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MUST READ ARTICLE EXPLAINS THAT ORGANIC SEED BRED BY DESIGN FOR ORGANIC SYSTEMS IS THE KEY TO ORGANIC SUCCESS.

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MUST READ ARTICLE EXPLAINS THAT ORGANIC SEED BRED BY DESIGN FOR ORGANIC SYSTEMS IS THE KEY TO ORGANIC SUCCESS. If you've yet to gain real clarity on just why organic seed is so important to the success, sustainability and permanence of organic farming, this well-written article will be an eye-opener. "'Our goal is to create a healthier, more resilient and sustainable food system. We need to correct the problems of the industrial food system, and seeds are one way to do that'...The 20th century saw the rise of a consolidated agriculture sector that demanded volume and efficiency. That led to a drop in the number of varieties available to farmers from commercial seed companies and the resulting handful of mass-produced vegetable varieties in our grocery stores...a new generation of farmers, chefs, and diners is demanding something better than the commercial seeds being developed and designed for industrial agriculture. 'They want real seed from real farmers in their region, and…seed from the biggest companies does not suit their needs', he says." Many of the seed farmers mentioned in the article - including Sarah Kleeger, Andrew Still and Frank Morton - are leaders within our Organic Seed Growers and Trade Association. Jim

http://www.takepart.com/feature/2014/11/18/why-organic-seeds-matter

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MAUI CITIZENS RIGHT TO PROTECT THEMSELVES FROM GMOs AIDED BY NEW COALITION.

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Monday, 24 November 2014 Category Potatoes in History 0 Comments

On Nov 4, citizens in Maui voted to ban new plantings of GE crops until such time as they have been proven safe. Nine days later, Monsanto and their allies filed a lawsuit with the intent of overturning the will of the people. Now, a coalition has formed to help the people of Maui defend themselves. "'Like the residents of Kaua‘i county and Hawai‘i counties before them, the people of Maui County decided they would no longer sit idly by as the State of Hawai‘i becomes a poisoned paradise of intensive genetically engineered crop production and its intertwined pesticide spraying,' said George Kimbrell, senior attorney for Center for Food Safety. 'These chemical companies are again trying to trump the democratic process, and again, we stand by the communities and will vigorously defend the law'". Jim

http://sustainablepulse.com/2014/11/23/coalition-steps-defend-maui-residents-pesticides-ge-contamination/#.VHMe4sn6XRY

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Here's Why Neil Young Is Right to Boycott Starbucks

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Thursday, 20 November 2014 Category Potatoes in History 0 Comments

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jacob-devaney/heres-why-neil-young-is-r_b_6169102.html

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USA TODAY COVERAGE OF NEIL YOUNG'S CALL TO BOYCOTT STARBUCKS OVER GMOs.

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Thursday, 20 November 2014 Category Potatoes in History 0 Comments

More national coverage of the boycott of Starbucks urged by musician Neil Young. Starbucks refuses to withdraw its membership from rogue junk food lobbyist GMA which - along with GMA member Monsanto - is the major force behind the Big Food/Biotech lawsuit against the state of Vermont for passing a GMO Labeling law. "'It's a classic David and Goliath fight,' Young writes. 'There's much more at stake here than just whether GMO foods will be labeled in a single U.S. state. Vermont is the very first state in the U.S. to require labeling. Dozens of other states have said that they will follow this path — in order to encourage this, we need to ensure that Vermont's law stands strong.'" Jim

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2014/11/17/singer-neil-young-takes-vermonts-side-on-gmo-issue/19205671/

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BIOTECH FINDS SURROGATES FOR SPECIOUS SCHEME TO OVERTURN THE WILL OF THE PEOPLE IN JACKSON COUNTY OREGON BAN ON GMOs.

