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Farmers turn to GMO-free crops to boost income FARMERS TURN TO GMO-FREE CROPS TO BOOST INCOME.

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Tuesday, 21 April 2015 Category Potatoes in History 0 Comments

Always good to hear of farmers doing independent thinking and following consumer demand. I also hope they keep going and transition from nonGE crops - leaving the toxic chemical treadmill behind - and become certified organic farmers. There is unmet demand for American certified organic grains and legumes. They will be better off, their customers will be better off and the environment will be better off.

http://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/money/agriculture/2015/04/18/non-gmo-farming/25951693/

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WILLIE NELSON THE FARMERS' FRIEND AND THIRTY YEARS OF FARM-AID.

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Tuesday, 21 April 2015 Category Potatoes in History 0 Comments

In the midst of hard times and a divided country, Willie is a force for bringing people together. Good article by the daughter of a Montana rancher. "After months of buildup, I got Willie on the other end of the phone line for 20 minutes. It was difficult to connect the wary, but kind, voice on the phone to the Willie Nelson of my youth. In my small Montana town, Willie was a living Western movie. We’d beg our parents for quarters in dusty bars to play songs like 'Mammas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys.' It was just a little funny and a little sad when some of us babies went off to become doctors and lawyers and such. Even if we didn’t always agree with his politics, it felt like he was singing for and about rural America. As a progressive cowboy, Willie had his boots planted in two worlds, and he won a wide fanbase for it... In 1985, Nelson recognized the dire state of American agriculture, and launched Farm Aid...After three decades of farm advocacy work, how do things look to Willie? 'There is a lot of organic farming going on these days and it’s helped out the small family farmer. The farm-to-table markets are doing well,' he said. 'People have learned to buy locally and sustainably, and it’s turning into a better situation than it was, but it’s not perfect. There are still a lot of farmers out there in trouble.'" Jim

http://grist.org/people/willie-nelson-the-man-the-myth-and-what-he-means-to-farmers/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_term=EDIT%20Weekly&utm_campaign=weekly

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Honest organic farmers and loyal organic consumers deserve more than ignoring exposure of this serious problem.
"The Organic Foods Production Act, passed by Congress, is a good law but both the Bush and Obama administrations have rolled out the red carpet for corporate agribusiness lobbyists to shape organic regulations and enforcement with an emphasis on profit rather than organic integrity.
Over the past decade, Cornucopia has hammered the USDA and the White House on grossly incompetent, or intentionally harmful, management of the organic program. We have filed numerous legal complaints, some of which have shut down factory farms or constrained their production, while others have been ignored or dismissed.
So, throughout most of 2014, Cornucopia contracted with a professional aerial photography service to photograph 15 'certified organic' factory farms from West Texas to the eastern seaboard. We forwarded over 250 highly detailed 50-60 MB images to the USDA. We additionally provided scores of other satellite photos and supporting documentary material.
Our flyover campaign was the subject of an investigative report on December 11 in the Washington Post (so we know this landed on the USDA Secretary’s desk). And what have been the results?
Nothing." Jim

http://www.cornucopia.org/2015/04/see-no-evil/

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NEW COVERAGE OF ORGANIC COMMUNITY LAWSUIT AGAINST USDA.

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Monday, 20 April 2015 Category Potatoes in History 0 Comments

This article from Yankton, South Dakota confirms the broad reach of organic to the far corners of our country. “'This is a foundational lawsuit, which will impel the USDA to obey the law,' said Jim Gerritsen, president of the one of the plaintiffs, Organic Seed Growers and Trade Association in Washington, Maine. 'It is important that the organic community maintains its historical role of protecting the integrity of the organic industry.'"
“'We are deeply concerned that the organic decision-making process is being undermined by the USDA,' according to the plaintiffs’ joint statement. 'Legally, the agency’s decision represents a rule change and therefore must be subject to public comment.'" Jim

http://www.yankton.net/neighbors/article_cbd51040-e574-11e4-9ce3-d77a4c2e0967.html

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MONSANTO'S BIGGEST PROBLEM? PR SPIN CAN'T ERASE BAD KARMA.

