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Australian organic regulator pushes for GM-tainted crops to retain certification – Farming UK World news- Farming UK World news

Australian organic regulator pushes for GM-tainted crops to retain certification

One of the bodies that regulates Australian organic standards is pushing to allow crops that are accidentally contaminated with genetically modified material to retain their organic certification, in a move that would bring Australia in line with European regulators.

Under current Australian organic standards, products lose organic certification if they contain any level of GM material.

That’s what happened to Western Australian farmer Steve Marsh, who took his neighbour Mark Baxter to the WA supreme court claiming GM pollen from Baxter’s farm caused him to lose organic certification on part of his property. Marsh lost the case and has lodged an appeal.

But regulator Australian Certified Organic (ACO)

via Australian organic regulator pushes for GM-tainted crops to retain certification – Farming UK World news- Farming UK World news.

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Farmers rewarded for not burning crop stalks

From China News:

Cui Min, a 62-year-old farmer in the village of Lianhua, Yonghe, in Bin county, Heilongjiang province, recently finished harvesting his corn in much the same way he has for the past 40 years.

This year, however, after the harvest, he left the cut stalks standing in the fields instead of burning them.

“I signed a deal with a local company,” Cui said. “They will pack the crop stalks and carry them away. In return for the crop stalks, they will also plow my fields before sowing in the spring.”

Read more: http://www.ecns.cn/2014/12-09/145888.shtml

First Oregon organic Christmas trees sold commercially find success at New Seasons

New Seasons jumped into the sustainable Christmas tree market this year, selling some of Oregon’s only organic trees.

The Oregonian wrote Wednesday about how a new…

More here:  http://www.oregonlive.com/business/index.ssf/2014/12/first_oregon_organic_christmas.html

 

Securing Covers on Low Tunnels

Tags: winter gardening, season extension, Cindy Conner, Virginia

 low tunnel-fall greens

Building low tunnels that are about 30 inches tall to protect your crops through weather that is outside of their comfort zone is fairly easy to do using plastic pipe and plastic sheeting. You will find directions for this at Homeplace Earth. The tricky part is securing the covers. I have seen directions to make the cover with enough plastic sheeting on each end to draw it together to tie to a post in the ground. Sometimes the design calls for simply gathering the extra….

Read more: http://www.motherearthnews.com/organic-gardening/securing-covers-on-low-tunnels-zbcz1412.aspx#ixzz3LjHXzZSW

10 December 2014

Gardening

Gardening gifts and what not to give! Click here

Weeds, seeds and bees! Click here

Making a Mali an organic garden. Click here

Food

Green food awards. Click here

Farming

Signs you’re a farmer. Click here

5 ways to know you are making it as a farmer

I don’t remember a thing but there’s a day 38-odd years ago that will be forever seered into the memory of my mother. One moment I was behind a high garden fence, the next a mad cow was using her horns to roll me down a nearby hill, hotly pursued by my screaming parents. I’m told they found me giggling, a few feet short of a drop into a creek. To this day I’m still quite fond of cows.

That’s good news because these days I corralled in by thousands of them on all sides. One neighbour breeds pedigree Friesians that are flushed for embyros, their offspring sent to China. Over another fence are several thousand organic dairy cows which produce deliciously sweet milk that, you guessed it, goes to China where they pay the princely sum of NZ$27 for a 2-litre bottle. Some of it is used to make the infamous Lewis Road Creamery chocolate milk and artisan butter. I gaze in awe at the udders of those particular bovines.

I grew up on a poultry farm, tried town life for a few years, and now live and work from a 3ha lifestyle block in the Waikato. My day job is editing NZ Lifestyle Block magazine so I’ve got to meet and talk with a lot of people who don’t have a farming bone in their bodies but are tackling the rural life head-on anyway.

When do they know they’ve made it? These are some of the rites of passage I’ve witnessed, or had to do myself.

You can get down and dirty

When your arm is inserted up to your shoulder in a septic tank pipe because it’s either that or something far worse, you start to realise you can handle anything. Actually, if you have your arm up anything that far, it’s highly likely you are well-prepared for whatever a farming life can throw at you.

Tip: get some arm-length plastic gloves from your vet. Invaluable, and…

Read more: http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/farming/nz-lifestyle-block/64005935/5-ways-to-know-you-are-making-it-as-a-farmer

Organic farming – creating a healthy garden of plenty in Mali’s arid soil

Organic farming – creating a healthy garden of plenty in Mali’s arid soil

It should be a no-brainer that organic farming – food grown without  toxic chemicals, and synthetic pesticides and fertilisers – is better for your internal and external environments. Yet there are still lobbies and people who believe food grown organically offers no health benefits whatsoever compared with  conventional agricultural methods. Mali farmer Oumar Diabate is not one of them. He trained as a vet in Moscow, and takes inspiration from French environmentalist and farmer Pierre Rabhi, the pioneer of techniques known as ‘agro-ecology’, to grow chemical-free vegetables, fruit and medicinal plants, and spread the word across the West African region. MS

By Sébastien Rieussec

Oumar Diabate

SATINEBOUGOUMali  (AFP) – In a strikingly green corner of Mali, one man is leading an agricultural revolution, using organic farming methods to get the most out of the land – and pass his techniques on to others in West Africa.

Oumar Diabate has established a reputation for raising chemical-free vegetables, fruit and medicinal plants at his small farm about 30 kilometres (19 miles) from the capital Bamako.

In a vast country where two thirds of the terrain is desert, Diabate, 47, lovingly tends his two hectares (five acres), nudging tomatoes, courgettes, lettuce and beetroot from the ochre soil. He and five permanent employees also grow fruit trees and plants required for….

More here: http://www.biznews.com/health/2014/12/08/organic-farming-creating-healthy-garden-plenty-malis-arid-soil/