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Farmers to Monsanto: Save Our Seeds

Crosscut (Seattle, WA) By Amy Pennington Eastern Washington farmers are increasingly worried about agricultural invasion from Monsanto’s unwanted genetically modified and patent-protected seeds, which can threaten a farm’s organic status and land them in court. Now a national coalition of independent farmers is fighting back. Lazy R Ranch sits just outside of Spokane and raises… Read more »

International Organic Scandal: Major Canadian Grain Exporter’s Certification Suspended

Organic Industry Watchdog Says “System Working as Designed, Albeit Too Slowly” CORNUCOPIA, WI – After two years of speculation by U.S. and Canadian organic farmers, facing below-cost competition eroding sustainable pricing, and even forcing some out of business, an announcement last week, by the Canadian government authority overseeing organics, has finally offered an explanation. Jirah… Read more »

The 2011 NOFA Summer Conference

UMass Amherst – August 12 th -14 th Northeast Organic Farming Association Some call it professional development. Some call it time to hang out with friends who share a passion for organic food. Some call it a family vacation. For anyone wanting to learn new skills, connect with an organization dedicated to ecological sustainability, or move a… Read more »

Record Crowd Tours Organic Farms

Just One Seed and Purely Meats hosted the second in a series of farm tours around Bucks County Doylestown-Buckingham-New Britain Patch [PA] By Ann Biggs A record-breaking crowd that spanned all ages feasted on summer dishes and learned about organic farming just north of Doylestown on Wednesday. From the tiniest infant carried in its mother’s… Read more »

Help Wanted: Local Field Organizer for Campaign to Save Maryland Organic Farm

LOCAL FIELD ORGANIZER WASHINGTON DC METRO AREA Duration: 6-12 months Application deadline: August 5, 2011 The Executive of Montgomery County, Maryland is proposing to replace a 31-year-old organic farm, operating on public land, allowing a private soccer organization to build non-public fields in Potomac, MD. The community is in an uproar—Nick’s Organic Farm is Montgomery… Read more »

Cheap Food: Not What’s for Dinner Anymore?

Welcome to the era of neocolonial agriculture Mother Jones By Tom Philpott Remember when gas was a dollar a gallon? The era of the fast-food “dollar menu” may be going the same way. Cheap food has been with us for a while. After World War II, global grain prices fell steadily for decades. US and European… Read more »

Genetically Modified Crops in the Food Supply: The Threat to Your Health

Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund by Judith McGeary, Esq. The case against genetically modified (GM) crops has been growing for years. While there are no long-term studies on the health effects of eating food from GM crops, even short-term studies have raised very troubling questions. For example, a panel of scientists in India recently reviewed studies… Read more »

Farmers and Seed Producers Launch Preemptive Strike against Monsanto

Lawsuit Filed To Protect Themselves from Unfair Patent Enforcement on Genetically Modified Seed Action Would Prohibit Biotechnology Giant from Suing Organic Farmers and Seed Growers If Innocently Contaminated by Roundup Ready Genes NEW York: On behalf of 60 family farmers, seed businesses and organic agricultural organizations, the Public Patent Foundation (PUBPAT) filed suit today against… Read more »

USDA Partially Deregulating Biotech Sugar Beets

Reuters By Carey Gillam and Chuck Abbott KANSAS CITY/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. agricultural regulators on Friday said despite a court ban, they would allow commercial planting of genetically modified sugar beets under closely controlled conditions while they complete a full environmental impact statement. The move marks the second-such boost by the United States for contested… Read more »