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Organic food is simple and healthful, and close to nature. Food grown or raised without synthetic fertilizers or pesticides or hormones. Using fertilizer that is derived from animal or vegetable matter.

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Organic Food practices strive to foster cycling of resources, promote ecological balance, and conserve biodiversity.

Organic Food Websites

What does Organic Mean?

Healthful is something conducive to good health of body or mind. Free from filth and pathogens.

Organic Farming ResearchFarmer in Field
Organic Farming Research Foundation
Soil Association for Organic Growers
National Organic Program

Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners
Northeast Organic Farming Association
Organic Consumers Association
Organic Farming and Conventional Farming Comparison (PDF)
Student-run Organic Farm thrives at traditional land-grant university

Farmland LP converts conventional farmland into certified organic, and the builds long-term value by implementing sustainable farming practices.

Organic Landscaping

Still more work to be done
National Organic Standards Board
National Organic Standards Board (NOSB)
Codes
Research Publication
Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems
Organic Farming Systems (PDF)
Bioscience Oxford Journals
Environmental Impacts

Organic Trade Association
Organic Program Regulations (PDF)
Agricultural Marketing Service
Organic Pesticides

Urban Chickens
Backyard Chickens

Fast Growing Plants
Supercharged Photosynthesis
Hydroponics
Aquaponics

Plant Breeding
Agrarian Society

Environmental Education
Environmental Websites
Environmental News

Foraging and Wild Edible Plants
Forest Gardens



What does Organic Mean?

We know from experience that we should not always trust labels, though we are forced to do so at times. Mostly because we have no way of confirming the accuracy of the label, and even if we did, we still have no way of understanding the whole process or all the impacts of those processes. Most people don't know that the word Natural can be misleading and false. Sadly the same goes for organic. But we still have to choose Organic because we know it's a step in the right direction and also a vote for healthier food and a vote for a healthier planet. The best way to confirm the quality of your food is to know the source. That's one of the main reasons why local farming is extremely important. If a farmer disclosed everything involved in their farming operations, like soil test results, seeds used, machines used, and the location of the farm and whether it's near anything that could contaminate the food, you would have a much better chance of getting the highest quality food possible. You also want to know if the farm has good labor practices and treats their workers fairly. You also want to know if the farm treats the land with respect and does not pollute any streams or rivers nearby. You also want to know if the farm treats their neighbors with respect as well. You also want to know if the farm treats their animals humanely and doesn't feed the animals unhealthy products or use antibiotics or other chemicals. "You are what you eat, you are also what your food eats too." You also have to know the inspector who certifies the farm and whether the farm is following all the rules. So we also need to have a rating on the inspectors too, because not all inspectors can be trusted. We also need to know all the chemicals that are used, even if they are known to be safe. We still need to know how much chemicals were used, how often they were used, why they were used, where they were used, and how they were applied. We also have to know where these chemicals came from and whether that company is following all the rules too, and whether all the people who play a part in their processes are also following all the rules. So we have to define all the rules and we also have to know if they are being followed. We don't want any hidden costs, we need everything disclosed. Because if you don't count the things that matter then knowing how to count won't matter. The cost of bad eating habits, and the cost of poor quality food is enormous, costing billions in healthcare and lose of life, and the pollution of water and land.

It takes over 3 years for soil to rid itself of bad pesticides, herbicides, insecticides, toxins, and heavy metals

What are Organic Regulations? what does it mean to be Organically Certified PDF
Organic Farming  Information

Organic Crops have Higher in Beneficial Antioxidants and Less in Pesticides   PDF
Crop-Based Foods
Polyphenol

Inorganic Compound is a compound that is not organic. The term is not well defined, but in its simplest definition refers simply to compounds that do not contain carbon, and not consisting of or deriving from living matter.

Organic Compound is any member of a large class of gaseous, liquid, or solid chemical compounds whose
molecules contain carbon.