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Monday, 20 April 2015 Category Potatoes in History 0 Comments

Monsanto's prospects sink as the truth becomes more widely known. "The allegations enraged the industry's critics, who have been busy touting recent reports linking popular herbicides often used in tandem with genetically engineered crops, or GMOs, to cancer and antibiotic resistance.
"Both controversies are renewing calls for tougher restrictions on certain herbicides and mandatory packaging labels for groceries containing GMO ingredients.
"'If true, this is a major scandal at the USDA,' wrote Gary Ruskin, director of the pro- labeling group US Right to Know, in a March 30 letter to the US House and Senate agricultural committees demanding an investigation. 'It is not the proper role of the USDA to engage in a cover up for Monsanto and other agrichemical companies.'" Jim

http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/29992-monsanto-is-in-hot-water-again

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EXCELLENT HANDS-ON PRIMER EXPLAINS THE MONUMENTAL PROBLEM BEHIND GLYPHOSATE-BASED AGRICULTURE.

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Friday, 17 April 2015 Category Potatoes in History 0 Comments

This article by our friend, Bill Duesing of NOFA-CT is well-done and MUST READ! "Our current, conventional food system is based on the use of glyphosate, an herbicide which is designed to kill all green plants. (Remember for a minute that all of our oxygen and food comes from green plants. Then consider a business plan that depends on selling more of this green-plant-killing chemical every year.)...Currently, almost all non-organic animal products, processed foods, vegetable oils and lots of food additives depend on crops sprayed with glyphosate...It is easy to see why most Americans want to know which foods contain GMOs (and therefore glyphosate or other herbicides as well) and why Monsanto and its allies spend hundreds of millions of dollars each year on lobbyists, politicians, information suppression and propaganda to keep us from knowing." Jim

http://ctnofa1982.blogspot.com/2015/04/glyphosate-news-round-up.html

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EXPERT SCIENTIST INTERVIEW EXPOSES CONUNDRUM OF GLYPHOSATE AND GE CROPS.

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Thursday, 16 April 2015 Category Potatoes in History 0 Comments

In this excellent MUST LISTEN Food Integrity Now interview (47:00) with Carol Grieve', Dr. Robert Kremer shares ESSENTIAL first-person scientific background on glyphosate and how GE crops - through horizontal gene transfer - release transgenic DNA into the environment. Dr. Kremer with was one of the speakers on our MOA GMO Plenary Session back in February. Jim

http://foodintegritynow.org/2015/04/15/dr-robert-kremer-gmos-glyphosate-and-soil-biology/

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SHOCKING 'PEER'-LEGAL-FILING EXPOSES METHODOLOGY OF INSTITUTIONAL COLLUSION BETWEEN USDA AND INDUSTRIAL AG.

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Monday, 13 April 2015 Category Potatoes in History 0 Comments

The blatant USDA bias in favor of Monsanto and Industrial Ag is the direct result of a CULTURE OF HARASSMENT, INTIMIDATION AND RETALIATION against USDA scientists who fail to tow the party line favoring "corporate stakeholder interests." WHY HAS THIS SCANDAL NOT BEEN THE LEAD STORY ON MAINSTREAM MEDIA? These revelations - IN STUNNING DETAIL - are made in the 'Petition for Rule Making' recently filed by the NGO "Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility."
"PEER explains that USDA management regularly uses this provision as reason for suppressing technical work of employees when industry stakeholders disagree with the scientific conclusions reached.
"The petition reports that 'agribusiness interests, such as those of Monsanto Corporation, have access to top agency managers' and are 'invited to lodge complaints and concerns about the published work of agency scientists.' Scientists and researchers have been pressured to water down studies, remove their name from authorship, endure indefinite delays in approving controversial papers, or even fully retract studies. PEER reports that scientists targeted by industry are subject to demotions, threats to damage careers, disruptive investigations, disapproval of formerly routine requests, suspensions without pay or disciplinary actions over small matters, and intimidation from supervisors intent on pleasing 'stakeholders.'" Jim

http://enewspf.com/latest-news/science/science-a-environmental/60187-usda-under-fire-for-rules-permitting-agribusiness-interests-like-monsanto-to-intimidate-scientists.html

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IS THE TIDE FINALLY TURNING AGAINST MONSANTO'S ROUNDUP?

