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Catching Up On the World of Organics

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Touch the Soil News #464 The nation’s largest organic wheat flour producer – Cascade Organic Flour, LLC – is doubling its organic wheat acreage to 5,000 acres. Located in Royal, Washington the firm is a family owned farm. The enterprise not only grows the wheat, but they also mill their own flour. The additional acreage will allow the company to produce 30 million pounds of whole wheat organic flour a year. http://www.cascadeorganicflour.com/ Photo: Picture logo of Cascade Organic Flour (photo courtesy of Cascade Organic Flour). Door to Door Organics, from Lafayette, Colorado offers direct delivery of natural and organic groceries to your location. The company has relationships with local farmers…

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Are Whole Foods and Monsanto a Team?

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Touch the Soil News #456 This is a rather odd question to pose. Whole Foods represents the charge for more organic food and Monsanto is about genetic engineering to clinch a market for its agricultural chemicals. The question came up recently as the battle for GMO labeling reached brutal clashes. Vermont law to require clear GMO labeling was overturned by Federal politicians. In this clash, Whole Foods CEO John Mackey recently came out in favor of supporting the same position as Monsanto – in diluting the GMO labeling mandate. Whole Foods came out in favor of the federal legislation which demonstrates disregard of “States” rights (Vermont). In addition, it gives…

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News Round-Up

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Touch the Soil News #343 March 18, 2016 – Walmart to Begin its Own Milk Processing In a surprise announcement, Walmart is going to open its own milk processing plan in Fort Wayne, Indiana. The more than 250,000 square foot facility will produce Walmart’s own white and chocolate milk brands called Great Value and Member’s Mark. The new facility will supply white and chocolate milk to 600 Walmart and Sam’s Club stores in the Midwest. March 18, 2016 – General Mills to Label GMO Ingredients While it is not all voluntary, General Mills announced it would label all foods containing genetically engineered ingredients. Part of the decision stems from the…

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GMO Industry – In Triple Retreat

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Touch the Soil News #337 Retreat #1: The U.S. House passed a bill prohibiting individual states from requiring labeling of GMO ingredients in foods – an effort heavily lobbied and funded by the Grocery Manufacturers Association, Monsanto and other GMO interests. The bill then went to the U.S. Senate. After several months of reviewing the bill, the Senate rejected the bill which is now dead. This was the first national-scope legislation promoted by GMO interests that failed. Approximately 88 percent of Americans wanted this bill to fail and want GMO labeling – making the defeat of this bill a major victory for the American public.   Retreat #2: With the…

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A Shock – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Says Mandatory GMO Labeling

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Touch the Soil News #326 The tensions have been high as the State of Vermont is set to require mandatory labeling of foods containing GMO ingredients on July 1, 2016. Trying to circumvent that process, the U.S. Senate has been in debates over making labeling voluntary – against the wishes of most Americans and overturning Vermont’s rights to know. In a sweeping public announcement last Friday (3/4/16), Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack went of record on his position the nation should pass a mandatory GMO labeling law. U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack shocked the nation with his Mandatory GMO labeling position. Vilsack’s position – requiring mandatory labeling of GMOs…

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The GMO War

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Touch the Soil News #284 Monsanto – Global overproduction in corn and soybeans coupled with continued growth of anti-GMO sentiment is hurting Monsanto profits. In response, the company plans to cut 3,600 jobs over the next two years – 16 percent of its global workforce.   Recently it came to surface that a 2009 federal spending bill requires the Food and Drug Administration to create guidelines for the mandatory labeling of genetically engineered salmon. Would you buy GMO salmon?   President Obama’s family avoids conventional soy and corn – 90 percent of the world’s soy and corn products are GMO products with concerns about allergies and digestive issues.   In…

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Knocking on Heaven’s Door – Monsanto

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Touch the Soil News #206 Many are familiar with Bob Dylan’s song – Knocking on Heaven’s Door. The lyrics of the song talk about getting close to knocking on heaven’s door. So, is Monsanto having problems that are serious? We’ll let you be the judge. Inspecting a Monsanto facility in the Netherlands (photo – Luther Bissett – Licensed under Creative Commons Share Alike 2.0) Following are a number of problems/issues that Monsanto is currently plagued with. Together, all of these items carry a real punch. Monsanto made several “desperate” attempts to buy Syngenta. Syngenta is a Swiss company in similar lines of business with success in geographic areas not dominated…

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GMO Crops Take a Lethal “Credibility” Blow

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Touch the Soil News #199 The controversy over GMO crops has brought division in the European Union. To settle the matter, EU nations were given the right to opt out of any previous EU laws and policies that allow GMO crops. So far, 15 EU nations, including the largest, have opted to ban the growing of GMO crops within their borders. In addition, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland – of the United Kingdom – and the Wallonia region in Belgium have also formally notified the EU of their decision to opt out. The 15 EU nation nations opting to ban GMO crops are Austria, Croatia, Cyprus, France, Greece, Hungary, Latvia,…

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The State of Vermont Arm Wrestles the GMO Cartel – the Biggest Showdown in U.S. Food History

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Touch the Soil News #116 –– includes 1 video   Over the last 20 years, the GMO cartel has scored success after success in controlling seeds, promoting chemical agriculture through plants resistant to pesticides, high level lobbying in Congress, the USDA and the FDA and spending millions to block state referendums to have foods labeled that contain GMO crops. In the process of getting their way, the Monsanto Corporation – the lead organization in creating GMO agriculture – has become popularly labeled as the most hated corporation in the world. Over the last three years, several key states have initiated referendums to label foods containing GMOs only to be marginally…

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