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|3/18/2016 - The following study was accepted in August of 2014 and first published online as an open-access article in the September 2014 edition of the journal Occupational and Environmental Medicine. Industrial hog operation workers in North Carolina were shown to carry multi-drug-resistant Staphylococcus for...|
|2/19/2016 - In the name of demonstrating how effective plant-based whole foods are when it comes to improving health, Dr. Ronald Weiss actually sold his medical practice and opened up a "farmacy" by the name of Ethos Primary Care, to help others. The farmacy, located in Long Valley, New Jersey, is designed to do...|
|2/19/2016 - The modern American farmer is faced with many dilemmas such as poverty due to an ever-changing industry and fluctuating weather patterns. Amazing portraits by photographer Elliot Ross from his series The Reckoning Days show how a lush field of wheat can become barren overnight.
Based in New York,...|
|2/17/2016 - First, the residents of Flint, Michigan, were drinking lead-contaminated water, all while Governor Snyder was well aware of water quality issues that ultimately destroyed people's emotional and physical health. Now, another state is in the throes of a government-versus-the-citizens water-related crisis,...|
|2/3/2016 - Vending machines are handy when you're living a busy life and just need that extra bit of energy to get you through to the end of the day. However, the availability of vending machines and the products sold within them, has been linked to the ongoing obesity problem in the U.S., and in particular to...|
|2/2/2016 - It's a development that is bad for employment but, in a strange way, it could serve to help solve another problem facing America – illegal immigration.
It seems the world's first robot farm is about to launch, and initially its non-human workforce will be capable of picking 30,000 heads of...|
|1/27/2016 - The effects of the Western World's less-than-ideal way of farming, coupled with its need for greed, are being felt in countries across the globe – and that's definitely not a good thing. In particular, cacao farmers are left scratching their heads, frantically searching for a way to meet a surge...|
|12/18/2015 - Michael Schmidt is an Ontario, Canada, farmer who, for 21 years, has peacefully run his farm and provided his community with fresh, nourishing food. However, one of his farming operations runs contrary to federal and provincial law. Specifically, Schmidt produces raw dairy products for a group of families...|
|12/10/2015 - Why millions of Americans continue to believe that the federal government should be empowered with so much regulatory authority over the private sector and the economy, given Washington's abysmal record of "managing" things, is one of the great wonders of the modern era. But unfortunately, until more...|
|10/8/2015 - When it comes to farming, it seems like the government wants to create hurdles for small producers. They already require farmers and market gardeners to jump through hoops when getting their products to eager consumers. Now they're requiring them to jump through hoop houses.
For a small farmer,...|
|10/3/2015 - Michael Schmidt is a Canadian dairy farmer and raw milk advocate who was raided October 2 by Canadian bureaucrats and police. Michael has been a huge proponent for raw milk for over 30 years and he has been instrumental in changing policy on raw milk.
Michael currently operates a shareholder agreement...|
|9/9/2015 - In late August, an animal rights group called Mercy for Animals released a video showing workers at a Tennessee poultry farm as they clubbed, stabbed and fatally stomped small or sickly chickens being raised there.
The highly disturbing video has resulted in a major controversy, especially since...|
|9/7/2015 - The number of people using The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) has exploded in recent years. In 2008, 28,233,000 people were receiving food stamps, with a total expenditure of $37,639,640,000.
The USDA, which manages the redistribution program, reported that the total number of beneficiaries...|
|8/19/2015 - A new study out of the University of South Florida (USF) confirms what many environmentalists and anti-GMO activists have been saying all along: Reducing biological diversity places humans and wildlife more at risk for infectious disease outbreaks.
While it's true people are living longer than ever...|
|8/12/2015 - An incident that occurred several years ago is worthy of a revisit, especially as the debate over genetically modified organisms heats up and the mainstream "scientific community" has become much more militant and demanding that everyone be compliant and obedient and never challenge conventional wisdom...|
|7/19/2015 - The growing epidemic of farmer suicides in India can be directly traced to the introduction of genetically modified (GM) Bt cotton by multinational corporations, reveals a new paper published in the journal Environmental Sciences Europe. A research collaborative spanning multiple continents found that...|
|7/19/2015 - There has been a debate raging about GMOs for a long time now. On one side of the debate is the idea that genetic engineering is progress for humanity, and it is a natural extension of more traditional breeding techniques. The other side believes genetically modified foods are unsafe for human consumption...|
|6/19/2015 - Passionate about health and the great outdoors, Coloradans are insistent on producing more food locally, a move that would greatly reduce carbon footprints, provide more transparency and supply communities with fresh produce year-round.
While commercial food production continues to be exposed as...|
|6/15/2015 6:31:57 PM - One of the biggest challenges we face is how to create a sustainable means of feeding ourselves as the population continues to increase. The current approach relies heavily on factory farming to supply meat and dairy products for human consumption, but these systems are completely unsustainable and...|
|6/5/2015 - A federal judge has partially dismissed a lawsuit brought by two local commercial alfalfa farmers in Oregon and backed by biotech giant Monsanto who sought to overturn a Jackson County ordinance banning the use of GMO seeds.
