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Mother Jones: Big Food Wants to Crush the GMO Labeling Movement

By Tom Philpott Nov. 8, 2013 Full Article In my post yesterday on the defeat of Washington state’s GMO labeling initiative, I speculated that the junk-food industry, which had poured millions into defeating the measure, might support a national label. My logic was this: Coke, Pepsi, Nestlé, etc, profitably operate in Europe, where GMO ingredients Continue Reading


Dear Friends: We wrote to you in last week’s email update about the need for your voice to be heard. We’re writing again because the DEADLINE for comments to the FDA on proposed rules for the Food Safety and Modernization Act (FSMA) is this Friday, November 15, 2013. We are grateful to our friends at Continue Reading

Environmental Leader: Non-GMO Food Market to Hit $800 Billion by 2017

November 12, 2013 Full Article Global sales of non-GMO food and beverage products will double to $800 billion by 2017, growth largely driven by demand in Europe and the US, according to a report by Packaged Facts. The report, Non-GMO Foods: Global Market Perspective, says European consumers have rejected foods made using ingredients with genetically Continue Reading

WCAX: Vt aims to become hub of food systems education

Vermont colleges are combining forces to study food production. 11/7/13 Full Article The Vermont Higher Education Food Systems Consortium is a partnership between seven of the state’s higher education institutions. Their goal is to attract bright students from around the world to strengthen Vermont’s agricultural education. Each school will let their students take courses in Continue Reading

Rural Vermont presents “Black Market Bounty”: Storytelling & Potluck

Good Food, Good Stories on November 24th in Montpelier Rural Vermont presents “Black Market Bounty”: Storytelling and Harvest Potluck on the Sunday before Thanksgiving, November 24th from 6-8:30pm, at the Unitarian Church, located at 130 Main Street in Montpelier. The evening begins with a shared potluck meal highlighting Vermont’s abundant harvest, and continues with true Continue Reading

Capital Press: Oregon to post hemp rules by planting time

11/6/13 By Eric Mortenson Oregon ag department hopes to approve hemp production rules in time for spring planting, but financing is another question. Full Article The prospect of Oregon farmers growing hemp has the region’s largest agricultural lender scratching its head about how to proceed. Although questions remain about the federal legality of growing hemp Continue Reading