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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 | 1 week 4 days 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 | 1 week 4 days 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 | 1 week 4 days 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 | 2 weeks 6 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 | 3 weeks 1 day 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...

BREAKING: Heritage Foundation flouts biotech lobby, touts supply chain labeling.

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By Alan P. Lewis Government Affairs, Organic Integrity, Food and Ag Policy | 3 weeks 1 day ago
In a strikingly frank opinion piece in the Denver Post, former Heritage Foundation senior policy analyst Krista Kafer acknowledges how badly we need supply chain labeling and how important it is to her.    "Enter by the wooden gate," says Kafer, to see that  "my garden is a model of organic horticulture."   Of course, this means Kafer planted seeds LABELED ORGANIC, used fertilizerS LABELED ORGANIC, applied pesticides LABELED ORGANIC and relied on the...

Colorado GMO Labeling Initiative Makes November Ballot

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By Alan P. Lewis Government Affairs, Organic Integrity, Food and Ag Policy | 4 weeks 4 days ago
  Backers of the Right to Know Colorado initiative to label GMO foods, Proposition 105, submitted nearly 125,000 valid signatures to the Colorado Secretary of State – nearly 40,000 more than the 86,105 required – to qualify for the November statewide ballot.   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 I get...

Right to Know Colorado Turns in 167,950 Signatures to Place GMO Labeling Bill on November Ballot

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By Alan P. Lewis Government Affairs, Organic Integrity, Food and Ag Policy | 6 weeks 6 days ago
By the Numbers: Right to Know Colorado Turns in 167,950 Signatures to Place GMO Labeling Bill on Fall Ballot   Right to Know Colorado Hosted a Rally at the State Capitol in Denver on August 4 to Submit Almost Double the Amount of Signatures Needed for Colorado’s GMO Labeling Bill – Initiative 48 – to Qualify for the Fall Statewide Ballot.   Learn more about Colorado Right to Know GMO Labeling Campaign   DENVER (Aug. 5, 2014) – In a rally held at the...

Pink eggs are back: No Pens, Happy Hens! Check your local store today!

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By Alan P. Lewis Government Affairs, Organic Integrity, Food and Ag Policy | 7 weeks 5 days ago
Your favorite local farmed eggs are back! After a successful molting season and adding two new mobile hen houses on his farm, Matt Kautz, owner/operator of Cottonwood Creek Farms is again delivering "Pink Eggs" to many front range Natural Grocers locations.     Click the pink to see retail and farmers market locations for Cottonwood Creek farms true pastured eggs.  Not at your favorite Front Range Natural Grocers? Ask us to bring them in!      ...

Denver Post ends media boycott of GMO labeling initiative with common sense editorial by Alicia Caldwell

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By Alan P. Lewis Government Affairs, Organic Integrity, Food and Ag Policy | 8 weeks 6 days ago
It took almost a decade, but The Denver Post has finally acknowledged that its readers may have some interest in the debate over GMO labeling.  GMO is shorthand for "genetically modified organism" and refers generally to agricultural systems invented by global chemical companies to sell more of their patented herbicides.    For Colorado Voters, the decision in November voting will be to require food producers to acknowledge the that the seed, plants, processed...