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Understanding soil nitrogen management using synchrotron technology

Understanding soil nitrogen management using synchrotron technology | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
As food security becomes an increasingly important global issue, scientists are looking for the best way to maintain the organic matter in soils using different methods of fertilization and crop rotation.

 

He cites three common ways for producers to introduce nitrogen into soil: synthetic fertilizer; manure or other organic amendments; and through cultivation of nitrogen fixing pulse crops. For all these methods, the nitrogen comes in different forms. Synthetic fertiliz

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Sanatana Pages: Organic farming and the centrality of the cow

Sanatana Pages: Organic farming and the centrality of the cow | Organic Farming | Scoop.it

Subhash Palekar Raises Agriculture to Spiritual Levels

For over sixty years, Indian agriculture was in a slumber. Our lands were scandalized by an unknown thing called as synthetic fertlizer. This was done to help the farmer get a 'better' harvest.

As the farmer started using it, he immediately noticed that, his soil had become infertile and could no longer bear crops for the next season. He was advised to add more and more fertilizer to the soil to compensate for the nutrient loss. Soon he was faced with another threat. The plants that grew with fertilizer needed pesticides. Soon, he started using these pesticides, which are deadly poisons. He noticed that the pests had become resistant to these chemicals as time went by. He was puzzled.

Our farmer forgot the ancient lesson that the soil HAD LIFE. He forgot that there were natural laws that governed the soil which his ancestors had obeyed from time immemorial. By thus obeying the laws , they had taken bumper harvests and had kept the land well cared for and transferred the land intact for posterity.

Subhash Palekar

It was at this time that a great mind set out to work in this field. He himself was a graduate of Agricultural science from a 'modern university'. He set out to work in his field using the British devised ways of Fertlisers and Pesticides and became an utter failure. He also ruined his land.

Then he set out to research on how our ancestors did so well in Agriculture without any of these chemicals. He consulted the Vedas, and the ancient wisdom literature. The result is a revolutionary, path breaking method, which Sri Subhash calls as 'Zero Budget Natural Farming'. Sri Subhash tried his method in his own soil and replicated it in various other fields tasting success every time.

An inspired Sri Subhash set out to teach this method to his countrymen. He has so far conducted not less than 1000 workshops, all heavily attended, to spread this new way of life for farmers.

The fundamental concept in Sri Subhash's work is that
1. Soil does not need nutrients to be added.
2. The soil has micro organisms which GENERATE NUTRIENTS for the soil.
3. It is possible to revive a fertliser damaged soil back to the natural ways.
4. That the new method require no money to do Agriculture.

Fascinating, is it not ? Read on for some more.

Sri Subhash says the pivot of 'Zero Budget Natural Farming' is the desi cow. He says that the desi cow's Urine, Cow dung and Milk have all the qualities required to rejuvenate the soil. Just ONE desi cow, says Sri Subhash, is all that is required to maintain a 30 acre Farm. He laments that the Desi- Jersi hybrid cows are of no use in his scheme of things.

What a sad thing ? The desi (country) cow is now has such a dwindling population that we need to revive them on a war footing. I wondered why the hybrid Jersi cow is unfit. A publication of 'Govardan', a voluntary organisation for Cow protection, says that the high yield Jersi was produced by crossing a wild pig and an Australian cow breed !

Sri Subhash has some formulas to revive the soil. One is 'Jeevamrutam'. This is not a replacement for Fertlizer , he says. Jeevamrutam is only a catalyst for the soil to generate its nutrients. He says that the 'organic manure','earthworm manure' are fads and are another recipe for disaster.

Sri Subhash condemns the university taught concept of burning the leftover plants after harvest. He says that these are to be left over in the soil itself by turning them over into the soil. This process of 'Mulching' helps the soil prepare its own manure.

And what about pests ? Subhash maintains that a naturally grown plant fights pests. But the plants in transit in chemical ravaged field can be protected by simply prepared 'natural pesticides' which arwe usually buttermilk, pepper and such simple combinations.

