FDA Found Weedkiller In Nearly 100% of Honey Products

glyphosate-red-hand-herbicideAfter FDA found weedkiller in nearly 100% of honey products, it kept the information secret and refused to warn the public

By Daniel Barker
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has been doing its best to protect Monsanto and the entire GMO industry by dragging its feet and hiding information regarding glyphosate content in foods.

Glyphosate, the most widely-used herbicide on the planet and an essential component in GMO agricultural methods, has been the subject of increasing concern – particularly since the World Health Organization (WHO) classified it as a “probable human carcinogen” in 2015.

For many years, the FDA avoided testing foods for glyphosate residue at all, parroting Monsanto’s assurances that the herbicide poses no threat to human health, but under mounting public pressure it finally began conducting tests in February of this year.

Although the agency routinely tests foods for other pesticide residues, it has rather suspiciously left glyphosate off of the list until now.

Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/055395_honey_glyphosate_FDA_emails.html#ixzz4L2B5Zhww

GMO Agriculture Proven To Cause Catastrophic Environmental Damage

agricultural-engineer-on-field-examining-ripe-ears-of-grain-gmo-test-cropBy Amy Goodrich

American researchers from the University of Virginia have conducted a 14-year study on genetically modified (GM) crops and pesticide use. They found that the widespread use of GM seeds has decreased the use of insecticides, but has increased the use of herbicides, as weeds become more resistant.

GM crops have been a heated topic of discussion because of the ongoing debate about the risks to human and environmental health. Monsanto claims that GM food will feed the world, while at the same time reducing pesticide use. But according to new research, overall herbicide use has risen dramatically over the recent years, causing severe environmental damage.

Radioactive Water Cover-up In Florida

pollution-water-chemical-spill-toxic-wasteBy J.D.Heyes

Most people who don’t live in Florida are not aware that the state is kind of famous (or infamous, depending on your point of view) for sinkholes; in fact, they’re fairly common.
And, as reported by Daisy Luther, you may have recently heard some scuttlebutt about a new sinkhole in the state.

But there is more to this one than meets the eye, Luther reports – much more, in fact. As in, this one is poisoning the environment at a remarkable rate, and as usual, the Environmental Protection Agency has, for weeks, been in cover-up mode. So much for upholding the “public good.”

Luther notes that while there hasn’t been much news coverage of the sinkhole, it is massive and has already leaked more than 215 million gallons of water contaminated with radioactivity into the state’s primary drinking water supply. Worse, the EPA has known about this contaminant leak since the early part of August, but it – along with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) – has kept quiet about it. This, despite the fact that officials knew Floridians and guests to the state were drinking, bathing in and cooking with radioactive water.

This Shungite Plate on Your Phone Will Absorb Harmful EMF Radiation

shungite-2By Natalie Forget

Electromagnetism is an interaction between electrically charged particles. Everything in the natural world produces an electromagnetic field, including the human body. But in this modern age, we are also exposed to unnatural EMF’s that are emitted from various man-made devices, from handheld electronics, to power lines, to microwaves.

While short term exposure to low level electromagnetic fields is not known to cause significant change in our own fields, it is well documented and intuitively understood by anyone with EMF sensitivity: we need to protect ourselves from it. The duration of exposure raises serious concern however, because many of us are constantly bathing in it by holding cell phones, living in small spaces with WiFi routers, ect.

Electronic devices such as laptops, tablets, and cell phones “emit both Radio Frequency (RF) and Extremely Low Frequency (ELF) radiation, which can be absorbed the tissues closest to where the device is used.” Further research may be needed to confirm the specifics of the connection, though many studies have been done linking EMF radiation to cancer, eye damage, insomnia,fertility issues, enzyme dysfunction, DNA mutations, etc.

An ancient mineral discovered in Shunga, Russia, it has been used since the 18th century for medical treatments and water filtration. More recently, the physical properties and molecular structure of Shungite have been found to block EMF radiation when you place it on or near the emitting device.

Read more: http://www.naturalblaze.com/2016/09/shungite-plate-phone-absorb-harmful-emf-radiation.html?

