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The Elders of Organic Farming - NYTimes.com

The Elders of Organic Farming - NYTimes.com | Organic Farming | Scoop.it

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Organic gardening is something we all need to be involved with, because when we add chemicals it becomes a challenge for the environment to incorporate.

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Organic Farming Better Suited To Climate Change, Study Finds

Organic Farming Better Suited To Climate Change, Study Finds | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
For decades, a growing number of consumers have turned to organic produce as a healthier alternative to vegetables and fruits grown with chemical

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Strength of organic gardening in challenges.

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World report: More Roundup, pesticides used since GMO crops

World report: More Roundup, pesticides used since GMO crops | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
Glyphosate, the main ingredient in Roundup, is now the most heavily used weed-killer in history, according to a new report.

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Glyphosate challenges?

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MARSH MONITORING TRAINING

MARSH MONITORING TRAINING | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
The Great Lakes Marsh Monitoring Program is a bi-national, long-term monitoring program that coordinates the skills and dedication of hundreds of volunteer Citizen Scientists throughout the Great...

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Marsh monitoring?

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Ohio Wetlands Association's curator insight, February 9, 10:51 AM

Two training events are offered, March 5 @ UA Field Station and March 19 @ Old Woman Creek. There is no charge for the training. Please scroll to the bottom of the page and RSVP. Seating is limited.

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Hembridge Organics: Award-winning fruit and veg is preserve of local people

Hembridge Organics: Award-winning fruit and veg  is preserve of local people | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
It's a recipe that has seen the birth of many a good food business – when you have a glut preserve it. That is what Kerry and Jeremy Dodd of Somerset-based Hembridge Organics did, and it has...

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Get some ideas from these award winners?

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Eric Larson's curator insight, February 11, 1:05 PM

What do you do with your excess veggies youe get?

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How to Shop for Veggies: Our Seed-Selection Guide - Modern Farmer

How to Shop for Veggies: Our Seed-Selection Guide - Modern Farmer | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
Winter is the season of dreams for farmers and gardeners. We tell our spouses, children, and friends our hopes and dreams for the next growing season—as long as they can stand to listen. But our truest companions through the cold evenings are our beloved seed catalogs, that fine genre of literature, which caters to all our notions of what a farm or garden can be.  

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Dreaming about seeds and your garden for next year?

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400 Watt 12V DC Wind Turbine

400 Watt 12V DC Wind Turbine | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
Sundance Solar is a leader in solar educational kits, do it yourself solar energy kits and wind power kits for students and educators worldwide.

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Wind turbines???

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Bay Area Beekeeping

Bay Area Beekeeping | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
Queen Bees for Sale

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We all need to encourage this.

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Scientists Unveil the World's First Cyborg Plant

Scientists Unveil the World's First Cyborg Plant | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
The concept of “green energy” got a whole lot more literal this week, when scientists announced they’d successfully turned living roses into electronic circuits. That’s right—cyborg flowers are now a thing.

Despite how it sounds, the aim isn’t to create a race of leafy green borg that will one day rise up and enslave their human masters. Instead, think smart plants that can sense and display environmental changes, or crops whose growth can be regulated at the flick of a switch. Or plant-based fuel cells that convert the photosynthetic sugars into electricity. The very first electronic plant, developed by researchers at Linköping University in Sweden and described this week in Science Advances, is a step toward any one of those applications and many more.

“As far as we know, there are no previously published research results regarding electronics produced in plants,” said study lead study author Magnus Berggren in a statement. “No one’s done this before.”

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Cyborg plant?

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Honey on Tap Directly From Your Beehive

Honey on Tap Directly From Your Beehive | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
Harvesting honey is easier on the beekeeper and so much easier on the bees. | Crowdfunding is a democratic way to support the fundraising needs of your community. Make a contribution today!

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Reduces the issues of honey harvesting?

