The Basics of Soil Fertility

All sustainable farming systems and practices recognize one fundamental principle: Soil is not merely a dead substance or planting medium, it is a complex, living ecosystem. This ecosystem, comprised of bacteria, protozoa, fungi, insects, invertebrates, plants and small animals are…

Irrefutable Evidence Proves Golden Rice Is A Total Farce

By Aeon Mapa Just in case you haven’t heard, one of the most pressing issues in food production in the Philippines today is that of genetically engineered Golden Rice. Unfortunately the Philippines has become the first country to approve cultivation…

Food Profile: Marang

The Marang is fruit that is endemic to the Philippines and related to the Jackfruit and Durian. Even within our own country they are not commonly recognized, especially in Luzon. The fruit ripens and gets over ripe very quickly after…

Food Profile: Jackfruit

Jackfruit, or Langka as we call it is a unique and delicious tropical fruit which grows abundantly here in the Philippines. The ripe fruit is very large, sometimes reaching up to 5 feet in length! When opened it has a…

Flood Resistant Crops

The Philippines is a wonderful place for farming. Abundant rains and warm weather make it possible for us to grow nearly any food all year round. However there are some challenges that come with that heavy rain, one of the…

Why Local, Organic Food Is Better For You

In this beautifully simple article from the Rodale Institute website, author Mary Mesenburg states why buying local, organic produce is really much better for your health. First of all, the less produce has to travel, the less carbon is produced,…

Food Profile: Ampalaya

Ampalaya or Bitter Gourd is an annual vine that produces a lumpy fruit that is used as a vegetable. They come in white and red but the green variety is by far the most popular and common. Ampalaya is a…

Food Profile: Banana

Bananas are a popular and common fruit in the tropical regions of the world. The tree, which is actually an annual herb in terms of botanical classification produces one bunch of fruits and an edible flower in it’s life. It…

Food Profile: Mangosteen

The visually appealing mangosteen is a tropical fruit that is known for it’s sweet and tangy taste. While it is often appreciated for it’s looks and taste, mangosteen is also a nutritious fruit that has a lot of benefits to…