New York Times Opinion, September 10, 2012
By Raj Patel, a fellow at Food First/the Institute for Food and Development Policy, is the author of "The Value of Nothing" and "Stuffed and Starved."
The countries worst hit by high food prices are food importers. Anything that can keep costs down will help feed the hungry. And the right kind of organic farming can help.
By Katherine Lupo
When the Green Revolution hit Eastern India, many rice farmers abandoned their local varieties in favor of “Roundup Ready” rice and chemically intensive agriculture methods. This abandonment led to a catastrophic loss in rice biodiversity in India, and around the world. Before the late 1960’s there were over 100,000 different types of rice grown in India, today, that number is only around 6,000.
Why is rice biodiversity important?
Initial Reflections on the Annals of Internal Medicine Paper “Are Organic Foods Safer and Healthier Than Conventional Alternatives? A Systematic Review”
September 4, 2012
By: Charles Benbrook, Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources
Washington State University
In a comprehensive paper published in the September 4, 2012 issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine (Smith-‐Spangler et al., Vol. 157, Number 5: pages 349–369), a Stanford University Medical School team surveys the global literature for evidence of differences between the nutritional quality and safety of organic and conventional foods.
[The attached pdf is Benbrook's initial reflections on this Stanford paper].