Monsanto Runs It’s Own ‘Cartel’ In India, Pushes Poisonous GMOs Onto Innocent Victims

small-child-india-ethnicBy Samantha Debbie

Following months of negotiations and several offers, Germany-based Bayer finally managed to purchase Monsanto – one of the world’s largest seed giants – on Wednesday, for a whopping $66 billion. The merger is the largest all-cash deal on record, reports Reuters.

“The $128-a-share deal, up from Bayer’s previous offer of $127.50 a share, has emerged as the signature deal in a consolidation race that has roiled the agribusiness sector in recent years, due to shifting weather patterns, intense competition in grain exports and a souring global farm economy.”

Investment experts say that the deal gives the companies an edge over their competition. But what the deal really does, is strengthen the stranglehold Monsanto and Bayer have over the agriculture industry, including the further monopolization of seeds, and ultimately of the world’s food supply.

Humanity’s Food Supply Rests In Four Deadly Hands

biotechnology-gmo-food-600x400By Luis Miranda

Producers and consumers are at the mercy of 4 large multinationals that control the seed supply and to a great degree the food supply.

Large monopolies control almost everything on planet Earth, from news and information to seeds and food. As we speak, large corporations like Nestle are fighting their battle to control water resources as its CEO, Peter Brabeck explained that access to clean water is not a right people should enjoy.

If people behind these multinationals do not believe people should have access to clean water as a human right, what would they think about having access to pesticide-free, GMO-free food?

Unfortunately, control of the seed and food supplies is not the only problem that consumers face.

The same multinationals that seek to control food from seed to what you put on your dinner table, have either merged with or are in the process of merging with chemical companies, which makes everyone concerned with health issues question the safety and reliability of the food supply.

Under this scenario, it is more certain than ever that food and water crises are looming on the horizon. As powerful corporations control the world’s food supply, there has never been a better time to be self-sufficient and self-reliant than now.

Producers fear that the wave of mergers limit the options they have to manage their crops, because the agrochemical industry is mired in an intense process of consolidation that will leave virtually the entire business of seeds, herbicides and pesticides concentrated in the hands of four global giants.


Neil Young Slams Obama, Bayer, Says F**k Monsanto!

neil-youngBy Brandon Turbeville

In addition to providing a stunning performance during the 31st Farm Aid concert in Bristow, VA Neil Young stole the show at the press conference before the event began.

While Farm Aid has always been focused on saving family farmers who are in distress, decades of corporate control and monopolization of the American food supply has forced the organization to also move toward helping restart the tradition of family farming and facilitating the good food movement. Obviously, GMOs have become a major issue as a result. So when it came time for Young to speak at the press conference, the godfather of grunge didn’t hold back.

Speaking fresh on the heels of the Bayer/Monsanto merger, Young spoke about the growing concern over corporate control over the food supply and the fact that this merger is a frightening new development in the corporate war on American agriculture. He also took aim at Barack Obama who has supported, facilitated, and pushed corporate control since the day he took office.

Read more: http://www.naturalblaze.com/2016/09/neil-young-slams-obama-bayer-fuck-monsanto.html?

Drug Tests to Indoctrinate Children Into the Pharma Police State

prescription-pills-drug-test-resultsDrug tests now being administered randomly at middle schools to indoctrinate children into the pharma police state

By Daniel Barker

With each passing day, the nanny/police state encroaches a little further upon our freedom and the right to privacy – using the pretense of “protection” as an excuse to control and monitor every aspect of our daily lives.

One of the latest examples of this meddling mindset involves a New Jersey school district that has decided that random drug testing of middle school children is somehow a good idea.

The Lacey Township Board of Education voted on August 15 to begin a “voluntary” drug testing program for seventh and eighth grade students that will involve penalties for those who fail the randomly administered monthly tests.

Although the tests will be given only to those students who participate in sports or other extracurricular activities, and only with a parent’s written consent, the program is likely to be viewed as a rather dubious one by those who support the concept of civil liberty.

Science Links New Autoimmune Disease to Aluminum Adjuvants in Vaccines

syringes-flu-shot-vaccineA recent symposium on autoimmune disease that took place in France has brought to the world’s attention a new disorder linked to the aluminum-based chemical adjuvants added to many childhood vaccines. Known as Autoimmune Inflammatory Syndrome Induced by Adjuvants, or ASIA, the novel disease includes a wide range of neurological and immune-associated effects, including chronic fatigue, sleeping disorders, muscle wasting and even early death.

