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Chinese Fake Organic Grain Certifications...And Worse. 22.2.2011 TreeHugger
Chinese Fake Organic Grain Certifications...And Worse.
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Cornucopia Institute Files Complaint with FTC Against Peace Cereal 21.2.2011 TreeHugger
Cornucopia Institute Files Complaint with FTC Against Peace Cereal
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Monsanto wins, for now 16.2.2011 Writers on the Range
The Agriculture Department approves the planting of genetically modified alfalfa seed.
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Monsanto wins, for now 16.2.2011 High Country News Most Recent
The Agriculture Department approves the planting of genetically modified alfalfa seed.
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Shoulders to the Wheel: Laying the Foundations for Sustainable Local Food Systems 16.2.2011 Truthout - All Articles

How do you create a locally harvested food system for a city of 100,000? This question is being asked presently in a seminar, in Duluth, Minnesota and the broader western Lake Superior region, as well as in many other cities across the United States. It was also an urgent local question a century ago.

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6 Hot Celebrity Women Getting Down and Dirty on the Farm 16.2.2011 TreeHugger
6 Hot Celebrity Women Getting Down and Dirty on the Farm
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Can't We All Just Get Along? The Myth of GMO and Organic Coexistence 13.2.2011 TreeHugger
Can't We All Just Get Along? The Myth of GMO and Organic Coexistence
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Organic Meat and Dairy Are About to Be History, But There Are Two Ways You Can Help Stop It 12.2.2011 AlterNet
Even as the Obama administration is starting to look like the Monsanto administration, we can still fight back.
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Organic Meat and Dairy Are About to Be History, But There Are Two Things You Can Do to Stop It 12.2.2011 AlterNet
Even as the Obama administration is starting to look like the Monsanto administration, we can still fight back.
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USDA Deregulates GMO Sugar Beets, Farmers and Biotech Finds Common Ground in Montana 10.2.2011 NewWest.Net All Headlines
This week's food and ag roundup catches you up on the USDA's decision to deregulate genetically-modified sugar beets, the latest on a measure in the Montana Legislature that would even the field for farmers accused of planting patented plants (like GMO sugar beets), raw milk pops up in statehouses across the country and a few other news nuggets. Read on. 
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Paula Crossfield: GM and Organic Co-Existence: Why We Really Just Can't Get Along 10.2.2011 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Last Friday, the USDA announced the partial deregulation of genetically modified sugar beets. If you eat beef or take milk and sugar in your coffee, here is why you should care.
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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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