Can organic farming feed the world?

Low Impact

Chris joined the board of the ELC as Dave of Lowimpact left, and since then Chris has produced a book called A Small Farm Future , which we review here. In this article, Chris discusses whether small, organic farms can feed the world, and, of course, he concludes that they can.

Pros and Cons of Organic Farming

Greentumble

Even though organic farming has been around since the Neolithic period, when our ancestors turned from hunters and gatherers to farmers, there is no doubt that it is experiencing a bit of a comeback in recent years. With ever-increasing awareness about toxic chemicals used extensively in modern agriculture, more people are willing to pay higher prices for organically produced food. But just like any other way of farming, organic agriculture also has its downsides.

Organic Farming Boom in Palestine

Green Prophet

Farmer Khader Khader said , standing in his organic olive grove in the northern West Bank village of Nus Jubail. Many Palestinian farmers are switching to organic farming methods, and selling their oil to high-end grocers in the US and Europe. The business of organic farming, for international markets, was first introduced to the West Bank in 2004. Around 930 Palestinian farmers have fair-trade and organic certification.

Yes, Organic Farming Can Feed the World

Green (Living) Review

If my experience last month in Turkey is any indication, the notion that GMOs are the only way to feed a growing population is way out of step with both the leading thinkers on food and farming and the world’s smallholder farmers—who produce much of what the planet eats and 80 percent of the food in Asia and sub-Saharan Africa. These farmers may not have money on their side, but I saw the power of strength in numbers at the Organic World Congress. green living organic farming

Experts Agree: Organic Farming Is Revolutionary

Green (Living) Review

It''s time to get back to the roots of farming to save the planet. " Organic " is just another word for "expensive." "I would say that [organic farming is] a 100-percent solution to the health problem, to the unemployment problem, the poverty problem, the biodiversity problem, and the water problem ," says Vandana Shiva, PhD, founder of The Research Foundation for Science, Technology, and Natural Resource Policy.

An Organic Farm Springs Up in Sinai

Green Prophet

The Wadi Marawan Organic Farm is a new project by the ‘Best Friends Safari’ which guides tour groups in Egypt. Located at the terraces of Panorama Mountain Camp, the Wadi Marawan Organic Farm is veritable paradise in the middle of the Sinai Peninsula. Travel & Nature eco-tourism organic farming organic food Sinai sustainable tourism

Egyptian Organic Farm Declared Sustainability World Leader

Green Prophet

SEKEM, an Egyptian organic farming community has been chosen as one of 16 ‘Sustainability Champions’ in the developing world which are tackling environmental and social problems. Established by Dr. Ibrahim Abouleish in 1977, SEKEM is a truly unique enterprise which integrates social, economic and environmental development in an organic farming community just outside, Cairo. Qatar To Invest In 1,400 New Local Farms.

ORGANIC FARMING: A MIND SET

Green (Living) Review

An Interview with organic farmer Bryce Stephens by Debbie Pearson I ran across Bryce Stephens’ name while doing some research for an editorial assignment on Roundup and its effects on soil. He is Vice President of OSGATA (Organic Seed Growers and Trade Association), and manages to remain organically certified in the midst of a techno-farming community. I wondered what it means to be “organic”, and what measures does one utilize in dealing with this difficult position?

Abu Dhabi Social Responsibility Firm Plans Organic Farm in Ghana

Green Prophet

While many companies in the Middle East are grabbing land throughout Africa to buffer resource scarcity, Abu Dhabi-based firm Nahtam has plans to plant an organic farm in Ghana to offset carbon and create jobs. In addition to having a “healthy” workforce that is desperately in need of jobs, Itty says that Ghana has the requisite climate for organic farming. Climate African land grabs carbon offsets Ghana Middle East Nahtam organic farming

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Hospital turns yard into organic farm

Green (Living) Review

Last year, the hospital partnered with the Rodale Institute, a non-profit organization that studies organic farming, to convert five acres back into a farm that is growing fruits and vegetables not only for itself but also for the other five hospitals in the network. We’re on 500 acres of land, and it was a farm before, so it naturally fit.” to operate the farm, which went live this spring.

