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  • Revealed: How much more Whole Foods is REALLY costing you

    09/24/2014 6:35:56 AM PDT · by C19fan · 61 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | Septeber 24, 2014 | Ashley Collman
    It's no secret that Whole Foods isn't the most cost-friendly of grocery stores, but a new survey shows just how much more customers pay at the natural food retailer compared to other regional supermarkets. New York investment firm Wolfe Research recently did a study, comparing baskets of groceries at the upscale organic market to other stores across the nation and confirmed that tags at Whole Foods are through the roof. In one instance, Wolfe totaled 60-72 items at Whole Foods and then compared them to prices for the same exact products at Houston's HEB, a Mariano's grocery store in Chicago,...
  • Organic synthesis: The robo-chemist (3D molecular printers, anyone?)

    08/10/2014 9:10:16 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 7 replies
    Nature ^ | 8/6/14 | Mark Peplow
    The race is on to build a machine that can synthesize any organic compound. It could transform chemistry.In faded photographs from the 1960s, organic-chemistry laboratories look like an alchemist's paradise. Bottles of reagents line the shelves; glassware blooms from racks of wooden pegs; and scientists stoop over the bench as they busily build molecules. Fast-forward 50 years, and the scene has changed substantially. A lab in 2014 boasts a battery of fume cupboards and analytical instruments — and no one is smoking a pipe. But the essence of what researchers are doing is the same. Organic chemists typically plan their...
  • The Bizarre Life (and Death) of "Mr. Organic"

    08/09/2014 11:45:44 AM PDT · by Scoutmaster · 37 replies
    New Republic ^ | August 8, 2014 | Maria McGrath
    J.I. Rodale, the godfather of the locavore trend, was a paranoid anti-vaxxer, tooOn June 7, 1971, Jerome Irving Rodale appeared on "The Dick Cavett Show." The elder statesman of a growing organic food trend, he gushed about the health benefits of his diet, boasting that he “never felt better” and that he “decided to live to a hundred.” But after a commercial break, as Cavett interviewed his second guest, what sounded like a loud snore rose from Rodale’s end of the couch. The audience twittered, thinking that he was pulling a prank. But Cavett knew. When he looked over at...
  • Live Maggots Found in Whole Foods Meat Case, Health Officials Say They’re Not Moving Fast Enough ..

    04/30/2014 6:50:22 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 68 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | April 30, 2014 | Will Lerner
    Maggots found in Whole Foods meat case, health officials say they’re not moving fast enough to fix the problem Whole Foods claims to be “America’s Healthiest Grocery Store,” and that they, “maintain the strictest quality standards in the industry.” Such claims might start to be questioned, however, after a disgusting discovery at one of their San Francisco locations on Monday, April 21. Last week, KRON 4 News exclusively reported that maggots were found in a meat case. Now, KRON 4 News is reporting that the San Francisco Department of Public Health (SFDPH) claims Whole Foods hasn’t worked quickly enough to...
  • Whole Foods: America’s Temple of Pseudoscience

    02/24/2014 7:41:56 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 37 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | 02/24/2014 | Michael Schulson
    Americans get riled up about creationists and climate change deniers, but lap up the quasi-religious snake oil at Whole Foods. It’s all pseudoscience—so why are some kinds of pseudoscience more equal than others? If you want to write about spiritually-motivated pseudoscience in America, you head to the Creation Museum in Kentucky. It’s like a Law of Journalism. The museum has inspired hundreds of book chapters and articles (some of them, admittedly, mine) since it opened up in 2007. The place is like media magnet. And our nation’s liberal, coastal journalists are so many piles of iron fillings. But you don’t...
  • Planned food safety rules rile organic farmers (CSPI supported rules)

    02/23/2014 10:55:18 AM PST · by matt04 · 34 replies
    im Crawford was rushing to load crates of freshly picked organic tomatoes onto trucks heading for an urban farmers market when he noticed the federal agent. A tense conversation followed as the visitor to his farm — an inspector from the Food and Drug Administration — warned him that some organic-growing techniques he had honed over four decades could soon be outlawed. "This is my badge. These are the fines. This is what is hanging over your head, and we want you to know that," Crawford says the official told him. Crawford's popular farm may seem a curious place for...
  • U.S. Cattle Herd Is At A 61 Year Low And Organic Food Shortages Are Being Reported All Over America