The Government Sponsored Chemical Mafia

A govermental survey states that the fertliser subsidy alone was abot Rs 13,000.00 crores in the year 2000. Add to this the pesticide subsidy and the farmer's burden. A report says that the pesticide business in India is the fourth largest in the world! Imagine what would have happened if the money is spent on raising desi cows, strengthening ponds and lakes, and protecting the village fiorests !

There are some criminal agricultural scientists who sit and lord over every governmental commission on Agriculture. These are the very people who are in hand in glove with the synthetic mafia and have been the cause of so much decline in production. Sri Subhash has alleged that our country imports foodgrains of about 5 million tonnes every year. This fact is not known to many Indians. The governments cheats here also.

Recently, a central minister went on record stating that poor Indians are eating more and this is causing problems. It is no wonder with such people at the helm, our Agriculture remains without policy.

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Osk Reddy's curator insight, August 24, 2014 1:00 AM

We wish to bring to your notice that the "Green Universe Environmental Services Society (GUESS)" head-quartered at Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India was established in 1998. Since then we have been promoting various eco friendly concepts, pro-environmental initiatives and sustainable development projects. With our vast field-level practical experiences we have observed and noticed that the farmers of our country are facing severe crop loss issues due to wild boar & wild animal attacks, frequent natural calamities, global warming effects, non availability of labour, cost escalation and climate change issues. It is known fact that many of the wild animals have shifted their habitations from the forests to farm fields due to man-made mistakes such as severe deforestation and high level destruction in the forest areas. 

 

Due to the above situations the farmers who make 70% of the Indian community are leaving agriculture and migrating to the urban habitations in search of livelihoods resulting in many of the villages are becoming deserts and the population pressure is at high level in urban areas which is causing various social & economic issues. It is fact that the most of the countries are shifting towards naturals in all walks of life and the demand for natural products is ever increasing and it is time to throw light on promotion of different eco-friendly sustainable farming measures & concepts to the struggling farmer community.

 

Keeping in view the alarming situation faced by the farming community due to wild boar & animal attacks which is great concern to the society today we have come up with an eco-friendly, cost-effective sustainable solution of "Henna Bio Fence." It is non-grazing & pest-free because it is astringent & pungent in nature which can be an effective NPM measure, sustains for longer period hence it is perennial, drought tolerant because it can pass through severe climatic situations, creates additional man days through raising & post harvest measures and also generates income because the demand for natural dyes is ever increasing. Hence "Henna Bio Fence" can be an eco-friendly cost-effective sustainable solution in place of highly expensive solar, chain linked mesh & barbed wire fences and can act as income & employment generating measure.

 

Natural dyes are pro-environment and obtained from renewable resources with no health hazards are traditionally used since ages to impart color. There is renewed interest in the application of natural dyes throughout the world today, as eco-friendly norms become stringent and the awareness about protection and preservation of environment grows day by day. The entire world is facing the side effects of synthetic products and there has been increasing interest in natural dyes, as the public become aware of health issues, ecological and environmental problems related to the use of synthetic dyes. Henna as natural dye is being used in Textiles, Handlooms, Leather, Beauty & Health Care, Cosmetics and Tattoo Industries etc. 

 

Considering the above facts, concerns and in light of the multi beneficial advantages, as responsible NGO we have initiated this "Henna Bio Fence" project to help the struggling farmers. We request for financial collaboration to impart trainings, to create awareness, to transform the concept and to provide input cost to encourage an eco-friendly, sustainable and cost effective "Henna Bio Fence" to the farmers to protect the crops from wild boar & animal attacks and to improve their income levels. In addition to the crop protection measure there is lot of scope for employment generation through value addition and marketing. 

