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Biotech and Chemcial Hatchet Squad Forced to Disclose Secret Propaganda Tactics

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By Alan P. Lewis Government Affairs, Organic Integrity, Food and Ag Policy | 2 days 9 hours ago
"In 2001, seven years after joining the biology faculty of the University of California, Berkeley, Tyrone Hayes stopped talking about his research with people he didn’t trust. He instructed the students in his lab, where he was raising three thousand frogs, to hang up the phone if they heard a click, a signal that a third party might be on the line. Other scientists seemed to remember events differently, he noticed, so he started carrying an audio recorder to meetings. “...

Coloradoan Biotech Commentor Skips Her Fact Checking on GMOs

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By Alan P. Lewis Government Affairs, Organic Integrity, Food and Ag Policy | 4 days 9 hours ago
"Thanks to advances in GMO technology, we are now experiencing increased crop yields, crop resistance to pests and diseases, reduced costs for food and drug production, enhanced food quality, greater food security, and numerous contributions to the field of medicine. -- Grace Boatright, the Coloradoan, January 7, 2014.     If only it were so, Ms. Boatright.   As we have seen many times, the biotech lobby has again found a willing mouthpiece to print its unsupported talking...

Petitioning Under Way to Place Colorado I-48 Right to Know GMO Labeling Initiative on November Ballot

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By Alan P. Lewis Government Affairs, Organic Integrity, Food and Ag Policy | 5 days 6 min ago
After clearing several legal challenges from the big food and biotech lobbyists, Colorado I-48 GMO Right to Know labeling initiative has been cleared by the Colorado Supreme Court.  Petitions have been printed and circulators are now collecting signatures at various Colorado locations.    The campaign for Colorado I-48 requires about 90,000 valid signatures from registered Colorado voters to be approved by the Secretary of State. Colorado Right to Know officials estimate that all...

Action Alert: Help Stop the Deny Americans the Right to Know Act!

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By Alan P. Lewis Government Affairs, Organic Integrity, Food and Ag Policy | 1 week 1 day ago
From Environmental Working Group:   An industry front group promoting genetically engineered food is on the march - Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-Kan.) just introduced a reprehensible new bill in the U.S. House of Representatives that could have disastrous consequences.   Click here to take action right now. Use the EWG form to tell your representative to oppose the DARK Act.   This bill is so bad we've named it the Deny Americans the Right to Know - or DARK - Act. It would block...

Coming Up: Spring 2014 National Organic Standards Board Meetings

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By Alan P. Lewis Government Affairs, Organic Integrity, Food and Ag Policy | 2 weeks 8 hours ago
VIA: Cornucopia News Spring 2014 NOSB: Two Meetings in One     Natural Grocers will be attending this meeting.   Usually the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) meets twice a year.  Last year, though, the fall meeting was canceled due to the partial government shutdown in October.  This year, the spring meeting includes many agenda items from the fall meeting, plus several new items.  There are three areas that Cornucopia is particularly concerned...

Denver April 2nd: Healthy Farms, Healthy Families -- with Food and Water Watch

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By Alan P. Lewis Government Affairs, Organic Integrity, Food and Ag Policy | 3 weeks 5 hours ago
Sponsored by: Food & Water Watch, Natural Grocers and Colorado Interfaith Power & Light   Healthy Farms, Healthy Families Speakers Forum & Potluck Weds, April 2nd, 6:30 – 8 PM Central Presbyterian Church 1660 Sherman Street Denver, CO   View Printable Event Poster RSVP to join us here!   Learn more about the issue of antibiotics resistant bacteria from guest panelists from Denver Public Health, Natural Grocers, American Grassfed Association and Windsor Dairy....

Governors Forum on (Big) Colorado Agriculture Celebrates the Consumer Confusion it Helped Create.

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By Alan P. Lewis Government Affairs, Organic Integrity, Food and Ag Policy | 3 weeks 4 days ago
Quick: What does “Naturally Raised” mean?   This was the question of the day at the Governors Forum on Colorado Agriculture held at the Renaissance Hotel in Denver on February 26th, 2014. Over 200 farmers, ranchers and others interested in agricultural issues gathered to hear presentations on the topic of “Farm to Table”.    However, no one spoke honestly about the real Naturally Raised standard in a sponsored panel, or speech, or even casually during...

BREAKING: Colorado Supreme Court Approves Colorado GMO Right to Know Initiative

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By Alan P. Lewis Government Affairs, Organic Integrity, Food and Ag Policy | 5 weeks 4 hours ago
The 2014 Colorado GMO Right to Know Citizens Iniative has cleared the last hurdle put before it by the Grocery Manufacturers Association. We are now waiting for the Secretary of State to approve the collection of petition signatures!   Check back soon to find out how you can help in the effort to collect 150,000 valid signatures before August 1st.   Click image to view and print PDF.   More GMO Resources Mere GMO Transparency, or a Robust Organic Supply Chain?

U.S. GMO crops show mix of benefits, concerns - USDA report

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By Alan P. Lewis Government Affairs, Organic Integrity, Food and Ag Policy | 7 weeks 2 days ago
Feb 24 (Reuters) - After more than 15 years of using genetically modified crops, U.S. farmers are continuing to see an array of benefits, but the impacts on the environmental and on food production are mixed, and high farmer use of a popular herbicide on GMO crops is a cause for ongoing concern, according to a report issued by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. More at Reuters: U.S. GMO crops show mix of benefits, concerns - USDA report

Who's responsible for GMO contamination? Tell USDA to put the burden where it belongs.

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By Alan P. Lewis Government Affairs, Organic Integrity, Food and Ag Policy | 9 weeks 1 day ago
It's a fact: farmers' crops have been contaminated with genetically engineered organisms, also known as GMOs. And as long as the U.S. allows GMOs to be planted, this will continue and likely increase. Farmers who don't want to grow GMO crops face significant burdens. To protect their crops, farmers must establish wide buffer zones, losing the use of significant amounts of land. They spend time and extra money to find non-GMO seeds. And if they are contaminated despite...