The Solution Is the Soil: How Organic Farming Can Feed the World and Save the Planet

Green (Living) Review

Just over a week ago, the executive director of the Rodale Institute , Mark ''Coach'' Smallwood, set out from the group''s research farm in eastern Pennsylvania on a 160-mile journey to Washington, DC with a walking stick, a brimmed hat, and a simple but profound message: We can not only stop climate change. climate change green living organic farming One man, backed by many, marches on Washington to tell lawmakers and the world that ''there is hope right beneath our feet.''

Organic farming doesn’t pay off in Gaza

Green Prophet

Organic farming is widely thought to be the healthy choice - not only nutritionally but because organic farmers are required (in general) to keep their crops chemical- and pesticide-free. NPR recently visited The Good Earth organic produce stand in Gaza City, where the attending clerk Rami al-Waffer explains that people pay no attention to the signs and charts detailing the benefits of organic foods. Related : Organic farming boom in Gaza.

U.S.D.A. to Start Program to Support Local and Organic Farming

Green (Living) Review

The United States Department of Agriculture plans to announce Monday that it will spend $52 million to support local and regional food systems like farmers’ markets and food hubs and to spur research on organic farming. Distribution systems are intended to accommodate the needs of large-scale commercial farms and growers. green living organic food USDA

Organic Farming On the Rise In Emirates

Green Prophet

Since 2007, land dedicated to organic greenhouse farming across the United Arab Emirates has increased by 15 percent. Therefore, revelations that the modest organic farming movement in the United Arab Emirates is on the rise is definitely good news. According to statistics from the Ministry of Environment and Water, the total area of organic greenhouse farms reached 2,196 acres in 2010, up from just 110 acres in 2007.

Wind Energy and Organic Farming Collide in Western Turkey

Green Prophet

An organic farmer near ?zmir zmir in western Turkey awoke a few weeks ago to the sound of poles and transmission lines being installed on a hill near his farm. zmir, but pose a serious threat to future farming activity in the region, according to the farmer. The twist: this organic farmer is also the manager of one of Turkey’s first wind energy project developers. A haven of organic farming.

Happy Thanksgiving: Free Range Turkey and Organic Farming

Eco Friendly Daily

Due to over-population at some poultry farms, turkeys may have their beaks and often their toes trimmed, apparently to prevent them from injuring themselves or other birds. Similarly, it is believed that organic eggs (and organic meat and produce) taste better and are healthier because they are not grown or produced with pesticides, hormones or other chemicals. It is no wonder then that organically grown produce and meats do taste much better. How free is free?

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Place to Visit: Villa Maria Organic Farm

Eco Friendly Daily

At first there were three religious groups on the Villa Maria Organic Farm , but they left and the property was given to the Bishop of Cleveland, Ohio. This Bishop then gave the farm to three sisters who moved to the area from France in 1864. The farm has never been shut down; however, it is no longer incorporated. In 1955, the farm yielded produce, fruit, meat and eggs. The manure that is composted is used in the gardens since the gardens are strictly organic.

Colle Farmers Market Says Organic Farming is Better for Climate Protection

Green (Living) Review

Colle Farmers Market issues a statement in response to an article published on Nanowerk which evaluates the benefits of organic farming methods in relation to climate protection. Bohemia, NY (PRWEB) March 08, 2013 : On March 8, Colle Farmers Market issues a statement in response to an article published on the Nanowerk website discussing the pros and cons of organic farming methods in relation to climate protection.

Slovakia: Organic farm hiring Roma appreciated abroad, but not by the state

Green (Living) Review

ou, Slovakia : On December 18, 2013 the US Chamber of Commerce expressed its appreciation for an organic farm in the Slovak village of Rudlov u Vranov? For the past seven years, the Svatobor NGO has been teaching Romani residents how to farm there. The farm is supported from the sale of compost and vegetables and by providing trainings to municipalities. Last month a session of UNESCO in Paris also expressed appreciation for the farm.

Happy Thanksgiving: Free Range Turkey and Organic Farming

Eco Friendly Daily

Due to over-population at some poultry farms, turkeys may have their beaks and often their toes trimmed, apparently to prevent them from injuring themselves or other birds. Similarly, it is believed that organic eggs (and organic meat and produce) taste better and are healthier because they are not grown or produced with pesticides, hormones or other chemicals. It is no wonder then that organically grown produce and meats do taste much better. How free is free?