As reported by Revolution News and The National Law Review, U.S. District...|
|5/31/2015 - An ongoing bird flu outbreak that has devastated the U.S. poultry and egg industries seems to be leaving backyard chicken farms mostly untouched in what experts are calling an epidemiological mystery.
Bird flu is a highly lethal strain of influenza that can kill a bird or human within days. Fortunately,...|
|5/15/2015 - Obviously we want to know when someone is ill-treating animals or not providing them with adequate shelter and food. However when someone who has rescued several animals to protect them from abuse gets accused of animal cruelty himself while being repeatedly harassed by local police, then something...|
|5/1/2015 - What mom -- or any person for that matter -- wouldn't enjoy winning $10,000? It's a wonderful prize, not to mention an especially timely one with Mother's Day right around the corner.
Well, it's happening, and the warm and fuzzy feel-good contest is sponsored by none other than Monsanto as part of...|
|4/10/2015 - Farmers may be able to harness the algal blooms caused by agricultural runoff into a viable product, thereby preventing dead zones in not just local waterways but across larger regions, according to a new study conducted by researchers from and presented at the 249th National Meeting & Exposition of...|
|4/7/2015 - According to The Guardian, the United Kingdom's growing population is bound to face food shortages within the next generation. As self-sufficiency is surrendered away to the demands of corporate monoculture, the people not only lose touch with their food but become dependent on a select agricultural...|
|3/19/2015 2:31:16 PM - The massive insurrection against the Modi Government and the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) coalition on March 18, 2015 by the major agricultural unions of India has led to a widespread launch of lobbying regarding farmer's rights and farmer cost of living allocations in the capital city.
|3/6/2015 - The Just Label It organization is actively seeking to block GMO labeling legislation because its key board members and operatives have been corrupted by the very same mega food corporations that oppose GMO labeling, high-level industry sources told Natural News.
This Natural News investigation has...|
|3/6/2015 - According to the biotech industry's front group on the Hawaiian Islands, the Hawaii Crop Improvement Association (HCIA), "Hawaii has been the gateway for the future of worldwide agriculture through the efforts of our local seed industry. Virtually all of the products that our member companies sell spend...|
|3/2/2015 - Armchair activists who insist, often violently, that genetically-modified organisms (GMOs) are "feeding the world" are clearly oblivious to the fact that this ominous crop technology is aggressively destroying biodiversity and leaving farmers and rural-dwellers all around the world with no other option...|
|2/27/2015 4:20:12 PM - Government bans on the sale and distribution of raw milk and raw milk products are enforced in the name of public safety. But many people enjoy the health benefits of milk that has not been pasteurized, and some farms want to sell it. Are the health threats from raw milk significant enough to warrant...|
|2/21/2015 - Over 8 billion chickens are raised for meat annually in the United States. Some are raised inhumanely in factory farms, providing cheap meat. Other chicken producers pledge to raise chickens in free-range, humane conditions. At the supermarket, the labels on the bags of chicken may read "natural" or...|
|2/20/2015 - On a Page County farm in southwest Iowa, farmers have adjusted their crop methods to meet the demand of food-conscious consumers, and that demand is for non-GMO crops. A six-generation farm is switching over to non-GMO corn to cater to the more food-conscious markets in a direct-to-consumer way. Could...|
|2/11/2015 5:16:01 PM - An apathy has descended upon the American people, a combination of, "I don't care," and, "What difference would it make, anyway?" We have stood back and allowed so many of our rights to be taken away in the last 15 years. We cannot - we must not - lose the right to know what is in the food we eat.
|2/10/2015 3:07:03 PM - Polish farmers are staging peaceful protests such as blocking highways in order to win agricultural concessions from the government, including a ban on the cultivation and production of genetically modified seeds and foods.
As reported by the Land Workers Alliance, Polish farmers have four primary...|
|2/4/2015 - PacifiCorp Energy, a subsidiary of Portland, Oregon-based PacifiCorp, pleaded guilty to charges of violating the federal Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA) at two of its wind turbine farms in Wyoming. The sum of fines and restitution to various federal wild life agencies came to $2.5 million.
|1/26/2015 - The Food Rising Revolution launches in about 30 days, unleashing the world's first non-profit, non-electric, home-based food and medicine production system based on 3D printable parts you can download for free.
Today, I'm bringing you some teaser photos of some of the parts I've engineered for the...|
|1/23/2015 - It's official! As of today, Natural News has a print farm up and running near Austin, Texas, producing small but steady quantities of the very same 3D printable parts the world will soon be able to download for free from www.FoodRising.org
Photos below show some of the parts we have begun to produce...|
|1/16/2015 - Change We Can Believe In...
