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|11/12/2014 - 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...|
|10/20/2014 - 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...|
|10/9/2014 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 - 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...|
|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...|
|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...|
|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...|
|10/18/2012 - As if its costly genetic tampering with the whole natural world weren't brazen enough, Monsanto continues to bully and intimidate farmers across the United States, hoping this time to push its agenda through the highest court in the justice system.
The Supreme Court agreed last week to hear an appeal...|
|10/10/2012 - A People's campaign for 'the little guys' is making big noise this week in southern California. All eyes are on the Ventura County District Attorney's office and its questionable prosecution of a farmer and a food club manager, as thousands of supporters are logging on to sign a petition demanding all...|
|9/24/2012 - The debate concerning the health benefits and detriments of organic food in comparison to conventional food is ongoing, but the latest organic dairy scandal has given some truth to the notion that what you see isn't necessarily what you get. A large organic dairy farm has come under fire from consumers...|
|9/23/2012 - By now, nearly all informed people recognize that Monsanto is widely regarded as the most evil corporation on our planet. But what, exactly, makes Monsanto so evil? Why is Monsanto worse than a pharmaceutical company, a pesticide company or even a weapons manufacturer?
The answer to this question...|
|9/18/2012 - In the wake of the release of the infamous "Stanford study," which claims there is no substantial difference between organic food and conventional food, many with a deeper understanding of how organic food production works are speaking out against this ill-conceived attack on clean food. One such individual,...|
|8/15/2012 - Dozens of Virginia farmers are up in arms after one of their neighbors was targeted by county officials for holding a birthday party and produce fair on her own property. Martha Boneta, owner of Liberty Farms in the northern Virginia village of Paris, has been threatened with up to $5,000 in fines for...|
|8/7/2012 - If you run a family farm or other small business in which you regularly make large cash deposits at the bank, you could be in violation of a little-known federal law called the Bank Secrecy Act. Making regular cash deposits of any amount, in fact, could land you in the crosshairs of government tyrants...|
|7/20/2012 - Ever notice when you meet someone who eats mainly organic, who works out often, is financially stable and always in that "sharing" mode, that no matter what happens around them, they stay in that "gear," that energetic and positive attitude just stays illuminated and seems to levitate over the negativity?...|
|7/6/2012 - If you have ever wondered why junk food is almost always artificially cheap compared to healthy food, you need look no further than federal agriculture policy. Little do most people know that the federal government funnels billions of taxpayer dollars via the "Farm Bill" into large-scale crop systems...|
|6/6/2012 - The freedom to grow uncontaminated, non-genetically-modified (non-GMO) food in America today is under continual threat by corporate agriculture and biotechnology companies whose unscrupulous business models include suing farmers whose crops become inadvertently contaminated with patented, GMO technologies....|
|6/6/2012 - Food freedom is under attack in the state of Oregon, where powerful industry lobbying groups are pushing for more restrictions, and maybe even a complete ban, on all raw milk sales. OregonLive.com reports that an isolated E. coli O157:H7 outbreak potentially linked to raw milk has spurred the Oregon...|
|6/5/2012 - I am very saddened to bring you this report today. Following the publication of our investigative story about Sharon Palmer (Healthy Family Farms), James Stewart (Rawesome Foods), Aajonus Vonderplanitz (vocal critic of Sharon Palmer) and Larry Otting (title owner of the land on which the farm operates),...|
|6/4/2012 - Following our coverage of Sharon Palmer, owner of Healthy Family Farms, and James Stewart, the "raw milk man" and founder of Rawesome Foods in California, I received a tip from an anonymous source. The tip said that I was defending the wrong parties. The source stated that Sharon Palmer was a fraud...|
|5/9/2012 - Growing up on a family-scale farm and drinking raw cow's milk are two important elements that promote robust childhood immune development. These are the findings of a recent study published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, which found that farm-raised children generally tend to have...|
|5/3/2012 - Graphic photos have surfaced of the baby pigs and momma pigs that a Michigan farmer was forced to shoot in cold blood to avoid being arrested as a felon. This is the latest development in the outrageous story of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, which conducted armed raids on multiple farms,...|
|5/2/2012 - You won't see cornrows stretching into the horizon or amber waves of grain as far as the eye can see, but there's a growing phenomenon in urban America - agriculture is "growing" in our big cities, and as a result, lawmakers and policy chiefs are taking notice.
