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'TIS THE SEASON: TWO EXCELLENT PRIMERS ON STARTING SEEDS INDOORS.

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Thursday, 19 February 2015 Category Potatoes in History 0 Comments

While many garden seeds are planted directly outdoors - like Peas, Corn, Potatoes, Beans - others are almost always started indoors for best results. This latter group includes some heavy hitters like Tomatoes, Peppers and Onions. In fact, late February is the time we start seeding Onions indoors in Maine for field planting come May. These two articles from Organic Gardening magazine (http://www.organicgardening.com/learn-and-grow/14-tips-starting-your-own-seeds) will help you get off to a successful start. Here's an important hint: DO pay attention to your soil mix. We use and sell the best: our friend, Karl Hammer's Vermont Compost Organic Soil Mixes. Jim http://www.woodprairie.com/product/876/gardening-tools

http://www.organicgardening.com/learn-and-grow/starting-seeds-indoors?page=0%2C0

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POLISH FARMER PROTESTS ARTICULATE THE WORLDWIDE LIFE & DEATH PREDICAMENT WITH INDUSTRIAL AG AND THEIR CRONIES IN GOVERNMENT.

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Monday, 16 February 2015 Category Potatoes in History 0 Comments

Hats off to the farmers in Poland! Their activist demonstrations are shining a welcome spotlight on modern agriculture-run-amok. Polish farmers are ramping up demonstrations against control-centric GE crops; corporate and Big Money land grabs; broken system farmland tenure, and unjustified faux-hygienic laws and regs which restrict family farmers' access to local markets. "'We demand a legal ban on GM crops in Poland', said one protesting farmer and Solidarity member. 'The value of Polish agriculture, unique in Europe, is the unpolluted environment and high quality food production. That's decisive concerning our competitiveness in global markets'...These actions represent a dramatic escalation of protests that have been simmering across the country over the last year, but especially in the northern provinces.
An immediate cause of discontent has been oppressive 'food hygiene' and other regulations that effectively present small scale farmers from selling their produce on-farm and in local markets, where their mostly organic (if uncertified) produce is widely respected as of higher quality than food gown on modern industrial farms." Go Poland! Jim & Megan

http://www.theecologist.org/News/news_round_up/2747384/polish_farmers_block_motorways_for_land_rights_no_gmos.html

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BREAKING NEWS! DYSFUNCTIONAL USDA PROVES IT IS STILL THE LAP DOG OF BIOTECH AND APPROVES GE APPLES.

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Monday, 16 February 2015 Category Potatoes in History 0 Comments

USDA (again) performs the bidding of Biotech despite the remarkable public solidarity AGAINST the vacuous and superficial GE application of faker 'non-browning' apples. Two varieties involved: Granny Smith and Golden Delicious. Though there is production lead time before these unlabeled GE Apples find their way into the food pipeline, it's not too early to let your grocer know that we won't any longer be purchasing ANY conventional non-organic Grannies or Goldens. If the people's interest won't be protected by government 'regulators,' a simple consumer boycott will do the trick. Jim

http://ecowatch.com/2015/02/13/usda-approves-gmo-arctic-apples/

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TOXIC CHEMICALS AND THE EFFECT UPON OUR CHILDREN.

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Friday, 13 February 2015 Category Potatoes in History 0 Comments

The cumulative impact of toxic chemicals upon our children is one of the top challenges of our time. This brilliant MUST WATCH short video (7:02) graphically distills the essential problem: we MUST force industry to PROVE their chemicals are NOT TOXIC before they enter the market. The video concludes and empowers our families with '8 Ways to Avoid Exposure to Toxins.' Please WATCH and SHARE widely. "The chemical industry argues that the effect of toxins on children is subtle and of little consequence. But that's misleading. Little shifts in children's IQ scores have a big impact in the number of children who are challenged or gifted." Jim & Megan

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E6KoMAbz1Bw

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EPA REPORT: HIGH PROFILE NEONICS FAILING TO PERFORM INTENDED INSECT-KILLING JOB.

