A new study at Oregon State University (OSU) has shown that dairy cows fed flaxseed produce more nutritious milk, including more omega-3 fatty acids and less saturated fat, than that produced by cows fed a traditional feed mixture of corn, grains, alfalfa hay and grass silage.
A new study published in the journal PLOS One showed that tomatoes grown on organic farms were about 40 percent smaller than those grown conventionally, but contained significantly higher levels of vitamin C, sugar, and lycopene. Lycopene, which gives tomatoes their red coloring, has been linked to lessening the risk of stroke in people who consume it. Researchers conducting the study observed that tomato fruits raised organically experience stressing conditions that foster the accumulation of higher concentrations of solids and compounds that contribute to fruit nutritional quality.
The Canadian General Standards Board (CGSB) Manager Patricia Wait confirmed today that the Standards Council of Canada (SCC) will invest $600,000 to support the full review of the Canadian Organic Standards (General Principles and Management Standards CAN/CGSB-32.310-2006 and Permitted Substances Lists CAN/CGSB-32.311-2006).
U.S. household survey finds one-third choose organic foods to avoid GMOs
WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 19, 2013)—Results from the latest consumer survey conducted for the Organic Trade Association (OTA) reveal that as U.S. families are becoming increasingly aware of the presence of unlabeled genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in foods in the marketplace, they turn to organic as the food labeled by law to not have been made with genetically engineered ingredients.
GM alfalfa is a serious threat to organic farming. Organic farmers rely on alfalfa - organic dairy and livestock farmers in particular. Once planted bees will cross-pollinate GM Alfalfa and regular alfalfa, causing contamination. Organic rules do not allow for GM crops or animal feed, and the result will be loss of organic certification, loss of livelihood of many organic farmers and a significant reduction in organic products available to consumers. GM alfalfa may be registered as early as this spring.
WHAT YOU CAN DO TO STOP GM ALFALFA
1) Download the petition below, sign it, get others in your community to sign it, and hand it over to your MP. Also download the Talking Points document below, and share them with your friends and neighbours.
3) Send a letter to your MP and to Agricutlure Minister Gerald Ritz telling them how important alfalfa is to your operation, your business, and/or your consumer right to choose organic, and asking him to stop the registration of GM alfalfa varieties in Canada. Send letters to: The Honourable Gerry Ritz Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada 1341 Baseline Road Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0C5 Fax: 613-773-1081
Lucy Sharatt from the Canadian Biotechnology Action Network has just confirmed that the Ontario Forage Crop Committee has recommended up to 6 Roundup Ready alfalfa varieties for registration and there are more on the table - this means that seed distribution companies now will ask the CFIA for registration of those varieties and could get final registration in time for spring planting. The registration could happen this month.