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Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
EU vote gives governments the choice to grow GM crops
Reuters - 1/13/2015.
By Barbara Lewis - Individual EU nations will be able to ban cultivation of genetically modified (GM) crops under a compromise deal agreed on Tuesday that ends years of deadlock over the barbed issue and could actually boost GM farming.
Is EU's New GMO Law a Gift to Agribusiness?
Common Dreams - 1/13/2015.
By Lauren McCauley - The European Parliament on Tuesday passed a law granting individual member states the power to permit or ban the planting of genetically modified crops, also known as GMOs, in their country. Though touted by some as another "nail in the coffin" for GMOs in Europe, other food advocates worry that the move further empowers agribusiness giants while failing to protect the rights of organic farmers.
Big Ag: Cheaper to Pollute
Environmental Working Group - 1/13/2015.
By Scott Faber - The American Farm Bureau Federation believes that it's simply cheaper to pollute America's rivers and streams – and pass the cost on to water utilities like the Des Moines Water Works – than it is to adopt conservation practices that help reduce polluted runoff from farm fields.
Jim Gerritsen, Organic Farmer; "Monsanto has perverted democracy in the United States"
YouTube - 1/13/2015.
The Richie Allen Show - Jim Gerritsen is the President of the Organic Seed growers and Trade Association. Jim's organization took Monsanto to court last year to gain protection for organic seed growers whose crops became contaminated by Monsanto's seeds. On Tuesday of this week (tomorrow) the European Parliament is expected to approve a deal which will let countries decide for themselves whether they want to plant GM crops. The new legislation, which will be in place by Spring, could mean that commercial GM crops including maize and oil seed rape are grown in Britain. Jim Gerritsen thinks this will be a disaster for British farmers and people.
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