byBrenda Frick, Ph.D., P.Ag,
Green manure crops like clover can help conserve energy by substituting for synthetic fertilizers commonly used in traditional production methods. | USDA/Flickr.com photo
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has released an update on the impacts of climate change. The storm is upon us.
We can no longer speculate that maybe weather will get weird. Weird is…
By Jeff Quackenbush,
photo via http://www.pressdemocrat.com
Despite significant rains in March and February, North Coast winegrape growers are honing their skills in using less water as the threat of spring frost, summer heat and long-term drought loom in their minds.
“I don’t think anyone had any illusions that we would get so much it filled our shortage problems,” said Duff Bevill, whose…
By Jonathan Oosting,
Derek Cross, a chef who specializes in cooking with hemp, helps harvest the plant in Springfield, Colorado, in late 2013.
AP Photo | Kristen Wyatt
LANSING, MI — State lawmakers are looking to legalize industrial hemp research in Michigan and dispel misconceptions about the product, which is in the same plant family as marijuana but does not include significant levels of the…
Wal-Mart announced Thursday that it will begin selling Wild Oats brand organic products. Reuters/Sam Mircovich
The announcement by Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (NYSE:WMT) that it will begin to carry a line of organic food products sent ripples through the food and grocery industries, as the decision by the nation’s largest retailer pointed to the growing influence of health-savvy…
Terri Hallenbeck, Free Press Staff Writer,
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MONTPELIER – The Senate gave a decisive 26-2 vote Tuesday for a bill that would require labeling of foods that contain genetically modified ingredients, a strong indication that Vermont could become the first state in the nation to enact such a law.
“We are saying people have a right to know what’s in their…
by Mike Williams,Starvation Alley Farms got its organic certification in October and is on its way toward proving you can grow organic cranberries and make a profit.
photo via localfoods-localeconomy.blogspot.com
LONG BEACH, Wash. — The operators of Starvation Alley Farms aim to prove general wisdom wrong by profitably growing organic cranberries.
Jared Oakes and Jessika Tantisook began farming…
Chilean Vineyard via en.wikipedia.org
On March 12, 2014, the European Union responded to the request made by Chile to be included in the European list of third countries recognized in Annex III of European regulation 1235/2008 as being the equivalent in organic farming; a process in which Chile has been working towards for several years.
In its statement, received by Chile on March…
- by JEFF STRICKLER , Star Tribune
Kaleis one of the crops being grown in the green house..Photo: Richard Sennott
The land of sky blue waters has become the land of bright green vegetables.
The former Hamm’s brewery in St. Paul, built over artesian wells that led to the company’s iconic motto, has been repurposed as an aquaponic facility that uses the water to grow fish and vegetables. As…
by Terry E. Poole, Principal Agent Emeritus
photo via http://www.wmswcd.org
I regularly have people contact me about how to begin an organic farming enterprise. Most people are shocked when they learn that one or two years of green manure crops are not enough to build their soil’s organic matter to what is needed, and that this process will take years of good soil stewardship to reach their goal.…
By Steve Holt,
image via http://www.thebestbrainpossible.com
Should the Hippocratic maxim “Let food be thy medicine” apply to mental health care? Absolutely, says Dr. Bonnie Kaplan, a professor at the University of Calgary and a pioneer in a resurgent field of research on the role diet and nutrition plays in the health of the brain. She says the medical and psychiatric community is rediscovering…