I knew that American Public Media’s Marketplace was sponsored by Monsanto, but after listening to aWeekend Edition segment about Food, Inc. I’m starting to think that NPR is under the thumb of big agribusiness too. Under the pretense of “balanced” coverage, the segment, “Debate Over Food Movie Misses Most Farmers,” contends that most farmers disagree with the thesis forwarded in Food, Inc. and actually favor the use of GMO crops, chemical fertilizers and pesticides. Continue reading NPR’s One-Sided Take on Food, Inc.
During our travels across America, I’ve been lucky to visit many beautiful farms and gardens. But none have captivated my imagination quite like Frog Hill Farm in Port Townsend, Washington. The farm’s diverse acres include woodlands, an herb and flower garden, wetlands, pastures for goats, ducks and chickens as well as neat rows of vegetables. Sebastian Aguilar, who runs the farm with his family, has taken his organic certification to the next level by employing biodynamic farming practices. Continue reading New Video: What Is Biodynamic Farming?
In the Chicago neighborhood where I live, I’m lucky to have a small Green Grocer that specializes in local organic food and drinks. When Mark and I recently tried some tilapia fillets from Aquaranch, we were blown away by the freshness and flavor of the fish. We asked Green Grocer’s Cassie Green about the product and she referred us to Aquaranch owner Myles Harston, an innovator in aquaponics who grows fish and organic vegetables just a few hours south of Chicago, in Flanagan, Illinois. Continue reading New Video: What Is Aquaponics?
Have you ever considered how much it costs to keep unlimited clean water flowing into your faucets at home? Or how much water goes into growing all the food that you eat? Can you imagine our supply of water running out? Continue reading New Video: Does America Have a Water Crisis?
Yesterday afternoon, the OrganicNation crew took a trip over to City Farm to see if we could score some fresh lettuce. In previous years a farm stand on Clybourn Street sold veggies to the public on certain days of the week, although it wasn’t open when we arrived. The summer interns working the farm made an exception, cutting some lettuce straight from the ground for us. Continue reading Fresh Organic Lettuce From Chicago’s City Farm
On the way from New York to Maine, we stopped off for a couple of days in Connecticut earlier this week, and we paid a visit to Yale University’s organic farm in New Haven. I don’t normally think of Yale as an ag school, but the Sustainable Food program is one of the best in the country. Continue reading Visiting Yale’s Organic Farm in New Haven
There’s little statistical evidence to back it up, but a USA Today article finds that the organic farming sector is getting an infusion of youth. “The wave of young farmers on tiny farms is too new and too small to have turned up significantly in USDA statistics,” so the article relies mostly on anecdotal evidence. Continue reading USA Today: Young People Rediscover Farming
- It’s voting day! Be sure to find your polling place and support candidates that will help make your community more sustainable. Check out Sierra Club’s Voter Guide to find representatives in 12 key states who support clean energy.