Environment, Social Implications in Agriculture, What is Organic

Help Stop the Toxic Treadmill

Pesticide SprayRecently the World Health Organization classified Glyphosate, the world’s most widely sprayed herbicide as a possible carcinogen. The reaction around the world was swift, everywhere but here in the US, government agencies began banning the herbicide while companies pulled glyphosate from their shelves. As a result of bad press, and the fact that glyphosate doesn’t work well anymore, the chemical companies began a new strategy. They’ve introduced new toxic technologies to combat the problem they created. Continue reading “Help Stop the Toxic Treadmill”

What is Organic

It’s time to make a phone call to your Representative

Stop the DarkI have written about the DARK (Deny Americans Right to Know) Act many times and will likely do so again. There will be more calls to action, but this week is an important one. The House Energy and Commerce Committee approved H.R. 1599 (DARK Act) which would pre-empt states from requiring labeling on GMO products. The bill will now go to the House for a full vote as early as this Thursday, July 23, 2015. It’s time to pick up the phone and make your voice heard before that vote takes place! Continue reading “It’s time to make a phone call to your Representative”

Environment, Organic Policy and Regulations, What is Organic

Help Get The Dirt On Organic Soil!

Together we growTwo prominent researchers are working to answer that very question! Researchers at Northeastern University are collaborating with The Organic Center to examine the benefits that organic agriculture has on soil health.  Research Scientist Dr. Elham Ghabbour in collaboration with Professor Geoffrey Davies of the National Soil Project (NSP) are striving to determine the amount of sequestered carbon in organic farm top soil and compare them with conventional soil samples. They need YOUR HELP to “get the dirt” on soil samples for this important research project! Continue reading “Help Get The Dirt On Organic Soil!”


Why Getting Dirty Can Help Save the World

I owe soil an apology.2015 Year of Soil 2

For many years I only considered soil as dirt, mud, insignificant, yuck! If you were like me, the only time you thought about soil was when you were washing it off your boots after a hike in the woods or perhaps you cursed it as you removed weeds from your garden. I have walked all over soil, literally and philosophically. Now I know better, and I want to share why. Continue reading “Why Getting Dirty Can Help Save the World”

What is Organic

A letter to President Obama on GMO foods

Capitol HillIn 2007 while campaigning, Barack Obama declared: “Here’s what I’ll do as President… We’ll let folks know whether their food has been genetically modified because Americans should know what they’re buying.” It is now 2015 and over 125 CEO’s think the president should move to keep his pledge. They have signed a letter to perpetuate the momentum and to act. Continue reading “A letter to President Obama on GMO foods”