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Francis Thicke Warns of Corporate Takeover of Organic Farming

keepthesoilinorganic/ We all suffered a terrible defeat for organic farming at the Jacksonville National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) meeting last week when hydroponics was welcomed into organic certification. At the end of the meeting, Francis Thicke gave his farewell address. … Continue reading

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Organic Food’s Sticky Wicket

When people think of local food, most have seasonal sweet corn and tomatoes in mind. That hasn’t changed much in years. The quest for good-tasting food that does no harm has also been around for a long time. Organic food … Continue reading

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Organic Food & The Farmer's Face

Is the local food movement here to stay? Intellectually, how could it not be? The future must necessarily be one of producing food much closer to where people live, especially as transportation costs escalate, and current food sources in the … Continue reading

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Iowa Agriculture Won't Feed The World

Some of us are not over replacing James Harlan with Norman Borlaug in the National Statuary Hall. Give me a Free Soiler, abolitionist and friend of Abraham Lincoln over agriculture’s “greatest spokesperson” to represent the State of Iowa any day. … Continue reading

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Francis Thicke Appointed to National Organic Standards Board

iowasource.com WASHINGTON, January 15, 2013—The U.S. Department of Agriculture appointed environmentalist and farmer Francis Thicke, Ph.D., to the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) today, adding valuable perspective to this 15-member advisory Board. “Since the NOSB serves as a gatekeeper for … Continue reading

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One Iowa Farmer’s Year In Afghanistan

Denise O’Brien, organic farmer and  advocate from Atlantic, Iowa, who co-founded the Women Food And Agriculture Network (WFAN) in 1997 and was its director for more than 11 years, is now a USDA advisor in Jalalabad, Afghanistan.  Check out her … Continue reading

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