In 2007, then presidential candidate Barack Obama promised that if elected he would direct more money for organic agriculture. He also said,"If I am elected president of the United States, I will support legislation that will require the mandatory labeling of genetically...|
|1/6/2015 5:50:53 PM - An international conference, the "Oxford Real Farming Conference," was held in England's historic, massive Oxford Town Hall on January 6-7, 2014. It was reported on by an excellent paper, "Oxford Real Farming Conference: power, lies, and agrarian resistance" by Colin Tudge, one of the conference's co-founders
|12/30/2014 - (Story by Alex Pietrowski, republished from WakingTimes.com, with additional editing by Natural News.) Our public food supply is being taken over by corporations which have no qualms about using the most horrifying and inhumane practices in order to increase output and profits. This is a rather new...|
|12/28/2014 - (Story by William Engdahl, republished from Journal-NEO.org) For the better part of the past century, Western pop culture has systematically denigrated and devalued what should be the most honored profession of all. Those who labor with the land, day-in and day-out, to deliver the food that we eat have...|
|12/23/2014 - Jim Perdue, the self-proclaimed "head cheerleader" for Perdue Farms, proclaims, in a video produced by his company, that he and his company always want to "do the right thing." It's such a catchy phrase to listen to while watching Perdue drive his pick-up truck down a highway, yellow ball cap perched...|
|12/20/2014 - We've known the horrific conditions animals endure when raised in factory farms. One could only hope we have all seen some footage that shows chickens, cows, or pigs crammed into tiny spaces so filled that the animals cannot turn around or lay down. One thing we haven't seen until now are the cesspools...|
|12/17/2014 - Expected to reach an estimated $35 billion in profits this year, the organic market has become attractive to food companies on all sides of the spectrum, opening up the door for potential abuses.
Under-the-table financial contributions to politicians in Washington have allowed Big Food companies...|
|12/1/2014 - When a well paid NFL football lineman quits the game to raise food for the needy, that's an unusually interesting story. After St. Louis Rams center Jason Brown decided to leave the game for good, his agent told him that he was making the biggest mistake of his life. Jason adamantly replied, "No I'm...|
|12/1/2014 - Story by Daisy Luther, republished from Eat Local Grown with additional editing by Natural News.
What's the most controversial topic at the grocery store these days?
Should you consume them? Are they okay in moderation? Should you strictly avoid them at all times? And if so, how...|
|11/26/2014 - Serving mystery meat, French fries, sugar drinks and Jell-O on a tray is no standard of care, especially for a hospital, which should be leading the way -- boosting patients' ability to heal with the most nutrient-dense foods. Sadly, hospitals have evolved into conveyor belts over time, serving processed...|
|10/20/2014 - The end of September marked three straight years of severe drought for California, with the state receiving less than 60 percent of its average precipitation.
The lack of rainfall has resulted in immense suffering throughout the state, leaving low reservoirs, fallowed farmland, rising unemployment...|
|10/14/2014 6:01:20 PM - One of Africa's biggest struggles in regard to farming is the soil's lack of nutrients, a factor that's exacerbated famine across the continent. Together, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Rockefeller Foundation shared a particular interest in "reducing poverty and hunger in Africa" through...|
|10/13/2014 12:57:23 PM - The relationship between plants and man has grown distant in the modern era of chemical treatments. Instead of observing, listening and understanding the language of his crops, man has instead resorted to spraying them with pesticides, suppressing plant immune systems. Spraying plants with chemicals...|
|10/9/2014 6:22:05 PM - In a food market driven by money, greed and power, our only hope for access to clean, sustainable and humanely treated food are watchdog groups whose sole purpose is to keep the industry under a microscope.
That's exactly what The Cornucopia Institute does -- a relentless organic watchdog group whose...|
|10/6/2014 - You may have noticed by now that large factory farms with deplorable conditions don't seem to get raided, have their livestock seized or killed, or their property confiscated, even after hundreds of people become ill with various food poisonings from their products. Product recalls are demanded, but...|
|10/3/2014 - Passed in 1990, the Farm Bill's intent was to set regulations for the agricultural sector, implementing provisions for food, nutrition, forestry, natural resource conservation, environmental protection and rural development, among other facets.
Also referred to as FACT-90 (Food, Agriculture, Conservation,...|
|9/24/2014 - An investigation by Reuters reveals that the practice of using antibiotics in poultry feed expands much further than government officials had previously thought. Investigators reviewed hundreds of pages of "feed tickets," documents issued by feed mills to chicken factories owned by six major poultry...|
|9/17/2014 - As the biototech industry crows on with their "feeding the world" nonsense, several studies have demonstrated that the best way to feed the world is by smaller, organic, regional farming.
One of the largest studies was even sponsored by the UN. But that doesn't get touched by the mainstream media...|
|9/12/2014 7:13:54 PM - Meet Dr. Ronald Weiss, MD, an internist with a successful 25-year medical practice in West New York who moonlights as an assistant professor at the Rutgers New Jersey Medical School in Newark. Weiss, a 52-year-old married father of two, sold his lucrative practice and liquidated all his assets so he...|
|9/9/2014 - Attempts to improve food security -- i.e. knowing that one or one's family can eat next week -- with government aid programs like food stamps -- a.k.a. SNAP (Supplement Nutritional Assistance Program) -- and NGO food banks have limited success.
