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Global Warming Threatens Organic Coffee

Global warming has created the worst outbreak of leaf-rust fungus in 30 years for organic coffee growers throughout Mexico, Central America and parts of South America, according to Bloomberg. Farmers can use chemicals to kill the fungus, though they risk losing their organic certification if they do. Humid conditions and … Read more »

Organic Farming ‘Could Sequester All Carbon Emissions’

Organic farming practices could sequester more than 100 percent of our current carbon emissions, according to research from the Rodale Institute. Achieving these goals would require the wholesale adoption of the practice of  “regenerative farming,” an organic farming technique that the study, Regenerative Organic Agriculture and Climate Change, describes as “widely available and inexpensive.” … Read more »

FDA Rules Pose Threat to Organic Farmers

Organic farmers may fall foul of regulations proposed by the US Food and Drug Administration, The Los Angeles Times reports. In 2010, after a campaign lasting several years, food safety activists managed to convince Congress that the agency should be have the authority to monitor farm practices. In 2011, 33 … Read more »

Sainsbury, Co-op, M&S Organic Sales Drop

Sainsbury, Co-op, M&S Organic Sales Drop

UK retailers Tesco, Sainsbury, Waitrose, Asda, Morrisons, Co-operative and Marks & Spencers saw their collective organic sales drop by 3.8 percent last year, according to a report that found the number of UK organic producers and processors fell 4.9 percent in 2012 to 6,929. The 2013 Organic Market report, produced … Read more »

Chipotle to Serve 10 Million Pounds of Locally Grown Produce for Second Straight Year

Chipotle Mexican Grill plans to serve more than 10 million pounds of locally grown produce – grown on farms within 350 miles of the restaurants where they will be served – for a second straight year, an increase from 5 million pounds served two years ago, the company said. In 2011, … Read more »