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The Organic Elite Surrenders to Monsanto 28.1.2011 Commondreams.org Views
by Ronnie Cummins

"The policy set for GE alfalfa will most likely guide policies for other GE crops as well. True coexistence is a must."  -- Whole Foods Market, Jan. 21, 2011

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USDA asked to decide: Does organic mean outdoor? 28.1.2011 AP Business
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) -- When the doors to the hen house open, the 14,000 chickens on Edwin Blosser's organic egg farm make a mad dash for the pasture outside, where they can scratch and peck in the dirt....
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USDA asked to decide: Does organic mean outdoor? 28.1.2011 Seattle Times: Nation & World
When the doors to the hen house open, the 14,000 chickens on Edwin Blosser's organic egg farm make a mad dash for the pasture outside, where they can scratch and peck in the dirt.
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USDA asked to decide: Does organic mean outdoor? 28.1.2011 Star Tribune: Local
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Mayoral candidates try to steer debate 28.1.2011 Chicago Tribune: Popular
Mayoral candidates try to steer debate
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Restrictions on Biotech Alfalfa Crop Shelved 28.1.2011 Wall St. Journal: US
The Obama administration abandoned a proposal to restrict planting of genetically engineered alfalfa, the latest rule-making proposal shelved as part of the administration's review of "burdensome" regulation.
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Everyday Organic: So long, sugar cravings 28.1.2011 Salt Lake Tribune
By MaryJane Butters Updated Jan 27, 2011 04:13PM MDT The last few months have been a marathon of sugary holiday goodies. So let’s talk about sugar cravings. Specifically, how to shake them before they get the better of you — leaving you tired, stressed, achy, overweight and at risk for serious health problems down the road. Some people seem to glide through life heedless of sugar’s temptation. While others — lots of others — really have to work at keeping their cravings in check. Sugar has a way of making a body feel powerless to its siren call. ... ...
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USDA will allow planting of modified alfalfa 28.1.2011 AP Politics
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Agriculture Department is allowing widespread planting of genetically modified alfalfa, attempting to bring to a close a lengthy legal and regulatory process in which organic producers attempted to curtail the use of the modified crop....
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USDA to Fully Deregulate Monsanto's Genetically Engineered Alfalfa 28.1.2011 CommonDreams.org Headlines
by Will Fantle

USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack announced this afternoon that the agency will fully deregulate Monsanto's controversial genetically engineered alfalfa. The choice was favored by the biotech industry and one of three options identified in the USDA's Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) released last month.

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USDA will allow planting of modified alfalfa 28.1.2011 Seattle Times: Top stories
The Agriculture Department is allowing widespread planting of genetically modified alfalfa, attempting to bring to a close a lengthy legal and regulatory process in which organic producers attempted to curtail the use of the modified crop.
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Agriculture Agency Approves Planting of Modified Alfalfa 28.1.2011 NY Times: Business
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack pulled back from a proposal that would have restricted the growing of genetically engineered alfalfa to protect organic farmers.

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Have Corporations Hijacked the Word 'Sustainable'? 27.1.2011 AlterNet
Why we should not let Monsanto and friends decide the standards for sustainability.
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Food and gardening briefs: Seeds for free at annual swap 26.1.2011 Salt Lake Tribune
By Kathy Stephenson The Salt Lake Tribune Updated Jan 26, 2011 01:01AM MDT The annual Seed Swap, sponsored by The People’s Market and Wasatch Community Gardens, will be Saturday, Jan. 29, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Mountain Valley Seed Company Warehouse, 455 W. 1700 South, in Salt Lake City. Gardeners are encouraged to bring garden seeds to trade or donate. If you don’t have seeds to share, organizers will have free seeds to get you started. Attendees also will be able to buy seeds from one of several commercial suppliers including Mountain Valley, Kenyon Organics and Lat... ...
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Chief Minister lays foundation stones for Rs 17 Crore projects in Kangra 25.1.2011 New Kerala: World News
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A Tale Of Two Seed Farmers: Organic Vs. Engineered 24.1.2011 NPR News
In Oregon, a battle has erupted between farmers growing genetically engineered sugar beets and organic farmers who worry about cross pollination. The question is whether the farms can be good neighbors.
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Green loyalty card scheme launches 24.1.2011 Guardian: Environment
Scheme involving Eurostar and Green & Black's rewards shoppers for buying environmentally friendly goods and services Eurostar and Green & Black's have joined a new green loyalty card scheme to encourage consumers to shop more sustainably. Ice is run by the former head of Airmiles , but unlike the frequent flyer scheme it rewards shoppers for buying goods and services that are considered environmentally friendly, such as train travel, locally grown food, hybrid taxis and solar lighting. "Our aim is to reward people for living a more sustainable life," said Jude Thorne, chief executive of the scheme. Shoppers can use the loyalty programme to collect and spend points with dozens of partnering companies including City Car Club , organic wine merchant Vintage Roots and farm shops around the country. "There are lots of projects to educate people about sustainable living," said Thorne, "but we wanted to put 'what's in it for me?' back in the frame." The scheme works in a similar ...
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Organic Farming Topic of Two-Day Conference 24.1.2011 Albuquerque Journal: Business
Members of New Mexico's $67 million organic farming industry will gather Friday and Saturday, Feb. 18-19, in Albuquerque for the Southwest's premier conference on organic and sustainable agriculture.
Unaffordable land stunts new generation of small farmers on Central California coast 24.1.2011 San Jose Mercury News: Local News
In 2005, would-be farmers Nancy Vail and Jered Lawson spotted an old barn along Highway 1 that would make a good produce stand, along with 13 acres of prime coastal property, available for $1.25 million. They jumped at the chance to buy it. They are part of a new and growing generation of farmers who aspire to deliver locally grown organic food to their communities but can't usually afford the land to do so.
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Backyard bees: Hardworking friends, or annoying neighbors? 23.1.2011 LA Times: Nation
As the popularity of home beehives spreads, so do battles over local laws that regulate them.

The tiny honeybees in Dan and Jeri Hemerlein's six hives in their big backyard are dedicated workaday drudges, oblivious to the passions they've stirred in humans across Maryland.


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Making sure pets get their greens 23.1.2011 Seattle Times: Top stories
Pet Salad is a salad made to be munched on, but not by you.
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