Global Study shows healthier food more important to the young

“The Nielsen’s Global Health and Wellness Survey offers compelling statistical evidence that younger consumers worldwide are far more concerned about everything from food ingredients to genetically modified food to organic foods than are their parents and grandparents, according to the survey of 30,000 consumers in 60 countries.”

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Glyphosate and the deterioration of America’s health: A new study by former US Navy scientist Dr Nancy Swanson

Is the rise in glyphosate use since the advent of GM crops responsible for the rapid deterioration of health in the US in the last 20 years?

A new study by former US Navy scientist Dr Nancy Swanson and co-authors asks this question.



Iroquois Valley Farms Selected to ImpactAssets 50 for Third Year in a Row

2014 B Labs ‘Best for Farming Communities’ Honoree Delivers Social, Environmental and Financial Returns in Sustainable Agricultural Sector

Chicago, IL, October 21, 2014 – Iroquois Valley Farms, LLC  has been selected to ImpactAssets 50 2014 (IA 50), the third year in a row the Company has received this recognition. The ImpactAssets50 is the first and only public database of outstanding impact investing companies and fund managers. The IA 50 serves impact investors and their advisors.

“We are honored to be selected for the third year running to this outstanding list of impact investment managers”, said David Miller, CEO of Iroquois Valley Farms. “The recognition really belongs to the next generation of young farmers that are scaling the changeover to sustainable agriculture. Our company is going to need a lot more capital to enable this growth and such recognition by Impact Assets is directly supportive of restorative transitions taking place down on the farm.”

“We are grateful to ImpactAssets for the consistent recognition of our healthy agricultural impacts,” added Director of Impact John Steven Bianucci, “and underscores why we have expanded our investment offering to now also include three, five, and seven year fixed income notes alongside our equity investment option. Foundations, faith-based organizations, family offices and accredited investors are providing socially responsible investment capital, usually through their financial advisors, for our simple business model. Growing healthy foods and on healthy soils is good business.”

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Iroquois Valley Farms LLC is a food and farmland company making impact investments in local and organic agriculture following triple bottom line principles. Formed in 2007, Iroquois Valley Farms was the first socially responsible farmland company in the United States focused on supporting sustainable food production and the mid-size family farmer. Iroquois Valley Farms preserves farmland, facilitates organic land management practices, supports local food markets, provides land access opportunities to family farmers and creates values-based agriculture investment opportunities, now on 20 Company owned farms in 7 states. Offering a uniquely corporate and indefinitely scalable opportunity to benefit from the production of healthy and nutritious foods, the Company has purchased over 2,500 acres of farmland, all of which is certified organic or in transition to organic production.

The IA 50 selection committee is chaired by ImpactAssets’ Chief Impact Strategist, Jed Emerson. The IA 50 includes companies and funds across the globe managing a combined $15.5 billion in assets, with compelling, demonstrated and measurable social and environmental impacts.

About ImpactAssets

ImpactAssets is a nonprofit financial services firm that increases the flow of capital into investments that deliver financial, social, and environmental returns. ImpactAssets’ donor advised fund (“The Giving Fund”), impact investment notes, and field building initiatives enable philanthropists, other asset owners, and their wealth advisors to advance social or environmental change through investment.




NYT: Farm Bill Reflects Shifting American Menu and a Senator’s Persistent Tilling

…”Organic farmers, fruit growers and hemp producers all did well in the new bill. An emphasis on locally grown, healthful foods appeals to a broad base of their constituents, members of both major parties said.”  Read more:


GALLUP: Forty-Five Percent of Americans Seek Out Organic Foods

This is the first year Gallup has asked about eating organic foods in the annual Consumption Habits survey. Given that almost half of Americans actively try to include organic foods in their diets, they may view the benefits of organic foods as greater than their downsides, such as the higher cost or limited access.

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from the New York Times: Study of Organic Crops Finds Fewer Pesticides and More Antioxidants

Adding fuel to the debates over the merits of organic food, a comprehensive review of earlier studies found substantially higher levels of antioxidants and lower levels of pesticides in organic fruits, vegetables and grains compared with conventionally grown produce.

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UC Davis MIND Institute study finds association between maternal exposure to agricultural pesticides, autism in offspring

(SACRAMENTO, Calif.) — Pregnant women who lived in close proximity to fields and farms where chemical pesticides were applied experienced a two-thirds increased risk of having a child with autism spectrum disorder or other developmental delay, a study by researchers with the UC Davis MIND Institute has found.

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How Organic Farming Naturally Deters Pests Without Chemicals

The federal government has awarded a $750,000 grant to Washington State University (WSU) in Pullman  … to look at how organic growing methods such as crop rotation, biodiversity and utilizing insects rather than killing them with pesticides can actually help solve the problems that plague conventional agriculture.


One Chef’s View: What Farm-to-Table Got Wrong

The crowds clamoring for just-dug produce at the farmers’ market and the local food co-op suggest that this movement is no longer just a foodie fad. Today, almost 80 percent of Americans say sustainability is a priority when purchasing food. The promise of this kind of majority is that eating local can reshape landscapes and drive lasting change.

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Organic industry survey shows fastest sales growth in five years

“sales of organic products in the United States had their fastest growth rate in five years. Sales increased to $35.1 billion in 2013, up 11.5 percent from the previous year’s $31.5 billion. …  However, OTA noted that farmland in the United States is not being converted to organic at the pace needed to meet demand for organic.”

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