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Organic seed growers and trade assocation joins over 300 groups urging Jeff Sessions to oppose agricultural mega-mergers

Organic seed growers and trade assocation joins over 300 groups urging Jeff Sessions to oppose agricultural mega-mergers

Press release by Kate Colwell. WASHINGTON, D.C. — Nearly 325 farming, beekeeping, farmworker, religious, food safety, and conservation advocacy groups today urged the U.S. Department of Justice to conduct a thorough investigation into the proposed mergers of the world’s largest agrochemical and seed companies. Groups urged Jeff Sessions, the new Attorney […]

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ORGANIC FARMER GROUP Dumps ORGANIC TRADE ASSOCIATION

ORGANIC FARMER GROUP Dumps ORGANIC TRADE ASSOCIATION

OSGATA Cites Betrayal Over Monsanto-Backed GMO LABELING BILL Washington, ME, July 13, 2016 – By a unanimous vote of its Board of Directors, the organic farmer-controlled Organic Seed Growers and Trade Association (OSGATA) has withdrawn its membership from the Organic Trade Association (OTA).  OSGATA’s decision was prompted by OTA’s duplicity towards organic farmers and consumers […]

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Colorado’s Boulder County Initiates Phase-Out of GE Crops

Colorado's Boulder County Initiates Phase-Out of GE Crops

On March 17, 2016,  Boulder County’s Board of County Commissioners ordered a draft plan for the phase-out of GE crops on publically owned farmlands. The current directive allowing select GE crops to be planted on public land will remain in effect until the end of the year, with the phase-out anticipated to span three-to-seven years. Since 2011, Colorado’s […]

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Tougher Regulations for GE Wheat

Tougher Regulations for GE Wheat

The U.S. tops the chart as the world’s leading exporter of wheat. Annually, its exported wheat accounts for $8 billion. Suffice to say, it’s a big business. And, one that is in a precarious situation due to threat of contamination from genetically engineered (GE) wheat. Despite the fact that GE wheat has not been […]

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Comment Window Extended on Proposed EPA Rule on Pesticides

Comment Window Extended on Proposed EPA Rule on Pesticides

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has extended the public comment period, through July 29, 2015, for its proposed rule on pesticide restrictions to better protect managed bees used for pollination services from acute exposure to foliar applications of pesticides. Growers routinely contract honey bee keepers to bring managed bees to pollinate crops. While this EPA […]

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OSGATA Tells EPA to Protect Pollinators from Pesticide Exposure

OSGATA Tells EPA to Protect Pollinators from Pesticide Exposure

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently proposed pesticide restrictions to protect managed bees used for pollination services from acute exposure. Growers routinely contract honey bee keepers to bring managed bees to pollinate crops. While this EPA proposal would limit managed honey bee exposure to foliar application of pesticides, it doesn’t address one of the […]

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OSGATA Comments on Biotechnology Regulations

OSGATA Comments on Biotechnology Regulations

Current regulation of biotechnology does not adequately protect farmers, the general public, and the environment from the potential adverse effects of GE crops. However, the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is currently revisiting its biotechnology regulations, from over a decade ago, and calling for public comment. Join OSGATA in this opportunity to demand stronger regulations […]

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