Category: News

Chemicals on our food: When “safe” may not really be safe – EHN
January 16, 2019January 16, 2019
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Chemicals on our food: When “safe” may not really be safe – EHN

Dear NOFA-NJ Readers: On November 27, 2018, Environmental Health News published “Chemicals on our food: When ‘safe’ may not really be safe”, by our 2019 Winter Conference keynote speaker, Carey Gillam. This article pulls together, in one place, links to other resources and information about the dangers of pesticides in our food system. Through her investigative...

We need regenerative farming, not geoengineering | Guardian Sustainable Business | The Guardian
January 7, 2019January 7, 2019
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We need regenerative farming, not geoengineering | Guardian Sustainable Business | The Guardian

Dear NOFA-NJ readers, after seeing a new documentary discussing geoengineering yesterday, I was reminded of this excellent article by Charles Eisenstein which appeared in The Guardian on March 9, 2015. We will be discussing this article (link below) at an upcoming book club, along with Eisenstein’s book, The More Beautiful World Our Hearts Know Is...

Today is the Winter Solstice
December 21, 2018December 21, 2018
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Today is the Winter Solstice

December 21: As the winter solstice, today is the shortest day of the year, the beginning of winter. Hopefully this period of quiet and dark is a time time of rest and rejuvenation. If you look out the window, the rain is pounding down and the sky dark and gray. Here is a poem by...

Regenerative Agriculture – Simple Effective Solution
December 8, 2018December 9, 2018
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Regenerative Agriculture – Simple Effective Solution

Editor of the New York Times Re: “Can We Grow More Food On Less Land? We Must”, 12/6/18 pg. A8 To the Editor: While Mr. Searchinger is correct in stating that 25% of humanity’s greenhouse gas emissions are from agriculture, he does not advocate the simplest, least technological solution to the problem. Research has shown...

Windshield Tests and Bucket Tests
November 27, 2018November 27, 2018
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Windshield Tests and Bucket Tests

Earlier today, November 27, 2018, the New York Times Magazine released a feature titled “The Insect Apocalypse Is Here – What does it mean for the rest of life on Earth?” (link provided below). Key threads running through this superb article include the crucial role of insects to all life on Earth, the role of...

Organic farming: why we don’t have more organic farms
November 25, 2018November 25, 2018
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Organic farming: why we don’t have more organic farms

NOFA-NJ Comment: The following article, published November 25, 2018 by National Geographic, offers a hopeful, reasoned view of why conventional farmers are shifting to organic practices. The personal stories shared by farmers, along with utterly spectacular photography by George Steinmetz, make this a must read. Of particular importance are descriptions of the challenges faced by...

NY Times Article: Can Eating Organic Food Lower Your Cancer Risk?
November 14, 2018November 14, 2018
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NY Times Article: Can Eating Organic Food Lower Your Cancer Risk?

A French study published in JAMA Internal Medicine, followed 70,000 adults for five years to gather evidence on whether eating organic foods lowered participant’s risk of developing cancer. Most volunteers where women in their mid-40s who provided information about how frequently they consume 16 different types of organic foods. Those who ate the most organic...

Bees attracted to toxic pesticides
September 27, 2018September 27, 2018
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Bees attracted to toxic pesticides

New studies show that bees prefer to forage on untreated or pesticide-laced food sources. Over time, individual bees who have visited treated flowers develop a preference for the taste. This creates a growing risk to their long-term health and colony success. Specifically neonicotinoids have been shown to affect bee nerve receptors triggering addictive behavior. Neonicotinoids...