Tag: GMOs

Genetically Engineered Organisms

In April 2006, MOFGA articulated a clear position statement on genetically engineered organisms. What led to MOFGA’s current position statement was many year of cautious, in-depth analysis of the potential environmental and health risks associated with genetic engineering. In 1993, MOFGA proposed the first state legislation to label genetically engineered (GE) foods. As a result

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1998 Teach In

Tokar and Lawn on Tape What You Can Do About Genetic Engineering in Our Food System “Never before have the results of new scientific discoveries been so heavily promoted and so rapidly rushed to market. Never before has the course of basic scientific research been so thoroughly and single-minded­ly driven by commer­cial considerations.” – Brian

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Jeffrey Smith Keynote

Jeffrey Smith told of Monsanto scientists who switched to drinking organic milk when they learned about the dangers of Monsanto’s recombinant Bovine Growth Hormone (now owned by Eli Lilly); about research showing health dangers from genetically engineered foods; and about a plan to get genetically engineered foods out of the market. English photo. Jeffrey Smith,

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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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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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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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“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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