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OSGATA Membership Votes To Oppose Industry’s Organic Check-off

OSGATA Membership Votes To Oppose Industry's Organic Check-off

A recent referendum by the OSGATA membership resulted in unanimous opposition to the “Organic Check-off” proposed by the Organic Trade Association (OTA). Significantly, not a single vote was cast in favor of the Organic Check-off. Last week, the OTA formally petitioned the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to initiate a vote and requisite

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Defending Organic Agriculture: Acres U.S.A. Interview with OSGATA’s Jim Gerritsen

Defending Organic Agriculture: Acres U.S.A. Interview with OSGATA's Jim Gerritsen

“Defending Organic Agriculture: Farmer, Advocate Jim Gerritsen Strives to Preserve Organic Integrity in the Face of Mounting Threats,” recently published in Acres U.S.A. chronicles OSGATA President Gerritsen’s agrarian activism from the very start of his certified organic seed farm in Northern Maine to today.   “What really sets Gerritsen apart, though, is

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OSGATA President Addresses Organic Integrity at Spring NOSB Meeting

OSGATA President Addresses Organic Integrity at Spring NOSB Meeting

Today kicks off the four-day  National Organic Standards Board(NOSB) in La Jolla, CA. OSGATA President and Maine organic seed farmer Jim Gerritsen will testify on behalf of OSGATA’s membership about the critical need to maintain integrity in the organic industry.  The NOSB was established as the official liaison between the organic community and organic

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OSGATA Comments on Coexistence

OSGATA Comments on Coexistence

Organic seed is the most critical link to producing bona fide organic products. Contamination of organic seed by genetically engineered (GE) traits, not only compromises the livelihoods of seed growers and the viability of all organic farmers, but also the credibility of the USDA’s organic label in the eyes of

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Altered Genes, Twisted Truth

Altered Genes, Twisted Truth

FDA fraud is exposed in Steven Druker’s newly released book Altered Genes, Twisted Truth. OSGATA President Jim Gerritsen offers insight into what he calls a “game-changer” with this recent WZON interview [9:13]. Some may remember Druker as the public interest lawyer who sued the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the late ’90s. Gerritsen summarizes, ”Through

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OSGATA Joins Groups Challenging Major USDA Change to Organic Rule

OSGATA Joins Groups Challenging Major USDA Change to Organic Rule

Today organic stakeholders have filed a lawsuit in federal court, maintaining that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) violated the federal rulemaking process when it changed established procedures for reviewing the potential hazards and need for allowed synthetic and prohibited natural substances used in producing organic food. OSGATA joins a coalition of

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Fruition Seeds in the Dominican Republic: Reflections on Seed

By Petra Page-Mann, Fruition Seeds We are fortunate to live in a country where we have access to certified organic, regionally adapted varieties that are open-pollinated for us to save, even if we don’t plan to ever save a single seed.  I (Petra) spent the last week of January in the Dominican

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Powerful Organic Seed Documentary Now Available Online

‘Open Sesame- The Story of Seeds’ has been made available, beginning today, for online streaming. The film, which depicts the importance of organics and the enormous effort to protect organic seed, by New York-based filmmaker Sean Kaminsky is also available for DVD purchase online. ‘Open Sesame’ is a groundbreaking film with a

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OSGATA President on Food Sleuth Radio

OSGATA President on Food Sleuth Radio

Food Sleuth Radio host and Registered Dietitian, Melinda Hemmelgarn, speaks with organic farmer and OSGATA President Jim Gerritsen, on the status of the 2011 OSGATA et al. v. Monsanto lawsuit and how the Supreme Court decision took away the ownership of seeds from the commons in granting patents on seeds. Gerritsen said, “It

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Public Comment Window on GE “Innate” Potato

Public Comment Window on GE “Innate” Potato

  The USDA seeks public comments on an environmental assessment and plant pest risk assessment for a new GE potato, engineered to have fewer acrylamides and reduced bruising. The potato, branded as “Innate,” was developed by J.R. Simplot Company, in Boise, Idaho. Innate technology involves inserting genes from potatoes that quiet

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Turns Out, The Future of Food Lies in These Old Seeds

