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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vote of its Board of Directors, the organic farmer-controlled Organic Seed Growers and Trade Association (OSGATA) has withdrawn its membership from the Organic Trade Association (OTA).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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Protect Your Seed from GE Contamination

Protect Your Seed from GE Contamination

Since the genetically engineered Flavr Savr tomato was first approved for the American marketplace in 2004, GE crops have grown to become part of the agricultural mainstream. Plantings of GE crops in the U.S., measured in acres, increased by 68% between 2000 and 2005 and climbed another 45% between 2005 and 2013. In 2013, American farmers planted […]

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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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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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Monsanto’s Bid to Acquire Syngenta Raises Antitrust Concerns

Monsanto's Bid to Acquire Syngenta Raises Antitrust Concerns

What will the seed and biotechnology industries look like if agribusiness giant Monsanto acquires the world’s largest supplier of pesticides? The Diane Rehm Show explores the possible Monsanto-Syngenta merger in hosting three guests: Alan Bjerga, an agricultural policy and commodities reporter for Bloomberg News; Scott Partridge, Monsanto’s vice president of […]

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