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New study finds significant differences between organic and non-organic food

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In the largest study of its kind, an international team of experts led by Newcastle University, UK, has proved that organic crops and crop-based foods are up to 60% higher in a number of key antioxidants than conventionally-grown crops.

Analysing 343 studies into the compositional differences between organic and conventional crops, the team found that a switch to eating organic fruit, vegetable and cereals – and food made from them – would provide additional antioxidants equivalent to eating between 1-2 extra portions of fruit and vegetables a day.

New Seed Survey Report Highlights Privatization Concerns

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The US Food Sovereignty Alliance is proud to present A Preliminary Report on Seeds and Seeds Practices across the US in celebration of La Via Campesina’s International Day of Farmers’ Struggles in Defense of Peasants’ and Farmers’ Seeds – April 17.

Organic farms support more species

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On average, organic farms support 34% more plant, insect and animal species than conventional farms, say Oxford University scientists.

Researchers looked at data going back 30 years and found that this effect has remained stable over time and shows no signs of decreasing.

Plant Breeders Release First 'Open Source Seeds'

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Backers of the new Open Source Seed Initiative will pass out 29 new varieties of 14 different crops, including broccoli, carrots and kale, on Thursday.

A group of scientists and food activists is launching a Thursday to change the rules that govern seeds. They're releasing 29 new varieties of crops under a new "open source pledge" that's intended to safeguard the ability of farmers, gardeners and plant breeders to share those seeds freely.

Seeds for Life

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Acknowledgement: This article was first published in Farmers World (January 2014), by Agriculture Non State Actors Forum (ANSAF), Tanzania. It is based on a report, Seeds for Life: Scaling Up Agro-Biodiversity, published by Gaia Foundation, Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance and African Biodiversity Network (http://www.gaiafoundation.org/seeds-for-life-scaling-up-agrobiodiversity...)

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