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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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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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