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Organic Agriculture

A Cow's Life: It Isn't All Clover

John J. Berger | Posted 06.13.2016 | Healthy Living
John J. Berger

Review: Cowed: The Hidden Impact of 93 Million Cows on America's Health, Economy, Politics, Culture, and Environment, by Denis Hayes & Gail Boyer Ha...

El Niño Brings Short-Term Relief to California's Farmers

Melody Meyer | Posted 03.20.2017 | Green
Melody Meyer

The forecasters predicted it, the young and wild boy-child, El Niño would come. A warm pacific current that often wreaks havoc promised torrential ra...

Eat Well and Don't Wreck the Planet: Choose Organic

Ellen Moyer, Ph.D. | Posted 01.04.2017 | Green
Ellen Moyer, Ph.D.

To be the best we can be, we should eat the best food we can--starting with cleaner ingredients that don't wreck the planet on which our food is grown--or the people growing it.

End of Year Yarn: Food Democracy

Melody Meyer | Posted 12.31.2016 | Green
Melody Meyer

I'm hungry for change. I am elucidated and emancipated and educated enough to know what matters. Food matters!

Autumnal Reflections in a Centerpiece

Melody Meyer | Posted 10.15.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Melody Meyer

It's the final end of what feels like summer. No question about it, the cicadas have ceased their singing and the sun is waning. Darkness comes ear...

Will Organic Agriculture Feed the World?

Melody Meyer | Posted 08.14.2016 | Home
Melody Meyer

No longer can you believe that our opulent world of supermarkets is the norm across the planet. The U.S. represents a small portion of the world's population and we will not be the source of the explosion of hungry comrades in the years to come.

5 Fertilizer Facts That Dispel the Myths

Pedro A. Sanchez | Posted 08.14.2016 | Green
Pedro A. Sanchez

While fertilizers are a vitally important way to maintain healthy soils, the topic has remained a polemical issue. Are mineral or organic fertilizers better for the environment? What is even the difference between the two?

Study Finds Organic Agriculture Is More Profitable For Farmers

The Huffington Post | Joe Satran | Posted 06.03.2015 | Taste

Organic agriculture alone may or may not be able to feed the world, but a recent study suggests that it can provide a relatively healthy paycheck for ...

Leaving Iowa

Melody Meyer | Posted 06.02.2016 | Green
Melody Meyer

In every action I strive to educate and facilitate ways that will tear down the industrial agricultural chemical complex and replace it with a sustainable organic future. I will never leave that Iowa dream.

The Organic Home Run: Why We Need an Organic Check-Off

Melody Meyer | Posted 05.26.2016 | Healthy Living
Melody Meyer

My humble beginnings in the organic industry began in 1976 in a small coop in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The people were eclectic, and I was drawn to the cul...

Why Modern Regenerative Organic Farming Is THE Way to Feed the World

Maria Rodale | Posted 06.06.2015 | Green
Maria Rodale

We Need to Feed the World" is one of GMO makers' most brilliant marketing campaigns. But that's just what it is, a marketing campaign. But the truth--with a multitude of studies to back it up--is that in the long run, modern regenerative organic farming is the ONLY thing that can truly feed the world.

Pesticide Use Skyrocketing on GMO Crops While Pro-GMO Media Run Interference

David Bronner | Posted 12.17.2014 | Green
David Bronner

Mainstream reporting lately gives a pass to the pesticide industry that pours millions into lobbying government and media elites and defeating voter ballot initiatives to require labeling of GMO foods.

Can Organic Agriculture Really Reverse Climate Change?

Maria Rodale | Posted 12.14.2014 | Green
Maria Rodale

by guest blogger "Coach" Mark Smallwood, Rodale Institute executive director Over the past 14 days, I have been on a walk--a walk that, I hope, wil...

What Is Our Narrative?

Melody Meyer | Posted 08.19.2014 | Home
Melody Meyer

I chance to say this new type of industrial agriculture isn't modern at all but a development of the notion that we can conquer nature rather than be in harmony with her. Modern agriculture has not yet been conceived in its fullest sense.

The Real Stuff of Farming as a Way of Life

Evaggelos Vallianatos | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
Evaggelos Vallianatos

Walmart sells one fifth of America's food. Big Ag, made of the likes of Walmart, is in the halls of Congress and government, drafting the farm bill. It takes courage, luck, and grit to think of agriculture and, actually, farm.

Choice of Monsanto Betrays World Food Prize Purpose, Say Global Leaders

Frances Moore Lappé and Anna Lappé | Posted 08.26.2013 | Green
Frances Moore Lappé and Anna Lappé

This award not only communicates a false connection between GMOs and solutions to hunger and agricultural degradation, but it also diverts attention from truly "nutritious and sustainable" agroecological approaches already proving effective.

God Made Farmers, Man Made Ways to Exploit Them

Kelsey Timmerman | Posted 04.13.2013 | Home
Kelsey Timmerman

We revere the image of farmers on TV commercials and in campaign speeches. The truth is there are one billion farmers on earth and 60 percent of them live in poverty. God may have made farmers, but man continues to make new ways to exploit them.

Three Ways Buying Organic Helps the Planet

Intent | Posted 11.14.2012 | Home

It's easy to get disheartened when confronted with the overwhelming and often depressing statistics we have about climate change, obesity and food shortage today. But think of the power all of us have to make a change.

The Top 10 Reasons Why Every Kid Needs Organic Food

Maria Rodale | Posted 12.08.2012 | Healthy Living
Maria Rodale

Hello, readers! I was asked to give a talk to some parents at my kid's school, so I thought I'd share this with you, too. I've broken it down into 5 S...

What's Good for Your Health Is Good for the Planet!

Maria Rodale | Posted 12.03.2012 | Healthy Living
Maria Rodale

It always amazes and befuddles me that all people don't see the connection between their health and the environment. I guess it's easier for me than f...

Organic Agriculture: Fifty (Plus) Shades of Gray

Kristin Wartman | Posted 11.19.2012 | Home
Kristin Wartman

Labels do matter -- and what the Stanford analysis brings to the fore is the need for deeper, more comprehensive studies on the infinite shades of gray when it comes to agricultural practices

A Middle Way

Glen Martin | Posted 09.17.2012 | Home
Glen Martin

My wife's family farm in the Phillipines isn't agribusiness. But it isn't organic farming either. It follows a middle way that contains elements of both models, but closely resembles neither.

Spilling The Beans On Colombia's Coffee Triangle

Robert Schrader | Posted 07.18.2012 | Travel
Robert Schrader

The so-called "coffee triangle" is higher in elevation and cooler in climate than must of the rest of Colombia.

6 Reasons Organics Can Feed the World

Maria Rodale | Posted 06.03.2012 | Healthy Living
Maria Rodale

by guest blogger Coach Mark Smallwood, Executive Director of the Rodale Institute. Buying organic is a powerful change-making action, but it's also ...

The Prince's Speech Is Now a Book

Wendy Gordon | Posted 05.06.2012 | Green
Wendy Gordon

The Prince's call to action: to put Nature back at the heart of the equation. "Capitalism depends upon capital," he said, "but our capital ultimately depends upon the health of Nature's capital."