Monday, March 2, 2009

And one more from Organic Bytes

Study-- Conventionally Grown Vegetables Have Significantly Lower Nutrient Value Than Organics:
The February issue of the Journal of HortScience reports the average vegetable found in today's supermarket is anywhere from 5% to 40% lower in minerals than those harvested just 50 years ago. As Davis points out, more than three billion people around the world suffer from malnourishment and yet, ironically, efforts to increase food production have actually produced food that is less nourishing. If you're still not buying the whole "organic-is-better" argument, this study might convince you otherwise...

More Organic Bytes: Share your Nat'l Organic Action Plan

Share Your Organic Vision for a U.S. National Organic Action Plan
This week, OCA's Alexis Baden-Mayer is in LaCrosse, WI at the U.S. National Organic Action Plan summit where a grassroots group of organic producers and consumers discussed the creation of a coordinated plan articulating a shared vision, set objectives and benchmarks for measuring organic agriculture's social and environmental benefits, and proposals for the future growth of U.S. organic food and agriculture for the next decade and beyond. Countries all over the world have developed and implemented national organic action plans with clear targets, benchmarks, and protocols to facilitate public accountability of agricultural policies. The U.S. National Organic Action Plan builds on this experience, but it is driven by a non-governmental group of grassroots participants.

Read more and share your vision for the National Organic Action Plan

Via: Organic Consumer's Association newsletter

Web Videos of the Week:
"Meet the Farmer" TV
This new program looks at the links between eating local and the costs of not doing so. Explore the business of small family farms, and the health benefits derived from eating organic, not to mention the economic benefits to the community from supporting local farms. We've posted two of these half-hour programs to our website for your viewing. Watch how one family starts up their own small farming operation from scratch. In the second episode, watch how this group of people fulfills Obama's request to U.S. citizens to begin volunteering one day per week when they start getting involved helping out at a local sustainable farm.