 

Henna Bio Fence is also useful as NPM, NTFP, SMC & NRM measures. The Decoction of henna leaves because of its strong chemical composition can be used as Bio Pesticide for all the crops which reduces the pest management expenditure for a longer period. It also controls the cross pollination (Isolation) issues between different crops. Henna Bio Fence in one meter width all along the periphery of the crop fields in multiple (6-9) rows with close spacing will become as thick & strong fence which completely arrests the wild boar and animal attacks. Reducing crop loss itself is great benefit to the farmers and as well to the nation and also there are many social & economic advantages in addition to the crop protection measure. 

 

Keeping in view the above facts, we request the International Organizations who are very much concern about environment & global warming effects for financial contributions from Carbon Trade Funds, Environment Protection Funds, Ecological Balancing Funds, Global Warming Budgets, CSR & CER initiatives to provide them an eco-friendly, sustainable and cost effective "Henna Bio Fence" for their farm fields to protect the crops from animal attacks and to improve the income levels of the farming community. Hence, we request your kind attention towards a noble cause of "Vruksho Rakshathi Rakshithaha" by providing them the input cost from different possible funds & measures to help the struggling farmers who are feeding our Nation. The detailed project report will be submitted after hearing from you. We await quick response in this regard to make this pro-environmental project successful. We are hereby providing the YouTube link of promo film on Henna Bio Fence for information.

 

Henna Bio Fence Video Link:

 

GUESS - Henna Bio Fence - English  : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rvzdK4qQbQo

 

GUESS - Henna Bio Fence - Telugu  : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nQTs9khJmQg

 

Thanking You

 

 

Best Regards

 

 

OSK REDDY

Ph. No. 919494947894 / 919848028410

Mail:oskreddy@gmail.com / oskreddy@yahoo.com

Web Site: www.guessfoundation.org

 

 

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Increasing productivity with ponds and irrigation | Agren Tools

Increasing productivity with ponds and irrigation | Agren Tools | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
With yield increases of up to 50 bushels per acre, ponds and irrigation may provide the next step toward increasing productivity.

 

http://www.agrentools.com/productivity-ponds-and-irrigation/

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Action plan for an organic future

Action plan for an organic future | Organic Farming | Scoop.it

 

Organic farming is much more than a system of agricultural production whereby pesticides, synthetic fertilisers and genetically modified organisms are not used in favour of sustainability and a better quality of life.
Wider benefits of organic farming include protection of biodiversity so that...

 

http://www.timesofmalta.com/articles/view/20150201/environment/Action-plan-for-an-organic-future.554328

 

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Reilley Burrows's curator insight, February 13, 3:39 PM

This article was very insightful with regards to organic farming in the EU. The amount of land qualified as organic has doubled in the last decade, which has lead to an ongoing struggle for organic farmers to keep up with the demand. The European Commission projected for a new regulation prevailing organic production, this to take effect in 2017. Yes, it is more costly to technically operate an organic farm, and may run the risk of some farmers switching back to conventional farming if they do not get the funding they require.

 

It is known to me that a chemical-free agriculture is essential for both personal health and economy benefits. By 2050, the EU hopes to turn to water quantity and quality as priority issues. I do believe it is important for not only the EU, but also other countries to be aware of the difficulties that can be faced when trying to carefully convert to organic farming. It takes 2-5 years for a farm to successfully transition from conventional to organic farming; but it can take the farms up to 7 years to recover from the heavy use of chemicals.

 

Along the bumpy road to organic farming, I know we have come a long way to turn our world around to a better ecosystem. It is up to us to stand up and fight for rights and funding we deserve no matter the situation. I’m extremely pleased to see the EU making these changes and hope other countries follow to make our world a healthier place to live. 

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Drones Will Be Everywhere Watching, Listening, and...Planting Millions of Trees?

Drones Will Be Everywhere Watching, Listening, and...Planting Millions of Trees? | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
More and more people are getting to know drones, and not just the military kind.

