With this decision, NFFC sees opportunities to reduce the corporate control over seeds and other essential inputs, to enhance agricultural diversity through agroecological solutions, and to rebuild farm and rural communities devastated by industrialized agriculture.
Farm and Environmental Organizations Rebuke New USDA Regulatory Review
USDA could have adopted a regulatory approach that sought to ensure that any deregulated GMOs and their accompanying pesticides would not cause harm, yet their published rule states that public comments focused on concerns around pesticide overuse, habitat and biodiversity destruction, and the creation of more herbicide-resistant weeds were outside the scope of this rulemaking process and USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) authority.
Farmers & Farm Organizations Urge EPA & USDA to Address Threat from Dicamba Pesticide Drift
As members of Congress return to Capitol Hill today, 85 farm and farmer support organizations sent letters to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) urging them to better protect farm families from an unprecedented spike in crop loss from herbicide drift. Experts estimate that dicamba, used on Monsanto’s latest seed line, has already damaged at least 3.1 million acres of farmland, an area the size of Connecticut.
CAGJ & C2C Co-Host USFSA & Food Sovereignty Prize in Seattle
Last week, representatives of over 20 organizations gathered in Seattle and Bellingham for several days of dialogue, action, and celebration of the growing food sovereignty movement. The Encounter, co-hosted by Community Alliance for Global Justice and Community to Community Development was a national gathering of the US Food Sovereignty Alliance (USFSA). On Saturday, we honored Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa and Farmworkers Association of Florida as recipients of the 8th Annual Food Sovereignty Prize, awarded by the USFSA.
EPA Pulls Registration for Dow’s Enlist Duo Herbicide Citing High Toxicity Levels
NFFC has worked with allies PANNA, CFS, NRDC and others for several years to stop the release of Dow’s Enlist Duo. We are grateful for their tireless support and to the EPA for seeing the light on this disastrous combination of pesticides.
NFFC President Urges House to Oppose HR 1599, DARK Act
For non-GMO farmers, H.R. 1599 would be disastrous as it would preempt laws designed to protect them from GMO contamination of their fields. Without strong regulations and oversight, farmers’ crops and livelihoods are at risk in ways that they, their families and their communities cannot afford.
Europe’s Biotech Confusion — A Big Problem for The Biotech Industry
While the phrase “let them eat cake” may never have been uttered in reference to the starving French peasants of the 18th century, the pressure to “let them to eat GM” in the 21st century is alive and well in the lobby shops, corporate suites, press offices and political power centers of the world.
Coexistence with GMOs – Stephen Tolpinrud
We are very pleased to post Stephen’s final essay here (Final.May2015.Tolpinrud.Coexistence) and grateful for the opportunity to have worked with him and fellow students through Dr. Graddy-Lovelace’s program.
NFFC’s Spring 2015 Newsletter is Here!
NFFC members and friends provide thoughtful insights and event updates that you don’t want to miss in the 2015 Spring Newsletter.
USFRA Promotes Agribusiness, Not Farmers
The USFRA was created in 2011 as a trade association uniting Big Ag corporations (such as Monsanto, Cargill and DuPont Pioneer) and marketing groups for commodities (including corn, soybeans, beef and pork). Take note: some of these groups are farmer-funded, but in reality, farmers have no choice but to fund them, and it is often at their own expense.
Glyphosate IS everywhere!
I thought this would be a pretty simple first blog post – Monsanto’s Roundup Contaminates More than Just the Food on the Store Shelves – but breast milk?
Spring Newsletter has Sprung!
As Spring has finally arrived, so has our latest Newsletter.
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