Media/News Archive

Webinar to Help Veterinarians, Farmers, and Livestock Professionals Understand Organic Livestock Standards

Friday, October 2nd, 2015

OEFFAlogoOn Thursday, October 8 at 1 p.m., the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association (OEFFA) will offer a 90 minute webinar, “NOP Livestock Standards,” introducing the National Organic Program’s (NOP) livestock standards.

Gain a better understanding of the history and meaning of organic, the certification process, and the standards governing organic crop and livestock production.

Come prepared to learn, having completed a brief, pre-course self-study assignment prior to the webinar. Be ready to engage in livestock discussion and examine real-world examples facing producers, veterinarians, and certifiers each day. Read Full Article »

Don’t Toss That Sour Milk! And Other Tips To Cut Kitchen Food Waste

Friday, October 2nd, 2015

NPR – The Salt
by Allison Aubrey

One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.

As we show in the video above, this is what chef Dan Barber demonstrated earlier this year, when he temporarily turned Blue Hill, his Michelin-starred restaurant in New York City, into an incubator for garbage-to-plate dining.

Barber’s intent was to raise awareness about the vast issue of food waste. As we’ve reported, an estimated 133 billion pounds of food is wasted in the U.S. each year. The typical American family tosses out about $1,500 of food yearly. Read Full Article »

Dirty Money, Dirty Science

Thursday, October 1st, 2015

by Doug Gurian-Sherman

Source: Capt. Spaulding

The biotech industry’s web of attempts to buy credibility, by laundering its messages through supposedly independent academic scientists, is unraveling and beginning to reveal the influence of huge amount of industry money on the independence of academic agricultural science. Some of this process was revealed recently in The New York Times. Many of these efforts to influence policy or public opinion start with industry staff emails, including suggested topics, points, and themes, which are then laundered through the credibility of academic scientists. It is a matter of academic scientists promoting positions and arguments of the industry, not merely a sharing of positions that each party already held and were acting on.

The emails from several academic scientists linked in the NYT article show numerous instances of industry personnel, such as Eric Sachs of Monsanto, in ongoing dialogue with academic scientists, including strategizing about how to influence policy and how academic scientists can carry out industry desires. Read Full Article »

Lithuania Bans GM Crops as Biotech Industry Loses More Ground

Wednesday, September 30th, 2015

Sustainable Pulse

Source: Artiom P

Lithuanian Agriculture Minister, Virginija Baltraitienė, announced last week that the Baltic country has demanded an EU opt-out regarding the growing of genetically modified (GM) crops.

Baltraitienė stated; “So far we are not ready. We have to choose whether to promote organic production, or allow GMOs. Our strategy is to increase the number of clean, high-quality products.”

Commercial GM crop cultivation has never been allowed in Lithuania, and the majority of previous Biotech company requests for trials for GM maize, GM oilseed rape and GM potatoes in the country were not given permits by the Environment Ministry, however the official opt-out has strengthened Lithuania’s position on this issue even further.

The Director of the Agricultural Production and Food Department at Lithuania’s Ministry of Agriculture, Rimantas Krasuckis, simply stated that GM crops are “not proven”. Read Full Article »

For the First Time, U.S. Considers Declaring a Bee Endangered

Wednesday, September 30th, 2015

by John R. Platt

Rusty-Patched Bumblebee
Source: Dan Mullen

The imperiled rusty-patched bumblebee, which pollinates blueberries, apples, and other crops, has disappeared from 87 percent of its historic range.

If the rusty-patched bumblebee is extremely lucky, it could soon be the first bee species to be protected under the United States Endangered Species Act.

The rusty-patched bumblebee has not been very lucky at all in recent years. The insect, which was once common to the Eastern Seaboard and the Midwest, has disappeared from 87 percent of its historic range. Even where it does exist, its populations are as much as 95 percent smaller than they were a few decades ago.

In response to this rapid decline, the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation in January 2013 petitioned the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to list the rusty-patched bumblebee as an endangered species under the Endangered Species Act. Read Full Article »