Agriculture

Roundtable Reveals International Biofuel Standard
August 25, 2008 09:53 AM - , Worldwatch Institute

Biofuels offer the promise of a low-carbon fuel that could power vehicles and stimulate the world's rural economies. Yet biofuels are also among the most vilified of environmental technologies. Ethanol refineries are not always clean. The labor on biofuel farms is not always fair. The diversion of feedstocks from food to fuel may be driving up global commodity prices.

A New Biopesticide For The Organic Food Boom
August 25, 2008 09:51 AM - American Chemical Society

With the boom in consumption of organic foods creating a pressing need for natural insecticides and herbicides that can be used on crops certified as "organic," biopesticide pioneer Pam G. Marrone, Ph.D., is reporting development of a new "green" pesticide obtained from an extract of the giant knotweed in a report scheduled for presentation here today at the 236th national meeting of the American Chemical Society.

Uruguay: Organic Wool Has Become the Great Challenge
August 25, 2008 09:47 AM - , Organic Consumers Association

There is a strong growing demand in the world for "organic" wool and consumers are willing to pay a bonus, which is a promising advantage for Uruguay and its textile industry, said Pedro Otegui, one of the country's leading wool and textile exporters.

Wastewater fears for urban farms

Urgent action is needed to remove pollutants from urban wastewater, which is often used in cities to grow food, an international study has warned. Data collected by the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) found that 85% of cities discharged the water without any appropriate treatment.

As GMO Sugar Beets Sneak Into the Food Supply, Citizens Fight Back
August 16, 2008 11:35 AM - , Organic Consumers Association

"Never underestimate the power of a few committed people to change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has." -- Anthropologist Margaret Mead

Study Looks at Health of Farmworkers
August 14, 2008 10:38 AM - , Organic Consumers Association

MENDOTA -- When customers come into his store, Joseph Riofrio sees the positive effects of an ongoing study in Mendota on the health of farmworkers and their job risks. Hispanic farmworkers are more concerned about diabetes and their sugar intake, something Riofrio did not see a few years ago.

Will the Economic Bust Stifle Organic Food?
August 13, 2008 09:54 AM - , Organic Consumers Association

When the commodity boom and rising food prices took hold last year, optimists argued that this might cause people to switch to organic and sustainable foods, because the premium was no longer so high compared with mass market fare.

Prince Charles says GMO crops will be "disaster"
August 13, 2008 09:26 AM - Reuters

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's Prince Charles said on Wednesday the widespread use of genetically modified crops would be the biggest environmental disaster of all time. The 59-year-old heir to the British throne is well known for supporting organic farming, but his comments published in an interview with the Daily Telegraph were his most outspoken yet on GMO foods.

South Koreans Fill Streets of Seoul to Continue Protest Against US Beef Imports
August 9, 2008 02:25 PM - , Organic Consumers Association

For the past two months, protesters have been filling the streets of Seoul condemning a decision to lift a ban on imported beef from the United States. We speak with Michael Hansen, senior scientist for Consumers Union. He is in Seoul, where he is testifying before the South Korean National Assembly at a special committee hearing on mad cow disease.

Slow Food Rising?
August 8, 2008 09:19 AM - Devin Stewart, Fairer Globalization

Last week, I attended a lecture on the slow food movement (motto: good, clean, fair food) at Sophia University in Tokyo. The speaker was Stephanie Assmann of Tohoku University in Japan. It was organized and moderated by my friend James Farrer, who directs Sophia's Institute of Comparative Culture.

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