Articles from January 2011



Obama Administration Allows Unrestricted Planting of GMO Alfalfa. Bye-Bye Organic Milk and Beef

On Thursday, the Obama administration showed whose side it is on in the battle between proponents of sustainable, organic agriculture and the big businesses that profit from conventional, chemical agriculture. Big Ag won. It wasn’t even close. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that the United State Department of Agriculture (USDA) had approved the unrestricted planting [...]

Proof That Organic Milk Is More Healthy than Conventional; Hatching a GMO Chicken; Eat Bugs: Save the Earth–Meal-Worm Quiche, Anyone? Fourteen States Flunk Foodborne Illness Test. Is Yours One?

    Greener Pastures: Study Shows Organic Milk More Healthful than Conventional A recent study published in the Journal of Dairy Science by a group of British scientists showed that organic milk had higher percentages of heart-healthy fatty acids than the regular stuff. Gillian Butler of Newcastle University, who led the study, told Sustainable Food [...]

The MIDAS Touch: Arysta LifeScience Responds to Previous Post

I represent Arysta LifeScience, the manufacturer of methyl iodide, which you recently discussed in an article on your blog and contributed to The Atlantic. I’m writing to address glaring factual errors in the piece that should be corrected. I look forward to hearing from you and learning how these issues can be resolved in the [...]

Chemical Warfare Rages in California’s Strawberry Fields

In the days before leaving office, the administration of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger planted a chemical time bomb in California strawberry fields that, if not defused, could cause cancer, thyroid toxicity, permanent neurological damage, and miscarriages, according to 54 distinguished chemists, including five Nobel laureates. The chemical in question is called methyl iodide (or iodomethane) and [...]

WikiLeaked Messages Show U.S. Diplomats Pressuring EU to Accept GMO Crops

Hold the GMOs!   When it comes to the federal government’s eagerness to advance the private GMO agenda of Monsanto, DuPont, Syngenta, and other agribusinesses, nothing is sacred—not even the pope. While the media hubbub might have focused on issues related to the war in Afghanistan and snarky American opinions of various world leaders, the [...]

Newsbites: Northeastern Fish Stocks Stage a Surprising Recovery; EPA Takes Drastic Steps to Save the Salmon of California’s Klamath River; Sales of Organic Milk Surge Despite Economic Hard Times; Nation’s Biggest Milk Processor Settles Antitrust Suit by Offering Dairy Farmers $30M

The faithful newshound has been snoozing by the stove these last several weeks while Estabrook was locked away in his office trying to get a book off to the publisher. The hound has now shaken himself awake. He’s hot on the trail again and has dragged home a few heartening stories. Let’s kick off 2011 [...]

The Beltway’s Biggest Scofflaw: The USDA Repeatedly Violates its Own Rules on GMO Crops

 If you want to understand the Obama administration’s cynical, schizophrenic, attitude toward agricultural issues, consider Tom Stearns. He is the founder and president of High Mowing Seeds, a small Vermont company that sells 100 percent organic fruit and vegetable seeds, primarily to commercial growers. The seeds sown in the First Lady’s chemical-free White House garden [...]