    01/23/2014 11:22:27 PM PST · by Nachum · 68 replies
    zero hedge ^ | 1/23/14 | Tyler Durden
    Submitted by Michael Snyder of The Economic Collapse blog, If the extreme drought in the western half of the country keeps going, the food supply problems that we are experiencing right now are only going to be the tip of the iceberg. As you will see below, the size of the U.S. cattle herd has dropped to a 61 year low, and organic food shortages are being reported all over the nation. Surprisingly cold weather and increasing demand for organic food have both been a factor, but the biggest threat to the U.S. food supply is the extraordinary drought which...
  • The New Food Fight: Big Food Vs. Big Organic: Have the elite hijacked healthy eating?

    11/26/2013 6:20:01 AM PST · by Red Badger · 45 replies
    Reader's Digest ^ | Published in Reader's Digest Magazine October 2013 | By David H. Freedman The Atlantic
    Late last year, in a small health-food eatery called Cafe Sprouts in Oberlin, Ohio, I had what may well have been the most wholesome beverage of my life. The friendly server guided me to an apple-blueberry-kale-carrot smoothie-juice combination, which she spent the next several minutes preparing, mostly by shepherding farm-fresh produce into machinery. The result was tasty. But at 300 calories (by my rough calculation) for a 16-ounce cup, it was more than my diet could regularly absorb without consequences. Nor was I about to make a habit of $9 shakes, healthy or not. Inspired by the experience nonetheless, I...
  • Obama’s certified organic night out

    11/15/2013 5:34:17 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 40 replies
    1 minute ago Obama’s certified organic night out Posted by CNN Political Unit Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama went out to dinner Friday night with first lady Michelle Obama and senior aide Valerie Jarrett for a birthday dinner for Jarrett at a certified organic restaurant. The trio dined at Restaurant Nora in Washington’s Dupont Circle neighborhood. “The menu changes daily, offering a la carte items and a four-course chef’s tasting menu,” the restaurant’s website says. “The wine list presents over 100 exceptional wines from small producers, many of them using organically grown grapes and sustainable practices.” Founded in 1979,...
  • Conventional Unwisdom

    10/21/2013 1:23:36 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 1 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | 10-20-13 | Clarice Feldman
    In an essay "Freedom of the Press" George Orwell wrote presciently about the dangers of a press too bound to prevailing orthodoxy to print anything else: "Unpopular ideas can be silenced, and inconvenient facts kept dark, without the need for any official ban. Anyone who has lived long in a foreign country will know of instances of sensational items of news -- things which on their own merits would get the big headlines -- being kept right out of the British press, not because the Government intervened but because of a general tacit agreement that "it wouldn't do" to mention...
  • Naturally Grown: An alternative label to organic

    08/18/2013 12:24:43 PM PDT · by goodwithagun · 14 replies
    AP via Yahoo! News ^ | August 17, 2013 | Mary Esch
    Justine and Brian Denison sat they adhere to all the growing practices required for organic certification, yet if they label their beans and tomatoes "organic" at the farmer's market, they could face federal charges and $20,000 or more in fines.
  • Organic growers lose decision in suit vs. Monsanto over seeds

    06/10/2013 8:04:34 PM PDT · by Theoria · 31 replies
    Reuters ^ | 10 June 2013 | Carey Gillam
    Monsanto Co. on Monday won another round in a legal battle with U.S. organic growers as an appeals court threw out the growers' efforts to stop the company from suing farmers if traces of its patented biotech genes are found in crops. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit affirmed a previous ruling that found organic growers had no reason to try to block Monsanto from suing them as the company had pledged it would not take them to court if biotech crops accidentally mix in with organics. Organic farmers and others have worried for years that they...
  • Seeking Food Ingredients That Aren’t Gene-Altered (non GMO)

