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MUST READ! NEW DR. SERALINI INTERVIEW ON HARM FROM GMOs

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Friday, 04 April 2014 Category Potatoes in History 0 Comments

Concise translated interview from top GMO researcher. You will not want to miss! "Our team found toxic effects of GMOs without pesticides. Our team is the most-published in the world on the impact of GMOs and pesticides on health...We were the only ones in the world to do this, as companies and health agencies had never ordered tests lasting longer than three months. But the study was retracted with great violence by the journal which published it after a former employee of Monsanto (Editor’s note: manufacturer of Roundup and GMO seeds) was introduced onto the editorial board of the journal. He is the former head of GMO toxicology dossiers at Monsanto." Jim

http://www.gmoseralini.org/they-gmos-make-animals-seriously-ill/

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MARTIN LUTHER KING ON DISCIPLINED NONCONFORMITY.

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It should then come as no surprise that the connected corporate-owned U.S. news media has all but ignored this important report which calls for "an undermining of large agribusinesses and an infusion of democratic control." The solution is food sovereignty and regaining control of our food institutions. "De Schutter, the U.N. special rapporteur on the right to food, spent six years visiting more than a dozen countries and concluded that the world’s entire food system should be rebuilt, starting with the promotion of local, sustainable farming so that ordinary people have control over what they can grow and eat. This certainly does not sound radical to those of us in U.S. cities where there has been a rapid expansion of farmers markets and an explosion in backyard farming. But in poor American communities and in poor countries as a whole, it is a radical notion for food to be grown locally, sustainably and democratically...Agroecology is also consistent with the idea of 'food sovereignty,' a term embraced by food justice activists and groups like the 200-million-strong peasant farmer movement La Via Campesina to demand local and democratic control of food. So it is no surprise that the corporate-dominated industry is extremely wary when the words 'food sovereignty' are bandied about."

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/03/21-0

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DOGGED DETERMINATION TO UNCOVER HIDDEN AGENDA AND UNDUE INFLUENCE.

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Monday, 17 March 2014 Category Potatoes in History 0 Comments

http://www.centerforfoodsafety.org/press-releases/2973/ge-crops-why-did-usda-ignore-environmental-and-economic-harms#

Why did the USDA mysteriously reverse itself three years ago and approve GE Alfalfa? The trail appears to lead to the highest levels of the US government and shadowy contacts in Biotech. Now, at long last our allies at Center for Food Safety have had enough of the stonewalling at USDA APHIS and they have gone to court to try to force transparency. “'USDA determined Monsanto’s Roundup Ready alfalfa posed significant environmental and economics harms and initially proposed placing restrictions on it. Yet the agency went ahead and granted full unrestricted approval one month later. Did the White House intervene? Did Monsanto pressure the agency? The fact is we don’t know, and unless the court orders USDA to hand over these documents we may never know,' said Andrew Kimbrell, executive director for Center for Food Safety." The people deserve to know what factors - now hidden - went into this grossly erroneous and devastating political decision.

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MONSANTO'S SEMINIS SEED COMPANY GAINS BOGUS PATENT ON SEVERED BROCCOLI HEADS.

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Friday, 14 March 2014 Category Potatoes in History 1 Comment

Patents on life forms are egregious and erroneous public policy. Such patents need to be challenged, beginning with outrageous claims which clearly represent "prior art" and are in no way qualified for the government-sanctioned monopoly called a "patent." Among patent legal scholars, a patent is not deemed valid until it has survived challenge in court. but that process is long and expensive. Challenging Monsanto's patented GE seed technology was what we were trying to do with "OSGATA et al v. Monsanto" but the court denied us the right to argue our case. "The No Patents on Seeds Campaign is reporting out of Munich that there is very strong and broad opposition against the European patent EP 1597965 granted to Monsanto-owned Seminis, Inc. Capitalist copycats seem to always want to imagine that they have invented things that exist that are actually by-products of the creativity of farmers and plant breeders." This patent amounts to bio-piracy.

http://ejfood.blogspot.com/2014/03/seed-sovereignty-gone-to-their-heads.html

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MAINE'S JOHN PIOTTI BRINGS GLOBAL FOOD ISSUES HOME TO MAINE.

