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May 2016

“Independent Science”- Code Name for Genetic Engineering?

Screen shot 2016-05-04 at 8.49.57 AMAre organic farmers opposed to GE crops “anti-science”?

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By Elizabeth Henderson for The Prying Mantis blog, 05/16

Dryland farming: how it works in California…

Photo credit Charlotte Simonds

…and why it makes sense.

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By Charlotte Simonds for The Guardian blog, 05/05/16

April 2016

Testing indicators of soil biology rather than soil chemistry

About the Haney soil test.

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By Kristin Ohlson for Orion, 04/16

First it was apples; now anti-browning mushrooms hit the market

photo credit Mike Licht, Flicker Genetically modified mushrooms have bypassed USDA regulation for GE foods.

Read the article.

By Katherine Derla for Tech Times, 04/16

Gene silenced apples to be introduced into food service

Pre-sliced fruit and the “need” for non-browning apples.

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By Simi Summer for Tilth, 04/5/16

Imagine a blue green economy

Vertical, underwater ocean farming of seaweed and shellfish

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By Bren Smith for Invironment, 03/25/16

March 2016

Economic Issues in the Coexistence of Organic, Genetically Engineered (GE), and Non-GE Crops

Image credit: USDA-ERS This report examines organic and conventional product markets, common coexistence practices, and the economic impacts when GE material is detected in non-GE products.

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By Catherine Greene, Seth J. Wechsler, Aaron Adalja, and James Hanson for USDA ERS, 02/16

The microbial roots of life and health

The hidden half of nature cover image

A podcast discussion with authors David R. Montgomery and Anne Biklé on their recently published book on the revolutionary potential of microbes for agriculture and medicine, from garden to gut.

Listen to the podcast.

By Jordan Marr for The Ruminant 02/25/16

How much Phosphorus do we want in our soils?

Understanding test results and what amendments can do for you.

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By Forrest Pritchard for On Pasture, 02/29/16

Pollen blockers?

Preventing organic corn from being pollinated with GE pollen.

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By Mik Kulikowski for NC State University 02/29/16

January 2016

More producers switching to organics?

Farmers are interested in lower input costs and cover crops.

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By Robert Amason for The Western Producer, 01/28/16

Cauliflower: a luxury item?

Cauliflowers, surrounded by broccoli and peppers, are seen at the Jean Talon Market in Montreal, on Jan. 11, 2016. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson)

Why does cauliflower suddenly cost so much?

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By Jim Bronskill for The Toronto Sun, 01/28/16

Sikkim: One of India’s states goes fully organic

Photo by Rajen PradhanEnvironmental protection and tourism opportunities in the heart of the Himalayas.

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By Manogya Loiwal for India Today, 01/18/16

GE alfalfa has gone wild

USDA’s “co-existence” policy for GE and non-GE crops called into question.

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By Bill Freese for The Center for Food Safety, 01/13/16

December 2015

Connecting the dots:

Fertilizers and climate change

The largest source of emissions from farming? Synthetic fertilizers.

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By Grain, 09/30/15

Connecting the dots:

Agriculture, climate change and refugees

Illustration by Tom Bachtell for the New Yorker

Drought leads to instability and migration, as many millions of people search for new homes.

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By Elizabeth Kolbert, 09/30/15

for The New Yorker

November 2015

Quebec to limit neonicotinoids

Minister David Heurtel announces QC’s highly anticipated new pesticide strategy.

Read the article (in French).

By Stéphanie Bérubé, 11/22/15 for La Presse

Cover cropping for pollinators and beneficial insects

Photo by Mieko Alley, USDA-NRCSA new, free 16-page bulletin from SARE.

Read the bulletin.

By Eric Lee-Mader, Anne Stine, Jarrod Fowler, Jennifer Hopwood and Mace Vaughan (Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation), 11/15 for SARE

Fibresheds in Canada

Photo credit Paige GreenNew options for ecologically responsible clothing.

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By Becky Poirier, 6/15 for Alternatives Journal

Making the transition to Organic

10 farm profiles. Read the report.

By Gigi DiGicacomo and Robert P. King, 2015 for eOrganic

Cover crops and ecosystem services

Photo credit Martin EntzInsights from studies in temperate soils.

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By H. Blanco-Canqui, et al. 10/27/15 for Agronomy Journal

Women Farming in the City

Image: Jonathan DyckAn excellent piece about the efforts of two farmers and their projects in AB & BC.

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By Trina Moyles 11/18/15 for Guts


October 2015

Preserving Syria’s ag heritage

Researchers smuggle ancient seeds out of Syria.

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By Jane Mountain, 10/1/15 for inhabitat.

Saving Golden Purslane Seed

Photo Credit: Dan BriseboisLearn how, step-by-step. Read the article.

By Dan Brisebois, 10/1/15 for Going to Seed.

Seed withdrawn from Arctic vault

Seeds saved from Syria make their way to new research stations in Morocco and Lebanon.

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By David Keyton, 10/19/15 for Associated Press.

Curing Vegetables for Winter Storage

A quick and easy guide. Read the article.

By High Mowing Seeds, 10/2/15

September 2015

Cover Crop Mixes: Seed Size

Screen shot 2015-09-22 at 2.22.12 PMSize matters–seed size, that is. It changes everything from how you plant to the results you get.  Read the article.

By Genvieve Slocum, 9/21/15 for On Pasture.

Understanding inoculation

Make the most of using legumes! Read the article.

By Dr. Julie Grossman, 8/26/15 for eXtension.

Why new farmers may not (need to) be farm owners

tractor_LeanFarm-1On farm ownership and achieving true food justice for all. Read the article.

By Jon McGee 9/17/15, for Chelsa Green Blog.

Trent University Market Garden feeds students hungry for sustainable agriculture

Photo credit: Clifford Skarstedt/Peterborough Examiner/Postmedia Network

1.5 acre student-led project completes its 1st growing season. Read the article.

By Jennifer Nyznik 9/12/15, for The Peterborough Examiner.

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