04/10: The Senate Judiciary Committee voted 5-0 to move H.112 forward. The bill would put labels on GMO foods starting July 1st, 2016. The bill will be moving on to the Appropriations Committee next week and then hopefully to the Senate Floor. The Appropriations Committee will look at how to create a fund for individuals Continue Reading
We’ve got the guts. We’ve got the experience. We just need you! In anticipation of Rural Vermont’s 30 year anniversary in 2015, we are launching a campaign to boost capacity and membership by this time next year. Our goals are to raise an additional $60,000 and add 250 members to our network. We are so Continue Reading
Farmers generate 500 tons of plastic annually Mar 23, 2014 Full Article MONTPELIER, Vt. —A new pilot program in Vermont will allow farmers to recycle the plastics they accumulate for free. Vermont dairy farms generate about 500 tons of plastic annually from the wrap around their hay bales, feed bunk covers and other uses, but Continue Reading
March 24, 2014 By Thomas Bøhn and Marek Cuhra Full Article Food and feed quality are crucial to human and animal health. Quality can be defined as sufficiency of appropriate minerals, vitamins and fats, etc. but it also includes the absence of toxins, whether man-made or from other sources. Surprisingly, almost no data exist in Continue Reading
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By Hilary Niles Mar. 19, 2014 Full Article State lawmakers got a sneak preview Wednesday of the court battle that likely awaits if they pass a law requiring genetically modified foods sold in Vermont to be labeled. Industry representatives both for and against a labeling law gave heated testimony at the Statehouse to members of Continue Reading
Hemp Happening- March 19, 2014 By Rural Vermont Organizing Intern Kimberly Voellmann This past Wednesday, a group of nearly forty Hemp enthusiasts gathered at Middlebury’s Ilsley Public Library, sharing a common aspiration: hemp cultivation. The desire to grow hemp plants in Vermont on a range of scales from personal to commercial and agricultural is something Continue Reading
By Ben Hewitt 3/19/14 Full LTE I enjoyed Kathryn Flagg’s article about her experience with Green Pasture Meats’ mobile slaughter unit [“A Gentler Exit,” March 5]. However, Vermonters have humanely and safely slaughtered animals on-farm for generations without the benefit of fuel-guzzling, $225,000 mobile facilities that must sit idle waiting for lost federal inspectors. While Continue Reading
Thanks to everyone who participated in the “Hemp Happening” in Middlebury last week! It was a great success. Weren’t able to make it? You can read an overview of the evening here, written by Rural Vermont Organizing Intern Kimberly Voellmann.