|Benton County Oregon Community Bill of Rights Banning GMOs: Yes on 2-89|
The Cornucopia Institute - 2/20/2015. Willamette Valley farmers in Oregon have created a Community Bill of Rights preserving their rights to a local food system. The Local Food System Ordinance of Benton County (Measure 2-89) will be voted on in May 2015, and would protect conventional and organic farmers from further crop contamination from GMOs.
|Obama Proposes Single Overseer for Food Safety|
The New York Times - 2/20/2015. By Ron Nixon - To understand America’s fragmented food safety inspection system, consider a slice of frozen pizza. The pepperoni is examined by the Agriculture Department, the cheese and tomato sauce by the Food and Drug Administration, each agency using its own methods for inspecting and testing.
|From ‘hippie farmers’ to regional food supplier, Northern Girl thrives in County|
Bangor Daily News - 2/20/2015. By Julia Bayly - Van Buren: When Leah Cook and her family moved to the St. John Valley 15 years ago and took up organic gardening and raising animals on their Grand Isle farm, she said more than one resident dismissed them as “hippy farmers.” Years later, Leah and her sister Marada Cook have taken all they learned on that family farm, applied 21st century technology and business practices and created Northern Girl to sell local produce to niche markets around New England and along the Atlantic seaboard.