Aluminum has long been recognized as a neurotoxin with a diverse array of metabolic reactions — a 1990 study published in the journal BioFactors, for instance, revealed that even low-level aluminum exposure can cause a host of neurological disorders and related symptoms. But these effects have been largely ignored in the vaccine context, with untold millions of children being injected with this poison every single year.

First identified by an Israeli doctor back in 2011, ASIA has become so widespread that a significant portion of the 9th International Congress on Autoimmunity was devoted to the unveiling of a world registry for those afflicted by it. Most doctors are still unaware of its existence, which means many patients suffering from the effects of ASIA are often bounced around among different specialists until finally being sent to the loony bin.

Mind Control vs. Freedom

mindcontrol777By John Rappoport

Fingers pointed like a gun. A pop tart chewed into the shape of a gun. A toy gun. A screen shot of a gun.

For several years now, all over America, schools have been exercising what they call zero tolerance policy to suspend young children packing “suggestions of guns.”

Behind this practice is the idea that populations can be conditioned against owning real guns. Start early, indoctrinate the kids, and society will change.

In turn, such thinking rests on the premise that human beings are Pavlovian dogs. Programmed biological machines. If the program currently running is faulty, and fails to obey the mandate of “greatest good for the greatest number,” change the program.

Read more: http://www.activistpost.com/2016/09/mind-control-vs-freedom.html?

Apple’s New ‘Wireless’ Headphones Emit Radiation … Right Next to Your Brain

wifi-radiationTo much fanfare and excitement, Apple has announced that the iPhone 7 will come with wireless earbuds, ditching the much-reviled and ever-tangled cords of conventional earbuds. The wireless earbuds, dubbed “AirPods,” will be water-resistant and are, in the words of company CEO Tim Cook, the first step to a “wireless future.”

They will also fire dangerous, cancer-causing radiation directly into the brains of users, experts have warned.

The iPhone will communicate via Bluetooth directly with the right earbud, which will send a separate Bluetooth signal to the left earbud. This means the radiation carrying the signal will pass directly through the user’s brain.

Contrary to the claims of industry representatives, studies have in fact established ways that RFR leads directly to health harm.

Fish For Dinner? Your Seafood Might Come With a Side of Plastic!

plastic-bitsFish are “stuffing themselves” on plastic, but scientists are still trying to figure out what effect that might have on those of us who eat seafood.

While the actual plastic bits might be in the stomachs of fish, the chemical used to the manufacture the plastic “may migrate into fish flesh and thus edible parts of seafood”. The Washington Post.

As much as 12.7m metric tons of plastic enter the world’s oceans each year. According to the World Economic Forum, by 2050 there could be more plastic in the sea than fish.

It’s clear that waste ends up in marine habitats from many different sources, from inefficient industrial waste management to plastic microfibers washed out of our clothing. But it’s less clear what the end result might be for human health.

Fish appear to be “stuffing themselves” on plastic, which is coated in bacteria and algae, mimicking their natural food sources. Mistaking the small particles for a high energy snack, fish gobble up most small plastic particles, according to recent research.

Much of that plastic ends up in the guts of fish and other marine life, and ultimately on our dinner table.

While the actual plastic bits might be in the stomachs of fish, the chemical used to manufacture the plastic “may migrate into fish flesh and thus edible parts of seafood”, explains Rolf Halden, director of Arizona State University’s Center for Environmental Security.

Those chemicals that have “hitched a ride on plastics” may sometimes be found “in accumulated concentrations that may be harmful to humans”, says Halden.

In a study published in 2015, marine researchers bought fish at public markets in California and Indonesia and examined their stomach contents. Around one in four fish at markets in both locations had plastic particles in their guts.

