OTA working group against endangering rice cropping through arsenic
by Kai Kreuzer
Arsenic is a natural element that can contaminate soil as well as groundwater used for drinking and irrigation. The legacy of decades of routine use of arsenic-based herbicides and insecticides poses a real threat to all food production, organic and conventional, warns the Organic Trade Association.
Unlike non-irrigated rice, irrigated rice plants, that tend to stand in water, seem especially at risk since they take up high levels of arsenic.
Crops known to extract arsenic from the soil or irrigation water should be limited to arsenic-free areas. OTA will put together a task force to proactively work on solutions to address this issue within the organic industry. Moreover O.T.A. recommends that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the Environmental Protection Agency should work together to set and enforce regulatory limits to arsenic in our food supply.
by Dr John Paull
The demand for organic food will continue to increase driven by health conscious consumers, according to a new survey of 1500 US consumers. The 155 page report by Technomic Inc advises food service executives, operators and suppliers to “consider re-evaluating their product mix to appeal to this no-longer-niche market". more
by Kai Kreuzer
The Organic Farming Research Foundation set up in 1990 has published a report on “Organic Farming for Health and Prosperity”. The report clearly summarizes the benefits of organic agriculture and formulates the goal of changing the US government’s agricultural policy. more