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Organic gives higher yields and much greater financial returns: US Agricultural Research Service (ARS) Pecan Trial

Thursday, June 23rd, 2011

In a study conducted by the US Agricultural Research Service (ARS), an organically managed ARS pecan orchard consistently out-yielded a commercial, conventionally managed, chemically fertilized orchard over a five year period. For example, yields from the 20-acre organic test site surpassed the commercial orchard by 18 pounds (8 kg) of pecan nuts per tree in 2005, and by 12 pounds (5.4 kg) per tree in 2007. (Bradford J.M., 2008).

Furthermore, while he conventional management system generates about $1,750 per acre when the crop is sold, the ARS certified-organic-management system can gross $5,290 per acre.

Source: US Agricultural Research Service (ARS) Pecan Trial (J. Bradford, Integrated Farming and Natural Resources Research Unit) (ARS News Article)

Date: November 4, 2008

Source: Ecology and Farming ~ The magazine of the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (Nov 2009, No.46, P 27) (Article)

Date: Nov 2009

Victory against Frankenfoods: India blocks harvesting of GM crops

Monday, July 12th, 2010

Critics of genetically modified (GM) crops have secured a victory in India, where the environment minister has indefinitely blocked the approval of any further GM varieties.

GM cotton was approved for cultivation in India in 2002, and now covers 80 percent of the country’s cotton farmlands.

In October 2009, the country’s Genetic Engineering Approval Committee gave approval for the planting of a GM eggplant produced by Maharashtra Hybrid Seeds Co., in partnership with Monsanto. The brinjal-variety eggplant had been engineered with genes from the bacteria Bacillus thuringniensis (Bt) to produce pesticide in its tissues.

The approval of the country’s first GM food crop sparked an uproar among farmers, environmentalists, health advocates and other GM critics across India. Critics objected to the unknown health effects of consuming or working near GM foods, as well as the risks that the plants could produce “genetic pollution” by crossing with non-GM varieties.

GM advocates claim that engineered foods are needed to address global food shortages, an assertion that critics reject.

Source: Victory against Frankenfoods: India blocks harvesting of GM crops – naturalnews

Date: 12 July 2010

California’s green schools

Thursday, July 1st, 2010

Source: California’s green schools – edition.cnn

Date: 01 July 2010

Organics are the future, but fund-less

Friday, May 21st, 2010

The organics sector got a report but no money on Budget Day despite clear evidence of growth and huge potential for further export earnings, the Green Party said today.

Ministers Tim Groser and John Carter insulted the organics sector, according to the Green Party’s Rural Affairs spokesperson Kevin Hague, choosing Budget Day to launch the New Zealand Organic Report when the Budget contained absolutely nothing for the sector and John Key’s Government had discontinued funding to help farmers shift to organic methods.

“Organic farming creates much higher value products than traditional farming. Despite this, the Government has failed to fund Organics Aotearoa New Zealand (OANZ) and the programme that helps farmers make the switch to organics,” said Mr Hague.

The Otago University report shows organic farming is now a $485 million dollar industry with significant environmental benefits and further economic potential. OANZ has a value target of $1 billion by 2013.

“It is essential for a smart economy that we support high-value commodity products such as organics. Our producers are doing a great job and there’s potential to keep on expanding,” said Mr Hague.

The report showed the organics sector’s spectacular growth corresponded with the Organics Advisory Programme (OAP) which assisted farmers who wanted to make the shift to organics. The OAP was a Green Party initiative under the last Government.

“There is a growing domestic and international market for organic products,” Mr Hague said.

“Supporting our organics industry would benefit the economy, the environment, and help to make our clean green brand a reality.”

Source: Organics are the future, but fund-less – Scoop

Date: 21 May 2010

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