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Posted June 16, 2015
gmos, policy, antibiotics

The Union of Concerned Scientists estimates that 70 percent of all antibiotics administered in the US are used as feed or water additives for pigs, poultry and cattle for the non-therapeutic purposes of growth promotion and general prevention of disease. Many doctors and medical associations have expressed concern that this widespread use of antibiotics in livestock production – not for promotion of health but simply to encourage faster growth – is a dangerous practice.

Posted May 28, 2015
gmos, policy, hydroponics, Organic Certification

As you no doubt have heard, organic food is continuing to enjoy a spectacular growth in the American marketplace. It went up over 11% last year and now accounts for more than 5% of the US food market. Organic products have been called the “fastest-growing” consumer food trend in modern history.

Posted February 16, 2015
gmos, policy

Many NOFA/Mass members responded to our Action Alert last month and contacted their legislators to ask them to co-sponsor HD 369, the new GMO labeling bill (the number may change soon as it goes from a House Docket number to a House Bill number). You will be pleased to hear that your work, plus that of the other members of our coalition – MASSPIRG, MoveOn.org, and MassRight2KnowGMO, has resulted in a majority of members of the Massachusetts Legislature, both House and Senate, having cosponsored the bill!

Posted December 23, 2014
gmos

The millions of people in the United States who are actively concerned about the risks to health from consuming untested genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in virtually all processed food in this country have reasons to hope.

Posted September 23, 2014
gmos

The coalition of groups (MassPIRG, MARighttoKnowGMOs, MoveOn.org and NOFA/Mass) that we have been a part of since 2013 to pass a mandatory GMO labeling law in Massachusetts met in August, after the close of the legislative session, to assess our impact and decide upon future efforts.

Posted June 19, 2014
gmos

House 3996, the bill which NOFA/Mass, MassPIRG, MoveOn.org and Massachusetts Right2KnowGMO have been pushing, is gaining steam. The coalition was just joined by the Chef’s Collaborative, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting sustainability among chefs in both restaurants and institutional food service.

Posted April 17, 2014
gmos
On Monday, March 17 (yes, St. Paddy’s Day for all you of the Irish persuasion) a bill calling for the mandatory labeling of food with GMO ingredients sold in Massachusetts was favorably reported out of the legislature’s JointCommittee on Environment, Natural Resources, and Agriculture.
 
While this may not sound like a big deal, it is! For close to a decade all GMO bills have died in that committee.
 
Posted March 13, 2014
gmos, policy

Things are happening on the GMO labeling front. I can’t promise you a law this year, but thanks to tremendous popular interest and support, we are beginning to make progress in the legislature.

First off, NOFA/Mass has hired a part time organizer, Amie Lindenboim, to work on this issue. She is an attorney, has been a volunteer and activist fighting GMOs for several years, and is a mother with two young children. Amie lives in Brookline and has already represented us at the State House and in area meetings.

Posted May 19, 2013
gmos, Genetic Roulette, Jeffrey Smith
Over the past few months I have conducted public showings
of the movie Genetic Roulette for NOFA/Mass some dozen
times, in towns from Greenfield to Milton, from North
Brookfield to Hingham. Attendance has varied, from less
than a dozen to 85. Sometimes I set up for free and collect
donations at the door. Sometimes a group will sponsor the
showing for a $100 honorarium.
 
Posted February 20, 2013
gmos, Monsanto lawsuit
The suit by organic and non-GMO seed companies,
farmers, and farmer organizations against Monsanto
has entered a second stage. The suit was dismissed by
the original trial judge last spring on the basis that the
plaintiffs did not have “standing” – had not been injured
enough to need to seek judicial relief. Most of the
plaintiffs agreed to appeal that dismissal, however, and
the oral arguments for that appeal were heard on January
10, 2013 in Washington, DC.
 

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