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Archive | February, 2016

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This is Not Food Labeling

The proposal to hide the labeling of GMO ingredients behind a scannable QR code is at its heart disingenuous, elitist, and discriminates against the poor and elderly.

Alice and Simon Carter (front) with Lucy, Amanda, Matilda and Will Carter on their farm in North Carolina.

A Passion for Quality Meat

This article appears in the March 2016 issue of Acres U.S.A. by Samm Simpson In 2007 Amanda Carter discovered the underbelly of the industrial food system after she and her husband, Will, drove from North Carolina to Washington state in their newly converted grease-powered panel truck. Carter wrote a research paper on yellow grease, replete […]

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Biochar as Substrate for Hydroponic Tomatoes

As the use of soilless, hydroponic growing methods becomes more prevalent among crop producers, researchers are looking for new materials that can help growers save money, produce healthy plants and contribute to sustainable practices. The authors of a study in HortScience say that biochar, a charcoal-like material produced by heating biomass in the absence of […]

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Camelina Cover Crop Benefits Honeybees

Camelina is an herbaceous, yellow- flowering member of the mustard family whose oil-rich seed and cold tolerance has piqued the interest of USDA scientists for its potential as both a winter cover crop and biodiesel resource. Now, in the process of studying this plant, scientists with USDA’s Agricultural Research Service have found that its flowering […]

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Cover Crops in Grazing Systems

Noble Foundation researchers are studying how cover crops could be part of a year-round grazing system that provides economic and environmental benefits to farmers and ranchers. Noble Foundation research agronomist James Rogers, Ph.D., received a three-year conservation innovation grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service to conduct the research. The grant […]

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Dicamba Drift

Dicamba herbicide drift onto plants growing adjacent to farm fields causes significant delays in flowering, as well as reduced flowering of those plants and results in decreased visitation by honeybees, according to researchers at Penn State and the Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture. “Because of the challenge of glyphosate-resistant weeds, new types of transgenic crops that […]