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Campbell Soup supports legislation establishing GMO labeling standard

Campbell Soup supports legislation establishing GMO labeling standard | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
NEW YORK, N.Y. - Campbell Soup says it now supports mandatory national labelling for products containing

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Path cleared for massive shopping centre at Victoria Airport

Path cleared for massive shopping centre at Victoria Airport | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
The Agricultural Land Commission gave the green light to exclude 10 acres of its land on the Sidney side of the airport.

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How long do we abuse our environment?

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Cathryn Wellner's curator insight, January 18, 4:36 PM

Because the loonie isn't dropping to historic lows, soil isn't being degraded, bees aren't dying, and everyone has plenty of food???

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Enzyme that governs sugar metabolism may uncover treatments for obesity and diabetes

Enzyme that governs sugar metabolism may uncover treatments for obesity and diabetes | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
Scientists have uncovered a new enzyme that works to block the adverse effects of sugar on the body. Present in all mammals, the enzyme plays the role of disposing of the unwanted byproducts of heightened glucose levels. In discovering this key step in the metabolism of sugar, the scientists say they have uncovered a new therapeutic target for conditions like type 2 diabetes and obesity, and are now working to develop drugs that boosts its activity.

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Enzyme and diabetes?

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Pulses-2016 | 2016 International Year of Pulses

Pulses-2016 | 2016 International Year of Pulses | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has been nominated to facilitate the implementation of the Year in collaboration with Governments, relevant organizations, non-governmental organizations and all other relevant stakeholders.

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FAO of the UN with some food ideas.

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Plants to help bees through a warm winter | The Times

Plants to help bees through a warm winter | The Times | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
Thanks to this mild weather, many bees are still active. But if they don’t hibernate, they need access to nectar

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Plants to help the bees.

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'Wrong type of trees' in Europe increased global warming - BBC News

'Wrong type of trees' in Europe increased global warming - BBC News | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
Scientists say replacing broadleaved species with conifers over the past two centuries has increased global temperatures.

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Global warming and wrong trees?

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France's plan to increase its soil carbon is an example to the world - The Ecologist

France's plan to increase its soil carbon is an example to the world - The Ecologist | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
It sounds like a modest ambition: France wants to raise the amount of carbon in its soils by 0.4% a year, writes John Quinton. But that represents a vast amount of carbon, and its capture into soils will bring a host of other benefits. We should all get with the program!

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I would vote for doing this over global warming.

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Hembridge Organics: Award-winning fruit and veg is preserve of local people

Hembridge Organics: Award-winning fruit and veg  is preserve of local people | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
It's a recipe that has seen the birth of many a good food business – when you have a glut preserve it. That is what Kerry and Jeremy Dodd of Somerset-based Hembridge Organics did, and it has...

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Eric Larson's curator insight, February 11, 1:15 PM

Get some ideas from these award winners?

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Interview: Scientist, Author, Activist Vandana Shiva Leads Movement to Restore Sovereignty to Farmers

Interview: Scientist, Author, Activist Vandana Shiva Leads Movement to Restore Sovereignty to Farmers | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
In India, Dr. Vandana Shiva is a force for change not only among the commentariat but also on the ground. On a recent trip to California, Shiva spoke with Acres U.S.A., covering an amazing amount of ground.

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Restore our farmers.

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WarkaWater | Each Drop Counts

WarkaWater | Each Drop Counts | Organic Farming | Scoop.it

The Warka’s water harvesting technique and construction system are inspired by several sources. Many plants and animals have developed unique micro- and nano-scale structural features on their surfaces that enable them to collect water from the air and survive in hostile environments. By studying the Namib beetle’s shell, lotus flower leaves, spider web threads and the integrated fog collection system in cactus, we are identifying specific materials and coatings that can enhance dew condensation and water flow and storage capabilities of the mesh. The termite hives have influenced the design of Warka’s outer shell, its airflow, shape and geometry. We also looked at local cultures and vernacular architecture, incorporating traditional Ethiopian basket-weaving techniques in Warka’s design.


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Fascinating design???

