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Natural Composting For The Holidays
The holiday season is once again upon us; a time for friends, family, food and composting. Here at EnviroCitizen we know this is a busy, fun-filled time of year. We also know that the holidays offer a true opportunity to givemother Earth a special holiday gift – the gift of compost!
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Fall Foliage: Composting Your Leaves
As the sweet smell of summer becomes a distant memory, we watch begrudgingly as the leaves change color and as fall swoops in. You may ask yourself, what to do with the excessively large amount of dead leaves crowding your yard? Why not compost? Each year a single tree can shed up to 600lbs of leaves in a season. In 2008, 249.6 million tons of municipal solid waste or MSW (more commonly known as trash or garbage) were generated in the United States. Composting can return upwards of 70% of the n
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Practices not allowed in organic continue to be linked to environmental and health concerns
Atrazine review: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has launched a comprehensive new evaluation of the pesticide atrazine to determine its effects on humans. One of the most widely used agricultural pesticides by U.S. non-organic producers, atrazine can be applied before and after planting to control broadleaf and grassy weeds. EPA will evaluate the pesticide’s potential cancer and non-cancer effects on humans,including its potential association with birth defects, low birth weight,
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Research looks at production and products
High-tunnel production: USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has created an Interim Practice Standard” for high-tunnel construction. Since 2001, the Organic Farming Research Foundation (OFRF) has funded four research projects examining various aspects of high-tunnel production. More information about high tunnels and their value in an organic production system is available from www.ofrf.org.
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Consumers continue to choose organic products as they become more available and visible
Mambo Sprouts Marketing released survey results in November showing that consumers are going back to basics to bolster their health. Findings showed 84 percent take vitamins, 73 percent eat the recommended amount of fruits and vegetables, and 68 percent choose organic foods. In addition, 59 percent of consumers polled said they expect to increase the amount of organic products purchased during 2010.
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The current Administration is providing increased oversight and enforcement of the National Organic Program (NOP).
USDA’s Office of Inspector General released its audit report of NOP and made seven key findings that needed to be addressed to ensure the integrity of organic agricultural products sold in the United States. Included were 14 specific recommendations, which the Agricultural Marketing Service has already reviewed and is either currently addressing or taking steps to address.
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Organic cotton plantings up
U.S. growers of organic cotton increased plantings of organic cotton acreage by 26 percent in 2009 over that planted the previous year, according to preliminary data collected by the Organic Trade Association (OTA) in a survey funded by Cotton Incorporated.
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Global organic area grows
Acreage managed organically in 2008 in the world totaled 35 million hectares (nearly 86.5 million acres) farmed by almost 1.4 million producers, according to data from The World of Organic Agriculture 2010 released in mid-February at BioFach.
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Survey: 14,540 U.S. organic farms in 2008
The 2008 Organic Production Survey conducted as a follow-on to the 2007 Census of Agriculture counted 14,540 organic farms and ranches in the United States, according to figures released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS).Represented were a total of 4.1 million acres, of which 1.6 million acres were harvested cropland and 1.8 million acres were pasture or rangeland. The remaining acres were not in active production.
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Switching to Organic Products; Small Step for You, One Giant Leap for the Environment
Being on the road to a healthier you, while going green and becoming more environmentally conscious is easier than you think. Organic goods have that double advantage! Although a bit heavier on the wallet, this option pays off in the long run if you’re well informed. Automatic membership in the eco-friendly club is guaranteed by not supporting the use of harsh chemicals on our soil, water resources, and farm animals. In turn, the output results in better and fresher produce, which you can consum
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