Media/News Archive

The Family Peach Farm That Became A Symbol Of The Food Revolution

Monday, March 30th, 2015

NPR – The Salt
by Dan Charles

Source: Shihmei Barger 舒詩玫

In the heart of California’s Central Valley, a vast expanse of orchards, vineyards, and vegetable fields, lies a small collection of aging peach trees. Farmer Mas Masumoto’s decision to preserve those trees, and then to write about it, became a symbol of resistance to machine-driven food production.

Yet the Masumoto farm’s story isn’t just one of saving peaches. It’s become a father-daughter saga of claiming, abandoning, and then re-claiming a piece of America’s agricultural heritage. Read Full Article »

GM Alfalfa Creeps Across Border

Friday, March 27th, 2015

The Western Producer
by Barb Glen

Source: Ken Figlioli

Although the Roundup Ready forage has been approved only for Eastern Canada, it’s been found in fields in Alberta and Saskatchewan

OLDS, Alta.— Discovery of genetically modified alfalfa in Western Canada, where it has not yet been approved, highlights the likelihood of its eventual spread, said the president of Forage Seed Canada Inc.

Heather Kerschbaumer said it would be preferable to keep GM alfalfa out of the West, at least until it is accepted by export markets.

However, discovery of the Roundup Ready forage in one Saskatchewan and one Alberta field within the past few years shows that will be difficult if not impossible. Read Full Article »

Pesticides in Produce

Thursday, March 26th, 2015

Consumer Reports

Source: Remster 9

Consumer Reports’ new guidelines show you how to make the best choices for your health—and for the environment

Across America, confusion reigns in the supermarket aisles about how to eat healthfully. One thing on shopper’s minds: the pesticides in produce. In fact, a recent Consumer Reports survey of 1,050 people found that pesticides are a concern for 85 percent of Americans. So, are these worries justified? And should we all be buying organics—which can cost an average of 49 percent more than standard fruits and vegetables?

Experts at Consumer Reports believe that organic is always the best choice because it is better for your health, the environment, and the people who grow our food. The risk from pesticides in produce grown conventionally varies from very low to very high, depending on the type of produce and on the country where it’s grown. The differences can be dramatic. For instance, eating one serving of green beans from the U.S. is 200 times riskier than eating a serving of U.S.-grown broccoli. Read Full Article »

Monsanto Settles With Farmers Over GMO Wheat

Wednesday, March 25th, 2015

St. Louis Business Journal
by Ben Unglesbee

Source: Occupy Reno Media Committee

Monsanto Company has reached a settlement with wheat farmers in seven states, including Missouri, over the 2013 contamination of an Oregon wheat farm with the seed and biotech company’s genetically modified wheat.

In the settlement, Monsanto did not admit liability and agreed to donate $50,000 to land grant universities in each of the states represented in the lawsuit to advance the interests of wheat farmers and the wheat industry. The states involved in the settlement are Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Oklahoma, Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi.

Monsanto will also reimburse plaintiffs and their counsel for a portion of their out-of-pocket costs and fees associated with this litigation.

The settlement will lead to the dismissal of seven separate lawsuits. It will not resolve a suit brought by Arkansas wheat growers, whose case is still pending. Read Full Article »

‘Seedy Business': New Report Digs Beneath Agrichemical Industry’s High-Cost PR Machine

Wednesday, March 25th, 2015

Common Dreams
by Sarah Lazare

Source: TP Martins

‘The tremendous amount of money spent speaks to depth of public unease about GMOs,’ says lead author

What exactly is the agrichemical industry hiding with its high-cost public relations and lobbying efforts to convince the U.S. public that genetically modified organisms and pesticides are safe?

According to a just-released study by the newly-formed nonprofit organization U.S. Right to Know, the answer is: A great deal.

Entitled Seedy Business: What Big Food is hiding with its slick PR campaign on GMOs, and authored by Gary Ruskin, the study aims to expose the “sleazy tactics” of corporations like Monsanto and Dow Chemical. Read Full Article »