When people talk about organic food, people often think fresh fruits and vegetables; but just as corn and soybeans dominate conventional processed food and meat, these same grains are often key ingredients for organic foods.
The truth about GMOs
George Siemon, a founder of Organic Valley, the big organic food supplier, says the push for grass-fed beef started with activists who wanted to challenge a beef industry dominated by factory-scale feedlots. In those feedlots, cattle are fed a corn-heavy diet designed to make the animals gain weight as quickly as possible.
ast year's drought took a big bite out of the two most prodigious US crops, corn and soy. But it apparently didn't slow down the spread of weeds that have developed resistance to Monsanto's herbicide Roundup (glyphosate), used on crops engineered by Monsanto to resist it.
Jane Brody criticizes organic because we won’t allow Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs). We are in good company. Sixty-one countries in Europe, Asia and South America also don’t allow GMOs.
Before you buy organic or natural foods, see what today's food experts told us about making smart food choices.
"What Kids Know About Organics" is a result of Organic Valley's visit at PS41 on 10/3 with the American Cheese Revolution. Great shout outs to OV, PS41, American Singles, and the kid definitions of Organic are impressive.
I recently attended the Organic Pioneer Awards at the Rodale Institute--an amazing event that recognizes people who make a difference in sustainable agriculture.
Earlier that day, I visited an organic family farm in Kutztown, Pennsylvania, adjacent to the Rodale Institute, owned by James Burkholder. When I met James, his wife Ida, and his lovely family, I realized that I was in presence of a new organic leader.
You see, the Golden State is revving up to start its own carbon market (or “cap-and-trade” plan) and it kicks off next month. This plan is designed to cut greenhouse gas emissions 80 percent by 2050 and will require power plants and large industrial facilities like oil refineries and manufacturers (and eventually fuel and natural gas distributors), to participate in a process of paying for their pollution (or, in some cases, selling credits they earn by not polluting).