What is Organic Agriculture?

Organic agriculture is about more than just growing food and fibres without synthetic fertilizers and chemical biocides. Organic farmers use growing practices that include:

  • nourishing and improving the soil by adding organic matter and other natural fertilizers, so that it isn’t depleted by repeated harvests
  • rotating crops so that insect and disease damage is reduced naturally, and so that the best crop for the existing fertility is grown; using intensive rotational grazing to ensure that livestock are well fed while spreading their
  • organic nutrient wealth (manure) around, thus reducing water-polluting runoff from manure piles
  • using natural biocides, such as Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt), pheromone lures, hand-picking, and other techniques to reduce damage from disease and insects
  • using open-pollinated seed whenever feasible
  • avoiding genetically modified plants and animals
  • using cruelty-free livestock management methods.

These practices benefit the planet we live on by increasing the soil and ecosystem health and biodiversity. They also …

Canada’s Organic Community

Welcome to Canada’s Organic Community! Organics is a community by virtue of its commitment to doing things differently: organic farmers producing quality food by caring for the health of the soil and water; unique distribution methods that bypass big business and leave more cash in the hands of our farmers; and education of the food-buying public so they know that their food does not just come from a grocery store shelf.However, the community’s small size (one to two percent of the Canadian market) makes it difficult for people interested in organics to find each other across the country. I created Canada’s Organic Community to help bring together everyone with an interest in organics.

If you’re not quite sure what organic agriculture is, or what it’s all about, see What is Organic Agriculture? Looking for some good news about organics? Read the motion developed by the city of Minneapolis MN, specifically …

MOFGA – Capital Campaign

If:

  • you are concerned about maintaining rural communities in Maine and throughout the nation,
  • you want to be sure that everyone always has access to delicious, organic, non-engineered foods,
  • you want to protect wildlife, open spaces and prevent sprawl,
  • you believe farms and farmers are an integral part Maine’s special character,
  • you want the next generation to inherit the knowledge they need to grow safe, healthy food,

    please, help us complete our campaign!

    Why a Capital Campaign?

    In 1997 MOFGA decided to build a home dedicated to sharing its 30 years of experience and expertise.Through the collective support of those who share our commitment to local, organic farms and gardens, we have raised $2.7 million of our $3.1 million goal. With these funds, we purchased 250 acres of mixed farmland and forest in the heart of Maine’s farm country. Over the past four years we have created a beautiful education

Why was the potato doctor suspended ?

I have read the Report of the Committee that audited the data obtained by Dr. A. Pusztai and his colleagues regarding the effects of feeding potatoes that express the gene encoding GNA and examined the data supplied in the appendices . I have also read the report prepared by Dr. Pusztai in which he analyzes these and other data supplied to the auditors, and I have read the transcript ot the World in Action TV program.

Allow me to say first that it is an excellent idea for scientists to participate in such programs, if for no other reason than to keep stating the facts, and try to counter the fear-mongers who are often more interested in broadcasting their opinions than in ferreting out the facts. Dr. Pusztai made the following statements in the program: (1) that the GM potatoes had a slight growth retardation effect, (2) that …