The Organic Effect (youtube) Family reduces pesticides in their blood by eating organic food
Organically grown foods may offer greater health and safety than foods conventionally grown


Organic management practices identified by the Food and Agriculture Organization
The Food and Agriculture Organization identified organic management practices as follows:
Soil management practices include increasing humus content and biological activity as well as meeting mineral deficiency of soils: manipulation of crop rotations and strip-cropping: deep and shallow rooted plants bring different nutrients to the surface; different crops require different nutrients; growing green manure; undersowing; application of rock dust, manure, crop and agro-industry residues, household waste, compost; soil tillage, such as use of an implement which aerates the soil.

Pest management practices include:
manipulation of crop rotations, to minimize survival of crop-specific pests (in the form of, for example, insect eggs, fungi) which can infest the next crop; strip cropping, to moderate spreading of pests over large areas; manipulation of pH-level or moisture level of the soil (in irrigated areas);manipulation of planting dates, to plant at a time most optimal for the crop, or least beneficial for the pest; adjustment of seeding rates, to achieve an optimal rate given the need to crowd out weeds or avoid insects; use of appropriate plant varieties and livestock breeds for local conditions; implementation of stock culling programmes, which emphasize genetic resistance against certain diseases; use of stock buying programmes, which minimize the import of diseases onto the farm; limiting field size, which aids in weed management by livestock; biological control methods, to encourage natural enemies of pests by providing habitat (for example hedges) or by breeding and releasing them in areas where they are required;
trapping insects, possibly with the use of lures such as pheromones; biological pesticides (for example, derris dust, pyrethrum, rotenone) of which the active ingredient is short-lasting, and which may be produced locally.

Post-harvest practices include:
In temperate countries, grains can be well conserved when harvested and stocked in conditions which allow air circulation (in jute sacs, ventilated silos, etc.); in tropical countries, humidity and high temperatures pose problems which can be overcome through: harvesting at complete maturity and during dry weather; storing without stripping off the bark; drying of grains under the sun before storing; mixing sand, china-clay, or wood ash to grains; adding little quantities of nut oil to niebe grains (very effective on weevil); addition of smoke or certain plants to repel insects; etc.; in ancient Europe and the Mediterranean basin, grains were stored in buried pits for several years: the anaerobic conditions of these pits prevented insect proliferation and the grains underwent an initial fermentation which protected it from insects and mouldiness, despite the high degree of humidity; traditional procedures allow conservation and enhancement of the nutritional value of cereals and leguminous, such as: fomenting rice (rice is bathed, steamed and dried) destroys insect eggs; transforming wheat in bourghoul (wheat is germinated, boiled, dried and crushed) enriches the cereal with vitamins and essential amino-acids (lysine) and pre-digest starch; fermenting certain leguminous (for example, soy in the Far East and nere in Africa) gives high nutritional quality products which can be conserved for years; fermented fish sauce (nuoc-nam) allows simple fish conservation and offers an alternative to fish drying, especially that the latter entails inevitable losses in tropical conditions. 
Food and Agriculture Organization
 

Percentage of Organic Farms in America
 

Organic Farming by Country (wiki)
Organic Production Data
Organic Production Documentation
Organic Faqs

Two-Stage Determinants of the Organic Food Retailing Landscape: The Case of Manhattan, New York

Farmers Markets

Chefs Garden is a specialty vegetable farm in Huron, Ohio. Elite chefs seeking perfection, in vegetable form and flavor. Micro-greens to the tiny eggplants and cucumelons. Squash blossoms that are only harvested during a narrow hour-and-a-half window in the early morning.


Responsibly Grown  -  Labels should tell us what's Relevant and Important, and not just the ingredients.

