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Phillip Geertson, an Idaho and Oregon farmer who campaigned against the use of genetically modified alfalfa and was part of a lawsuit that resulted in the U.S. Supreme Court’s first ruling on genetically engineered crops, passed away Nov. 24.
Enjoy this GMO Free Idaho interview with Mr. Geertson from 2012
RIDGEVIEW, Ore. — Phillip Walter Geertson, an Oregon and Idaho farmer who died Nov. 24, will be remembered by many as a campaigner against the use of genetically engineered alfalfa.
His family members and others who knew him, however, say they will remember him for much more than that.
Geertson was 75 when he passed away from cancer in a Portland, Ore., hospital.
Don Tolmie, production manager of Treasure Valley Seed Co. in Homedale, Idaho, said Geertson was well known for doing things his way, even if it went against the norm. Read Full Article »
ROME (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Campaign groups and the biotech industry are digging in for a new round of conflict, following the European Union’s decision to allow member states to set their own rules on growing genetically modified organisms.
Environmentalists who favor a GMO ban say the crops have not been properly tested – posing health risks for consumers and giving a small group of corporations too much control over food supplies. The biotech industry says farmers should be free to grow whatever crops they want, and GMOs are a safe way to boost food production and feed the planet’s growing population. Read Full Article »
Last month, something unprecedented happened that rocked the chicken industry’s world.
Perdue contract farmer Craig Watts decided he’d had enough. Together with my organization, Compassion in World Farming, he released a video that gave the public a unique view into the secretive world of the chicken industry.
He revealed what the National Chicken Council (NCC), USDA, and Perdue mean by “humanely raised” and “cage-free”: 30,000 chickens stuffed into a windowless warehouse, on feces-ridden litter, made to grow so big so quickly that they can hardly stand on their own two legs. Read Full Article »
Over a decade after consumer opposition halted multinational agrichemical business Monsanto’s plans to develop genetically engineered (GE) herbicide-resistant wheat, the company is trying again. This time, Monsanto’s goal is to create wheat that is resistant to three different herbicides; glyphosate, glufosinate, and dicamba. Although over 90% of corn, soybean, and cotton grown in the United States are GE, no GE wheat is currently allowed to be planted.
In 2013, a farmer in Oregon discovered the presence of Monsanto’s original Roundup-Ready wheat, developed to be resistant to glyphosate, in his field despite the company’s plans to abandon the strain and claims to have destroyed the crop a decade earlier. The company had restarted extensive field trials back in 2011. An investigation by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) determined that the contamination was an “isolated incident.” It was unable to determine exactly how the wheat came to grow in the Oregon farmer’s field. Read Full Article »