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New OSGATA Policy on Principles of Organic Plant Breeding

New OSGATA Policy on Principles of Organic Plant Breeding

  The following new OSGATA  Policy on Principles of Organic Plant Breeding was unanimously approved by the OSGATA membership at the 2016 Annual Membership Meeting held at the 8th Organic Seed Growers Conference on February 6, 2016, in Corvallis, OR:   OSGATA Policy on Principles of Organic Plant Breeding Preamble. Seed is […]

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OSGATA @ The 8th Organic Seed Growers Conference

OSGATA @ The 8th Organic Seed Growers Conference

  The 8th Organic Seed Growers Conference, held February 5-6, 2016, in Corvallis, OR, is the conference for organic seed growers. This biennial conference brings together hundreds of farmers, plant breeders, seed companies, food companies, organic certifiers, policy advocates, and other stakeholders for two days of presentations, panel discussions, and networking events. It is  […]

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OSGATA President on Organic Integrity & Corporate Interest

OSGATA President on Organic Integrity & Corporate Interest

Video coverage of OSGATA President Jim Gerritsen’s presentation at the 2015 National Heirloom Exposition is now available. Gerritsen delves into seed consolidation, right-to-know GMO labeling, and democracy  in his talk [23:20]. Regarding protecting the integrity of organic certification, he said,: “We are going to continue to defend your interest. Our organization, […]

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Help Organic Farmers & Get a Garlic Gift Pack!

Help Organic Farmers & Get a Garlic Gift Pack!

  OSGATA launched its end-of-year fundraising campaign yesterday on #GivingTuesday, and we’re already more than a quarter of the way to our $5,000 goal. To help us close the gap, OSGATA members have generously donated gifts produced by them. Today, December 2, 2015, OSGATA member Southern Exposure Seed Exchange is offering garlic […]

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It’s #GivingTuesday- Show Farmers Some Love!

It's #GivingTuesday- Show Farmers Some Love!

Today is Giving Tuesday, a day dedicated to giving back. Today people around the world will come together for one purpose: to celebrate generosity.  We hope you will show your support for organic farmers today, and encourage others in your community and network to do the same. Organic begins with seed, and our commitment […]

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Stricter Regulations for Biotech

Stricter Regulations for Biotech

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) are supposed to jointly regulate GE plants and animals, but the present regulation of biotechnology does not adequately protect farmers, the general public, and the environment from the potential adverse effects of GE […]

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Tougher Regulations for GE Wheat

Tougher Regulations for GE Wheat

The U.S. tops the chart as the world’s leading exporter of wheat. Annually, its exported wheat accounts for $8 billion. Suffice to say, it’s a big business. And, one that is in a precarious situation due to threat of contamination from genetically engineered (GE) wheat. Despite the fact that GE wheat has not been […]

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OSGATA Addresses Organic Integrity at NOSB Meeting

OSGATA Addresses Organic Integrity at NOSB Meeting

Next week the four-day meeting of the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) will be held in Stowe, VT, on October 26-29. OSGATA President and Maine certified organic seed farmer Jim Gerritsen will testify on behalf of OSGATA’s membership about the critical need to maintain integrity in the organic industry, and more specifically in organic seed. […]

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Why We Oppose an Organic Check-off

Why We Oppose an Organic Check-off

  Why We Oppose an Organic Check-off 1. This will be just another Tax on farmers either directly or indirectly when processors pass the cost down. 2. Want to promote the benefits of Organic? You can’t in a check-off. Even something as simple and accurate as “Organic is the Gold […]

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Don’t Miss the 2015 Heirloom Expo!

Don't Miss the 2015 Heirloom Expo!

