VT Digger: Vermont attorney general yields to feds on GMO labeling

Aug. 3, 2016, 5:46 pm by Mike Polhamus Full Article Attorney General Bill Sorrell said he won’t seek to enforce Vermont’s law requiring labeling of foods containing genetically modified ingredients now that the president has signed legislation addressing the issue. Vermont’s Act 120, which went into effect July 1, was pre-empted when President Barack Obama Continue Reading

Huffington Post: GMO Labeling Efforts Reveal Best and Worst of Democracy

7/29/16 By Ken Roseboro Full Article State laws resulted from citizen action; national bill ignored citizens’ wishes in favor of corporate interests In 2014, Vermont passed the first legislation in the U.S. to require labeling of foods containing genetically engineered ingredients. A year earlier, Connecticut and Maine also passed GMO labeling bills though these were Continue Reading

Seven Days: What Works, and Doesn’t, About Farmers Markets?

By Suzanne Podhaizer July 19, 2016 Full Article On a sunny Saturday in July, the smell of sausage fills the air. At the Burlington Farmers Market, vendors’ stands sprawl across City Hall Park and line St. Paul Street, while bustling crowds fill the spaces in between. Chords of music tinkle from one tent. At another, Continue Reading

KCSG: Coalition petitions to White House demanding President veto DARK Act

by Blair Fitzgibbon; Moms Across America, Published – 07/15/16 Full Article WASHINGTON, D.C.— A major national coalition of right-to-know activists representing more than 100 organizations delivered petitions Friday, signed by 250,000 people to President Barack Obama at the White House. The petitions asked the President to veto S. 764, a bill known as the DARK Continue Reading

IPES Food: How to leave industrial agriculture behind: Food systems experts urge global shift towards agroecology

10 principles to guide the transition to sustainable food systems June 2016 Full Press Release (Brussels / Trondheim: 2nd June) Input-intensive crop monocultures and industrial-scale feedlots must be consigned to the past in order to put global food systems onto sustainable footing, according to the world’s foremost experts on food security, agro-ecosystems and nutrition. The Continue Reading

NOFA Blog: Carbon Farming in Vermont

June 28, 2016 By Rachel Fussell Full Blog Post Sitting in the 100-year old Farm Barn at Shelburne Farms during a two-day course on Carbon Farming with Eric Toensmeier, I couldn’t help but ponder how simple life’s decisions must have been for the folks who lived and tended this barn back then. The questions that Continue Reading