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Organic Standards in Danger—Unless You Make Your Voice Heard

It’s like they’re saying, “Ssh! If we keep quiet enough, nobody will complain!” Let’s not let them get away with it. Action Alert! The National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) will hold its spring board meeting in April. As you probably know, NOSB is the governing board created by Congress that reviews all synthetic and non-organic…

South Portland farmers market has no site for 2013

The City Council will weigh objections to last year’s seasonal location. By Dennis Hoey dhoey@mainetoday.com Staff Writer The South Portland farmers market, which was established in 2011, is without a home for the upcoming summer season, according to its manager. click image to enlarge In this 2011 file photo, Nancy Gage of South Portland, left,…

Can organic Cocoa produce create wealth in rural Ghana?

By Ebenezer Zor If the bulk of Ghana’s agricultural produce was organically produced, we would be a far healthier people – as we would ingest less of the cancer-causing synthetic fertilisers and pesticides applied by smallholder farmers who grow the bulk of the food we eat. Our agricultural sector would also earn more from export…

Hidden casualties of Afghan war: nomadic farmers adopt more settled life

Thousands of Afghanistan’s Kuchi farmers have had to abandon their wandering lifestyle despite a lack of other work Emma Graham-Harrison in Kabul The Guardian, Wednesday 9 January 2013 Afghan Kuchis gather their flock near Bagram, north of Kabul. Photograph: Rodrigo Abd/AP Former nomad Gul Mohammad has not taken to a settled life. “I live in…

How millions of farmers are advancing agriculture for themselves

by Jonathan Latham on December 24, 2012 The world record yield for paddy rice production is not held by an agricultural research station or by a large-scale farmer from the United States, but by a farmer in the state of Bihar in northern India. Sumant Kumar, who has a farm of just two hectares in…

Organic markets on the rise in Turkey

By Menekse Tokyay for Southeast European Times in Istanbul — 29/11/12 As an increasing number of health-conscious Turks turn to organic food, weekly markets are fast becoming shoppers’ priority throughout the country. The success of these markets in Turkey is due to the freshness of the foods, their environmental friendliness, a wide range of seasonal…

Christmas means busy time for Charlottetown Farmer’s Market

Mitch MacDonald Published on December 16, 2012 Christmas is a busy time of the year for Wintermoor Orchard in York. Owner Mark Ashley said while the orchard sells cider year-round, the product is  most heavily in demand during December. “It sure is popular (this time of year),” said Ashley, in his booth at the Charlottetown…

Off The Grid News Features Winter Growing Strategies For Optimum Health

Off The Grid News releases a new article to help people stay healthy by growing their own non-GMO exotic fruits such as coffee, black pepper, and pineapples. Thomson, IL (PRWEB) December 18, 2012 Independent survival publication Off The Grid News offers practical tips on growing exotic crops during the harsh winter months in a feature…

RW Garcia sponsors the Fishy Corn Car National GMO Education Tour

RW Garcia continues its commitment to GMO labeling and education today, sponsoring the upcoming Fishy Corn Car National GMO Education Tour. San Jose, CA (PRWEB) December 06, 2012 RW Garcia, the first corn snack food manufacturer to receive Non-GMO verification, will be sponsoring the Fishycorn Car journey from California to Washington DC to promote education…