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Do we underestimate the power of plants and trees? - BBC News

Do we underestimate the power of plants and trees? - BBC News | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
Research suggests plants might be capable of more than we suspect. Some scientists - controversially - describe plants as "intelligent".

They argue a better understanding of their capabilities could help us solve some of the world's thorniest problems.

Four experts talk to the BBC World Service Inquiry programme about what plants can teach us.
Stefano Mancuso: Plant intelligence is real

Professor Stefano Mancuso leads the International Laboratory for Plant Neurobiology at the University of Florence.

"We are convinced that plants are cognitive and intelligent, so we use techniques and methods normally used to study cognitive animals.

"The main problem with plants is they move much more slowly than animals so we need to record plant movement for many days.

"We did an experiment with two climbing bean plants. If you put a single support between them, they compete for it.

"What is interesting is the behaviour of the loser: it immediately sensed the other plant had reached the pole and started to find an alternative. This was astonishing and it demonstrates the plants were aware of their physical environment and the behaviour of the other plant. In animals we call this consciousness.

"We don't have a clear idea of how plants are able to sense the behaviour of other plants.

"Plants are much more sensitive than animals. Every root apex can detect 20 different physical and chemical parameters - light, gravity, magnetic field, pathogens and so on.

"Plants distribute all along the body the functions that in animals are concentrated in single organs. Whereas in animals almost the only cells producing electrical signals are in the brain, the plant is a kind of distributed brain in which almost every cell is able to produce them.

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Energy in the whole plant???

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Sensory illusion causes cells to self-destruct

Sensory illusion causes cells to self-destruct | Organic Farming | Scoop.it

Magic tricks work because they take advantage of the brain's sensory assumptions, tricking audiences into seeing phantoms or overlooking sleights of hand. Now a team of researchers has discovered that even brainless single-celled yeast have sensory biases that can be hacked by a carefully engineered illusion, a finding that could be used to develop new approaches to fighting diseases such as cancer.


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Sensory illusions?

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The FDA Just Banned These Chemicals in Food. Are They the Tip of the Iceberg?

The FDA Just Banned These Chemicals in Food. Are They the Tip of the Iceberg? | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
FDA banned three toxic food packaging chemicals and is considering banning seven cancer-causing food flavoring chemicals but food safety advocates say the process highlights flaws in the system.

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At least it is a start.

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Cathryn Wellner's curator insight, January 7, 6:52 PM

Don't stop now, FDA

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Growing Doubt: A Scientist's Experience with GMOs

Growing Doubt: A Scientist's Experience with GMOs | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
According to Dr. Jonathan Latham, there are many shortcomings on GMO risk assessments, and companies have developed ways of fudging their risk assessments.

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What are our real risk assessments?

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Russell Roberts's curator insight, January 19, 12:02 AM

An intriguing and informative video interview with Dr. Jonathan Latham of the University of Wisconsin, who says the risk assessment process employed by large seed and chemical companies is "severely flawed" and violates basic scientific principles.  Dr. Latham adds that "transgenes used to develop commercial transgendered plants may produce harmful and potentially flawed toxic results."  Latham, who has a master's degree in crops and a PhD in plant virology, believes there are many shortcomings in GMO risk studies--enough risk to proceed cautiously in any GMO project.  Aloha, Russ.

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GE Soybeans Give Altered Milk and Stunted Offspring, Researchers Find

GE Soybeans Give Altered Milk and Stunted Offspring, Researchers Find | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
By Jonathan Latham, PhD Pregnant goats fed with genetically engineered (GE) soybeans have offspring who grow more slowly and are shorter, according to a new

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What kind of genie have we opened?

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Cathryn Wellner's curator insight, October 27, 2015 6:24 PM

This Italian study adds yet another piece to the GMO puzzle, and it is not a pretty one.

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Amaranth - a sustainable staple food for global food security. Amaranth oil & Popped Amaranth

Making amaranth to a sustainable staple food for global food security. Read "What is Amaranth - The Ultimate Guide" to find out more about amaranth: http://w...


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Amaranth a sustainable staple?

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