Seed Digest (March 4 – 18, 2011)

Farmers, Consumer Groups File Second Alfalfa Lawsuit Attorneys for the Center for Food Safety (CFS) and Earthjustice filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), arguing that the agency’s recent unrestricted approval of genetically engineered (GE), “Roundup Ready” Alfalfa was unlawful.

Publications to Showcase Seed Saving and Breeding Tips Have you wanted to create new varieties for your farm or garden, but been intimidated by the process? OSA is working to demystify organic plant breeding thanks to support from the Organic Farming Research Foundation (OFRF). In partnership with Seed Savers Exchange, OSA will also be writing the next edition of the classic seed saving book Seed to Seed.

Winter Hardy Crops Put to Test, NOVIC Update, and More OSA’s Research and Education programs are working to create the next generation of organic seeds and seed stewards by breeding organically adapted carrots, trialing new varieties for winter hardiness, and producing new organic seed and breeding publications.

Spring Greetings from OSA’s Executive Director Signs of spring are appearing in Washington after a cold winter. As days lengthen and soils warm, Organic Seed Alliance (OSA) embraces the season of renewal.

OSA Joins the National Organic Coalition OSA is a proud new member of the National Organic Coalition (NOC), a national alliance of organizations working to provide a “Washington voice” for farmers, ranchers, environmentalists, consumers and progressive industry members involved in organic agriculture.

How to Respond to GE Alfalfa and Sugar Beets In the aftermath of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s recent decision to deregulate both genetically engineered (GE) alfalfa and sugar beets, organic seed advocates continue to ask: “What can I do?” We have some ideas, as well as talking points to share with colleagues and friends.

Get Your Discounted Ticket to Organic Seed Events! Mother Earth News is offering $10 weekend passes to friends of OSA (that’s you!) for admission to their fair in Puyallup, Washington, on June 4-5, 2011. All you need to do is enter the discount code (MMEENB36) on the review page during the check out process. But do it soon — the offer is only available for the month of March!

OSA IN THE NEWS

Daily Yonder

UPCOMING EVENTS

Mother Earth News Fair (Seattle, WA) June 4 – 5, 2011

Organic Seed Growers Conference (Port Townsend, WA) January 19 – 21, 2012

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