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Wednesday, 19 November 2014 Category Potatoes in History 0 Comments

Renewing yet once again their ceaseless contempt for the democratic process and the will of the people, Biotech is now maneuvering - via a dubious lawsuit - to overturn the historic decisive vote last Spring by citizens of Jackson County OR to ban GMOs. It's best to shine a light on such an illegitimate attempt to subvert the clear intent of Jackson County to protect itself from the failed GE technology. We can all gain the truth of the situation by reading between the lines of the doubtful Biotech press release: "A coalition of farming, agriculture and biotechnology organizations is assisting the farmers, the firm said in a news release about the suit...No other crop would be as profitable on their land and after waiting four years to replant, they would have lost customers and would be too old to start anew, the complaint says." Jim

http://www.mailtribune.com/article/20141118/NEWS/141119622

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NATION BY NATION BANNING OF GE CROPS MOVES CLOSER TO REALITY IN EUROPE.

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Monday, 17 November 2014 Category Potatoes in History 0 Comments

The ultimate responsibility of government is to protect their citizens. That responsibility requires sufficient sovereignty so that protections deemed necessary may be implemented. The member states of the European Union now appear poised to grant themselves the ability to implement country-by-country bans of GE crops. Congratulations to Europe! This is how democracy is supposed to work. "The plan voted through parliament on Tuesday would leave out that stage and allows member states to ban GM crops on environmental grounds. It drew praise from GM opponents. 'Today's vote would give European countries a legally solid right to ban GM cultivation in their territory, making it difficult for the biotech industry to challenge such bans in court,' Marco Contiero, Greenpeace EU agriculture policy director, said." Jim

http://news.yahoo.com/eu-moves-step-closer-law-national-gmo-crop-161725095--sector.html

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MOTHER JONES PHILPOTT: MCDONALDS REJECTS SIMPLOT'S "INNATE" GE POTATOES RECENTLY APPROVED BY USDA.

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Monday, 17 November 2014 Category Potatoes in History 0 Comments

This is a major news because McDonald's is the biggest buyer of french fries in the world which means they have a lot of weight to throw around. However, Simplot's plan is to hawk their UNLABELED GE potatoes DIRECTLY TO USA CONSUMERS beginning next Spring or Summer. "Simplot's Cole told me that the company plans to keep the Innate out of the french-fry supply chain for the next two years to have time to 'secure foreign market approvals for the industry’s largest export markets'. In the meantime, the strategy is to directly target the US consumer. Coles says the company will be introducing its product in test markets 'this spring or summer.' And since the FDA doesn't require the labeling of GMO foods, consumers may not know they're engineered. But the potatoes still have to be marketed as improved, or they won't command a premium price... He emphasized that 'fresh-cut' potatoes are a new category, and expressed confidence that consumers would embrace the convenience. If they don't, though, it's hard to see how the Innate will gain traction." It will be up to USA consumers to reject this untested GE potato. Jim

http://www.motherjones.com/tom-philpott/2014/11/simplot-innate-new-gmo-potato-mcdonalds

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TWENTY-YEAR STUDY SAYS YES FARM CHEMICALS HURT FARMERS.

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Thursday, 13 November 2014 Category Potatoes in History 0 Comments

Despite industry and government propaganda to the contrary, the use of farm chemicals is a health problem for farmers.

"Earlier this fall, researchers from the National Institute of Health finished up a landmark 20-year study, a study that hasn’t received the amount of coverage it deserves. About 84,000 farmers and spouses of farmers were interviewed since the mid-1990s to investigate the connection between pesticides and depression...There’s a significant correlation between pesticide use and depression, that much is very clear, but not all pesticides. The two types that Kamel says reliably moved the needle on depression are organochlorine insecticides and fumigants, which increase the farmer’s risk of depression by a whopping 90% and 80%"

http://modernfarmer.com/2014/11/landmark-20-year-study-finds-pesticides-cause-depression-farmers/

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GROW FROM CUTTING EDGE ECOFARMER JOHN KEMPF INTERVIEW ON FOOD INTEGRITY NOW.