And perhaps nowhere is the trend more...|
|4/28/2012 - A proposal by the U.S. Department of Labor (DoL) that would have restricted children under the age of 16 from performing certain routine chores on family farms has been officially revoked. According to The Daily Caller, which originally broke the story, a groundswell of public outcry that occurred after...|
|4/28/2012 - There is nothing like enjoying the fruits of your labor, literally! The seeds you just planted turn out as little shoots and flowers until they grow into bulbs and finally young little things waiting for their weaning. Picking the tomatoes and leafy greens you've been waiting to grow for weeks, can...|
|4/27/2012 - For civilization to persist, each subsequent generation must be equipped by the previous one with the knowledge and skills to grow food, which traditionally occurs on family-scale farms from parent to child, or from seasoned expert to young amateur. But new labor laws being proposed by the U.S. Department...|
|4/26/2012 - Every five years the Farm Bill is reviewed by Congress to decide how government funding should be allocated to different aspects of agriculture. Depending on what source you explore, there are mixed signals emanating from the Senate's 2012 Farm Bill proposal.
According to the Environmental Working...|
|4/25/2012 - Throughout the last 100-or-so years, rapid urbanization has driven many farmers out of formerly-rural areas that have now become urban and suburban enclaves. And while every state in America now has some type of "right-to-farm" law on the books to protect farmers, who find themselves surrounded by new...|
|4/17/2012 - There is nothing more pathetic, ugly and insidious than a tyrannical government thug who uses his power to destroy the lives of law-abiding citizens. Today, we have witnessed the outrageous acts carried out by jack-booted scumbags in Michigan's Department of Natural Resources (DNR) who masterminded...|
|4/17/2012 - A group of Argentinian farmers says corporate biotechnology giant Monsanto, tobacco behemoth Philip Morris, and several other tobacco companies coerced the farmers into using dangerous amounts of Roundup (glyphosate) and other pesticide and herbicide products on their tobacco crops, which eventually...|
|4/16/2012 - NaturalNews can now confirm that the Michigan Department of Natural Resources has, in total violation of the Fourth Amendment, conducted two armed raids on pig farmers in that state, one in Kalkaska County at Fife Lake and another in Cheboygan County. Staging raids involving six vehicles and ten armed...|
|4/15/2012 - The plaintiffs in a case seeking protection from Monsanto's predatory patent lawsuits have filed a Notice of Appeal challenging the case's recent dismissal by Judge Naomi Buchwald of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. The Organic Seed Growers and Trade Association (OSGATA)...|
|4/15/2012 - "If you put a label on genetically engineered food you might as well put a skull and crossbones on it." -- Norman Braksick, president of Asgrow Seed Co., a subsidiary of Monsanto, quoted in the Kansas City Star, March 7, 1994
"Monsanto should not have to vouchsafe the safety of biotech food. Our...|
|4/15/2012 - The drama of FDA tyranny versus raw milk freedom continues from one state or province to another, almost like episodes from a dystopian TV series.
First, the Amish farmer Dan Allgyer and his wife Rachel were forced to shut down their Pennsylvania farm after two years of harassment from federal agents...|
|3/27/2012 - The state of Michigan is only days away from engaging in what can only be called true "animal genocide" -- the mass murder of ranch animals based on the color of their hair. It's all part of a shocking new "Invasive Species Order" (ISO) put in place by Michigan's Department of Natural Resources (DNR)....|
|3/23/2012 10:42:28 AM - More and more health conscious consumers are becoming aware of the value of raw milk and raw milk products in lieu of pasteurized milk and milk products. As a matter of fact, pasteurized milk products lack nutrition and are dangerous, while raw milk handled with care is a very healthy food (http://www.naturalnews.com/033242_CDC_unpasteurized_milk.html).
|3/20/2012 - Flowering displays are replacing urban decay all across America, with recent reports out of New York illustrating the power of creative, resourceful thinking in implementing successful, city-based farming initiatives. New York Daily News reports that a food pantry in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood...|
|3/20/2012 - "We told ya so" just doesn't quite cut it anymore. As the American sheeple slept, selfishly refusing to take a stand against tyranny, the Obama administration has been plotting what can only be called a total government takeover of America.
