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Blog Archive (January 2011)

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jan 28th, 2011
Dear President Obama and Secretary Vilsack, While gathered at the 31st Annual Ecological Farming Conference to celebrate the growth of the organic industry as a vital, mainstream segment in agriculture, we were greatly disappointed to learn of your decision to fully deregulate genetically modified (GMO) Roundup Ready alfalfa. This decision undermines opportunities for farmers in America,... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jan 28th, 2011
 For immediate release:             EcoFarm Attendees Criticize USDA Decision to Allow GMO Alfalfa Organic farmers and dairy producers at national conference voice outrage about potential for bio-contamination Pacific Grove, Calif. January 28, 2011—News that the USDA had approved the planting of genetically engineered alfalfa... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jan 27th, 2011
As the organic and sustainable agriculture community lets out a collective gasp, Representatives Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Peter DeFazio (D-OR), offer their response to the USDA's decision to fully deregulate genetically modified (GMO) alfalfa in a press release: "This long approval process began as a search for a workable compromise, but it has ended as a surrender to business as usual for the... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jan 21st, 2011
Earlier this week, Frank Lucas (R-OK), the new chair of the House Agriculture committee, and two U.S. Senators sent a letter to Secretary Vilsack attempting to intimidate him and Obama administration USDA officials into fasttracking approval for Monsanto's genetically modified (GMO) alfalfa. Apparently the biotech industry is frightened by the USDA's newly proposed "coexistence" model between... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jan 20th, 2011
Keep GMOs out of Organics! Clicking here will automatically add your name to the letter to Secretary Vilsack and President Obama: The USDA must immediately ban Monsanto's GMO alfalfa from the market and work to ensure that the organic industry is protected from genetic contamination and loss of profits and stand up for the basic rights for Americans to know what is in their food and how it's... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jan 17th, 2011
Last week, the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture, Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa announced its plan to boost the local food economy in Iowa. The plan was submitted to the Iowa Legislature last week. According to the press release from the Leopold Center... More than 1,000 people from 95 of Iowa’s 99 counties contributed to the Iowa Local Food and Farm Plan. Information was... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jan 16th, 2011
Sunday mornings for me are a time to catch on the weekly news that I may have missed and also to further my knowledge base on the impending challenges that scientists foresee with regard to climate change and global warming. This past week was a particularly devastating week for thousands around the globe with flooding and mudslides in Queensland, Australia and Brazil. Though experts disagree on... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jan 13th, 2011
Save the bees - Tell the EPA to ban the bee-killing pesticide! Say no to Colony Collapse Disorder! Tell the EPA to ban Bayer's bee-killing pesticide! For the past several years scientists have been desperately searching for an answer to the mysterious collapse of bee populations worldwide. Known as “Colony Collapse Disorder”, massive bee die-offs around the globe have alarmed... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jan 10th, 2011
Looks like sustainable aggies and organic consumers aren't the only ones with a close eye on Tom Vilsack these days, watching what he will do on genetically-modified (GMO) alfalfa. Apparently the biotech industry is, too. According to Phil Brasher of the Des Moines Register: Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, once seen as an ally of biotech companies, has now angered the industry with a proposed... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jan 06th, 2011
By Michele Simon, This time of year, it’s customary to look back and capture the most important historical moments. And all things considered, 2010 was a pretty good year. So in that spirit, here are my top 5 gains in food policy. (They are in no particular order.) 1) FDA action to remove caffeine from alcoholic beverages OK, I am putting this one first because I worked on it directly and... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Jan 04th, 2011
By Helena Bottemiller, President Obama is expected to sign a sweeping food safety bill into law today, marking the end of a lengthy legislative drama and turning the focus to whether the U.S. Food and Drug Administration will get the additional funding needed to implement the bill. On the heels of a Tea Party-fueled midterm election, House Republicans have pledged to use their new majority... more

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