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Nature's Path purchases its own clean, organic farms to keep up with demand for food free of GMOs and chemicals

5/9/2015 - One of North America's cleanest and most sustainable food brands has taken a giant leap forward in securing the future of organic food production. Cereal company Nature's Path Organic has reportedly purchased 2,800 acres of farmland in Montana to keep up with growing consumer demand for foods that are...

Survival of the Fittest means non-GMO: Learn about food-conscious consumers and sustainable farms in America

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...

'Humanely raised' chickens suffer torturous existance, "The consumer is being hoodwinked'

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...

Cornucopia Institute identifies industrial factory farms illegally passing off meat as 'organic'

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...

Widespread health violations at Foster Farms chicken factories, including mold, fecal matter and roaches

9/19/2014 - Thanks to a grassroots consumer advocacy group, one of the largest poultry producers in the Pacific Northwest has been exposed for committing hundreds of health and safety violations in less than just eight months. Referred to by The New York Times as "one of the nation's most powerful environmental...

Organic family farms are likely to suffer from Wal-Mart's foray into organic food industry

8/6/2014 - What happens when large, powerful corporations violate the law and are immune from prosecution or accountability? They usually become repeat offenders, and in this situation, Wal-Mart, the culprit, is no exception. About seven years ago, the big box store was accused of "cheapening the value of the...

Nature's vaccines: Growing up on livestock farms halves children's risk of inflammatory bowel diseases

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...

Indoor vegetable farm produces nutrient-dense produce 250 percent faster than outdoor farms, with less waste

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...

Nature's vaccines: children who live on dairy farms have almost zero allergies. Ever wonder why?

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...

Continued growth of organic sector protecting bees, improving biodiversity

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...

Corporations taking over the world food supply via farmland monopolies

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...

Growing popularity of clean food spells boon for local farms, farmers markets

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...

New Boston law promotes local agriculture

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...

Safeguard Organic Standards: 10 Reasons Consumers Buy Organic

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...

Right to farm being stripped from Americans: Michigan to criminalize small family farms with chickens, goats, honey bees and more

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...

U.S. wind farms are decimating eagle populations

9/19/2013 - There is a saying in physics that goes, "For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction." The same can be true for activist politics. While we're a fan of so-called "green technologies" - you know, renewable energy sources and all of that - we continue to be amazed at how shortsighted and...

As the government continues to shut down family farms, your ability to make good food choices diminishes

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,...

Wind farms are net carbon dioxide emitters

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...

KFC halts chicken supply from 1,000 Chinese farms after antibiotics scare

3/2/2013 - Another day, another Chinese food scare. KFC is dropping more than 1,000 farms from its network of suppliers in China to make sure the food it serves is safe after a scandal over tainted chicken hurt company sales in that key (meaning large) emerging market last year. The issue came up in December...

New bill aims to strip food consumer rights by banning undercover videos at farms and food plants

2/20/2013 - Some politicians in Indiana are looking to circumvent full disclosure and the First Amendment with legislation that would ban undercover videos at food processing plants and farms. According to Indianapolis TV station WTHR, any videos that would show claims of illegal or inhumane treatment of animals...

States weigh laws that would make it an act of terrorism to report abuses at factory farms

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...

EPA spying on farms and ranches from the air, snapping photos to issue fines

7/12/2012 - The expanding Leviathan state appears to be on auto-drive these days; the latest example of Big Brother's overreach coming from the always-intrusive Environmental Protection Agency. Farmers around the country are complaining about the EPA flying over their property to "check" for alleged violations...

Rawesome bombshell: Lab test evidence against Sharon Palmer (Healthy Family Farms) found invalid; allegations unsupportable

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...

Study: Children who grow up on family farms and drink raw milk have fewer allergies, autoimmune disorders

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...

Feds criminalizing small family farms under ridiculous 'labor laws' that target children

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...

Help protect food and farm freedom in your area with local 'right-to-farm' laws

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...

Obama seizes control over all food, farms, livestock, farm equipment, fertilizer and food production across America

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...

Support 'Local Farms, Food and Jobs Act' to help decentralize food system

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....

Beyond Frankenfoods and Toxics: OCA's Ten Reasons to Buy Organic

8/22/2011 - Organic foods and products are the fastest growing items in America's grocery carts. Thirty million households, comprising 75 million people, are now buying organic foods, clothing, body care, supplements, pet food, and other products on a regular basis. Fifty-six percent of U.S. consumers say they...

Breaking news: Multi-agency armed raid hits Rawesome Foods, Healthy Family Farms for selling raw milk and cheese

8/3/2011 - This is a NaturalNews exclusive breaking new report. Please credit NaturalNews.com. A multi-agency SWAT-style armed raid was conducted this morning by helmet-wearing, gun-carrying enforcement agents from the LA County Sheriff's Office, the FDA, the Dept. of Agriculture and the CDC (Centers for Disease...

FEMA to confiscate food from local farms in emergencies?

5/11/2011 - - Since our nation's founding the federal government has, in times of emergency, claimed extra-constitutional powers and authority. Under the guise of acting in the public's best interests, Washington has taken away privacy rights, free speech, and habeas corpus, among others. There's no reason to think...

With superbugs contaminating fresh meat, the truth comes out about the FDA Food Safety Bill

4/17/2011 - Remember all the hubbub about the S.510 "Food Safety Bill" and how it would make your food safe to eat? Well, it turns out those expanded FDA powers do absolutely nothing to even address the safety of fresh meat products, and yet new research reveals that nearly half of all fresh meat and poultry products...

Local and organic food, farming: Here's the gold standard

2/28/2011 - More and more consumers and corporations are touting the benefits of "local" foods, often described as "sustainable," "healthy," or "natural." According to the trade publication, Sustainable Food News, "local" as a marketing claim, has grown by 15 percent from 2009 to 2010, and it's likely that number...