SNAP recipients tend to not resist their processed and...|
|9/8/2014 - The Cornucopia Institute, a Wisconsin-based research group that provides information regarding sustainable and organic agriculture to consumers and family farmers, conducted a study examining the backgrounds and voting scores of members on the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB).
The NOSB, a...|
|9/6/2014 - In India, eggplant is known as brinjal. It's the same fruit. Monsanto, through associates and subsidiaries, offered free Bt brinjal saplings to poor farmers as an open experiment to gain more GMO acceptance in South and Southeast Asia. Seems this field test backfired.
Bt genetic technology claims...|
|9/3/2014 5:42:03 PM - The poultry industry, and in particular organic poultry, has exploded in popularity over the years, with more Americans now consuming the lean white meat over beef.
Growing awareness regarding clean, healthier foods has sparked a new interest in overall health and fitness. This switch in mentality...|
|9/2/2014 - The era we are all witnessing in our world right now may one day be called the "era of collapse." As is now evident to anyone paying attention, humans are rapidly using up all the world's finite resources. Water aquifers are being pumped dry, rare earth minerals are being depleted through aggressive...|
|8/24/2014 - Statistics from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) show that 3 percent of adults and 6 percent of children have one or more food allergies. The rate of food allergies among children has been steadily rising over the past two decades as well.
Johns Hopkins Children's Center headed a federally...|
|8/12/2014 - Those who promote genetically modified crops are also quick to promote a common myth about them which says that GMO agriculture uses fewer pesticides and is therefore better for the environment.
Proving this myth wrong are Brazilian farmers who work directly with the failing GM crops, on site, at...|
|8/5/2014 - Martha Boneta, operator of a small family farm in Paris, Virginia, achieved success not only for her business but also for small farmers and property owners across the state when the "Boneta Bill" finally became law on July 2.
Despite efforts from local and state government officials, including Fauquier...|
|8/3/2014 - It is not as if there aren't any economic factors influencing the price of groceries these days. Transportation alone, thanks to skyrocketing fuel prices, has lifted the cost of everything we buy at the grocery store. Now, one of the worst droughts in U.S. history is making the one thing absolutely...|
|8/3/2014 - The chef of New York's pioneering farm-to-table restaurant, Dan Barber, proprietor of Blue Hill, has been a champion of the local, organic food movement for a long time. But now, he believes it is time to take the movement national, even global.
"Farm-to-table has failed to transform the way most...|
|7/27/2014 - A recent synchronicity of studies throughout northwest Europe involving researchers in Germany, Sweden and Denmark affirm that there's something healthy about growing up on a farm with livestock -- not just feeling good while on the farm but growing up with stronger disease-resisting immune systems...|
|7/22/2014 - For the past 50 years, an overwhelming amount of farmland in the US has become concentrated into the hands of the few, as the idea of monoculture has expanded industrial farming practices.
According to international land use group GRAIN, large industrial farms now control around 75 percent of the...|
|7/20/2014 - Once upon a time in America, about 10 to 15 years ago, there existed a gray area, better known as "conventional" between genetically modified, toxic food and the other end of the spectrum -- which is organic and truly natural. Yes, there are still some "conventional" farmers out there, but there's no...|
|7/11/2014 3:00:18 PM - The future of food production could end up doing away with the growing fields and even the sun. A Japanese plant physiologist has developed an indoor growing system that he says produces lettuce 250 percent faster than traditional farms, requires far less water and generates significantly less produce...|
|7/10/2014 11:12:28 AM - Studies in Sweden have determined that kids raised on dairy farms are considerably more resistant to allergies then those who live elsewhere, including nearby rural areas without non-dairy farms. This wasn't the only study displaying this phenomena.
An earlier German study discovered that mice breathing...|
|7/7/2014 - Livestock with strange white spots covering their skin were put on display at a recent protest in front of Tokyo's agriculture ministry, according to the Associated Press (AP). Two Japanese farmers, disturbed by the unusual markings, are calling on government officials to conduct a real investigation...|
|7/7/2014 - With the U.S. organic market now topping $81 billion in sales annually, the big food conglomerates are seeking a larger piece of the monetary pie with a new proposed "check-off" program that would require all organic producers to pay fees for the collective promotion of organic food. But the farm policy...|
|7/2/2014 - The key to effective agriculture that both sustains the environment and provides clean bounty is rich biodiversity. And a new study out of Germany has found that the organic sector is doing it best, utilizing an array of crop and habitat varieties that are helping to improve the land and protect vital...|
|6/25/2014 - Yorktown, Virginia, where George Washington's decisive victory won American independence from the British, is the scene of the latest skirmish over property and farming rights. Eighty neighborhoods historically zoned agriculturally are being reviewed for rezoning at the behest of a small group of residents...|
|6/25/2014 - Farmland, once managed by individual families and communities, is rapidly being taken over by corporations and converted into large, modern-day plantations. As the wealthiest corporations take over the ground, controlling the seed and the food, the livelihood of the average person is put at the mercy...|
|6/13/2014 - According to the federal government, 30-year "kill permits" are required to finance wind farms, or large groups of turbines designed to capture wind energy.
