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EarthTalk: National Food Policy

Is it time for a National Food Policy to curb obesity and Type-2 Diabetes?

EarthTalk® is a weekly environmental column made available to our readers from the editors of E/The Environmental Magazine Dear EarthTalk: What is the “National Food Policy” that environmentalists and foodies are asking President Obama to enact by Executive Order, and how would it affect American diets? – Justin Brockway, Los Angeles, CA A November 2014 op-ed piece in The Washington Post entitled How a National Food Policy Could Save Millions of American Lives makes the case for President Obama to sign into law an executive order establishing a national food policy for managing the nation’s food system as a whole. Authored by food writers Mark Bittman and Michael Pollan, along with Union of Concerned Scientists’ Ricardo Salvador and United Nations Special Rapporteur on …

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Organic Pest Control Solutions: How Chickens Make Gardening Easy

Chickens are a tool for organic pest control

If your garden has an infestation of slugs, grasshoppers or other pests, chickens may be the (natural) solution to your problems.

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New Report: Americans Eating Their Weight in Genetically Engineered Food

We're eating more genetically engineered food than we realize

While some people are aware of genetically modified foods, many do not know just how prevalent they are in their regular diet.

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Monsanto Was For GMO Food Labeling Before It Was Against It

What has Monsanto changed its stance on GMO labeling?

Should genetically modified food be labeled or not? The debate rages...

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Genetically Modified Corn Battles Drought

Genetically modified corn and drought

As the Midwest contends with a drought that seems to be the new normal, farmers and other agriculture experts ponder ways to squeeze crops from the parched ground.

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The Effects of the Drought on Sustainable Energy in the U.S.

How drought effects the production of sustainable energy in the US

By Matthew Speer In July 2005, the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) issued its first mandate for the inclusion of renewable, alternative energy sources in transportation fuels sold in the US. At that time, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), roughly 16 percent of the contiguous United States was experiencing “moderate to severe drought.” The administration’s most recent figures (June 2012) estimate that 33 percent of the contiguous United States is experiencing “severe to extreme” drought. In layman’s terms, that’s a whole lot more drought. And it’s already making the well-intentioned RFS, which was expanded with the Energy and Independence Security Act of 2007, look less than effective at achieving its primary goal: reducing the American dependence on …

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GMO Labeling Measure Receives Prop Number for November Ballot

GMO labeling initiative in California

In November California voters will decide on the fate of the "Right To Know Genetically Engineered Food Act".

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Simple Composting For All: Tips for Easy Composting

Simple and easy steps to get started composting

Composting has become a cornerstone of green living. Here are a few tips to help you get started.

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Stomaching the Dangers of Non-Organic Crops

It's not just about the nutrition that is in organic food, but about the chemicals that is in non-organic food

Guest post by Becca Ozard There are many reasons to eat organic or locally grown crops; however some people don’t know about the many dangers of consuming non-organic crops. Pesticides are one of the main dangers of non-organic crops. These harmful chemicals used to ward off bugs can have serious long-term effects on one’s health. Some issues can be as harmful as respiratory problems, some Cancers and in some cases can lead to bleeding gums. Non-Organic crops are also lacking in vitamins and minerals. They have lower levels of a person’s daily dose of nutrients, such as Vitamins A, B, and C. Vitamin C has been shown to reduce gum inflammation, promote healing, and reduce the effects of bleeding gums and …

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Biodynamic Farming at DeLoach Vineyards in Northern California

DeLoach Vineyards is cultivating an intimate relationship with the land. The small-lot winemaker maintains 17 acres of vineyards in the Russian River Valley and a 1-acre garden. And while both are certified organic, it is their biodynamic certification that makes them exceptional. Indeed, guided by a holistic approach based on biodynamic farming principles, DeLoach vintners make organic farming alone look like a half measure. The farmers at DeLoach tend to their vineyards and garden as if they were a closed system. They seek at every turn to drastically limit if not altogether eliminate external inputs. Rather than a cycle of dependence based on the importation of chemical fertilizers and pesticides, through biodynamic farming practices they create a self-contained oasis of …

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