India’s First Fully Organic State Faces Many Challenges to Maintaining Its Status

Sikkim, the picturesque northeastern Indian state in the eastern Himalayas, announced in January that it had transitioned completely to organic agriculture — the first state in the South Asian nation to do so. “It was a matter of patience, but thankfully we ultimately achieved the status of 100 per cent organic farming with the …

Organic practices help reduce exposure to antibiotic-resistant bacteria

Choosing organic is the best choice consumers can make to combat antibiotic resistance and protect themselves from antibiotic-resistant bacteria, a review paper from The Organic Center concludes. Overuse of antibiotics in conventional livestock production has been implicated as an important contributor to antibiotic resistance. Research …

Helicopters dropping seeds on Berkshire County farm fields to save topsoil

It’s not quite pennies from heaven, but an aerial cover crop-seeding program could make a difference to local farmers challenged by topsoil erosion. Beginning Wednesday, low-flying helicopters are dropping winter rye grass seed over select farm fields throughout Berkshire County. The locally distributed seeds are destined for corn fields and …

High hopes for organic vineyards in SA’s Riverland as consumers demand more natural wine

South Australia is often synonymous with producing world-class wine, and the peak body representing the Riverland’s wine industry believes the region has all the ingredients to become a world leader in growing organically. Riverland Wine executive officer Chris Byrne believes the region’s growing conditions are as good as anywhere in …

How One Company Used an Enzyme to Turn Food Waste Into a Superfood

Bran is the brown outer layer found on all cereal grains. It is the “whole” part of the whole grain. Until recently the food industry has focused on wheat bran and oat bran, and raisin bran is about as exciting as the formulations got. RiceBran Technologies is adding the option of rice bran to the bran family of ingredients. Rice …

Financial aid available to organic farmers to create buffers

The USDA is assisting organic farmers with the cost of establishing up to 20,000 acres of new conservation buffers and other practices on and near farms that produce organic crops. The financial assistance is available from the USDA Conservation Reserve Program (CRP), a federally funded voluntary program that contracts with agricultural producers …