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Soaring Sales Should Spur Congress To Expand Organic Acreage
New data released today by the Organic Trade Association show that total organic product sales in the U.S. for 2015 hit a new record of $42.3 billion, up 11 percent from the previous year’s record level.
EPA Watchdog To Investigate Monsanto GMOs And Superweeds
Genetically modified corn and soybeans were supposed to reduce chemical use on farms, but instead they’ve done the exact opposite by creating herbicide-resistant 'superweeds' and increasing the use of Monsanto’s toxic weed killer Roundup. Now the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s internal watchdog wants to know how this chemical war on weeds is affecting human health and the environment.
It’s time to think about Organic Cotton
When was the last time you thought about cotton and fiber? I can’t remember the last time the subject came up at a party. Yet it’s integral to our everyday existence. We wear it, snuggle and sleep in it; we swaddle our infants with it.
An Important New Reason To Keep Pesticides Away From Children
Despite major improvements in treatment and survival, children’s cancer rates are rising in the United States, leaving parents and scientists alike searching for evidence of what’s behind the trend. A new report sheds light into one avoidable risk: household pesticides.
Organic Certification: Why is it Important?
I have traveled to verdant areas of the country where the land sprouts red barns housing livestock and ancient well-oiled tractors. The farmers are sturdy, the roosters are colorful and all seems quite organic and pastoral. I have visited many such hardy salt-of- the-earth folk. I have trudged their furrows and bumped along in their four-by-fours, speaking about the price of broccoli and the forewarning of an early frost. Many do pledge to be organic, but when pressed, a few say that they are “beyond” and need not be certified—too much trouble, expense… and the paperwork, OY! Let’s be friendly and let thy neighborly-trust be our guide.