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USDA to farmers: plant genetically modified crops! 9.2.2011 From the Blogs
GMO beets and alfalfa get federal go-ahead
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Annie Spiegelman: Composting in California: Come Get your Bag O' Crap! 9.2.2011 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Well, now I can add "interviewed a crap farmer" to my esteemed resume, while checking it off my bucket list. My parents will be so proud.
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Contamination From Genetically Modified Alfalfa Certain 9.2.2011 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
DES MOINES, Iowa — Contamination of organic and traditional crops by recently deregulated, genetically modified alfalfa is inevitable, agriculture experts said, despite Agriculture Secretary Tom...
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On eco-architecture and urban farming: Are you kidding me with your f-ing farm skyscraper? 8.2.2011 From A to Green
by Broke-Ass Grouch. Just last summer, Broke-Ass was invited to speak on a panel at the New York Horticultural Society with such luminaries of the environmental architectural movement as Amale Andraos and Dan Wood of WORK Architecture Co. ; Fritz Haeg, artist, Edible Estates ; and the esteemed James Wines of SITE . Broke-Ass was supposed to be there to make intellectual distinctions between Baby Boomers’ self-aggrandizing revolutions and Generation X’s more practical, local movements, since this is thought to be one of her areas of expertise. But as she sat there listening to all the ideas about how it might be a solution to move everyone out of suburban New Jersey and convert that terroir into sustainable farmland; how it would make sense to build skyscrapers that would house crops on every story; and how irresponsible it is for people to devote their yards to anything other than growing vegetables, she found herself getting extremely grumpy. Shit , she thought, am I the only ...
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Four things you can do to defend organic against the GMO alfalfa threat 8.2.2011 Grist Magazine
by Robynn Shrader. Members of the sustainable food movement are furious and, frankly, we have a right to be. Last month’s decision by the USDA to fully deregulate GE alfalfa isn’t just a minor skirmish in a long and exhausting battle. It threatens the existence of organic farming and organic food, and flies in the face of USDA’s mandate from Congress under the Organic Foods Production Act to promote and preserve organic agriculture. The biotech industry loves to talk about how safe and beneficial GE technology is, and regardless of where your opinion lands on those claims, the simple fact is this: GE is not allowed in USDA organic certification. Period. GE contamination of conventional and organic crops is not a myth. It’s a fact. Just look at the gene flow contamination of corn and soy. Deregulating yet another crop, particularly one that could have an enormous impact on organic dairy farming, undermines the future of organics. “Contamination of organic and ...
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The (not so) New Agtivist: Organic movement leader Bob Scowcroft looks back 8.2.2011 Grist Magazine
by Samuel Fromartz. After nearly three decades at the center of organic food and farming world, Bob Scowcroft recently retired as head of the Organic Farming Research Foundation (OFRF). Scowcroft was California Certified Organic Farmers ’ first executive director in 1987, then went on to cofound and lead the OFRF for two decades. OFRF has played a key role on two fronts—advocating for organic farming research and pushing for a state, and then national, organic law. With his penchant for bear hugs and loud Hawaiian shirts, and the sharp insights and confabs, like the Organic Summits he founded, Scowcroft is the organic world’s preeminent “connector.” He has street cred with everyone from Midwestern wheat farmers to CEOs from organic food companies—both of whom could be found at OFRF’s fundraisers, which were fueled by good food and wine. Here, Scowcroft chats about the beginning of the organic movement and the “new blood” he’s ...
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Big Win for Biotech: USDA Deregulates Monsanto Alfalfa 7.2.2011 Truthout - All Articles

After nearly five years of legal and regulatory battles, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has fully deregulated Monsanto's Roundup Ready alfalfa that is genetically modified (GM) to be resistant to Roundup herbicide.

The decision squashed a proposed compromise between the biotech industry and its opponents that would have placed geographic restrictions on Roundup Ready alfalfa to prevent organic and traditional alfalfa from being contaminated by herbicide sprays and transgenes spread by cross-pollination and other factors.

