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Tell President Trump and the USDA: Don't freeze crucial pollinator research

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There would be no almond crop — not to mention avocados, apples, cherries and alfalfa — without honeybees. Of the 100 crops that account for 90% percent of the food eaten around the globe, 71 rely on bee pollination, according to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization.

A Bee Mogul Confronts the Crisis in His Field

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Paul Quinn College, a college on the south side of Dallas, TX, disbanded its losing football program. This opened up the field to a program that could bring in revenue and opportunity: an organic farm. In 2012, the college produced its first crops raised organically on the field after receiving major funding from the Dallas Real Estate Council and private donors.

Organic farm brings success to a Texas work college | Organic Report Magazine

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The first-ever study to map U.S. wild bees suggests they are disappearing in the country’s most important farmlands – from California’s Central Valley to the Midwest’s corn belt and the Mississippi River valley.

Wild Bee Decline Threatens US Crop Production - New Mapping Study - Sustainable Pulse

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At a new supermarket in Germany, you get to name your price for the fruits, vegetables, baked goods, and even beer (beer!) that don’t make the cut at regular stores because the items are either imperfect or have an expired sell by date, but are still perfectly edible.

A New Supermarket Lets You Pay What You Want for Less Than Perfect Food - Modern Farmer

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Genetically engineered food brings no benefit to Serbia, which shouldn't compromise on its GMO law to enter the WTO, says Professor of Agriculture Miodrag Dimitrijevic.

'GMO Only Causes Problems': Serbia Maintains Import Ban Despite WTO Demands

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GMO apples and potatoes will be in Midwest produce departments this month. It’s the start of a 2017 rollout of these types of items. And should provide some food for grocery aisle debate. Eating organic is the best way to avoid them.

GMO Apples, Potatoes Hitting Store Shelves

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Increasing consumer demand for organic and non-GMO foods led to a sharp rise in organic grain imports in 2016—prompting food manufacturers to explore new incentives for U.S. growers transitioning to organic production, according to a new report from CoBank.

Rising demand for organic and non-GMO grains outpaces U.S. production

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Opposition to Monsanto's Tax Dodging Frankenlab in the Tuscon area is growing. We need the eyes and ears of the nation to know that there is strong opposition.
Americans are turning in droves to foods sourced from plants, for many reasons—taste, health, concerns about climate change and animal welfare. The United Nations named 2016 the “Year of the Pulses” due to the high nutrition and benefits to soil provided by legumes and beans.

Rethinking your steak and burger—do you really need an animal?

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Enogen, a genetically modified corn for ethanol production, has contaminated non-GMO white corn grown in Nebraska that is used to make flour for tortillas and other products.

GMO-ethanol corn contamination raises concerns about another “StarLink” disaster

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Within just a few weeks, two studies were published that cast new doubts on the safety of genetically modified foods and glyphosate herbicide. Lead researcher Dr. Michael Antoniou of King’s College in the UK, discusses the findings: “When GMOs are added to their associated pesticide residues, as a package, they become a potentially very harmful product.”

Scientist’s ground-breaking research uncovers new risks of GMOs, glyphosate

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IKEA has released open source plans for The Growroom, which is a large, multi-tiered spherical garden that was designed to sustainably grow enough food to feed a neighborhood. The plans were made free on Thursday with the hope that members of the public will invest their time and resources to create one in each neighborhood, if not in every person's backyard.

The Indoor Garden That Can Feed an Entire Neighborhood

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Earth Fare natural food grocery chain has removed GMO ingredients from its line of private-brand food products, affecting more than 500 items currently available, and hundreds more slated to be launched over the next six months. Earth Fare has 39 stores, mostly in southern states.

Earth Fare Debuts Non-GMO Product Line

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Facing fierce opposition, Monsanto dropped a proposal to seek tax breaks for a 7-acre greenhouse outside Tucson, but its detractors continue to fight plans to grow genetically modified seed corn in Southern Arizona.

Tucsonans Uneasy at Monsanto’s GM Corn Project

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The GMO labeling law passed last year, known as the “DARK (Deny Americans the Right To Know) Act” further fractured an already divided organic community. Long-time organic community members say healing the rift will require mutual respect, trust, staying engaged, and realizing a common purpose.

What can be done to heal the fractured organic movement?

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GMO Free Arizona is more determined than ever to keep Monsanto out of the Tucson area in the wake of the agricultural company’s decision last week to withdraw its application for a foreign trade zone designation, which would have come with substantial property tax breaks. The GMO giant plans to build a greenhouse complex in the Tucson area, a move that has generated resistance from local...
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Opponents 'More Determined Than Ever' to Keep Monsanto Out of Tucson

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Critics of organic farming and food claim that organic farmers use lots of toxic pesticides. Not true. Pesticides approved for use in organic farming are derived from natural substances, must go through a strict regulatory approval process to ensure they are not harmful to the environment and human health, and are only allowed to be used when other pest control methods aren’t successful.

Debunking “alternate facts” about pesticides in organic

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Organic grain is flooding into the U.S., depressing prices and drawing complaints from U.S. organic farmers who fear their harvests are held to stricter standards than foreign-raised crops.

Organic Food Sales Are Booming; Why Are American Farmers Crying Foul?

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Cedar Rapids, Iowa is planning to set aside 1,000 acres of bee-friendly open space. (Eventually, it's hoped, the project may expand to as many as 10,000 acres). This spring, they'll start by seeding a modest 188 acres with native prairie grasses and wildflowers, plants that will both nourish pollinators and prevent invasive weeds from spreading.

This City Just Set Aside 1,000 Acres to Save Honey Bees

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