Category Archives: Agricultural Policy

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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Spring Newsletter: Breaking New Ground

Spring has arrived, and our staff is busy breaking new ground at a research farm in Chimacum, Washington. This operation centralizes much of our research, education, and seed production in the region. We’ll be hosting volunteer work parties every Friday beginning … 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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OSA Hosts First-Ever California Organic Seed Summit

Organic Seed Alliance recently hosted the first-ever California Organic Seed Summit at Rudolf Steiner College in Fair Oaks. The purpose was to convene organic seed growers and organic seed companies to not just learn from each other, but to create a plan … Continue reading

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