Hawaii’s Big Island bans biotech companies, GMO crops

The governing council for Hawaii (or Big) Island Tuesday banned biotech companies from operating on the island while barring growth of genetically modified organisms. Full Story — website

Happy Genetically Modified Thanksgiving

Since they were introduced 15 years ago, genetically modified foods have taken astonishing hold in North America. Full Story — website

GMO Labeling Efforts Change Course After California Defeat

(Reuters) – The failure on Tuesday of a California ballot initiative that would have mandated labeling of genetically modified foods is not a death knell for those seeking nationwide labeling, U.S. labeling proponents said. Full Story — website

Tiny Invasive Pest Wreaking Havoc on Blueberries

An invasive pest barely 1/16th of an inch long that first turned up in California in 2008 has caused millions of dollars in damage to Michigan’s blueberry crop. Full Story — website

San Juan County bans the growing of GMOs

San Juan County residents in Washington State passed Initiative Measure No. 2012-4 to ban the growth of genetically modified organisms. Full Story — website

Michigan researchers to lead food security study

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Researchers with the University of Michigan’s School of Natural Resources and Environment are leading a five-year, $4 million study of disparities in access to healthy food across the state. Full Story — website

A dozen Michigan organizations receive specialty crop grants

This October in Michigan the federal government awarded grants to a dozen food and agriculture organizations for projects that include improving fruit production, promoting cleaner soil and studying crop pollination. Full Story — website

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U-pick Farms & Cider Mills

Enjoy the Fall season with hayrides, corn mazes, apples & cider, pumpkin patches and support our local farmers!

Genetically Modified Crops Have Led To Pesticide Increase, Study Finds

(Reuters) – U.S. farmers are using more hazardous pesticides to fight weeds and insects due largely to heavy adoption of genetically modified crop technologies that are sparking a rise of “superweeds” and hard-to-kill insects, according to a newly released study. Full Story — website

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Pollinators ♥ Native Plants Pt.2

Planting native flowering plants & grasses in the garden and/or landscape, will improve native pollinator populations by providing this necessary food and forage ✿

8 Reasons You Want This Law to Pass

People in other countries are dumbfounded when they learn that here in the U.S., for more than 15 years, we’ve allowed the biotech industry and the FDA to feed us a line about the safety of genetically modified foods…Full Story — website

Plowing away the prairie, at a price

Farm policy and food demand are eating up a once-vast ecosystem, alarming conservationists. Full Story — website