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USDA is once again trying to blame organic and non-GE farmers for being victims of GE contamination. Tell USDA that “co-existence” isn’t protection; it is forced GE contamination. Right now, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has opened a comment period on the so called “co-existence” of organic, conventional and genetically engineered crops, but the […]

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Message from the great organization, Food Democracy Now! From me: Please take action, we are up against the combined onslaught of huge corporations and federal agencies, like USDA and FDA, that care nothing for the wishes of the citizens or their health. Thanks to you, nearly 100,000 Food Democracy Now! members have expressed their outrage […]

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Virgil on October 3, 2012

Making a huge splash in the press recently is that it looks like some folks are finally admitting that genetically engineered (GE), also called genetically modified organisms (GMO), crops cause a new class of weeds resistant to herbicides. They are being dubbed superweeds because the increased use of herbicides on GE crops has super (no […]

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Last week, a Stanford University study was published which got way more press that one would expect. For example, you can read one article written just after the study’s release in the New York Times: Stanford Scientists Cast Doubt on Advantages of Organic Meat and Produce. Essentially, the study claims that organic products are not […]

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Virgil on August 29, 2012

From Food Democracy Now! Dow Chemical is back at it again! Last week Dow Chemical donated $1.2 million to defeat Prop 37 to label genetically engineered foods, which will appear on the ballot in California this fall. At the same time, they happen to be petitioning the U.S. Department of Agriculture for the approval of […]

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Virgil on August 9, 2012

Well, at least California has something right. While the federal Senate overwhelmingly voted against GMO labeling in June, California voters will get the opportunity to vote on this issue for their state, in November. Even very liberal senators, like Al Franken, are in the pockets of big agribusiness companies, as is the USDA. The California Right to […]

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I can be an activist, but this food blog was started as a celebration of food. The intent was positive writing that reflected my joy in cooking and eating food in diverse places and circumstances. Even my Warzone category has tried to stay positive and avoid my commentary on the wars and US policies except […]

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It is no secret that I don’t like my food being any genetically modified organism (GMO), also called genetically engineered crops and many less flattering names. They are often touted as being environmentally more friendly for farming than conventional seed. I would beg to differ and here is a glaring example of why. The latest […]

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Virgil on September 21, 2011

If you are concerned, as I am, about eating any genetically engineered (GE) foods, you are in trouble if you live in the US or Canada. Also called GMOs (genetically modified organisms), the three most prevalent GE crops are in almost every processed food, sometimes all in the same food. These are corn, soy and […]

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Virgil on September 20, 2011

Genetically engineered-crops It is the prevailing wisdom pushed by the biotech agribusiness firms and their allies in the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) that the only answer to world hunger is genetically engineered crops (GE), also called genetically modified organisms (GMO). Many people, especially in the US, buy into this, the propaganda is hard to avoid and […]

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