Tastes great, less polluting
Organic farming uses 30 percent less energy and less water, yet yields the same amount of corn and soybeans as chemically intensive farming, according to a review of a 22-year study completed by researchers at Cornell University in collaboration with the Rodale Institute.
While organic corn yields were about one-third lower during the first four years of the study, the organic systems eventually produced higher yields—about 22 percent more—than conventional farms, especially under drought conditions. Conventional farms suffered more wind and water erosion during such times.
The study also found that organically farmed soil absorbed and retained more carbon and nitrogen. Carbon increased 15 percent to 28 percent, the equivalent of removing about 3,500 pounds of carbon dioxide per hectare from the air. Carbon dioxide is thought to be a major contributor to global warming.
The results of the Rodale Institute Farming Systems Trial were published in the July issue of Bioscience.
First came organic food, then organic fiber clothing. Now get ready for clothing made from organic food. Brooklyn, N.Y.-based Piscotta Cashmere has introduced a line of clothing that uses an ?extraordinary new yarn made from pure organic cow?s milk.? The yarn has numerous benefits, according to the the company?s Web site (www.piscottacashmere.com). Some users have claimed a lesser intensity of menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes after wearing the milk-based clothing. The line includes T-shirts, socks and sleepwear, as well as an eye mask that the company says leaves skin soft, smooth and refreshed.
Grab a grape
Perhaps to counter the cupholder-sized containers of unhealthy indulgences like Doritos, Welch?s has come up with single-serve containers of fresh, seedless grapes. And yes, the container fits in the cupholders of most cars. Sold in green and red varieties, the grapes come on the vine in a clear plastic cup. They are set to retail for $1.69 to $1.79. Because of the FreshXtend packaging, the green grapes will stay fresh for up to 12 days and the red ones for up to 17 days.
Natural Foods Merchandiser volume XXVI/number 9/p. 60