On March 16, 2012, President Obama issued an executive order...|
|3/18/2012 - Did you know that the average conventional dairy farmer today earns only about $1.50 for each gallon of milk he sells to the general pasteurized market, while the average raw milk dairy farmer typically fetches between $4 and $8, or more, per gallon on the health-conscious market? A new report published...|
|3/14/2012 - Here on NaturalNews, we often spend so much time talking about what's wrong with the world that we sometimes neglect to give sufficient attention to the real solutions that exist right in front of our eyes. One of the most powerful solutions for sustainability, abundance, health and liberty is, simply,...|
|3/11/2012 - Federal food policies that distribute billions of taxpayer dollars every year to subsidize the growth of commodity crops like genetically-modified (GM) corn and soy are largely responsible for the dismal state of food quality and health in our nation today. But Rep. Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) and Sen....|
|3/5/2012 - One of the arguments often used to defend genetically-modified (GM) crops purports that biotechnology is necessary to feed the world, as non-GM and organic farming methods by themselves are incapable of producing enough food for everyone. But the truth of the matter is that organic farming by itself...|
|2/27/2012 - After successfully organizing its inaugural ride to the front steps of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) headquarters in Silver Spring, Md., back in November, the Raw Milk Freedom Riders (RMFR) are once again holding a massive food freedom rally, this time in Wisconsin. From March 1 - 2, 2012,...|
|2/27/2012 - The truth has once again shaken the foundation of the 'American Tower of Babel' that is mainstream science, with a new study out of Harvard University showing that pasteurized milk product from factory farms is linked to causing hormone-dependent cancers. It turns out that the concentrated animal feeding...|
|2/17/2012 - It is with much sadness that we report the two-year war waged by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) against Pennsylvania Amish farmer Dan Allgyer has been a success. The Washington Times and others are now reporting that, following a ruling last month by Judge Lawrence F. Stengel that Allgyer...|
|2/14/2012 - On Jan. 31, organic and natural foods giant Whole Foods Market (WFM) once again attacked http://blog.wholefoodsmarket.com Organic Consumers Association, the nation's leading watchdog on organic standards, as being too "hard-line" for insisting that retailers like WFM stop selling, or at least start...|
|2/11/2012 - After repeated visits to his farm throughout 2009 and 2010 that resulted in an unprovoked quarantine, state and county officials in Wisconsin have charged Amish farmer Vernon Hershberger with violating state retail food laws by distributing raw milk to cow owners. Hershberger was recently released from...|
|1/21/2012 - On February 18 - 19, 2012, the Ohio Ecological Food & Farm Association (OEFFA) will hold its 33rd annual conference in Granville, entitled Sowing the Seeds of Our Food Sovereignty. The conference, which is devoted to promoting "slow", localized food systems that are organically based and ecologically...|
|1/11/2012 - With all the bad news about Monsanto and other corporations who create and promote GMOs, here's a couple of good news items from the last couple of years to relieve some doom and gloom. Hopefully, these victories against GMO companies, one by an individual farmer in Canada, the other by a large rice...|
|12/28/2011 5:03:38 PM - The first dairy to ever become US Department of Agriculture (USDA) certified organic in the State of Arizona is now set to lose that certification following an investigation spearheaded by the Cornucopia Institute (CI), a small-scale organic farm advocacy group. Shamrock Farms has allegedly been breaking...|
|12/19/2011 - The extra money you pay for seafood carrying an eco-label may not support better environmental fish farming. That's the conclusion of a study released December 7, 2011 by the University of Victoria's Seafood Ecology Research Group(SERG).
Fishy Eco Standards
"How Green is your Eco-Label" evaluates...|
|12/8/2011 - "I have not spoken to one farmer who doesn't understand the message of Occupy Wall Street, the message that so many people keep saying is nebulous. It's very clear. Because of business and corporate participation in agriculture, farmers are losing their livelihoods... And if it goes on like this, all...|
|11/28/2011 - There are arguably a number of varying factors influencing the mass farmland sell-off currently taking place in the American Midwest. One thing seems certain, though -- America's once-treasured farming tradition is quickly fading into history as the next generation of Americans abandon rural life, and...|
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|11/25/2011 - Maine is one of ten US states that currently recognizes the freedom of individuals to buy and sell raw milk at the farm and retail level (http://www.farmtoconsumer.org/raw_milk_map.htm). But raw milk sold at farmers markets technically does not fall under the banner of either "farm" or "retail" sales,...|
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