In part 2, Dr. Susan Katz, of the Oregon’s Physicians For Social Responsibility outlines some basic steps to avoid consuming products containing obesogens, along with a list of chemical resources.
This post delves deeper into how one false impression in particular is fueling the sense of loss behind organic’s mid-life crisis. Specifically, we’ll examine how the exclusion of synthetic materials, which some within the organic community would elevate to a cardinal principle, actually threatens to drive farmers out of certification, if not out of business entirely.
I met Emily Stiegelmeier near Route 12 at the intersection of two long and lonely dirt roads near her 4,000 acre farm. Stiegelmeier, and her family, owns and operates Blue Blanket Organics, an organic farm where they grow spring and winter wheat, flax, rye, barley, and buckwheat. Excerpt 10.
In this video, 2 beekeepers demonstrate how to collect a wild honeybee swarm comprising about 7000 honeybees. A swarm is the natural mechanism for bees to divide the colony in order to find a new home.
A few images of Lynn Royce with her honeybees. Royce is a entomologist and expert on honeybees.
October 04, 2010 The continued dependence on pesticides and chemicals to kill unwanted insects in agriculture fields in China has led to an unhealthy situation. “It’s time to look at alternatives.”, says Dr. Zhao, of Hubei University. Educating farmers about the benefits of many spiders has been key toward finding a balance between pest and […]
January 7, 2010 Environment 360 “In the past dozen years, three new diseases have decimated populations of amphibians, honeybees, and — most recently — bats. Increasingly, scientists suspect that low-level exposure to pesticides could be contributing to this rash of epidemics.” With all the environmental problems swirling around us, this stunning article provides a glimpse […]
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.
Part 3: Despite a perpetual cold shoulder from the land grant agricultural establishment and the commercial food industry, organic agriculture grew steadily if silently during the 1980s. Each regional farmer group developed its own set of standards that specified the conditions with which a farmer must comply for their farm and the food it produced to be certified, labeled and sold as organic.
Part 2: However insightful it was, the organic vision that Howard and his peers, notably Lady Eve Balfour in England and J.I. Rodale in America, had outlined by 1950 was incompatible with the changes then transforming commercial agriculture. The components of this transformation were not all that new – chemically derived fertilizers and pesticides were introduced in the nineteenth century and hybrid seeds and mechanized tractors became commercially available during the 1920s.