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Monsanto blocks research on GMO safety

Monsanto has been systematically blocking researchers from using its patented gene modified (GMO) seeds to learn if there are problems with them, according to an explosive op-ed in yesterday’s LA Times by Doug Gurian-Sherman of the Union of Concerned Scientists. This doesn’t come as a huge surprise, but it’s encouraging that it’s hitting the mainstream media. Soybeans, […]

February 14th

Movie Night: Watch ocean documentary “End of the Line”

Once, we thought the oceans were an inexhaustible resource. It turns out we were wrong. But we should have seen the signs. Lots of good fish in the sea In early years, Europe’s coasts teamed with dolphins, orcas, blue whales and tuna, and its rivers ran with fish. By the 1500s, though, the continent was fished-out. […]

February 13th

An alfalfa farmer explains why he sued Monsanto

By Cassandra Anderson (from Morph City) Phil Geertson is a conventional alfalfa seed grower who has been involved in efforts to stop GE (genetically engineered) alfalfa since 2003 resulting in a Supreme Court decision in 2010 on Forage Genetics/Monsanto’s GE alfalfa. Mr. Geertson began his career as a Registered Civil Engineer but later changed his […]

February 12th

Want to know more about GMOs? Watch “The World According to Monsanto”

What’s the deal with Monsanto? Why are people worried about genetically modified food and large scale agribusiness? Should YOU be worried? Watch the documentary “The World According to Monsanto” for the answers to these and other questions… Like what you’re seeing? Share this on your Facebook wall to spread the word, and like us on Facebook  for more updates! […]

February 12th

Europe opening the door to GMO crops

The dominoes continue to fall. The European Union is expected to announce a controversial plan to allow genetically modified crops into Europe for the first time – without regulatory approval. For now, it’s just animal feed, and it’s just crops that have been “slightly contaminated’ by GMOs. But come on, we all saw this coming, […]

February 9th

Monsanto employees in the halls of government

For years, there’s been an open revolving door in Washington – sending workers from the Federal government to Monsanto and Monsanto back to the Federal government. This has a tendency to make people question the fairness and objectivity of the folks who are supposed to be overseeing the giant agricultural corporation. Bovine growth hormone (rGBH) […]

February 9th

Reasons The Tiny Scale Of US Organic Could Be A Good Thing

In 2008, the National Agricultural Statistics Service of the USDA (USDA-NASS) conducted a very detailed and comprehensive survey of Organic agriculture in the US.  It was published last year but got little notice.  It is interesting to study the data and to compare it to the equivalent statistics that are available for the rest of […]

February 8th

Food Folly in Washington

As Congressional Republicans and others search for budget cuts (without addressing any of the really big ticket items), one of the programs they are targeting is the small national support for wheat breeding.  Representatives of the wheat industry are mobilizing to try to let the politicians know why that is a really bad idea! Even […]

February 7th

Mexico stands up to Monsanto – says no to GMO corn

As the US government continues to coddle agriculture giant Monsanto, the Mexican government is standing tall – turning down the company’s Genetically Modified (GMO) corn. After an 11-year moratorium on GMOs, Mexico had approved a small project with Monsanto and two other companies, but isn’t ready to go further into a full pilot program. “Corn […]

February 7th

USDA deregulates Monstanto’s GMO sugar beets – reaction from the organic world

As we reported yesterday, Monsanto has been given the go-ahead by a compliant Department of Agriculture to sell it’s Genetically Modified (GMO) sugar beet seeds for the spring planting. There are some restrictions designed to prevent contamination of organic farms with Monsanto’s designer genes, but very limited (See: Friday, the USDA quietly announced deregulation of […]

February 7th

Friday, the USDA quietly announced deregulation of Monsanto’s GMO sugarbeets

The US Department of Agriculture continues its unprecedented give-away to big agriculture monster Monsanto and its Genetically Modified (GMO) seeds. On Friday, while the media was preoccupied with the Superbowl and Egypt’s rioting, the USDA quietly announced it was deregulating Monsanto’s GMO sugar beets – despite a court order. This move comes just a week […]

February 6th

Fraud At The Farmers Market

How “local and sustainable” is the produce you’re buying at your local farmers market? There is a troubling article today on a site called “The Perishable Pundit.”  Jim Prevor, the author, is an extremely well respected source of information for the fresh produce industry.  It’s safe to say that most people in that business follow […]

February 2nd

Did the White House pressure USDA to approve Monsanto’s GMO alfalfa?

Why did Tom Vilsack completely cave and approve Monsanto’s Gene Modified (GMO) alfalfa without any restrictions at all? He was pushing an alternative – approval with some restrictions – to protect organic farmers – but it looks like a combination of pressure from the new GOP Congress, industry, and the White House killed that. Vilsack […]

February 2nd

Monsanto’s GMO alfalfa: Organic Valley says “No compromise, no deal”

Another follow-up on yesterday’s report that “Big Organics” had caved to Monsanto. Another company accused of giving in on Monsanto’s demand for unrestricted release of its Genetically Modified (GMO) alfalfa was Organic Valley. Here’s what they had to say today: As one of the brands mentioned in this article, we feel it’s important to address […]

January 31st

Rethinking Public Dollars To Promote Organic Adoption

There was a news story this week about how there are $1.5 million of Federal funds available to help farmers in Nebraska convert to Organic.  This is part of an Obama administration initiative to promote the expansion of Organic agriculture.  Frankly, this is a token effort that will have little effect, but there is an […]

January 31st