Locally Grown: New York’s Farms to Schools Programs and Organic Farming

Hundreds of New York school districts are increasing children’s consumption of locally-grown fruits and vegetables through farm-to-school programs, while sales of organic farm products are rising as more and more consumers seek healthier alternatives from nearby farms. According to a U.S. Department of Agriculture national census of …

Imported organic produce to be issued EU electronic certificates to improve traceability

New EU rules introducing a system of electronic certification for imported organic products have been published by the European Commission will be applied in 6 months. Following recommendations from the Court of Auditors and a request from Member State Ministers in 2011 to address concerns about monitoring the movements of organic products and the …

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 …