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MAINE'S PIVOTAL ROLE: STAGGERING COLLECTION OF 200,000 HISTORICAL NURSERY & SEED TRADE CATALOGS ONLINE.

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Tuesday, 26 January 2016 Category Potatoes in History 0 Comments

Calling all seed buffs. Soon - once the electronic digitization process is complete - this MASSIVE collection of catalogs and broadsheets going back to 1771 will be available to the world FREE online at 'Archive.com.'
This remarkable Seed & Nursery Catalog collection was started over 100-years-ago by Maine botanist Percy LeRoy Ricker who enjoyed a long and dedicated career at USDA. PPH's Mary Pols explains primal Maine connections in this fascinating article. Jim

"These catalogs, many of them beautifully illustrated, are more than just charming – they represent agricultural history. Their pages are littered with lost varieties and clues to how and what we grew in earlier centuries. They’ve always been available to the public, but until being digitized, that meant a trip to the fifth floor of the National Agricultural Library’s building in Beltsville, Maryland, where the originals are stored in an environment carefully controlled to high archival standards.

"Now anyone with Internet access can see them. But if it weren’t for a Mainer born in Brunswick in 1878, this collection might not exist at all."

http://www.pressherald.com/2016/01/17/find-a-treasure-trove-of-old-maine-seed-catalogs-online/

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NSPIRATIONAL STORY ABOUT AGRARIAN ELDER AMIGO BOB AND HIS LIFE'S WORK RESCUING EXCEPTIONAL FRUITS AND NUTS FROM THE GOLD-RUSH-ERA.

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Tuesday, 19 January 2016 Category Potatoes in History 0 Comments

Imagine the thrill of discovering healthy, insect-and-disease-free fruit and nut trees, long-forgotten and growing untended for 100 years, and laden with perfect, delicious and distinctive fruits. Turn this passion of saving exceptional trees into a 45-year endeavor and you have the lifework of 12th-generation-Californian Amigo Bob Cantisano in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada.
I'll be seeing Amigo next week in Big Sur at the second Agrarian Elders Gathering (http://www.nytimes.com/…/business/the-elders-of-organic-far…). We'll be sure and keep you posted. Jim

 

http://ww2.kqed.org/news/2016/01/17/amigo-bob-cantisano-heritage-tree-explorer

“'It is absolutely just the most hearty tree,' he says, looking at the tree like it’s a friend. 'It’s thrown huge crops every year in the drought. It doesn’t get diseases, it doesn’t get insects. Nobody prunes it, nobody waters it, nobody fertilizes it, and it is just prolific as heck. I’ve picked over 500 pounds of pears off of it.'

"Cantisano says these resilient heirloom trees have lessons for growers in California today, where highly tended crops face drought, pests and disease.

"'If we can figure out how to take those characteristics and meld them into modern agriculture, we’re going to have a more sustainable agriculture,' he says."

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CRACK IN THE ARMOR: CAMPBELL SOUP BREAKS RANKS AND COMES OUT IN SUPPORT OF GMO LABELING.

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Thursday, 14 January 2016 Category Potatoes in History 0 Comments

The big question has always been: Why does Industrial Food continue to carry water for Biotech? What exactly does Big Food get in return? Evidently, Monsanto has somehow mezmerized Big Food into thinking their interests are the same. However, the fact is a Big Food company's primary concern is maintaining/increasing market share. Doing that comes from being responsive to the interests of customers. It sounds like Campbells has figured out ITS FUTURE IS NOT INTERTWIND WITH INDUSTRIAL AG. Monsanto must now be trembling. Jim

"Campbell Soup says it now supports mandatory national labeling for products containing genetically modified ingredients, and that it will stop backing efforts opposing such disclosures.

"The change of heart by the maker of Pepperidge Farm cookies, Prego sauces and Spaghetti-Os marks a break from industry groups that have sought to make labeling voluntary...

"The change in position by Campbell comes amid dimming prospects for industry-backed legislation that would prevent states from requiring GMO labeling.

"Last month, the industry made an aggressive push to add the federal legislation to a massive year-end spending bill in December, but failed to win enough support. That may have been its best bet before Vermont’s law is enacted, although lawmakers say they will keep trying in the coming months."

http://www.pressherald.com/2016/01/08/campbell-soup-now-supports-federal-gmo-labeling/

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SIGN OF THE TIMES: ORGANIC GARDEN CONTROL PRODUCTS HAVE CAUGHT UP TO SYNTHETIC PESTICIDES IN GARDEN RETAIL STORES.

