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Six refreshing watercooler comments about GMOs

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By Alan P. Lewis Government Affairs, Organic Integrity, Food and Ag Policy | 1 hour 3 min ago
You dread the "Don Moment".     You are innocently refilling your cup at the office water cooler when "Know It All Don" shows up. They guy who makes sure you know you are WRONG about everything. Here is a cheat sheet for putting these Don's in their places when they blather on about GMO's.       "Don't you know we need GMO's to feed the world." Actually, Don, genetic engineering is known to decrease yields over time due to...

The Denver Post Skips Past the Fact Checking

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By Alan P. Lewis Government Affairs, Organic Integrity, Food and Ag Policy | 1 week 3 days ago
Where will we get reliable local news?   After a long and storied history, the Denver Post has given up. The editorial board no longer balances facts to present cogent arguments for its readers. The editorial board merely stakes an ideological stand supported by illogical claims.   The Post's recent editorial, demanding its remaining readers vote NO on Proposition 105, the GMO labeling citizens' initiative, appears to be nothing more than a mishmash of biotech talking points...

Will Colorado Dept of Ag put an end to organic agriculture?

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By Alan P. Lewis Government Affairs, Organic Integrity, Food and Ag Policy | 2 weeks 4 days ago
"There is zero tolerance for GMO contamination in Prop 105, so every farmer will have to purchase two sets of equipment to plant, harvest, process and transport her crops: one for GMO and one for conventional crops." -- Former Colorado Agriculture Commissioner   This is the talking point being used by former Ag Commissioner Don Ament, Colorado Farm Bureau President Don Scawcroft, and current Ag Commissioner John Salazar as their shared conclusion about how Proposition 105 (GMO...

One of these mothers will spend millions to prevent you from protecting your children.

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By Alan P. Lewis Government Affairs, Organic Integrity, Food and Ag Policy | 3 weeks 2 days ago
One of these mothers will spend $10 million dollars this year to prevent Coloradans from protecting their children from the chemicals in the foods she is paid to promote. The other mom volunteered to explain the potential dangers of GMOs.   Can you tell who's who? Read commentary.       Read Text of Proposition 105 How will Colorado law will be amended? What Related laws will be affected by Prop 105? How will this law be enforced? How can...

Seeds of Doubt Conference - A Global GMO Educational Event

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By Alan P. Lewis Government Affairs, Organic Integrity, Food and Ag Policy | 3 weeks 3 days ago
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Broomfield, Colorado September 15, 2014 Contact: Cheryl Gray RD, cheryl@seedsofdoubtconference.com;    Telephone: 303-875-8658 www.SeedsofDoubtConference.com Event Location:  Omni Interlocken Resort, 500 Interlocken Blvd, Broomfield, Colorado, 80020     Seeds of Doubt Conference The Global GMO Educational Event of the Year   On October 11, 2014  - The 3rd Global Seeds of Doubt Conference held at the Omni Interlocken Resort in...

Monsanto says GMO exemptions "misleading". Wants 100% of GMO foods labeled.

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By Alan P. Lewis Government Affairs, Organic Integrity, Food and Ag Policy | 6 weeks 12 hours ago
You heard it here first!   Opponents of the Colorado Right to Know Act, Proposition 105, say it doesn't go far enough. Over two days of testimony to the Colorado Citizen Initiative Review board, Monsanto's spokespeople claimed that anything less than 100% would cause consumer confusion.   "Anything less than 100% labeling will cause consumer confusion."   Restaurant food? JUST LABEL IT! Meat and dairy? JUST LABEL IT! Alcohol? JUST LABEL IT! Honey? JUST LABEL IT...

Monsanto lobbyists threaten HealthyDemocracy.org with suit, betray constitutional rights of CIR participants

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By Alan P. Lewis Government Affairs, Organic Integrity, Food and Ag Policy | 6 weeks 13 hours ago
The rules were simple, written and agreed upon in advance: no video, still or voice recording of the event.  That's not so hard to understand, is it?   The occasion was the first Citizen Initiative Review pilot project held at the University of Colorado School of Public Affairs in Denver. Twenty Colorado citizens, carefully selected to represent the full range of Colorado voters, were invited to Denver from across the state to take a close look at Proposition 105, the Colorado...

Citizen Initiative Review Committee endorses Colorado Proposition 105 GMO Right to Know

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By Alan P. Lewis Government Affairs, Organic Integrity, Food and Ag Policy | 6 weeks 13 hours ago
Citizens' Initiative Review --Review of Proposition 105 View original post. About CIR. "Requires food that has been genetically modified or treated with genetically modified material to be labeled."   Overview This Citizens’ Statement was developed by an independent panel of 20 Colorado voters, chosen at random from the voting population of Colorado, and balanced to fairly reflect the state’s voting population. The panel has issued this statement after 3.5 days...

8th Annual Farm and Food Leadership Conference

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By Alan P. Lewis Government Affairs, Organic Integrity, Food and Ag Policy | 7 weeks 2 days ago
8th Annual Farm and Food Leadership Conference September 15-16, 2014 | Bastrop, Texas   Bastrop Convention and Exhibit Center 1408 Chestnut Street, Bastrop, TX 78602 Click here for map and directions.   General Info | Registration* | Lodging | Keynote Speaker: Jim Hightower | Speakers | Program Film Night: Vanishing of the Bees | Sponsorships & Silent Auction | Volunteering & Scholarships   *Early bird registration has been extended…price goes up after August 15!...

Monsanto Spokeman Calls for End of Organic. "It makes us look bad."

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By Alan P. Lewis Government Affairs, Organic Integrity, Food and Ag Policy | 7 weeks 4 days ago
Requiring "Produced With Genetic Engineering"  on labels will unfairly stigmatize GM crops and food processed from GM ingredients.   -- Krista Kafer, Independence Institute.   We continue to see this claim from the biotech public relations flacks who have been hired by Dow, Monsanto and Syngenta to defeat Prop 105 in Colorado. Their aim is to convince Colorado voters to reject labeling seeds, crops and food in the supply chain to maintain its identity all the...