Archive for the ‘Pollinators’ Category

The 34th National Pesticide Forum


The 34th National Pesticide Forum will be convening on April 15-16, at the University of Southern Maine, in Portland, ME. The Forum is an opportunity for grassroots advocates, scientists, and policy makers to  build local, state, and national strategies to protect human health and the environment, as well as organic land management strategies. The event […]

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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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10 Reasons to Opt for Organic Seed


1. Promote Biodiversity. Over the last century thousands of local varieties of seed have disappeared− with estimated losses of nearly 75% of agricultural genetic diversity. 2. Keep Collective Resources in the Commons. Seed sovereignty equals food freedom. Rampant consolidation has swept through the seed industry in recent history, resulting in […]

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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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Organic Farmers Protect Pollinators

Protect Pollinators

A staggering 75% of food crops rely on pollinators for production− from oil seeds and nuts, to fruits, vegetables, and legumes. Honey bees alone are responsible for pollinating approximately $12.4 billion in crops annually. A new study found wild bees to be roughly equivalent in economic value to domesticated colonies. […]

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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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The Silent Spring by Donald Sutherland

    The Silent Spring by Donald Sutherland     There is a beautiful old towering Chestnut tree on the land we lease to farm.  One day in May I was commenting on how beautiful the flowering Chestnut tree was to Dick, the retired farmer whose land we lease. “That […]

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