Media/News Archive

Majority of EU Nations Seek Opt-out from Growing GM Crops

Friday, October 9th, 2015

by Barbara Lewis

© European Union 2015 – European Parliament

Nineteen EU member states have requested opt-outs for all or part of their territory from cultivation of a Monsanto genetically-modified crop, which is authorized to be grown in the European Union, the European Commission said on Sunday.

Under a law signed in March, individual countries can seek exclusion from any approval request for genetically modified cultivation across the 28-nation EU.

The law was introduced to end years of stalemate as genetically modified crops divide opinion in Europe.

Although widely grown in the Americas and Asia, public opposition is strong in Europe and environmentalists have raised concerns about the impact on biodiversity. Read Full Article »

Half of Europe Opts Out of New GM Crop Scheme

Thursday, October 8th, 2015

The Guardian
by Arthur Neslen, Brussels

Source: European Parliament

Bid for exclusion by 14 countries and three regions would make two-thirds of Europe’s population and arable land GM-free

Half of the European Union’s 28 countries and three of its regions have opted out of a new GM crop scheme, in a blow to biotech industry hopes.

Under new EU rules agreed in March, 15 countries have now told Brussels they will send territorial exclusion requests to the big agricultural multinationals including Monsanto, Dow, Syngenta and Pioneer.

Applications from Latvia and Greece have already been accepted by the firms and if that pattern is extended, around two-thirds of of the EU’s population – and of its arable land – will be GM-free. Read Full Article »

Stoney Acres Looks to Future of Local Food

Thursday, October 8th, 2015

The Athens, Wisconsin organic farm finds ways to grow while remaining a local, family business.

Marshfield News-Herald
by Mitchell A. Skurzewski

Source: Stoney Acres Farm

ATHENS — Tony Schultz returned to Athens to find it much different than when he was in school. He was coaching the Athens junior varsity basketball team when something struck him.

“When I grew up and went to grade school, half the kids in my class were 50-cow, dairy-farm kids,” Schultz said. “When I came back from college (in 2004), one player from a team of 30 was from a farm like mine. I find that sad.”

Schultz, along with his wife, Kat Becker, decided to take back at least part of the countryside with Stoney Acres Farm. In 2006 they bought the 120-acre farm, which is located about eight miles northwest of Athens, and sold community-supported agriculture or CSA shares. In the farm’s second year of doing CSAs in 2008, they doubled shares from 72 customers to 145. Business has grown steadily from there.

Schultz and Becker grow more than 170 varieties of fruits and vegetables, raise 100 percent grass-fed cattle, meat and egg chickens and pastured pigs. They grow mushrooms, tap maple syrup and most recently, in 2012, added a weekly pizza night. Read Full Article »

This City Turns Brown Into Green, Just as the Pope Wishes

Wednesday, October 7th, 2015

National Geographic
by Marianne Lavelle

Source: Leonel Ponce

Philadelphia immigrants are transforming blighted lots into gardens, bringing nature back to the city, putting down roots, and providing food.

PHILADELPHIA—In a lush pocket of greenery studded with orange flowers, Len Rem beams from beneath her straw hat. She shows off a basket of herbs she picked that morning: It’s chin baung, one of the most popular tastes in her home country of Myanmar, formerly known as Burma.

For Rem, an essential part of putting down new roots in South Philadelphia has been the chance to grow the beloved sour leaves here, in a four-by-ten-foot bed among the tangled stalks and vines of more than a hundred other urban gardeners.

Pope Francis has written eloquently about the human need for green space: “We were not meant to be inundated by cement, asphalt, glass, and metal, and deprived of physical contact with nature.” Read Full Article »

Tell the Senate to Protect Your Right to Know: Oppose the DARK Act

Tuesday, October 6th, 2015

Center for Food Safety

DARK ACT CALL-IN DAYv2_EmailIt’s now or never to stop the DARK Act.

The Senate has set a biotech hearing for October 21st – only two weeks from now – so we need to put the pressure on Senators to oppose this disastrous bill.

If passed, this law would FOREVER take away our right to choose what we feed our children, farmers’ right to grow their crop of choice, and our right to protect ourselves and our communities from dangerous chemicals. The DARK Act would rescind GE food labeling laws passed in Vermont, Connecticut and Maine and nullify over 135 state and local regulations that restrict the use of GE crops or pesticides.

We need you to pick up the phone right now and make your voice heard!

Dial 888-894-1033 to be connected to your Senator’s office, and tell him or her to oppose the DARK Act and support your right to know.
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