Monthly Archives: April 2011

Lousy GMO news for organic

Less research means more yield.

According to new governmental regulations, companies developing genetically modified organisms (GMOs) will now be responsible themselves for conducting the research that APHIS will use to do their environmental impact study on the companies products. That will produce a cheaper, faster road to the marketplace for GMO seed, a growing headache for neighboring organic farmers. And it will tighten their already substantial control over all the research done, and scientific information published, on their products.

Concerns? What concerns?

Bill Freese, science policy analyst for the Center for Food Safety, is quoted in Popular Science as saying, “It’s like asking BP to write an assessment of an offshore drilling operation.”

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Food and politics blog

image: presidential food service

I recently discovered the Obama Foodorama blog. I’ll add it to my blog roll. Michelle Obama’s initiatives to change the food system at the White House and USDA generated some excitement early on among sustainable and organic food types. Unfortunately, the latest budget deal eliminated some SARE programs like ATTRA, one of the greatest, most useful government-funded programs ever.

One step forward. Two steps back.

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Good farm and food TV

Meet the Farmer TV host, Mike Clark

Just discovered this very nice site called, “Meet The Farmer TV.” Lots of recorded video episodes on sustainable farms and food. The ones I watched were well done, mostly out of Virginia. Produced by Planet Earth Diversified.

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