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Tuesday, 10 February 2015 Category Potatoes in History 1 Comment

In a Cornucopia article, a new EPA report shows neonics - risky for pollinators honey bees - are not doing the job expected of it. This development MUST call into question the wisdom of continuing with neonics if failure is demonstrated. "Now, the Environmental Protection Agency is calling the pesticide’s efficacy into question. After studying 64 test plots of soybeans, the agency did not see a significant difference in yields between those planted with treated seeds and those without treatment. In fact, it found that the treatment was only effective in the soil within the first 3-4 weeks of planting." Jim

http://www.cornucopia.org/2015/02/ag-industry-odds-pesticide-studied-bee-deaths/#more-15198

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GENE-SPLICED PESTICIDE-CROPS LACK SUSTAINABILITY, LEGITIMACY AND A FUTURE.

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Tuesday, 03 February 2015 Category Potatoes in History 1 Comment

A new study exposes GE crops inserted with pesticide-toxins as destined to fail because their Biotech application contradicts scientific reality. "...first, it is impossible to produce transgenic plants, where expression of Cry-proteins in all tissues throughout the entire life cycle would be at the level lethal for the pests; second, in spite of the assumptions based on a low probability of the event, there arise not only dominant mutations of resistance but also recessive mutations that are not associated with the fitness costs; third, in spite of expectations there arises cross-resistance between Cry-proteins from different families." Jim

http://www.gmwatch.org/index.php/news/archive/2015-articles/15892-gm-insecticidal-plants-have-no-future-study

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The best interviews happen when the interviewer has done her homework and the interviewee is unguarded and speaks the truth on important matters. You decide whether Food Sleuth's talented Melinda Hemmelgarn and Wood Prairie Farm's Jim Gerritsen met the mark in this nationally-sydicated PRX interview (28:00). "'The first thing you have to understand about genetic engineering is that it was not an invention designed to improve production or agriculture. It was an invention to take away from the Commons the ownership of seed. That's the express purpose of genetic engineering.'" Jim & Megan

https://beta.prx.org/stories/141507

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MORE THAN MEETS THE EYE: AMERICANS INCREASINGLY DISCOVERING THE GREAT CULINARY DEPTH OF POTATOES

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Monday, 26 January 2015 Category Potatoes in History 1 Comment

Fascinating article on the diversity and history of this grand, understated vegetable. Of course, organic farmers have been the ones way ahead of the curve. For over 25 years our Wood Prairie Farm has been growing organic Certified Seed of many unique and colorful potato varieties - suited to organic growing - and getting them planted into fields and gardens across America. "The potato’s champions want to bring this same kind of diversity to the humble spud. 'We’re definitely seeing a trend towards more diversity,' says Shelley Jansky, a longtime potato breeder at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. 'I would like all potato varieties marketed by name, people eating more fresh potatoes, thinking about flavor and texture, and realizing that not all potatoes are the same'...Thanks in part to Parmentier, Europe learned to recognize the potato’s nutritional value and adopted it as a solution to widespread famine. Potatoes were easy to sow and harvest, as well as inherently more productive than grains: wheat, rice, corn and barley could only grow so tall and heavy before they fell over; nestled in the ground, tubers could swell to impressive sizes, yielding two to four times more calories per acre." Jim

http://modernfarmer.com/2015/01/reinventing-potato/

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IOWA FARMERS INITIATE ACTION FOR SELF-DEFENSE.

