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The U.S. Department of Agriculture has been heavily promoting its organic programs lately, particularly its increased support for organic farming in the new farm bill: "Consumer demand for organic products has grown exponentially over the past...
There was a lot of pride and excitement in the North Country agricultural community when "one of our own" was named Farmer of the Year by the Northeast Organic Farmers Association – New York chapter. Brian Bennett and his wife, Ann, have been...
A new study out this week in the journal PLOS one finds organic milk has more omega-3 fatty acids, which are good for your heart, than does conventional milk. As NPR's Allison Aubrey reported on All Things Considered Tuesday night: The researchers...
Food coops (and bulk buying clubs before them) were really the pioneers of whole food and local food and healthy food eating in most places. Now we have the mega-chain Whole Foods, and most supermarkets carry organic fruits and vegetables and...
News stories tagged with "organic"
by Julie Grant
Mar 12, 2008 — More companies are importing organic products from China and other countries. But contaminated pet food, tainted toothpaste, and unauthorized antibiotics in fish have been imported to the U.S. from China. Now, some people are concerned about organic foods from China. Julie Grant reports. Go to full article
Feb 08, 2008 — New York's first ever panel on organic farming held its inaugural meeting this week in Albany. The Organic Advisory Task Force will help state Agriculture Commissioner Patrick Hooker create programs and policies to take advantage of the growing demand for organic food. Sue Rau is the only North Country representative on the task force. She spoke with David Sommerstein about its first meeting. Rau manages the North Country Grown Cooperative, which distributes produce from more than 20 local farms. She also runs her own certified organic farm in Norfolk. Rau says when she started farming 20 years ago, there was no local market for organic fruits and vegetables. Go to full article
by Julie Grant
Feb 07, 2008 — Organic used to be on the fringes of mainstream culture. Not any more. Ever since the National Organic Standards went into effect five years ago, organic foods have become big business. Sales of organic products now total about $20 billion a year in the US. But that quick growth spurt is coming with some growing pains. Julie Grant reports. Go to full article
Jan 29, 2008 — Chefs are always dreaming up the next big dish. Lately, it's been trendy for restaurants to showcase locally-grown farm products and meat from livestock that's been raised on a pasture instead of in a feedlot. But Rebecca Williams reports just because something's hot in the kitchen... it doesn't always mean a better payoff for farmers. Go to full article
Sep 10, 2007 — For several years, agriculture officials in New York have been pushing hard to make the connection between Upstate farms and downstate markets. A Jefferson County farmer has launched his own effort. Steve Winkler of Lucky Seven Livestock in Rodman has created a new label called "Certified Natural New York." He's distributing pork, lamb, beef, and chicken from 40 farms around the state, including about a dozen in northern New York, to stores like Wegmans and Whole Foods in metropolitan areas. Winkler told David Sommerstein "Certified Natural New York" ensures meats are produced under certain guidelines. Go to full article
by Todd Moe
Jul 26, 2007 — The New Land Trust in Saranac is sponsoring the First Annual Bee-Fest, August 3-5. The New Land Trust is a 287-acre site that's been practicing ecological land management in Clinton County since 1978. Todd Moe spoke with the Trust's Damian Gormley and Jeff Cochran about organic farming, developing their bee populations and educating the public about the phenomenon know as "Colony Collapse Disorder." Go to full article
by Brian Mann
Apr 28, 2006 — Tonight at the Keene Central School, the group Adirondack Harvest will host the screening of a new film called "Three Farms." The documentary focuses on the daily work and rituals on three organic farms, one in Keene Valley, another in Willsboro, and a third in Keeseville. Photographer Ben Stechschulte, who spends part of each year in the Adirondacks, made the film over a period of years. He spoke with Brian Mann. Go to full article
Dec 29, 2005 — This week we're hearing audio diaries. Today's is a part of our year-long series Disability Matters, looking at the issues facing people with disabilities in the North Country. Ann Bennett and her husband, Brian, are organic farmers in Heuvelton. They sell chickens and eggs, vegetables and herbs under the name Bittersweet Farm. They have two children, 11-year-old Katherine and 8-year-old Carl. Ann has a form of muscular dystrophy and arthritis. Her condition has gotten worse in recent years. Before, she walked through the fields and gardens. Now she uses an electric wheelchair with big sturdy wheels to get around the farm. Ann prepared this audio diary about the transition. Go to full article