Author Archives: Kristina Hubbard

New Organic Carrot Gallery Helps Farmers, Researchers

The Carrot Improvement for Organic Agriculture (CIOA) project launched an online tool this month to help farmers find new and existing varieties — and varieties in the works — of carrots, especially carrots of novel colors. The new gallery is the … Continue reading

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UPDATED: USDA Extends ‘Coexistence’ Comment Period

The new comment deadline is May 11, 2015. Pollen, seed, and plants don’t stay put in agriculture. That’s why contamination by genetically engineered (GE) crops, or GMOs, is a problem for farmers who don’t grow these crops and for the seed … Continue reading

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GMO Labeling at a Glance

U.S. Senators Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), and Representative Peter DeFazio (D-OR), have re-introduced the Genetically Engineered Food Right-to-Know Act, legislation that would require the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to clearly label GE ingredients. Polls show that … Continue reading

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OSA’s ‘Abundant Bloomsdale’ Spinach Hits Marketplace

Organic Seed Alliance (OSA) is proud to announce the release of a new spinach variety called ‘Abundant Bloomsdale’. The name is a tribute to OSA’s predecessor, Abundant Life Seed Foundation. “Our newest commercial release exemplifies Organic Seed Alliance’s approach to … Continue reading

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USDA Ditches GMO Regs: What It Means

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced on Friday that it’s ditching a 2008 proposal that would have updated GMO regulations. A little background: The USDA is one of three agencies that regulate GMOs (along with the EPA and FDA). When … Continue reading

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