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A GMO corn field in Texas.

Do You Need GMO corn?

The first commercial GM (genetically modified) corn varieties, usually known as Bt corn, were released by a few companies in the mid-1990s, but soon one company, Monsanto, became the industry leader with its Roundup Ready corn.

Front cover of the Myths of Safe Pesticides book

Book excerpt: The Myths of Safe Pesticides by André Leu

In his book The Myths of Safe Pesticides, organic agriculturist and lecturer André Leu delves into scientific research to present evidence dispelling the claims of chemical companies and pesticide regulators that pesticide, herbicide and insecticide products are safe when used as directed. Leu breaks down the five most-repeated myths about pesticide safety, refuting them using […]

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Book of the Week: Organic No-Till Farming

Editor’s note: This is an excerpt from an Acres U.S.A. book, Organic No-Till Farming, written by Jeff Moyer. Copyright 2011, softcover, 204 pages. Normal Price: $28.00. From Chapter 1: No-Till Basics It is the hope and dream of many organic farmers to limit tillage, increase soil organic matter, save money, and improve soil structure on […]

Christopher Walken plays a farmer entering a legal battle against Monsanto in the new film, Percy.

Christopher Walken to Play Canadian Farmer Opposing Monsanto in Upcoming Film

Academy Award winner Christopher Walken and Golden Globe nominee Christina Ricci have begun principal photography on Percy, a Scythia Films production directed by Clark Johnson (The Wire, The Sentinel, S.W.A.T.). Based on actual events from the lawsuit starting in 1998, Percy tells the classic David-and-Goliath story of small-town Saskatchewan farmer Percy Schmeiser (Walken) and his unlikely crusade against a major […]

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GE Food Labeling

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is taking public comments on the proposed rule to establish the National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard mandated by Congress in 2016 — a  standard for GE food labeling. The goal of the standard is to provide a uniform way to offer meaningful disclosure for consumers who want more information about […]

Seed contamination can occur when farms cross-pollinate, or when waterways carry contaminants into other fields.

Genetic Drift: Protecting Your Crops from Contamination

The impact of genetic drift can affect my farm, my planting plans, my certification, my income — not on just a few rows, but possibly on many acres. The scariest part of this reality is that the farmer won’t know if contamination has occurred until it’s too late, and then there is relatively little he […]