    05/29/2013 7:53:21 AM PDT · by opentalk · 48 replies
    NY Times ^ | May 26, 2013 | STEPHANIE STROM
    Food companies big and small are struggling to replace genetically modified ingredients with conventional ones. Pressure is growing to label products made from genetically modified organisms, or “G.M.O.” In Connecticut, Vermont and Maine, at least one chamber of the state legislature has approved bills that would require the labeling of foods that contain genetically modified ingredients, and similar legislation is pending in more than two dozen other states. This weekend, rallies were held around the globe against producers of genetically altered ingredients, and consumers are threatening to boycott products that are not labeled. And so, for many businesses, the pressing...
  • Eden Foods CEO: “I’M NOT IN YOUR BEDROOM. OBAMA IS IN YOUR BEDROOM”

    04/19/2013 4:04:42 PM PDT · by oneprolifewoman · 53 replies
    I have a new hero: Eden Foods founder and CEO Michael Potter. Eden Foods is an organic company popular among the “crunchy, liberal crowd” which has filed suit against the Obama administration over the HHS mandate. Potter is getting slammed over it, thanks in part to a hit piece last week in Salon magazine which publicized the suit and framed Potter as a man with an anti-birth control agenda. Don’t waste your time on the original article. Instead, enjoy the refreshing quotes from the no nonsense, plain-speaking Mr. Potter in Salon’s follow-up piece from Monday relating a telephone conversation between...
  • Eden Foods CEO’s bad week continues (Liberals continue attack on Eden Organics CEO for suing in oppo

    04/18/2013 11:14:55 PM PDT · by oneprolifewoman · 6 replies
    “There’s so much malevolence in your approach to this, I really don’t see a lot of value in talking to you, Irin,” said Michael Potter, the CEO of Eden Foods, back on the phone on Wednesday. Over the last week, I’d reported that his organic food company (marketed to the crunchy, liberal set) was suing to avoid having to cover contraception in employee health plans — as well as his subsequent phone call to me in which he doubled down by saying he didn’t actually care about birth control, because he’s a man, but is suing because “Obama’s in your...
  • Why Do G.M.O.’s Need Protection?

    04/10/2013 7:20:15 PM PDT · by opentalk · 21 replies
    New York Times ^ | April 2, 2013 | Mark Bittman
    Genetic engineering in agriculture has disappointed many people who once had hopes for it. Excluding, of course, those who’ve made money from it, appropriately represented in the public’s mind by Monsanto. That corporation, or at least its friends, recently managed to have an outrageous rider slipped into the 587-page funding bill Congress sent to President Obama.[1] The rider essentially prohibits the Department of Agriculture from stopping production of any genetically engineered crop once it’s in the ground, even if there is evidence that it is harmful.
  • Organic shoppers 'less likely to show kindness'

    02/17/2013 7:13:32 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 35 replies
    Telegraph (UK) ^ | February 17, 2013
    Organic products make people feel more secure about their own morality, which weakens the desire to act altruistically, the US findings suggest. The effect also makes people judge immoral behavior more harshly, psychologists report in the journal Social Psychological and Personality Science. But comfort foods such as chocolate can lead to us being more social and making "kinder moral judgments".
  • Brilliant people solves all the problems in California

    I’m not sure which is my favorite part — probably where the young woman explained that “food is free, all you have to do is pay the farmers” — but I think the “vegetable trees” was the best. Actually, I think the most edifying part was watching the Santa Cruz, California city council sit impassively to the very end, or maybe the strangled applause just before they asked for the next speaker.
  • All-You-Can-Eat Food Forests: Coming to a City Near You

    10/14/2012 9:00:22 AM PDT · by Donkey Odious · 103 replies
    TakePart.com ^ | October 8, 2012 | Megan Bedard
    Consider it a modern take on the legendary tale of Johnny Appleseed. Vancouver, B.C., has announced plans to plant 150,000 fruit and nut trees on city streets, in parks, and on city-owned lands in the next eight years, reports the Vancouver Sun. At the moment, the city has about 600 fruit and nut trees on city streets, and another 425 can be found in the city's parks, community gardens, and pocket orchards. "Street trees play an important role in helping Vancouver adapt to climate change, manage stormwater run-off, support biodiversity, and even provide food," Mayor Gregor Robertson said in a...
  • If smug organic mob get their way millions families will never again be able to afford roastchicken

