LET’S BE G.M.O. CLEAR!

LET'S BE GMO CLEAR! There is no GMO tomato on the US market today! I repeat. There is no GMO tomato on the US market today. To write so, as many misinformed bloggers and writers do, only confuses and misleads readers and consumers, while seed companies like Monsanto, Dow, and J.R. Simplot, to name a few, elate... Continue Reading →

Natural Foods Expo West

Today is the first day of the massive gathering of natural food products here in Anahiem, CA. Natural? Organic? Local? I know! It's daunting. Non-GMO Verified is trending like wildfire here. This is incredible and inspiring.  Yet, I will say, I do see a reduction in the USDA certified organic label. Thankfully, the ingredients are still organic in many of these cases.... Continue Reading →

Week 3, Bhoomi!

A-Z of Organic Agriculture, 2012- Week 3, Bhoomi Bhoomi week was an incredible celebration of women in Defense of the Earth at the Navdanya farm in the third week of the A-Z of Organic Agriculture course. The class is so grateful to the brilliant minds of Dr. Vandana Shiva, Frances Moore Lappe, Jean Grossholtz, Winona LaDuke,... Continue Reading →

Week Two, Living Soil!

Navdanya A-Z of Organic Agriculture Course, 2012 Week Two, Living Soil: Living soil week was an education in the magnificence of our Earth’s precious soil.  Dr. Hari Raj Singh kicked off the week with a soil lesson that left everyone with a genuine reverence for the complex elements of the soil, the foundation of our food.Dr.... Continue Reading →

Week One, Living Seed!

Navdanya A-Z of Organic Agriculture Week One, Living Seed: As we complete our first of four weeks at the Navdanya A-Z of Organic Agriculture course, let us say how grateful we are to Dr. Salvatore Ceccarelli for honoring us with his expertise in Participatory Plant Breeding.  A true seed guru, Dr. Ceccarelli explained how this method, left in the... Continue Reading →

Farmer’s Markets For All!

With a stopover in California for a few months, I have learned of the states relatively recently adopted (late 2010) food assistance program, CalFresh. This is California's own name for the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAPS), formerly known as the food stamps program.  Nationwide, long gone is the stigmatized booklet of stamps. Instead, EBT (electronic benefit transfer) credit... Continue Reading →

Keeping it Rural.

A few weeks back I went to a small village, Gundhiarth Gaon, outside the slightly larger mountain town of Parola, 8,000 feet high in the district of Uttarkashi in the Young Himalayas. It was a seven hour one lane wide winding road trip up and upward.  This region is an extremely rural peasant terrace farming... Continue Reading →

Saving Rice.

It’s the end of rice harvest season here at Navdanya’s Bija Vidyapeeth (seed university). Squares of hundred’s of rice patties are harvested at their roots with with sickles, bundled and left out to dry for a few days, then hand-thrashed onto concrete to remove the grains. It is backbreaking work under a scorching sun, performed... Continue Reading →

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