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Harvesting Justice: A Food Sovereignty Publication and Blog Series

Harvesting Justice: A Food Sovereignty Publication and Blog Series

The US Food Sovereignty Alliance, in collaboration with Other Worlds, recently launched a 140-page compendium, and parallel blog series, examining the building of a just and environmentally sustainable food system. Harvesting Justice: Transforming Food, Land, and Agriculture in the Americas, researched and written by Tory Field and Beverly Bell, is ”dedicated to peasant, indigenous, landless,and small farmers around the

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OSGATA President Keynotes at Public Interest Environmental Law Conference

OSGATA President Keynotes at Public Interest Environmental Law Conference

OSGATA President Jim Gerritsen will be presenting a keynote speech on the OSGATA et al. v. Monsanto lawsuit at  the 31st Annual Public Interest Environmental Law Conference (PIELC), at the University of Oregon School of Law in Eugene, OR. This year’s conference theme “Earth Too Big to Fail” speaks to how the premiere gathering for

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Bowman vs. Monsanto: Full Transcript Available

Bowman vs. Monsanto: Full Transcript Available

  On February 19, 2013, the US Supreme Court heard oral arguments on Bowman vs. Monsanto- a case which holds the potential to affect patent law as we know it, seed and otherwise. Vernon Hugh Bowman is a 75-year-old soybean farmer from Sandborn, Indiana, who is challenging the concept of patent exhaustion on

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OSGATA Participates in Seed Track at Southern SAWG Conference

OSGATA Participates in Seed Track at Southern SAWG Conference

The Southern Sustainable Agriculture Working Group (SAWG) will host it’s 22nd annual conference, themed “practical tools and solutions for sustaining family farms,” from January 23-26, in Little Rock, AR. Part of the 2013 conference slate is a sustainable seed track. Following two days of intensive short courses and field trips, and an

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Plaintiff-Farmers Travel to DC to Attend OSGATA et. al. v. Monsanto Oral Argument

Plaintiff-Farmers Travel to DC to Attend OSGATA et. al. v. Monsanto Oral Argument

Thirty-one family farmers, plaintiffs in the landmark lawsuit OSGATA et al v. Monsanto, travelled to Washington, D.C., from across North America to attend the Oral Argument in the Appeal of Dismissal heard before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit on Thursday January 10, 2013. The lawsuit was

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Join Farmers in Their Stand Against Monsanto

Join Farmers in Their Stand Against Monsanto

Family farmers are traveling from across North America to Washington, DC, to participate in the January 10, 2013 Oral Argument in the appeal of dismissal for Organic Seed Growers and Trade Asscociation et al. vs. Monsanto to be heard by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. This landmark court case was originally filed in March 2011 to protect farmers from

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Organic Seed Growers Conference 2012: Selected Live Broadcasts

Organic Seed Growers Conference 2012: Selected Live Broadcasts

Did You Miss the 2012 Organic Seed Growers Conference? Organic Seed Alliance and eOrganic bring you selected recordings from the 2012 Organic Seed Growers Conference held in Port Townsend, WA, on January 19 – 21, 2012. The conference brought together hundreds of farmers, seed production and distribution companies, researchers, plant breeders,

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Monsanto Granted Motion to Dismiss

On February 24, Judge Naomi Buchwald handed down her ruling on a motion to dismiss in the case of OSGATA et al v. Monsanto after hearing oral arguments on January 31, in Federal  District Court in Manhattan. Her ruling to dismiss the case brought against Monsanto on behalf  of organic farmers,

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Organic Plant Breeding Fellowships

OSGATA is excited to announce that Seed Matters, an initiative of the Clif Bar Family Foundation has awarded the first ever fellowships in organic plant breeding in United States history. The foundation is funding three Ph.D students in organic plant breeding at two public land grant universities: Washington State University

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OSGATA honors Erna Bennett, early pioneer for plant genetic resources

Erna Bennett, one of the early pioneers and fighters of genetic conservation, passed away at 86 years old. After active service in the Second World War in the Middle East and Greece, she returned to her studies. In her early postgraduate years she taught in England, and was engaged in cytogenetic

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Just Label It!

OSGATA has joined an effort with more than 300 hundred organizations representing millions of Americans: the Just Label It: We Have A Right to Know campaign. In late September we filed a legal petition to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), calling on them to label all genetically engineered foods. Now the

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Seed Consolidation

4 Seed companies now control 56% of the global proprietary seed market. Seed consolidation constrains the opportunities for renewable agriculture, creating reductions in seed lines and a declining prevalence of seed saving.

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Letter to Secretary Vilsack

On September 16, 2011, OSGATA along with 138 agricultural organizations sent a letter to Secretary of Agriculture, Thomas Vilsack. Drafted by the National Organic Coalition, it calls for increased protection from transgenics/GMOs under the Plant Protection Act of 2000. Read the letter here.

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OSGATA’s comments to the USDA regarding Monsanto’s drought-tolerant corn

OSGATA's comments to the USDA regarding Monsanto's drought-tolerant corn

To whom it may concern:   Founded in January of 2008, OSGATA develops, protects, and promotes the organic seed trade and its growers. Our goal is to assure that the organic community has access to excellent quality organic seed, free of contaminants and adapted to the diverse needs of local

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National Geographic Study of Our Dwindling Food Variety

A very helpful visual: This chart shows the rapid decline of vegetable varieties from 1903 to 1983 when the study was conducted. The study found that 93% of the 66 crops which had been surveyed had gone extinct… Source: National Geographic

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White House Collusion with Biotech & FOI Lawsuit Filed

News Release From Public Employees For Environmental Responsibility (PEER) (7/21/2011) White House Pact with Industry to Push GE Plants High-Level Working Group Shielding Plan to Force GE Crops onto Wildlife Refuges WASHINGTON – July 21 – In an effort to boost exports, the Obama White House has entered into a

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Wait, Did the USDA Just Deregulate All New Genetically Modified Crops?

MOTHER JONES By  Tom Philpott Fri Jul. 8, 2011 12:23 PM PDT It’s a hoary bureaucratic trick, making a controversial announcement on the Friday afternoon before a long weekend, when most people are daydreaming about what beer to buy on the way home from work, or are checking movie times

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Farmers and Consumer Groups File Lawsuit Challenging Genetically Engineered Alfalfa Approval

Press Release – Center for Food Safety March 18, 2011 – “Roundup Ready” Alfalfa Will Increase Pesticide Use and Cause Grave Harm to Environment and Organic Industry USDA Failures Guarantee Transgenic Contamination, Creation of More Superweeds Today, attorneys for the Center for Food Safety (CFS) and Earthjustice filed a lawsuit against the

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USDA Releases RR Alfalfa

Agriculture Agency Approves Planting of Modified Alfalfa New York Times Jan 28, 2011 ANDREW POLLACK Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced on Thursday that he would authorize the unrestricted commercial cultivation of genetically modified alfalfa, setting aside a controversial compromise that had generated stiff opposition. In making the decision, Mr. Vilsack pulled back from a

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NOCs Position on GMO contamination

National Organic Coalition’s (NOC) piece on GMO Contamination Prevention:  What Will It Take. COEXISTENCE AND GMO CONTAMINATION website: http://www.nationalorganiccoalition.org/GMO/GMOContaminationPrevention.pdf.    

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