    09/09/2012 9:45:49 AM PDT · by fight_truth_decay · 42 replies
    MailOnline ^ | 18:38 EST, 8 September 2012 | MARCO PIERRE WHITE
    for dinner. Last week, researchers from Stanford University published the results of the most comprehensive study to date on organic and conventional foods. Their conclusion? Organic foods have no more vitamins and nutrients than traditionally grown produce. I can’t say I’m surprised. Chicken is chicken, with the same nutritional content, whether it is organic, free range or mass-produced. But now scientists have confirmed it, perhaps we can begin to have a proper conversation about the food we put on our table. The Stanford University team reviewed more than 200 studies which compared either the health of those who ate organic...
  • Organic food no healthier than non-organic: study

    09/03/2012 2:54:32 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 39 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sept. 3, 2012 | Genevra Pittman
    NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Organic produce and meat typically isn't any better for you than conventional varieties when it comes to vitamin and nutrient content, according to a new review of the evidence. But organic options may live up to their billing of lowering exposure to pesticide residue and antibiotic-resistant bacteria, researchers from Stanford University and the Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System found. "People choose to buy organic foods for many different reasons. One of them is perceived health benefits," said Dr. Crystal Smith-Spangler, who led the new study. "Our patients, our families ask about, ‘Well, are...
  • iPhone App Claims It Can Detect If Food Is Organic: A Local Organic Farmer Weighs In

    08/26/2012 4:29:58 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 22 replies
    Broward New Times ^ | Fri., Aug. 24 2012 | Tricia Woolfenden
    Ever get the sneaking suspicion that corporations -- or hell, even the mango vendor at the local farmers' market -- are conspiring to use your fear of ingesting chemicals to get you to spend more money on food? Those who worry that they're being misled about the veracity of certain "organic" claims will soon have a pricy tool to protect themselves; at least in theory. Lapka has created a personal environmental monitor via a sleek iPhone accessory and app that claims to be able to test for radiation, electromagnetic fields, humidity, and organicity by way of four separate plug-ins. The...
  • Obama urges families to ‘shop for some outstanding organic foods’

    05/16/2012 1:16:09 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 38 replies
    Washington Beacon ^ | May 16, 2012
    President Obama told reporters today that mortgage refinancing should be made easier “because they’ve got an extra $2,000 in their pocket. Then they can buy more hoagies or go shop for some outstanding organic foods,” according to pool reports. The president was speaking at a small business roundtable attended by the owners of D.C.-based Taylor Gourmet, a sandwich shop, and Yes! Organic Markets. The president spent $62.79 on sandwiches at Taylor Gourmet, and ordered a foot-long “Spruce Street” hoagie, “which has roast turkey, prosciutto, roasted red peppers, and sharp provolone,” according to the pool.
  • Marxists gang up on Old MacDonald’s Farm

    03/17/2012 1:43:48 PM PDT · by opentalk · 30 replies
    Canada Freepress ^ | March 16, 2012 | Judi McLeod
    Old MacDonald had a farm. Until the Marxists stepped in, that is. With the American dream of the Constitutional Republic fast fading from view, the family farm is next on the Obama regime’s ever expanding hit list. ...The agenda to wipe out the family farm is being set by a deadly duo, George Soros, who is buying up farmland like some folks buy Black Friday goodies, and the Communist-cheered Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis. We the People can count on food being the new frontier for takeover by control seeking Marxists frontier for takeover by control seeking Marxists installed...
  • Health department raids community picnic and destroys all food with bleach

    03/15/2012 4:06:09 PM PDT · by Sopater · 124 replies
    We were told our food was unfit for consumption and demanded that we call off the event... Quail Farm The evening was everything I had dreamed and hoped it would be. The weather was perfect, the farm was filled with friends and guests roaming around talking about organic, sustainable farming practices. Our guests were excited to spend an evening together. The food was prepared exquisitely. The long dinner table, under the direction of dear friends, was absolutely stunningly beautiful. The music was superb. The stars were bright and life was really good. And then, …for a few moments, it felt...
  • Disgruntled GMO firms start pulling out of EU market

