Posted on March 8, 2017 by Envirothink
Editor’s Note: This article originally appeared in the December-January issue of AgMag magazine
Photo courtesy of normanack
Compost – a decaying mixture of organic matter that can include dead leaves, food waste, animal manure, even coffee grounds – is a solution to many soil-related problems.
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Posted on October 11, 2016 by Envirothink
If you know any farmers, you know that earning a living is very difficult. Much money is spent – on equipment of all sorts, high labor costs and a myriad of other things – and the markets are volatile at best. Farmers who raise livestock – be it cattle, chickens or hogs – know that the demand from consumers for humanely raised animals is growing.
Change, however, costs money, something that’s usually in short supply for the American farmer.
But there’s hope out there and resources that farmers can reach out for to help them transition to a third-party certification of humanely raised farm animals.
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Posted on June 28, 2016 by Envirothink
If you read labels – and as an informed consumer you really need to – you know that there are MANY labels out there. Too many in fact.
But get ready because another one’s on the way. This one, though, actually makes sense. Continue reading
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Posted on July 27, 2015 by Envirothink
The demand for organic foods continues to grow. But should we blithely accept something that’s USDA certified as safe?
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Posted on June 17, 2015 by Envirothink
With all the hoopla across the country about whether or not to pass legislation that would give the public the right to know what’s in the food we eat and about preventing carcinogenic pesticides from being used on our food crops, the idea that the U.S. Department of Agriculture would flagrantly disregard concerns of environmentalists and concerned citizens seems at odds with its public charter. Yet that’s apparently what’s happened.
Filed under: Food Safety | Tagged: certified organic, Cornell University, environmental assessment, food crops, GE moths, genetically engineered, genetically engineered insect, organic, organic farmers, Syngenta, US Department of Agriculture, USDA | Leave a comment »
Posted on February 23, 2015 by Envirothink
It’s tough for consumers to make sense of the many food certification labels
There’s a steadily growing plethora of food certifications out there and it’s getting pretty confusing for consumers to make sense of them. And the label “natural” has become downright suspicious and meaningless.
Among the confusion, there are labels we can trust out there, including Non-GMO Verified and perhaps Certified Humane. Now it seems there’s another one that smaller farmers are embracing and that’s trustworthy.
Certified Naturally Grown (CNG), a grassroots non-profit created by a handful of farmers from New York’s Hudson Valley who were committed to organic practices, has ts own set of standards and certification process. Continue reading
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Posted on October 28, 2014 by Envirothink
It had to happen. Finally, a request has been made by Congress that the FDA’s and USDA’s review process for genetically engineered products finally come under scrutiny by the Government Accountability Office (GAO).
Filed under: GMOs | Tagged: environment, environmental impact, FDA, food supply, Frankenfish, GAO, genetically engineered crops, genetically engineered products, GM crops, GMO approval process, GMO food, GMOs, Government Accountability Office, pesticides, USDA | Leave a comment »