Are “Sustainable” and “Organic” Synonymous?

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veggiedr:

This is a great blog from my colleague Dr. Eric Stafne. I am often asked about the difference between “sustainable” and “organic.” What are your thoughts?

Originally posted on Mississippi Fruit and Nut Blog:

I was recently at a meeting where the terms “sustainable” and “organic” were used interchangeably.  I found this interesting.  Are they really synonymous?  First we should define these terms.  According to the Merriam-Webster online dictionary, sustainable means:

1. capable of being sustained
2 a : of, relating to, or being a method of harvesting or using a resource so that the resource is not depleted or permanently damaged 
b : of or relating to a lifestyle involving the use of sustainable methods

As for organic, we need to target the definition to deal with food only (as there are other definitions not pertinent to our discussion here):

1. Of, relating to, yielding, or involving the use of food produced with the use of feed or fertilizer of plant or animal origin without employment of chemically formulated fertilizers, growth stimulants, antibiotics, or pesticides

So, could an organic food system be sustainable?…

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Veggie Gardening 101

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This past Saturday, I had the pleasure of speaking at the Harrison County Master Gardeners Garden Expo.  The event is held each spring at the MSU Coastal Research and Extension Center in Biloxi.  Although the day was wet and dreary, a great turned out to learn about gardening!  I gave a presentation entitled “Veggie Gardening 101″ which was well-received by the crowd.  I was asked by several in the audience to post my PowerPoint presentation, so here you go!

Happy Gardening!

Click on this link to take a look at the presentation:

Veggie Gardening 101

My Avon Boutique

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How do I love beauty? Let me count the ways.

You may not know this, but I am an Avon Lady!  I just celebrated my 5th Anniversary with Avon.  Needless to say, I have used MANY of the products.

My favorite must have products, the latest trends and exclusive offers are all waiting for you to discover at my Avon Boutique.

Check it out my Boutique.

Farm Bill Introduction

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Are you interested in the new Farm Bill and how it affects you?

Mississippi State Extension Service and the Department of Agricultural Economics will be hosting workshops to learn more about the recently enacted 2014 Farm Bill. These workshops are for anyone who would like to attend, but the primary focus will be crop producers, lenders, and those impacted by farm programs and crop insurance. Along with the previously noted focus, on March 5 and 12, a session will be offered for specialty crop producers, and on Mar 12 a session will be offered for dairy industry participants.  Please make anyone who you feel would benefit from these workshops aware of these dates/locations.

 

  • Wednesday, March 12, 2014, 10:45 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Central MS Research & Extension Center, Raymond, MS
  • Thursday March 13, 2014, 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m., MSU Bost Theater, Mississippi State, MS
  • Wednesday, March 19, 2014, 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m., Carrollton Community House, Carrollton, MS
  • Thursday, March 20, 2014: 9:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m., Lafayette County Extension Office, Oxford, MS

 

 

Please note that the workshops on March 5, 12, and 13 can be made available via interactive video for those counties that would like to participate. Please contact Mrs. Marsha Myers to initiate this request (myers@agecon.msstate.edu — send all other inquires to John Michael Riley please, riley@agecon.msstate.edu).

Finally, these will not be the only sessions that we conduct. Workshop dates and locations in south Mississippi are presently being discussed.

2014 Blueberry Workshop Presentation — FSMA

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The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) is of concern to all food producers.  It is not yet well-understood among the masses, but as it comes closer to passage, we must share as much information about it as we have gathered.  To do this, Dr. Barakat Mahmoud, Food Safety Specialist with Mississippi State University agreed to come and deliver a talk on FSMA.  Understandably, there is some concern about the potential for some stipulations to be onerous to the producer.  You can see Dr. Mahmoud’s presentation at the link below:

2014 Blueberry Workshop Presentation — FSMA.

 

This was originally posted on the MS Fruit and Nut Blog by Dr. Eric Stafne.