Organic farms have better soil (thanks to microbes)

12/8/2010 - Organic farms have healthier soil than farms getting regular inputs of synthetic fertilizers, according to a study conducted by researchers from the Center for Ecology and Hydrology in England, and published in the journal Environmental Microbiology. Researchers examined soil at nine English farms...

Legal complaint filed with USDA to stop organic milk fraud

11/22/2010 - Although it is illegal under current USDA rules, the agency is still tolerating organic milk producers who bring conventional dairy cattle onto their farms -- pumped full of hormones and antibiotics -- and then call them "organic" cows when they start giving milk. The Cornucopia Institute wants to put...

Urban farms provide enough produce to sustain most of Detroit

11/20/2010 - The characteristic blight of Detroit, Michigan, could soon be transformed into a patchwork of thriving urban farms and gardens. According to a new report out of Michigan State University (MSU), conservative estimates hypothesize that urban farms just in the city could provide enough local produce to...

Factory animal farms spew toxic chemical fumes, poisoning neighbors

11/1/2010 - Massive factory farms, where dairy cows are raised by the thousands in cramped quarters, produce toxic gases in such quantities as to threaten the health of people living nearby. The farms, known as Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs), account for only 5 percent of animal farms in the...

Proof that organic farms really do benefit people and the planet

9/9/2010 - Who hasn't heard the argument that organic food isn't better than produce grown with chemical fertilizers and pesticides -- it's just more expensive? Finally, scientists have come up with undeniable proof this isn't so. After conducting side-by-side comparisons of organic and conventional strawberry...

Timeline: World History of Viral Pandemics: 412BC to 2009

5/1/2009 - When observing the swine flu outbreak happening today, it's helpful to have some historical context. Viral pandemics are not unusual, and talking about one isn't "alarmist." Pandemics are a regular feature of life on earth, and they occur with surprising regularity throughout world history. Wherever...

Food Freedom is under Assault, H.R. 759 Worse than H.R. 875

4/24/2009 - Salmonella outbreaks, food contamination, and other regulatory deficiencies over the nation's food supply during the past several years have led to a barrage of proposed legislation aimed at improving food safety. H.R. 875, H.R. 759, and H.R. 1332, are three major bills that have been proposed in recent...

Seaweed Farms Could Grow Biofuels Without Using Water or Land

4/12/2009 - Seaweed could be a valuable source of biofuels that does not compete with food for land or require fresh water to grow, according to a report commissioned by The Crown Estate and conducted by the Scottish Association for Marine Science (SMAS). "Given Scotland's rugged western coastline and island...

The Colorado Organic Scene: An Interview with Andy Grant of Grant Family Organic Farms, Part I

3/21/2009 - [This is part one of a two-part interview with Andy Grant of Grant Family Farms, which was the first farm certified organic by the state of Colorado. Today, they farm 3,000 acres in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains about an hour north of Denver.] JIM: Andy, reading over your web site, it looks...

The Colorado Organic Scene: An Interview with Andy Grant of Grant Family Organic Farms, Part II

3/21/2009 - [This is part two of a two-part interview with Andy Grant of Grant Family Farms, which was the first farm certified organic by the state of Colorado. Today, they farm 3,000 acres in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains about an hour north of Denver.] JIM: Kind of a related question: There are a lot...

Paylean: Drug in Conventionally Raised Meat Linked to Cancer and Heart Disease

3/17/2009 - Up until recently, U.S. pork producers were worried about tightening profit margins across their industry. Now many of them are smiling, and it's all because of Paylean, a drug that is netting them more cash for each hog they sell. Consumers of pork products may not be too happy though, since most of...

Industrial Farm Animal Production Linked to Increased Human Disease

2/24/2009 - Many health conscious people have made the decision not to eat meat, viewing the consumption of animal flesh as having negative consequences on the body, the spirit, and even the personality. Animal rights activists have been quite vocal in pointing out the deplorable conditions under which animals...

Investment Powerhouse Goldman Sachs Buying Up Poultry Farms in China

8/20/2008 - Corporate ownership of world food sources may be shifting into high gear. Goldman Sachs, the private equity investment bank of the ultra wealthy and powerful, has announced that it's in the race to scoop up assets related to food production. Its latest investment is $300 million in Chinese chicken farms. U.S....

Chinese Fish Farms Full of Toxic Chemicals

7/9/2008 - Contamination of water supplies and illegal use of veterinary drugs has led to the severe contamination of Chinese fish farms, with potentially serious health consequences for those who eat the fish. China produces 70 percent of the world's farmed fish, and since the 1980s has become the biggest...

Factory animal farms produce meat through routine torture and environmental destruction

10/8/2007 - Public and environmental health is being severely threatened through the institution of animal factory farming, which pollutes our water, air, soil and even our bodies with harmful chemicals and pollutants. Corporations now have taken over the practice of family farming and have developed cost-saving...

Grace Harbor Farms Goat's Milk Skin Care Cream Relieves Arthritis and Eczema / Psoriasis (press release)

9/1/2006 - Grace Harbor Farms (www.graceharborfarms.com) now offers goat’s milk skin care cream that customers report eases pain, softens skin and relieves skin problems like acne, rosacea and eczema. Created by Grace Harbor Farm’s founder Grace Lukens, the cream is made from 100% natural ingredients. "I developed...

Bird flu timeline: A history of influenza from 412 BC – AD 2006

2/6/2006 - 412 BC – Major epidemic of a disease (which, although not called influenza, probably was influenza) recorded by Hippocrates. 1357 AD – The term, “influenza,” from the Italian word meaning "influence," was coined. Popular belief at that time blamed the development of flu on the influence of the stars....

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