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Pheonix Obrien
Pheonix Obrien, one of MOFGA's farmers in residence, cultivates just-germinated carrots. Photo by Megan Gardner.


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Our Farmers in Residence, Megan Gardner and Pheonix Obrien, are posting weekly updates about their farming experiences at MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center on our Facebook Page. Follow this young couple as they learn and grow.

Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
Track record mixed for GE crops
The Seattle Times - 10/19/2013.
By Sandi Doughton - Some have reduced insecticide use, but others have spawned herbicide-resistant weeds and led to overuse of Roundup.
Huge GMO News
Huffington Post - 10/19/2013.
By Ocean Robbins - It hasn't been a good week for Monsanto and the rest of the biotech industry. Just three days ago, Mexico banned genetically engineered corn. Citing the risk of imminent harm to the environment, a Mexican judge ruled that, effective immediately, no genetically engineered corn can be planted in the country. This means that companies like Monsanto will no longer be allowed to plant or sell their corn within the country's borders.
A new method against genetically modified salmon: Get retailers to refuse to sell it
The Washington Post - 10/18/2013.
By Brady Dennis - Consumer and environmental activists, facing likely defeat in their bid to block government approval of the first genetically engineered salmon, are trying a different tack to keep the fish off America’s dinner plates: Getting retailers not to sell it. And they’re making headway.
Pepsi, Coke, Nestle top multi-million-dollar campaign against I-522
Seattle Post Intelligencer - 10/18/2013.
By Joel Connelly - Pepsico, Coca-Cola and NestleUSA have each put up more than $1 million to defeat Washington’s Initiative 522, money the food industry giants channeled through a “Defense of Brands Strategic Account,” set up by the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) so companies would leave no footprints.
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