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Latinos Start Organic Farms With Help Of New Programs

Farmworkers to Organic Farmers

With demand for locally grown and organic food skyrocketing, more people have become interested in farming in recent years, spurting a growth in farmer training programs. By GOSIA WOZNIACKA SALINAS, Calif. — Bending over beds of shriveled strawberry plants, former farmworker Domitila Martinez pulls pieces of black plastic row covers in preparation for next season’s…

Ghana: Report Urged New Dev’t Agenda for Small Scale Farming

By Masahudu Ankiilu Kunateh, 29 November 2012 A three-year study of the ways small-scale farmers operate in Africa, Asia and Latin America has prompted calls for a major rethink of development and business interventions. The IIED – Hivos project’s final report — published today (29 November) — shows how mainstream efforts to make markets work…

Palestinian Farmers Turn To Organic Farming

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By Diaa Hadid, The Associated Press November 9, 2012 The Palestinian olive harvest, an ancient autumn ritual in the West Bank, is going upscale. In an emerging back-to-the-land movement, Palestinian farmers are turning the rocky hills of the West Bank into organic olive groves, selling their oil to high-end grocers in the U.S. and Europe.…

The Attack on our Seeds

Arun Shrivastava Salem-News.com (NEW DELHI) – Once again, our seeds are under attack. Trans-national seeds companies like Monsanto, Syngenta and Bayer are pushing genetically modified [GM] seeds in India without proper biosafety assessment. It is now scientifically known that when GM seeds are sown and plants flower, non-GM plants are contaminated through cross-pollination, and all…

At Least Baby Food Is Safe…Right?

Legislation like Rep. Kucinich’s (see our other article in this issue) is desperately needed as GMO infiltrates more and more products. But the big shocker is that it’s now even in organic baby food! As Mike Adams pointed out, Martek Biosciences’ synthetic forms ofDHA and ARA oils (docosahexaenoic acid and arachidonic acid—polyunsaturated omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids…

Score One for the Crony Capitalists in the School Lunch Program

Pizza remains a vegetable and you can have as many greasy fries as you like, all thanks to Congress. What kind of country allows what appears to be open financial corruption to poison its children’s school lunches? The answer seems to be our country. Last January, the USDA made a feeble attempt to improve the…

EPA faults Monsanto in rootworm cases

by,Mark Steil Minnesota Public Radio Worthington, Minn. — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is criticizing Monsanto for its handling of cases of damage to corn crops by rootworm. The pest is a significant threat to corn crops, and the damage occurred in crops that Monsanto genetically modified to protect against rootworm. A growing number of…

Fair Trade for a Better World

Lately we’ve been reading The Fair World Project, Launched by the Organic Consumers Association (OCA) in 2010 to promote fair trade in commerce. Lots of great information here for any one interested in either the fair trade movement or organic food. But don’t take our word for it, swing over and have a look Click…