Category Archives: GMOs

The Future of Biotechnology Regulations Begins with You

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is hosting a series of webinars to collect feedback on specific questions (see below) to inform how products of agricultural biotechnology – i.e., genetically modified organisms (GMOs) … Continue reading

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Deadline for ‘Coexistence’ Comments: MONDAY (May 11)

  Why should those at risk of GMO contamination shoulder the burden of prevention, testing, and losses alone? The USDA is accepting public comments following an invitation-only workshop on “coexistence.” We watched the event from afar and were disappointed by … 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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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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Celebrating Our Big, Bold Organic Community

OSA staff recently returned from the Organicology conference in Portland, Oregon, where more than 1,000 people representing all sectors of the organic food chain gathered to discuss – and further create together – a vision for growing the organic sector … Continue reading

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