Organic Issues

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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In Gratitude

by guest blogger “Coach” Mark Smallwood, Rodale Institute executive director Every day, when I get dressed, I put on something green. It’s a joke around the office that, if anyone sees me without green, I’ll give him or her $100. Thus far, I’ve never had to make a payout. I have a lot more green […]

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GMOs and The Right To Know: We’ve Already Got It!

I completely support and admire the efforts of everyone around the country (and world) fighting the good fight and attempting to work through our government to give us the Right to Know about GMOs. But for the average consumer who just wants to keep GMOs out of his or her family’s bodies, there already is […]

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What?! Fish Can’t Be Organic?

by Lisa J. Bunin, PhD, organic policy director of Center for Food Safety That’s right. Neither wild fish nor farmed fish can be certified organic because no organic standards exist in the U.S. to regulate them. But that may be about to change—for the worse. Why? The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is currently proceeding […]

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Exposing the GMO Rabbit Hole: Why Labeling Genetically Engineered Food is a Must

by guest blogger Lisa Bronner, writer of the blog Going Green with a Bronner Mom A battle is raging in the fresh section of your grocery store. Look around. Heavy artillery is hiding behind the apples. Troops are advancing on the corn and papaya. A bomb is buried in the salmon. When we talk about labeling […]

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Money Can’t Buy the Truth about Food Labeling

Photo: (cc) Chris Goodwin/Flickr, cropped and licensed under Creative Commons 2.0 by guest blogger Robyn O’Brien, author and former financial and food-industry analyst The debate to label genetically engineered foods is heating up in the United States. In the absence of any legislation at the federal level, states are taking the initiative. It’s not the first […]

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