|Genetically modified alfalfa officially on the way|
The Atlantic - 1/28/2011.By Barry Estabrook – On Thursday, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that the United State Department of Agriculture (USDA) had approved the unrestricted planting of genetically modified alfalfa sold by Monsanto Co. and Forge Genetics, despite protests from organic groups and public health advocates and comments from nearly 250,000 citizens asking the department to keep this GMO genie in its bottle.
|New agricultural agreement in Argentina: A land grabber’s “instruction manual”|
Grain - 1/28/2011.What are the implications when one of China's most powerful agribusiness firms starts acquiring thousands of hectares of land in the Province of Rio Negro, Argentina for the production of soyabeans, wheat, and oilseed rape to ship back to China? What are the consequences for the local communities that live in the region who were never consulted about these investments and commercial agreements?
|In a stunning reversal, USDA chief Vilsack greenlights Monsanto’s alfalfa|
Grist - 1/27/2011.By Tom Philpott – This afternoon, my farmed-salmon research and trip prep were rudely interrupted by an unexpected regulation-related announcement: the USDA has decided to approve the use genetically modified alfalfa without any restriction. The decision marks a sharp reversal: USDA chief Tom Vilsack had hinted strongly that he would place geographic restrictions on the growing of GMO alfalfa, to protect organic alfalfa growers from the threat of GMO contamination.
|Massive seed swap keeps biodiversity growing|
Treehugger - 1/27/2011.By Sami Grover – Based in Brighton, England, Seedy Sunday is an annual event that claims to have "blazed the trail for UK seed swaps over the past decade". Held on the first Sunday of February every year, the seed swap attracts well over 1000 visitors who can choose seeds from dozens of traditional varieties of garden vegetables to take home and grow.