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Monday, 13 April 2015 Category Potatoes in History 0 Comments

That is the question posed in this article by our friend, Wisconsin organic dairy farmer, Jim Goodman. The recent determination by scientists from the World Health Organization (WHO) that the herbicide Roundup's active ingredient "glyphosate" is a "probable human carcinogen" should be the final nail in the coffin. Glyphosate should be banned. It's critical to understand that virtually ALL GE crops have been altered in the laboratory to survive being sprayed by this fatally flawed weedkiller. Thus, the bitter truth is the entire GE experiment has been founded upon a deadly false premise. "Will the recent study by the World Health Organization indicating that glyphosate 'probably' causes cancer make a difference? Increased risk of non-hodgkins lymphoma? According to Monsanto the study was based on junk science, but I suspect anything that doesn't agree with Monsanto's science is junk science...Mothers don't want to feed their babies poison, people don't want to eat food that may cause cancer. They should know the truth and decide based on whether they feel the risk is worth it. They should be able to trust that the government and publicly funded universities are working for the public good, not the advancement of corporate profit margins." Jim

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2015/04/11/has-glyphosate-met-its-waterloo

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NEW MAINE COVERAGE OF ORGANIC COMMUNITY LAWSUIT AGAINST USDA OVER ABANDONING PROCEDURE FOR PUBLIC COMMENT.

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Friday, 10 April 2015 Category Potatoes in History 0 Comments

Both Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA) and Organic Seed Growers and Trade Association (OSGATA) are stakeholders which have joined the plaintiff group which Tuesday filed a lawsuit against USDA. The suit challenges the USDA's refusal to abide by the requirements of the 1990 Organic Food Production Act (OFPA) which mandates opportunity for public comment on substantive changes to the National Organic Program. This landmark lawsuit has been filed in order to preserve integrity and to protect the rights of all organic consumers and all organic farmers. "'This process has created a unique opportunity within government for a community of stakeholders to come together, hear all points of view and chart a course for the future of organic,' the groups said. 'It is a process that continually strengthens organic, supports its rapid growth and builds the integrity of the USDA certified label in the marketplace.'" Jim

http://bangordailynews.com/2015/04/09/health/maine-organics-groups-joins-lawsuit-against-usda/

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STUNNING MUST READ ARTICLE ON ABRUPT CLIMATE CHANGE.

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Thursday, 09 April 2015 Category Potatoes in History 1 Comment

You will want to read this eye-opening article, but you better be sitting down when you do. We need to be informed. We can handle the truth. It's better to become aware than be surprised. "Paul Beckwith, a climatology and meteorology professor at the University of Ottawa, Canada, is an engineer and physicist who researches abrupt climate change in both the present day and in the paleoclimatology records of the deep past. 'It is my view that our climate system is in early stages of abrupt climate change that, unchecked, will lead to a temperature rise of 5 to 6 degrees Celsius within a decade or two,' Beckwith told me. 'Obviously, such a large change in the climate system will have unprecedented effects on the health and well-being of every plant and animal on our planet.'" Jim

http://www.globalresearch.ca/the-methane-monster-roars/5426116

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POLISH FARMERS STEP-UP EPIC BATTLE FOR JUSTICE AND RIGHT-TO-EXIST.

