Media/News Archive

Monsanto, Dow Unit Sue Maui County Over GMO Law

Tuesday, November 18th, 2014

ABC News (AP)
by Audrey McAvoy

Source: David Casteel

Monsanto Co. and a Dow Chemical Co. unit filed the lawsuit in federal court in Honolulu, asking a judge to immediately prevent the law from taking effect and to invalidate the measure.

“This local referendum interferes with and conflicts with long-established state and federal laws that support both the safety and lawful cultivation of GMO plants,” John Purcell, Monsanto Hawaii’s business and technology lead, said in a statement.

The case has been assigned to Magistrate Judge Barry Kurren, who earlier this year declared a Kauai County law regulating genetically modified crops was invalid because it was superseded by state law. Read Full Article »

Seasoned Organic Gardener Shares His Top Lessons Learned

Monday, November 17th, 2014

Effective deer control, efficient composting, timely irrigation, labor-saving weed control, and worthwhile variety selections help you grow tasty organic produce.

Rodale News
by Derek Fell

Source: Sally Hammerman,
In My Backyard Misty Hollow LLC

When I purchased historic Cedaridge Farm in rural Bucks County, Pennsylvania, in 1989, I needed it to use it as an “outdoor studio.” Formerly a dairy farm established by Mennonite farmers in 1791, the 20-acre property allows me to test different gardening techniques and different varieties of flowers and vegetables.

It also allows me to photograph the results, both good and disappointing. As the author of more than 100 garden books and calendars, I have used the property to test vertical growing techniques for my book Vertical Gardening and variety selections for my book Grow This! As a consequence, I have developed 20 theme gardens connected by a trail that leads from one area to another, creating a visual adventure. From the very beginning, I decided to do it all organically, using no harmful chemical controls, and the results have been spectacular, with blemish-free lettuce, asparagus as thick as a man’s thumb, and armloads of man-high gladiolus. Read Full Article »

November 18, 2014: Dehulling Ancient Grains

Friday, November 14th, 2014
Black Emmer Wheat
Source: Daniel

Join eOrganic for a webinar on Dehulling Ancient Grains, presented by members of the NIFA OREI project: Value-added Grains for Local and Regional Food Systems. The webinar will take place on Tuesday, November 18 at 2PM Eastern Time, 1PM Central, 12PM Mountain, 11AM Pacific Time. The webinar is free and open to the public, and advance registration is required.
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One roadblock to the increased production of the “ancient” grains einkorn, emmer, and spelt is the need for dehulling capacity, since these grains do not thresh free of the hull in the combine. This webinar will provide an overview of the methods used to dehull grain and the components needed in a dehulling system. One focus will be on the current dehulling options for both larger-scale and small-scale growers, including custom dehulling, new and used dehullers, modification of milling/cleaning equipment to dehull, and building one’s own dehuller. The webinar will also focus on the economics of dehulling, including consideration of ancient grain yield, dehulling efficiency and costs, and prices for hulled and dehulled grain. The presenters are Brian Baker, Frank Kutka of the Northern Plains Sustainable Agriculture Society, Elizabeth Dyck of OGRIN, and Nigel Tudor of Weatherbury Farm. Read Full Article »

The Best Cover Crop for Fall

Wednesday, November 12th, 2014

Let your plants do double duty in protecting your soil in the fall and getting your garden ready for spring.

Rodale News
by Julia Westbrook

Source: Andy Wright

What you do in the garden this fall can have a big impact on your growing season next spring. One of the best vegetables you can plant this fall is the forage radish, according to research from the University of Maryland.

With funding from Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education (SARE), the researchers found that in no-till, no fertilizer, and no herbicide farms, plots that grew forage radishes in the fall had a better yield of spinach in the spring versus plots that used an oat cover crop or had no cover crop. Read Full Article »

Living With GMOs

Wednesday, November 12th, 2014

The Letter From America

letter-from-americaAn open letter to the citizens, politicians, and regulators of the UK and the rest of the EU about the hazards of genetically modified crops

We are writing as concerned American citizens to share with you our experience of genetically modified (GM) crops and the resulting damage to our agricultural system and adulteration of our food supply.

In our country, GM crops account for about half of harvested cropland. Around 94% of the soy, 93% of corn (maize) and 96% of cotton grown is GM.1

The UK and the rest of the EU have yet to adopt GM crops in the way that we have, but you are currently under tremendous pressure from governments, biotech lobbyists, and large corporations to adopt what we now regard as a failing agricultural technology.

Polls consistently show that 72% of Americans do not want to eat GM foods and over 90% of Americans believe GM foods should be labeled.2 In spite of this massive public mandate, efforts to get our federal3 and state4  governments to better regulate, or simply label, GMOs are being undermined by large biotech and food corporations with unlimited budgets5 and undue influence. Read Full Article »