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Factory farming and modern food production dangers exposed

4/23/2015 - Today, obesity and chronic disease is out of control around the world - especially in the United States - with no end in sight. Food allergies, chronic fatigue, heart disease and cancer have many people concerned about their future. So, let's think about this, could our current food production system...

Organic farming practices revive Indian farmland ruined by 2004 tsunami

1/29/2015 - Just 15 days before harvest, nearly 24,000 precious acres of farmland was destroyed in Nagapatnam, a coastal district in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu, by a devastating and unexpected tsunami. Massive walls of saltwater came crashing down on the coastal district, killing more than 6,000...

Three lies Big Biotech uses to justify GMOs

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 Colin...

GM soy farming displaces indigenous people, raising rates of disease and poverty as corporations profit

12/12/2014 - Although the greatest concerns regarding GMO-based agriculture are the long-term implications for human health and the environment in general -- which are not yet fully known or understood -- there are also serious consequences for small farmers and others who are already being negatively impacted by...

GMOs won't save us from climate change regardless of what Monsanto says, according to new study

8/19/2014 - A major tenet of the biotechnology model of agriculture is that genetically modified (GM) crops help mitigate climate change by sequestering more carbon into the soil. But a new study published in the journal Nature Climate Change has determined this to be patently false, showing that no-till farming...

Verticle indoor 'Hydrogreens' - the high-density 'savior' of the organic farming future

8/6/2014 - Yes, GMO proponents are liars, we all know that. They say GMO can feed the world, and will save the world from famine, and that some crops are "drought resistant" and that we should all embrace technology, but that's not the case here at all. If you desire to learn anything at all about sustainability,...

Federal government funds research into how organic farming naturally deters pests without chemicals

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...

Community Supported Agriculture: Cultivating better food and closer communities

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...

Fish farming killing off native species; boycott farmed salmon before it's too late

6/5/2013 - Equally as menacing as the potential release of genetically-modified (GM) salmon into the wild, factory fish farms are a modern scourge responsible for killing off droves of native fish species all around the world. And unless immediate action is taken to address this problem - you can help by boycotting...

Monsanto: The worst of the worst

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...

Aquaponics: Is this promising, sustainable farming method the urbanized future of agriculture?

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,...

Bringing back the hanging gardens of Babylon -- Indoor urban vertical farming; the next gardening venture for survival and the new agriculture

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...

Amish children are remarkably immune to allergies, says expert

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...

Seven key ways organic farming is superior to industrial agriculture

11/28/2012 - The industrial agriculture system has convinced many Americans that it is a necessity in order to produce an adequate food supply for the entire country. It operates under the assumption that it produces higher yields, more profits and is overall more efficient than organic farming. In reality, this...

Five ways small-scale organic farming can save agriculture from America's 'greed for profit' system

9/26/2012 - All around the world, the push to globalize the food supply by consolidating food production into large-scale, corporatized agricultural systems controlled by a select few is causing massive environmental destruction and immense poverty. And the only way to truly turn things around is to return to small-scale,...

President Obama's store sells hemp from Communist China while hemp farming in America remains criminalized

8/5/2012 - While America's economy is suffering staggering losses in jobs and debt, the Obama administration is creating jobs for Chinese workers by selling hemp scarves on its website -- even while industrialized hemp remains illegal for U.S. farmers to grow! The "Monique Pean" scarf runs $95 on BarackObama.com...

Agriculture cooperatives could end hunger while boosting socio-economic development in impoverished regions

5/5/2012 - Monsanto and Cargill keep rolling on, leading a handful of other mega-corporations toward planetary food and farming control that ensures our demise. Meanwhile, important studies are ignored by our corrupt governments who are heavily influenced and infiltrated by those very same companies. A world-wide...

Don't believe the lie: Organic farming CAN feed the world

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...

Study: Organic farming outperforms conventional in yields, economic viability, conservation, and health

10/20/2011 - A popular myth purports that organic farming is inadequate to feed the growing populations of the world, and that cultivating so-called high yield conventional and genetically-modified (GM) crops is a necessary solution. But data compiled by the Rodale Institute's Farming Systems Trial (FST) shows that...

The dehumanization of agriculture: New robotic farming devices eliminate need for human farmers

9/27/2011 - Despite a renewed interest in small-scale, organic, and urban farms, most conventional crops continue to be cultivated on ever-expanding, mega-sized industrial farms composed of thousands of acres. And according to a recent report in The Wall Street Journal (WSJ), modern agriculture has become so dehumanized...

The Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2011 - Identify industrial hemp

8/25/2011 - Despite the proliferation of hemp products entering the green marketplace these days, there is still confusion among some consumers about the differences between industrial hemp and cannabis that's grown for recreational and medicinal marijuana. Some of that confusion may result from the Controlled...

Japanese philosopher and farmer greened deserts without pesticides or fertilizer

4/28/2011 - Fukuoka Masanobu, 1913-2008, a remarkable philosopher/farmer, rejected the use of technology and developed a method of 'natural farming' in which no tilling, weeding, or plowing is done, or fertilizers or pesticides used. His seminal book, ``One Straw Revolution`` published in 1975, shares his insights...

Natural farming increases yields over conventional

3/11/2011 - Farmers across Hawaii are turning to "natural farming," a technique developed by South Korean farmer Han Kyu Cho that eschews the use of artificial fertilizers and pesticides in favor of efficient use of on-site materials. Best of all, Cho's method leads to better crop yields, healthier land and healthier...

Farming is surging back in Massachusetts

12/12/2010 - Formerly in a state of decline, the farming profession is surging back to life in Massachusetts. "Last year, we broke the record for attendance [at farmer training courses],'' said Rick Chandler, director of the program, "and this year, we broke the record again.'' Between 1997 and 2001, the number...

Fish Farming Makes Diseases More Virulent

12/26/2009 - A 23-year Finnish study has concluded that decades of fish farming have led to the prevalence of increasingly lethal strains of disease that thrive in an enclosed environment. Dr. Katja Pulkkinen from the University of Jyvaskyla stressed in his report that high density conditions where fish are under...

Organic Farming is a Relationship with the Land: Interview with Myra Goodman, Part II

2/21/2009 - This is part two of a three-part interview with Myra Goodman, co-founder, along with her husband Drew, of Earthbound Farm, which is perhaps the most well-known name in organic produce in America. With this article, we kick off an exciting, ongoing "Know the Growers" series, in which we will be interviewing...

Organic Farming is a Relationship with the Land: Interview with Myra Goodman, Part I

2/19/2009 - This is part one of a three-part interview with Myra Goodman, co-founder, along with her husband Drew, of Earthbound Farm, which is perhaps the most well-known name in organic produce in America. With this article, we kick off an exciting, ongoing "Know the Growers" series, in which we will be interviewing...

Scientists genetically modify animal clones to survive factory farming conditions

1/18/2007 - The harsh conditions of factory farms have lead scientists to investigate ways to genetically modify the animals to be more complacent toward their surroundings, but experts warn such tampering could lead to "farmyard freaks." The fact that a U.S. cow has been recently cloned on a British farm has...

How to change the world by buying organic and supporting sustainable farming

9/28/2005 - You have the power in your hands to change the world. This change ripples out from you in concentric circles, and it all starts with decisions you make at the grocery store because what you choose to buy and consume impacts the world in many powerful ways that you may have never been aware of. Every...

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