|Going Back to the Future: Is Biodynamic Agriculture the “Newest” Trend in Organic?|
The Cornucopia Institute - 2/1/2016. By Elizabeth Candelario, Demeter - In the early 1920’s a growing group of European farmers were increasingly concerned about what they were witnessing on their farms. Seeking the causes behind their observations, the farmers approached Dr. Rudolf Steiner – a well-known scientist and social advocate, who is now best known as the founder of Waldorf education – for guidance.
|Study looks at long-term impact of farming|
Gizmag - 2/1/2016. By Antonio Pasolini - Human use of land for crops and herds has completely altered the world's landscapes. A new field of research called experimental socio-ecology looks to the past to predict the consequences of this type of human activity in the future. Researchers at Arizona State University have spent the last 10 years studying the effects that small-scale farmers have had on land in the Mediterranean, and now they have released a report with the findings of the project.
|Healthy Ground, Healthy Atmosphere: Recarbonizing the Earth’s Soils|
Environmental Health Perspectives - 2/1/2016. By Nancy Averett - On a bright October morning Dave Brandt tromps through the middle of his central Ohio wheat field. The grain was harvested months ago, but there isn’t an inch of bare dirt anywhere. Instead, more than 10 varieties of plants, including crimson clover, pearl millet, and Austrian winter peas, form a “cover crop cocktail” that stretches all the way to the road bordering his property. “This will be here all winter,” Brandt says. “And in the spring, we’ll plant corn right into this.”
|Organic Cannabis? One Colorado Hemp Farm Has Earned The USDA’s Blessing|
KUNC – Community Radio for Northern Colorado - 2/1/2016. By Luke Runyon - Colorado is now home to some of the nation’s first certified organic cannabis [hemp], which comes with a blessing from federal regulators. CBDRx, a Longmont, Colorado cannabis farm, has secured a certification to market its products with the organic seal from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, a major coup for the plant’s enthusiasts.