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Tuesday, 07 April 2015 Category Potatoes in History 1 Comment

Since Poland joined the EU, their traditional small-scale farmers have been bruised and bullied by Europe's powerful Industrial Ag and government bias towards concentration and internationalism. Julian Rose's eye-opening essay identifies strong parallels between the plight of family farmers in Poland and here in the United States. Issues of food sovereignty, land tenure, and the growing use of faux hygiene laws as tools of farmer subjugation. "They see what’s happening and fear a total take-over – once the buying of Polish farmland by foreigners becomes legal in 2016...the farmers added two further demands to the Polish government: establish a proper, legally enforced ban of GM crops and seeds and end the exceptionally harsh regulations that demand registration, licensing and separate processing premises before any farmhouse foods can be legally sold to the Polish public....Government Advice Offices for farmers, which espouses the ‘restructuring’ of farms so as to fit the typical Western European agribusiness model...Poland remains one of the last bastions in Europe of large numbers of small scale, semi self-sufficient farmsteads. Still around one million with an average size of just seven hectares...a renewed commitment to supplying the nation, the region and the local community with home grown ‘real foods’, produced by time honoured methods that bring genuine health back to the soils, plants, animals and humans that are the true beneficiaries of a caring and benign approach. An approach that gets the nation off the chemical, GMO and synthetic food killer fixes that threaten to achieve complete dominance of the globalized food chain." Jim

http://www.julianrose.info/2015/03/occupy-warsaw-polish-farmers-create-clandestine-city-camp/

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USDA IDENTIFIES NEONICS AS ANOTHER LETHAL CRUTCH OF INDUSTRIAL AG THAT IS CAUSING DECIMATION OF MONARCH BUTTERFLIES.

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Monday, 06 April 2015 Category Potatoes in History 1 Comment

Move over pollen from transgenic (GE) Bt corn, Neonics have now been cited by scientists as an additional cause of decline for this beautiful canary-in-the-coal-mine. This new research yet again exposes the stunning lack of sustainability upon which Industrial Ag is founded. “'The saddest irony is that, though industrial agriculture experts call their methods ‘scientific’, using toxins to kill pests runs contrary to all biological understanding, including the sciences of ecology, of evolution, and of complex systems. The proof of this is that the very best results in all of agriculture come from farming methods that reject all industrial inputs. Agribusiness would very much like that not to be known. The best news is that there is a simple way to transfer to sustainable agricultural methods: remove the subsidies for industrial farming.'" Jim

http://www.independentsciencenews.org/news/new-research-links-neonicotinoid-pesticides-to-monarch-butterfly-declines/

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FARMERS IN EL SALVADOR HEAD IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION FOR FOOD SOVEREIGNTY.

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Friday, 03 April 2015 Category Potatoes in History 1 Comment

Good news from farms who have done their homework. "Farmers in El Salvador are acutely aware of the importance of producing their own seeds, and avoiding those from the bioengineering giant. The farmers, who have already been consistently outperforming Monsanto with their seed, as the local seed is far healthier and more productive, have just managed to bring about a giant defeat of Monsanto by preventing it from supplying El Salvador with its seeds. Recently, the Ministry of Agriculture released a new round of contracts to provide seed to subsistence farmers across the country. 'Remember that Monsanto is together with DuPont, Pioneer, all the large businesses that control the world's seed market,'" Jim

http://truth-out.org/news/item/29670-el-salvador-farmers-successfully-defy-monsanto?tmpl=component&print=1

