New Zealand garden writer Lynda Hallinan REALLY knows her potatoes and this article is chockful of solid insight into growing... View Article
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BOO HOO HOO: MONSANTO WHINES WHILE EXPLOSIVE COURT DOCUMENTS EXPOSE A PATTERN OF ACADEMIC & MEDIA COLLUSION.August 2, 2017 2:29 pm Comments Off on BOO HOO HOO: MONSANTO WHINES WHILE EXPLOSIVE COURT DOCUMENTS EXPOSE A PATTERN OF ACADEMIC & MEDIA COLLUSION.
Unless its military-industrial complex connections intervene, we may now be witnessing the rivet-popping-dissolution of a societal miscreant, the malevolent Monsanto... View Article
An excellent article written by Cornucopia Institute Farm and Food Policy Analyst Marie Burcham which explains how the ecosystem of... View Article
n essay posted on Bill.Moyers.com argues that second-most-important vote is right here in the State of Maine: Question 5 the... View Article
The unacknowledged federal ‘Cheap Food Policy’ – in place since the early 1950s – has institutionally short-changed rural farmers and... View Article
Lewiston Sun Journal article (http://www.sunjournal.com/…/ranked-choice-restores-…/1997089) by Maine Treasurer Terry Hayes who strongly supports Maine’s pioneering effort – Question 5 –... View Article
VANDANA SHIVA EXPRESSES INDIA’S OUTRAGE AT MONSANTO GREED, LAW-BREAKING AND UNCONSCIONABLE MISUSE OF DEBT-RIDDEN INDIAN FARMERS.February 25, 2016 4:16 pm Comments Off on VANDANA SHIVA EXPRESSES INDIA’S OUTRAGE AT MONSANTO GREED, LAW-BREAKING AND UNCONSCIONABLE MISUSE OF DEBT-RIDDEN INDIAN FARMERS.
Justifiably indignant Vandana Shiva has written a scorching rebuke aimed at notorious multinational chemical and biotech corporate misanthrope Monsanto.
At issue is Monsanto's blatant misuse of its position as a dominant supplier of GE cotton seeds in India and Monsanto's charging of astronomical royalty fees to farmers. In its quest to establish monopoly control, Monsanto has flagrantly violated Indian laws, pushed farmers into economic crisis and caused the suicides of hundreds of thousands of Indian farmers. Jim
"Fact is that Monsanto has viewed the laws of our land as mere hurdles in its way to swindle India and our farmers. On March 10, 1995, Mahyco (Monsanto-Mahyco) brought 100 grams of cotton seeds, containing the MON531-Bt gene, into India without the approval of the Genetic Engineering Appraisal Committee (GEAC).
"Eager to establish a monopoly in India based on the smuggled MON531 gene, Monsanto-Mahyco started large scale, multi-centric, open field trials of Bt cotton in 40 locations spread across nine states, again without GEAC approval.
"Article (7) of the Environment Protection Act, 1986, states: 'No person shall import, export, transport, manufacture, process, use or sell any hazardous microorganisms or genetically engineered organisms/substances or cells except with the approval of the GEAC.' GMO traits, once released into the environment, cannot be contained or recalled...
"India’s laws, rightly, do not permit patents on seeds and in agriculture. This has always been a problem for Monsanto and, through the US administration, it has attempted to pressure India into changing her robust intellectual property regime since the World Trade Organisation came into existence, and continues to do so today...
"In 2006, out of the Rs 1,600 per 450 gram package of Bt cotton seed (Rs 3,555.55/kg), almost 80 per cent (Rs 1,250) was charged by MMB as “trait fee”. In stark contrast, before Monsanto destroyed alternative sources of seed (including local hybrid seed supply) through unfair business practices, local seeds used to cost farmers Rs 5-9/kg..
"Monsanto’s ruthlessness is central to the crisis Indian farmers are facing. Farmers leveraged their land holdings to buy Bt cotton seeds and the chemicals it demanded, but the golden promise of higher yield and reduced pesticide use failed to deliver.
"Of the 300,000 farmer suicides in India since Monsanto smuggled the Bt gene into India in 1995, 84 per cent, almost 252,000, are directly attributed to Monsanto’s Bt cotton."
“LIFE IN SYNTROPY” – INSPIRING SHORT FILM ABOUT ERNST GOTSCH’S REMARKABLE BRAZILIAN AGRO-FORESTRY FARMING SYSTEM.February 22, 2016 9:05 pm Comments Off on “LIFE IN SYNTROPY” – INSPIRING SHORT FILM ABOUT ERNST GOTSCH’S REMARKABLE BRAZILIAN AGRO-FORESTRY FARMING SYSTEM.
"Life in Syntropy" is a beautiful and powerful film (15:29) and very much worth watching.
Ernst is a farmer and researcher who has devoted his life to creating a form of food production he calls 'Successional Agro-Forestry.' He began this pioneering work in his native Switzerland, then Costa Rica, and now for the last three decades in the southern Bahia region of Brazil. Ernst incorporates forest dynamics into a unique form of regenerative agriculture. The resilience and health of his soil - not to mention the bountious crops of food - under this system is truly remarkable. Jim
"'At the time of harvest, the soil will be better than it was when we started."
We have really enjoyed Huckleberry Gold because of its GREAT TASTE, smooth-melting texture and strong yield. Now Montana researchers have identified this brand new variety - out of hundreds tested - as having an especially low-glycemic index.
We've been growing Huckleberry Gold as "Certified Seed" for several years in our Organic Wood Prairie Experimental Trials. We have them available - RIGHT NOW - as both Organic "Certified Seed" (http://www.woodprairie.com/product/1124/75) to plant in your garden or field; and as Organic "Tablestock," eating-potatoes (http://www.woodprairie.com/prod…/1119/organic-maine-potatoes) you may immediately prepare in your kitchen. Jim & Megan
"Researchers in the Sands’ Research Lab at MSU’s Plant Science Department have found low glycemic index potatoes that do not cause the rapid spike in blood sugar that comes with eating starchy foods. Sugar spikes can be dangerous for diabetics who lack the insulin to handle it and have been linked to cancer, heart disease and other conditions.
"Although potatoes provide valuable carbohydrates and vitamins with minimal fat, most varieties have a high glycemic index, which means they are rapidly digested and boost blood sugar dangerously fast. MSU currently has six varieties that have a lower glycemic index than Russet Burbank or Yukon Gold potatoes, which are rated high on the glycemic index.
"The potatoes are not genetically modified. Rather, researchers analyzed existing varieties and used traditional breeding methods to select for desirable traits...
"Huckleberry Gold, released by the Tri-State Potato Commission, is a nutritious variety that produces round to oval tubers more resistant to growth cracks, secondary growth and hollow heart than Yukon Gold and with high antioxidant concentrations and good resistance to common scab and Verticillium wilt
“'It’s a beautiful potato with purple skin and yellow flesh,' Pilgeram said."