Drones were one of the hottest gifts over the holidays because
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A better 'roundup'

A better 'roundup' | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
A Happy New year to all! Maybe a bit late but we have such a long way to go in the new year that it is indeed appropriate. Tech4agri has so much planned for the year with much of it requiring time,...

 

 

http://tech4agri.com/2015/01/21/a-better-roundup/

 

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Cleveland Crops: Training People with Disabilities to Farm

Cleveland Crops: Training People with Disabilities to Farm | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
Each of the 65 farmers who work here has a developmental disability of some sort—from autism and epilepsy to Down syndrome.

Via Alan Yoshioka, Ron Wolford
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3 Reasons Drones are the Future of Farming - Drone Definition

3 Reasons Drones are the Future of Farming - Drone Definition | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
It’s been predicted that in the near future, up to 80% of all drones will be used on farms. Here are three ways farm drones are the future of agriculture.
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Guide to Saving Herb Seeds

Guide to Saving Herb Seeds | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
For related articles and more information, please visit OCA's Organic Transitions page.

While I have been a gardener for nearly thirty years, only recently have I begun saving seeds from my garden w

 

https://www.organicconsumers.org/news/guide-saving-herb-seeds

 

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How Nikolay Vavilov, the seed collector who tried to end famine, died of starvation

How Nikolay Vavilov, the seed collector who tried to end famine, died of starvation | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
Nikolay Vavilov collected more seeds, tubers and fruits than any person in history. Gary Paul Nabhan chronicled Vavilov's quest in Where Our Food Comes From.

 

 

http://www.splendidtable.org/story/how-nikolay-vavilov-the-seed-collector-who-tried-to-end-famine-died-of-starvation

 

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How Costa Rica’s eco-economy saved its forests

How Costa Rica’s eco-economy saved its forests | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
Allianz Knowledge on Environment: Ahead of the Rio+20 UN conference on sustainable development Allianz Knowledge talks to Dr. Ina Porras of the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) about how Costa Rica's environmental protection policies protect forests and biodiversity and tackle climate change through payments for ecosystem services.

 

 

http://knowledge.allianz.com/?1932/how-costa-ricas-eco-economy-saved-its-forests

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Organic, Natural, and Biodynamic Wine - EthicalFoods.com

Organic, Natural, and Biodynamic Wine - EthicalFoods.com | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
Author Eden Canon walks us through the confusing and sometimes contentious world of wine labels in search of a perfect glass of vino. Organic? Biodynamic? 

 

http://ethicalfoods.com/organic-wine/

 

 

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Organic Kerala - EthicalFoods.com

Organic Kerala - EthicalFoods.com | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
Kerala plans to implement a statewide move toward organic production.

 

http://ethicalfoods.com/kerala-organic/

 

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State Government commitment to organic food production is commendable
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A Sustainable Solution for the Corn Belt

A Sustainable Solution for the Corn Belt | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
A creative new approach to Midwestern agriculture, involving indigenous prairie plants, has the potential to unite farmers and environmentalists.
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From the organic history book: Carrot fraud, Meryl Streep and organic certification | Natural Products Expo West 2015 content from New Hope 360

From the organic history book: Carrot fraud, Meryl Streep and organic certification | Natural Products Expo West 2015 content from New Hope 360 | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
In the third of this three-part blog series, Bob Scowcroft explains how Meryl Streep and a fraudulent distributor brought organic certification to the public's consciousness.

 

http://newhope360.com/natural-products-expo-west-2015/organic-tales-how-organic-certification-became-mainstream-issue

 

 

You can scroll the page for more news &links

 

 

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Will robotics entice young farmers back to the land? :: FoodProcessing

Will robotics entice young farmers back to the land? :: FoodProcessing | Organic Farming | Scoop.it

Some of the world’s top agricultural roboticists are currently meeting at the University of Sydney to discuss future directions for the globe’s horticultural and farming industries.