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Thursday, 14 January 2016 Category Potatoes in History 0 Comments

This is significant. This report is from Industry trade magazine "Greenhouse Grower," a Meister publication.
For decades, Meister's bread has been buttered by Industrial Ag pushing their synthetic inputs with high-spend rag ads. Meister has been EXTREMELY ACCOMODATING and has historically displayed a blatant and clumsy chemical-centric editorial slant.
Therefore, for Meister to now actually report on organic overtaking toxic synthetic inputs represents a major milestone.
Organic is on fire. And now, even Meister Publishing must acknowledge this reality. Jim

"Anyone who has followed the growth of organic products for the garden knows that the products popularity were established early in some regions, while others were slow to adopt them...

"The Northeast, one of the early adopters of organic products, reports a much different experience than the Midwest’s. Those reporting increased sales are almost 10 percentage points above the Midwest."

http://www.greenhousegrower.com/retailing/organic-controls-sales-have-caught-up-with-traditional-pesticides-garden-retailers-report/

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NEW LONG-TERM STUDY: EXPOSURE OF CHILDREN TO PESTICIDES HURTS THEIR LUNGS.

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Tuesday, 12 January 2016 Category Potatoes in History 0 Comments

There is a better way and that better way is called Organic Farming. Jim

"The long-term study of 279 children from farmworker families is the first to suggest that even being one step removed from pesticides can bring harm to children's lungs. Previous studies examined effects on adults who spray the chemicals or work in fields where the pesticides are applied...

"The researchers found a significant correlation between lower exhalation rates -- roughly equivalent to about 8% less air -- and higher levels of organophosphate metabolites. The decrease in lung function was similar to the declines chronicled in a well-known study of prolonged exposure to secondhand cigarette smoke, conducted in 1983."

http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-pesticides-children-lungs-20151202-story.html

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NEW STUDY: ENVIRONMENTAL CHANGE NOW HAPPENING AT AN EXTRAORDINARY RATE.

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Monday, 11 January 2016 Category Potatoes in History 0 Comments

Procrastination of meaningful action is catching up to the planet. Jim

"A new study published in the journal Nature Geosciences and conducted by researchers at the University of Bristol's Cabot Institute found that the pace of environmental change is occuring faster now than at any other previous time in the Earth's history.

"'The rate of change was considerably slower in the past, lead author David Naafs told weather.com.

"Naafs and his research team showed that previous environmental change events that occurred naturally happened potentially a 'thousand times slower than today.'

http://www.weather.com/science/environment/news/environmental-change-unprecedented?cm_ven=T_SCI_AN_10916_18

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A CRITICAL ANALYSIS OF MONSANTO'S NEGATIVE ROLE IN THE PARIS CLIMATE AGREEMENT.

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Friday, 01 January 2016 Category Potatoes in History 0 Comments

This insight from well-respected John Roulac of Nutiva and GMO Inside. John's concerns focus on the absence of agriculture in summit discussions and the follow-through soil-carbon-no-show as a component of necessary solutions. John strongly argues the kid glove treatment dealt to "industrial, degenerative farming practices" is no simple innocent act of omission. Fortunately, there are indications Industrial Ag's orchestrated shenanigans will not be the last word. Jim

"So it’s vital for the public to identify the latest corporate shenanigans using deception and black hat PR to deceive public officials for financial gain.

"These would be the giants of the industrial agriculture industry, including Monsanto, Dow, DuPont, Syngenta, Bayer, McDonald’s and the entire synthetic fertilizer industry—the corporations that have undercounted and misrepresented America’s agricultural greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions...

"It’s plain to see why Monsanto and friends, via their high-level political appointees, influenced the U.S. and United Nations delegates at COP21. They eliminated agriculture and soils from the COP21 agenda and thus the final agreement—despite overwhelming evidence that soil sequestration (carbon farming) is the number one solution to stop the rise of CO2.

“'I am stunned,' said Andre Leu, president of IFOAM Organics International, the world’s leading organic farmers and producers association, based in Bonn, Germany. 'This is a game changer, because soil carbon is now central to how the world manages climate change. After all the years of advocating for this at UN Climate Change meetings and being the lone voice in the wilderness, it has taken off so quickly and now is global, with numerous countries and key institutions supporting it. However this is true of all tipping points.'"

https://ecowatch.com/2015/12/17/fraudulent-science-cop21/

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ANOTHER MAJOR MILESTONE: HERSHEY DUMPS GMO SUGAR IN IT'S CANDY.

