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Archive | May, 2014

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Farmers Battle GMO Contamination

Food & Water Watch in partnership with the Organic Farmers’ Agency for Relationship Marketing (OFARM) released survey results revealing contamination from GMO crops is happening and non-GMO farmers are paying the price. The survey of farmers across 17 states is an effort to fill the data gap that was used to justify an inadequate policy […]

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A Mighty Big Backyard—Texas Organic Farm Continues Growth

by Claire Bontempo The Johnsons of Johnson’s Backyard Garden, or JBG, can’t seem to grow vegetables fast enough, but they’ve managed to keep up with the demand and remain a successful local organic farm located just outside of Austin, Texas. From the very beginning it has been all about organic. “I never even considered farming […]

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Neonicotinoid Risks Outweigh Benefits

Center for Food Safety released a scientific literature review which reveals that neonicotinoid insecticide seed treatments offer little benefit, do not increase crop yields and cause widespread environmental and economic damage. In particular, neonicotinods have been implicated in bee population declines and colony collapse. The authors examined 19 peer-reviewed studies of the relationship between neonicotinoid […]

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Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria in Children

Infections caused by a specific type of antibiotic-resistant bacteria are on the rise in U.S. children, according to a study published in the Journal of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society. While still rare, the bacteria are increasingly found in children of all ages, especially those 1-5 years old, raising concerns about dwindling treatment options. “Some […]

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Grasping the True Value of Cover Cropping

Planting cover crops in rotation between cash crops is even more valuable than previously thought, according to a team of agronomists, entomologists, agroecologists, horticulturists and biogeochemists from Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences. Research, published in Agricultural Systems, quantified the benefits offered by cover crops across more than 10 ecosystem services. Benefits included increased carbon […]