PANNA: Resource Pointer #308 (Organic Farming)


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Resource Pointer #308 (Organic Farming)
February 5, 2003

For copies of the following resources, please contact the appropriate publishers or organizations directly.

*The Newsletter of CCOF* Published quarterly by California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF). Includes articles and news briefs on agroecology, slow food, food security, body burden, composting, pesticides, and other topics related to organic farming; reports on genetically engineered seed, environmental legislation and organic certification; and business resources and membership updates. 36 pages. US$3.50 per issue. Contact California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF), 1115 Mission Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060; phone (831) 423-2263; fax (831) 423-4528; email; Web site

*Teaching Organic Farming and Gardening: Resources for Instructors, 2003* Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems (CASFS), University of California, Santa Cruz. Training manual based on the CASFS Farm and Garden Apprenticeship Program. Provides instructional materials for teaching organic farming and gardening, and related sustainable agriculture topics, in a wide variety of educational settings. Units cover skills and practices such as irrigation and greenhouse and pest management; applied soil science; and social and environmental issues. 600 pages. US$45. Contact CASFS, 1156 High St., UC Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, CA 95064; phone (831) 459-3240; fax (831) 459-2799; email; Web site

*Organic Food and Farming: Myth and Reality, 2001* Soil Association and Sustain. Challenges the myths of organic agriculture, as propagated by its opponents. Contends that organic farming minimizes the need for pesticide use and decreases the risk of food poisoning. Argues that organic food is healthier than non-organic, can feed “the hungry world,” and is worth its price because of the hidden health, environmental, and taxation costs of non-organic food. 32 pages. UK£10, approx US$16. Download free at Contact Soil Association, Bristol House, 40-56 Victoria Street, Bristol, BS1 6BY, UK; phone (44-117) 929 0661; fax (44-117) 925 2504; email; Web site

*Organic Farming CD: Abstracts on Organic Farming in Temperate Regions, 2001* CABI, Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, UK. Includes over 95,000 records from 1984 onwards compiled from serials, reports, conference papers and books. Topics cover: organic crop production and animal husbandry, composting, soil fertility management and conservation, biocontrol and integrated pest management, use of approved organic pesticides, cultural and mechanical control of weeds, homeopathy, low input and traditional farming systems, plus more. Compatible on PC, Macintosh and NEC platforms; minimum requirements are: 486 DX Processor, 8MB RAM, and CD-ROM drive. UK£15 in the UK, US$450 in the Americas; UK£275 in Europe and rest of the world; networking options available. Contact CABI Publishing, Wallingford, OXON OX10 8DE, UK; phone (44-14) 9183 2111; fax (44-14) 9182 9292; email; Web site

*Organic Farming in Europe by 2010: Scenarios for the Future, 2000* Stephan Dabbert, Nicolas Lampkin, Johannes Michelsen, Hiltrud Nieberg, Raffaele Zanoli, eds. Volume 8 of the series, Organic Farming in Europe: Economics and Policy. Examines a range of scenarios based on different policy options that would affect the development of organic farming in Europe. Covers agriculture policies of all 15 EU countries, as well as Czech Republic, Norway and Switzerland. 88 pages. EU$24, approx US$26. Contact University of Hohenheim, Institute 410a, D-70593 Stuttgart, Germany; phone (49-711) 459-3523; fax (49-711) 459-2555; email; Web site

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