McCain and Obama Need to Talk Real Farm Policy by Jim Goodman John McCain and Barack Obama need to start talking farm policy. With less than a month before the November elections in a year marked by a world wide food crisis, energy shortages, climate change and an international credit crisis, agriculture should be a prominent issue in every media event. Current farm… Read more »

Comments on the 2009 Reauthorization of the Child Nutrition Programs and WIC

by Charles Benbrook, PhD Chief Scientist The Organic Center These comments are submitted on behalf of The Organic Center, a nonprofit organization carrying out research on the consumer health benefits of organic food and farming. We strongly support reauthorization and strengthening of the Child Nutrition Programs and the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants… Read more »

Poisoned Profits: The Toxic Assault on Our Children

Environmental Health Perspectives Volume 116, Number 10, October 2008 An increasingly vast body of evidence shows that some chronic conditions such as birth defects, cancers, and developmental disorders among children are linked to the poisons that are dumped into the food children eat, the water they drink, and the air they breathe. Children are especially… Read more »

Dispatch From NC: Notes On the Food Crisis

The Ethicurian by Elanor Starmer It’s been a whirlwind few days on the campus of North Carolina State University, where I attended “The Politics of Food,” a conference organized by the Environmental Leadership Program. There’s lots to report on: Panels during the three-day event ranged in topic from the role of business in a sustainable… Read more »

National Organic Program Is Undermining Materials Review Authority Granted to the NOSB to Help Define Organic and Guarantee Its Integrity

The Organic Broadcaster: By Roger Blobaum The authority Congress gave the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) to help define organic and guarantee organic integrity is being seriously eroded by National Organic Program (NOP) actions involving approval of materials for the National List of substances allowed in organic production. Worse yet the NOSB, which was mandated… Read more »

Funds For Organic Certification Cost Assistance Available to Producers in 16 States

USDA Joan Shaffer The Agricultural Management Assistance Program, authorized by the Federal Crop Insurance Act (7 U.S.C. 1524), will allocate funds to the 16 states in proportion to the number of organic producers in each state. The states, in turn, will reimburse each eligible producer for up to 75 percent of its organic certification costs,… Read more »

Going Organic: Pioneering Spirit Alive and Well in Hidden Springs Community Farm — Community Focus

Idaho Business Review By Paul Hosefros and Roxanne Gail Beach The pioneer spirit of the Oregon Trail across Idaho seems well and alive in the organic farming efforts of Treasure Valley. “I wouldn’t call us pioneers,” said Doreen Guenther, a partner in running the Hidden Springs Community Farm, “but we’re some of the first on… Read more »

On Salmonella and Food: Comments by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger

NaturalNews Mike Adams Watching the FDA trip over its own clumsy self while groping for answers on Salmonella is a sad affair. Following the FDA-encouraged destruction of tens of millions of dollars of perfectly good tomatoes, this confused, bewildered agency admits that tomatoes may not have been the problem after all, and it has now… Read more »

We Need To Eat Locally Again

OpEd News By Jim Goodman Because we have a globalized food system, we have a food crisis. Food is shipped all over the world, poor countries are not allowed to feed themselves and the industrialized world depends on food grown “somewhere else”. We need to end this nonsense and get back to local and regional… Read more »