The 5th annual National Heirloom Exposition kicks off next week (September 8-10) at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds, in Santa Rosa, California. Heralded as the “World’s Pure Food Fair,” the event is co-organized by the Petaluma Seed Bank in nearby Petaluma, CA, and boasts the world’s largest display of heirloom vegetables. In true county fair fashion, attendees […]

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OSGATA President Joins Panel with Vandana Shiva at 2015 National Heirloom Exposition

OSGATA President Joins Panel with Vandana Shiva at 2015 National Heirloom Exposition

OSGATA President and Maine organic seed farmer Jim Gerritsen joins world-renowned activist and author Vandana Shiva for a panel presentation on the impact of seed patents on farmers at The 2015 National Heirloom Exposition in Santa Rosa, CA. On Thursday, Sept. 10, Gerritsen, Shiva, and Food Democracy Now! co-founders, Dave Murphy and Lisa Stokke, will […]

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OSGATA President on the DARK Act

OSGATA President on the DARK Act

Following the passage of  “Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act”( H.R. 1599), OSGATA President and Maine organic seed farmer Jim Gerritsen speaks out against Monsanto’s motivations to deny Americans the right-to-know in a ‘Pulse Morning Show’ interview [10:48] with host Don Cookson from WZON Radio in Bangor, Maine. Last week the House […]

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Comment Window Extended on Proposed EPA Rule on Pesticides

Comment Window Extended on Proposed EPA Rule on Pesticides

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has extended the public comment period, through July 29, 2015, for its proposed rule on pesticide restrictions to better protect managed bees used for pollination services from acute exposure to foliar applications of pesticides. Growers routinely contract honey bee keepers to bring managed bees to pollinate crops. While this EPA […]

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Whole Foods Changes “Responsibly Grown” Labeling

Whole Foods Changes "Responsibly Grown" Labeling

Yesterday, CCOF (California Certified Organic Farmers) and Whole Foods Market announced that the retailer’s new Responsibly Grown rating system will soon be adjusted to better recognize USDA’s certified organic growing system. The statement is a direct response to the  June 23, 2015,  letter to Whole Foods CEO John Mackey by a coalition of Whole […]

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10 Reasons to Opt for Organic Seed

10 Reasons to Opt for Organic Seed

1. Promote Biodiversity. Over the last century thousands of local varieties of seed have disappeared− with estimated losses of nearly 75% of agricultural genetic diversity. 2. Keep Collective Resources in the Commons. Seed sovereignty equals food freedom. Rampant consolidation has swept through the seed industry in recent history, resulting in […]

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Certified Organic Farmers Challenge Whole Foods Labeling

Certified Organic Farmers Challenge Whole Foods Labeling

  Whole Foods’ newly launched “Responsibly Grown” rating program is not sitting well with certified organic farmers.  In an attempt to rate the entire farming process, Whole Foods has devised a 7-tier value scheme− doling out points in the categories of soil health, waste reduction, and farm worker welfare, to name […]

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OSGATA Tells EPA to Protect Pollinators from Pesticide Exposure

OSGATA Tells EPA to Protect Pollinators from Pesticide Exposure

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently proposed pesticide restrictions to protect managed bees used for pollination services from acute exposure. Growers routinely contract honey bee keepers to bring managed bees to pollinate crops. While this EPA proposal would limit managed honey bee exposure to foliar application of pesticides, it doesn’t address one of the […]

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OSGATA Comments on Biotechnology Regulations

OSGATA Comments on Biotechnology Regulations

Current regulation of biotechnology does not adequately protect farmers, the general public, and the environment from the potential adverse effects of GE crops. However, the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is currently revisiting its biotechnology regulations, from over a decade ago, and calling for public comment. Join OSGATA in this opportunity to demand stronger regulations […]

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Organic Farmers Protect Pollinators

Organic Farmers Protect Pollinators

A staggering 75% of food crops rely on pollinators for production− from oil seeds and nuts, to fruits, vegetables, and legumes. Honey bees alone are responsible for pollinating approximately $12.4 billion in crops annually. A new study found wild bees to be roughly equivalent in economic value to domesticated colonies. […]

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Organic Seed Growers Conference Call for Proposals

Organic Seed Growers Conference Call for Proposals

  The 8th Organic Seed Growers Conference, held February 4-6, 2016, in Corvallis, OR, brings together the organic seed community in two days of presentations and networking events focused on organic seed. Hosted by the Organic Seed Alliance, the conference theme is Cultivating Resilience. Proposals for presentations, workshops, posters, and panels addressing […]

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