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Wednesday, 30 December 2015 Category Potatoes in History 0 Comments

Chalk up another victory to citizens determined to seek food free of GE content.
Meanwhile, Industrial Ag remains in denial and imagines what it does should be exempt from consumer review. Rather than believe their own propaganda, they should study conclusive peer-reviewed research - such as that from Dr. Judy Carmen - which has documented health problems from consumption of GE crops Jim http://gmojudycarman.org/new-study-shows-that-animals-are-…/

"'This is really just a matter of listening to and being responsive to what consumers want us to put into their products,' he said.

"Minnesota is the top sugar beet producer in the nation, followed by Idaho and North Dakota, and industry officials would not disclose how much of their sugar is sold to candy companies. About 55 percent of domestic U.S. sugar is produced from sugar beets, and nearly 100 percent of the beet seeds are genetically modified to tolerate the herbicide glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup."


http://www.startribune.com/hershey-dumps-sugar-beets-because-of-gm-concerns/363498311/

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AMY GOODMAN VIDEO REPORT ON CUBA'S 25-YEAR-OLD READICAL TRANSITION INTO ORGANIC FARMING.

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Thursday, 24 December 2015 Category Potatoes in History 0 Comments

Interesting and valuable Democracy Now glimpse from last June into Cuba's radical launch into organic farming following the collapse of the Soviet Union in the late 1980s. Cuba has a lot of experience under their belt which will be a helpful teacher to the rest of us. Jim

"'...there is a criticism about organic agriculture, which is not able to feed the world. And we think it’s the opposite. We can take advantage of the knowledge already accumulated for hundreds of years of farmers and the knowledge from science. We manage the system in a way that doesn’t need the use of pesticides'...

"... part of what happened in Cuba was that in the mid-’80s Cuba had a highly mechanized and industrialized agriculture system. They had more tractors per capita than any country in Latin America, and they were investing a lot of money into national food production. But nonetheless, they were still importing 57 percent of the calories eaten on the island from the Soviet Union and Soviet bloc countries. So, when the Soviet Union fell apart, Cuba lost those imports immediately, within a two-, three-year period, along with a 34, 35 percent contraction of their GDP. It launched Cuba into a major economic crisis, and that was a food and agriculture crisis, as well, in a central way, because of the loss of the direct food imports and also the loss of the many other imports into the agriculture sector upon which national food production had become dependent—again, pesticides, fertilizers, petroleum, tractor spare parts, spare parts for other kind of agriculture machinery. So, they were faced with the daunting task of needing to greatly increase food production with a fraction of the resources available.

"Immediately, city residents—in particular, Havana has two million of the 11 million people on the island, live in Havana, largest city in the Caribbean—Havana residents started going out and growing food on empty lots that were close to their homes, using any seeds they could find, with any tools that were available, and literally on any space that was near their homes, including some in their homes—patios, balconies, rooftops."

http://www.democracynow.org/2015/6/2/organic_farming_flourishes_in_cuba_but

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'ALTERED GENES, TWISTED TRUTH' AUTHOR STEVEN DRUKER EXPLAINS WHY MONSANTO'S 'DARK ACT' PRE-EMPTION DESERVES DEFEAT.

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Wednesday, 16 December 2015 Category Potatoes in History 0 Comments

Public interest attorney Steve Druker with a MUST READ piece on why GE food is NOT safe, why 'DARK' Act pre-emption concepts are WRONG and why pre-emptions deserves DEFEAT. Jim

"Some of the greatest confusion involves food safety. For instance, the bill’s sponsor, Congressman Pompeo, declared that consumer demands for labeling of GE foods have nothing to do with health or safety, and its other supporters have backed that assertion and proclaimed that no legitimate food safety concerns exist... But this is flat-out false. For example, science-based concerns about the dangers to human health were repeatedly raised in memos written by the technical experts at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) when they analyzed the risks of genetic engineering in 1991. The pervasiveness of the concerns within the scientific staff is attested by a memo from an FDA official who asserted: The processes of genetic engineering and traditional breeding are different, and according to the technical experts in the agency, they lead to different risks'...

