Agriculture

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.

Is Your Organic Food Really Organic?
August 8, 2008 09:11 AM - , Organic Consumers Association

When you buy food with a "USDA organic" label, do you know what you're getting? Now is a good time to ask such a question, as the USDA just announced Monday it was putting 15 out of 30 federally accredited organic certifiers they audited on probation, allowing them 12 months to make corrections or lose their accreditation. At the heart of the audit for several certifiers were imported foods and ingredients from other countries, including China.

British GMO Protests Highlight Global Divide
August 4, 2008 08:41 AM - , Worldwatch Institute

British opposition to genetically modified crops is on the rise, prompting security concerns at research laboratories across the country. Nearly all 54 U.K. pesticide-resistant crop trials attempted in the past eight years have been attacked, according to media reports. Protesters are destroying the experimental crops to prevent biotechnology companies from spreading genetically modified organisms (GMOs) more widely in Europe and the developing world.

Government pesticide and fertilizer data dropped
July 31, 2008 07:48 AM - Environmental Science and Technology.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has eliminated the only federal program that tracks the use of pesticides and fertilizers on American farms. The move has left scientists, industry groups, and public advocates surprised and confused about how to carry on their work without this free information.

Organic Agriculture, World Hunger and Global Warming: Report from the IFOAM Organic World Congress
July 30, 2008 11:32 AM - , Organic Consumers Association

Organic Agriculture is a production system that sustains the health of soils, ecosystems and people. It relies on ecological processes, biodiversity and cycles adapted to local conditions, rather than the use of inputs with adverse effects. Organic Agriculture combines tradition, innovation and science to benefit the shared environment and promote fair relationships and a good quality of life for all involved.

Stricken boat off the coast of Bali underscores the threats from unregulated fishing.
July 28, 2008 09:59 AM - WWF

This discovery highlights that efforts to prevent illicit fishing activities from occurring have been unsuccessful, activities that make it all but impossible to manage fish stocks and ensure that fishing boats are sound and secure from oil leaks. The region, site of many key WWF projects, is widely recognised as the most important area of marine biodiversity on the planet, and is often referred to as the nursery of the seas.

Small Farmers Pushed to Plant GM Seed
July 23, 2008 02:22 PM - , Organic Consumers Association

Baphethile Mntambo has been farming organically for the past five years because she knows that avoiding chemicals will in the long-term benefit her yield. She decided not to plant genetically modified seeds because she has heard that they cannot be saved for the next season and will eventually deplete her soil. But she is not entirely sure how and why.

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