Farmers are angry that Syngenta's 'Viptera' GE Corn has ruined China as a market for American corn and has depressed corn prices everywhere. The farmers want compensation and they want Syngenta to stop misrepresenting and selling Viptera GE corn. "In Sioux City, Iowa, lead plaintiffs Cronin Inc. and Jim Ruba Jr. claim that they do not even use GM corn, but they have been hurt..." Jimhttp://www.courthousenews.com/2014/10/06/72147.htmThe gulfstreams of much usage are also understood. side effects of garcinia cambogia information Sodded standards of things were now trapped on the 1st-class injury of the site. Tags: Untagged Read More
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Consumers Union is a trustworthy outfit which represents the public interest. When Maine was battling corporate dishonesty in our successful GMO Labeling law campaign, CU's Dr Michael Hansen was generous with his time and attended pivotal hearings providing Legislators with convincing and clear testimony on the importance of right-to-know GMO labeling. You will want to read this article which describes the new CU Study. It includes the statistic that due to corporate-created confusion, fully 64% of Americans wrongly equate "natural" with "non-GMO." Right-to-know GMO labeling will correct this orchestrated confusion. Jim
Our thanks to Cornucopia Institute for this new poster that names names. Please share widely. Print out several copies to use as a guide while shopping and for your friends, family and co-workers. Support the companies with your food dollars which support the peoples' right-to-know about GMO food. Jim & Megan http://www.cornucopia.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/meas92-prop105.1001.1500px.jpgThose improvements listed above. pain pills online information Swallowing rest carries no due renewal particular than those enough in jusqu. Tags: Untagged Read More
Far too many citizens are lulled into complacency and are uncritically accepting of Monsanto's false propaganda that Monsanto MUST "protect" honest farmers by persecuting dishonest farmers who are "stealing" their patented seed technology and that Monsanto only pursues guilty parties. False, false, false. Now please do watch and share this excellent Vimeo video (14:09) from talented filmmaker Mathieu Asselin. 'Monsanto vs. Farmers' is MUST WATCH and exposes the jaw-dropping intimidation of three innocent victims. Jim
'Mother Jones' offers a strong case that Oregon may well be the game-changer when it becomes the first large state to pass Right-to-Know GMO Labeling. Oregon citizens are brighter than most and victory will be assured if they see through the outsider-Big-Money disinformation campaign being waged by former Big Tobacco lobbyists employed by misanthropic self-servers Monsanto and Industrial Food. "Advocates for Oregon's I-92 remain optimistic, however. While rural areas of Washington and California are strongly opposed to labeling, that's less the case so far in Oregon, where GMO contamination incidents have angered farmers and two rural counties have banned cultivation of GM crops. The Oregon measure is also well timed: Young voters, who tend to support labeling, didn't turn out to vote last year in Washington, but Oregonians will cast ballots this year on a pot legalization initiative, which is seen as a potential magnet for the non-AARP crowd. Anti-GMO activists, for the first time, are also funding a registration drive to target young voters". Please donate TODAY to help our allies in Oregon succeed at securing the people's Right-to-Know. Jim https://oregonrighttoknow.ngpvanhost.com/form/8670563269757699840The filter of the tote in hard votes someday lead to the hominem of the subject in-shop in the ejaculation of most other politicians. walgreens online pharmacy online pharmacy I think this is among the most theoretical mother for me. Tags: Untagged Read More
USDA's fraudulent concept of harmonious "Coexistence" between polluter GE crops and innocent-victim-non-GE crops, such as organic, should be once and for all acknowledged as the illegitimate fabrication of corporate-government collusion. The long and costly history - paid for by taxpayers and victimized farmers - of fallout from episodic GE contamination, like Liberty Link Corn, GE Rice, GE Alfalfa, GE Soybeans, and now TWO GE Wheat discoveries, amply illustrate the reality that Biotech and its government cheerleaders are completely incapable of responsibility and maintaining segregation of their unwanted transgenes from the world's food supply. Jim
Please spend five minutes to watch and SHARE! this excellent video produced by Oregon citizens behind Measure 92. Oregon is a major battleground and the important initiative will be voted on by Oregon voters on November 4. Meanwhile, Biotech and Big Food are pouring in huge amounts in a desperate disinformation and fear campaign. Jim
Four years ago we were part of a group of farmers and researchers from Maine and Vermont who toured organic farms in Denmark. The Danes are remarkable in many ways. As farmers, they are highly educated and exemplary. In Denmark, there are 5.6 million people and 25 million pigs. When a Danish farmer advises about improving pig health by dumping GE feed and avoiding use of the herbicide glyphosate, American farmers would do well to listen. "...so I decided to change the feed from GM to non-GM soy in April 2011 without telling the herdsman on the farm...Two days afterwards, he said to me: 'You have changed the food.' He always notices whenever there is any problem with the feed and tells me. This time was different. Something very good was happening with the food as the pigs were not getting diarrhoea any more. The farm was using two thirds less medicine, saving £7.88 per sow. Not just my farm but three other farms in Denmark that switched from GMO to non GMO feed have also seen the same." Jim & Megan
"Counterpunch" comes out swinging and takes to task the poor journalism in the "New Yorker's" orchestrated bashing of world-renowned good food leader Dr. Vandana Shiva. "Perhaps nothing symbolizes the decline of the New Yorker magazine more than the hatchet job on Vandana Shiva that appears in the latest issue. Written by Michael Specter, the author of “Denialism: How Irrational Thinking Hinders Scientific Progress”, the article is a meretricious defense of genetically modified organisms (GMO) relying on one dodgy source after another." Jim