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2016/aug/31/fish-plastic-pollution-ocean-environment-seafood

Like Tobacco, the Meat Industry and Big Pharma, The Sugar Industry Has Manipulated Research For 50 Years

coffee-978921_960_720By Natasha Longo

Don’t you love people who cling to scientific research without ever questioning who sponsored that research? Using archival documents, a new report published by JAMA Internal Medicine examines the sugar industry’s role in heart disease research. The study suggests that the sugar industry sponsored research to influence the scientific debate to cast doubt on the hazards of sugar and to promote dietary fat as the culprit in heart disease. Governments worldwide agreed just like they did with the tobacco industry and big pharma.

The sugar industry was instrumental in influencing the prevailing thinking about fat, obesity and related diseases holding that quantifying calories should be a principal concern and target for intervention.

Read more here: http://www.naturalblaze.com/2016/09/like-tobacco-and-big-pharma-the-sugar-industry-has-manipulated-research-for-50-years.html?

Radioactive Food And Water The New Normal In Japan

fukushima-radioactive-load-nailed-sulfur-study_1581By Richard Wilcox Phd.

Japan has an amazing food culture thanks in part to the rich volcanic soil and ample rainfall, despite the lack of spacious farms. As it stands, Japan can feed approximately one third of its population from domestic production.

If you watch Japanese TV from time to time, you will see a bizarre and disturbing fetishization of food that borders on the insane. The media and in turn consumers are obsessed with food as not only a source of nutrition and social cohesion (all for the good), but as art, fashion and status symbol, a celebration of gluttony and greed; an infantile obsession with eating for self satisfaction.

I love good and healthy food and appreciate Asian cuisine, but we eat to live, not live to eat. This social pathology affects other cultures as well as seen by increasing rates of extreme obesity especially in Western countries due to the proliferation of shopping malls, junk food and high fructose corn syrup.

How ironic then that a “high food” society like Japan would have to suffer the insult of radioactive contamination. This is not a tuna melt sandwich but a nuclear melt-down sundae.

Radiation Nation

The long-term consequences of the Fukushima nuclear disaster continue to linger years after the event. Anyone who studies Chernobyl will know that even after three decades radioactive contamination persists. Although a different type of accident occurred there, in the case of Fukushima it was three reactors that had meltdowns instead of one, and even possibly “melt throughs” referring to corium penetrating the reactor buildings in lateral and vertical outward paths.

In the days and months that followed the Fukushima disaster in March of 2011, many people became very worried about radioactive contamination of the food and water supply, especially from short-lived iodine isotopes, followed by the more persistent and harmful cesium, strontium and plutonium. There was much testing by both the government and independent researchers and organizations. Despite the best efforts of the Japanese government, nuclear industry and mainstream media to downplay the crisis, social media proved helpful in educating the public about how to reduce consumer risks.

Read more here: http://www.activistpost.com/2016/09/radioactive-food-water-new-normal-japan.html?

Why You Should Be Paying Attention to America’s Quiet War on Cash

us-dollar-2By Shaun Bradley

Government campaigns of intimidation — like the wars on drugs, terror, and poverty — have been used to extort the public for decades. Despite the previous failures of institutional “wars,” a new war on cash is being waged that threatens freedom in a more subversive way than ever before.

Banks and governments around the world are cracking down on the use of paper money, and in turn, eliminating any anonymity left in the current system. Through strict rules on cash transactions and civil asset forfeiture laws, for example, the system has already instituted penalties for using cash. But as payments evolve into a purely digital network, the consequences of this new paradigm are being brought into the spotlight.

The ability to track, record, and mediate transactions of all individuals is a power that dictators throughout history could have only dreamed of. Those who value privacy are turning to alternatives like cash, cryptocurrencies, and precious metals, but these directly threaten central bank dominance. This ongoing tug-of-war in financial innovation will determine whether we enter an age of individual empowerment or centralized enslavement.

Read more here: http://www.activistpost.com/2016/09/paying-attention-americas-quiet-war-cash.html?

Is It Already Too Late To Consider The Ethics Of Mind Control Technology?

mind-control-970x546-777x437By Nicholas West

There seems to be a troubling uptick around “ethics” recently within scientific circles that are focusing on robotics, artificial intelligence, and brain research. I say troubling because embedded within the standard appeals for caution which should appear in science, there also seems to be a tacit admission that things might be quickly spiraling out of control, as we are told of meetings, conventions, and workshops that have the ring of emergency scrambles more than debating society confabs.

