|Local Farmers File Intervention to Defend Jackson County Genetically Engineered Crop Ordinance|
Common Dreams - 12/31/2014. Portland, OR - Today two Jackson County farmers and two nonprofits, Center for Food Safety and Our Family Farms Coalition, filed legal papers in federal court to defend Jackson County’s Ordinance 635 which was approved by voters as Measure 15-119. The ordinance, passed in May 2014, creates a genetically engineered crop free zone to protect local farmers from transgenic contamination.
|Demand for Non-GMO products "exploding"|
GM Watch - 12/31/2014. Demand for products that don’t contain genetically modified organisms, or GMOs, is exploding. Many food companies are seeking certification that their products don’t have any genetically modified ingredients. “We currently are at over $8.5 billion in annual sales of verified products,” said Megan Westgate, executive director of the Non-GMO Project, the main supplier of non-GMO labels.
|Flowers Replace Insecticides in Lettuce Production|
Organic Farming Research Foundation - 12/31/2014. Additive intercropping involves planting one or two alyssum plants per every 50 lettuce plants. The alyssum are planted between regularly-spaced lettuce starts, where they thrive without crowding the lettuce, or reducing its size. Hoverfly adults feed on alyssum’s nectar and pollen, while the larvae feed on aphids and other insects.
|2015, the year the GOP strikes back at Obama food policies|
Politico - 12/30/2014. The Obama administration is becoming increasingly involved in what Americans put on their dinner plates and in their cereal bowls, from requiring school children to be served fruit to eliminating trans fats in doughnuts. But the new Republican Congress is already laying the groundwork to push back in 2015.