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USDA ‘partially deregulates’ GM sugar beets, defying court order 6.2.2011 Grist Magazine
by Tom Philpott. A week ago, the USDA shocked the organic-farming community by “fully deregulating” genetically modified alfalfa, after acknowledging that organic farmers had legitimate concerns about the move and hinting they’d be taken into account. On Friday, the agency didn’t simply skulk away from its own words in an apparent attempt to appease the agrichemical industry. This time, it defied a court order banning the planting of GM sugar beets until a proper study of their environmental impact can be done. The USDA announced that it would allow farmers to begin planting Monsanto’s Roundup Ready sugar beets—genetically tweaked to withstand copious lashings of Monsanto’s herbicide—even though the environmental impact study has yet to be completed, The Wall Street Journal reports . “The USDA decision is the second big victory for the crop-biotechnology industry in a week,” the Journal noted. Sugar beets provide about half of ...
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Which Dangerous Toxins Are in Your Marijuana? 5.2.2011 AlterNet
Grown under the radar of legal authorities, even "medical" cannabis can be covered in toxic mold or coated in commercial-grade synthetic fertilizers and insecticides.
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Which Dangerous Toxins Are in Your Pot? 5.2.2011 AlterNet
Grown under the radar of legal authorities, even "medical" cannabis can be covered in toxic mold or coated in commercial-grade synthetic fertilizers and insecticides.
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What the Heck Happened? The Politics of GM Alfalfa Explained 4.2.2011 AlterNet
How did the USDA's plan for peaceful coexistence among alfalfa growers end up with the agency approving GM alfalfa with no restrictions?
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Aquaponic Growing of Desert Plants Too? (Video) 4.2.2011 TreeHugger
Aquaponic Growing of Desert Plants Too? (Video)
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How the West's High-End and Lower-End Stores Cash in on Organic 4.2.2011 NewWest.Net All Headlines
How the West's High-End and Lower-End Stores Cash in on Organic
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Monsanto Nation: Exposing Monsanto's Minions 4.2.2011 Commondreams.org Views
by Ronnie Cummins

My expose last week, "The Organic Elite Surrenders to Monsanto: What Now?"  has ignited a long-overdue debate on how to stop Monsanto's earth killing, market-monopolizing, climate-destabilizing rampage. Should we basically resign ourselves to the fact that the Biotech Bully of St. Louis controls the dynamics of the marketplace and public policy? Should we seek some kind of practical compromise or "coexistence" between organics and Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs)?

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How the West's High-End Stores Cash in on Oraganic 4.2.2011 NewWest.Net All Headlines
How the West's High-End Stores Cash in on Oraganic
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Frog's Leap Winery: Saves 64,000 Gallons of Water a Year with Dry-Farming 4.2.2011 AlterNet
Dry-farmed, organic, with a LEED building and full-time workers paid a living wage -- is Frog's Leap too good to be true? Apparently not.
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Montana Coffee, Idaho Beer Take Home National Good Food Awards 3.2.2011 NewWest.Net All Headlines
Montana Coffee, Idaho Beer Take Home National Good Food Awards
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Frog's Leap Winery: Saves 64,000 Gallons of Water a Year with Dry-Farming 2.2.2011 TreeHugger
Frog's Leap Winery: Saves 64,000 Gallons of Water a Year with Dry-Farming
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New Markets Put Western Farmers in Greater Control of Their Destinies 1.2.2011 NewWest.Net All Headlines
Thirty-five miles northeast of Shelby, Dave Turner has his hands jammed in an electric generator. He's trying to get power to his house as a blizzard knifes across the northern plains of Montana. His wife, Dolores (or Dee), busies herself with chores. Things have changed on the family homestead, but fortitude has never faded.  Turner's grandfather, Matthew Reynolds Turner, ran cattle through the ranch 100 years ago. As homesteaders lost their fortunes and left high plains of Montana, Turner says his great grandfather endured. Every time a neighbor deserted his land, he incorporated the abandoned shack as a new room on his own homestead.  When he got done, I think there was... five different homestead shacks in their house, Turner says.
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Maria Rodale: WE STAND UNITED IN OPPOSITION TO GE ALFALFA 1.2.2011 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
We stand united in opposition to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) decision to once again allow unlimited, nationwide commercial planting of Monsanto's genetically engineered...
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