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White House plants organic garden

It was a long and ambitious campaign but people power – and common sense – finally won through. The forces behind Eat My View and other similar campaigns must have been rubbing their eyes at the sight of Michelle Obama armed with a shovel on the White House lawn.

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Take an organic holiday

Travellers plan their itinerary around golf courses, national parks and landmarks, so why not purveyors of organic fare? The author set about putting an organic accommodation guide together after finding that no such beast existed in the UK. What began as an online exercise has now spawned the third edition of a book packed with almost 500 options, including at least 17o new ones.

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Jamie cooks up another great idea

Jamie Oliver must get very little sleep. Either that, or the ingenious chef has an army of worker bees constantly turning over ideas for his consideration. His latest venture, Recipease, is about to launch in the UK. Like so many of his ideas (the school canteen overhaul and Pass it On recipe movement, for example), the concept is brilliant

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Now for some good news

First the bad news. As previously reported, growth in the organic food sector has slowed considerably as a result of the economic downturn. This is particularly true in countries regarded as the heavy hitters in the industry – the United States, France, the United Kingdom and Germany.

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Eco Farm Day

Ramada Inn, Cornwall, Ottawa, February 27-28 Renowned American farmer and proponent of small-scale organic farming Eliot Coleman is the keynote speaker at the Canadian Organic Growers’ Eco Farm Day. The former executive director of IFOAM, who was also an advisor to the US Department of Agriculture, is the author of The New Organic Grower, regarded as a […]

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Critics fear more of the same

The mood around Washington on Inauguration Day may have been one of celebration and overwhelming optimism, but those hoping the change in president will bring an overhaul of the country’s agricultural policies are less than impressed.

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Making friends in my garden of Eden

Vegetable patches can be surprisingly social places. Ours is especially so as it is in our front garden. These days I spend time in the mornings and evenings pottering about. It is fun to inspect all the changes taking place. While I am out there, I get to wave to neighbours driving by. It is common for our immediate neighbours to stroll over for a chat.

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Billionaire buys Whole Foods stake

Stocks in Whole Foods Market soared after a new year’s revelation that should also lift spirits at the embattled natural retailer. Los Angeles billionaire Ronald Burkle announced that he had bought a seven percent stake in Whole Foods over the past few months, news that saw the share price rise almost 23 percent to $12.27.

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Biofach 2009

The world organic fair turns 20 this year. Organisers will defy the pervading economic gloom to showcase the best of an industry that topped $US40 billion in 2007. Last year’s Biofach attracted more than 2700 exhibitors and more than 46,000 visitors, with high hopes to build on those numbers for its birthday.

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