Friday October 25, 2013
Issue of The Seed Piece:
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Discernment. Time to Spend Wisely.
With snow flurries in the air and more
in the forecast today we are winding up our six week harvest by digging
the last of our French
. Today’s sunny 46ºF with light
breeze is much more pleasant that the past couple of days worth of
windy and cloudy 40ºF days. Harvest in Northern Maine typically begins
with t-shirts and ends with snowsuits. That’s been the case
again this year.
Cutting and splitting up firewood is our
last remaining outside job of the year. Our new catalog is at
the printer and is being printed today. We’ll mail out new
catalogs next week.
Once tools, tractors, trucks and
equipment are put away we’ll be ready for a long season of plowing
we’ll settle into keeping our wood stoves burning and our winter’s work
of grading and shipping organic seed potatoes and repairing equipment
for our next
Megan Gerritsen & Family
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Wood Prairie Farm Home Page.
| I-522 GMO
Label Initiative Down to the Wire.
Our good friends at Cornucopia
Institute in Wisconsin have done it
again: they have created an excellent
info-graphic to help all of us understand who
our real friends are. See the new chart as the intro to this issue of
the Seed Piece.
Those honest organic companies
supporting the critical Washington State I-522 Right-to-Know GMO Label
initiative are on the right half of the chart.
The Big Food corporations who
are financially supporting Monsanto’s campaign of lies and half-truths
to defeat label transparency are listed on the left. The
financial backers of No on I-522 are engaged in another campaign of
misinformation and gross deception – just as they were last year in CA
Prop 37 – and include ‘traitor organic’ brands now owned by Big Food
corporations which are taking our well-intentioned organic food
dollars and using them to work against the peoples’ best interests.
encourage you to print out copies of this powerful chart.
Please share copies far and wide with friends and family. Place copies
in your car and purse so that you will have the information you need
every time you make food purchases.
In a related blockbuster story,
Washington State Attorney General successfully filed suit against the GMA (Grocery Manufacturers
Association), the Junk Food industry lobbyist which was caught trying to launder millions
of dollars of corporate funds in the I-522 campaign and
hide the names of conspiratorial corporations from public
view. The Center for Food Safety reports, "In fact, Attorney
General Ferguson said this case represents ‘the largest amount of money
ever concealed in an election.’" Find
the full story as reported by CFS here.
here for our Wood Prairie Organic Seed Potatoes.
Dr. Michael Hansen. One
of the courageous scientists standing up for truth.
World Scientists Reject Biotech Claim of GMO Safety.
Declaring “No scientific consensus on GMO safety,”
a group of 92 courageous scientists from around the world have stood up
to the Biotech cabal and in a strongly worded statement rejected
Biotech’s self-serving insistence their products are safe.
"Prof C. Vyvyan Howard, a medically qualified
toxicopathologist based at the University of Ulster and a signatory to
the statement, said: 'A substantial number of studies suggest that GM
crops and foods can be toxic or allergenic. It is often claimed that
millions of Americans eat GM foods with no ill effects. But as the US
has no GMO labeling and no epidemiological studies have been carried
out, there is no way of knowing whether the rising rates of chronic
diseases seen in that country have anything to do with GM food
consumption or not. Therefore this claim has no scientific
basis...Another signatory to the statement, Prof Brian Wynne, associate
director and co-principal investigator from 2002-2012 of the UK ESRC
Centre for the Economic and Social Aspects of Genomics, Cesagen,
Lancaster University, said: 'It is misleading and irresponsible for
anyone to claim that there is a consensus on these important issues.
Many salient questions remain open, while more are being discovered and
reported by independent scientists in the international scientific
literature. Indeed answering of some key public interest questions
based on such research have been left neglected for years by the huge
imbalance in research funding, against thorough biosafety research and
in favour of the commercial-scientific promotion of the technology.'"
the full background article from Sustainable
Pulse – including complete signed
statement and list of signatories here.
For our Non-GE Wood Prairie Farm Organic Vegetable Seed.
|Ten Reasons Why Organic is Worth
From the first family of American
organic advocates and pioneers comes this excellent piece on why
organic is important and why organic is worth the price. Written by
Maria Rodale the article appeared this week in the Huffington
We can vouch for Maria's #5: "You are
supporting families and businesses that are making the world better. I
have seen this with my own eyes over and over again. Farm families that
thought they would lose their farms because of the fluctuations of
commodity milk prices switch to organic and not only save their farms,
but also find that they are all healthier and happier as a result. And
the companies that help them transition, like Organic Valley, are truly
wonderful companies that do great things for their farmers, their
customers, their employees, and the whole community."
think you will also like Maria's nine other reasons to go Organic. Find
Jim & Megan
Here for our Wood Prairie Organic Potatoes for the Kitchen.
