Agriculture Washington DC

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Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research
(202) 473-8951
1818 H Street NW
Washington, DC
Better Termite & Pest Control Co., Inc.
(703) 683-2000
2647 Duke St.
Alexandria, VA
Gic Trade Inc
(703) 684-1366
1016 Duke St
Alexandria, VA
Pro Feed Inc
(703) 820-3888
3690-G King St
Alexandria, VA
Friend'S Of River Farm
(703) 768-5700
7931 E Boulevard Dr
Alexandria, VA
Slayton & Associates
(703) 548-9321
628 Pullman Pl
Alexandria, VA
Promar International
(703) 739-9090
1737 King St Ste 330
Alexandria, VA
Water Environment Federation
(703) 684-2400
601 Wythe St
Alexandria, VA
Gusman Tree Services
(703) 843-3544
6310 Virginia Hill Ave
Alexandria, VA
A 1 Rid Exterminatin
(703) 780-0724
8534 Old Mount Vernon Rd
Alexandria, VA

Despite Recession, Organics Fare Well | | Green News, Tips, and Services for saving...

Despite Recession, Organics Fare Well

By Adam Eisman – Contributing Writer
Posted on Friday 8th May 2009
Despite Recession, Organics Fare Well
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In what must be horrible news for Big Agriculture, it turns out that Organic products are making a strong push to become more than mainstream. In 2008, the sale of organic products of any nature surged 17%, bringing in about $25 billion. Organics in this case refer to more than just ingestibles, as the increase in consumption included organic fibers, personal care products and pet foods. The biggest upswing in organic demand came from the non-food category, which grew by 39.4%

The growth of the Organic Sector has been attributed to two different things. On the one hand are consumers who are committed to buying organic no matter then additional cost, as they see the products health benefits as a counterbalance to the increased price. The second reason involves traditional grocery stores adding organic brands that were once the sole dominion of specialty grocers. This influx of organic options has helped to bring their prices down to where they can compete with regular supermarket fare.

The Obama Administration has also done a good deal to help out organics, as the First Lady Michelle Obama planted an organic garden on the South Lawn of the White House. Along with a rise in the visibility of organic fare, the Administration plans the most extensive survey of organic farming this year. In addition, the United States Department of Agriculture’s deputy secretary of Agriculture, Kathleen Merrigan, has a long record of advocating for organic and local food, and has introduced a new $50 million dollar program to encourage organic farming.

This is an important development for the health of the entire nation, as in recent decades big agriculture has flooded the food market with synthetic pesticides and fertilizers, as well as genetically modified seeds. These technological advances may make their process more efficient, however the chemicals and fossil fuels used in the process are obviously harmful to the environment and soil, and have never been fully tested on humans. Some in the scientific community suggest there could be a link between these pesticides and seemingly unrelated problems like autism. In contrast, there are many indications that the organic produce is healthier, and contains signi...

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Feed Your Family and Local Economy with Community Supported Agriculture

Ross Woodson - Contributing Writer
Posted on Thursday 4th June 2009

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It seems like everyone is trying to live a greener lifestyle these days. One of the best ways to reduce your carbon footprint is through locally-sourced food. Not only does this reduce the amount of energy needed to preserve, package, and ship food long distances, but it also supports your local economy. Community-supported agriculture, or CSA, programs are one of the most convenient ways to purchase local produce. There are several different types of CSA programs, but the most common involves an upfront fee for the consumer in exchange for a weekly share of produce for the duration of the growing season. The upfront fee helps fund the farmer when he needs it most, allowing him to purchase all the seeds, fertilizer, and other preparations necessary to plant the season's crops. Then, each week during the growing season, the CSA participants receive a collection of produce that...

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Vilsack Says Farmers And Environmentalists Have Common Ground

Frances Beinecke, NRDC, New York City
Posted on Friday 5th March 2010

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Gaze out across a New York dairy farm, a Kansas wheat spread or a field of tomatoes in California's Salinas Valley, and you might think of the folks who grow America's food as natural born environmentalists.

Who has more at stake, after all, in clean water, healthy soil and a hospitable climate, than the men and women -- more than 1.4 million of them -- who work the land to feed the country?

In too many ways, though, farmers and environmentalists have been talking past each other, especially when it comes to the manifest benefits we can all reap from the new clean energy economy this country needs.

That was the heart of the message delivered by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, who delivered the keynote address Wednesday at the NRDC quarterly board meeting in Washington.

Farmers and environmentalists, said Vilsack, share a lot of common ground; if only we'd learn how to talk to each other better.

"They really do need to talk to you," said Vilsack. "And you need to talk to them."

Clean energy and climate legislation can be a boon to farmers, said Vilsack, by helping make it feasible to install wind turbines, for instance, on farmland, or enabling farmers to capitalize on the use of biofuels made from switchgrass, manure or corn waste.

He cited a Virginia facility that makes ethanol fuel from cow manure, producing organic fertilizer as a byproduct of the process.

"That's an opportunity to really improve the bottom line," for farmers, he said. "We need to accelerate the research on this."

A former two-time governor of Iowa, Vilsack knows a thing or two about American farmers. In some ways, he said, they're under siege.

Half of the country's rural counties have lost population over the past two decades, he said. 

"The people who are left in rural American are, by far, less educated, so they have much higher poverty and much higher unemployment rates," than the country overall. "These folks feel threatened ... and they feel unappreciated."

We in the environmental community struggle with some aspects of modern American farming. The heavy reliance on pesticides, which can be toxic, for instance, genetica...

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