USDA signals approval of Dow’s 2,4-D-resistant seeds

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But our fight to protect our food system must continue.

 
Last week, USDA announced final plans to give Dow the green light to begin marketing its controversial genetically engineered 2,4-D-resistant seeds. After 30 days, the USDA decision will become official. At the same time, the agency announced its preliminary decision to also approve Monsanto’s dicamba-resistant seeds.

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Fifty Members of Congress Press EPA and USDA to Reject New GE Crops

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Thank you to everyone who wrote and called their U.S. Congress men and women to oppose the new use of the toxic herbicide 2,4-D. Click here to see our previous alert.

On August 1, 2014, fifty Members of Congress led by Representatives Peter DeFazio (D-OR-04) and Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-ME-01) wrote to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) expressing “grave concerns” over Dow Chemical’s Enlist Duo™ herbicide and new varieties of genetically engineered (GE) corn and soy the herbicide mixture would be used with.

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Action Alert: Save Our Farmers – Tell Congress to Oppose New Use of Toxic Herbicide

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What happens when the government approves new herbicide-resistant GMO crops?

The use of that herbicide skyrockets.

We’ve seen it happen with Roundup-resistant crops, and now we face a tidal wave of 2,4-D spraying. The impact would be inescapable. This toxic herbicide can volatilize and travel for miles, killing and stunting non-GMO crops with no way for the farmers to protect themselves.

In addition to destroying non-GMO crops, 2,4-D has also been linked to cancer, Parkinson’s disease, endocrine disruption, and reproductive problems.

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Blowing in the Wind: Dealing With Roundup Herbicide Drift

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BY ERIC HERM
 
As an organic and non-GMO cotton farmer, I wake up each and every morning to an uneasy notion: We are surrounded and heavily outnumbered.

Roundup Ready cotton crops encircle most of our fields like a vengeful army anxious to pillage the last remaining indigenous village in the territory. But I’m not even close to running a white flag up our pole. I am a walking, talking, flesh and bone, breathing revolution. I’ll never give in to the relentless peer pressure to plant another single GMO (genetically-modified organism) seed in my life…intentionally.

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Texas Beef Checkoff Vote Results Mean Higher Taxes on Cattle Farmers

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Even though less than 3% of Texas cattle owners voted for the program.

 
Thank you to everyone who voted in the Texas Beef Checkoff referendum at the beginning of June, and to everyone who helped us spread the word about it.

Unfortunately, the results were in favor of creating a state Checkoff and doubling the tax that cattle owners pay when they sell their animals. Click here to view the results from the Texas Department of Agriculture.

The other side, of course, has pointed to the fact that approximately 2/3 of the people who voted were in favor of the Checkoff. But what do the numbers really say?

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Press Release: Texas Beef Checkoff Vote in Favor of Big Beef Industry

 
MEDIA CONTACT:
Judith McGeary, (512) 484-8821
judith@FarmAndRanchFreedom.org
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


Texas Beef Checkoff Referendum Results in Favor of Big Beef Industry

Less Than 3% of Texas Cattle Owners Voted For the Program

AUSTIN, Texas – July 2, 2014 – The tax that Texas cattle owners pay when they sell their animals will now be doubled, thanks to the results of the beef checkoff referendum vote, just published by the Texas Department of Agriculture. Out of 7,080 people that voted, 4,718 people voted for it.

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Organizational Comments on FSMA Intentional Adulteration Rule

Click here to download a PDF version of these comments.

June 25, 2014

Submitted online at http://www.regulations.gov/#!submitComment;D=FDA-2013-N-1425-0021
Re: Docket No. FDA-2013-N-1425

Dear FDA staff:

The Weston A. Price Foundation (WAPF) is a nonprofit organization with members in every state and internationally. WAPF was founded in 1999 to disseminate the research of Dr. Weston Price, whose studies of isolated non-industrialized peoples established the parameters of human health and determined the optimum characteristics of human diets. WAPF is dedicated to restoring nutrient-dense foods to the human diet through education, research and activism.

The Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund (FTCLDF) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to protect the constitutional right of the nation’s family farms and artisan food producers to provide processed and unprocessed farm foods directly to consumers through any legal means, and to protect the constitutional right of consumers to obtain unprocessed and processed foods directly from family farms and artisan food producers.

The Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance (FARFA) is a national nonprofit organization with members in 45 states that supports independent family farmers and protects a healthy and productive food supply for American consumers.…

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Action Alert: Tell EPA to stop the flood of toxic herbicide 2,4-D

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Comments due by Monday, June 30!
 
What’s wrong with genetically engineered crops? There’s a long list of problems, from corporate control of our seed supply to unknown human health effects.

One of the key problems is that the vast majority of GMO crops are engineered to withstand repeated applications of toxic herbicides. That means more chemical usage with these crops, resulting in environmental damage and human health problems.

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Action Alert (Texas): Did You Vote on the Beef Checkoff? Confirm Your Eligibility!

Validation Process

Thank you to everyone who took the time to vote on the issue of the state checkoff, the new tax on cattle owners!

The voting is over, but the election is not: the Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) is now going through a “validation” process. To do this, TDA is contacting a random sampling of voters to confirm that they were eligible to vote – in other words, that they owned at least one head of cattle between June 6, 2013 and June 6, 2014.

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