Whole Foods on Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014 plans to start rolling out a system that ranks fruits and vegetables as "good," ''better" or "best" based on the supplier's farming practices. Responsibly Grown labeling system for produce and flowers will prohibit the use of several common pesticides. Eliminating the use of certain pesticides that studies have indicated can be harmful to farm workers and children born to mothers exposed to them. Farms have to take 16 steps to "protect the air, soil, water and human health." The rankings will also take into account factors such as water and energy use. The grocery chain already has ranking systems for meat and seafood, which takes into account animal welfare and sustainability standards, respectively. We need more people to perform on-site audits. Pattie Maes demos the Sixth Sense (youtube)

Food Scores
Food Scores App
How Good Ratings
Good Guide Ratings
Counting the things that matter
Product Lifecycle

Fair Trade

Big data shows how what we buy affects endangered species What if the soybeans used to make that tofu you ate last night were grown in fields that were hewn out of tropical rainforests? Or if that tee-shirt you bought came from an industrial area that had been carved out of high-value habitat in Malaysia?

The trade routes that threaten biodiversity

Sustainable Seafood Calculator - Ocean Data
Field to Market
Sustainable Calculator
Does it Add Up?
True Cost Accounting

Sensors

SCiO: Your Sixth Sense. A Pocket Molecular Sensor For All !

My DX is a Portable Handheld Chemical Analyzer Sensor with electronic nose nanotechnology to accurately measure chemicals and test samples of interest in nearly any solid, liquid, or gas sample, anywhere, anytime.

Sense of Smell (olfactory system)

Artificial Intelligent Sensors
Smartphone Sensors

Nutrient Testing
Health Sensors

The NuVal System scores food on a scale of 1-100. The higher the NuVal Score, the better the nutrition.

Food Whistleblower
Food Integrity
Smart Labels 

Food Labels should tell us these important factors
Nutrition Levels (Vitamin and Mineral levels-Raw and Cooked, and what this food goes good with) Label Meanings
Environmental Impact Level (pesticides, locally grown, non-gmo, farming methods, energy used to process, packaging)

I'm not against products, I'm just totally against cheap products that don't last and waste resources, energy, people, time and money. These products serve no purpose other then killing the environment and killing people. This is why we need an accurate and reliable rating system that says this product meets the highest standards of sustainability and intelligence, if it doesn't have this seal of approval, then people should not buy it. If people do buy this cheap and ignorant product, that means they are voting for ignorant and criminal behavior to continue to hurt innocent people. The FDA is too slow and corrupt. The FDA drags their feet as people are dying. We need better system that works. The FDA, politicians and certain corporations are basically saying, "we are f*cking scumbags and we don't give a sh*t about people or this planet." These are the people that need to be in jail, not small time offenders, put these mass murders behind bars. They are Terrorists. So why are they not arrested? Justice for some.

Quality Control
Food Safety
Ratings
Feedback
Coops
Farm to Fridge
Food Labels
Value Measuring

Digital Food - vpro backlight (youtube)

"Food Market Designs shouldn't be about sales, designs should be about education. People don't need manipulation, people need education."


Clothes Labels
Labels should tell people the whole story.

Shirt Label: 100% cotton. Made in Cambodia by Behnly, 9 years old. He gets up at 5:00 am every morning to make his way to the garment factory where he works. It will be dark when he arrives and dark when he leaves. He dresses lightly because the temperature in the room he works reaches 30 degrees. The dust in the room fills his nose and mouth. He will make less than a
dollar, for a day spent slowly suffocating. A mask would cost the company ten cents.   Canadian Fair Trade Network
Shirt Label: 100% cotton. Made in Bangladesh by Joya who left school at the age of 12 to help support her two brothers and newly widowed mother. Her father was killed when a fire ripped through the cotton factory where he works. She now works in the building across the street from the burned down factory. A constant reminder of the risk she takes every day.

Noy Thrupkaew: Human Trafficking is all around you, this is how it works (video)

Of course this is only half the story, the other half is the environmental impacts, and so on.
The Value of Money

14 Expert Ways To Tell If Clothes Are Well-Made Or Super Cheap




The Thinker Man