Yesterday, Activist Post republished commentary from Harvard which cited a 52-page Stanford study looking into what Artificial Intelligence might look like in the year 2030. That report admits that much of what the general public believes to be science fiction – like pre-crime, for example – is already being implemented or is well on the way to impacting people’s day-to-day lives. We have seen the same call for ethical standards and caution about “killer robots” when, in fact, robots are already killing and injuring humans. Really all that is left to be considered, presumably, is the degree to which these systems should be permitted to become fully autonomous.

Read more here: http://www.activistpost.com/2016/09/ethics-mind-control-technology.html

Globalized, Centralized, Compacted: They Cull the Population to Make Us Rely on Government

centralized-governmentBy Aaron Dykes

With each step forward, the powers-that-be are controlling us more and more, reducing the population and forcing people to rely upon a centralized, collective government. The global agenda to centralize control explained by Aaron Dykes in this video.


For Big Pharma, the Vaccine Ship is Sinking

sinking-financial-dollar-economyBy Jonathan Benson

The religion of vaccines is in dire straits. No matter how aggressively government health agencies, the mainstream media, and corporate “scientists” try to prop up the house of cards and keep the membership numbers high, often using intimidation and bullying tactics to coerce parents into compliance, more parents than ever are bucking the status quo in order to protect their kids from this ruthless death cult, which is increasingly being exposed as such despite all of its desperate propaganda.

A recent in-depth investigation by VacTruth.com‘s Jeffry John Aufderheide, for example, exposes a new effort by the pro-vaccine cult to push vaccines as safe and effective, using “regular moms” as the poster children for this so-called “grassroots” campaign. But as thoroughly outlined in Aufderheide’s piece, the campaign, known as “Voices for Vaccines,” is actually a phony astroturfing effort backed by the vaccine industry and its allies in academia and government.

The more conscious and free-thinking elements of society — parents who carefully investigate each and every vaccine prior to jabbing their kids are included in this category — are sure to reject this obvious attempt at corporate manipulation. But a surprising number of new defectors are also growing skeptical of all the endless haranguing by the pseudo-scientific elite, especially when it is poorly disguised as grassroots advocacy.

“Big Pharma and the pro-vaccine lobby know their ship is sinking,” writes Aufderheide about what is occurring. “Parents are investigating vaccines and asking doctors questions they cannot answer in record numbers, which is shooting holes in Pharma’s bottom line.”

Vaccine ‘science’ simply doesn’t hold any weight

Try as they might to blame the unvaccinated for escalating disease outbreaks all across the country, a ploy meant to scare as many people as possible into complying with vaccination mandates, the vaccine pushers are failing in this regard as well. In almost every instance, those spreading and catching diseases that were supposedly eradicated by vaccines were already vaccinated, completely debunking this common myth.

Beyond this, many parents of vaccinated children who now suffer from debilitating conditions like autism and autoimmune disease are starting to wonder why their friends’ unvaccinated children don’t have these serious health issues. Sure, the media can endlessly repeat the lie that vaccines are safe, that they do not cause autism and whatever else sounds nice to concerned parents, but the evidence speaks for itself.

Vaccines also destroy innate immunity, making individuals more prone later in life to developing the disease they were vaccinated against. This is true for the chickenpox vaccine, for instance, which has been scientifically shown to increase one’s risk of developing adult shingles, as well as for “polio-like” illness, measles and other conditions that are suddenly reemerging and being falsely blamed on the unvaccinated.

In truth, as we covered in a recent in-depth analysis on the myths of vaccination “science,” vaccines bypass the body’s non-specific immune system and introduce viral fragments, heavy metals and other highly damaging toxins directly into the adaptive immune system, destroying the body’s ability to develop true, natural immunity. As a result, vaccinated individuals actually become more prone to disease and also become carriers of disease and the real trigger behind disease outbreaks.

“Whereas natural recovery from many infectious diseases usually stimulates lifetime immunity, vaccines only provide temporary protection and most vaccines require ‘booster’ doses to extend vaccine-induced artificial immunity,” explained Barbara Loe Fisher, the president and co-founder of the National Vaccine Information Center, a vaccine research group.