Colle Farmers Market Affirms Need for Organic Farms to Sell Products Online

Green (Living) Review

Colle Farmers Market stresses the need for more organic farms to sell products online and why it could benefit them to market to a larger audience. Bohemia, NY : On June 25, Colle Farmers Market, the first national online organic farmers market, stresses the need for more organic farms to sell products online and explains how it could change the way farming works. Founded last year, Colle Farmers Market is the first organic online farmers market.

Why Organic Farming is Eco-Friendly?

The Green Changemakers

Organic farming is the method of growing plants of fruits, vegetables, as well as ornamental plants like garden plants without using artificial pesticides, herbicides, or fertilizers. It is the combination of best farming methods used in past and modern scientific knowledge. It acts in accordance with nature instead of opposing it, as seen in conventional farming. The processes involved in organic farming are natural.

How Organic Foods Can Help the Earth

Green Living Guy

But through organic farming, we may be able to find a better way to supply … Read More How Organic Foods Can Help the Earth. The post How Organic Foods Can Help the Earth appeared first on Green Living Guy.

Getting cadmium out of my chocolate through the roots

Green Prophet

They say it’s good for me if I eat the 90% cacao, fair trade and organic. But few know that farming for cacao is complicated business, mostly done by small-scale low-income farmers in Latin America, specifically Ecuador.

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San Francisco: Bay Area Green Tours leads the way

Green Traveler Guides

| Sabor Mexicano Farm | It’s a perfect afternoon in Northern California’s Russian River resort area of Sonoma County, hot but not too, and a smiling and jovial Jorge Saldana is doing what countless numbers of his countrymen back in Mexico are doing on this and every Sunday—happily grilling under deep blue skies, surrounded by hungry people […] San Francisco: Bay Area Green Tours leads the way is a post from: Green Traveler Guides.

San Miguel de Allende: an angelic hotel from Mexico’s Señor and Señora Verde…and mucho mas

Green Traveler Guides

| The Power of Dos | It’s our first day back at our favorite place in central Mexico, and our rental’s fridge yawns empty.The weekly organic tianguis—biggest and, in our opinion, finest organic farmers market in the entire country—is still a few days away.

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Understanding Organic Mattress Labels

Green Prophet

. Is it bamboo, cotton, sustainably harvested, organically grown? If you are starting to research getting a new mattress, you have probably run across the growing niche of organic mattresses. Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS). Global Organic Latex Standard (GOLS).

Santorini, Greece: where to find organic

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| Another Reason To Visit | Add this to your reasons for going to Santorini, one of the most spectacular island destinations in Greece: supporting local organic farming. The island (known historically as Thera) is an […] Santorini, Greece: where to find organic is a post from: Green Traveler Guides. Europe Farmers'' markets Greece Santorini Constance Washburn Faros Market Santorini Green tourism in Greece organic farm Santorini Reuters Santorini organic food

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Ancient farm in Spain gets UN recognition

Green Prophet

The UN recognizes the importance of ancient Spanish farming techniques. California builds first farm-to-table new home community. The post Ancient farm in Spain gets UN recognition appeared first on Green Prophet | Impact News for the Middle East.

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What Does the Science Really Say about Organics?

Nature Conservancy - Science

Organic food is growing in popularity, but does it really have health and environmental benefits? What does the science really say about organics? There has been a fairly steady stream of debate about organic products (especially food), and whether they actually meet their marketed health and environmental claims. Dig deeper into the scientific research about organic foods and you’ll find the jury is still out; in other words, it’s not time to give up on organics yet.

New Aerial Photos Suggest Big Organic Farmers May Be Lying to Us

Green (Living) Review

Consumers of organic eggs and milk like knowing that the cows and chickens on organic farms are treated decently. They’re not supposed to be kept indoors round the clock in classic factory farm fashion. Unfortunately, one watchdog group called the Cornucopia Institute says the biggest organic farms aren’t bothering to follow the rules. In fact, they’re turning into… factory farms. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) organic certification.

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Fragile vs. Resilient Food Systems

The Green Changemakers

It has humans at its source, so a bad year for one small farm provides an opportunity for the community to help out. Food Organic_farming ResilienceSource: Films for Action "Covid is shining the spotlight on the fragility of the linear systems that we have come to rely on.

