Category Archives: Organic Seed Alliance

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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Expanding Spring Palates through Participatory Breeding

Local food can be scarce in early spring in the Northwest, but thanks to support from two specialty crop block grants administered by the Washington State Department of Agriculture and Oregon Department of Agriculture, OSA is increasing the diversity of our spring palate. In partnership … 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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