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Wednesday, 12 March 2014 Category Potatoes in History 1 Comment

John's clear insights on the recent Camden Conference which tackled the global politics of food and water. "...Fred Kirschenmann’s keynote address on the first night. Fred is a farmer, philosopher, distinguished academic and activist. He explained how the future will be different from the past, how our current agricultural system is simply unsustainable...A key question for the future is how we recruit new farmers, how we inspire and train them, but also how we get them on farmland. These are issues everywhere, but Maine is noteworthy because we have made such progress. I give a lot of the credit to the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA), which has done as much to inspire and train young farmers as any organization in the country. The next hurdle is to get these eager people on the land. That’s a high hurdle, given that the price of most farmland is far greater than what someone can earn from farming it...One of Fred’s points the previous night was that our current economic tools—which often reward short-term profit above all else—are not up to the task of creating the kind of farming that will be needed to serve the future. This is a BIG issue. To me, it is every bit as big as climate change, exactly because our current economic decisions are what drive climate change."

http://www.mainefarmlandtrust.org/food-water-notes-on-the-camden-conference/

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BRIDGEWATER'S BRADBURY MAPLE FEATURED IN EXCELLENT ARTICLE ON PRODUCING MAPLE SYRUP.

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Thursday, 06 March 2014 Category Potatoes in History 0 Comments

We've been good friends of Boyd and Charlene Bradbury for almost 40 years. Their sugar bush is this side of the North Branch of Whitney Brook and fronts Bootfoot Road two miles from Wood Prairie Farm. Visit and see the boiling operation in action every weekend during sap flow (ending around April 18). Jim & Megan

"One of the most successful maple syrup businesses in Aroostook County owes its origins to a nearly forgotten maple farm. Back in 1934, Bridgewater resident Ellie Sharp began tapping maple trees and constructed a maple sap evaporator, but his syruping operation petered out when he died a few years later."

http://bangormetro.com/Articles/1403/A-Sweet-Business.aspx

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NEW 'SEEDPIECE' NEWSLETTER NOW AVAILABLE

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Wednesday, 05 March 2014 Category Potatoes in History 0 Comments

 

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DOCUMENTATION OF NON-GE CORN BEATING BIOTECH VARIETIES AND UNMISTAKEABLE FARM PRODUCTION TREND AWAY FROM GE CROPS

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Important eye-opening narrative which illustrates we are at the beginning of the end milestone for GE agriculture. This farmer-owned Spectrum Seed Company has read the tea leaves and is decisively acting on the surging phenomenal demand for nonGE seed. "Not too many years ago, Odle admits he was 'aggressive' on using genetically modified corn traits on his Indiana farm. But over time he started questioning the value of GM seed, and realized non-GMO was performing better...Spectrum is succeeding. 'We are going into our fifth selling season, and our sales have almost doubled every year,' Odle says...The results showed that Spectrum’s hybrids produced yields that were as good as, or in some cases, better than GM varieties from Pioneer Hi-Bred, DeKalb, and other seed companies...'We can produce yield without having (GMO) traits,' Odle says...He also says that GM foods should be labeled. 'I fall on the side of labeling; people should have the choice.' If mandatory GMO labeling became law in the US, Odle thinks that non-GMO crop production could reach 30% to 40%. But even without labeling he thinks it could reach 25%."

http://organicconnectmag.com/conventional-farmer-transition-non-gmo/

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POWERFUL DEMOCRACY NOW! INTERVIEW OF WHISTLE BLOWER SCIENTIST DR. TYRONE HAYES.

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Tuesday, 25 February 2014 Category Potatoes in History 1 Comment

Courageous scientist Dr. Hayes discusses his research on the Syngenta herbicide atrazine and the accompanying campaign of character assassination and intimidation waged against him. This is a MUST WATCH video interview (17:56) of Dr. Hayes by Amy Goodman. DON'T MISS IT! "And then that escalated to the company actually—Tim Pastoor, in particular, and others from the company—coming to presentations that—or lectures that I was giving, to make handouts or to stand up and refute the data, and eventually even led to things like threats of violence. Tim Pastoor, for example, before I would give a talk, would literally threaten, whisper in my ear that he could have me lynched, or he would—quote, said he would 'send some of his good ol’ boys to show me what it’s like to be gay,' or at one point he threatened my wife and my daughter with sexual violence. He would whisper things like, 'Your wife’s at home alone right now. How do you know I haven’t sent somebody there to take care of her? Isn’t your daughter there?' So, eventually, it really slipped into some, you know, pretty scary tactics." This interview comes on the heels of the recent landmark expose of this academic hero's remarkable story in the 'New Yorker.' Jim

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/2/21/silencing_the_scientist_tyrone_hayes_on

http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2014/02/10/140210fa_fact_aviv?currentPage=all

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ARTICLE HIGHLIGHTS NEW OSGATA BOOK 'PROTECTING ORGANIC SEED INTEGRITY.'