    01/25/2012 4:18:20 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 24 replies
    EurActiv ^ | 25 January 2012
    Monsanto has announced it will scrap plans to sell an insect-resistant maize in France, the second move in a week by biotech company to retreat from the genetically modified foods market in Europe. Monsanto's announcement on Tuesday (24 January) came a week after Germany's BASF said it would suspend the development of GM crops in Europe and move its plant science arm to the United States. BASF's move is a particular blow for Europe, said Carel du Marchie Sarvaas, director of agricultural biotechnology at EuropaBio. "The BASF decision is not good for Europe because I think it is the reaction...
  • For Listeria victims, sudden turns for the worse

    10/01/2011 10:41:45 PM PDT · by FreedomNotSafety · 112 replies
    AP via Yahoo ^ | October 1, 2011 | Dan Elliott
    DENVER (AP) — Charles Palmer is a hardy 71-year-old former Marine and Vietnam veteran who trains cockatiels to say "Semper Fi" and "Whatcha doin', man?" He also loves fruit — and especially melon for lunch. "He's never one to get sick," said his wife, Tammie. The Colorado Springs man ate a cantaloupe that was purchased in mid-August, his wife said. Within several days, he was overcome by an excruciating headache. The next morning he was extremely weak and gripped by dry heaves, his wife recalled. "I started slapping his face and saying, 'You've got to talk to me,' but he...
  • Green Nazis: Alwin Seifert (Exhibit Four)

    07/12/2011 4:47:30 PM PDT · by AustralianConservative
    Weekend Libertarian ^ | July 13, 2011 | B.P. Terpstra
    The Who’s Who of Munich Cultural Life (1937) proclaimed “all of Germany has become his garden” for Alwin Seifert, the organic-first gardener was fashionably green and fascist. In How Green Were the Nazis? Thomas Zeller adds, “Seifert, however, was constantly trying to extend his influence. The chaotic style of governance in Nazi Germany matched his strategy of molding alliances, especially since he enjoyed the tacit protection of his two most powerful patrons, Hess and Todt.” As I’ve noted, there’s a wide difference between peaceful made-for-television environmentalists and reality, or power-hungry greens. “With Hess, he shared an interest in Steiner’s methods...
  • Germany: E. Coli Not Found in Initial Testing of Sprouts (Cucumber => Beansprouts => ?)

    06/06/2011 5:59:12 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 18 replies
    NYT ^ | 06/06/11 | JUDY DEMPSEY and JAMES KANTER
    E. Coli Not Found in Initial Testing of Sprouts By JUDY DEMPSEY and JAMES KANTER Published: June 6, 2011 BERLIN — A day after German agricultural officials identified locally grown sprouts as a possible cause of the E.coli outbreak that has killed 22 people and sickened more than 2,200, the officials said Monday that initial tests had failed to show conclusively that the bacteria originated with the sprouts. Results from the first 23 of 40 tests on several varieties of sprouts came back negative, said officials from the agriculture ministry in the state of Lower Saxony. The ministry did not...
  • German Organic Farm 'Behind E.coli Outbreak'(too many patients, running out of doctors)

    06/05/2011 9:21:47 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 61 replies
    Sky News ^ | 06/06/11
    German Organic Farm 'Behind E.coli Outbreak' 4:13am UK, Monday June 06, 2011 The E.coli outbreak could have been caused by vegetable sprouts grown on an organic farm in Germany, an official has said. German beansprouts are said to be behind the E.coli outbreak Preliminary tests found that bean sprouts and other sprout varieties from the farm in the Uelzen area, between the northern cities of Hamburg and Hannover, could be traced to infections in five German states, Lower Saxony Agriculture Minister Gert Lindemann said. "There were more and more indications in the last few hours that put the focus on...
  • China goes organic after years of 'glow in the dark pork' and 'exploding watermelons'

    05/29/2011 8:47:11 PM PDT · by ruralvoter · 6 replies
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 5/29/11 | Peter Foster
    From a runner-bean spotted spiralling along the balcony balustrade of a Beijing apartment, to long waiting-lists for allotments, a plethora of gardening websites and a mushrooming of organic farms and shops, Chinese families are increasingly looking to "grow their own". In recent years China has been hit by a number of food scandals and fears about safety have lingered. In 2008, 300,000 babies became seriously ill and six babies died after being given formula contaminated with the industrial chemical melamine. In April this year, police seized 40 tons of beansprouts which had been treated with dangerous growth promoting chemicals and...
  • Mothers crying over raw milk