Study Finds Organic Diet For One Week Drops Pesticide Levels By 90 Percent In Adults

please do not sprayBy Arjun Walia

I constantly come across individuals not knowing the difference between organic food and food that’s riddled with pesticides, which is why awareness is so important. A recent study conducted by researchers from RMIT university, published in the journal Environmental Research found that an organic diet for just one week significantly reduced pesticide (commonly used in conventional food production) exposure in adults.

Thirteen participants were randomly selected to consume a diet consisting of at least 80% organic or conventional food for precisely 7 days, afterwards crossing over to the alternative diet from which they started. Urinary levels were used for analysis. The study found that urinary dialkylphosphates (DAPs) measurements were 89% lower when they ate an organic diet for seven days compared to a conventional diet for the same amount of time.

A lot of these agents were initially developed as nerve gases for chemical warfare, so we do know that they have toxic effects on the nervous system at high doses. Conventional food production commonly uses organophosphate pesticides, which are neurotoxins that act on the nervous system of humans by blocking an important enzyme. Recent studies have raised concerns for health effects of these chemicals even at relatively low levels. This study is an important first step in expanding our understanding about the impact of an organic diet  – Dr. Liza Oates

These new studies, and the several others referred to in this article further confirms the evidence relating to the negative health effects of organophosphate pesticides like glyphosate, showing that there is significant pesticide exposure in adults who feel they are on a “normal diet” in contrast with a dramatically reduced exposure when the same individuals switch to an organic diet.

There is a reason that multiple countries around the world have banned GMOs and the pesticides that go with them.

Please read the entire article here: http://www.thesleuthjournal.com/new-study-finds-organic-diet-one-week-drops-pesticide-levels-90-percent-adults/

7 Ways Organic Farms Outperform Conventional Farms

organic-farm-bigBy Greg Seaman,

Sustainable, organic farming practices are the best way to feed the future…

Just a few generations ago, in the 1930’s, approximately 45% of Americans lived on farms. This demographic gradually but steadily declined as people migrated to urban centers, and over time, to suburbs. Today, only about 960,000 people claim farming as their principal occupation, which represents less than 1% of the US population.

During the same period of time the US population has more than doubled, and demand for agricultural products has increased accordingly.

It is a testament to human ingenuity that the mechanics of farming has managed to keep pace with an ever-expanding demand even as the number of farms has declined. Farm machinery has become larger, more efficient and more productive. New crop varieties have been developed which resist common pests and diseases while producing larger yields. Chemical fertilizers and pesticides have become increasingly effective, allowing farmers to produce larger crops without the need for additional human labor.

Farmlands have become increasingly dependent on chemical fertilizers which have short-term benefits but contribute to soil depletion over time.

But while today’s large scale food producers continue to profit and consumers see supermarket shelves overflowing with farm products, the unseen costs of our dependence on agribusiness exert a mounting toll. Farmlands have become increasingly dependent on chemical fertilizers which have short-term benefits but contribute to soil depletion over time. Water retention is diminished in non-organic farmland, resulting in erosion of topsoil with chemical residues entering watersheds. We consumers have quietly accepted these changes in farming practices as the cost of feeding a growing nation, and because there seem to be no practical alternatives.

Recent experiments in small organic farming practices, and the release of a 30-year side-by-side farming study by the Rodale Institute, have shown this reasoning to be fundamentally flawed. Organic farming, both large and small scale, is more productive than ‘conventional’ chemical-dependent farming. Organic farming is not only the best way to feed the world – it is the only way to feed the world in a sustainable way.

Organic farms, contrary to conventional wisdom, outperform conventional farms in these ways:

1. Organic farms are more profitable than conventional farms

The bottom line for farmers, regardless of the practices used, is income. The 30-year side-by-side Rodale study showed that organic systems were almost three times as profitable as conventional systems. The average net return for the organic systems was $558/acre/ year versus just $190/acre/year for the conventional systems. This figure is skewed because of the higher price organic farmers receive for their produce and meat, but the higher food costs alone cannot account for the difference in profitability. Lower input costs for organic farm systems are credited with significant cost savings for the farmer.

