Archive for the Seed News Category

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:    

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