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OSGATA President on Organic Integrity & Corporate Interest

OSGATA President on Organic Integrity & Corporate Interest

Video coverage of OSGATA President Jim Gerritsen’s presentation at the 2015 National Heirloom Exposition is now available. Gerritsen delves into seed consolidation, right-to-know GMO labeling, and democracy  in his talk [23:20]. Regarding protecting the integrity of organic certification, he said,: “We are going to continue to defend your interest. Our organization,

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Stricter Regulations for Biotech

Stricter Regulations for Biotech

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) are supposed to jointly regulate GE plants and animals, but the present regulation of biotechnology does not adequately protect farmers, the general public, and the environment from the potential adverse effects of GE

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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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OSGATA President Joins Panel with Vandana Shiva at 2015 National Heirloom Exposition

OSGATA President Joins Panel with Vandana Shiva at 2015 National Heirloom Exposition

OSGATA President and Maine organic seed farmer Jim Gerritsen joins world-renowned activist and author Vandana Shiva for a panel presentation on the impact of seed patents on farmers at The 2015 National Heirloom Exposition in Santa Rosa, CA. On Thursday, Sept. 10, Gerritsen, Shiva, and Food Democracy Now! co-founders, Dave Murphy and Lisa Stokke, will

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OSGATA President on the DARK Act

OSGATA President on the DARK Act

Following the passage of  ”Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act”( H.R. 1599), OSGATA President and Maine organic seed farmer Jim Gerritsen speaks out against Monsanto’s motivations to deny Americans the right-to-know in a ’Pulse Morning Show’ interview [10:48] with host Don Cookson from WZON Radio in Bangor, Maine. Last week the House

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Jackson County Ban on GE Crops Upheld in Court

Jackson County Ban on GE Crops Upheld in Court

The first major stage of the Monsanto-backed legal attempt to overturn Oregon’s Jackson County ban on genetically engineered (GE) crops was defeated when Federal Magistrate Judge Mark Clarke upheld the GE seed ban last week. In May 2014, 66% of Jackson County voters supported a ban on growing of GE crops within the county.  This initial victory came despite nearly $1

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Link Between GE Cotton and Indian Farmer Suicides Explored in New RT Documentary

Link Between GE Cotton and Indian Farmer Suicides Explored in New RT Documentary

India is the fourth largest producer of genetically engineered (GE) crops, with Bt cotton accounting for the entirety of the country’s GE plantings. A new RT documentary “100% Cotton. Made in India” [26:36] takes an in-depth look at the rise of Indian farmer suicides in relation to the widespread adoption of GE cotton technology.

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Defending Organic Agriculture: Acres U.S.A. Interview with OSGATA’s Jim Gerritsen

Defending Organic Agriculture: Acres U.S.A. Interview with OSGATA's Jim Gerritsen

“Defending Organic Agriculture: Farmer, Advocate Jim Gerritsen Strives to Preserve Organic Integrity in the Face of Mounting Threats,” recently published in Acres U.S.A. chronicles OSGATA President Gerritsen’s agrarian activism from the very start of his certified organic seed farm in Northern Maine to today.   “What really sets Gerritsen apart, though, is

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OSGATA Comments on Coexistence

OSGATA Comments on Coexistence

Organic seed is the most critical link to producing bona fide organic products. Contamination of organic seed by genetically engineered (GE) traits, not only compromises the livelihoods of seed growers and the viability of all organic farmers, but also the credibility of the USDA’s organic label in the eyes of

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Altered Genes, Twisted Truth

Altered Genes, Twisted Truth

FDA fraud is exposed in Steven Druker’s newly released book Altered Genes, Twisted Truth. OSGATA President Jim Gerritsen offers insight into what he calls a “game-changer” with this recent WZON interview [9:13]. Some may remember Druker as the public interest lawyer who sued the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the late ’90s. Gerritsen summarizes, ”Through

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OSGATA President on Food Sleuth Radio