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Friday, 21 February 2014 Category Potatoes in History 0 Comments

Our new peer-reviewed Handbook is designed to explain to organic farmers in layman's how to protect their organic crops from unwanted GE contamination. "OSGATA is providing copies of the book to organic farmers without cost... Compromised organic seed integrity has broad-reaching impacts on the viability of organic farms and the credibility of organic products in the eyes of the consumers. Organic farmers also risk the threat of patent infringement litigation in the face of contamination. See 'OSGATA et al. vs. Monsanto.' In order to limit GE presence in organic seed, growers need to become educated about best practices for contamination avoidance and genetic testing protocols." Find a FREE electronic download of the book or How to Order a copy on this OSGATA link. Jim http://www.osgata.org/organic-seed-integrity/

 

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LEGENDARY MAINE GRANDFATHER OF SEED SAVERS FEATURED IN VIDEO AND ARTICLE.

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Thursday, 20 February 2014 Category Potatoes in History 0 Comments

Mega seed saver and icon Will Bonsall has dedicated his life to saving countless hundreds upon hundreds of endangered seed varieties. Read about Will's work and watch him in this excellent accompanying video (2:27). "This is the ark. And again there is a difference between God and Noah. God would decide which of these things is worth putting on the ark. Noah doesn't get to make that decision." Also learn about the start-up of the new DAFT - Democratic, Accountable, Frugal and Transparent - national Grassroots Seed Network.

http://www.pressherald.com/news/The_Maine_man_who_saves_the_seeds_.html?pagenum=full

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NEW VERMONT SHORT FILM EXPLAINS WHY CERTIFIED ORGANIC FOOD SHOULD BE EVERYONE'S FIRST CHOICE.

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Wednesday, 19 February 2014 Category Potatoes in History 0 Comments

You will want to pour a cup of tea and then sit back and enjoy this beautifully photographed video (9:45), unveiled at the recent NOFA Vermont Winter Conference. The film explains what motivates certified organic farmers to grow the very best food and how certified organic is your family's best assurance of authentic healthy food which exhibits real value.

http://nofavt.wordpress.com/2014/02/16/organic-matters-film-debut-at-the-conference/

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BREAKING NEWS! COVERAGE OF AUSTRALIAN ORGANIC FARMER STEVE MARSH'S LAWSUIT SEEKING JUSTICE FOR GE CONTAMINATION.

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Friday, 07 February 2014 Category Potatoes in History 0 Comments

Steve, nearly ruined by Monsanto's GE Canola, has his trial start Monday Feb 10. The trial is expected to last three weeks. "'People around the world are going to be looking at this,' said Michael Blakeney, a law professor at the University of Western Australia who does advisory work for the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization. 'It is testing whether a GMO farmer has a duty of care to a neighbour that's growing organic crops not to contaminate them'...Monsanto declined to comment on whether it was giving financial assistance to Baxter for the legal action, an accusation leveled by Marsh's supporters, saying only it was not a party to the case...In the United States, where more biotech crops are grown than anywhere else in the world, rising cases of contamination by GMO crops led the Organic Seed Growers and Trade Association to last week issue new guidelines and protective practices for organic growers...As those cases have increased in number, the U.S. organic association sought pre-emptive protection for farmers whose fields were inadvertently contaminated with crops containing the company's genetic modifications."

http://in.reuters.com/article/2014/02/06/australia-gmo-testcase-idINL3N0L52XH20140206

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OSGATA STANCE OF 'NO DETECT' GE CONTENT IN ORGANIC SEED HIGHLIGHTED IN ARTICLE COVERING LAST WEEK'S ORGANIC SEED GROWERS CONFERENCE IN CORVALLIS, OREGON.

