are treated only by homeopathy - European Commission

Misleading stories in the Daily Mail and Daily Telegraph in late April suggested organic farmers and fish farmers have “been ordered by the EU to use …

The GMO Seed Monopoly: Reducing Farmers’ Seed Options

One of the claims made by proponents of genetically modified crops is that GM technology increases farmers’ seed choices. They also claim that …

Conventional Plant Breeding Beats GMOs Against Climate Change

Genetically engineered (GE) seeds are often sold to farmers and the public on the grounds that they are the wave of the future, taking over where …

Organic Ready: Protecting Organic Corn from GMO Contamination

For nearly 15 years, Frank Kutka has been working to save organic corn from contamination by genetically modified corn. Kutka, a plant breeder, has …

Organic farming continues to rise across the globe

2 million of the world’s 1.5 billion farmers are now producing organically, with nearly 80 percent based in developing countries. India boasts the …

Why Modern Regenerative Organic Farming Is THE Way to Feed the World

Recently, a friend of mine who is trying to transition a farm to organic asked me with a bit of frustration why people keep insisting that "you can't feed the world with organic."<p>My response was that it's important for him to realize that "We Need to Feed the World" is one of GMO makers' most …

Agriculture

Why are organic farmers across Britain giving up?

Darren and Julia Quenault took their first delivery of non-organic cattle feed a few weeks ago. After nine years of organic dairy farming, they decided to convert back to conventional, and give up their organic status, at the end of last year.<p>The reason was simple. “Cattle feed costs were …

Agriculture

Organic food goes budget as sales surge thanks to Lidl and Aldi

Shoppers spent £1.86bn on organic foods in 2014, according to a new report by the Soil Association<p>The food industry has seen a surge in the sales of organic foods according to an annual report by the <b>Soil Association</b>.<p>The research found that UK shoppers are now spending an extra £1.4 million a week …

Daylesford Organic, Gloucestershire, restaurant review

Matthew Norman reviews Daylesford Organic in Gloucestershire.<p>If Daylesford Organic Farm did not exist, the Guild of Satirists would have mandated its most destructive member to invent it.<p>Anyone who has come to know Daylesford over the years – from Liz Hurley tweeting about organic porridge with …

Organic farmers buck trend as milk and yoghurt sales soar

As he looks out over the Irish Sea from his Welsh dairy farm, Hayden Evans is feeling optimistic. Rising sales of UK organic produce at home and overseas mean the market for his milk is looking safe. After more than 20 years as an organic farmer, he is now confident his son will be able to take …

Agriculture

Countering the attack on organic

Stacy Malkan & Kari HamerschlagIt's more important than ever for the organic industry to continue telling the story about why organic is better for …

Agriculture

“Old MacDonald Had A Farm, GM, GM, Ohhhhhh” Wait, What?

Over the centuries, humans have developed many ways to remember things. Mnemonic devices, for example, use acronyms, songs and other phrases to help retain information. Like using HOMES for all the Great Lakes–Huron, Ontario, Michigan, Erie, and Superior. Or, in the case of a new campaign from …

Agriculture

The Debate Ends Here. Can Grass-Fed Beef Be a Better Option for People, Animals and the Planet? - One Green Planet

Livestock production is easily one of the most environmentally destructive processes on the planet. Between the deforestation that occurs to grow …

Green Living

12 Fruits and Vegetables You Should Always Buy Organic (2015 Edition) - One Green Planet

We know that organic fruits and vegetables are better for our bodies and the planet, along with the farmers that grow them and the overall food …

London farmers' markets now online thanks to Bonativo

A Berlin-based startup is taking London's farmers' markets online in a bid to make food shopping more local and sustainable. Bonativo sells more than …

England

Pablo Tittonell – Feeding the world with Agroecology

Pablo Tittonell is professor ‘Farming Systems Ecology’ at Wageningen University and one of the worlds most famous experts in the field of agriculture …

ISPs

Writing agroecology into law

In 2014, the French government recruited cross-party support to pass a new law for agriculture, food and forestry, called <i>la loi d’avenir</i> <i>pour</i> …

Making Agroecology Viable for Small Farmers: Experiences from the Field

This booklet is the second in the series on small and marginal farmers in India (following Where Have all the Small Farmers Gone?) and presents the …

RT @fearagh: Leitrim Organic Farmers Coop featured on front of booklet titled Transition Towards Agroecology today in Brussels http://t.co/NhZYhpR5Hp

Can 'agroecology' bring food security to Latin America?

Holding rice seeds in her hands, villager Emilia Alves Manduca explains to other smallholder farmers how the community where she lives – Mato Grosso, in the central-west region of Brazil – escaped from poverty and became self-sufficient.<p>She has travelled more than two days by bus to participate in …

Agroecology and the Disappearing Yield Gap

The more scientists actually study agroecology, the better it looks.<p>The largest meta-analysis to date comparing yields of organic and conventional agriculture concluded that the "yield gap" between the two is much smaller than previously claimed and for some crops, doesn't exist at all.<p>In a new …

Agriculture

Organic farming techniques are closing gap on conventional yields

The unintended consequences of our agricultural food system – polluted air and water, dead zones in coastal seas, soil erosion – have profound …

Reaping a bounty through organic farming

Most farmers are not aware of the ill-effects of pesticides on plants. It can hinder its growth and flowering, says Chembalam Ravi, a traditional …

Organic Farming in India Points the Way to Sustainable Agriculture — Global Issues

Wednesday, January 07, 2015<p>Inter Press Service<p>NAGAPATNAM, India, Jan 07 (IPS) - Standing amidst his lush green paddy fields in Nagapatnam, a coastal …