It's not quite "the Rumble in the Jungle" - more like "the Rumble in the Field." It's the debate over whether or not hydroponic farming and other forms of container growing systems will be permanently allowed into the USDA-certified organic program.
A new report of consumer survey results by Consumer Reports gives more evidence that the public is confused about the "natural" label. A coalition led by Consumers Union is urging the FDA to remove the label from foods, or to change its meaning because it's misleading shoppers.
While on a morning walk, Patti and Doug Wood came up with the idea for a farmers' market in their hometown of Port Washington, situated on the north shore of Long Island. And not just any farmers' market! The market they eventually created is 100 percent organic - the only all-organic farmers' market in New York State.
Food produced by industrial agriculture can often be cheap, but that doesn't mean that it's not costly to the environment. Read about a new report that totals up the hidden costs that are largely left off the books.
Ok, so maybe there is no nonprofit called SkipShowersForBeef.com, but the Yes Men stunt does raise an important discussion about the vast amount of water involved in beef production. Here we add to that discussion -- if you eat beef, which kind of beef you choose makes a big difference.
TEDx Manhattan speaker Myra Goodman is the co-founder of Earthbound Farm. Her talk is called "In Praise of Big Organic." Goodman believes that if we want to preserve public health and protect the soil and water we rely on to grow our food, transitioning land to organic practices has to be at the top of the agenda of the healthy food movement.
As the Sustainable Food Trust hosts "The True-Cost Accounting in Farming and Food" conference in London Thursday and Friday, here is a Q&A with Patrick Holden, the Founding Director of the Trust, about the true cost of the food we eat - and how we can make those costs more visible.
When athletes and their teams champion the environment, we all win. The 2013 Green Sports Alliance Summit - highlighting the sustainability efforts of over 170 teams in seven leagues - takes place in Brooklyn next week.
Meet more of Ecocentric's sustainable farmer heroes this week: "We are DHA Family Farms aka the Four Country Gals, located in the middle of nowhere, Beryl Utah. We have a cow, 17 sheep, 4 dairy goats, 3 pygmy goats, 4 breeding rabbits, 35 or so chickens, and 6 very useless dogs. We love all of them!"
Brooklyn Grange has a new rooftop farm in the Brooklyn Navy Yards. We were there as they were setting it up this spring. Luckily the farm weathered the storm that was Sandy, although their beehives got blown away.
Hurricane Irene caused the worst flooding eastern upstate New York and Vermont have seen in centuries, devastating farms and dairies throughout the Northeast. We've mapped as many as we could find, as well as local events organized to support them.
The city of Oak Park recently dropped misdemeanor charges against Julie Bass, but not before threatening her with 93 days in jail. Here, she speaks with us about her love of gardening, why she chose to fight the good fight and how her experience has affected her view of the food movement.