Turnabout is Fair Play: Organic Groups and Small Farmers Haul Monsanto into Court over Contamination by GMO Crops

Tearing a page out of Monsanto Co.’s own playbook, the Public Patent Foundation (PUBPAT), an advocacy group whose mandate is to represent the public’s interest in the patent system, filed suit on behalf of 60 organic farmers, small farm organizations, and seed businesses this week against the litigious agrichemical and GMO-seed giant. In a press release, […]

Inspector General Blasts USDA’s Lax Oversight of Organic Laws

That faint, “We told you so” ringing in your ears might be coming from the folks at the Cornucopia Institute, the Wisconsin-based watchdog group that has being complaining for years that the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) enforcement of federal organic laws was, to put it kindly, pathetic, clearly favoring industrial operations who bent (or broke) […]

It’s Good News Week: Score One for Atlantic Bluefin, Organic Milk Producers (and Consumers), and Red Snappers (yummmmm!)

Writing articles about food and sustainability is a hard job for a naturally chipper fellow. Happy endings are, sadly, few and far between. But in the last week or so, some very good news indeed has broken in relation to a couple of recent posts on this site. Let’s take a moment to celebrate. 1. […]

White House Whitewash: Can the Agribusiness Lobby Kill Small, Organic Dairy Farmers?

   On some bureaucrat’s desk in President Obama’s Office of Management and Budget (OMB), sits a document that has the power to either destroy the nation’s 1,800 family-operated organic dairy farms or come to their rescue. In the early 2000s, virtually all of the nation’s organic dairy farmers—not to mention the millions of consumers willing […]