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Hidden Treasures: The USDA Agricultural Research Service. Part 1: The National Agriculture Library

Jul 15, 2013

I had the good fortune last month of visiting the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) Agricultural Research Service (ARS) station in Beltsville, MD. What I found there was truly inspiring: large projects devoted to improving organic agricultural practices, a treasure trove of information stored in the National Agriculture Library, and researchers passionate about their work…. Read More ›

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GMO Wheat Discovery: Dangers and Implications

Jun 04, 2013

The discovery of genetically modified (GM) wheat in Oregon1 is a wake-up call for those who worry about potential GM contamination of organic crops. The idea of contamination has been an area of concern since GM crops were first introduced, especially when unapproved strains are involved. The escape of unapproved GM wheat is not the… Read More ›

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Pigs and Antibiotics

Jul 13, 2012

Adding antibiotics to farm animal feed is leading to antibiotic resistant bacteria–which could mean bad news for consumers.   The June 27, 2012 issue of Nature, the world’s leading science magazine, has a remarkable editorial and commentary regarding the importance of restricting antibiotic use in livestock production.  The editorial covers the debate in Denmark and the EU… Read More ›

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Arsenic in the food supply: Questions and Answers

May 09, 2012

Reprinted with permission of the Sound Consumer, a publication of PCC Natural Markets   Arsenic in the food supply: Questions and answers with Chuck Benbrook, Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources, Washington State University   Media coverage about findings of arsenic in brown rice syrup and other rice-based foods has failed to point out that arsenic… Read More ›

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A Nod to Women in the Organic Industry

May 18, 2011

By: Joan Boykin So much has happened since the early days of the organic movement, yet there are many more opportunities for growth, awareness and improvement. Much of the progress that we’ve made over past decades can be attributed to women, who have become a backbone of the organic industry.  Today, women in organics are… Read More ›

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