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Leahy announces Farm Bill funds to help small farmers with organic certification costs

Leahy announces Farm Bill funds to help small farmers with organic certification costs

News Release — Sen. Patrick Leahy, Contact Jay Tilton, Jay_Tilton@leahy.senate.gov

photo by Photo by Dwight Sipler.

photo by Photo by Dwight Sipler.

WASHINGTON (THURSDAY, July 17, 2014) – Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) Thursday announced $13 million in funding to help farmers working to earn their organic certifications. Leahy – considered the “father” of the national organic standards and labeling program – fought to include the…

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Ways to Support the Local Foods Movement

Ways to Support the Local Foods Movement

By Crystal Stevens,

via Mother Earth News

via Mother Earth News

Eating locally is a vitally important way each of us can contribute to a more sustainable community and food shed. Based on the Permaculture Zone Principles, charted in a bull’s eye pattern, each circle represents sustainable ways to access food in our own communities. According to these principles, it is best to grow our own food in our own backyard…

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Uganda Earns Big From Organic Agriculture

Uganda Earns Big From Organic Agriculture

Written by Rukondo Haam, CEO Rhamz International

The Agribusiness Development & Management Centre in Uganda

via www.africaag.org

via http://www.africaag.org

Uganda, the pearl of Africa, has taken important steps in transforming conventional agricultural production into an organic farming system, with significant benefits for its economy, society and the environment. Organic Agriculture (OA) is defined by the Codex…

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Costa Rica Promotes Increased Sales of Organic Products in France

Costa Rica Promotes Increased Sales of Organic Products in France

By TCRN,

via TCRN.com

via TCRN.com

The Costa Rica News (TCRN) – The commercial sector of organic agriculture in Costa Rica has its eyes fixed to the growth that is taking place the French market, because this niche is one of the top in terms of trade in the European Union.

And the demand for organic agriculture shows steady growth in France, but its domestic supply risks faltering in the coming years in a…

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Loaf-threatening: More than half of British breads contain ‘toxic’ pesticides

Loaf-threatening: More than half of British breads contain ‘toxic’ pesticides

via RT.com

via RT.com

via RT.com

Over 60 percent of breads in the UK contain pesticide residues, according to recently conducted analysis of government data. A further 25 percent contain traces of multiple toxins, the research reveals.

“There is the possibility of harm from the repeated ingestion of low doses of pesticides and no one has done research on the impact of the cocktails of pesticides we are all…

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California Study Links Autism in Children to Mothers’ Exposure to Pesticides

California Study Links Autism in Children to Mothers’ Exposure to Pesticides

By Nicole Akoukou Thompson,

Pesticides affect signaling cells in the nervous system, creating a plausible link between pesticides and the three main types of ASD, which are Asperger’s syndrome, pervasive developmental disorder not otherwise specified (PDD-NOS), and autistic disorder, as well as other developmental delays among children. (Photo : Buddhika Weerasinghe / Stringer)

Pesticides affect signaling cells in the nervous system, creating a plausible link between pesticides and the three main types of ASD, which are Asperger’s syndrome, pervasive developmental disorder not otherwise specified (PDD-NOS), and autistic disorder, as well as other developmental delays among children. (Photo : Buddhika Weerasinghe / Stringer)

Autism is a…

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Study of Organic Crops Finds Fewer Pesticides and More Antioxidants

Study of Organic Crops Finds Fewer Pesticides and More Antioxidants

By KENNETH CHANG,

A hydroponic greenhouse in Connecticut. An estimate says that domestic organic food sales reached $32.3 billion last year. Credit Christopher Capozziello for The New York Times

A hydroponic greenhouse in Connecticut. An estimate says that domestic organic food sales reached $32.3 billion last year. Credit Christopher Capozziello for The New York Times

Adding fuel to the debates over the merits of organic food, a comprehensive review of earlier studies found substantially higher levels of antioxidants and lower levels of pesticides in organic fruits,…

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What organic farming really means

What organic farming really means

By Tessa Edick, for Columbia-Greene Media

When did food become “organic” food? Hawthorne Valley Farm via animalwelfareapproved.org

Hawthorne Valley Farm via animalwelfareapproved.org

It’s time to start looking at companies selling food that aren’t holding themselves to a higher standard of best practice, transparency and quality and commit to buying your food from farms that are proud to produce nutrient dense food for you to eat. Reconnect your…

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Second Silent Spring? Bird Declines Linked to Popular Pesticides

Second Silent Spring? Bird Declines Linked to Popular Pesticides

Neonicotinoids are aimed at insects, but they’re affecting other animals too, study says.

by Jason Bittel for National Geographic,

An adult common starling (Sturnus vulgaris) holds an insect prey. It is one of the 15 species shown to be affected by elevated imidacloprid concentrations in surface water in the Netherlands. (Jouke Altenburg / Raboud University)

An adult common starling (Sturnus vulgaris) holds an insect prey. It is one of the 15 species shown to be affected by elevated imidacloprid concentrations in surface water in the Netherlands. (Jouke Altenburg / Raboud University)

Pesticides don’t just kill pests. New…

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