Despite the government's crackdown on citizens violating endangered species laws, the Obama administration has granted wind farm operators a...|
|5/22/2014 - Urban and small-scale farming is a growing trend that's healthy and sustainable for the environment. Luckily, this trend is catching on fast, not just in the U.S. but in Europe too.
Today there is a waiting list of more 90,000 people attempting to acquire allotments, or plots of land used for small-scale...|
|5/18/2014 - A number of Michigan residents believe they are in danger of losing their right to keep livestock on their own property because of a new ruling from the state's Commission of Agriculture and Rural Development.
Off The Grid News (OTGN) reports that the commission ruled April 28 that any local government...|
|5/17/2014 2:24:49 PM - Grassroots activism against transgenic encroachment has paid off in Canada, where licenses for genetically modified (GM) alfalfa have been put on hold, according to new reports. Massive protests in Montreal, Levis, Quebec City, Toronto and as many as 35 other towns and cities across Canada caused U.S.-based...|
|5/14/2014 - Supermarkets all across the country are jumping on the organic bandwagon. Even companies like Walmart, which has a longstanding reputation for selling the cheapest, lowest-quality products available, are joining in to capture this growing market. But many consumers are discovering that some of the best...|
|5/9/2014 - One of the oldest cities in the U.S. has approved legislation to begin developing the "most comprehensive transactional urban agriculture system in the country," according to the Cornucopia Institute.
In January 2012, the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA), along with the Mayor's Office of Food...|
|5/6/2014 - The Organic Consumers Association (OCA), in a series of action alerts over the past month, has criticized the gradual erosion of organic standards by vested corporate interests in the organic products industry.
OCA, a nationwide watchdog organization set up to safeguard organic standards 16 years...|
|5/5/2014 - Buying and selling raw dairy products across state lines has been outlawed in the U.S. since the late 1980s, when the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) decided that Americans were no longer free to make their own food decisions without government approval. But this senseless and unconstitutional...|
|5/2/2014 - In the latest stunning assault on Americans' right to grow their own food, the freedom-crushing state of Michigan has ruled that local governments (cities, towns, counties) can now ban any animal they wish from small residential farms. The move opens the door to the mass criminalization of backyard...|
|5/1/2014 - For the past few months, Natural News has been warning the world about toxic heavy metals found in foods, superfoods and dietary supplements grown in China. Our Natural News Forensic Food Lab has produced breakthrough results showing, for example, that rice protein imported from China is significantly...|
|4/28/2014 - The biotech industry, including the likes of DuPont and Monsanto, is taking control of agriculture to a whole new level.
Already engaged in controlling farmers' seed and turning crops into genetically modified science experiments, the biotech industry is taking control a step further by installing...|
|4/21/2014 - Roundup Ready alfalfa will not be available to Canadian growers this spring. Farmers from Ontario to Manitoba have decried the release of this genetically modified strain of alfalfa into agriculture, citing contamination problems. The National Farmers Union of Canada has brought forth valid concerns...|
|3/29/2014 - A French farmer, attempting to maintain his biodynamically grown vineyard, is facing six months of jail time after he violated a court order last month forcing him to use pesticides on his organic farm.
Emmanuel Giboulot owns and operates an organic vineyard in eastern France where he produces organic...|
|3/5/2014 - The provisions guiding the infamous Food Safety Modernization Act are slowly starting to come into effect, and many small-scale farmers across the United States are discovering that they are the primary targets of an oppressive new food safety war being waged by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration...|
|3/2/2014 - One quick perusal of the recently passed agricultural bill in Congress will show you what is inherently wrong with it: Taxpayers are being forced to heavily subsidize some of the worst crops in terms of our health.
According to The Washington Post's Tamar Haspel, two of those crops -- corn and soy...|
|2/27/2014 - The nonprofit organic advocacy group the Cornucopia Institute (CI) has filed its third legal complaint with the National Organic Program (NOP) alleging serious improprieties by Dean Foods, and specifically its WhiteWave subsidiary. According to the complaint, WhiteWave's Horizon Organic milk brand violates...|
|2/27/2014 - The industrial model of corporate agriculture that is now a mainstay of modern American food production -- and a major cause of environmental pollution and widespread illness -- is spreading like a deadly virus into eastern Europe, where new draconian regulatory standards in the country of Poland threaten...|
|2/24/2014 - Although armed with good intentions, most preppers and survivalists are making critical errors -- perhaps fatal errors -- in their food preparedness strategies.