"One of the strongest set of cautions appeared within an extensive report issued by the Royal Society of Canada, which declared (a) that it is 'scientifically unjustifiable' to presume that GE foods are safe and (b) that the 'default presumption' for every one of them should be that the genetic alteration has induced unintended and potentially harmful side effects...

"Laboratory testing has confirmed the legitimacy of the concerns, and a number of well-conducted research studies on GE foods published in peer-reviewed scientific journals have detected statistically significant instances of harm to the laboratory animals that were consigned to consume them. Moreover, a review of the scientific literature on GE foods (itself published in a peer-reviewed journal in 2009) concluded that 'most' of the safety assessments have not only indicated problems, but indicated that 'many GM [genetically modified] foods have some common toxic effects.'"

http://www.independentsciencenews.org/science-media/the-gmo-dark-act-cannot-survive-the-light/

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IMAGINE! FARMERS WHO ACTUALLY EAT SOME OF THE FOOD THEY GROW!

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Wednesday, 16 December 2015 Category Potatoes in History 0 Comments

Believe it! Our family farmer friends in New York state, Klaas & Mary-Howell Martens, grow a LOT of organic beans and grain - and organic cabbage! Like virtually all organic farmers, they do eat some of it as well. We know for a fact they grow their own potatoes because they have been loyal organic seed potato customers of ours for years. But, as Klaas notes, eating from one's own crops in today's modern ag is not as common as one would think. Read more! Jim

“'I really take issue with the line that so many American farmers regularly repeat about feeding the world,' says Marten, a third generation farmer working huge swathes of land near Penn Yan. 'I always want to ask Corn Belt farmers whether they, or anybody they know, have ever eaten anything that they grow on their farm. The answer is almost invariably no.'

"Yet this is the story we’re told by Big Agriculture – it’s the story we want to believe as consumers – about the farms in this country: they are the source of bountiful wagon loads of food that feed the world, and farmers are using the latest and greatest technology to make this happen.

"But, in the end, that’s just a story. It’s a series of happy caricatures we put on posters to encourage ourselves to stay calm and carry on. It’s anything but the truth."

http://www.boomtowntable.com/unconventional-klaas/2015/12/6/unconventional-klaas#comments-5664d458e4b02b0e953ec6c0=

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NEW MELLMAN POLL CONFIRMS VIRTUALLY UNANIMOUS SUPPORT FOR GMO LABELING.

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Wednesday, 09 December 2015 Category Potatoes in History 0 Comments

Another in a long line of polls taken over many years - this time a well-respected Mellman poll - documents that there is nearly universal support for GMO Labeling by Americans of all stripes. CONGRESS NEEDS US TO REMIND THEM OF THIS FACT - NOW! - AND REJECT MONSANTO'S ATTEMPT TO ATTACH A CYNICAL PRE-EMPTION RIDER TO THE OMNIBUS SPENDING BILL UP FOR A VOTE THIS WEEK. Message to Congress: We want GMO Labeling and WE VOTE! Jim

http://www.eater.com/2015/12/2/9838268/gmo-labeling-poll-mellman-group

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MODERN SHILL JOURNALISM: DOCUMENTATION OF MONSANTO-FUNDED ACADEMICS WHO FAILED TO DISCLOSE THEIR FINANCIAL CONFLICT-OF-INTEREST.

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Documentation that much of the "positive" press about Monsanto and GE crops came courtesy of Monsanto largess. This corporate co-opting of journalistic integrity is self-serving, abhorrent and a serious threat to our democratic institutions. We're glad it has been exposed. Jim

"Our review found 27 articles quoting (or authored by) university professors after they received Monsanto funding, but without disclosing that funding.

"This is a collapse of journalistic standards. When reporters quote sources about food issues such as GMOs or organic food, readers deserve to know if the sources have been funded by Monsanto or have other conflicts of interest.

"The principal effect of failing to reveal these conflicts of interest is to unfairly enhance the credibility of Monsanto-funded academics, and their support of GMOs and criticism of organic food, while detracting from the credibility of consumer advocates."

http://usrtk.org/gmo/journalists-failed-to-disclose-sources-funding-from-monsanto-a-short-report/

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MAJOR NY TIMES EDITORIAL OPPOSES PRE-EMPTION OF STATES' RIGHTS AND CALLS FOR LABELING OF GMOs.

