Category: News

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...

NJ Senator takes on ‘Foodopoly’
August 30, 2018August 30, 2018
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NJ Senator takes on ‘Foodopoly’

On Wednesday, U.S. Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) introduced bill S-3404 “The Food and Agribusiness Merger Moratorium and Antitrust Review Act of 2018.” This bill would enact an 18 month merger moratorium on national agribusiness, grocery, and food/beverage manufacturing and establish a federal commission to study ways to strengthen antitrust oversight. According to Booker, consolidation of chemical...

Sequencing of Wheat Genome Complete
August 21, 2018August 21, 2018
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Sequencing of Wheat Genome Complete

It took 200 scientists from 20 countries and $75 million dollars, over 13 years to sequence the genome of bread wheat. The wheat genome was complicated to sequence since genetically it is three species in one. This means that there are three pairs of every chromosome, totaling 16 billion genetic letters or nucleotides. Scientists have...

Monsanto ordered to pay $289 million in cancer trial
August 16, 2018August 16, 2018
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Monsanto ordered to pay $289 million in cancer trial

A recent case in San Francisco made headlines as the world’s first RoundUp cancer trial. The lawsuit was filed in 2016 by Dewayne Johnson. Johnson was a pest control manager for a California school who applied RoundUp over 30 times a year. Johnson, 46 has developed terminal non-Hodgkins lymphoma and claims the weedkiller caused his...

Find a State Fair near you
July 24, 2018July 24, 2018
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Find a State Fair near you

Throughout NJ there will be numerous State Fairs happening in the month of Aug. NJ State Fairs offer a variety of activities involving agriculture, arts, education, and community. They are wonderful celebrations of NJ’s rich agricultural history and future while supporting the local economy and community. Each fair offers unique insight into the culture and...

Bayer-Monsanto merger
June 7, 2018June 7, 2018
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Bayer-Monsanto merger

For $63 billion dollars, German life sciences and pharmaceutical company Bayer has purchased agribusiness company Monsanto. The merger will be finalized this week, and Monsanto will no longer be a company name.  Monsanto’s products including glyphosate-containing RoundUp, will retain their brand names and become a part of the Bayer portfolio.  This comes as no surprise...