This article is designed to help you identify and correct those errors as quickly as possible so that you're in good shape before the food...|
|2/13/2014 - More organic farmers these days are being invaded by the transgenic seed and pesticide industry. Genetically modified organisms, developed in a lab, are cross-contaminating real seeds, real crops and real whole food. GMO industry is a bully that scrapes real food off people's plates, replacing nutrition...|
|2/12/2014 - The Republican-controlled Congress, with full support from the Democrat-led administration, has passed a monstrosity of a farm bill that allocates hundreds of billions of taxpayer dollars to fund food stamps and other government welfare programs. It also mandates that $200 million be set aside every...|
|2/6/2014 - Organic food is big business. According to the Organic Trade Association, U.S. sales of organic food and beverages went from $1 billion in 1990 to $26.7 billion in 2010. The Organic Monitor estimates that organic sales (globally) reached $54.9 billion in 2009. But, unfortunately, many small organic...|
|1/31/2014 - A Michigan farmer says he could be facing an armed raid by government agents soon, following a lengthy disagreement with state Department of Natural Resources officials over his refusal to obey an order to kill his feral pigs.
Mark Baker, owner of Baker's Green Acres, told Natural News in an interview...|
|1/13/2014 - The federal government has awarded a $750,000 grant to Washington State University (WSU) in Pullman to investigate the merits of organic farming in eradicating pests without the use of chemicals. Inspired by a survey conducted by researchers at nearby Oregon State University, the research project to...|
|12/17/2013 - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has finally taken what appears, at least on the surface, to be some formidable action with regard to the widespread problem of antibiotic overuse in factory farm animals, having recently issued new guidelines restricting their use. But the agency's controversial...|
|12/13/2013 - Despite its relentless attempts, the corrupt Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) has once again failed to maliciously destroy the business of dairy farmer Mike Hartmann, who freely exercises his right to sell raw milk and raw milk products directly from his farm in Gibbon. The Farm-to-Consumer...|
|12/13/2013 - The ramifications of a recent German study on piglets may lead to healthier livestock with less pharmaceutical antibiotic use if other farmers get involved and see the results.
The study determined that pathogenic E. coli strains and their disease-causing genes were greatly lessened with probiotic...|
|11/24/2013 - It's well known that antibiotics are used heavily on factory farm animals. Their close quarters in CAFOs (concentrated animal feeding operations) are breeding farms for pathogenic bacteria and parasites. In order to curb infectious diseases among farm animals, antibiotics are used widely. So widely...|
|11/14/2013 - There are only two days left to post your comments to the FDA concerning the agency's desire to place onerous new food safety regulations on small, local farmers (while allowing big agribusiness to conduct business as usual).
Click here to read the full alert at Cornucopia.org.
This is all about...|
|9/25/2013 - They seem to be everywhere these days: straight-from-the-farm subscription programs where folks can order shares of the weekly food harvest from their favorite local farms and partake in their seasonal offerings. But community supported agriculture (CSA) is expanding to become a whole lot more than...|
|9/13/2013 - Steadfast efforts to end the senseless prohibition of raw milk sales in Arkansas have finally been successful, at least in a somewhat limited sense. Residents living in the Natural State will now be able to purchase raw milk directly from the farms where it is produced, thanks to the recent passage...|
|9/12/2013 - A growing number of migrant farm workers, particularly in the state of Florida, are coming down with horrible diseases like cancer that they say are a result of chronic exposure to plant pesticides and herbicides. According to a recent investigative report by Fox News Latino, many conventional produce...|
|9/3/2013 - Can you hear the jackboots marching in the distance? Some Pennsylvania farmers sure can, as they struggle to maintain their businesses and livelihoods in the face of relentless tyranny being waged against them by the state's Department of Agriculture. A recent newsletter alert explains that Chambersburg,...|
|8/28/2013 - For nearly 15 years, the state of Michigan has had special laws in place that protect small, family-scale farmers from being driven off their land by local zoning ordinances, nuisance lawsuits, and other legal measures often used to prevent individuals from growing and raising their own food. And even...|
|8/24/2013 - Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is an alternative, locally based model of agriculture and food distribution that creates a partnership between farmers and the local communities with a number of social, economic, and environmental benefits for participating members. Each CSA farm is organized differently...|
|8/24/2013 - While their neighbors in Australia are still unable to legally buy raw milk for human consumption, New Zealand has followed in the footsteps of Europe, embracing a brand new industry which supplies Kiwis with raw milk that's now available twenty four hours a day from vending machines.
Since the 1950's,...|
|7/30/2013 - As chemical companies manufacture their own falsified studies on the safety of their weed killers, herbicides like Roundup are used liberally and without caution. The glyphosate weedkillers like Roundup are now dumped into the Earth at the rate of 900 million pounds annually, creating a toxic, chemical...|
|7/26/2013 - Though much of it flies under the mainstream radar, there is a coordinated effort afoot to completely stamp out all private, small-scale food production in the United States, which means your ability to access the clean, high-quality foods of your choice is rapidly diminishing. In his new book Life,...|
|7/24/2013 - In the latter part of the 20th century, automation - the introduction of machines and "robots" designed to make mass production more effective - began taking over for human workers in American factories. With automation came efficiency, but that efficiency cost the country as well in terms of good-paying...|
|7/20/2013 - Our food comes from around the world. If the distribution is disrupted by a disaster, how would we feed ourselves? One answer is through small farming systems that can help in food sustainability. To achieve such things like financial aid, technology and educational assistance need to be made readily...|
|7/14/2013 - Every time someone in the Executive Branch or the Congress says something like, "When we allocate money in the farm bill, crops grow on the prairie, and a nation and world is fed...," I hear echoes of, "You didn't build that!" Except in this case it is, "You didn't grow that!"