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Unintended and feral spread of GE Alfalfa - and other GE crops - is a scientific reality which has been all but ignored by biased 'regulators' determined to GIVE approvAL GE crops. EXPOSURE OF THIS GROWING THREAT highlights the dysfunction of the biased revolving-door 'regulatory' system. "...alfalfa can easily spread into ditches, fence lines and field edges, regardless of good intentions...Kerschbaumer said Canada’s share of the export alfalfa seed market is small, at about $145 million, but the market for hay is worth billions. 'We have everybody on our shoulders,' she said of seed growers. 'If we can’t have clean seed, we’re not going to have clean hay.' Shaw said many international markets accept 0.1 percent GM in imported product, but China has a zero tolerance policy that Canada and other countries could tap. Growers in the United States initially obtained a premium for growing GM alfalfa seed, but Kerschbaumer said that has disappeared. 'You actually get a premium now if you have no GE in your seed, so it has done a complete flip.'" Feral GE Canola is another crop out-of-control and a disaster in the making. Jim

http://www.producer.com/2015/03/gm-alfalfa-creeps-across-border/

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EXPOSE' OF MONSANTO'S MAJOR ROLE CREATING CRISIS OF ACADEMIC INTEGRITY.

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Monday, 30 March 2015 Category Potatoes in History 1 Comment

Do not miss this MUST READ article which provides an eye-opening glimpse into how Monsanto and Biotech stack the academic deck against the public interest. "Monsanto sent her a legal document to sign stating that she would give the company the results of the study before publication. Carman said, 'We would have been legally bound to do that whether they gave us seeds or not. No sensible scientist would agree to such conditions, and we didn’t'...But Monsanto and other GMO companies restrict access to their seeds for independent researchers. Anyone who buys Monsanto’s patented GM seed has to sign a technology agreement saying they will not use the seeds or crop for research or pass them to anyone else for that purpose. Even if permission to carry out research is given, companies typically retain the right to block publication if the results are 'not flattering', according to Scientific American...According to a former Rowett administrator, the campaign to silence Pusztai was set in motion by a phone call from Monsanto to US President Bill Clinton, who called British Prime Minister Tony Blair, who in turn called the Rowett Institute....'Research on GMOs is now taboo. You can’t find money for it… People don’t want to find answers to troubling questions. It’s the result of widespread fear of Monsanto and GMOs in general'...'the GMO lobby attempts to discredit the study and the scientists who conducted it. It’s despicable and unprecedented in the history of science.'" Jim

http://gmwatch.eu/index.php/news/archive/2015-articles/16034-is-monsanto-on-the-side-of-science

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MAJOR LEGAL ADVANCE FOR AUSTRALIAN ORGANIC FARMER STEVE MARSH.

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Monday, 30 March 2015 Category Potatoes in History 1 Comment

Did Monsanto - cloaked from public view - funnel funds into the legal defense of GE farmer Michael Baxter? It was Mr. Baxter who grew the GE Canola crop in 2010 which contaminated Steve Marsh's organic farm, causing Steve to lose his organic certification. In an important new Court development, the AUSTRALIAN SUPREME COURT HAS ORDERED Mr. Baxter to DISCLOSE financial help he has received. "Mr Marsh sought compensation after he lost organic certification over 70 per cent of his farm when GM canola swathes and seeds from Mr Baxter's property blew onto his land in 2010. In court on Wednesday, Mr Marsh appealed the costs decision and sought to find out if Mr Baxter had received any gifts or donations to pay his legal costs, making reference to the PGA and agricultural biotechnology company Monsanto...Under the indemnity principle, Mr Marsh did not have to pay any more in court costs than Mr Baxter himself paid his lawyers...Asked if there were payments from Monsanto, he said: 'Well, I can't tell you that because that is confidential'...Mr Marsh's legal team this week also delivered an appeal to the court on the dismissal of his compensation case." In a situation which closely mirrors that of 'OSGATA et al v. Monsanto,' the Steve Marsh compensation lawsuit was handled by a hostile judge who had made up his mind against the organic farmer early on. Jim

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-03-25/gm-appeal-sees-farmer-ordered-to-reveal-financial-help/6347468

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CHANGE IN THE PLAINS: HONEST ACCOUNT OF A SOUTH DAKOTA FARMER TRANSITIONING AWAY FROM GE CROPS.

