Media/News Archive

Farm to Fork Across America: AllStar Organics Farm – Infusions and Blends for an Appreciative Market

Monday, November 23rd, 2015

HuffPost – The Blog
by Julie Ann Fineman
Co-Authored with Lee Glenn

Source: Allstar Organics

Every Saturday of the year, the San Francisco Ferry Building is alive with a magnificent farmers’ market. Camped in with the veggie, fruit, meat, fish, bread, flowers, food and coffee vendors is CUESA, the organization that manages the market. At their tent with seating for 100, CUESA produces and leads a weekly educational outreach focusing on sustainable foods allowing farmers to showcase their products and chefs to conduct cooking classes using the products of the market.

One gorgeous San Francisco summer day, I’m at the market as usual and find myself captivated by Janet Brown’s CUESA presentation on hydrosols and essential oils. Janet is demonstrating how herbs and flowers grown on her farm, AllStar Organics, are made into value added products that have positive impacts on personal wellbeing. Read Full Article »

FDA Approves First Genetically Engineered Animal for Human Consumption Over the Objections of Millions

Friday, November 20th, 2015

Center for Food Safety

Center for Food Safety to File Lawsuit Challenging “Dangerous and Unlawful” Decision

Source: Daniel Voglesong

WASHINGTON, DC (November 19, 2015) – Center for Food Safety today announced plans to sue the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to block the agency’s approval for sale and consumption of the genetically engineered AquaAdvantage® salmon developed by AquaBounty. The suit will be filed in coordination with other colleague plaintiffs.

“The fallout from this decision will have enormous impact on the environment. Center for Food Safety has no choice but to file suit to stop the introduction of this dangerous contaminant,” said Andrew Kimbrell, executive director of Center for Food Safety. “FDA has neglected its responsibility to protect the public.” Read Full Article »

Effects of Sublethal Doses of Imidacloprid on Young Adult Honeybee Behaviour

Thursday, November 19th, 2015

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Source: Martin LaBar

Plos One
by Carolina Mengoni Goñalons and Walter Marcelo Farina

Materials and Methods

Study site and animals
The study was carried out during the summer-autumn seasons of 2012 to 2014 in the experimental field of the Facultad de Ciencias Exactas y Naturales of the Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina (S 34°32’, W 58°26’). Newly emerged European honeybees (Apis mellifera L) were obtained from sealed brood frames taken from the experimental apiary and placed in an incubator at 32°C and 55% RH. After emergence, workers were collected in groups of 60–120 individuals and confined in wooden boxes (10 cm x 10 cm x 10 cm) with a metallic mesh on one side and a plastic door on another. Cages were kept in another incubator at 31°C. They offered 16% w/w sucrose solution and pollen ad libitum, and were checked every 1 or 2 days. Food was replaced every 2 or 3 days and dead bees were removed whenever needed. With the purpose of assessing differential effects of IMI traces according to the adult age of exposure, three groups were considered. Therefore, young workers were tested on laboratory bioassays when they were 2/3, 5/6 or 9/10 days old. Experimental bees were anaesthetized at -4°C to minimise suffering and harnessed in carved pipette tips, which restrained body movement, but allowed them to freely move their mouthparts and antennae. Afterwards, they were kept in the incubator until administration of IMI treatments. Read Full Article »

Pesticide Exposure Linked to Abnormal Sperm Development

Thursday, November 19th, 2015

Beyond Pesticides

Source: Tim Lang

Exposure to organochlorine chemicals, such as DDE and PCBs, is linked to increased rates of sperm abnormalities that may lead to fertility problems, according to a new study published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives. This is the latest study in a long line of research implicating endocrine (hormone)-disrupting chemicals in reproductive diseases.

Researchers investigated this issue by observing the blood serum and sperm quality of 90 men, aged 22-44, participating in health studies in the Faroe Islands, an archipelago under Denmark’s control that is located between Iceland, the UK and Norway. Faroe islanders consume a high seafood diet that often consists of pilot whale, integral historically as a food source for the Faroese people. However, this practice exposes the Faroese to higher than average levels of environmental contaminants. Read Full Article »

Awesome 5-Minute Video Urges Young People to Start a Farming Revolution

Wednesday, November 18th, 2015

by Cole Mellino

“Sometimes, you think ‘oh everyone is getting into farming, it’s the cool thing to do now.’ But actually that’s not true at all. No one’s getting into farming,” says one of the young farmers in the video. Despite how trendy eating locally has become and despite the rise in the number of farmers’ markets, Community Supported Agriculture and urban farming projects, the number of young people in agriculture remains incredibly low.

There are simply not enough young people in agriculture to replace an aging workforce that will soon retire. The average age of a farmer in the U.S. is 58 years old. There are now six times more farmers 65 and older than there are farmers 34 and under, according to one study. Read Full Article »