    05/17/2011 5:36:05 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 113 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | May 16, 2011 | Stephen Dinan
    Four weeks after the government moved to shut down Amish farmer Dan Allgyer for selling fresh, unpasteurized milk across state lines, angry moms who made up much of his customer base rallied on the Capitol’s grounds Monday to demand that Congress rein in the food police. The moms milked a cow just across the street from the Senate and served up gallons of fresh milk, playfully daring one another to drink what, if sold across state lines, would be considered contraband product. “The FDA really screwed up this time. They got between a mom and a farmer,” said Mark McAfee,...
  • The Nazi Cult of the Organic

    03/26/2011 1:26:15 PM PDT · by EllisWashingtonReport · 21 replies · 1+ views
    www.EllisWashingtonReport.com ^ | 03/26/11 | Ellis Washington
    Gemeinnutzgeht vor Eigennutz. (The common good supersedes the private good.) ~ Nazi slogan Prologue Fanatical environmentalism, vegetarianism, animal rights and public health are four progressive policy initiatives that most people would not readily associate with Hitler and the Nazis. "Unlike Marxism, which declared much of culture and humanity irrelevant to the revolution, National Socialism was holistic," wrote Jonah Goldberg. Indeed, "organic" and "holistic" were the Nazi terms of art for totalitarianism. The Mussolinian vision of everything inside the state, nothing outside the state, was organic-ized by the Nazis. In this sense, the Bavarian cabinet minister Hans Schemm was deadly serious...
  • Iowa farmland values shoot up 20 percent in 6 months

    03/23/2011 7:32:39 PM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 20 replies
    Iowa Farmer Today ^ | Tuesday, March 22, 2011 4:08 PM CDT | By Gene Lucht
    DES MOINES --- Iowa farmland values shot up 19.7 percent in the past six months and a total of 25.4 percent in the past year, according to the latest survey from the state’s ag land realtors. The Iowa Farm and Land Chapter #2 REALTORS Land Institute released the results of its survey March 22 and it showed just about what everyone expected n land values jumped dramatically in the past few months. That’s no surprise to farmers or realtors, according to Troy Louwagie, a realtor in Mount Vernon who runs the survey. Everyone knew ag land values have gone up,...
  • USDA deregulates GE alfalfa; opens door to new era of widespread genetic pollution of crops

    02/01/2011 7:11:47 PM PST · by Razzz42 · 235 replies
    NaturalNews.com ^ | January 28, 2011 | Mike Adams
    Under these programs, the USDA uses chemical poisons to murder literally millions of birds each year, including an occasional endangered species animal by accident. This is all part of the USDA's insane program of death to protect the financial interests of conventional agriculture giants.
  • Food Fight: Will the Federal Government Control Our Food?

    12/30/2010 8:29:09 AM PST · by opentalk · 35 replies · 58+ views
    Big Government ^ | December 30, 2010 | Dr. Susan Berry
    Amidst the hustle and bustle of the “lame duck” Congress, another law was passed that didn’t quite get the same media coverage as the Bush tax extension “package,” the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, and the new START treaty. The Food Safety Modernization Act was not steeped in the same level of popular controversy as these other pieces of legislation. Nevertheless, its passage may affect our daily lives even more than these, and in a rather stealth manner. Yes, the week before Christmas, the 111th Congress of the United States gave Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services...
  • Organic Crystal Allows Excitons to Travel Further, Produces More Efficient Plastic Solar Cells

    10/12/2010 10:33:05 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 14 replies
    Daily Tech ^ | October 11, 2010 10:56 AM | Tiffany Kaiser
    Rubrene crystal raises hope for the use of organic semiconductors and cheaper, more efficient solar cells Rutgers University physicists have found new properties within a material that could lead to the production of less expensive and more efficient plastic solar cells. Vitaly Podzorov, co-author of the study and assistant professor of physics at Rutgers University, along with his research team have discovered that organic semiconductors allow energy-carrying particles -- which are created by "packets" of light -- to journey a thousand times farther than researchers previously thought. "Organic semiconductors are promising for solar cells and other uses, such as video displays, because they can be...
  • Organic, local farms get a boost from USDA