OSGATA President on Food Sleuth Radio

Food Sleuth Radio host and Registered Dietitian, Melinda Hemmelgarn, speaks with organic farmer and OSGATA President Jim Gerritsen, on the status of the 2011 OSGATA et al. v. Monsanto lawsuit and how the Supreme Court decision took away the ownership of seeds from the commons in granting patents on seeds. Gerritsen said, “It

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Public Comment Window on GE “Innate” Potato

Public Comment Window on GE “Innate” Potato

  The USDA seeks public comments on an environmental assessment and plant pest risk assessment for a new GE potato, engineered to have fewer acrylamides and reduced bruising. The potato, branded as “Innate,” was developed by J.R. Simplot Company, in Boise, Idaho. Innate technology involves inserting genes from potatoes that quiet

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11 Steps to Avoid GE Contamination

11 Steps to Avoid GE Contamination

“Organic Farmers Must Do These 11 Things Just to Prevent Being Contaminated (and Sued),” recently posted on AltHealth Network, summarizes the principles elaborated on in OSGATA’s Protecting Organic Seed Integrity: The Organic Farmer’s Handbook to GE Avoidance and Testing. Supplemented by an interview with OSGATA President and Maine-based organic seed farmer

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New Report: Who Benefits from GM Crops?

New Report: Who Benefits from GM Crops?

“Who Benefits from GM Crops?,” a new report issued by Friends of the Earth International, offers insight into the state of GM agriculture on a global scale. Part one of the report breaks down the myth that genetically modified (GM) crops have achieved worldwide agricultural success, analyzing statistics from each continent while also

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USDA Seeks Comments on GE “Innate” Potato

USDA Seeks Comments on GE "Innate" Potato

USDA Comments Sought for Further Assessment on the Simplot GE “Innate” Potato. What are the Possible Risks? By Guest Blogger, Lyn Howe, PhD Physiology     The USDA seeks public comments on an environmental assessment and a plant pest risk assessment for a new GE potato, engineered to have fewer acrylamides

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OSGATA at the National Organic Standards Board Meeting

OSGATA at the National Organic Standards Board Meeting

April 29, 2014, kicked off the first day of the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) meeting in San Antonio, TX. The USDA  has advanced with its illegal take-over of the NOSB.  The NOSB was established by Congress as a citizen oversight board of USDA’s National Organic Program (NOP). This relationship is spelled out in

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Special Earth Day Screening of Open Sesame

Special Earth Day Screening of Open Sesame

  A special screening of Open Sesame- The Story of Seeds, is showing Tuesday, April 22, at 7:30pm at Union Square Stadium Theater in New York City. This Earth Day event features an informal seed swap and a Q&A with OSGATA President and Maine organic seed farmer Jim Gerritsen, Ken Greene from

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Open Sesame- Request a Screening!

Open Sesame- Request a Screening!

  Open Sesame- The Story of Seeds, from Open Pollinated Productions, is a groundbreaking film with a mission: to raise awareness about the issues affecting seed on a global scale and how these issues, in turn, impact our food supply. Open Sesame poignantly argues that seed is the basis not only of agriculture, but also

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Survey Says: Organic Farmers Pay the Price for GE Contamination

Survey Says: Organic Farmers Pay the Price for GE Contamination

Results from a recent survey of organic grain growers, pertaining to GE contamination avoidance and economic losses associated with contamination, highlight the risks and effects of GE contamination on organic farmers. Data collected and compiled by Food & Water Watch, in partnership with the Organic Farmers’ Agency for Relationship Marketing (OFARM), is

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New Resource on GE Contamination Avoidance Now Available

New Resource on GE Contamination Avoidance Now Available

  OSGATA is excited to announce the launch of a new book, Protecting Organic Seed Integrity, defining best practices for avoiding genetically engineered (GE) contamination in organic seed. Just weeks after the U.S. Supreme Court failed American farmers who had sought protection and their right to self-defense from GE contamination in the

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