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Monday, 26 January 2015 Category Potatoes in History 1 Comment

Across the nation, American family farmers are commonly subject to unwanted and disastrous chemical and transgenic invasion. The lack of an effective system of protection for farmers, their valuable farm crops and their private property rights should be a national scandal. Importantly, if farmers' right to grow good clean crops on their own land remains unprotected, then consumers' right-of-access to clean food FREE FROM CONTAMINATION is in jeopardy. FARMERS IN IOWA HAVE NOW HAD ENOUGH. "The Iowa Farmers Union filed a petition yesterday with the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship (IDALS) for rulemaking to improve pesticide drift incident responses, penalties, and support to farmers harmed by pesticide drift. 'Pesticide drift from nearby fields is a very real problem for farmers in Iowa,' says Jordan Scheibel, a diversified vegetable farmer from Grinnell, Iowa. 'Not only can pesticide drift delay or cause a farm to lose its organic certification, it results in products that farmers – certified organic or not – may not be able to sell legally, safely, or in good conscience, and it exposes the farmers and their workers to potentially harmful pesticides.'" Jim

http://www.beyondpesticides.org/dailynewsblog/?p=14857

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YES CITIZENS UNITED GRINDS DOWN UPON AGRICULTURE BUT OUR BACKLASH REFORM MOVEMENT IS MAKING STEADY GAINS.

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Friday, 23 January 2015 Category Potatoes in History 1 Comment

Getting corporate money out of politics is the preeminent foundational reform necessity if we are to save our dysfunctional democracy. This report explains the TIDE IS TURNING and offers signs of hope. "The good news is that a wide cross-section of advocacy organizations are uniting to turn the tide and reclaim our democracy...In the 2014 elections, democracy reformers won real policy and political wins around the country, including grassroots efforts to support amending the Constitution to overturn Citizens United. There are now more 16 states and over 200 resolutions around the country in support of overturning Citizens United – and more than 5 million people have signed a petition supporting the effort. And states like Connecticut, Maine and Arizona are showing that another political system is possible by using a variety of public finance models to reduce the role of big, outside money in 2014, reports Public Campaign." Jim

http://www.iatp.org/blog/201501/agribusiness-and-food-corporations-are-not-people

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MIGHTY LESSONS USA COULD LEARN ON CONTAINING GE CROPS FROM COSTA RICA.

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Thursday, 22 January 2015 Category Potatoes in History 1 Comment

Our friends in Costa Rica could teach us how a functional democracy works and how the rights of the people should be paramount. " The Central American country of Costa Rica has already made a huge step forward in eliminating GMOs from their food supply as the country’s Constitutional Chamber of the Supreme Court, or Sala IV, declared the GMO approval process unconstitutional." Jim

http://www.nationofchange.org/2015/01/20/huge-victory-costa-rica-gmo-approval-process-declared-unconstitutional-still-rubber-stamped-us/

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CORNUCOPIA EXPOSES FAKE JARGON DEPLOYED IN EGG MARKETING.

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Tuesday, 20 January 2015 Category Potatoes in History 1 Comment

Valuable article dissects the good, the bad and the ugly when it comes to marketing terms about eggs. Also, Cornucopia's associated excellent 'Egg Scorecard' is a tool helps us discern which eggs are worth buying. " 'Organic' actually means something very specific, and egg producers who use it are subject to USDA regulation. Organic eggs must come from chickens that are free-range (cage-free plus access to the outdoors), fed organic feed (no synthetic pesticides) and receive no hormones or antibiotics. But as was the case with 'free-range' eggs, Kastel says 'organic' eggs are usually coming from birds that live in crowded, industrial aviaries. His organization has created an 'Egg Scorecard' that rates organic egg farms on a much wider variety of factors." Jim

http://www.cornucopia.org/2014/12/eggs-not-always-theyre-cracked/

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MARTIN LUTHER KING "'I HAVE BEEN TO THE MOUNTAIN TOP" LAST SPEECH

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Monday, 19 January 2015 Category Potatoes in History 1 Comment

If you haven't watched this powerful speech in awhile, please take the time today to watch it on You Tube (3:15). "We've got some difficult days ahead. But it really doesn't matter with me now because I've been to the mountain top...We as a people will get to the promised land. So I'm happy tonight. I'm not worried about anything. I'm not fearing any man. Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord." Jim & Megan

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=98k-pjN6nl0

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THE INVALID 'FEEDING THE STARVING MASSES' BIOTECH-PR FOCUS-GROUP-GENERATED PROPAGANDA LIE EXPOSED!

