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The Organic Community, the USDA, and the Morning After

The Organic Community, the USDA, and the Morning After

Part 5: Today’s discussion will pick up in the light of the morning after and the reservations – felt to this day – whether hooking up with Uncle Sam turned out to be as advantageous as hoped. A healthy match between the two has always been a tricky proposition, given the USDA’s top-down approach to decision making and the organic community’s commitment to consensus process.

Genetic Engineering: Road to Paradise or Paradise Lost?

Genetic Engineering: Road to Paradise or Paradise Lost?

This video from the political advocacy group Greenpeace, provides an overview of the contentious issues of biotechnology (genetic engineering) as it applies to food production. In some ways, biotechnology is the equivalent of the abortion rights issue of the agriculture world. Both sides of the debate hold entrenched views; those in opposition to its use […]

Manual Fruit Tree Pollination -Part 2

Manual Fruit Tree Pollination -Part 2

This is the second installment of my three-part series on manual pollination in Japan from the upcoming feature, “WWOOF! The Movie”. It reveals the way in which pollen is extracted from the anthers of the apple (or any other fruit) flower through a special grinding mechanism. This video features Mari (our host’s niece-in-law) and Grandmother. […]

Commercial Composting: Why One Restaurant Recycles (video)

Commercial Composting: Why One Restaurant Recycles (video)

One restaurant chooses to participate in a city-wide recycling program, turning food waste into reusable garden compost.

Genesis of the USDA’s National Organic Program

Genesis of the USDA’s National Organic Program

Part 4: Organic agriculture was becoming pretty big business, considering that the people making it happen had started out with little more than determination. The organic community – meaning the extended family of farmers, certifying agents, natural food merchandisers, environmentalists and consumers – recognized that some harmony and reciprocity between the dozens of regional certification standards was needed to avoid a Tower of Babel.