    04/15/2010 8:08:39 AM PDT · by SmithL · 13 replies · 347+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 4/15/10 | Carolyn Lochhead, Chronicle Washington Bureau
    Washington - -- Obama administration officials Wednesday outlined a broad array of efforts to elevate organic and local farming to a prominence never seen before at the sprawling U.S. Department of Agriculture. The shift is raising eyebrows among conventional growers and promising federal support to a food movement that began in Northern California and was considered heretical only a few years ago. "Guys, this is your window - use it," USDA Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan told organic farmers, processors and retailers at a conference Wednesday in Washington that was sponsored by Santa Cruz's Organic Farming Research Foundation and the Organic...
  • Organic coffee: Why Latin America's farmers are abandoning it [lib suicide watch ]

    03/07/2010 7:16:48 PM PST · by Moe Tzadik · 115 replies · 571+ views
    Seattle Times ^ | 3/6/2010 | Ezra Fieser
    GUATEMALA CITY — Some 450,000 pounds of organic coffee sit in a warehouse here, stacked neatly in 132-pound bags. It's some of the world's best coffee, but Gerardo De Leon can't sell it. "This is very high quality and it's organic. But ... the roasters don't want to pay extra these days," says the manager of FEDECOCAGUA, Guatemala's largest growers' cooperative, which represents 20,000 farmers. De Leon is asking $2 per pound for the unroasted coffee, about 50 cents more than the going price. But he says he'll soon have to sell it as conventionally grown coffee, which sells for...
  • Meteorite Crammed with 'Millions' of Organic Compounds..

    02/15/2010 8:30:53 PM PST · by TaraP · 35 replies · 955+ views
    Discovery News ^ | Feb 15th, 2010
    A meteorite that hit the town of Murchison, Australia, hasn't quit giving up its secrets. The Murchison meteorite is one of the most studied space rocks because many pieces were recovered after it was seen breaking up as it fell through the atmosphere in 1969. Approximately 100 kg of the carbonaceous chondrite was recovered. Carbonaceous chondrites are extremely important to scientists as they were formed from material that existed in the solar system's planet-forming disk of gas and dust. They are, quite literally, time capsules holding onto a 4 billion year old record of the birth of our solar system....
  • HR2749 The Food and Safety Enhancement Act coming up for VOTE in SENATE. BEWARE THE RESULTS!

    09/03/2009 7:09:51 PM PDT · by Kackikat · 131 replies · 3,923+ views
    Canada Free Press ^ | 09/04/09 | kackikat
    According to Gunny G Online: “This astounding control will include the elimination of organic farming by eliminating manure, mandating GMO animal feed, imposing animal drugs, and ordering applications of petrochemical fertilizers and pesticides. Farmers, thus, will be locked not only into the industrialization of once normal and organic farms but into the forced purchase of industry’s products.” HR 2749 creates severe criminal and civil penalties, including prison terms of up to 10 years and/or fines of up to $100,000 for each violation. Does it include judicial review, Congressional oversight, a defined and limited set of penalties and punishments for a...
  • The REAL Reason to Eat Organic Food

    09/03/2009 6:13:03 AM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 105 replies · 3,422+ views
    Maria's Farm Country Kitchen ^ | August, 2009 | Maria Rodale
    When I first started writing my upcoming book Organic Manifesto a year ago, I fully expected to have lots of information about how organic foods are healthier for you because they are more nutritious. The more research I did, the more I realized that nutrition is the least of our worries. Aside from the fact that the nutritional content of just about ALL of our food has declined over the past 50 years, we are, as a rule, overfed. And good nutrition is available from many sources in our diet. So I wasn’t surprised in the least when a report...
  • Fruit safety: Government report shows more than 50 pesticides on peaches.