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Tuesday, 24 March 2015 Category Potatoes in History 1 Comment

Local newspaper story of farmer Corey Johannsen who is shifting more and more to nonGMO crops. Courageous pioneering plant pathologist Dr. Donald Huber factors into Corey's awakening. "'For those promoting non-GMO crops, there are some truths about the concerns, he said...'It’s a touchy topic,' Johannsen said. 'When you mention non-GMO crops at meetings, I love to see eyes roll'...'I think what happens is that we may overuse the GMO traits as a catch-all to solve the problems that we may find in the field,' Johannsen said. 'I believe that many times we may be using GMO traits that we might not need in a particular field or area. Many times, we don’t have much of a choice, as GMO traits are usually bundled in the seed we plant'...'One of the speakers was Dr. Don Huber of Purdue University,' Johannsen said. 'He has knowledge that goes on forever. When he spoke, I really learned a lot about biology and soils. The part that really interested me was do we need GMO crops, or can we grow the same with non-GMO?'...'I feel like a recovering alcoholic in a small town where the only business left is a bar,' he said. 'I’m addicted to GMO technology and traits, and this is what is readily available in the current marketplace. I have to search out of my area to find non-GMO seed. So like the recovering alcoholic, it’s one step at a time, and sometimes there are challenges and struggles along the way. I’ll probably never quit GMOs cold turkey, as I’m sure there will be a need at times for this technology in my farming operation to remain profitable. I guess I just hope to be a ‘social drinker’ in the future and keep my use of GMOs in moderation.'" Here is a valuable 'Food Integrity Now' interview with Dr. Huber. Jim

http://www.aberdeennews.com/news/local/tolstoy-farmer-strives-to-find-balance-between-gmo-crops-non/article_c5b3c925-bdac-5a56-a504-5fc9b679fe68.html

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EXPLOSIVE REVELATIONS! STEVEN DRUKER'S 'ALTERED GENES, TWISTED TRUTH' EXPOSES SMOKING-GUN-FRAUD AT FDA.

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Monday, 23 March 2015 Category Potatoes in History 1 Comment

Shocking confirmation in the form of a jaw-dropping NEW BOOK that our SKEPTICISM OVER THE SAFETY of genetically engineered (GE) food HAS BEEN WELL-FOUNDED. Enter Steven Druker's just published 'Altered Genes, Twisted Truth' and this recent WZON interview (9:13) with Jim. WZON is the progressive radio station owned by solid Bangor-native novelist Stephen King. "For the first time, Druker was able to uncover internal FDA documents which proved that FDA scientists had serious concerns about the safety of GMO food. Yet political decisions were made by politicians to ignore the concerns of those scientists and to allow genetically engineered foods to come into the food system without any testing. They are explosive revelations." This book promises to be a game-changer in discussions about GE food safety and Right-to-Know GMO Labeling. Please help spread the word. Jim & Megan

http://www.wzonthepulse.com/podcast/Jim_Gerritsen_on_WZON_03-17-15.mp3

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GROWING YOUR OWN POTATOES GIVES YOU INCOMPARABLE FRESHNESS FROM EXCEPTIONAL VARIETIES.

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Thursday, 19 March 2015 Category Potatoes in History 1 Comment

Anyone can find bland ho hum potatoes to their heart's content at every grocery store. The real treasure and fun is found by growing your own supply of exceptional potato varieties, digging them fresh and cooking them right away. Author Mark is from the UK so many of the varieties he notes are not available in USA . However, we do grow and sell two of the best he mentions: Yukon Gold and Rose Finn Apple. "If you want delicious potatoes, something you’ll be glad you wished for, you need to think with your cook’s hat on. And now’s the time to do it. Chips, potato dauphinoise, roast potatoes, potato salad, Lyonnaise potatoes, creamy mash and buttered new potatoes. These are the seven best reasons I can think of to grow your own potatoes." Jim

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/gardening/howtogrow/fruitandvegetables/9824886/The-best-potatoes-for-chips-wedges-and-roasties.html

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