Acclaimed Farmer Eliot Coleman on The Adventure of Organic Farming – by Tuning In to Mother Nature, We Were Unstoppable

The Gerritsen family of Wood Prairie Farm shared this remarkable, must-read presentation by Eliot Coleman, author and proprietor with wife Barbara Damrosch of Four Season Farm in Harborside, Maine. Coleman gave this presentation at the Mid-America Organic Association Conference held in Kansas City the last week of January, 2017. – RR A partial bio of…

The True Cost of Food: Organic Isn’t Too Expensive, Conventional is Too Cheap!

Here’s a brief introduction to why organic produce isn’t as expensive compared to conventional as you might think, when you include the costs of conventional that are externalized.

Created by Dutch organic distributor Eosta’s Nature & More company.

Published on Aug 18, 2016

Organic vegetables and fruits are the best, aren’t they? But they seem expensive. That’s why we, as a supplier of organic food, decided to share the True Cost of Food with you in the store shelves. As far as we know, we’re the first food company worldwide to provide that level of transparency. This video explains what The True Cost of Food is all about. Organic isn’t too expensive, conventional is too cheap! We did the math.

Farmers’ Organic Seed Group Dumps Organic Trade Assoc. Membership Over Monsanto-Backed GMO Bill

Press Release from the Organic Seed Growers and Trade Association: ORGANIC FARMER GROUP Dumps ORGANIC TRADE ASSOCIATION OSGATA Cites Betrayal Over Monsanto-Backed GMO LABELING BILL Washington, ME, July 13, 2016   By a unanimous vote of its Board of Directors, the organic farmer-controlled Organic Seed Growers and Trade Association (OSGATA) has withdrawn its membership from…

Cuba’s sustainable agriculture at risk in U.S. thaw

by Miguel Altieri, Professor of Agroecology, University of California Berkeley March 25, 2016 5.39am EDT This article originally appeared at The Conversation       President Obama’s trip to Cuba this week accelerated the warming of U.S.-Cuban relations. Many people in both countries believe that normalizing relations will spur investment that can help Cuba develop…

Organic Agriculture Is Key to Helping Feed the World Sustainably – UCS Review

    Read at the source. UCS Science Network | February 3, 2016, 18:31 pm EST Organic agriculture is a relatively untapped resource for feeding the Earth’s population, especially in the face of climate change and other global challenges. That’s the conclusion my doctoral candidate Jonathan Wachter and I reached in reviewing 40 years of…

Who Owns Organic? Infographic – Consolidation Continues – Updated Edition for 2016

Click on image to enlarge. Via the Cornucopia Institute.


Courtesy of Dr. Philip H. Howard, an Associate Professor in the Department of Community Sustainability at Michigan State University. Howard is author of the forthcoming book, Concentration and Power in the Food System: Who Controls What We Eat?, to be published on February 25, 2016.

Petaluma’s Organic Egg Producers Receive Mixed Reviews in Latest Scorecard

The organic standards advocates at the Cornucopia Institute recently released the second edition of their organic egg report & scorecard, Scrambled Eggs: Separating Factory Farm Egg Production from Authentic Organic Agriculture. The report seeks to “highlight the good news in the organic egg industry by showcasing the true heroes, including national and local producers that are supplying…

Soil Carbon Restoration: Can Biology Do the Job?

This readable and visually appealing paper comes to the Raucous Rooster via Jim Gerritsen of Wood Prairie Farm. Published in August of 2015, writer, organic farmer and Policy Director of the Northeast Organic Farming Association Jack Kittredge writes for a general audience about the extraordinary potential of soil restoration to mitigate the effects of climate…

Keeping the National Organic Program Honest: Farmer Protest in Stowe Highlights NOSB Meeting

From Wood Prairie Farm’s always interesting Seed Piece Newsletter. Wood Prairie’s Jim Gerritsen is also the president of the Organic Seed Growers and Trade Association. Browse Wood Prairie’s website, find your organic seed potatoes, and sign up for their newsletter here. More information about OSGATA is here. Farmer Protest in Stowe Highlights NOSB Meeting by…