I got back from my yoga class this afternoon and read the bad news: a division of the USDA, the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), has to decided to recommend that the agency deregulate genetically-engineered sugar beets.
In plain English, what does this mean?
The report paves the way for the USDA to approve another senseless genetically-engineered crop, which will end up contaminating nearby organic plants. The Obama administration continues its complete betrayal of the organic industry.
On the bright side of things, it’s a gorgeous day in New York City and my yoga classed rocked. Here’s some organic food reading pleasure for you as the summer finally begins. Enjoy!
USDA announces final environmental impact statement and plant pest risk assessment for genetically-engineered sugar beets – USDA Press Office
Organic farming is nothing new to the farmers in Fiji – Pacific News Center
Gary Hirshberg, Chairman and Co-Founder of Stonyfield, is elected to the Social Venture Network Hall of Fame – Care 2
The Swiss are the biggest consumers of organic food in Europe – Swiss Info
Fed up with the quality of their food, students at Rutgers University grow their own organic produce – East Brunswick Patch
The demand for organic food in Mysore, India continues to take off – The Times of India
Awareness of the IMPORTANT California ballot initiative to label GMOs is growing – East County Magazine
Wild fires rage at the USDA’s National Organic Standards Board meeting in New Mexico – Cornucopia Institute
Student in Canada designs first-ever food production eco-system at her high school – Canada.com
University of Tennessee’s organic farming program is ranked in the top 6 in the U.S. – The Republic
Minnesota hay farmer finds new hobby: organic plants and produce – Quad Community Press