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Another very bad day for Monsanto. Here is clear documentation of the unstoppable mainstream shift towards transparency and honesty in food labeling - this time from titan 'New York Times.' Monsanto's cynical big-money orchestration against democracy and our Right-to-Know about GMOs continues to come apart at the seams. Jim

"... Some leading grocery chains, responding to consumer concerns, have said they won’t sell the genetically engineered salmon.

"The F.D.A. said there is no reason to mandate labeling because there is no material difference between engineered and natural fish on qualities like nutritional content. But the value of that information should be left to consumers to decide.

"Vermont enacted a law last year that will require labeling of genetically engineered foods starting next July unless a suit filed in June 2014 by four industry trade groups derails it. Other states with strong consumer movements may try to follow.

"The House passed a bill on July 23, 2015, that would pre-empt states from requiring such labeling, and industry groups are pressing the Senate to attach similar language as a rider to an omnibus spending bill. The Senate should rebuff that tactic and allow states to adopt mandatory labeling laws if they wish."

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/12/01/opinion/tell-consumers-what-they-are-eating.html?_r=2

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ORGANIC COMMUNITY WINS LANDMARK COURT RULING WHICH WILL STRENGTHEN ORGANIC INTEGRITY.

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Monday, 07 December 2015 Category Potatoes in History 0 Comments

In a major lawsuit involving a large Industrial Ag operation, the California Supreme Court has ruled cheaters MAY BE SUED FOR MISREPRESENTING crops grown with synthetic chemical inputs and falsely mislabeling them as "organic." In recent years, the Industrial Food misuse of the word "natural" has brought about a tidal wave of policy-changing lawsuits (http://www.foodnavigator-usa.com/…/Unprecedented-surge-in-f….)
Similarly, this new ruling should throw the fear-of-god into unscrupulous, conventional-toxic OPERATIONS AND CORPORATIONS which - MOTIVATED BY GREED TO BENEFIT FROM ORGANIC PRICE PREMIUMS AND SURGING ORGANIC DEMAND - have forced their way into organics WITHOUT ANY PHILOSOPHICAL COMMITMENT TO ORGANIC PRINCIPLES.
This ruling is an important victory. It establishes a new litigation tool for consumers AND honest organic farmers - who would have to unfairly compete against misanthropic cheaters. Jim

"The decision revived a class-action lawsuit against Herb Thyme Farms Inc., a large herb grower with many farms throughout California.

"Most of the company’s farms grow herbs conventionally, but one farm is organic and has been properly certified as such, the court said.

"The lawsuit contends that Herb Thyme processes its conventional and organic herbs together under an organic label and even sells some herbs grown entirely with chemicals as organic."

http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-organic-court-20151203-story.html

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"Making Peace with the Earth." Second, a new article published yesterday in 'The Asian Age.' Jim

"Humanity stands at a precipice. Merely 200 years of the age of fossil fuel has driven species and biodiversity to extinction, destroyed our soils, depleted and polluted our water and destabilised our entire climate system. Five hundred years of colonialism have driven cultures, languages, peoples to extinction and left a legacy of violence as the basis of production and governance...

"Industrial agriculture is a fossil fuel-based system which contributes more than 40 per cent of the greenhouse gases leading to climate change. Along with the globalised food system, industrial agriculture is to be blamed for at least 50 per cent of the global warming...

"Returning organic matter to the soil builds up soil nitrogen. Organic farming can increase nitrogen content of soil between 44-144 per cent, depending on the crops that are grown. Organic farming not only avoids the emissions that come from industrial agriculture, it transforms carbon in the air through photosynthesis and builds it up in the soil, thus contributing to higher soil fertility, higher food production and nutrition and a sustainable, zero-cost technology for addressing climate change."

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=crP5EVZdvLE&feature=youtu.be

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BREAKING NEWS! AND YET ANOTHER BRAND NEW POLL SHOWS 90% OF AMERICANS WANT GMO LABELING.

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A new Mellman poll show nearly universal support across America for GMO Labeling.
Meanwhile, a letter signed by 290 organizations and companies - including OSGATA - representing tens of millions of members and customers was sent to Congressional leaders supporting GMO Labeling and opposing any policy rider in the upcoming omnibous appropriations bill that would nullify consumers' Right-to-Know (http://static.politico.com/…/groups-urge-congress-to-reject…). Jim

http://www.centerforfoodsafety.org/press-releases/4150/new-poll-nearly-nine-in-10-americans-want-labels-on-gmo-food

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FOOD DOLLAR DECISIONS PUSHING POLICY PROGRESS: CITIZEN PRESSURE DEFLATING GE SUGAR BEET SALES.

