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Organic vs. Natural



Rodale.com

When you buy a product that is USDA Certified Organic you can be confident that it was grown in a way that protects the health of you, your family and the planet

Here’s what certified organic is not: chemical fertilizers and pesticides, GMO seeds, biosolids (sewer sludge), or irradiated.

So many important reasons to choose organic



DrGreene.com

I’ve been an organic farmer for more than 26 years, and I’m so gratified that growing food without synthetic chemicals is no longer regarded as a crazy occupation. Now, many people believe that choosing organic food over conventional protects their personal health as well as the environment. They’re also beginning to understand that the two are intertwined — we can’t be truly healthy if our air, water, and soil are polluted with toxic chemicals.

The Best Documentaries on Eating Green



Organic on the Green

Food activists like Michael Pollan have brought much awareness to the previously unpondered question of food.  Before, going to the supermarket might have brought questions like “are we out of milk?” Now food brings up more complicated issues, from worries of environmentally sustainable production to climate change.  Here are ten great documentaries that investigate all aspects of eating green, from agri-business, to obesity, questions of organic vs. non, the global food system, and more.

USDA Enhances Enforcement of Organic Standards



USDA
WASHINGTON, Sept. 1,
2010—The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Marketing Service today
issued new procedures that will increase the effectiveness of enforcing national
organic standards. Operating procedures are now in effect for the National
Organic Program (NOP) to ensure that all complaints of alleged violations and
civil penalties are consistently handled.
 
In the past, complaints of

Organic Can Heal Our Planet, Feed the World, and Keep Us Safe



Food Freedom

You probably buy organic food because you believe it’s better for your health and the environment but you also may have heard criticism that “organic cannot feed the world.” Biotech and chemical companies have spent billions of dollars trying to make us think that synthetic fertilizers, pesticides and genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are necessary to feed a growing population. But science indicates otherwise.

 

USDA announces funding to expand school community gardens and garden-based learning opportunities



FoodCEO

Washington – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that USDA will establish a People’s Garden School Pilot Program to develop and run community gardens at eligible high-poverty schools; teach students involved in the gardens about agriculture production practices, diet, and nutrition; and evaluate the learning outcomes. This $1 million pilot program is authorized under the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act. A cooperative agreement will be awarded to implement a program in up to five States.

Can organic farming end world hunger?



About.com

But a spate of new research has shown that organic farming actually yields better results than modern techniques when evaluated more holistically. A series of peer-reviewed papers published by the international journal, Nature, showed that organic methods for growing rice, corn and wheat all produced significantly higher yields—and at less the cost—than monoculture farms. And research at England’s Essex University has shown that farmers in India, Kenya, Brazil, Guatemala and Honduras have doubled or tripled their yields by switching to organic agriculture.

Super moms, organic champions



Green Planet.net

This summer was full of positive signs for the organic sector. Small and big signs, in various parts of the world, confirmed the trend for a greater attention toward everything that recalls health and wellbeing, healthy eating and safeguarding of Nature and of its extraordinary bio-diversity. A trend that is not a passing by but is a matter of background, a deep aspiration of our time.

Make Mine Organic



The Huffington Post

We can feed the world with organic foods and farming. Despite the propaganda churned out by biotech and chemical companies, organic farming is the only way to feed the world. Transferring our toxic agricultural system to other countries is sure to bring about a global environmental collapse. The energy required, the toxicity of the chemicals, and the degradation to the soil will be fatal.