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Tuesday, 11 November 2014 Category Potatoes in History 0 Comments

Driven to find answers after a decade of growing chemically-sprayed crops - crops often overwhelmed by both insects and disease - John Kempf came to learn good plant nutrition was key to effective plant immunity. He came to understand plant nutritional integrity was a combination of both good soil microbiology and balanced soil mineralization. The result: healthy plants which did not need chemical inputs and provided superior nutritionally-dense food. "Farmers are the foundation of the ultimate health care system." John has a following as an exceptional national leader in eco-plant nutrition. His company, "Advanced Eco Agriculture," targets the needs of both farmers and gardeners. Do not miss this powerful interview (29:43) by Carol Grieve' and learn how to have more success in growing healthy food. Jim

http://foodintegritynow.org/2014/10/28/john-kempf-changing-way-grow-food/

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HOW FAR OUT OF STEP WITH WORLD AGRICULTURE IS AMERICA'S SELF-CENTERED SELF-SERVING OBSESSIVE BIOTECH? Answer: LIGHT YEARS.

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Monday, 10 November 2014 Category Potatoes in History 0 Comments

Anna Lappe is just back from the Organic World Congress in Istanbul and offers valuable insight. "If my experience last month in Turkey is any indication, the notion that GMOs are the only way to feed a growing population is way out of step with both the leading thinkers on food and farming and the world’s smallholder farmers—who produce much of what the planet eats and 80 percent of the food in Asia and sub-Saharan Africa...About 80 percent of all organic producers are based in developing countries, with India, Uganda, Mexico, and Tanzania leading the charge. To date, 162 nations are now home to certified organic farms, and in 2012 the 37.5 million hectares of farmland produced a harvest worth $63.8 billion...globally, organic agriculture has received a fraction of the subsidies and 0.4 percent of the research dollars funneled into chemical farming ventures...Pat Mooney, executive director of the ETC Group, a global antipoverty group, had the audience spellbound by his tales of woe: The monoculture design of industrial agriculture has decimated species diversity in our food system." Jim

http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/how-a-national-food-policy-could-save-millions-of-american-lives/2014/11/07/89c55e16-637f-11e4-836c-83bc4f26eb67_story.html

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POLLAN & BITTMAN OPINION PIECE IN WASHINGTON POST.

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Monday, 10 November 2014 Category Potatoes in History 0 Comments

This piece could be an effective blue print for Pres Obama's legacy. It is MUST READ! Excellent admonition that Pres Obama take action and by Executive Order. "In the next State of the Union address, he should announce an executive order establishing a national policy for food, health and well-being. By officially acknowledging the problem and by setting forth a few simple principles on which most Americans agree, the introduction of such a policy would create momentum for reform." Jim

http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/how-a-national-food-policy-could-save-millions-of-american-lives/2014/11/07/89c55e16-637f-11e4-836c-83bc4f26eb67_story.html

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AMY GOODMAN AND DEMOCRACY NOW! EXAMINE THE HISTORIC MAUI BAN ON GMOs.

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Monday, 10 November 2014 Category Potatoes in History 0 Comments

Maui citizens courageously voted on Tuesday to Ban GMOs and the Biotech bullies who tried to buy the election are not happy. "Hawaii’s Maui County passed one of the strongest anti-GMO measures ever, despite the opposition outspending supporters by a ratio of 87 to one. The Maui GMO moratorium calls for a complete suspension of the cultivation of GMO crops until studies conclusively prove they are safe. The studies will be paid for by the seed companies but administered by the county." Jim

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/11/6/maui_v_monsanto_hawaii_county_voters

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CITIZENS IN YET ANOTHER COUNTY CAST HISTORIC VOTE TO BAN GE CROPS.

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Thursday, 06 November 2014 Category Potatoes in History 0 Comments

Good news from the election. In a decisive vote, citizens in Northern California's Humboldt County have overwhelmingly decided to ban GE crops from being grown in the county. "Humboldt joins four other counties in California – Marin, Santa Cruz, Mendocino, and Trinity – and several cities. There are also two county bans in Oregon and one in Washington State. Also today, Maui County, Hawai`i passed a temporary moratorium banning GE crops from being grown until they can be proven safe." Humboldt County joins the growing list of counties which have acted to protect their farmers and citizens from flawed GE seed technology. Jim

http://www.centerforfoodsafety.org/press-releases/3588/genetically-engineered-crops-banned-in-humboldt-county-7th-county-to-vote-for-ban

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BIOTECH'S WAR ON THE PEOPLE: IT DOESN'T END WITH THE SHAMEFUL ATTEMPT TO BUY ELECTION RESULTS.

