This beautiful video captures the care for the land and humanity inherent in true organic farming. It is a reminder that, where food is concerned, we certainly get what we pay for. Organic Matters reminds the viewer that what we eat and how it is grown are matters of health, community and social justice. Read Full Article »
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A new report from Friends of the Earth, Gardeners Beware 2014, details the high levels of bee-toxic neonicotinoid pesticides found in plants being sold as “bee-friendly” in garden centers around the United States.
Read the report here, and click to see the list of retailers who have committed not to use or sell neonicotinoids.
Consumers, download our bee-friendly gardening tips and pledge to keep your garden bee-safe. Read Full Article »
The Farm of the Good Shepherd by Maryn McKenna.
Frank Reese raises heritage chicken and turkeys on his Good Shepherd Poultry Ranch in tiny Lindsborg, Kansas. The birds belong to breeds that the poultry industry discarded over decades as it refined the modern meat chicken. Reese chooses to raise them because he believes the breeds have valuable genetics that the industry will someday need once again, and that would be lost if he did not preserve them. But it’s a solitary life, and not well-compensated; as Frank asks, “What will happen to these birds when I die?” Read Full Article »
McDonald’s claims that their potatoes are produced sustainably, but rural residents in central Minnesota know differently: pesticide drift from potato fields is a major problem. Join the Toxic Taters coalition in pressing McDonald’s and their potato producers to transition to safer potato production with fewer hazardous pesticides. Read Full Article »