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Monday, 19 January 2015 Category Potatoes in History 0 Comments

First, let's begin with the primal lesson about Monsanto: BELIEVE ABSOLUTELY NOTHING MONSANTO SAYS. With that truth firmly established in mind, you may properly assimilate this POWERFUL MUST READ article which explains the reality behind the Biotech false 'feeding the masses' schtick. Carefully and relentlessly deploying the baseless 'feeding the masses'. orchestration, Monsanto has CONCOCTED THE ONE SOPHISTICATED TALKING POINT which - if believed by well-intentioned, caring Americans - TRUMPS OUR LEGITIMATE REJECTION OF GE CROPS. "It is their Golden Fact and their universal calling card. And as far as neutrals are concerned it wins the food system debate hands down, because it says, if any other farming system cannot feed the world, it is irrelevant. Only agribusiness can do that. Yet this strategy has a disastrous foundational weakness. There is no global or regional shortage of food. There never has been and nor is there ever likely to be." If you get to just one thing today, PLEASE DO READ AND SHARE THIS ARTICLE WIDELY! Thanks. Jim & Megan

http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/28540-how-the-great-food-war-will-be-won

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MONSANTO PUSHING BRAND NEW GE POTATO DISASTER.

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Friday, 16 January 2015 Category Potatoes in History 0 Comments

Displaying characteristic disinterest and disrespect for what people eat, Monsanto hes a new pesticide-in-every bite in store for you and your family. Jim.

"Such RNAi-based pesticides are genetically engineered and work through silencing or otherwise interfering with genes in the target pest, to kill it or render it ineffective.

The danger of these products is that genes in non-target organisms, including the consumers of the food crop sprayed with the pesticide, might be silenced or their expression altered, too."

http://www.gmwatch.org/index.php/news/archive/2015-articles/15864-monsanto-advances-topical-rnai-pesticide-against-colorado-potato-beetle

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BIOTECH UTILIZES NEW DEVIOUS TECHNIQUE DESIGNED TO EVADE REGULATORY REVIEW.

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Monday, 12 January 2015 Category Potatoes in History 0 Comments

Yes, the current 'regulatory' system of GE crops is an absolute abomination. However, even this highly suspect, inadequate and dysfunctional revolving-door 'regulatory' system of GE crops is BETTER THAN ZERO PUBLIC DISCLOSURE & REVIEW which is the slight-of-hand lawlessness Biotech gaming has achieved by "Gene-Editing." The government's fained plea of "no jurisdiction" - amid the CLEAR POLITICAL DECISION to treat all GE crops with kid gloves - rings hollow and disingenuous. This timely and pithy 'GM Watch' response is in reference is to a recent NY Times article by Andrew Pollack (http://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/02/business/energy-environment/a-gray-area-in-regulation-of-genetically-modified-crops.html?smid=li-share&_r=2). "'Genome editing techniques must be recognised as the GM procedures that they are, so that they are covered by existing GMO regulations, where they exist. Currently they are falling outside the already minimal regulatory system in the USA and Europe is debating how and even whether to regulate them under its GMO laws.'" Jim

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RESPECTED SCIENTIST EXPLAINS THAT GE MANIA HAS CLEAR PARALLELS TO RABID RELIGIOUS FERVOR.