Dr Robert Fitch, convener of the Summer School on Agricultural Robotics (SSAR), a first-of-its-kind meeting, says 60 Australian and international experts will present research and discuss their ideas on the future of this rapidly advancing field.

“Technological innovation such as robotics could save the world’s agricultural industries,” says Dr Fitch, himself an expert in experimental robotics.

“Exciting new technologies including robotics have the potential to attract young people back to the sector, which has experienced a steady decline over the past four decades in both environmental and human resources.

“Interest in agricultural robotics is motivated by the need to improve the processes that will inevitably feed the planet,” he says.

“Historically, agriculture has benefited from technical innovations and now must respond to significant new demands and pressures to increase efficiency.”

Statistics show that the number of farmers in Australia has dropped by 40% since 1981. This decrease is due in part to the reluctance of young people to remain in family farms. Meanwhile, nearly a quarter of farmers are at or above retirement age. Similar trends are present worldwide.

However, it is hoped that the development of autonomous systems for tasks such as pruning, thinning, harvesting, mowing, spraying and weed removal could encourage younger farmers to remain on the land.

But it’s not just a matter of young farmers wanting to avoid manual labour. University of Sydney’s Professor Salah Sukkarieh, an international expert in the research, development and commercialisation of field robotic systems, says devices are also being developed which collect valuable real-time information that will enable new ways to estimate yield and reduce pesticide and herbicide use.

Increasing demand from Asia had prompted the Australian Government to set aggressive targets for food production increases.

“One such target is to increase exports by 45% by year 2025, ” says Professor Sukkarieh.

“Because natural resources are limited, achieving such goals must involve increasing the efficiency of production, while at the same time engaging in environmental stewardship and contending with rising human labour costs and diminishing availability of human labour.”

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Cheryl Palmer's curator insight, February 19, 9:25 PM

ROBOTICS - Brief article discussing the future of robotics in farming in Australia as a way to entice young people back into the profession.  Of limited value.

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Importance of flying-foxes (Department of Environment and Heritage Protection)

Importance of flying-foxes (Department of Environment and Heritage Protection) | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
This page explains the importance of flying-foxes and the role they play in dispersing seeds and pollinating native forests.

 

 

https://www.ehp.qld.gov.au/wildlife/livingwith/flyingfoxes/importance.html

 

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Weed blaster shows promise as alternative to herbicides

Weed blaster shows promise as alternative to herbicides | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
Frank Forcella is tackling the problem of weeds head-on

 

http://www.startribune.com/business/272510321.html

 

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Feds: Dairy polluted drinking water in Yakima Valley

Feds: Dairy polluted drinking water in Yakima Valley | Organic Farming | Scoop.it

In a ground-breaking decision today, Federal District Court Judge Thomas O. Rice ruled that manure from a dairy poses an ”imminent and substantial endangerment” to the environment and to the thousands of residents of the Yakima Valley.

Citing data from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Rice pointed to some basic raw numbers. The dairy, Cow Palace, manages 11,000 cows that produce 100 million gallons of manure annually. EPA tests from 2012 found that 20% of the wells tested had levels of nitrates above current standards.

Each cow produces 120 pounds of wet manure daily. Most is stored in 15 foot trenches that leak roughly 500 gallons per day per acre.

Attorneys defending the dairy argued that septic tanks from residents contributed greatly to the pollution in groundwater. The other factor is the standard practice of fertilizing crops – including application of manure and compost.

The data from US EPA indicated the septic tank input was less than one tenth of 1 percent (0.1%) of the pollution. Judge Rice has placed blame directly at the feet of the dairy industry. Our nation’s dairymen are scratching their heads. It’s a first.

In the 111-page opinion, Judge Rice reflected that he "… could come to no other conclusion than that the Dairy's operations are contributing to the high levels of nitrate that are currently contaminating — and will continue to contaminate ... the underlying groundwater."

"Any attempt to diminish the Dairy's contribution to the nitrate contamination is disingenuous, at best," the Judge opined in the face of arguments by the defense.