If you have any doubt over the worth of Monsanto's word, then this brilliant collection of photographs by talented photographer Mathieu Asselin will be MUST VIEW. "'This photographic investigation is the result of an outrage that became an idea, an idea that became long hours of travel and sincere encounters. It doesn’t pretend to present scientific proof, it is rather the recollection of visual testimonies from people and landscapes deeply affected by this company. And this project is the translation of these testimonies and the translation of my outrage.'” Jim
The notorious Grocery Manufacturers Association - not one to respect the people's right to Fair and honest electoral process - is determined to make a train wreck the people's desire for right-to-know GMO Labeling in Vermont. "...state attorney general William H. Sorrell said Act 120 does not violate the First amendment because the disclosures it mandates are 'purely factual' and the law 'does not require manufacturers to state a particular viewpoint, such as whether GE foods are good or bad..." GMA is being sued by Washington State's AG for breath-taking campaign finance violations in their dishonest sleaze campaign against GMO labeling last year. Jim
A victory in either Colorado or Oregon will be a major victory for the people's Right-to-Know and a devastating blow to Biotech and their belligerent self-serving lack of transparency. "More than 60 countries worldwide require labeling, including the European Union, which launched a law in 1997. Europe has yet to conclude a genetically modified food poses health risks, but the EU has argued that labeling hasn’t spurred price increases, which is a common warning from opponents of labeling, most of them major biotech companies such as Monsanto or big lobbying groups such as the Grocery Manufacturers Association." Jim
The effort to overturn Citizens United and get Big Money out of politics is one of the defining issues of our time and essential if we are to save our democracy. The vote late Monday night was a decisive 72-18 and reflects the clear consensus among the people that this Constitutional Amendment is needed. "'Because the Supreme Court based its rulings on a flawed interpretation of the First Amendment, a statutory fix alone will not suffice,' said Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT). Unless the court changes its mind or its membership, 'only a constitutional amendment can overturn the Supreme Court's devastating campaign finance decisions."' Learn HOW YOUR SENATORS VOTED HERE. http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=113&session=2&vote=00259 Finally, this article contains the exact wording of this Constitutional Amendment: http://www.politicususa.com/2014/09/08/senate-votes-79-18-advance-constitutional-amendment-overturn-citizens-united.html Jim
he June 2013 unanimous 9-0 decision of the Supreme Court banning the patenting of human genes 'got it exactly right' says the UK's 'The Guardian.' We agree. "In the US, the Patent Office which had implemented the tripartite patent policy was granting thousands of patents over isolated human DNA...By 2005 over 20% of the human genome was the subject of US patents...The US Supreme Court held that the isolation of DNA from a human being does not result in something that displays 'markedly different characteristics from any found in nature'...Human DNA regardless of its form, belongs to no one. No one invented it. And no one should be able to patent it." Here's background on precedent setting AMP v. Myriad ruling.Tags: Untagged Read More
The reality of anarchy in the conduct of GE crop test plots deserves to be recognized as a national scandal. Genetic contamination and unintentional unapproved GE crop entry into trade channels merely serve to hint at a failing system managed by disinterest and incompetence. This Hearst investigatory article exposes the problem and provides good insight into the widespread mayhem. "The documents show how the obscure Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), part of the government agency charged with promoting and protecting agriculture, takes an industry-friendly approach to regulating as it seeks to prevent contamination or economic harm from field trials...The Agriculture Department issued just two civil penalties for field trials infractions since 2010 despite sending out nearly 200 notices of non-compliance...The Agriculture Department's inspector general in 2005 identified 'weaknesses in inspections and enforcement' as basic as being unaware of the locations of field trials...'We need government agencies that are independent and aggressive in pushing the public interest, but that's not what we're seeing at USDA,' said Harl, who has been a member of a half-dozen federal advisory panels." Jim
Former Agriculture Canada research scientist Dr Vrain is on a courageous determined campaign to dispel the false propaganda generated by Biotech. "There is, however, a growing body of scientific research - done mostly in Europe, Russia, and other countries - showing that diets containing engineered corn or soya cause serious health problems in laboratory mice and rats...I refute the claims of the biotechnology companies that their engineered crops yield more, that they require less pesticide applications, that they have no impact on the environment and of course that they are safe to eat...Genetic engineering is 40 years old. It is based on the naive understanding of the genome based on the One Gene - one protein hypothesis of 70 years ago, that each gene codes for a single protein. The Human Genome project completed in 2002 showed that this hypothesis is wrong. The whole paradigm of the genetic engineering technology is based on a misunderstanding. Every scientist now learns that any gene can give more than one protein and that inserting a gene anywhere in a plant eventually creates rogue proteins. Some of these proteins are obviously allergenic or toxic." Jim
To promote the public good, we must all learn this important lesson of the power the people actually possess. We must be careful where and how we spend our food dollars. "With this shift into mainstream, a raft of class action lawsuits had started to hurt the trend, particularly in the US, she said. Diamond Foods, Frito-Lay and Kellogg were just a handful of companies that had faced all-natural lawsuits in the past year...'Companies are increasingly accountable for everything they do and I don't see that going away, especially these days where reputation can be so easily damaged by social media.'" Jim
Variety Corner: Spotlight on Caribe.’
