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Court Rejects Genetically Modified Sugar Beets
SAN FRANCISCO -- The government illegally approved a genetically modified, herbicide-resistant strain of sugar beets without adequately considering the chance they will contaminate other beet crops, a federal judge in San Francisco has ruled. The ruling by U.S. District Judge Jeffrey White rejected...
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Conference Takes on Economics of Organic Food
Only rich people can afford to eat locally grown, organic food. Have you heard that one before? I have, and it's sure to come up during the "Can Maine Feed Itself?" keynote discussion taking place at next month's Maine Fare festival in the midcoast. The panel brings together a number of movers and...
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Decision on Genetically Modified Beets Likely to Be Delayed
BOULDER - Boulder County commissioners appeared late Tuesday night to be headed toward at least a one- or two-year delay in deciding whether genetically modified sugar beets can ever be grown on county-owned farm land. The six farmers who last December requested permission to plant genetically...
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Half of All the Fruit & Veg You Buy is Contaminated
Almost Half of the fresh fruit and veg sold across the UK is contaminated with toxic pesticides, according to the latest scientific surveys for the government. Nearly every orange, 94% of pineapples and 90% of pears sampled were laced with traces of chemicals used to kill bugs. High proportions of...
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GMO Debate Questions Meaning of Sustainable
Food and Agriculture Policy Council wrestles with competing claims, votes no on GMOs
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Not So Fast: The Argument for Slowing Down in Virtually Every Aspect of Life
Rev. John Gibb Millspaugh had big plans for his trip to Utah last month. He was going to be in Salt Lake City to talk at a Unitarian conference about the importance of slowing down to examine the spiritual implications of food choices. Afterward, Millspaugh figured he and his wife, Sarah, would hit...
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Embattled Organic Sector Worries About Regulation
WASHINGTON - California farmer Tom Willey was first attracted to organic farming 21 years ago after noticing how many chemicals he was using in conventional farming. As a certified organic farmer selling everything from artichokes to zucchinis from his 75-acre farm in the San Joaquin Valley in...
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On Tiny Plots, a New Generation of Farmers Emerges
ROCHESTER, Wash. - Joseph Gabiou walks the fields of Wobbly Cart Farm with a practiced eye. He kicks dirt into place to keep the wind from blowing the protective covering off a row of organic broccoli. The seedlings are vulnerable to the flea beetles that came in the spring, just as longtime...
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Purity of Federal 'Organic' Label Is Questioned
Three years ago, U.S. Department of Agriculture employees determined that synthetic additives in organic baby formula violated federal standards and should be banned from a product carrying the federal organic label. Today the same additives, purported to boost brainpower and vision, can be found...
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Organic Farms as Subdivision Amenities
SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. - The bewildered Iowan who converted his farm into a ballpark in "Field of Dreams" in 1989 might reverse the move today. From Vermont to central California, developers are creating subdivisions around organic farms to attract buyers. If you plant it, these developers believe,...
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