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Tuesday, 04 November 2014 Category Potatoes in History 0 Comments

Do not miss this MUST READ article inspired by the upcoming GMO Labeling referendum in Oregon. Excellent insight into the relentless oppression of Biotech. "Just this last year, Syngenta (Swiss company who makes GMO seeds) was found to be strategically checkerboard planting their genetically modified sugar beet seeds in Southern Oregon. Whatever their reason, the inevitable result was that all of the surrounding family farmers who grew non-GMO or organic seed would find some portion of their seeds crossed-pollinated with Syngenta’s GMO seed. According to Raymon Seidler, Ph.D., former Senior Scientist at the Environmental Protection Agency, these seeds have been known to contaminate fields 11 miles away. What are the repercussions of this? Family farms would no longer be able to sell to the Organic or foreign export market. This puts farmers out of business...According to Dr. Robert Kremer, Ph.D., microbiologist formerly with the USDA’s Agricultural Research Service and Adjunct Professor of Soil Microbiology at the University of Missouri, gene transfer is totally possible from plant to other organisms. So, the feasibility exists that our own gut bacteria could pick up the pesticide making genes, making our guts into pesticide factories." Jim

http://www.blueoregon.com/2014/10/why-monsanto-and-pals-are-working-so-hard-defeat-measure-92/

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NEW UPLIFTING BOOK ON MAINE FARM IS A WINNER.

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Thursday, 30 October 2014 Category Potatoes in History 0 Comments

Mary Quinn has done a miraculous job chronicling the remarkable diversity of farms in Maine. This is a MUST READ book!

"The former English and social studies teacher just published 'Unique Maine Farms,' a book in which she profiles 178 Maine farms, highlighting their diversity and specialties. She's continuing the project — largely a sweat equity effort with some outside funding that took her on a 30,000-mile-plus sojourn throughout the state over 28 months — on her website, uniquemainefarms.com, and may eventually publish a follow-on book."

http://www.mainebiz.biz/article/20141020/CURRENTEDITION/310169995/author-mary-quinn-doyle-documents-the-changes-in-maine%27s-farms-and-their-economic-importance

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DOWN TO THE NITTY GRITTY: HOW NEW ENGLAND WILL GROW TO FEED ITSELF.

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Wednesday, 29 October 2014 Category Potatoes in History 0 Comments

Creating regional food sustainability and developing food sovereignty won't happen by magic and without thought. This article touches on emerging details.

"In the Omnivore’s Delight scenario, New England would produce:

* all of its own vegetables (half of which would be grown in small
plots in urban and suburban areas),
* half its own fruit,
* some of its grain and dry beans, and
* all its own dairy, meat, seafood, and other animal products."

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/10/21/new-england-can-feed-itself-vision-regional-food-resilience

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REIGNING IN WILDLY UNREGULATED 'SYNTHETIC BIOLOGY' TAKES A MAJOR STEP FORWARD.

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Friday, 24 October 2014 Category Potatoes in History 2 Comments

SynBio - an extreme form of genetic engineering - has up to this point received very little oversight. This article from the highly credible 'ETC Group' describes HISTORIC PROGRESS made after a hard fought battle at the UN's Convention on Biological Diversity in Korea. "'Synthetic Biology has been like the wild west: a risky technology frontier with little oversight or regulation,' Jim Thomas of ETC Group explained from CBD negotiations in Korea. 'At last the UN is laying down the law. This international decision is very clear,' Thomas added. 'Not only do countries now have to set up the means to regulate synthetic biology, but those regulations need to be based on precaution and not harming the environment. The good news is that precaution won the day'...Compared to conventional genetic engineering, synthetic biology poses serious risks to the environment, biodiversity and health as well as to the cultures and livelihoods of Indigenous peoples and local communities." Jim

http://www.etcgroup.org/content/regulate-synthetic-biology-now-194-countries-0

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BREAKING NEWS! 'WORLD TRADE ORGANIZATION' ACTION WOULD EXTINGUISH YOUR RIGHT-TO-KNOW WHERE YOUR MEAT COMES FROM.

