Category: Organics

  • Vegetables Were Healthier 50 Years Ago

    The heirloom tomatoes in your garden may not just be tastier than commercially grown vegetables, but healthier too, according to a study from the American College of Nutrition. The study looked for 13 nutrients in 43 crops grown from 1950 to 1999 and discovered that the vegetables enjoyed by our grandparents were significantly more nutritious…

  • The Queen Goes Green

    Sounds like Prince Charles has finally convinced his Mum, The Queen of England, to embrace some of his green habits. According to Ecorazzi [yes, there is a web site devoted to green gossip]: An advert has been placed looking for someone to “help phase out the use of pesticides from the Palace’s gardens, improving ‘environmental…

  • A moveable feast

    That tub of fruit yoghurt on the supermarket shelf has been advertised as healthy, fresh – and probably organic into the bargain. But it also probably represents as much as 9000 kilometres of road and air transport to get it to the shelf. The yoghurt base, the fruit, the jar or tub, the lid, the…

  • The organic food paradox

    The organic food movement’s adherents have succeeded beyond their wildest dreams, but success has imperiled their ideals. It simply isn’t clear that organic food production can be replicated on a mass scale. And it looks like big business is going to do it their way … Just as mainstream consumers are growing hungry for untainted…

  • Green is good for you

    Drinking green tea can substantially cut the risk of dying from a range of illnesses, a Japanese study has found. The research, which looked at over 40,000 people, found the risk of fatal cardiovascular disease was cut by more than a quarter.

  • The scoop on dirt*

    *Or why we should all worship the ground we walk on Tamsyn Jones has written an evocative cover story for the latest issue of E/The Environmental Magazin which succinctly argues that our future depends on our looking after it. [The photograph is an outtake from the cover photoshoot by Jon Moe.] “It’s one of nature’s…

  • University offers organic farming course

    As organic food becomes a bigger presence on the shelves of major grocery stores, the University of Florida is following suit by expanding the study and research of organic farming. The photograph shows a field technician at the university using a propane burner as a weed killer. UF officials recently announced the university will be…

  • Slicing the apple

    A good cobber, Peter Adams of Windgrove, has a fascinating blog — Life on the Edge — that often challenges his readers. Today’s entry was typical. He asks: How much of the earth’s land is available to grow food? Imagine, says Peter, that the earth is the apple above.