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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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OSGATA President to Speak at United Nations on Earth Day

OSGATA President to Speak at United Nations on Earth Day

  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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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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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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Prairie Road Organic Farm and Seed Honored as Farmers of the Year

Prairie Road Organic Farm and Seed Honored as Farmers of the Year

North Dakota seed and grain farmers, David, Ginger, Dan and Theresa Podoll of OSGATA member Prairie Road Organic Seed were named the Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service (MOSES) 2014 Organic Farmers of the Year at the 25th MOSES Organic Farming Conference. Based in Fullerton, ND, Prairie Road Organic Seed, is dedicated

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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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OSGATA at the 7th Organic Seed Growers Conference

OSGATA at the 7th Organic 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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Ira Wallace of SESE Talks Heirlooms of the South

Ira Wallace shares her growing know-how in the recently published Timber Press Guide to Vegetable Gardening in the Southeast. Wallace is Southern Exposure Seed Exchange’s home garden expert, and serves on the board of OSGATA and of the Organic Seed Alliance. In the latest edition of the radio show, “A Way to Garden,” Wallace spoke with

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Farmers vs. Monsanto: Family Farmers File Brief in Final Appeal to U.S. Supreme Court

Farmers vs. Monsanto: Family Farmers File Brief in Final Appeal to U.S. Supreme Court

The Public Patent Foundation  recently filed a brief with the U.S. Supreme Court in the landmark case, Organic Seed Growers and Trade Association et al v. Monsanto, in the hopes that the court would hear and reinstate the case of 73 American organic and conventional family farmers, seed businesses and

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Why Help OSGATA?

Why Help OSGATA?

Why Help OSGATA? Because Organic Begins with Seed. The Organic Seed Growers and Trade Association (OSGATA) is the one national membership organization run by organic farmers and dedicated to protecting organic seed− and therefore your right of access to good organic food. Help us continue our important seed work by

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Saving Seed

Saving Seed

By The Cornucopia Institute, In the blink of the past 50 years, chemical corporations have come to control over 50% of the global seed supply. It’s a sharp departure from human history: farmers and individuals had saved local seeds for 14,000 years. “There is a global systemic crisis in how

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Stop SB 633: Oregon’s Monsanto Protection Act

Stop SB 633: Oregon's Monsanto Protection Act

  Please add your voice to support Oregon family farmers from a poorly written seed preemption bill, SB 633 – which is being called Oregon’s Monsanto Protection Act. A Special Session will be held in the Oregon Legislature today (September 26 at 2:30 pm PST) and if SB 633 passes it

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Monsanto Bound to Promise Not To Sue Organic Farmers

Monsanto Bound to Promise Not To Sue Organic Farmers

  Today a decision was reached in the OSGATA et al. v. Monsanto lawsuit by the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington, D.C. The three-judge panel ruled that a group of organic- and otherwise non-GMO- farmer and seed company plaintiffs are not entitled to bring a lawsuit to protect themselves from Monsanto’s transgenic

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Genetically Engineered Wheat Found in Oregon Fields

Genetically Engineered Wheat Found in Oregon Fields

By Anna Mueller, Guest Blogger   Genetically engineered (GE) wheat was recently discovered in an Oregon field despite the fact that all GE wheat trials ended in 2005. According to NPR, this particular type of wheat- which was engineered to resist the herbicide glyphosate (aka “Roundup Ready”)- was never approved for commercial planting.     One Oregon wheat farmer found the strain

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OSGATA President Presents at Slow Money National Gathering

OSGATA President Presents at Slow Money National Gathering

  The upcoming Slow Money 4th National Gathering includes a plenary session on OSGATA et al. v. Monsanto. OSGATA President and Maine organic seed farmer Jim Gerritsen will deliver his special address on family farmers seeking justice at the Boulder Theater, in Boulder, CO, on April 29. Slow Money is a national network, which includes local chapters, organized around a

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Seeds: The Buried Beginnings of Food

Seeds: The Buried Beginnings of Food

According to environmental journalist Simran Sethi , the buried foundations of food and future-food are slowly disappearing. Of course, she’s talking about seeds: the memory of life and the wellspring of both food security and seed sovereignty. In a recent Tedx Talk from February 2013, Stethi leads her audience  exploration

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OSGATA Submits Comments on Seed Purity to NOSB

OSGATA Submits Comments on Seed Purity to NOSB

The National Organic Standards Board (NOSB)’s spring meeting is Tuesday, April 9, to Thursday, April 11, in Portland, OR. During meetings, the NOSB listens to public comments, discusses their agenda items, and then votes in a public forum. In 2012, the NOSB established the GMO Ad hoc Subcommittee for discussion among organic stakeholders

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Tell Obama to Veto the Monsanto Protection Act

Tell Obama to Veto the Monsanto Protection Act

Late last week Congress succeeded in passing Section 735, aka the Monsanto Protection Act or the Monsanto Rider, in the Continuing Resolution spending bill – HR 933. By sneaking Section 735 into a federal appropriations bills, Monsanto has successfully planted a dangerous provision in US law. Essentially, the provision would create

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Jim Gerritsen’s PIELC Keynote Address

Jim Gerritsen's PIELC Keynote Address

OSGATA President Jim Gerritsen’s recent keynote address at the  31st Annual Public Interest Environmental Law Conference (PIELC), at the University of Oregon School of Law in Eugene, OR, is now available for online streaming. The address gives background information on the US patent system in relation to seed before moving into the

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Seed Solution Models for a New Agricultural Paradigm

Seed Solution Models for a New Agricultural Paradigm

          Stephen Thomas’s “Fixing Food: Seed Solution Models for a New Agricultural Paradigm“-recently published in Acres USA- discusses the importance of regional small-scale organic seed in overhauling the industrial agriculture system. Cited seed solutions include the work of several OSGATA members, including Southern Exposure Seed Exchange, the

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