The relatively poor showing of GM crops in the Rodale study echoed a study from the University of Minnesota that found farmers who cultivated GM varieties earned less money over a 14-year period than those who continued to grow non-GM crops.

2. Organic yields equal or surpass conventional and GM yields

The Rodale 30-year study found that after a three-year transition period, organic yields equalled conventional yields. Contrary to fears that there are insufficient quantities of organically acceptable fertilizers, the data suggest that leguminous cover crops could fix enough nitrogen to replace the amount of synthetic fertilizer currently in use.

In a review of 286 projects in 57 countries, farmers were found to have increased agricultural productivity by an average of 79%, by adopting “resource-conserving” or ecological agriculture (Pretty et al., 2006).

3. Organic crops are more resilient than conventionally grown and GM crops

Organic corn yields were 31 per cent higher than conventional yields in years of drought. These drought yields are remarkable when compared to genetically modified (GM) “drought tolerant” varieties, which showed increases of only 6.7 per cent to 13.3 per cent over conventional (non-drought resistant) varieties.

The effects of climate change bring more uncertainty to farming, with increased drought predicted for some parts of the country. It has become obvious that weather patterns are changing, and looking to the future, food crops will need the resilience to adapt.

4. Organic farming is more efficient than conventional farming

Conventional agriculture requires large amounts of oil to produce, transport and apply fertilizers and pesticides. Nitrogen fertilizer is the single biggest energy cost for conventional farming, representing 41% of overall energy costs. Organic systems used 45% less energy overall than conventional systems. Production efficiency was 28% higher in the organic systems, with the conventional no-till system being the least efficient in terms of energy usage.

The extra energy required for fertilizer production and farm fuel use in conventional systems also contributes to greenhouse gas emissions (GHG). Conventional systems emit almost 40% more GHG per pound of crop production in comparison to the organic systems.

5. Organic farming builds healthier soil

While short-term benefits are realized with the use of chemical fertilizers and mechanized production methods, every gardener knows that soil health cannot be compromised in the long term. Eventually, soil-depleting practices take their toll as soil structure weakens, microbial life declines and erosion removes valuable topsoil from farmland.

The Rodale study found that overall soil health is maintained with conventional systems, but soil health is improved when using organic farming practices. Organic farming practices improve moisture retention which creates water ‘stores’ which plants can draw on during times of stress due to drought and high winds.

According to the Environmental Working Group and soil scientists at Iowa State University, America’s “Corn Belt” is losing precious topsoil up to 12 times faster than government estimates.

6. Organic farming keeps toxic chemicals out of the environment

Conventional systems rely heavily on pesticides (herbicides, insecticides, fungicides) many of which are toxic to humans and animals. With more than 17,000 pesticide products (agricultural and non-agricultural) on the market today, the EPA is unable to keep up with adequate safety testing. In fact, the EPA has required testing of less than 1% of chemicals in commerce today.

Many studies link low level exposure of pesticides to human health problems, and chemical residue from pesticides used in farming can be commonly found in air and water samples as well as in the food we eat.

Inactive ingredients in pesticide and herbicide formulations have been found to be as toxic as active ingredients, but are not tested for human health impacts.

7. Organic farming creates more jobs

Industrial agriculture has replaced human hands with machines and chemical inputs. According to the EPA, in the last century agricultural labor efficiency increased from 27.5 acres/worker to 740 acres/worker. Joel Salatin, organic farmer and author of best-selling books on sustainable farming, views these statistics as another reason for us to return to our farming roots. “People say our system can’t feed the world, but they’re absolutely wrong,” he says, “Yes, it will take more hands, but we’ve got plenty of them around.”

One important aspect to consumer support of conventional farming practices is the cost of food. Organic produce and meat is higher priced than non-organic counterparts. But, according to Joel Salatin, we get what we pay for. “We spend around 10% of our income on food and some 16% on health care, and it used to be the reverse.”

Our current food production system is in need of repair. We need to promote organic systems which respect the integrity of soil health and sustainable systems. Until recently it was thought that our national and global food needs were too big to be met with natural, organic food production systems. Recent studies confirm, however, that organic farming is the way of the future. We need, both collectively and as individuals, to support the organic food movement to enable the process to move forward with the research, seed development and farming practices needed to feed a hungry world.