As much as "You didn't...|
|6/21/2013 - The Republicrats in the U.S. Congress have once again betrayed their constituents by voting down an amendment to the upcoming Farm Bill that would have openly recognized the right of individual states to choose whether or not to label genetically-modified organisms (GMOs). And even though the federal...|
|6/7/2013 - There is a grand conspiracy theory at work to destroy the value of U.S. wheat crops, Monsanto recently told mainstream media reporters in a telephone conference. The contaminated GE wheat recently discovered in Oregon didn't get there by escaping Monsanto's open-air GMO experiments, the company claims....|
|6/5/2013 - The next wave of farmer backlash against Monsanto has just been unleashed by Ernest Barnes, a wheat farmer in Morton County, Kansas. He filed suit this week in the U.S. District Court in Wichita, Kansas, alleging that Monsanto's genetic pollution has financially damaged himself and other farmers.
|6/3/2013 - As the nation's lawmakers continue to bore through the details of the upcoming federal farm bill revision, a number of forward-thinking members of Congress are simultaneously pushing for the antiquated and indefensible prohibition on hemp farming to be lifted as part of its new provisions. And included...|
|5/30/2013 - Monsanto lies about everything and will commit any atrocity against the people to ensure profits.
Recently, the Cornucopia Institute reported about the French farmer that was poisoned by one of Monsanto's "safe" pesticides. Read it for your self.
A French farmer who can no longer perform his routine...|
|5/20/2013 - Reliable sources in Washington D.C. have informed the Organic Consumers Association (OCA) that Monsanto has begun secretly lobbying its Congressional allies to attach one or more "Monsanto Riders" or amendments to the 2013 Farm Bill that would preempt or prohibit states from requiring labels on genetically...|
|5/17/2013 - Just a few days remain before Amish raw milk farmer Vernon Hershberger of Wisconsin faces a corrupt legal system with an ingrown vendetta against the production and distribution of real food. Beginning on May 20, 2013, at 8 a.m., Vernon, who has been falsely accused of committing numerous food distribution...|
|5/15/2013 - There is a movement afoot in the state of Connecticut to make locally-grown foods that are not produced using biotechnology - that is, foods that are not genetically modified (GM) - more accessible to the people that want it. And a local non-GMO farm in the town of Ledyard is spearheading this effort,...|
|5/10/2013 - Do you really know what's in all the food you're eating that's imported from China? If you don't, you're actually in good company: The FDA only inspects 1% - 2% of all the food imported from China, so they don't know either. Even when they inspect a shipment, they rarely test it for heavy metals, pesticides,...|
|5/9/2013 - When Proposition 37 got defeated by the Biotech and Big Food pimps and their hooker subsidiaries, NaturalNews was gracious enough to print my article naming them. Recently though, I came across a similar article written by Daisy Luther, a freelance writer and editor who has a website entitled, The Organic...|
|5/5/2013 - The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has formally issued arrest warrants for a group of farmers and raw milk advocates who raise rare heritage breed Shropshire sheep at the Wholearth Farmstudio. The CFIA plans to eradicate the Shropshire sheep of Michael Schmidt, Montana Jones, Robert Pinnell,...|
|5/3/2013 - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is in hot water following the agency's impetuous release of sensitive information on roughly 80,000 American farmers and cattle ranchers, according to new reports. In response to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request filed by a trio of environmental...|
|4/11/2013 - We talk a lot around here about food and its importance in sustaining life. But how do we as humans continue to sustain the viable production of food itself, particularly in a world where natural resources seem to be getting increasingly more scarce? One of the answers to this question may be aquaponics,...|
|4/3/2013 - Despite all the claims made by industry-funded hacks that genetically-modified organisms (GMOs) and other industrial agricultural methods are necessary for the future of humanity, it is the traditional growing methods that continue to shine through as the real sustainers of life. As reported by Gaia...|
|3/27/2013 - The USDA "census of agriculture" is a government-run farm surveillance program designed to register and inventory detailed private data on farm assets, operations and personnel. A census form is mailed to each farmer in the United States, accompanied by threats of compliance and a warning that farmers...|
|3/26/2013 1:38:59 PM - Certain forward-thinking folks are reinventing farming as we know it. Indoor, organic urban farms growing food vertically using hydroponic and aquaponic principles, are sprouting around the country. The push for alternative methods of raising food follow in part, on the heels of local governments outlawing...|
|3/21/2013 - With so much uncertainty surrounding the integrity and future of the certified organic label, grassroots alternatives that offer fresh new ways of identifying healthy, chemical-free foods are gradually gaining ground. One new program, known as Certified Naturally Grown (CNG), is proving to be particularly...|
|3/18/2013 10:02:35 PM - Note: This article has been updated to reflect the accurate number of the legislation in question, which is H.R. 5973, not H.R. 933.
