|Budapest autumn: hollowing out democracy on the edge of Europe|
The Guardian [UK] - 10/29/2014. By Ian Traynor - Since the 90s, Eva Acs has overseen one of Europe’s biggest organic farms, earning international plaudits and coveted Swiss “bio-certificates” for pioneering work on a vast scale, covering 452 hectares (1,116 acres) of rolling fields, land that was leased from the Hungarian state. Last year, the government cancelled the contracts and sold all but nine hectares to oligarchs and businessmen, who ordered the destruction of the organic bounty. Three weeks ago, they dealt the final blow, spraying the area with glyphosate weedkiller and instantly terminating the farm’s organic status.
|Follow the National Organic Standards Board Meeting in Louisville, KY|
The Cornucopia Institute - 10/29/2014. 8:41 a.m. ET: Mac Stone, NOSB member from the certifier community, offers some opening remarks from his Kentucky perspective. He says because of the turmoil at the last meeting, he “uninvited” the KY state secretary of agriculture. He also uninvited Wendell Berry. Didn’t want them to get the wrong impression about organics.
|Local GMO Fights Smash Records as Monsanto's Millions Bankroll Opposition|
Common Dreams - 10/29/2014. By Lauren McCauley - As voters in Oregon, California, Hawaii and Colorado prepare to weigh in on whether genetically modified organisms, or GMOs, should be banned or regulated in their states or communities, grassroots campaigns are being overwhelmed by millions that agrochemical and food industry titans are pouring in to defeat such measures. Monsanto alone spent roughly $14 million in various local races this election year.