Media/News Archive

Most Honey, Including Organic, Contains Monsanto Roundup Herbicide’s Toxic Glyphosates

Thursday, March 5th, 2015

Global Research
by Kali Sinclair

Source: Peter Shanks

A recent study by researchers from Boston University and Abraxis LLC found significant amounts of glyphosates in a food that you wouldn’t necessarily expect: honey.

Five categories of food items were tested from Philadelphia grocery stores: honey, corn and pancake syrup, soy milk, tofu, and soy sauce. Sixty-two percent of the conventional honeys and 45% of the organic honeys sampled had levels of glyphosates above the minimum established limits. Read Full Article »

The 10 American Cities Most Obsessed With Eating Organic Food

Wednesday, March 4th, 2015

HuffPost
by Kate Bratskeir

Source: Charles Smith

Stereotypically, organic leafy greens washed down with a recycled jar of kombucha might be considered a typical meal for those hippie Californians. But those earthy West Coasters aren’t the only ones interested in eating organic anymore.

A new study commissioned by Campbell Soup Company and Sperling’s Best Places analyzed the most organic-eating cities in America, narrowing the list down to a top 10.

As it turns out, eating organic food is growing as a priority nationwide. As reported in a 2014 Gallup study, 45 percent of Americans actively seek out organic foods. Read Full Article »

Do You Have What It Takes to Raise Chickens?

Wednesday, March 4th, 2015

Rodale News
by Jean Nick

Image Credit: PNS Farms, Inc.

Owning chickens may seem like a fun trend, but you need to keep a few things in mind before you jump on board.

Based on the proliferation of websites selling everything from rooftop chicken coops to chicken tents to, yes, chicken diapers (keep reading), one would think that chickens have replaced dogs as America’s favorite pet. While you might not be looking to replace Fido with an egg-laying friend, a sociable hen might make a good companion for him—and ease your grocery budget at the same time. Raising chickens is easy, they are fun to watch, and the eggs are absolutely delicious. Plus, raising chickens is a great way to reduce the impact of your diet on the environment and recycle your leftovers into some high-quality protein for your table—talk about local!

But before you run out and buy a crate of chickens, there are a few things you should think about: Read Full Article »

More Farmers Predicted to Go Non-GMO and Organic in 2015

Monday, March 2nd, 2015

Organic Connections
by Ken Roseboro

Source: Kevin Dooley

A growing number of farmers are considering planting non-GMO corn and soybeans as well as organic grains. A combination of factors including low prices for corn and soybeans, higher GMO seed costs, premium prices for non-GMO and organic grains, and failing GMO traits may push more farmers to go non-GMO or even organic.

Non-GMO sales higher this year

“Our non-GMO seed sales are significantly higher than last year,” says Gilbert Hostetler, president of Illinois-based Prairie Hybrids.

“We are seeing a lot of demand for conventional corn,” says Mac Ehrhardt, president of Minnesota-based Albert Lea Seed. “We took more orders for conventional corn seed by the end of last November than we did all last year.”

Ehrhardt distinguishes between conventional and non-GMO corn. While neither has GMO traits, Ehrhardt says farmers are planting conventional corn to cut costs, while farmers grow non-GMO to earn a premium price and must take extra steps to do so. Read Full Article »

How to Take Care of Baby Chicks

Friday, February 27th, 2015

Raising baby chicks can be really rewarding.

Rodale News
by Matthew Benson

Source: Our Green Thumb Farm

If ever there were a path to instant farm cred—a fallback to hopping up on your straw bale and shouting, “Hey, I’m farming here!”—chickens might be it. And knowing what we know about the wing-on-wing crowding and misery of most poultry farms, keeping a few contented chickens makes a lot of karmic sense. We eat with our eyes and minds as much as we do with our tongues, and the sight of a small flock of freely ranging hens clucking about the property, happily creating delicious eggs, is an ongoing delight.

Whether you allow them to range free or keep them in a coop and run, caring for backyard chickens is relatively easy. Read Full Article »