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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

Monsanto back in court: Center for Food Safety challenges GMO alfalfa ruling

The Center for Food Safety has announced an immediate challenge to the USDA’s unregulated approval of Monsanto’s genetically-modified (GMO) alfalfa. “All farmers should be on notice that we will be suing again, so before they make their seed buying decisions, I would certainly caution them that we will be in court,” CFS’s Andrew Kimbrell told […]

January 31st

Stonyfield Farm Takes a Swing at Monsanto (and the OCA)

Yesterday, we reported how the Organic Consumers Association was accusing what they called “the organic elite” of caving to Monsanto and facilitating the USDA’s unrestricted approval of GMO alfalfa – a move that could seriously undermine the integrity of organic foods. Update: Organic Valley has also weighed in. See: Organic Valley says ‘No compromise, no […]

January 30th

From Big Ag to Big Organics: Welcome to Monsanto’s Brave New World

UPDATE: For the other side of this issue, see “Stonyfield Farm Takes a Swing at Monsanto (And the OCA)” and “Organic Valley says ‘No compromise, no deal’ “ Organics is big business now. Companies like Whole Foods and Stonyfield Farm do billions of dollars in business. And in the fallout of this week’s approval of […]

January 29th

End of Organics? Monsanto’s GMO Alfalfa Approved

The USDA has approved Monsanto’s gene-modified alfalfa. “So what?” you say. “I don’t eat alfalfa.” But if you eat beef, drink milk, eat cheese or ice cream, or eat any packaged food products that contain dairy, you DO eat alfalfa… as processed by cows. Alfalfa is the backbone of the agribusiness beef and dairy industry. […]

January 28th

Will the zombie Food Safety Act survive in the GOP Congress?

President Obama signed the long-in-coming Food Safety Modernization Act on Tuesday. Now that it’s finally law, will it actually be enforced? That’s not an easy question to answer. In part, that depends on how serious the new GOP/Tea Party majority in the House of Representatives are about their campaign promise to slash government spending. No […]

January 12th