Organic Issues

Change Makers: Danielle Vogel, Leveraging the past to Create a More Sustainable Future

by guest blogger Lily Oswald, freelance environmental and garden writer Danielle Vogel, a young entrepreneur out of Washington DC, is shaking up Capitol Hill one bite at a time by delivering tasty foods to the community via Glen’s Garden Market. Glen’s is a grocery store with a unique mission: to populate the shelves with local […]

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Are You Eating These 12 ‘Dirty’ Fruits and Vegetables?

by guest blogger Leah Zerbe, online editor for RodaleNews.com Here’s a not-so-fun fact you need to know: Even if you rinse, scrub, and peel your fruits and veggies, harmful—sometimes even brain-damaging—pesticides often remain. That’s because many weed- and bug-killing chemicals on the market are systemic, meaning they are taken up inside of the food you […]

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Voting Is Open for the 2015 Real Food Media Contest Short Films!

Covering a range of topics, from food and farm labor to cottage-food legislation, a lens into humane meat processing, and the making of beneficial bugs, the 10 finalists of the Real Food Media Contest were selected from more than 175 submissions. The 2015 contest invited a new crop of digital submissions of films under four […]

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4 Strange Sources of Roundup

by guest blogger Leah Zerbe, online editor for RodaleNews.com There are a lot of studies asserting that organic is better for you, but if you read nothing else about it, know this: Many nonorganic foods contain dangerous levels of GMOs and glyphosate, the active ingredient in the weedkiller Roundup. You won’t find it anywhere on […]

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The Latest Scientific Research on Why Organic Is Better for You

In preparation for an upcoming talk, I thought it would be a good idea to check in on the latest scientific research regarding agricultural chemicals and our health. I did extensive research for Organic Manifesto, but that was published in 2009, so it was time for an update based on more recent scientific studies. Therefore, […]

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Coming Soon: Rodale’s Organic Life

Dearest Reader, When Organic Farming and Gardening magazine was launched in May 1942, the global chemical revolution was just beginning to claim conventional agriculture as its own. Only a few voices warned of the dangers—to our health, to our environment, and to our future. J.I. Rodale, the founder of the American organic movement and Organic […]

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My Dream for All Farmers

I know farmers in Brooklyn who raise bees on rooftops and kale in former junkyards. I’ve spoken at hippie organic-farming conferences in California at which I’ve met organic farmers, used to being considered outsiders, who are passionate about what they do. I’ve been in the homes of Mennonite farmers who speak Pennsylvania Dutch into their […]

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Where True Quality of Life Comes From

The following is an abridged version of the speech Maria Rodale delivered at the United Nations on Monday, December 8, 2014, upon receiving Auburn University’s International Quality of Life Laureate Award. The award recognizes outstanding global citizens who have made a significant contribution to improving the lives of people worldwide. Past laureates have included Archbishop […]

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