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Learn to love the pigginess of a pig, says America's farmer rockstar Joel Salatin

Virginian brings his ‘land-healing’ gospel to Australia, preaching the need to eat real food and get governments out of agriculture<p>If ever there was a rockstar farmer, it has to be American Joel Salatin.<p>He is the poster boy for the alternative food movement and draws annual crowds in Australia – …

Agriculture

How Stress Pushes Honeybee Colonies Into Collapse

The stresses that lead to bee colony collapse disorder are a matter of hot debate — whether it is caused by pesticides such as neonicotinoids, pests such as Varroa mites, disease or drought. Most experts say it's a combination of factors, but how do those factors cause bee colonies to wither away? …

Insects

Corn Remains King in USDA Irrigation Survey

Changing Planet<p><i>By Brooke Barton</i><br>Senior Program <i>Director, Water Program, Ceres</i><p>It’s no secret that our agricultural industry is very thirsty, gobbling up 80 percent of the freshwater that America consumes each year. It takes a lot of water to feed the nation, and every five years we get an accounting …

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'Suppressed' EU report could have banned harmful pesticides worth billions

Photograph: Alamy<p>A crop sprayer applying pesticide close to a residential housing, UK<p>276<p>http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2015/2/2/1422877682648/dba9d047-18b7-4ce5-a818-5b070acbf454-460x276.jpeg<p>460<p>Photograph: Alamy<p>A crop sprayer applying pesticide close to a residential …

Housing

Wood Chips: The Secret to Inexpensive Biodynamic Gardening

<b>By Dr. Mercola</b><p>If you’re passionate about your health, you ultimately will reach the conclusion that the quality of the food you eat in large part …

Six-Figure Farming with The Market Gardener, Jean Martin Fortier - Organic Gardening

I recently attended The Six Figure Farming Tour Conference with Jean Martin Fortier, author of <i>The Market Gardener- A Successful Growers Handbook for</i> …

Farming

Dairy farming: No milk of human kindness left

Battered by climate change and bullied by supermarkets, dairy farms are struggling and farmers believe much more could be done to help them<p>A modest spread beside the velvety banks of the Severn estuary in Gloucestershire, Tump Farm has changed little during the four generations that Andrew Guest’s …

Here's How To End Iowa's Great Nitrate Fight

Three weeks ago, Sara Carlson was driving to her job in Ames, Iowa, when she turned on the radio and heard me talking about nitrates in Iowa's water.<p>"And I was like, 'I really hope he nails this,' " she says.<p>This topic is Carlson's specialty. She works with a group called Practical Farmers of Iowa. …

USDA Claims Pesticide Residues in Food Is Safe

<b>By Dr. Mercola</b><p>Research has demonstrated that pesticides and other agricultural chemicals are neurotoxic, capable of damaging your nervous system. …

Beef Packers Block Plan To Revive Growth-Promoting Drug

For more than a year, a once-popular drug that makes cattle put on weight faster has been stuck in a kind of veterinary purgatory.<p>As far as the Food and Drug Administration is concerned, the drug, Zilmax, is legal to use. But large meat packers, which dominate the industry, have ostracized it after …

Attention: A Muscle to Strengthen

A doctor's recommendations for mental health evoke more philosophy than biology.<p>"Today is Thursday, the day of Meaning."<p>That's the message at the very top of the page. And from there down, almost everything about Amit Sood's website, stressfree.org, is couched in the self-help jargon that …

Glyphosate Treated GMO Soy Extremely Unhealthy–BT Toxic to Organs & Blood

In the last few years several laboratory studies have been published showing the incredible harm Glyphosate treated GMO Soy that produces a pesticide</i> …

New Fascinating Macro Photos of Bees by the United States Geological Survey

The United States Geological Survey has released another fascinating batch of macro photos offering intimate portraits of bees. The often-feared insects are photographed against black backgrounds in great detail, revealing large, shimmering eyes and rainbow-colored wings. One bee is even seen …

Farmers Accused of Selling ‘Extremely Offensive’ Eggs Respond With an Amazing Open Letter

“I find your name on your egg carton extremely offensive and your sexual innuendos in advertising them vulgar,” began a recent handwritten letter to …

How Regenerative Organic Agriculture Can Save the Planet

EcoWatch<br>by John W. Roulac<p><i>John W. Roulac</i><p><i>[Editor’s note: This article is part two of a two-part series. Read part one.]</i><p>We now know that 20-30 percent …

Agriculture

How the People Can Outwit the Global Domination Plans of Agribusiness

The strategic centerpiece of Monsanto PR is to focus on the promotion of one single compelling idea. The idea that they want you to believe in is …

One Scientist's Race To Help Microbes Help You

The rate of recent discoveries about the human microbiome has been dizzying. And Rob Knight wants to crank up the pace.<p>One of the top scientists in a field that's discovering possible bacterial influences on everything from diabetes to depression, Knight was also co-founder of a massive citizen …

This Dog's Nose Saves Honeybees

Scientists unleash the power of immunotherapy on stubborn cancers

With Stage 4 melanoma, Air Force Captain Trent Krajaefski agreed to the experimental treatment that had him come to Toronto from Ottawa for an intravenous infusion every three weeks or so. ‘I was at the point where you say yes to anything,’ he says. (Dave Chan for The Globe and …

Iowa's Largest City Sues Over Farm Fertilizer Runoff In Rivers

Des Moines, Iowa, is confronting the farms that surround it over pollution in two rivers that supply the city with drinking water. Des Moines Water Works says it will sue three neighboring counties for high nitrate levels in the Raccoon and Des Moines rivers. It's a novel attempt to control …

The Secret (And Miraculous) Honeybee ‘Medicine’ That Can Heal Almost Anything

Image source: lyranara.me<p>Most people are familiar with only two bee products: honey and beeswax. But there are three others, unbeknownst to many, …

The supply chain in farming – do we count all the assets?

Most people understand the idea of a supply chain so that, for example, to make a car you need many thousands of different car components for …

Farming

The Surprising Link Between Gut Bacteria And Anxiety

In recent years, neuroscientists have become increasingly interested in the idea that there may be a powerful link between the human brain and gut bacteria. And while a growing body of research has provided evidence of the brain-gut connection, most of these studies so far have been conducted on …

Texas farmer recommends 5 books every gardening enthusiast must read

When I look back to seven years ago, when I decided to opt out of industrial agriculture and grow as much of my own food as I could, I'm impressed by …

Gardening