The U.S. Congress is right now moving forward with the passage of the 2013 Agricultural Appropriations Bill (AAB), also known as H.R. 5973, which currently contains...|
|3/14/2013 - Large British wind farms will actually release as much carbon dioxide as fossil-fuel power plants, according to a study conducted by researchers from Aberdeen University and published in the journal Nature.
The source of the emissions is not the windmills themselves, but the land on which they are...|
|3/4/2013 - With food prices steadily rising over the last several years, by as much as five percent, families are scaling back and going without many staples just to put a meal on the table. Or worse, resorting to 'bargains' like fast food specials, subsidized SNAP junk food or just plain instant noodles to fill...|
|3/4/2013 - The press and public have fixated on the sticky legal details of the case, and the classic David vs. Goliath nature of the fight. But win or lose, Mr. Bowman's predicament is part of a much bigger problem.
The real issue is this: Why have we surrendered control over something so basic to human survival...|
|2/14/2013 - Raiding small dairy farms for selling raw milk has become an active form of state terrorism throughout North America. The farms are usually small and the farmers are not well off.
Yet they're often shut down with short or no notice and forced to destroy or give up their raw dairy products for the...|
|2/13/2013 - Most imported seafood, including shrimp, is from large fish farms in Asia, including China, Thailand, Indonesia and Vietnam. There are also seafood or fish farms in Canada, Mexico, and South America that export to the U.S. and others countries.
Fish farming is just that. Breeding, cultivating, and...|
|2/10/2013 2:53:48 PM - The Amish, it seems, place themselves at risk every day of their lives. They refuse to vaccinate their children, exposing themselves to disease. They drink raw cow's milk, exposing themselves to salmonella. They even - and this is really disturbing - favor natural food, exposing themselves to tomatoes...|
|1/30/2013 - How do you keep consumers in the dark about the horrors of factory farms? By making it an "act of terrorism" for anyone to investigate animal cruelty, food safety or environmental violations on the corporate-controlled farms that produce the bulk of our meat, eggs and dairy products.
And who better...|
|1/29/2013 - In February 2012, OSGATA (Organic Seed Growers and Trade Association) demanded protection from Monsanto in a federal court case. Essentially, the organic farmers asked for a guarantee that they couldn't be sued over patent infringement if and when Monsanto's GE plants contaminate their crops.
|1/22/2013 - Imagine judicial review for protecting consumer rights and the environment going up in a puff of smoke and biotech corporations like Monsanto having complete immunity to plant whatever they want, whenever they want -- without testing. This is exactly what a small amendment in the proposed new farm bill...|
|1/17/2013 - Labeling GMO foods is a good idea. But on the way to getting that accomplished, what will our food supply and topsoil be like? It's likely by the time enough consumers catch on, it will be too late for a consumer boycott "tipping point" that's supposed to bring the evil giant Monsanto to it's knees.
|1/10/2013 - The American system of agriculture is riddled with problems, many of which are the culmination of decades' worth of bad policy and poor decision-making by Congress and federal regulators concerning farm subsidies. And in more recent years, it has become increasingly obvious that agriculture policy continues...|
|1/9/2013 - On November 6, in the wake of one of the most expensive and scurrilous smear campaigns in history, six million voters scared the hell out of Monsanto and Big Food Inc. by coming within a razor's edge of passing the first statewide mandatory labeling law for genetically modified organisms (GMOs).
|12/6/2012 - A few days ago, I sounded the alarm on Dr. Oz and his attack on organic consumers. In my article published here on Natural News, I called Dr. Oz a "sellout" for his labeling of organic consumers as "elitist" and "snobs" while lying by omission in his TIME Magazine article that failed to disclose the...|
|12/2/2012 - Dr. Oz's recently article in TIME Magazine -- entitled "The anti-snob diet" -- has created something of a firestorm across the internet. In his article, Dr. Oz refers to people who buy organic foods or who frequent farmers markets as "snooty" "elitist" and "snobs." He promotes feedlot beef, conventional...|
|11/28/2012 - Farmers in Maine will have another shot at agri-business giant Monsanto when a federal appeals court agreed to hear a lawsuit they filed after it had been dismissed by a lower court earlier this year.
The suit was filed by the Organic Seed Growers and Trade Association, an agricultural group based...|
|11/12/2012 8:11:54 PM - Even though some food is labeled organic, the seeds may still have come from a GMO source; like if a small to mid-size farmer buys seeds or plants, such as tomatoes, from a Home Depot or Lowe's, and then plants them in organic soil and does not use pesticide, they are still GMO, but they don't get labeled...|
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|11/2/2012 - A new push back in the fight against government corruption begins this week in California, as supporters of Healthy Family Farms owner Sharon Palmer and former Rawesome food club manager James Stewart launch an aggressive and urgent calling campaign in hopes of seeing criminal charges against the two...|
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