While Earth doesn’t have a place to stick a tongue depressor, researchers still give it regular checkups.
Here are our planet’s vitals, according to NASA’s recent medical charts.
At the recent Future Harvest – Chesapeake Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture, Dr Chris D’Adamo, Ph.D. gave a presentation “Food as Medicine…in the REal World” – a holistic presentation on good and not so good eating habits and practices.
Dr. Adamo is Assistant Professor in University of Maryland’s School of Medicine, Department of Family & Community Medicine Department of Epidemiology & Public Health Director of Research Center for Integrative Medicine.
Every winter, Future Harvest CASA holds the largest sustainable agriculture conference in the lower Mid-Atlantic. This year, we have added an extra day of hands-on, pre-conference workshops: beekeeping basics, food photography and styling, fermentations, wet hopping — and much more!
And then the conference starts, with session after session on:
Check it out….we’ll be there!
From Ground Truth, Pesticide Action Network’s publication
“It’s official. EPA and USDA have both evaluated Dow Chemical’s new line of 2,4-D-resistant seeds, Enlist — and have approved both the seeds and the accompanying pesticide formulation for market.
This is a turning point, not just for grain production but for food production in the U.S. and internationally. The introduction of Enlist corn and soybeans, and the widespread adoption of this new seed line, will have pervasive impacts on farmer livelihoods, public health and control of our food system.
This is a decision that our regulators should not have taken lightly. And yet, it seems they did. Both USDA and EPA set up an intentionally narrow scope for evaluating the potential harms posed by 2,4-D resistant crops — one that ignored the biggest problems and held up irrelevant factors as evidence of safety.
As small farmers brace for the impact of pesticide drift that will hit with the introduction of Enlist crops, it is time for us to look forward. It’s time to demand a regulatory system that takes a rigorous approach to pesticides and genetically engineered crops, one that values small farmers as much as industrial agriculture — and public health as much as corporate profit.” Read the article.
Ex-Biotech Scientist Theirry Vrain, gives a TED Talk on the Dangers of GMOs. Thierry Vrain is a former research scientist for Agriculture Canada. He now promotes awareness of the dangers of genetically modified foods. When the first GMO crops were introduced in the mid-1990′s, they were marketed (and received) as ‘magic’ — a perfectly safe, practically water-like substance that erased pest problems without changing the quality of the food. However, Thierry explains the rising phenomenon of super weeds, genetic pollution, antibiotic resistance and food allergies, all attributable to GMO agriculture.
The National Good Food Network recently published an enlightening and encouraging report directed to food industry executives on the importance of regional food hubs to help smaller farms and supply consumer demand for local food. Read the report: Small-Farm Aggregators Scale Up With Larger Buyers
The Rodale Institute recently released finding from their research that show the importance of organic agriculture to reversing the trends of climate change.
“…from farming systems and pasture trials around the globe [studies] show that we could sequester more than 100% of current annual CO2 emissions with a switch to widely available and inexpensive organic management practices, which we term “regenerative
organic agriculture. These practices work to maximize carbon fixation while minimizing the loss of that carbon once returned to the soil, reversing the greenhouse effect.” (Rodale Institute, 2014).