I have watched the latest news as the USDA gave the Organic’s industry 2 choices: full deregulation or partial. There is much to consider, so I have written it as I see it. But one thing I feel: we are at the tipping point of our food sovereignty. This could be it folks: whether we get to live in a GE world or not. Hope the experiment doesn’t fail, just in case WE do…
There are several players here: Whole Foods, Stoneyfield and many other grocers that I will be referring to. Their problems run deep and are not as transparent as they seem, so I will attempt to cut through the crap and bring very real, very pressing issues to the forefront.
Here are the problems Stoneyfield, Whole Foods (WF) and all the other organic “grocers/producers” face with this alfalfa deregulation. This is where I would be putting my money and efforts into:
1. We all KNOW the real issue here is not GE alfalfa, but that this ruling is a precursor for ALL GE crops/plants/trees to be released, unregulated. Or at least “moderately”, and anyone that grows for a living understands there is no “moderation” in cross-contamination. This was the open door Monsanto and “friends” needed to push the rest of their agenda. Why? Because they can monitor the pulse of the consumer and public: will they fight it? Will organic organizations fight it? How, exactly, can Monsanto be stopped? Because at this juncture, “stop” is the critical point: the tipping point to losing our food sovereignty, control and choices. That is what this is all about.
Posted in Food Security, Food Today, Genetically Modified Organisms, Organics, Personally Speaking, Urban Farming
Tagged FDA, GE, GE Alfalfa, GM, GMO Contamination, Monsanto, Organic, Stonyfield, Urban Farmers, USDA, Whole Foods
US decision to allow unconfined release of GE alfalfa a disaster for Canada’s organic industry
OTTAWA – New Democrat Agriculture Critic, Alex Atamanenko (British Columbia Southern Interior), is calling on Prime Minister Harper to urge the US Government to immediately reverse yesterday’s decision to authorize the unrestricted cultivation of Monsanto’s hotly contested genetically engineered (GE) alfalfa in the US.
“It is certain that any GE alfalfa grown in the US will inevitably lead to contamination of alfalfa in Canada,” said Atamanenko. “If Harper doesn’t take a stand to protect Canadian farmers and their organic markets from this looming nightmare then there can be no doubt that Monsanto not only rules the roost in the US but in Canada as well.”
Investing in small-scale processing on the farm can make a big difference in its bottom line.
By Jeff Nield, 9 Dec 2010, TheTyee.ca
Just north of a sharp bend in the Puntledge river on the edge of Courtenay sits Nature’s Way Farm. Arriving at the farm-gate, there are two options for entry. One is through the welcoming door that leads to Tria Culinary Studios and the retail outlet for Blue Moon Winery.
I veer to the right, bypassing this obvious choice and enter through a slightly skewed wooden gate and am quickly set upon by Gattie, a hefty Bernese Mountain dog who promptly sits on my foot in a maneuver she’s learned to demand attention. Once satisfied, Gattie releases her hold and I walk through to a central courtyard that offers a view of the 5.7-acre farm. Blueberry bushes, dormant for the season, sit straight-ahead, a farmhouse with cedar shingle siding is to the right and to the left is a building that I’ll soon discover doubles as an office and a winery. It’s in this final, also cedar clad, two-story building that I find farm owners George Ehrler and Marla Limousin hard at work on one of their many ventures.
Posted in Farms Doing It Right, Food Security, Food Today, Organics
Tagged Blueberry, Commercial Kitchen, Comox Valley, Courtenay BC, Crops, Farmpreneurs, Garlic, Nature's Way Farm, On-farm Processing, Salad Greens
Stop Putting Your Eggs In One Basket
Really good video on the state of our food system: it’s time for all small egg producers to either make changes in the “system” and join forces. We are living in times when, if we choose to do nothing (and it is about wise choices), the next generation will ask “why was no one listening?”
From Natural News…
Scrambled Eggs: http://naturalnews.tv/v.asp?v=EDCEEE66359E89ED8D001AABC849A8DE
April: purchasing organic eggs carries many personal reasons behind it. No one does it blindly. The last salmonella scare on factory farmed eggs increased the entire organic egg industry: we have a list of eggs to avoid and buy below:
Just How Organic Are Those Organic Eggs?
In the wake of this summer’s salmonella outbreak scandal, after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration uncovered dangerous, deplorable conditions at several large commercial factory egg farms, organic egg farmers reported a significant increase in sales. Natural food stores and farmer’s markets were inundated with concerned customers seeking safer egg options.
10 October 2010 – 10:00am – 12:00pm
This Sunday, October 10, (10/10/10), the Sharing Farm invites the public to take part in a local Global Work Party for Climate Change event at the Terra Nova Farm from 10am to 12pm. This Sunday, the Sharing Farm invites you to help build permanent beds that will provide drainage and will allow earlier planting in the season, and later into the fall. Interested participants should arrive at the Sharing Farm at 2631 Westminster Hwy at 10am.
This season, the Richmond Fruit Tree Sharing Farm is implementing a new approach to deal with flooding fields. Permanent raised beds would allow the Sharing Farm to try a no-till approach, avoiding unnecessary compaction of soil, helping to lock carbon in the soil, increasing drainage and soil fertility, and extending the farming season.
How to Get Involved Planning the Event: contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Event Host: www.richmondfruittree.com