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Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Apr 06th, 2011
The following is a cover letter sent on behalf of Dr. Don Huber, Professor Emeritus, Purdue University, to the EU and UK commissions at their request to provide a more detailed explanation of his January 17th letter to Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack. His letter was sent in advance of the approval of Roundup Ready alfalfa requesting a delay of USDA approval and also for support for further... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Apr 02nd, 2011
Yes... you read that correctly. The Telegraph reported today that scientists have created genetically modified cattle to produce human milk. IF this were printed on a day earlier on April Fool's, it may have been more appropriate as a joke, but alas it is simply absurd and scary. The scientists behind the research believe milk from herds of genetically modified cows could provide an... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Mar 29th, 2011
 Preemptive Action Seeks Ruling That Would Prohibit Monsanto From Suing Organic Farmers and Seed Growers If Contaminated By Roundup Ready Seed NEW YORK – March 29, 2011 – On behalf of 60 family farmers, seed businesses and organic agricultural organizations, the Public Patent Foundation (PUBPAT) filed suit today (http://www.pubpat.org/assets/files/seed/OSGATA-v-Monsanto-... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Mar 28th, 2011
On January 17, 2011, Dr. Don Huber, an internationally-recognized plant pathologist and Professor Emeritus at Purdue University, sent a letter to U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack attempting to warn him of a serious problem facing U.S. agriculture. This letter, marked “CONFIDENTIAL and URGENT”, warned Secretary Vilsack of a previously unknown pathogen, “new to science... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Mar 25th, 2011
In light of the recent USDA decision on the approval of genetically-modified alfalfa, the debate for "co-existence" of GMO alfalfa with organic is revived with yesterday's article in the Washington Post, "Genetically modified crops get boost over organics with recent USDA rulings":

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Mar 24th, 2011
Tell the Department of Justice - It's Time To Break Up Monsanto! Don't let Monsanto and GMOs destroy your organic future and our democracy! It's time to return to a level playing field in seeds: Break up Monsanto! Tell the Department of Justice it's time to do its job: Break Up Monsanto! Last year the Department of Justice and U.S. Department of Agriculture held a series of 5 hearings... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Mar 20th, 2011
In what could be the best news for organic advocates in months, our friends at the Center for Food Safety and Earthjustice filed a lawsuit against the USDA last Friday, challenging the agency's recent approval of Monsanto's genetically modified (GMO) alfalfa.   Center for Food Safety and their allies are arguing that the Obama administration's approval is not only unwise, since 93% of... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Mar 07th, 2011
In March 2011, PUBPAT filed suit on behalf of 60 family farmers, seed businesses and organic agricultural organizations against Monsanto Company to challenge the chemical giant's patents on genetically modified (GMO) seed.   Read more here from PUBPAT. 

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Feb 27th, 2011
In another sign that vision, integrity and persistence will take you everywhere, Food Democracy Now! would like to congratulate Denise O’Brien, an Iowa organic farmer on her new career in the Obama administration as an agricultural policy advisor in Afghanistan.  O’Brien is a well-known and much respected leader in the Iowa and national farm community for her pioneering... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Feb 27th, 2011
On January 17, 2011, Dr. Don Huber, a senior plant pathologist and Professor Emeritus at Purdue University wrote Secretary Vilsack a private letter, detailing the discovery of a new organism, previously unknown to science, that a team of top U.S. scientists had found linked to a rise in crop diseases and a sharp increase in infertility and spontaneous abortions in animal livestock. According to... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Feb 20th, 2011
Call President Obama today to help save independent family farmers! Tell President Obama it's time to level the playing for America's family farmers - end the rules that favor agribusiness. Call the White House today to Tell President Obama to enforce fair market GIPSA rules for farmers today! There’s been a lot of bad news out of Washington DC lately. In the past 3 weeks we’ve... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Feb 15th, 2011
Tell President Obama - It's time to stand up to Monsanto and the rest of the biotech bullies! Don't let Monsanto and GMOs destroy your organic future and our democracy! Tell President Obama to instruct the USDA to immediately ban Monsanto's GMO alfalfa, GMO sugar beets and now industrial GMO ethanol corn from being planted and work to ensure that the organic industry is protected from genetic... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Feb 10th, 2011
  By Lisa J. Bunin, Liana Hoodes, Michael Sligh,     Last week, USDA announced its decision to allow the planting of Monsanto’s Roundup Ready (RR) GM alfalfa without any ongoing monitoring or regulation whatsoever.  Despite widespread consumer, farmer, and food industry opposition and contrary scientific evidence, the Agency proclaimed Roundup Ready alfalfa: “... more

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