Category: GMO

GMO Labelling Bill

Lance Harvell testifying before the Joint Standing Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry. Photos by Jean English. Governor promises he’ll sign in January Two hundred people rallying under Maine Governor Paul LePage’s windows at the State House; 91 percent of Maine people polled saying they want labeling; Rep. Lance Harvell working the halls of the

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Agricultural Coexistence

By CR Lawn In recent years both the USDA and Maine Department of Agriculture have openly pushed a program of coexistence between organic farmers and farmers who choose to use transgenic technology (genetically engineered crops – also called GE crops or GMOs). In 2011 the USDA reconvened the Advisory Committee on Biotechnology and 21st Century

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Arctic Apples

By C. J. Walke Most MOFGA members and supporters I talk with at organic orcharding workshops and other events don’t seem to mind eating an apple that has a cosmetic blemish, such as insect feeding scars or a touch of scab. In fact, I’ve pulled MOFGA-grown apples out of storage for events in March and

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Compliance

MOFGA has been closely monitoring the issue of compliance with the 2001 Maine genetic contamination legislation, “An Act to Protect Against Contamination of Crops and Wild Plant Populations by Genetically Engineered Plants.” We’ve concluded that Monsanto’s “compliance” with this legislation in “instructions” misses the mark by a long shot. Following is the text of a

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GE News

Perspectives on Genetic Engineering Engineered Genes in Human Gut Biopharm Crops Will Contaminate Food Supply Illegal Genetically Engineered Starlink Corn Contaminates Food Aid U.S. Media Opinion Pages Present Biased View of Biotech What’s Out There? Genetic Contamination Spreads Commoner Contradicts Simplistic Genetics Perspectives on Genetic Engineering “Genetically engineered crops were created not because they are

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StarLink

“Biotech Perverts – Get Out of Our Genes” – Banner unfurled by the Ruckus Society at the June 2001 Biotech Industry Organization Convention in San Diego Biotechnology is “perverting agriculture, science, nature and democracy as we know it.” – Shannon Service, Biodevastation protest leader at San Diego By Jean English The strangest genetic engineering (GE)

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GE Update

Maine Right to Know Continues Campaign on Genetically Engineered Foods Recombinant Bovine Growth Hormone Affects Offspring By Jean English Acreage of two GE crops declined in the United States this year relative to last. Soy acreage dropped from 57 to 54%; and corn from 33% to 20 percent. Engineered cotton, on the other hand, increased

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GE

By Jean English “When you have cut down the last tree and polluted the last river, eliminated the last living being, you’ll realise that you can’t eat money.” Banner put up by protesters at the entrance to the Novartis headquarters in Orrigio, Italy, in May. ” … we are already at the point where deeper

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Seeds

“We’ve continued right on with work on the Technology Protection System [Terminator]. We never really slowed down. We’re on target, moving ahead to commercialize it. We never really backed off.” – Harry Collins, Delta & Pine Land Seed Co., January, 2000 A report called “Suicide Seeds on the Fast Track,” released by the Rural Advancement

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