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Positive News for Organics…..from Minnesota

Positive News for Organics.....from Minnesota

Last week, the organic movement got some very positive news from a Minnesota Courtroom. The Minnesota Court of Appeals ruled that chemicals that drift onto a neighboring organic farm is a form of trespassing. Why is this ruling so important? Let me explain the whole story…. Background Oluf and Debra Johnson are organic farmers in […]

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Last week, the organic movement got some very positive news from a Minnesota Courtroom.

The Minnesota Court of Appeals ruled that chemicals that drift onto a neighboring organic farm is a form of trespassing. Why is this ruling so important?

Let me explain the whole story….

Background

Oluf and Debra Johnson are organic farmers in Minnesota. In the past, a neighboring farm, Paynesville Farmers Union Cooperative Oil Company, sprayed chemicals on their own property on windy days that ended up on the farm of the Johnsons. Read more »


Major Push to Get GMOs Labeled Has Begun – Right2Know March Scheduled for Early October

Major Push to Get GMOs Labeled Has Begun - Right2Know March Scheduled for Early October

Many governments around the world, including England, Europe, Japan and Australia, understand the risks of genetically-modified food (GMOs) and require that the package labels of this food contain the words “Made with Genetically-Engineered Ingredients.” In the U.S., however, it is a very different story. Politicians have been completely beholden to Big Ag, who have convinced […]

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Many governments around the world, including England, Europe, Japan and Australia, understand the risks of genetically-modified food (GMOs) and require that the package labels of this food contain the words “Made with Genetically-Engineered Ingredients.”

In the U.S., however, it is a very different story.

Politicians have been completely beholden to Big Ag, who have convinced them that GMOs are just like any other plant and that they are safe. Therefore, the labeling of GMOs is not necessary.

Yet, this is absurd. Food that has been genetically-altered, via the insertion of viruses or bacteria into the seeds, is categorically not the same as organically-grown food.

A recent poll by msnbc.com said that 96% of Americans want GMOs to be labeled, and organic leaders obviously feel the same way. Read more »


Are Organic Food Advocates Democrats or Republicans? The Answer is Yes.

Are Organic Food Advocates Democrats or Republicans? The Answer is Yes.

Whenever you start talking about organic food and political affiliations, many people seem to think that organic food advocates are all Democrats. Yet, the answer is not that simple and is much more complex than one might think. In “The Politics of Organic Farming: Populists, Evangelicals, and the Agriculture of the Middle” (once on the […]

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Whenever you start talking about organic food and political affiliations, many people seem to think that organic food advocates are all Democrats. Yet, the answer is not that simple and is much more complex than one might think.

In “The Politics of Organic Farming: Populists, Evangelicals, and the Agriculture of the Middle” (once on the page, click on the link that says “PDF – 786KB”), the amazing food magazine Gastronomica delves into this question and explores the matter from a historical, geographical and cultural context.

As the article points out, organic food supporters have been incredibly betrayed by President Obama. So, does that mean that Republicans are now the big proponents of organic food? Well, yes and no. Read more »


Panel Discussion of Farmageddon and Why This Organic Food Movie Will be Very Influential

Panel Discussion of Farmageddon and Why This Organic Food Movie Will be Very Influential

A week ago I posted a trailer and review of the organic food movie Farmageddon, and last night I participated in a discussion of the movie at Jimmy’s No. 43 in New York City’s East Village. Also on the panel with me (from left to right) were Kristin Canty, the filmmaker of Farmageddon, Angela Davis […]

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A week ago I posted a trailer and review of the organic food movie Farmageddon, and last night I participated in a discussion of the movie at Jimmy’s No. 43 in New York City’s East Village.

Also on the panel with me (from left to right) were Kristin Canty, the filmmaker of Farmageddon, Angela Davis of Just Food and the Weston A. Price Foundation – Brooklyn chapter, and Sarma Melngailis, Owner of Pure Food and Wine Restaurant.

MAIN POINTS OF DISCUSSION

There were three main points that were discussed. Read more »


Why the USDA Didn’t Need to Give Approval for Genetically-Engineered Grass, Major Implications for Organic Consumers

Why the USDA Didn't Need to Give Approval for Genetically-Engineered Grass, Major Implications for Organic Con

For those who didn’t see the recent announcement, which shouldn’t be a surprise because our government conveniently released it on the Friday before the July 4th weekend, the USDA said that genetically-engineered grass did not have to go through the normal regulatory approval, like most GE-crops do, and could be grown without any oversight whatsoever. […]

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For those who didn’t see the recent announcement, which shouldn’t be a surprise because our government conveniently released it on the Friday before the July 4th weekend, the USDA said that genetically-engineered grass did not have to go through the normal regulatory approval, like most GE-crops do, and could be grown without any oversight whatsoever.

Yes, genetically-engineered bluegrass developed by Scotts will be coming soon to a lawn near you.

The first thing that popped into my mind, and I am sure that of many others as well, was “Why in the world do we need genetically-engineered grass? Could someone please explain this to me?” Read more »


Farmageddon: A Food Documentary That Should Serve as a Wake-Up Call to All Americans

Farmageddon: A Food Documentary That Should Serve as a Wake-Up Call to All Americans

Last night, I went to go see the documentary Farmageddon, a movie that I had been hearing about for the last few months. Farmageddon highlights the USDA’s brutal crackdown on farmers selling raw milk and how the agency’s heavy-handed, corrupt and politically-motivated ways have destroyed the lives of small, organic farmers trying to do the […]

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Last night, I went to go see the documentary Farmageddon, a movie that I had been hearing about for the last few months.

Farmageddon highlights the USDA’s brutal crackdown on farmers selling raw milk and how the agency’s heavy-handed, corrupt and politically-motivated ways have destroyed the lives of small, organic farmers trying to do the right thing.

The objective of the movie is not to promote raw milk, however. The objective of the movie is to get people to wake up and to start demanding change. Read more »


Alain Coumont: “The French Minister of Agriculture Wants 25% of Farming to be Organic in 4-5 Years”

Alain Coumont: "The French Minister of Agriculture Wants 25% of Farming to be Organic in 4-5 Years"

I read a fantastic article the other day in The Telegraph about Alain Coumont, the founder of the organic restaurant chain Le Pain Quotidien. For those who are unfamiliar with Le Pain Quotidien, it is absolutely exploding here in NYC and has a presence in 18 countries around the world.  It seems as if they […]

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I read a fantastic article the other day in The Telegraph about Alain Coumont, the founder of the organic restaurant chain Le Pain Quotidien.

For those who are unfamiliar with Le Pain Quotidien, it is absolutely exploding here in NYC and has a presence in 18 countries around the world.  It seems as if they are everywhere in Manhattan, almost as ubiquitous as Starbucks.

Le Pain Quotidien serves mostly organic food (75% organic in the U.S. cafes, 83% in London and 89% in France), is known for its big wooden communal tables and has a very comfortable and inviting feel to it. Eating there is always a very pleasant dining experience. Read more »