Things Are Good: A GM & Pesticide Free Rice Growing Revolution

Rice farmers have been growing their crop in the same way for hundreds of years and most people have assumed the most efficient way to grow rice has been figured out. That is until some farmers in India decided to change how they grow their bounty and now scientists have take note of their success. ...

Things Are Good: Soil Benefits from Organic Farming

The benefits of organic farming keep revealing themselves – it turns out that the soil itself benefits from farmers growing organic crops. “Farmers interested in transitioning to organic production will be happy to see that with good management, yields can be the same, with potentially higher returns and better soil quality,” said Delate, who leads ...

Things Are Good: Organic Farming is Better than Factory Farming for Carbon Capture

It turns out that not only is eating organic food better for you than processed foods, growing organic food is better for everyone. Organic farms (and likely home gardens) are better at capturing and retaining carbon than farms that are focused on mass production. Last year, researchers reexamined all 74 studies that had looked at ...

Writings of J. Todd Ring: Toxic weedkiller found in EVERY human urine sample tested – at levels 5 to 20 times legal safe limit for drinking water

A recent German study found glyphosate – the active chemical in Monsanto’s widely used Roundup weed killer – in all human urine samples tested – and at levels 5 to 20 times the legal safe limit for drinking water. Think about that. Glyphosate has been shown to harm the digestive tract, impair nutrient absorption, cause ...

ROAR!: One potato two potato – Pesticides on PEI

We don’t go more than a few months these days, on Prince Edward Island without hearing about our high Cancer rates. And if Islanders are bothered by this, try being someone who has been fighting against big industry, educating people and raising the same questions/concerns over and over and over again for decades – How ...

Things Are Good: Bhutan to go 100% Organic

Bhutan is an amazing little country that has banned cigarettes and measures its success not through the backwards-looking GDP but by Gross National Happiness. In another step to be the one of the friendliest to the environment, the Asian nation has now pledged to produce and consume only organic food! “We have developed a strategy ...

Things Are Good: Young, Urban, and Farming in Rural Ontario

In Ontario women from the city are defying stereotypes and running farms. Once the purview of the stereotypical old white farmer who hates cow-tippers, now women raised in cities are buying and operating farms in rural Ontario. These young and educated farmers are using organic process and community driven opportunities to run successful farms. “I ...