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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

Zombie Food Safety Act Resurrected by Senate

Industry must really want the Food Safety Modernization Act (S 510). It was dead, dead, dead – the clock had run out, and considering the gridlock in Washington, the fact that Jim DeMint (R-SC) had promised he would block most everything the Democrats brought up, and Tom Colburn (R-OK) had promised he would personally fillibuster […]

December 20th

Food Safety Modernization Act, the Bill that Wouldn’t Die, is Dead

UPDATE: We spoke too soon! In one of the most uncharacteristic moves of this entire Congressional session, Republican opposition melted away on Sunday, the bill was dropped back onto the Senate calendar and minutes later passed by unanimous vote. See our coverage, “Zombie Food Safety Act Resurrected by Senate“ This time it looks like it’s […]

December 17th

Is the Food Safety Bill a Blessing or a Corporatist Curse?

For a few days it looked like the controversial Food Safety Modernization Act (S 510) was dead in the water. Technical issues meant it was unlikely to make it through both houses in the last, crazy days of the current Congress. But it now appears that it WILL make it through – it’s been attached […]

December 9th

Senator Jon Tester of Montana Insults US Farmers

Senator Tester (D, Montana) has been pushing an amendment to the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act of 2010 exempting small farms from the bill’s provisions.  The wisdom of this legislation and the amendment are subjects of legitimate debate, but the Senator reveals his actual agenda in this quote: “Small producers are not raising a commodity, […]

November 23rd

An Inconvenient Truth About Composting Revisited

Although composting has a very strong “green” reputation, it isn’t without its environmental issues.  Compost is an important source of fertilizer for Organic crops, and is widely promoted as a “green” alternative to synthetic nitrogen.  The inconvenient truth is that, as a nitrogen fertilizer, compost has a carbon footprint more than 10 times as large as […]

November 21st

Right And Left Agree: OK To Risk Starvation Of The Poor

The anti-climate-science politicians from the Right and the anti-technology activists from the Left are independently, but quite successfully, increasing the risk of malnutrition and/or starvation for the poorest people of the world.  This may not be their intended agenda, but it is the likely outcome from what they are doing. Another food price spike looming […]

November 15th

We Also Need To “Restore Sanity” In Food Politics

[social_buttons] Yesterday I drove 28 miles to attend the San Diego version of the “Rally to Restore Sanity.”  I’m glad I did.  Even in this Southern California bastion of political conservatism, there were at least 200 people meeting at Dick’s Last Resort to watch the DC event and to encourage each other that we are […]

October 31st

Creating Satans: Collective Myth Building About Monsanto, Obama etc

[social_buttons] I noticed an interesting phenomenon this week  while watching the links coming in to one of Jeremy Bloom’s recent posts on RGB.  A great deal of traffic was coming in from two referring sites that are Christianity-related. Both had previously posted links to an incendiary Pravda “article” that misinterpreted an already sensationalized statement in a […]

October 24th