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Chinese Peasants Taught the USDA to Farm Organically in 1909

May 21, 2019 – By Lena Zeldovich, JSTOR Daily – In 1909, American agricultural scientist Franklin Hiram King embarked on a journey to Asia. Having been chief of the Division of Soil Management in the USDA Bureau of Soils from 1902 to 1904, King was concerned about the United State’s rapidly deteriorating soil health. He wasn’t alone. The 19th and 20th centuries were marked by an increasing demand for food from the growing populations in Europe and America, along with decreasing soil productivity. But in Asia, the situation was starkly different. Chinese farmers grew their crops on the same land year after year, but their soil never seemed to lose its fertility.


Organic Trade Association lauds members of Congress

May 21, 2019 – By Chris Koger, The Packer – The Organic Trade Association has named two members of Congress — Dan Newhouse (R-Wash.) and Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) — as the group’s Organic Champion Award recipients.


They Grow the Nation’s Food, but They Can’t Drink the Water

May 21, 2019 – By Jose A. Del Real, The New York Times – Water is a currency in California, and the low-income farmworkers who pick the Central Valley’s crops know it better than anyone. They labor in the region’s endless orchards, made possible by sophisticated irrigation systems, but at home their faucets spew toxic water tainted by arsenic and fertilizer chemicals.