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Balinese School Provides Organic Diet to Autistic Students

I wish I could follow this story over time.  I’d be interested to see what kind of impact feeding only organic food to children with autism and other diabilities has in the long run.  From the article, in TheJakartaPost, it appears there are many other factors, employed by the school, that contribute to the positive outcomes reported here.

Today Yayasan Widya Guna provides daily schooling to over 100 students, both disabled and non-disabled. Besides providing English, exercise and art classes to the children, it also teaches organic farming and promotes a healthy diet among students.

“We’ve received lots of information suggesting that poor nutrition is a factor in developing autism,” said Sri Wahyuni. “Many people who visit want to offer candy to the children, but we don’t allow it.”

The foundation serves meals with lots of vegetables, and tries to not include too many fried foods. Sri Wahyuni says that kids who used to catch colds and the flu rarely fall sick these days. A student with epilepsy, whose parents complained was having three seizures a day, has stopped having seizures completely since he started attending the yayasan.


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Organic Farmer Role Model for Educated Indian Youth – Many From Corporate World

A reader, who is also interested in the organic food movement, shared a link to the following article.  It is so encouraging to hear about educated young people taking up organic farming instead of heading off to corporate jobs.

Many youngsters are pouring into Pakkam, a village in Thiruvallur district, about 35 km from Chennai to meet 37-year-old R Jeganathan, an organic farmer, who grows around thirty varieties of greens in his 2-acre leased farm.
In these days when people are quitting agriculture citing financial losses, here is someone who says agriculture is profitable.
Youth are looking up to Jeganathan for guidance in organic farming (Photos by P C Vinoj Kumar)
“The focus has to be on integrated farming. You need to take up dairy and poultry farming along with agriculture to make farming sustainable and profitable,” he says. Continue reading


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Chhattisgarh state launches “Organic Farming Mission” in India

This is how government policy influences the market in a positive way.  Imagine how much different our agricultural landscape would look in the US if we adopted the same practices on a large scale.

RAIPUR: In a bid to boost organic farming in state, Chhattisgarh government, on Friday, launched an ‘organic farming mission’ in districts of Bastar, Bilaspur and Ambikapur. Under the mission, the government would provide infrastructure, certification and knowledge to farmers, who opt for organic farming.
Speaking on the occasion, state agriculture minister, Chandrashekhar Sahu, said the mission would benefit farmers, who diversify to fertilizer-free farming.
He said since the demand of organic food was increasing in markets outside the state, the department would provide required certification to enable farmers to get the best price for their produce.


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Organic Groceries Delivered to Your Door

Ever thought about trying Green PolkaDot Box, the national door-to-door discount distribution service for organic and non-GMO foods, but just weren’t ready to commit to a full membership? Now’s your chance to take Green PolkaDot Box for a spin. For a limited time, Green PolkaDot Box is offering a $10 Trial Membership. To take advantage of this limited-time offer go to the website and begin shopping. Select the items you want and add them to your shopping cart. Then click on the checkout button and fill in your zip code. When you check out you’ll be able to see the savings on your order calculated as if you were a member, so you can compare the difference with or without membership. You’ll then have the option to purchase a membership and receive the difference in cost benefits. After you receive a Green PolkaDot Box and evaluate the convenience, quality and savings on your first “trial” order, you can decide to become a member. If you do, you can apply your $10 towards the $50 annual membership fee.

Green PolkaDot Box is one of the few, if not the only, online merchants that refuses to carry any genetically modified foods and ingredients. 

 


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EU Commission to Review Regulations on Organic Farming

Caroline Stocks reports, in the Farmers Weekly, on plans by the EU Commission to review regulations on organic farming, which were agreed upon in 2007:

The commission is due to start work on an organic roadmap in September…The roadmap is expected to look at several policy areas, including enforcement and monitoring of organic foods certification and labeling, as well as setting international standards on organic production in trade matters.
The review is also likely to look at the effect of genetically-modified seeds on organic production, with particular focus on cross-fertilisation of GM and non-GM crops.
The International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements welcomed the upcoming roadmap as a potential to strengthen the sector.
‘The commission’s review of the legislative policy and framework for organic food and farming provides the opportunity to build on the success of the organic sector,’ Christopher Stopes, IFOAM EU president, told the European Organic Congress in Lithuania.
‘These must shape the development of the organic regulation in a way that enables expansion – more land organically farmed, more organic food eaten by all European citizens.’


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Eco-friendly generation Y boosts demand for chemical free products

Georgia-Mae Inch and Anna-Lisa Persson have a healthy bite to eat at Sun and Earth Organics. Picture: Mark Calleja

Jackie Sinnerton of the Courier Mail reports on a new trend among young people to go organic:

Brisbane teenager Anna-Lisa Persson, 18, has recently moved out of home and always shops for beauty products that are kind to the skin as well as the environment.

‘It’s a bit of a trend for young people to go organic. It might seem more expensive but, in the long run, the products last longer and it’s a good investment all around,” she said.

Georgia-Mae Inch, 18, also from Brisbane said organic food tastes fantastic and makes you feel so much better.

‘I love the chemical-free ice cream and popcorn,’ she said.

Andrea Raftesath, manager of Sun &Earth Organics at New Farm, agreed business was booming.

‘Of course a lot of customers are seeking out foods because they are lactose intolerant or have allergies to gluten or nuts. But the profile of the customer is changing and often it is simply people who feel run down wanting to clean up their diets,’ she said.

And according to Tracey Loiterton of Wray Organic at Enoggera, Brisbane, there has been a shift in people’s attitudes to health foods and Queenslanders are now more wary of what they put in their bodies.


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Sno Pac Foods – Organic since 1943

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CALEDONIA, Minn. — The Gengler family and its Sno Pac Foods Inc., founded in 1943, are pioneers in frozen organic food.

In fact, the Caledonia business says it was the world’s first grower/processor of frozen organic vegetables. Today, it also sells frozen fruit and frozen juice concentrate.

This summer, the 70-year-old company is expanding into a new addition to its offices and processing plant at 521 W. Enterprise St. The new 27,000-square-foot structure houses additional freezers and soon will house packaging operations, which are moving from another building in Caledonia. A public open house will be held when the project is completed, company President Pete Gengler said. Continue reading