Welcome to our first edition of Organic Minute. We’re still in the planning phase and working through the format but our intent is to provide a quick and easy way to keep you updated on the happenings in the Organic and Sustainable Living Worlds that are either helping or harming our ability to feed our family and friends the best tasting and most nutritious foods possible.
Currently, the biggest threat to our ability to eat Organic foods is the GMO industry. The US government has approved some new GMO crops which are known to be susceptible to pollination and can have a major affect on current organic agriculture including agricultural crops that feeds organically raised animals such as Kentucky bluegrass. THIS THREAT IS REAL AND URGENT. Any action, in fighting this is welcome.
If there are any topics you’d like to know more about, please let us know, we’re open to suggestions.
Here are some links to the stories in this edition if you’d like more information:
USDA Approves GMO Bluegrass
Red Green and Blue dot org : http://redgreenandblue.org/2011/07/13/here-come-the-superweeds-usda-approves-invasive-gmo-grass/
Mother Jones: http://motherjones.com/environment/2011/07/usda-deregulate-roundup-gmo-tom-philpott
USDA Press Release: http://www.aphis.usda.gov/newsroom/2011/07/kentucky_bluegrass.shtml
Report on Roundup and Birth Defects: http://www.scribd.com/doc/57277946/RoundupandBirthDefectsv5
Monsanto and Gates Foundation Push GMOs on Africa:
Truthout dot org: http://www.truth-out.org/second-green-revolutionaries-gates-foundation-and-monsanto-push-ge-crops-africa/1310411034
Michigan Woman Faces Jail for Organic Garden in Her Front Yard:
TIME Mag website: http://moneyland.time.com/2011/07/08/woman-faces-jail-time-for-planting-organic-vegetable-garden/#ixzz1S2ZutiGh
Julie Bass’ website: http://oakparkhatesveggies.wordpress.com/
Video report from Sundance Channel: http://www.sundancechannel.com/sunfiltered/2011/07/front-yard-garden-may-earn-michigan-woman-jail-time/