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Your Sustainability Story: Amouve Bedding with Ami Sata

Green Living Ideas

Learn the Sustainability Story of Amouve, an organic bedding company. Eco Home Living Amouve bedding bedroom cotton GMOs organic cotton organic farming Your Sustainability StoryAmouve's range is a mix of Scandinavia-inspired design and handcrafted prints that combine Indian printing methods with contemporary designs. The post Your Sustainability Story: Amouve Bedding with Ami Sata appeared first on Green Living Ideas.

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Palestinians cultivate the West Bank’s first organic mushrooms!

Green Prophet

It’s been weeks since a Palestinian vegetable vendor from the West Bank town of Jericho last imported mushrooms, selling instead homegrown organic ‘shrooms grown for the first time in the West Bank. Amoro Mushroom Farm in Jericho – the first farm in the West Bank and Gaza Strip to commercially produce white mushrooms – is emerging as a popular alternative for grocers and restaurants. A 12 kilogram box of the organic beauties sells for about $13 USD.

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Lisa Joan Overholt Explains the Importance of Building Community Engagement

Green Living Ideas

Sponsored Posts community building epa organic farming organics sustainable communitiesLisa Joan Overholt explains how community building is helpful for environmental engagement. The post Lisa Joan Overholt Explains the Importance of Building Community Engagement appeared first on Green Living Ideas.

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Turn Here Sweet Corn – Book Review

Green (Living) Review

Review by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Turn Here Sweet Corn: Organic Farming Works by Atina Diffley Published by University of Minnesota Press, August 2013 344 pages 1 b&w photo, 5 b&w plates, 29 color plates, 6 x 9 $18.95 The romance of farming washed away a long time ago, but the love? We cannot eat houses and infrastructure and we need farms just like the Gardens of Eagan and others close to the cities.

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A $9000 dome home for early retirement in Thailand

Green Prophet

Hajjar Gibran also offered Areen a small plot of land on his organic mango farm, and with an assist from Gibran and his son-in-law, six weeks later Areen was living in the finished building. Design earthen brick home Khalil Gibran organic farming sustainable building Thailand A former flight attendant has grounded himself in Thailand in a masonry dome-home he built in just six weeks.

Amish Farmers Study Plant Immunology, Avoid Using Pesticides Completely

Green (Living) Review

Amish farmers are studying plant immunology in order to grow healthy organic produce free of harmful chemicals. He owns a 66-acre farm that was once riddled with fungus and other plant-killing insects that he could scarcely eradicate. This young upstart is the founder of Advancing Eco Agriculture , a consulting firm the farmer established in 2006 to promote science-intensive organic agriculture. Amish green living organic farming

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Permaculture and Community Resilience - Free online course

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Rooftop Hydroponic Farms in Egypt Scrub the Air and Uplift Urban Poor

Green Prophet

Urban farming in Egypt has soared. Two Egyptian brothers have received enough donations to set up three rooftop farms in Maadi – a once wealthy suburb of Cairo. Due for full installation by April, these won’t be any old farms. Sherif Hosny is an engineer who quit his job in Dubai to work on an organic farm in the United States. More on urban farming solutions in Egypt: Egyptian Organic Farm Declared Sustainability World Leader.

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Egypt’s Taziry Ecolodge and the Golden Age

Green Prophet

So much more than just a holiday destination , this peaceful resort located roughly 752 km west of Cairo at the footstep of Siwa’s Red Mountain (Adrar Azugagh) runs a camel and Arabian horse-breeding program as well as an organic farm, and features a series of buildings constructed sustainably in accordance with ancient and recently neglected Siwan tradition. The farm.

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CEO Of Organic Foods Company In Dubai Calls Local Farming “Stupid”

Green Prophet

The CEO of a Dubai-based company says growing organic food in the UAE is “stupid.&#. No one would ever expect an organic food distributor to favor importing food to locally-grown produce, except in the Middle East. Not so, according to the head of a leading organic food store in Dubai. His ideas may seem completely anti-green coming from an organic food distributor, but his logic is fairly sound.

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Farm-to-Table Restaurants in the Northeast

Green Living Ideas

Visiting farm-to-table restaurants on your next trip through the Northeast will help support a more resilient and sustainable local food system. The post Farm-to-Table Restaurants in the Northeast appeared first on Green Living Ideas. Green Lifestyle Organic farm to table farm-to-table restaurants food local organic sustainable sustainable food

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