Highly toxic soil fumigant methyl iodide will no longer be sold in the US, to the relief of ecovores, farm workers, environmental scientists, and sustainability fans across the country.
The USDA recently announced plans to speed up approval of stacked resistance GM crops, guaranteeing bigger and better new problem weeds sooner rather than later. Thanks, USDA!
Heirloom seeds offer small links to our past that can feed us today. Their proven track record can help us grow safer, better tasting, chemical-free fruits and vegetables while we’re trying to be self-sufficient and a friend to Mother Nature.
U.S. Rep. Louise Slaughter recently asked 60 food businesses last week to release details about their policies on antibiotics in meat and poultry, but more than half of do not employ Washington D.C. lobbyists.
Confronted by public outrage over all-too-common cruelty to farmed animals, as exposed by hidden cameras and undercover investigations, factory farming interests predictably seek the moral low ground. Rather than addressing the cruelty itself, they would prefer to simply end consumer awareness of it. Despite humiliating defeats everywhere such legislation was attempted last year, ag-gag bills have recently resurfaced to advance this ignoble goal. One such bill in Iowa just passed the Senate, and is only awaiting the governor’s signature; another in Utah has passed the House, and could become law if approved by the Senate.
Roundup Ready ‘superweeds’ have evolved herbicide resistance, resulting in ever-increasing Roundup application and escalating use of unsustainable farming practices.
The biotechnology industry’s proposed solution? GM crops with combined resistance to Roundup AND an Agent Orange ingredient called 2,4-D — so now we can have even MORE herbicide use and even TOUGHER intractable weeds! Yay! What could possibly go wrong?!
It’s up to us to fix our broken food system. And even though I prefer to write about gardening and edible landscaping, I’ll be following three urgent issues this year, and they have to do with bees, a bill and seeds.
Midwestern hog farmers have been experience problems with exploding manure pits for a few years now, according to the Minnesota Daily. Basically, foam began to build on top of manure pits. This foam supposedly traps methane gas, and if a spark nears it, the pit explodes, taking barns and pigs with it.
As it turns out, 80 percent of poultry growers never sanitize their crates. And neither do those who transport chickens to slaughterhouses. This seems like a bad idea.
The beginning of a fresh new year is a perfect time to consider what we eat and why– and to embrace new food choices celebrating health, sustainability, and compassion. If these are things you value, I encourage you to consider joining the growing ranks of the ecovores. It’s a healthy, satisfying, and joyful way to eat!
World grain production fell in 2010, exacerbating a global food situation already plagued by rising prices, according to new research published by the Worldwatch Institute for its Vital Signs Online publication. Despite record rice and maize yields around the world, global wheat production dropped substantially enough to bring total grain output to just below 2008 levels.
Aquaponics is not the answer to all of America’s future food supply and environmental issues. Grains and root crops, for example, will probably always be most efficiently grown in the soil. But for above ground, vegetative crops and animal protein, there simply isn’t a better growing technique for our country’s future food security.
This is my favorite time of year. Who doesn’t love hot apple cider, pumpkin carving, Halloween decorations and of course, apple picking!