Turns Out, The Future of Food Lies in These Old Seeds

  Excerpt from: “Turns Out The Future of Food Lies in These Old Seeds” by Kristin Ohlson (published by takepart)         Sarah Kleeger pointed to a goldfinch perched on a waist-high millet plant and scowled, tightening her grip as the black cat in her arms twitched with

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Adaptive Seeds: Bringing Biodiversity Back

Adaptive Seeds: Bringing Biodiversity Back

Sarah Kleeger & Andrew Still, Adaptive Seeds, Sweet Home, OR ­­Established in 2009, and certified organic since 2013, Adaptive Seeds is a seed company with a serious mission: to provide quality foundation material for the individual seed saving and stewardship needs of their customer base. In other words, co-founders and

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OSGATA Re-Establishes Farmer Travel Fund

OSGATA Re-Establishes Farmer Travel Fund

OSGATA has re-instituted its Farmer Travel Fund, which was previously used for travel costs associated with plaintiff-farmers, from across North America, traveling to legal proceedings in the OSGATA et al. v. Monsanto lawsuit. The re-launching of the Farmer Travel Fund (FTF) will enable OSGATA farmers and personnel to attend key organic

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Wood Prairie Farm: Pioneering Organic Seed Potato Production

Wood Prairie Farm: Pioneering Organic Seed Potato Production

    Jim & Megan Gerritsen, Wood Prairie Farm, Bridgewater, ME ­­ Wood Prairie Farm consists of 115 acres of isolated farmland bordering the North Woods of Aroostook County, Maine. Here OSGATA Board President Jim Gerritsen, along with his wife Megan and their four children, dedicate their lives to organic

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Beach Road Farm: Saving Hawaii’s Seed

Beach Road Farm: Saving Hawaii's Seed

  Lyn Howe and Geoff Rauch, Beach Road Farm, Pahoa, HI Lyn Howe and Geoff Rauch cultivate a diverse three-acre polyculture on a 750-year-old lava flow spanning the main island of Hawaii. Over 130 different varieties of fruit are interplanted with nut and spice trees, medicinal and culinary herbs, some

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Stephens Land & Cattle: Replanting for Adaptation

Stephens Land & Cattle: Replanting for Adaptation

Bryce Stephens, Stephens Land & Cattle ­­ Stephens Land & Cattle, owned and operated by OSGATA Vice-President Bryce Stephens and his family, spans 880 acres in Jennings, Kansas. This land, in the Stephens family for five generations, is now divided almost equally between pasture for livestock and certified organic forage, grain, and seed crops.

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11 Steps to Avoid GE Contamination

11 Steps to Avoid GE Contamination

“Organic Farmers Must Do These 11 Things Just to Prevent Being Contaminated (and Sued),” recently posted on AltHealth Network, summarizes the principles elaborated on in OSGATA’s Protecting Organic Seed Integrity: The Organic Farmer’s Handbook to GE Avoidance and Testing. Supplemented by an interview with OSGATA President and Maine-based organic seed farmer

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Fruition Seeds: A New Direction for Seed in the Northeast

Fruition Seeds: A New Direction for Seed in the Northeast

 Petra Page-Mann & Matthew Goldfarb, Fruition Seeds   Fruition Seeds, an organic seed company located in northern New York state, was founded in 2012 with a vision to revitalize the organic seed supply in the Northeast− a region not typically known for seed-growing. Fruition co-founders and farmers Petra Page-Mann and

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Seeds, Law and Identity: Conserving Biodiversity

Seeds, Law and Identity: Conserving Biodiversity

  Stephens Land and Cattle, an OSGATA member farm located in Allsion, Kansas, annually plants around 200 acres of ‘Turkey Red’ wheat- accounting for the ”largest planting in decades” of  this heirloom grain that spanned 9.2 million acres of Kansas farmland in 1919. ‘Turkey’ is a landrace cultivar: it adapts to the bioregion

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OSGATA Member Seven Tree Farm Featured as “Early Garlic Pioneer”

OSGATA Member Seven Tree Farm Featured as "Early Garlic Pioneer"

Boom times for garlic in Maine From the Portland Press Herald By Mary Pols Staff Writer mpols@pressherald.com | @MaryPols | 207-791-6456 “Roberta Bailey and Rob Lemire’s garlic fields at Seven Tree Farm in Vassalboro are not visible from the road, but on a hot July day, the smell wafts all

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