    08/13/2009 10:31:27 AM PDT · by Fawn · 18 replies · 769+ views
    Sun Sentinel ^ | 8-13-09 | By Monica Eng
    Shoppers face an array of choices on fruit but little guidance on which type to pick. Expensive organic? Pricey farmers' market? Cheap ones from the grocery store? Cost is certainly important. But there are essential numbers that go beyond the price tag. Which contain the highest levels of pesticides?
  • You Can Stop Wasting Your Money At Whole Foods

    08/03/2009 7:19:32 AM PDT · by Welcome2thejungle · 65 replies · 1,559+ views
    August 3, 2009 | Welcome2thejungle
    You can stop wasting your hard earned money at Democrat Party HQ...uh I mean Whole Paychecks...whoops Whole Foods Market. The following was reported in the Investor's Business Daily: "Organic food is no healthier than ordinary food, a large U.K. study found. Despite a small number of differences in nutrition between organic and conventionally produce food, no evidence of any extra health health benefit was found, London researchers said. The result was the same for studies of meat, dairy, and eggs." IBD 7/30/09 Seems that slapping an organic sticker on something these days is a license to steal. Thankfully I never...
  • Britain's first green superstore goes £36m into red... (Whole foods)

    08/03/2009 8:41:02 AM PDT · by C19fan · 21 replies · 874+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | AUgust 3, 2009 | By Staff
    Britain’s first ever green superstore is languishing ever deeper in the red after losing nearly £36million as the recession takes a bite out of organic food sales. The U.S. owners of Whole Foods Market had hoped to open 40 more emporiums across the UK after beginning trading in London in 2007. But, two years on, they have failed to leave the capital after their flagship British shop in up-market Kensington lost an astonishing £35.9million last year.
  • The Omnivore’s Delusion: Against the Agri-intellectuals

    08/03/2009 7:54:07 AM PDT · by Schnucki · 6 replies · 521+ views
    Farming has always been messy and painful, and bloody and dirty. It still is. This is something the critics of industrial farming never seem to understand. I’m dozing, as I often do on airplanes, but the guy behind me has been broadcasting nonstop for nearly three hours. I finally admit defeat and start some serious eavesdropping. He’s talking about food, damning farming, particularly livestock farming, compensating for his lack of knowledge with volume. I’m so tired of people who wouldn’t visit a doctor who used a stethoscope instead of an MRI demanding that farmers like me use 1930s technology to...
  • Organic Food Is No Healthier, Study Finds

    07/29/2009 8:01:05 PM PDT · by caper gal 1 · 72 replies · 1,553+ views
    Reuters ^ | July 29, 2009 | Ben Hirschler
    LONDON (Reuters) - Organic food has no nutritional or health benefits over ordinary food, according to a major study published Wednesday. Researchers from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine said consumers were paying higher prices for organic food because of its perceived health benefits, creating a global organic market worth an estimated $48 billion in 2007. A systematic review of 162 scientific papers published in the scientific literature over the last 50 years, however, found there was no significant difference. "A small number of differences in nutrient content were found to exist between organically and conventionally produced foodstuffs,...
  • Organic food not nutritionally better than conventionally-produced food

    07/29/2009 7:16:23 AM PDT · by decimon · 45 replies · 817+ views
    Systematic review of literature over 50 years finds no evidence for superior nutritional content of organic produceThere is no evidence that organically produced foods are nutritionally superior to conventionally produced foodstuffs, according to a study published today in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Consumers appear willing to pay higher prices for organic foods based on their perceived health and nutrition benefits, and the global organic food market was estimated in 2007 to be worth £29 billion (£2 billion in the UK alone). Some previous reviews have concluded that organically produced food has a superior nutrient composition to conventional food,...
  • Better off lead (Obamas' garden has unsafe lead levels)

    07/08/2009 3:12:10 PM PDT · by inkling · 22 replies · 1,322+ views
    ExurbanLeague.com ^ | July 8, 2009 | Jon
       Michelle signals there is heavy metal in the soil. Tragic news for Sasha, Malia and crunchy gourmets everywhere:It was meant to be a show case for healthy living, with the first lady, Michelle Obama, personally putting hand to pitch fork in a crowd of school children to dig up the first White House vegetable garden in more than 50 years. Instead, an embarrassed White House admitted today that the plot — whose lettuce, herbs and other produce have been consumed by the first family, visiting dignitaries, local school children and a women's homeless shelter — had tested positive...
  • Poll: Do you buy organic food?

    06/19/2009 9:15:07 PM PDT · by tenger · 36 replies · 1,096+ views
    A Daily Poll ^ | June 20, 2009 | Dave Miller (tenger)
    New poll: Do you buy organic food? A Daily Poll.Someone in yesterday's poll suggested that organic food be in a question. Here it is!