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Why do consumers prefer organic to conventional produce when both use pesticides?

August 11th, 2017 / Genetic Literacy Project, US

What gets overlooked by [activist] groups are the reports from the USDA itself that show that even organic foods have pesticide residues on them — some are synthetic pesticides and some, like Spinosad, are ones approved for organic uses. Feel comfortable, though, because that same USDA data showed safe levels …

Organic agriculturists battle to take care of demand from global market

May 1st, 2017 / mchomvu.com

Alex Mchomvu, Tanzania B4FA Fellow, reports: Lydia Jacob develops her vegetables naturally in Mwanamseka, a town in the Coast Region, around 100 kilometers west of Dar es Salaam. The atmosphere here is wet and the land is loamy soil with a decent measure of natural matter.
Mrs. Jacob is a …

Will organic community embrace gene editing if it restores ancient crops?

April 17th, 2017 / Genetic Literacy Project, US

The majority of plants used in organic farming were conventionally bred to select for traits that increased productivity and are not suited for organic farming where pesticide, herbicide and fertilizer usage is limited. Significant inbreeding during the selection process has led to loss of several beneficial traits such as salt …

GMO and organic – can they work together?

March 3rd, 2017 / The Grower, US

Could they learn to work together? A growing population—and a changing climate—may demand it. Conventional agriculture has a history of depleting the soil and polluting waterways with contaminated runoff. But there is a growing recognition that such practices are not sustainable—short term yields may be higher with conventional methods, but …

Is organic farming better for the environment?

February 20th, 2017 / Genetic Literacy Project, US

Many consumers believe that buying organic is “voting with their dollars” for a more environmentally desirable form of farming. That belief is promoted in organic marketing campaigns. Unfortunately, those consumer intentions are not supported by a realistic assessment of state-of-the-art environmentally optimal farming methods.
The standards that govern organic farming, set …

Farmers urged to embrace organic fertilizer

February 15th, 2017 / Sahel Standard, Nigeria

Farmers have been urged to embrace organic fertilisers hence it is superior alternative to artificial fertilizer.
This charge was made in Abuja during the launch of ‘Greenfelt’ organic fertilizer in the market.
Yakubu Yasukuma, who represented the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbeh, said the product will be subjected …

Should organic agriculture consider allowing gene-edited crops?

November 17th, 2016 / Genetic Literacy Project, US

Proponents of agricultural biotechnology are calling for a reconsideration of the organic opposition to GMOs in light of [New Plant Breeding Techniques] NPBTs.
In this paper, we have sketched the diversity that exists under both the terms organic and GM and shown how disagreements on this issue involve a clash …

GMO, conventional, organic: more similarity than you think

November 16th, 2016 / Forbes Magazine, US

Passionate views on GMO, conventional and organic farming dominate food-related news and social media. But I rarely see nutrition mentioned, which surprises me as a registered dietitian nutritionist. Food is produced to feed and nourish the body. So does the way a crop is grown – by conventional, organic and …

MYTH: UN endorses small-scale organic farming over biotech

January 23rd, 2016 / Genetic Literacy Project, US

Looking at the body of current evidence, most scientists have found a reduced environmental impact, reduced greenhouse gas emissions, and better situation for farmers as result of biotechnology. When you combine that with the scientific consensus that GMOs are just as safe, and in some cases nutritionally and environmentally superior …

Can organic farming sustainably feed the developing world?

August 19th, 2015 / Genetic Literacy Project, US

A recent new paper published in the journal Sustainable Agriculture Research examines results from six experiments comparing organic and conventional farming methods. The long-term experiments showed an increase in soil health, productivity, water quality and economic benefits for farmers when they employed organic systems. “These results suggest that organic …