Soil and Food, Post Election

November 13, 20120 Comments

On this day, November seventh, 2012, we know who our president and political leaders will be in America for the next four years. We know that we will have the same cast of characters that we’ve had since the last election two years ago plus and minus a few faces and we know that Californians’ [...]

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As California Goes, So Goes the Nation: Prop 37

August 23, 20120 Comments

The Cornucopia Institute just came out with this Rockin’ Graphic: Corporate Charlatans vs Organic Heros about Prop 37. Turns out some of the biggest names in Organic are against GMO labeling. Why? Perhaps it’s because their parent companies which are giant multi nationals, are heavily invested in the continuation of the status quo- an industrialized, [...]

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Big Tobacco Shills Trying to Stop GMO Labeling in California

August 15, 20120 Comments

Written By Michele Simon, for Huffington Post, Posted: 08/14/2012 2:59 pm The food industry really hates it when you compare them to Big Tobacco. They try to deny the negative association by claiming that food is different from tobacco. Of course that’s true, but why are the same consultants who have worked for the tobacco [...]

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Congress’ Big Gift to Monsanto

July 19, 20120 Comments

Original Post by  By Tom Philpott, Mother Jones Magazine, | Mon Jul. 2, 2012 3:00 AM PDT If you want your crops to bear fruit, you have to feed the soil. Few industries understand that old farming truism better than ag-biotech—the few companies that dominate the market for genetically modified seeds and other novel farming technologies. And [...]

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Why we need GMO food labeling

July 19, 20120 Comments

Original Article by: Ronnie Cummins, Start Tribune, June 28, 2012 – 7:47 PM FINLAND, Minn. – Recent national surveys by the Mellman Group and MSNBC, as well as polls conducted over the last two decades, indicate that 90 percent of U.S. consumers want to know whether or not the foods they eat and feed to their families [...]

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Farmers Determined to Defend Right to Grow Food File Appeal in OSGATA vs. Monsanto

April 2, 20121 Comment

Posted by Dave on March 28, 2012 On Food Democracy Now Blog NEW YORK – March 28, 2012 – Today, in Federal District Court in Manhattan, family farmers filed their Notice of Appeal to Judge Naomi Buchwald’s February 24th ruling dismissing Organic Seed Growers and Trade Association et al v. Monsanto.  The United States Court of Appeals for [...]

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USDA: ‘Locally Grown’ Food a $4.8 Billion Business

November 17, 20110 Comments

By JIM SUHR AP Business Writer ST. LOUIS November 14, 2011 (AP) Carolyn Anderson likes to chat up the growers at her local farmers market in Missouri, at times hanging out behind the beds of pickup trucks brimming with ears of corn. For Anderson, 29, it’s all about keeping it “local.” And there’s fresh evidence [...]

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Tell FDA to Label Genetically Engineered Food

October 4, 20112 Comments

By: The Center For Food Safety Original URL: Last week the Center for Food Safety filed a formal legal petition with FDA demanding that the agency require the labeling of genetically engineered foods. The petition was the result of many months of legal work and raises several arguments showing why FDA must change its [...]

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Feds help GMO salmon swim upstream

September 29, 20111 Comment

by Clare Leschin-Hoar 29 Sep 2011 7:45 AM Isaac WedinAquaBounty Technology’s genetically modified salmon just got a hefty financial boost from the USDA: On Monday, the agency awarded the Massachusetts-based company $494,000 to study technologies that would render the genetically tweaked fish sterile. This would reduce the likelihood they could reproduce with wild salmon, should [...]

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USDA Provides Grants to Assist in Making Science Based Biotechnology Risk Assessments

September 29, 20110 Comments

WASHINGTON, Sept. 26, 2011–The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has awarded eight research grants to study the agricultural effects of genetic engineering. The projects support the development of science for regulatory decisions and other USDA policies and programs related to biotechnology. USDA awarded the grants through the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA). “All [...]

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