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The USA sugar beet industry - held captive in recent years by Monsanto and their GE seed - is in decline thanks to our insistence that there is a better way than sugar made from GE sugar beets. Jim

"Now, as public sentiment moves against GMO crops and imports of cane sugar rise, sugar beet growers have seen their share of the U.S. sugar market slip to the smallest on record. Critics believe GMO crops contribute to the industrialization of farming and question promises of safety.

"Beets' share of all U.S. sugar deliveries – which represent total demand to major users and customers – fell to less than 41 percent of the U.S. total of 11.8 million tons (10.7 million tonnes) in the last fiscal year, a record low, down from 47 percent of 10.4 million tons in the 2008 crop year, the year the biotech seeds were introduced on a commercial scale, according to U.S. government data dating from 1992...

"Food manufacturers are taking seriously the backlash from consumers, including Millennials, the generation of people now in their 20s and 30s, who are perceived to care more about the ingredients on their plates.

Companies including Hershey Co, Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc , Unilever Plc subsidiary Ben & Jerry's Homemade Inc and General Mills Inc have pledged to ditch GMO ingredients in some products, bowing to customer pressure...

"Hershey will stop using beet sugar in its Kisses and Milk Chocolate bars, two of its best-known products, by the end of the year. Vermont has passed a law, due to come into effect next year, which requires food with GMO ingredients to be so labeled. It's the first such law in the nation and a move that some industry experts think could drive consumers toward organic and other non-GMO foods."

http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/10/29/us-sugar-gmo-insight-idUSKCN0SN0C720151029#PsdeRtRiTRbI2IoX.99

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BREAKING NEWS! EPA REVOKES REGISTRATION OF GE-CROP HERBICIDE "ENLIST DUO."

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In a stunning reversal - after being approved by EPA JUST ONE YEAR AGO - the registration for Enlist Duo, a combo of glyphosate and 2,4-D, has now been REVOKED BY EPA. Nothing like litigation to help a Federal 'regulator' see the light. Jim

“'With this action, EPA confirms the toxic nature of this lethal cocktail of chemicals, and has stepped back from the brink,' said Earthjustice Managing Attorney Paul Achitoff. 'Glyphosate is a probable carcinogen and is wiping out the monarch butterfly, 2,4-D also causes serious human health effects, and the combination also threatens endangered wildlife. This must not, and will not, be how we grow our food'...

"Dow created Enlist crops as a quick fix for the problem created by 'Roundup Ready' crops, the previous generation of genetically engineered crops designed to resist the effects of glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide."

http://www.panna.org/press-release/epa-pulls-registration-dow-enlist-duo-herbicide-citing-high-toxicity-levels

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YET ANOTHER GIANT NAIL-IN-THE-COFFIN FOR GE CROPS.

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The foundational justification for GE crops is the bold assertion that they are higher yielding and therefore are ESSENTIAL to feed a growing world population. WRONG.
Now a MAJOR new study from Brazil confirms that Monsanto's GE SOYBEANS YIELD LESS than traditional Non-GE soybeans. Combined with other studies - including "Failure to Yield" by Union of Concerned Scientists (http://www.ucsusa.org/…/food_and_agric…/failure-to-yield.pdf) the documented GE yield inferiority exposes the orchestrated, self-serving GE hoopla as mere lies and propaganda.
Additionally, monopolist Monsanto manipulates the seed market in Brazil and restricts farmer access to nonGE soybean seed. Jim

'Monsanto’s Intacta RR2 PRO soybeans are outperformed by non-GM soybeans in the major soy-producing regions of Brazil, according to new scientific study reported in Valor Econômico...

"The yield performance ranking was as follows:

"Non-GM soy: 57.1 bags per hectare (a bag is 60 kg)
Intacta RR2 PRO GM soy (RR2): 54.8 bags per hectare
Roundup Ready GM soy: 52.4 bags per hectare

"The profitability ranking was as follows:

"Non-GM soy: R$ (Brazilian Real) 369/hectare
Intacta RR2 PRO GM soy: R$ 333/ha
Roundup Ready GM soy: R$ 128/ha"

http://www.gmwatch.org/news/latest-news/16558-gm-soy-produces-less-than-non-gmo-university-study

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