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Organic CSA Faces Ruin After Herbicide Drift Destroys the Family Farm

By Natural Blaze “Vesterbrook Farm, which supplies a 150-member CSA near St. Louis, suffers huge losses of vegetable and fruits from herbicide drift from a neighbor’s soybean field,” Non-GMO Report stated. The Brabo family ran a farm that was in the family for over a century. After letting grass grow on it for 15 years, they…

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Healthy to Eat, Unhealthy to Grow: Strawberries Embody the Contradictions of California Agriculture

By Julie Guthman, University of California, Santa Cruz Agricultural abundance is a pillar of the California dream. In 2016 the state turned out more than US$45 billion worth of meat, milk and crops. Long before nutritionists agreed that fresh fruits and vegetables should be the center of American diets, California farmers had planted much of…

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How This Couple Earns Six Figures Per Year Organic Farming On 1.5 Acres of Land

Can small-scale farming in the modern age really generate enough income for the average family to make an honest living? For Jean-Martin Fortier and his wife, Maude-Hélène Desroches, it does. The Canadian couple grows beets, broccoli, salad greens, carrots, and various other types of produce on their modest 1.5 acres of land, from which they…

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Organically-Grown: Is It Worth The Price You Pay? An Interview With An Organic Farm Manager

By Catherine J. Frompovich Has the ante just been upped on organically-grown food? Why would I ask such a ‘silly’ question, you may be wondering? Well, Jeff Bezos, the owner of The Washington Post, Amazon.com and a host of other entrepreneurial endeavors just bought the natural foods grocery store chain Whole Foods for close to…

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Amazon is Buying Whole Foods in $13.7 Billion Dollar Deal

By Heather Callaghan, Editor In a shocking announcement today, Amazon.com Inc. is buying Whole Foods Market Inc. in an all-cash deal valued at about $13.7 billion, including the store chain’s debt. The companies have just made the announcement today (Friday June 16th 2017), adding that Amazon is to pay $42 a share for Whole Foods, “a 27% premium over Whole Foods’ Thursday closing…

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If You Already Switched to Organic Food, We Have Good News for You

By Carey Wedler According to a recent review of existing scientific data, foods with high levels of pesticides may compromise brain health and lower IQs. The report, commissioned by the E.U. parliament to determine the safety of pesticides in food and the potential of organic alternatives, does not appear to be publicly available but has…

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America’s First Organic Fast Food Chain Is Expanding Rapidly (and Pays $14 an Hour)

By Carey Wedler The United States’ first certified organic fast food chain also pays its workers a living wage — and they’re having success with consumers as they expand beyond their first two locations. See: Former Costco Exec Launches The US’ First 100% Organic Fast-Food Restaurant nded by the leaders of Costco’s highly lucrative organic division….

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We’re All Tenant Farmers: Oregon Plans to Douse Azure Standard Organic Farm in Pesticide

By Daisy Luther If you buy organic products, chances are you have heard of Azure Standard, which is sort of like a mobile co-op that delivers well-priced organic food and products in bulk to drop-off points around the country. Now that idyllic 2000-acre organic farm, which has produced reasonably priced organic wheat, field peas, barley,…

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My Very Un-Instagrammable 9 Months on an Organic Farm

By Katie Hyson There was a position open at a local organic family farm. In my cover letter, I emphasized what a great fit my skill set was, my passion for sustainable food solutions, my love of vegetables. I de-emphasized (read: omitted) my plant-growing record. Dead: 83 herbs, vegetables, and flowers. Still alive: 2 indefatigable house…

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