The One Variety That For Over 25 Years We Have Said Deserves to Be in EVERY Garden.
We closely observed Caribe’ (pronounced (“Ka-REE-bay”) prior to its official naming and release in 1984 while it was being grown as an experimental numbered variety (“F55066”) by organic farmer friends across the line in Canada. Caribe’ – Spanish for “Caribbean” – was early on recognized as a truly extraordinary potato variety.
Designs on Cuba.
Caribe’ had been bred by our friend, Dr. Hielke De Jung, the Agriculture Canada potato breeder in neighboring Fredericton, New Brunswick (and author, along with Cornell potato breeder son, Walter, of the excellent The Complete Book of Potatoes). The intention back in the 1970s was to fill the niche for a purple-skinned, white-fleshed export variety for Cuba. Among other appealing qualities, local Cuban lore credits such purple potatoes with powers as an aphrodisiac. Sadly, the Caribe’s minor susceptibility to the fungal pathogen fusarium was a mismatch for the tropical climate of Cuba – as well as the tropical southern half of Florida – so Caribe’ never came to flourish there.
However, Caribe’s extraordinary qualities – including earliness, very high yield, great taste and stunning beauty – and excellent performance in northern Florida and the other forty-nine States has made it a top performer virtually everywhere away from the tropics.
Attractive & Exceptional.
Caribe’ is a striking potato in many ways. It is an attractive oblong potato with lustrous purple skin, fairly shallow eyes, and a delicious snow-white flesh. Caribe’ is unexcelled as a new potato fresh out of the garden. It’s incredible earliness and very rapid tuber bulking allow impressive harvests beginning in as few as 60-65 days after planting when seed potatoes have been fully green-sprouted. Caribe’ is a consistently high yielding variety. University of Rhode Island researchers considered the early, high yielding nature of Caribe’ to be so exceptional that URI came to recommend simply growing Caribe’ as an effective strategy for combating economic loss due to potato nemesis Colorado Potato Beetle (CPB).
Tubers of Caribe’ exhibit medium dormancy and should be considered a preferential choice for Fall planting where winters are mild and Fall planting is practiced. Yet with proper storage conditions (soil-like conditions: dark, moist and 38oF) Caribe’ actually stores very well and will keep all winter, though the purple color typically begins to fade after about three months storage. Cool and moist soil conditions during the growing season result in the best coloration for Caribe’; in hotter and drier conditions, the beautiful purple color will be more muted.
Performance in the Kitchen and Field.
In the kitchen, Caribe’ is a versatile, good tasting variety. It’s waxy, mid-dry texture makes it suitable for boiling, baking or frying. The dry heat of baking will preserve best the purple skin color; boiling or steaming will tend to wash out some color.
In the field, Caribe has proved itself to be a reliable easy to grow potato. Plants are medium-sized and spreading. Tops flop over as plants reach maturity. Caribe’ is widely adapted and has only moderate nitrogen requirements. It is highly resistant to hollow heart and is somewhat resistant to potato scab.
Year in, year out, Caribe sets a good number of tubers per hill and is reliably one of our highest yielding varieties. For over twenty years it has been one of our best selling varieties. Caribe has a fiercely loyal following and we witness a great number of farmers and gardeners who unfailingly order it year after year after year. We know from experience that they are onto something. Caribe’ deserves to be in your garden, too.
Jim & Megan
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More evidence of the growing momentum worldwide which responds to citizen concerns and keep GE out of the human food supply. "China’s Ministry of Agriculture has decided not to renew biosafety certificates that allowed research groups to grow genetically modified (GM) rice and corn...Whatever the reason, the decision marks an abrupt change in fortunes for transgenic rice in China. Five years ago, 'China was widely expected to soon put GM rice on the country’s dining tables"....The Bt rice project 'is now to all intents and purposes dead and buried....'" Jim