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VT Digger: Senators preview legal challenges to GMO labeling law

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” Success

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

Seven Days LTE: Freedom to Slaughter

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

Thank You, Hemp Enthusiasts!

  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.

Farm & Food Legal Resources

A collection of online, existing legal resources compiled and organized by the Center for Agriculture & Food Systems (CAFS) at Vermont Law School. Resources are separated by issues pertaining to farmers & ranchers, consumers, food entrepreneurs, attorneys & advocates, and healthcare professionals.

Randolph Herald LTE: Why Many People Now Choose To Drink Raw Milk

By Robert Luby Full Article Dear Editor: I am writing in respectful rebuttal to Dr. M. Kathleen Shaw’s and the Vermont Veterinary Medical Association’s position on raw milk. I believe a more complete picture of this issue is in order.  What is critically missing from the VVMA’s opinion is a balanced assessment of:  the reasons Continue Reading

The State: Vermont lawmaker and farmer pushes for GMO labels

By Chris Adams March 12, 2014 Full Article HINESBURG, Vt. — David Zuckerman, an organic farmer and state senator, is a key advocate for ensuring that foods containing genetically modified ingredients be labeled as such. To him, it’s a basic right-to-know issue: Polls show that consumers want to see such labeling, so there’s no reason Continue Reading

Nation of Change: Europe installs raw milk vending machines, while US rules unpasteurized dairy illegal

As the U.S. government continues to issue warnings regarding raw dairy products, several European countries have done just the opposite by expanding access through unpasteurized milk vending machines, according to Wake Up World. Compared with pasteurized and homogenized dairy, the news source argues that raw milk offers a wealth of nutrition—all without the drawbacks of oxidized fats, denatured Continue Reading

Organic Connections: A GMO Scientist Becomes a GMO Skeptic

Guest article by Ken Roseboro Full Article Belinda Martineau, Ph.D. was a genetic engineer who helped develop the world’s first commercially available genetically engineered whole food, the Flavr Savr tomato. But during the development of that tomato, she says she “was transformed from a devout believer in the promise of agricultural biotechnology into a skeptic Continue Reading