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Friday, 09 January 2015 Category Potatoes in History 0 Comments

Dr. Ignatio Chapela offers this MUST READ insight. "Genetic engineering has become an ideology similar to a religion, says Ignacio Chapela, a microbial ecologist at the University of California at Berkeley...'The whole foundation of genetics turns out to be wrong,' he said. 'Eye color is not determined by a single gene. DNA is not a master molecule. We have the benefit of 40 years (of GMOs failing) and should liberate ourselves from the central dogma. How many (GMO) traits have they developed? Two after 40 years'...Despite being based on an obsolete paradigm, genetic engineering continues to be pushed by a political agenda. 'The policy (of the US government) has been to remove limitations to biotech,' he said...There needs to be a holistic perspective to agriculture, which is badly missing with genetic engineering. 'The knowledge that a farmer has is as important as the soil, and seeds can’t be seen in isolation,' Chapela said." The courageous Dr. Chapella has been the victim of a Biotech character assassination campaign. Jim

http://www.non-gmoreport.com/articles/october2013/genetic-engineering-has-become-religion.php

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We know and respect the three Midwestern farm leaders who have jointly authored this MUST READ article. "Scientists have a responsibility to be objective when assessing the validity of conflicting beliefs. Government bureaucrats are responsible for protecting public interests even under conditions of uncertainty. In reality, there is not yet clear or compelling evidence to either convict or acquit GMOs of the indictments reflecting growing public concerns. Scientists in much of the rest of the world are willing to admit this reality. Their government officials are taking a precautionary approach to protecting the environment and public health from potential risks posed by GMOs. Scientists and bureaucrats in the United States have few global allies in their beliefs, other than those with conflicts of interest through corporate connections." Jim

http://www.cornucopia.org/2014/12/scientists-need-rethink-beliefs-gmos/

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CLIMATE CHANGE, "PLURALISTIC IGNORANCE," THE NEED FOR COLLECTIVE EMERGENCY ACTION AND THE PLEDGE TO MOBILIZE.

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Monday, 05 January 2015 Category Potatoes in History 0 Comments

Powerful, landmark MUST READ explanation of our societal inaction over climate change. "...the state of pluralistic ignorance 'in which each person decides that since nobody is concerned, nothing is wrong. Meanwhile, the danger may be mounting to the point where a single individual, uninfluenced by the seeming calm of others, would react'...Fortunately, the research on pluralistic ignorance and crisis response provides excellent guidance for how to overcome this trance of collective denial. The research shows that humans are actually strongly motivated to act in a crisis—as long as they are sure that there is a crisis and that they have a role in solving it...The Pledge provides a bridge between individual and collective action—the actions that Pledgers agree to are all social and political in nature: things that one person can do to influence the group." Jim

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BREAKING NEWS! FAMILY FARMERS FILE MOTION-TO-INTERVENE IN DEFENSE OF CITIZEN BAN ON GE CROPS IN OREGON'S JACKSON COUNTY.

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Friday, 02 January 2015 Category Potatoes in History 0 Comments

Yesterday, our farmer allies in Jackson County petitioned the Court in an attempt to help defend last May's overwhelming local citizen's referendum ban on the growing of GE crops. Monsanto, Syngenta and other self-serving accomplices - void of respect for the democratic process - are the cloaked power behind the court challenge. Now the real question: WILL THE COURTS PROTECT CITIZENS' RIGHT-TO-SELF-DEFENSE? Will the courts allow the people to create protection for local family farmers from unrestrained and unwanted GE trespass and pollution created by the patented technology of aggressive, unrepentant, outsider multinational Biotech corporations unwilling to restrain their transgenic pollution? "Thanks so much to everyone who has contributed to our legal fund and has been helping to collect donations. Thanks to you, OFFC and CFS have together raised more than $25,000 in a little more than a month! That said, we are still working to raise another $5,000 for the first phase of the litigation. So… if you haven’t donated yet, please join in the fun today and make a donation on-line to Our Family Farms Coalition, or a tax deductible donation to Center For Food Safety that will be used only to support this case." Please join us and help our Oregon allies by making a donation TODAY. Thanks! Jim & Megan

http://www.ourfamilyfarmscoalition.org/?utm_campaign=intervention&utm_medium=email&utm_source=ourfamilyfarmscoalition

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