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OSGATA Comments on Biotechnology Regulations

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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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Family Farmers Oppose Organic Check-off

Jim Gerritsen, OSGATA President

OSGATA president Jim Gerritsen addresses why organic family farmers oppose the Organic Trade Association’s Organic Check-off proposal in a interview with Bob Meyers of Brownfield Ag News for America. In a recent referendum, the OSGATA membership unanimously voted to oppose the check-off. Gerritsen says OSGATA members participating in other check-offs do not have confidence that […]

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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 President Addresses Organic Integrity at Spring NOSB Meeting


Today kicks off the four-day  National Organic Standards Board(NOSB) in La Jolla, CA. OSGATA President and Maine organic seed farmer Jim Gerritsen will testify on behalf of OSGATA’s membership about the critical need to maintain integrity in the organic industry.  The NOSB was established as the official liaison between the organic community and organic […]

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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

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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 Joins Groups Challenging Major USDA Change to Organic Rule


Today organic stakeholders have filed a lawsuit in federal court, maintaining that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) violated the federal rulemaking process when it changed established procedures for reviewing the potential hazards and need for allowed synthetic and prohibited natural substances used in producing organic food. OSGATA joins a coalition of […]

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Powerful Organic Seed Documentary Now Available Online

‘Open Sesame- The Story of Seeds’ has been made available, beginning today, for online streaming. The film, which depicts the importance of organics and the enormous effort to protect organic seed, by New York-based filmmaker Sean Kaminsky is also available for DVD purchase online. ‘Open Sesame’ is a groundbreaking film with a […]

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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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OSGATA Re-Establishes Farmer Travel Fund

Jim Gerritsen, OSGATA President

OSGATA has re-instituted its Farmer Travel Fund, which was previously used for travel costs associated with plaintiff-farmers, from across North America, traveling to legal proceedings in the OSGATA et al. v. Monsanto lawsuit. The re-launching of the Farmer Travel Fund (FTF) will enable OSGATA farmers and personnel to attend key organic […]

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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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OSGATA at the National Heirloom Expo

OSGATA will be attending the 4th annual National Heirloom Exposition in Santa Rosa, CA, on September 9th, 10th, and 11th. Dubbed the “World’s Fair of Pure Food,” this not-for-profit event is centered around pure food, heirloom vegetables, and anti-GMO activism. More than 100 speakers will be presenting at the Expo on […]

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OSGATA Joins Coalition Filing Legal Petition with USDA over NOSB Independen​ce


  Twenty organic farm and consumer groups have filed a legal petition with U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack in order to protect the authority and permanence of the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB). The petitioners object to recent changes to the NOSB charter, renewed on May 8, 2014, that undermine the mandatory and […]

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OSGATA at the National Organic Standards Board Meeting

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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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Farming In Harmony with Nature

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  To commemorate International Mother Earth Day, the United Nations hosted its 4th Interactive Dialogue of the General Assembly on Harmony with Nature on April 22, 2014. OSGATA President and Maine organic seed farmer Jim Gerritsen presented “Advantages & Challenges of Organic Farming: A Farming System Based on Harmony with Nature” […]

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Special Earth Day Screening of Open Sesame

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  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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OSGATA President to Speak at United Nations on Earth Day

Jim Gerritsen, OSGATA President

  OSGATA President Jim Gerritsen, a Maine organic seed potato farmer, will participate on a guest panel at the United Nations in New York City from 10am to 1pm EST, on April 22, 2014. The event marks the 4th Interactive Dialogue of the General Assembly on Harmony with Nature commemorating International Mother Earth Day. Gerritsen will […]

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New Resource on GE Contamination Avoidance Now Available

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  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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OSGATA at the 7th Organic Seed Growers Conference

OG Seed Growers Conference

The biennial Organic Seed Growers Conference, hosted by the Organic Seed Alliance, is heralded as one of a kind. Held on January 31-February 1st in Corvallis, OR, this year’s conference promises to bring together hundreds of farmers, plant breeders, researchers, university extension, certifiers, food companies, seed production and distribution companies, and other organic stakeholders for  two full […]

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Supreme Court Denies Family Farmers Right to Self-Defen​se from Monsanto Abuse

Ward and Rose Marie Burroughs, Cloverleaf Farms, California

 The U.S. Supreme Court issued a decision, on January 13, 2014, in the landmark federal lawsuit, Organic Seed Growers and Trade Association et al v. Monsanto. The U.S. Supreme Court dismissed the case, denying family farmers their right to argue on behalf of  gaining protection from patent litigation abuse by Monsanto. The high court decision further dashes […]

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