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OSGATA STANCE OF 'NO DETECT' GE CONTENT IN ORGANIC SEED HIGHLIGHTED IN ARTICLE COVERING LAST WEEK'S ORGANIC SEED GROWERS CONFERENCE IN CORVALLIS, OREGON. OSGATA's pioneering policy of 'No Detectable GE Content in Organic Seed' is supported by many, including now Organic Valley (CROPP), the organic community's largest organic farmer cooperative of 1800 family farmers. "The question of 'tolerance levels' for genetic contamination of organic crops is coming to the forefront of the organic industry, experts say. Organic advocates say cross-pollination with genetically modified organisms, or GMOs, is a threat to farmers but they’ve yet to arrive at a consensus for handling the issue. 'The question is what threshold are we going to accept for genetic contamination?' said Holli Cederholm, general manager of the Organic Seed Growers and Trade Association...In the case of OSGATA, its members have adopted a zero tolerance policy toward GMOs, meaning that any detectable level of contamination is unacceptable." Jim

http://www.capitalpress.com/article/20140204/ARTICLE/140209968/1008

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I Am Steve Marsh: Global organic protection campaign faces trial

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Tuesday, 04 February 2014 Category Potatoes in History 1 Comment

AUSTRALIAN ORGANIC FARMER STEVE MARSH CONTAMINATED BY MONSANTO'S GE CANOLA GOES TO TRIAL FEBRUARY 10. Steve is a hero and will argue in court he has a right to farm organically and be free from GE contamination. His lawsuit has world-wide implications. Steve has been forced to sue his neighbor because Monsanto has cagily shifted the legal responsibility for its GE seed away from itself over to its farmer-customers. "Steve Marsh’s organic canola fields in Western Australia suffered 70% genetic contamination from a neighboring biotech farm that sowed Monsanto seeds. As a result, he lost organic certification after 11 years, and his livelihood was destroyed. Marsh is the first organic farmer in the world, according to a 22-minute video (below), to sue a biotech farmer for damages. The trial begins on Feb. 10 and he’s seeking donations to cover attorney fees. A global campaign in support of this organic farmer is called 'I am Steve Marsh' symbolizing the loss all of us face as a result of the biotech industry’s inability to prevent their lab-created product from contaminating the planet’s natural diversity." Jim

http://www.activistpost.com/2014/02/i-am-steve-marsh-global-organic.html

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INCISIVE EXPOSE' ON BIG FOOD AND JUNK FOOD LOBBYIST GMA.

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http://america.aljazeera.com/opinions/2014/1/grocery-manufacturersassociationfoodlobbygmolabeling.html

Good background on the dark force rising to the top of opposition to the prople's right-to-know about GMO food. MUST READ! "This momentum is becoming a very expensive headache for the biotechnology and processed-food industries. Opposing the two ballot initiatives in California and Washington cost corporations more than $67 million. Never mind how in the Washington battle, food companies tried to illegally launder their campaign donations through their lobbying group, the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) and got caught in the act...Details aside, the true agenda behind this ambitious proposal is to put an end to the copious amounts of negative publicity that food makers have been enduring as Americans increasingly wake up to what they are eating. (One of the lobbyists’ ideas was that GMOs be renamed 'bioengineered foods,' presumably because that phrase polls better among shoppers.) Especially harmful to Big Food’s reputation has been the revelation that many beloved organic- and natural-food brands are, in fact, owned by massive food conglomerates that are funding anti-GMO-labeling campaigns." Ji

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RESEARCHER ACCESS TO GE MATERIAL HIGHLY PROBLEMATIC

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Friday, 17 January 2014 Category Potatoes in History 0 Comments

Lack of access restricts needed research. Jim.

"Nathanael Johnson's comments about the ability to access the genetics for research purposes are inaccurate. He makes it sound as if the researchers at our land grant universities are waiting with open arms to conduct research on GMO crops and or glyphosate. He makes it sound as if the companies that develop GM crops are eager for full disclosure and testing of GM crops. This is not the case, based on my experience, which has been repeated more than once in different parts of the country."

http://www.gmwatch.org/index.php/news/archive/2013/15027-materials-for-gm-research-still-hard-to-get

 

 

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Lexology "Organic Seed Growers and Trade Association v. Monsanto Co." Compares Canadian & American Law

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Lexology "Organic Seed Growers and Trade Association v. Monsanto Co." Compares Canadian & American Law

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Breaking News: OSGATA v. Monsanto Case Filed With Supreme Court.

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Food Integrity Now. Breaking News: OSGATA v. Monsanto Case Filed With Supreme Court. Audio Interview (26:09) with Jim Gerritsen. (09/05/13)

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