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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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Virgil on February 12, 2014

I didn’t know that Mexico was one of the top exporters of honey in the world. Much of their honey goes to European Union countries that, unlike the United States, ban or heavily regulate anything with GMO content. At least the EU knows that GMOs are a problem, I think the US also knows, but […]

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Virgil on February 7, 2014

Dow Chemical, the company that brought us Napalm and Agent Orange, is now in the food business and is pushing for approval of genetically engineered (GE) versions of corn and soybeans that are designed to survive repeated dousing with 2,4-D, half of the highly toxic chemical mixture Agent Orange. USDA is on-board with Dow and […]

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Virgil on January 19, 2014

The United States is one of the only developed countries in the world to either not ban foods containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs) or at least require labeling of said foods. Very sad commentary on the US and the power that agribusiness and their allies in the USDA and FDA have on Congress at the […]

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Virgil on December 27, 2013

I discovered this course on Christmas Day, so, since it is free, I figured I would treat myself to a Christmas present to me from me. The course is offered by the Regenerative Leadership Institute Community Foundation and covers a wide range of topics. It looks to be a very informative course. It is a […]

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Most countries in the developed world and many in underdeveloped nations ban or restrict use of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs). Most at least have laws requiring labeling of any foods that contain GMOs, so the consumer may decide. In most of the United States, Monsanto, other agribusiness giants, and USDA have gone full-tilt boogie to […]

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Virgil on October 22, 2013

Growing Cities is a film about urban farming in the United States that I backed on Kickstarter. They have done very well. Here is their latest newsletter. One really exciting thing is that they are going to have a film premiere in Liverpool, England, where I have a ton of relatives. Growing Cities Newsletter A […]

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Virgil on October 11, 2013

This summer we finally moved back to the country. Hope to do some farming on a small scale on our own. One of our neighbors is an older man who is still farming vegetables of various types. Due to all the rain this year, coupled with some very high winds, he says it was not […]

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Just a pipe-dream since these so-called government shutdowns that happen every few years never amount to anything other than to allow politicians to play the blame game and purposely make life as unnecessarily difficult as possible for the average citizen. They have to try and prove how important they are and that we would all […]

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Virgil on September 30, 2013

This is going to be one of those “I told you so” posts, but at least scientists are slowly and finally waking up to farming practices that have worked for thousands of years and were destroyed (or in the process of destruction) by modern science and their government and agribusiness allies. So, some scientists are […]

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