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Market recognition of medicinal marijuana boosts interest in hemp industry

Market recognition of medicinal marijuana boosts interest in hemp industry

by Dr. Luc Duchesne,

https://www.dreamstime.com/royalty-free-stock-images-canary-image873989Despite three centuries of breeding the canary (the original Tweety Bird) has not been able to divest itself for its needs for hemp seeds. It is well known among canary breeders that male canaries need hemp seeds to sing and reproduce: no hemp seeds, no singing, and no chicks.

The hempless canary is a hempful metaphor for humankind.

There are about 2000 varieties, or strains,…

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California marijuana market poised to explode

California marijuana market poised to explode

by Patrick May,

California pot marketLooking around last week at the exhibitor showroom of CannaCon, the huge marijuana-business expo held outside Seattle, Greg James had something of an epiphany: The pot industry in America is growing like, you guessed it, a weed.

“There was everybody from soil companies to grow-light companies to lawyers and security and insurance firms to a TV network doing shows just on…

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Summer Garden Tips

By Melodie Metje,

summer-gardenThe dog days of summer see thriving warm season crops-tomatoes, zucchinis, cucumbers, eggplant, green beans, sweet potatoes, peppers and Mediterranean herbs. To keep your harvests at their peak, there are few simple things you can do for your garden.

7 Summer Garden Tips

1. Harvest frequently! Plants are in the business of reproducing. Their entire life is dedicated to giving…

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Critic of Organic Agriculture Lacks Credibility

Critic of Organic Agriculture Lacks Credibility

BY MARK A. KASTEL,

organic-betterRecently, Mr. Mischa Popoff wrote an op-ed for Food Safety News critical of the organic movement. Popoff is a former Canadian organic certification inspection contractor, the author of a self-published book critical of organics, and a commentator affiliated with ultra-conservative think tanks in the U.S. that are funded by agrochemical interests.

The article below, entitled,…

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Despite difficulties, one of Greece’s first organic farmers continues to fight the good fight

Despite difficulties, one of Greece’s first organic farmers continues to fight the good fight

By Calliope Patera *

Christoforos Diamantis is seen at his farm located on 24 hectares between lakes Marathon and Yliki, northeast of Athens.

Christoforos Diamantis is seen at his farm located on 24 hectares between lakes Marathon and Yliki, northeast of Athens.

Christoforos Diamantis started farming organically in Marathon, northeast of Athens, in 1985, at a time when there were no agencies for certifying agricultural products, but even then he understood that pesticides and other heavy chemicals had no place in…

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Will organic farming save Lehigh Valley farmers?

Will organic farming save Lehigh Valley farmers?

 Advocates are cultivating ways to help Valley’s shrinking farmland sprout anew.

By Patrick Lester,

lichtenwalner_farmInside a Lower Macungie government building that used to be a barn, plans moved ahead for nearly 3 million square feet of warehouses on some of the best farmland in the region.

The same night last month, representatives of a home building company made their case for zoning changes to build 142…

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Full On Trial Results from the UK

Already having great feedback for FULL ON, side by side trials, 2″ bigger growth in a wk! Media dries quicker too pic.twitter.com/5ZBNqufswx

— Seymour Green (@SeymourGRN) August 21, 2014

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Organic farming takes root in Nepal

Organic farming takes root in Nepal

Farmers learning to rely less on pesticides discover a booming market.

By Surath Giri for Khabar South Asia in Kathmandu,

Bom Bahadur Thapa stands beside a coffee plant on Shangrila Coffee, a co-operative organic farm in Daruan village, Syangja district of Nepal. [Ujwal Thapa/Khabar]

Bom Bahadur Thapa stands beside a coffee plant on Shangrila Coffee, a co-operative organic farm in Daruan village, Syangja district of Nepal. [Ujwal Thapa/Khabar]

Prem Bahadur Lama discovered the benefits of eating organically grown fruits and vegetables 12 years ago, when he…

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New Poll: 45% of Americans Seek Out Organic Food

New Poll: 45% of Americans Seek Out Organic Food

by Max Goldberg via www.treehugger.com

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Having been entrenched in the industry for several years now, I am quite aware of how popular organic food is in this country.

Yet, the results of a new poll recently released by Gallup even surprised me.

With organic comprising 4% of all U.S. food sales – nearly $35 billion – I was shocked to learn that 45% of Americans are seeking out organic food.

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Hemp-Based Batteries Could Change the Way We Store Energy Forever

Hemp-Based Batteries Could Change the Way We Store Energy Forever

By Marco Torres,

HEMP-FIELD-570As hemp makes a comeback in the U.S. after a decades-long ban on its cultivation, scientists are reporting that fibers from the plant can pack as much energy and power as graphene, long-touted as the model material for supercapacitors.They’re presenting their research, which a Canadian start-up company is working on scaling up, at the 248th National Meeting & Exposition of the…

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