"Alarmingly, Defendant Cow Palace's briefing seems to suggest that this Court wait to act until a young infant in the area is first diagnosed with methemoglobinemia, a health effect that occurs at the lowest dose of nitrate consumption," the judge quipped.

Known as Blue Baby Syndrome, methemoglobinemia results from mixing baby formula with water with nitrate levels slightly over the current standard. Babies turn blue as their bodies adjust to a deprivation of oxygen-carrying ability of blood resulting from the nitrate concentration in their bottle.

The nitrate concentration in soils and groundwater has introduced for the first time in farm animal waste management issues the federal Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, which addresses how solid waste and hazardous materials are managed.

According to Jessica Culpepper, the attorney representing Public Justice, an environmental organization, this case is the first federal court to rule on improperly managed manure as a solid waste, rather than as a beneficial farm product. Repercussions will be felt nationwide.

She joined several environmental organizations who sued on behalf of thousands of families in the lower Yakima Valley. Most families in this rich agricultural valley depend on groundwater wells. Many neighbors support the dairymen, too.

Their lives and families' health are inextricably tied to the quality of water. Some have built methane digesters to ameliorate the problems - reduce the effluent to a pathogen-free sludge, eliminate some odor and extract the methane to convert the gaseous resource into electricity. Attorneys for the dairy spoke of appeals as likely.

Unfortunately, many locals today are choosing between drinking bad water or spending up to $200 a month on something better – bottled water. Nitrates are linked to a wide variety of health problems, including cancer, birth defects, reproductive problems and immune disorders.


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IMO, Korean Natural Farming in Hawaii

Here's my latest adventure in capturing indigenous microorganisms (IMO) from the area surrounding our garden for the Nursing Pathway at Windward Community Co...
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What Farmers Needs to Know About Irrigation Pipes Sizes

What Farmers Needs to Know About Irrigation Pipes Sizes | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
Choosing correct irrigation pipe size makes farmers half work done. Visit our blog to learn which pipe size will suit your need.

 

 

 

http://blog.excaliburextrusions.com/farmers-needs-know-irrigation-pipes-sizes/

 

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The Story of Nikolai Vavilov

The Story of Nikolai Vavilov | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
Unsung Hero of Agriculture  Though you’ve probably never heard of him--russian scientist Nikolai Ivanovich Vavilov may be the greatest contributors to seed saving in the history of the world. A gen...

 

 

https://ceseedproduction.wordpress.com/2013/11/20/the-story-of-nikolai-vavilov

 

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Ten causes of deforestation

Ten causes of deforestation | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
This photo gallery describes ten causes of deforestation and forest degradation including logging, farming and mining activities.

http://knowledge.allianz.com/?665/ten-causes-of-deforestation-gallery&wt_mc=nl.2014.link8.kw48

 

 

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Organic, Natural, and Biodynamic Wine - EthicalFoods.com

Organic, Natural, and Biodynamic Wine - EthicalFoods.com | Organic Farming | Scoop.it

 

Author Eden Canon walks us through the confusing and sometimes contentious world of wine labels in search of a perfect glass of vino. Organic? Biodynamics

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Monsanto is using big data to take over the world

Monsanto is using big data to take over the world | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
The GMO giant wants to help you beat climate change…with your phone.

 

http://www.motherjones.com/environment/2014/11/monsanto-big-data-gmo-climate-change

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Interview With Mark Shepard of New Forest Farm - EthicalFoods.com

Interview With Mark Shepard of New Forest Farm - EthicalFoods.com | Organic Farming | Scoop.it
Mark Shepard has created something of an environmental oasis at his Wisconsin homestead, New Forest Farm. Shepard, a farmer and author, is a long time proponent of restoration agriculture, the practice of recreating healthy, naturally occurring, economically viable perennial farms.

 

 

 

http://ethicalfoods.com/interview-mark-shepard-new-forest-farm/

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