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Tuesday, 21 October 2014 Category Potatoes in History 1 Comment

'Public Citizen' urges the Obama Administration to appeal the WTO ruling handed down yesterday which - if left to stand - shoves down Americans' throats a news blackout Country-of-Origin-Labeling (COOL) for meat. In a properly functioning democracy - and a truly free market - transparency would reign. The free flow of important and basic product information - such as which country produced the food and whether it is GMO - would empower citizens to make good purchase decisions. However, the reality is Big Food and Industrial Ag work relentlessly against the peoples' interests. "'Many Americans will be shocked that the WTO can order our government to deny U.S. consumers the basic information about where their food comes from and that if the information policy is not gutted, we could face millions in sanctions every year,' said Lori Wallach, director of Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch. 'Today’s ruling spotlights how these so called ‘trade’ deals are packed with non-trade provisions that threaten our most basic rights, such as even knowing the source and safety of what’s on our dinner plate'...The COOL policy was created when Congress enacted mandatory country-of-origin labeling for meat – supported by 92 percent of the U.S. public in a recent poll – in the 2008 farm bill." Jim

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2014/10/20/world-trade-organization-rules-against-popular-us-country-origin-meat-labels

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EPA IDENTIFIES VIRTUALLY NO BENEFIT TO USING HIGH ECOLOGICAL PROFILE NEONICS ON SOYBEAN SEED.

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Monday, 20 October 2014 Category Potatoes in History 1 Comment

Unacceptable environmental cost and little or no benefit: time for EPA to suspend use. "This class of pesticides, often referred to as neonics, has been linked to the decline of bees and other environmental harm. The agency's analysis, released Thursday, found that there was little to no benefit to using neonicotinoid seed treatments on soybean yields. Such neonic-treated seeds, first registered for use in soybeans in 2004, were applied on an average of 30% of soybean acres between 2008 and 2012, EPA states. The analysis notes that some growers report having difficulties in obtaining non-treated seed. It also states that 'much of the observed use is preventative and may not be currently providing any actual pest management benefits'...Environmental groups welcomed the analysis, and said it provided more proof that the agency should take the ecological-protective approach and suspend the use of neonics." Jim

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/10/17/epa-analysis-evidence-notorious-neonics-should-be-suspended-watchdog-groups-say

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BROKEN PROMISES FROM CHEMICAL CORPORATIONS AND MEDIA'S COMPLICIT BLINDNESS RILES FORMER EPA SENIOR SCIENTIST.

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Monday, 20 October 2014 Category Potatoes in History 1 Comment

GE crops use MORE chemicals - not less. In an uncommon demonstration of scientific integrity, EPA scientist Dr. Ramon Seidler scolds both financially-conflicted chemical companies and a media-inflicted-blindness for the unacknowledged reality of INCREASING chemical usage in GE crops. "He also points out that much of the popular press has been slow to notice – and some outlets continue to erroneously claim – that GE crop systems cut the use of toxic pesticides. Chemical companies profit from selling the herbicides, insecticides and fungicides they produce. So it’s no surprise that they’re not bending over backwards to develop products that would actually require less use of those products. To the contrary, Monsanto’s Roundup, in combination with 'Roundup-ready' herbicide-tolerant seeds, require ever more glyphosate (the active ingredient in Roundup) in order to kill the 'superweeds' that evolved as a result of overuse of Roundup. Dr. Seidler points out that America’s use of glyphosate has increased 12-fold since 1996 and helped spawn more than 60 million acres of superweeds on farmland across the country." Jim

http://www.ewg.org/agmag/2014/09/agrichemical-industry-s-broken-promise

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