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GE Labeling Would Not Impact Supermarket Prices, New Study Says

GE Labeling Would Not Impact Supermarket Prices, New Study Says

Requiring food manufacturers to label products that contain genetically engineered (GE) ingredients will not increase food prices at the supermarket, according to an independent study by the national Just Label It campaign.

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(ORE)ganic News August Edition

(ORE)ganic News August Edition

Public Affairs is proud to release its third issue of (ORE)ganic News, a newsletter highlighting sustainable, conservation practices for organic production. This month’s issue features a success story from an organic producer in Central Oregon, as well as information on improving water quality and quantity. Also attached is Oregon’s Organic EQIP flyer. Please include this as an insert with printed copies of the newsletter.

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The Future of Our Food System Depends on Healthy Soils — and Policies That Support Soil Stewardship

The Future of Our Food System Depends on Healthy Soils — and Policies That Support Soil Stewardship

Healthy soils are the foundation of a healthy food system. These soils teem with life: earthworms create water channels as the burrow through the soil, allowing rain to soak in; residues from previous crops help soil retain moisture, suppress weeds, and prevent erosion and runoff; microorganisms help filter contaminates and form the glue that helps keep soil intact; and cover crops—second crops planted to protect and improve soil health during the off-season—deliver natural fertilizer to the soil, prevent erosion, increase biodiversity, and improve water filtration as their roots create pores in the soil. Together, all of this works to create healthier crops.

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September Organic Integrity Quarterly Newsletter

September Organic Integrity Quarterly Newsletter

The National Organic Program (NOP) is pleased to announce the September 2013 issue of the Organic Integrity Quarterly newsletter.

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Proposed Crops/Handling Substances + Research Opportunity

Proposed Crops/Handling Substances + Research Opportunity

The National Organic Program (NOP) is requesting public comments on a proposed rule to allow three substances in organic crop production and handling. Additionally, researchers may want to consider submitting a proposal for the Ecology and Evolution of Infectious Diseases Interagency Program.

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Five GMO Myths Busted

Watch this short video from the Corbett Report addressing five common myths about GMOs including feeding the world, pesticide use reduction, health effects of GMOs, the similarity of conventional plant breeding, and GMO labeling.

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Huge Victories Achieved Against GMOs, Big Pharma, Animal Cruelty

Huge Victories Achieved Against GMOs, Big Pharma, Animal Cruelty

More and more, our collective activism is reshaping the world economy to punish criminal corporations and demand transparency on topics like GMOs, drug patents, animal cruelty and more. And we are winning on every front! This past week saw a flurry of news where big corporations like Merck and Monsanto were handed groundbreaking defeats thanks to consumer activism.

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Final Extension for FDA'S Proposed Food Safety Rules

Final Extension for FDA'S Proposed Food Safety Rules

On Aug, 8, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced it has extended the comment period for two proposed rules under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) The new deadline for comments on the Current Good Manufacturing Practice and Hazard Analysis and Risk-Based Preventive Controls for Human Food and Standards for the Growing, Harvesting, Packing, and Holding of Produce for Human Consumption proposed rules is Nov. 15.

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Policy Update: Review of Materials + Spring 2014 NOSB Meeting

Policy Update: Review of Materials + Spring 2014 NOSB Meeting

The National Organic Program (NOP) is pleased to announce an updated policy memo regarding the evaluation of materials used in organic crop, livestock, and handling operations. Additionally, save the date for the spring 2014 meeting of the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB).

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Farm Laborers Get A Foothold With Their Own Organic Farms

Farm Laborers Get A Foothold With Their Own Organic Farms

Northern California’s Salinas Valley is often dubbed America’s salad bowl. Large growers there have long relied on thousands of seasonal workers from rural Mexico to pick lettuce, spinach and celery from sunrise to sunset. Many of these workers seem destined for a life in the fields. But a program that helps field workers, like Raul Murillo, start their own farms and businesses is starting to yield a few success stories.

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Tips and tools for waterwise gardening

Tips and tools for waterwise gardening

Written for Oregon Tilth by Marian Hammond. Here at Oregon Tilth, we frequently hear from gardeners who are looking for new and better ways to save water while keeping their gardens green and healthy during the dry summer months.

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(ORE)ganic News July Edition

(ORE)ganic News July Edition

Public Affairs is proud to release its second issue of (ORE)ganic News, a newsletter highlighting sustainable, conservation practices for organic production. This month’s issue features a success story on a Wasco county organic producer, as well as stories on pollinators and methods to promote pollinator habitat.

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Organic Milk Operations Audit Report

Organic Milk Operations Audit Report

The Office of Inspector General (OIG) published its "National Organic Program (NOP) - Organic Milk Operations" audit report on July 29, 2013. A previous OIG report, published in February 2012, had focused on the oversight and monitoring activities of the NOP and its certifying agents. This audit report focuses on the compliance of organic milk producers.

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Comment on FDA Draft Guidance: Egg Safety Rule

Comment on FDA Draft Guidance: Egg Safety Rule

The National Organic Program (NOP) is pleased to announce draft guidance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). This resource addresses how the FDA's "Egg Safety" rule applies to outdoor access areas.

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Research to address critical organic apple and pear challenges

Research to address critical organic apple and pear challenges

The Organic Center (The Center) this week announced a project to prevent a potential catastrophe now looming over organic apple and pear production in the United States. The goal: to provide the organic farming community critically needed information on how to prevent a disease from decimating apple and pear orchards while maintaining rigorous organic standards.

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Secretary Vilsack's Blog - President Obama's Climate Action Plan

Secretary Vilsack's Blog - President Obama's Climate Action Plan

In a recent USDA Blog article, Secretary Vilsack discusses USDA's contributions to President Obama's Climate Action Plan. For example, USDA now has 7 "regional climate hubs" to provide farmers and ranchers with regionally-appropriate information to adapt to climate change.

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Minnesota pioneers organic transition cost share program

Minnesota pioneers organic transition cost share program

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) has announced a new pilot program designed to assist farmers transitioning their land or livestock to certified organic status. The program is the first in the nation to provide an incentive for farmers to work with a USDA-accredited organic certifying agency during the transition period, which typically lasts 36 months.

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View Substances Fact Sheet + Guide USDA's Water Efforts

View Substances Fact Sheet + Guide USDA's Water Efforts

The National Organic Program (NOP) is pleased to announce a new fact sheet summarizing allowed and prohibited substances in organic production and handling. Additionally, USDA invites you to help guide its efforts in an important focus area: water.

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Southern Oregon Seed Growers Association (SOSGA) Form Association

Seed growers of Jackson and Josephine Counties have formed the Southern Oregon Seed Growers Association (SOSGA). Founded by practical farmers, the new organization will support those production and improvement of quality agricultural seed in Jackson and Josephine counties of southwestern Oregon.

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Honorees announced for OTA’s 2013 Organic Leadership Awards

Honorees announced for OTA’s 2013 Organic Leadership Awards

Selected from a record-breaking 26 nominations, the Organic Trade Association’s (OTA’s) 2013 Organic Leadership Awards will be presented to a passionate couple who have dedicated their lives to organic for almost three decades, a professional farmer who has advanced practices for growing organic tree fruit, and two emerging leaders on a mission to create meaningful opportunities for military veterans in organic.

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