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"In an ideal farming system, soils are nourished, as in the natural world, with farm-derived organic matter and mineral particles from ground rock. Green manures and cover crops are included within crop rotations to maintain biological diversity. It’s a “plant positive” rather than “pest negative” philosophy, focused on growing vigorous, healthy plants and animals imbued with all their natural powers of resistance.

The original USDA definition of “organic” stressed “soil biological activity” as one of the processes enhanced by organic practices. But to many farmers’ dismay, the agency rewrote that definition in 2002 to remove any reference to the word soil.

Then, in 2010, the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB), the group of farmers, scientists, and public interest advocates in charge of recommending changes to the organic standards, strenuously objected to the inclusion of soil-free farming in the standards. In their recommendation, they wrote:

The abundance of organisms in healthy, organically maintained soils form a biological network, an amazing and diverse ecology that is ‘the secret,’ the foundation of the success of organic farming accomplished without the need for synthetic insecticides, nematicides, fumigants, etc.

Despite this objection, Miles McEvoy, the director of the National Organic Program (NOP), has unilaterally allowed organic hydroponics. And many of the organic certifying agencies have jumped right on the bandwagon and started certifying hydroponic operations.

Now, investors are pouring money into hydroponic “vertical farms” where production is hermetically sealed in huge warehouses filled with LED lights and nutrient pumps."
Hydroponic farming is missing one very important ingredient -- soil -- and a whole way of thinking that goes along with it.
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"You can't write about the drinking water debacle in Flint, Michigan, without first recognizing the depth of the tragedy. For more than a year, an entire city was exposed to the risk of lead poisoning. Of the people we already know have been poisoned, more than half are children under the age of six. Those children will suffer neurological damage for the rest of their lives. Long after you and I are gone, some of them will still be living a life diminished. No matter what happens now, that cannot be undone."
For more than a year, an entire city was exposed to the risk of lead poisoning.
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Yes, and the powers that be did this to save money. When it comes to your food, water and air, you must look out for yourself. Don't take anything for granted.
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lol...fortunately no other staff members had to see that.  :)
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In a stunning development, Guatemalan police have arrested 18 ex-military leaders on charges of committing crimes against humanity during the decades-long, U.S.-backed dirty war against Guatemala’s indigenous communities. The ex-military leaders face charges of ordering massacres and forced disappearances during the conflict, which led to perhaps a quarter-million deaths. Many of the arrested former military leaders were backed by the United Stat...
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Naturally occurring clay from Kisameet Bay, B.C. exhibits potent antibacterial activity against multidrug-resistant pathogens. Email
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And so...I took a break... (see next video)  lol
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Life is filled with stress, doubts, and pain, both physical and emotional. Even for those of us who live a dream life of perpetual travel, unforeseen trauma can often jump up and bite, leaving us... Read more »
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In Flint, Michigan, a growing number of residents are demanding the arrest of Governor Rick Snyder over the ongoing water contamination crisis. Snyder declared a state of emergency for Flint Wednesday, after learning federal prosecutors had opened an investigation into lead contamination in the drinking water. The poisoning began after an unelected emergency manager appointed by Governor Snyder switched the city’s water source to the long-pollute...
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Return To Yourself Retreat at Spa Village Resort Tembok, Bali
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Residents of apartment buildings across Toronto Parkdale neighbourhood say removal of a live-in superintendent has negatively affected daily

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It’s time to develop and implement a curriculum on residential schools, treaties, and Aboriginal Peoples’ contributions to Canada.

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Andrea Horwath introduces legislation for Hydro One Referendum

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The enthusiastic reaction will propel advancements in producing better and cheaper energy storage options, and encourage more renewable ener

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A U of T team has found that neighbourhoods near major roads suffer much higher concentrations of ultrafine particulates.

10 Banned Foods Americans Should Stop Eating – Infographic
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This infographic reveals foods already banned in other countries but are still on your plate – harmful American foods you should avoid for g

The Three Breakthroughs That Have Finally Unleashed AI on the World | WIRED
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The AI on the horizon looks more like Amazon Web Services—cheap, reliable, industrial-grade digital smartness running behind everything, and

U of T is Toronto's very own Vatican City | Toronto Star
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Centred on 75 hectares of prime leafy real estate in the heart of Toronto, the St. George campus is a city within a city, emblematic of what

From Roots to Twigs - Book 1: A Story of the Descendants of William and ...
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books.google.ca - Book 1 of Harold Blair Heeney's family genealogy research, traces his ancestry back several generations to William Heeney

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Bittorrent announces a browser that can deliver websites P2P through the torrent protocol.

Who Owns Yoga?
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We explore the impact of our modern obsession with one of the world's oldest physical and spiritual practices.

TransCanada pressuring opponents of Energy East pipeline, documents show...
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Greenpeace released dozens of pages describing TransCanada's PR strategy, which includes hiring a third-party company.

Opponent of Peru illegal logging murdered
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Illegal loggers who had tried to expel Edwin Chota from tribal lands suspected in murder in remote border region.

If you're a raw foodist in Toronto, then you have to check this place out. Their food is just as good as any other raw food eatery if not better. Designed primarily for takeout...but they have a half-dozen stools so you can eat at a small counter by the window on Yonge Street. I tried their Pest Pineapple pizza and my daughter tried the Pad Thai. We both loved each of these dishes. A great combination of tastes. Very close to the Eglinton subway station at Yonge. Come and show your support for veganism and raw food by trying The Vegan Duchess! ♥
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