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Seeds: The Buried Beginnings of Food

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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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Harvesting Justice: A Food Sovereignty Publication and Blog Series

Harvesting Justice

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 Board Member Dissents from USDA’s Biotechnology Report and Recommendations

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The USDA  established their Advisory Committee on Biotechnology and 21st Century Agriculture (known as AC21) in February 2003, with its first meeting in June of that year. Under its Charter, AC21 is charged with examining the long-term impacts of biotechnology on the US food and agriculture system, as well as providing guidance to […]

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Bitter Seeds, a Documentary on GMO Cotton Farming, Premieres in New York

Bitter Seeds, a documentary film by Micha X. Peled, is showing during the Human Rights Watch Film Festival in New York, NY on June 22 at 6:30 pm. Written by: Andy Meyers,  Working Films Campaign Coordinator   This award winning documentary looks at the production-consumption chain of genetically engineered Bt cotton grown in India and the resulting […]

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Help OSGATA and Family Farmers ‘See their Day in Court!’

We wish to assemble free and peaceful citizens outside the Manhattan District court in an effort to present the important message to family farmers that millions of Americans stand behind them as they seek their day in court for the landmark case, OSGATA et al. v.  Monsanto. The lawsuit was […]

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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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OSGATA President on KAWL Radio Show

Listen to “It’s Your Call” KAWL Radio Show with Rose Aguilar which originally aired on 9/15/11. The hour long show is an informative primer into the world of GMOs, focusing on the question: How are GMOs changing the landscape of food and farming? President of OSGATA, Jim Gerritsen, is interviewed regarding the lawsuit […]

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OSGATA Provides Comment to the National Organic Program

OSGATA submitted comments on September 12, 2011 in response to the National Organic Program‘s (NOP), “Draft Guidance: Seeds, Annual Seedlings, and Planting Stock in Organic Crop Production. ” After careful review, the OSGATA policy committee contests that the NOP should act further to support the commercial availability of organic seed. Given the […]

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Bat Crisis: OSGATA Joins Coalition to Protect Bats

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A mysterious disease, called white-nose syndrome, is spreading across North America and killing  bats. Bats play a critical role in pest control. One study estimates that bats save 3.7 to 53 billion dollars a year in pesticide use. The loss of pest control by bat populations can threaten critical crops […]

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