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Avoiding Contamination from GE Potatoes

Avoiding Contamination from GE Potatoes

        Potato (Solanum tuberosum) Organic and non-GE potatoes are considered at low-risk from genetically engineered (GE) potatoes. Since potatoes are propagated vegetatively (from tubers) there is no risk of pollen-caused GE contamination for potatoes grown as seed or tablestock. The highest risk for GE contamination of potatoes is inadvertent […]

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Seedlight: Organic Seed Grower Ryan Batalden

Seedlight: Organic Seed Grower Ryan Batalden

Meet Organic Seed Grower Ryan Batalden     Farm Name: Batalden Farms     Location: Lamberton, MN     Ryan says… “When I think of organic seed, I think of seed that is better adapted to organic systems and hard to find. I am a full-time farmer, all certified organic, working on our family farm […]

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OSGATA Comments on Natural

OSGATA Comments on Natural

            The word “natural” is derived from the word “nature,” and leads consumers to believe that  foods  bearing the natural label are derived from nature. However, the natural label, in its current application by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), is misleading to consumers. A December […]

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Organic Integrity: Soil, Seeds and Government & Corporate Responsibility

Organic Integrity: Soil, Seeds and Government & Corporate Responsibility

            OSGATA President and Maine organic seed farmer Jim Gerritsen examines organic integrity and why farmers’ rights matter in his recent at the 34th National Pesticide Forum, ‘Cultivating Community and Environmental Health,’ in Portland, ME, on April 15th-16th, 2016. Gerritsen’s presentation, entitled “Organic Integrity: Soil, Seeds and Government & Corporate Responsibility,” covers […]

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Cotton Contamination by GMOs

Cotton Contamination by GMOs

Cotton (Gossypium spp) Cotton has a relatively low risk of gene flow via pollen in comparison to other GE crops on the market. However low the perceived risk, cotton contamination is still real. In Texas, where over 90% of cotton grown is genetically engineered, most organic cotton farmers acknowledge the […]

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GE-Free Papaya

GE-Free Papaya

Papaya (Carica papaya) GE contamination of papaya is classified as either air contamination or seed contamination. Papaya flesh always has the same genetic make-up as the seed of the tree that it came from. Trees grown from GE seeds will have GE leaves and fruit flesh, and at least 75% […]

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Keeping Soybeans Free of GE Contamination

Keeping Soybeans Free of GE Contamination

  Soybean (Glycine max) Soybeans have the distinction of being the first GE crop deregulated in the US in 1994. Just twelve years later, in 2006, 95% of the U.S. soybean acreage had been converted to GE. Soybean is considered a low-risk candidate for GE contamination due to its nature […]

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OSGATA Comments on Organic Standards

OSGATA Comments on Organic Standards

  At the upcoming meeting of the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) in Washington, D.C., on April 24-27, many important issues are on the docket. Organic law grants NOSB sole authority to make recommendations regarding what materials are allowed in organic (those appearing on the National List), as well as recommendations on a wide variety […]

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Mitigation of GE Sugarbeet Contamination

Mitigation of GE Sugarbeet Contamination

Sugarbeet (Beta vulgaris) Sugarbeets engineered to resist glyphosate were first deregulated in the U.S. in 1998. Market hesitancy, however, stalled the adoption by commercial producers until nearly a decade later. In the U.S., most of the sugarbeet seed production is controlled by a handful of agribusiness corporations and is focused […]

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Conversations with an Agrarian Elder

Conversations with an Agrarian Elder

    Internationally known organic farmer and OSGATA President will speak about agroecology & organic farming systems this Earth Day. Considered an Agrarian Elder, Gerritsen has farmed organically for more than 30 years. He and his wife Megan own and operate  Wood Prairie Farm, in Bridgewater, ME. The event, held by FAMU StateWide Small Farm […]

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Avoiding GE Contamination in Canola

Avoiding GE Contamination in Canola

  Canola (Brassica napus; B. rapa) Canola is a high-risk crop in terms of contamination from GMOs. Its basic biology along with its ability to persist outside of cultivation in disturbed habitats (like field edges and roadsides) presents multiple avenues of potential contamination. And contamination poses threat beyond canola seed […]

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Keeping Alfalfa GE-Free

Keeping Alfalfa GE-Free

Alfalfa (Medicago sativa) In 2005 alfalfa became the first perennial GE crop to attain approved status in the U.S. Within a year of GE alfalfa’s initial commercial release, contamination had occurred in the commercial sector. The Roundup Ready™ trait was identified in conventional non-GE plantings of alfalfa in Montana, Wyoming, […]

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GMO Corn Contamination 101

GMO Corn Contamination 101

Corn (Zea mays) Ninety percent of all corn grown in the U.S. is genetically engineered. This fact, coupled with corn’s outcrossing nature, equals significant risk of GE contamination for organic corn growers. Of course, the individual degree of risk differs based on various factors: the region in which the organic […]

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The 34th National Pesticide Forum

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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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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Colorado’s Boulder County Initiates Phase-Out of GE Crops

Colorado's Boulder County Initiates Phase-Out of GE Crops

On March 17, 2016,  Boulder County’s Board of County Commissioners ordered a draft plan for the phase-out of GE crops on publically owned farmlands. The current directive allowing select GE crops to be planted on public land will remain in effect until the end of the year, with the phase-out anticipated to span three-to-seven years. Since 2011, Colorado’s […]

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Keep the Soil in Organic

Keep the Soil in Organic

Soil is the foundation of organic − at least, it should be. At the fall meeting of the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) in Stowe, VT, in October 2015, organic farmers united in protest against the allowance of hydroponic, or soilless, growing practices in certified organic production. OSGATA Board President […]

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New OSGATA Policy on Principles of Organic Plant Breeding

New OSGATA Policy on Principles of Organic Plant Breeding

  The following new OSGATA  Policy on Principles of Organic Plant Breeding was unanimously approved by the OSGATA membership at the 2016 Annual Membership Meeting held at the 8th Organic Seed Growers Conference on February 6, 2016, in Corvallis, OR:   OSGATA Policy on Principles of Organic Plant Breeding Preamble. Seed is […]

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OSGATA @ The 8th Organic Seed Growers Conference

OSGATA @ The 8th Organic Seed Growers Conference

  The 8th Organic Seed Growers Conference, held February 5-6, 2016, in Corvallis, OR, is the conference for organic seed growers. This biennial conference brings together hundreds of farmers, plant breeders, seed companies, food companies, organic certifiers, policy advocates, and other stakeholders for two days of presentations, panel discussions, and networking events. It is  […]

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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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