Carrying on the tradition started by
grandfather J.I. Rodale who started Organic Gardening magazine
Quotes: Edmund Burke on Reticent Men.
that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing."
- Edmund Burke
1729 - 1797
Smother-Fried Garlic Potatoes.
3-4 medium potatoes, such as Butte
1/4 lb. butter
1 minced, peeled large garlic
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1/4 cup cold water
1. Peel 3-4
russet potatoes, cut lengthwise into thick wedges, and set
aside. Melt the butter in a large cast-iron or heavy-bottomed skillet
over medium-low heat. Add potatoes and garlic clove, and stir until
potatoes are well coated with butter and garlic. Season to taste with
salt and freshly ground black pepper.
2. Pour 1/4 cup
cold water over potatoes, cover skillet with a tight-fitting lid, and
smother-fry, stirring occasionally, until potatoes are very tender when
pierced with a fork, but not falling apart, about 45 minutes.
A Delicious Autumn Dish.
Photo by Angela Wotton.
Wood Prairie Farm Chantenay
Carrots. Leaves Modern day carrots light years behind.
| Special Offer: FREE Organic
French Chantenay Carrots.
It is with both
elation and relief that we have concluded Harvest today by getting in
crop – our organic French
Chantenay Carrots .
a wonderful old variety and if you
have not yet tasted Chantenays you really must do so. These incredible
carrots have been
sweetened by October’s frosty mornings.
Now here's your chance to earn
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Carrots offer ends Midnight on Monday, October 28, 2013, so
Please use Promo Code WPF1160.
Your order and FREE
2 lbs Sack of Organic French Chantenay Carrots
must ship by 3/14/14. Offer may not be combined with other offers.
or click today!
Click here for our Wood Prairie Farm Organic Fresh Vegetable Section.
Beautiful Potatoes, Faulty Products, Corn Isolation, Academic
Integrity, Premium Increases.
Another batch of beautiful WPF's potatoes headed
oven! We should be set for potatoes through December! Love you folks
and the example you set as farmers. Keep fighting the good fight!!
Eaglevile, PAWPF Replies.
Looks like you are all set for a nice supper.
Jim & Megan
Why not go after the individuals who are
They know full well the devastating consequences on organic
crops, yet they continue with their deal with the devil himself. Isn't
it time to hold them accountable?
The failed technology of GE crops is owned in
whole by the
patent holders and manufacturers like Monsanto. Their product is faulty
because when farmers use it according to instruction it causes
detrimental effects to the food system, the environment and rural
communities. The culpability is entirely with the manufacturers who
have brought their faulty invention to the market. In addition, because
of monopoly control of the seed supply, farmers growing many commodity
crops including soy, cotton and sugar beets have virtually no choice or
availability of seed besides the GE versions which the monopolists
offer to the market.
Jim, question for you. What impact would surrounding GMO corn have on
my Sugar Enhanced hybrid sweet corn as far as "eatibility?" What would
buffer look like? I am not interested in saving seed. Thanks!
Stacyville MEWPF Replies.
Isolation from other corn is necessary for purity
corn one grows. Your hybrid sweet corn grown in close proximity to a
non-GE dry corn - say a dent or a flour corn - would receive some level
of pollination from the starchy neighbor and it would be
identifiable/noticeable as individual cross-pollinated kernels on your
cobs which would be less sweet/more starchy. Neighboring GE corn, of
course, would also contribute GE pollen which would also affect the
corn you grow to eat. So then the question becomes, "What isolation
distance is sufficient?" Reccomended minimum isolation for seed corn
is 660'-1320'. The standard rule of thumb for avoiding GE
contamination in seed production is to increase that minimum isolation
by a factor of 2x-3x. What isolation distance makes you comfortable
comes down to your philosophy and how critical it is to you to avoid GE
content in your plate of sweet corn. One hundred foot isolation
is certainly better than 10'. And one thousand feet isolation
far safer than either of those two shorter distances.
Lack of Academic
of Concerned Scientists' response to Pam Ronald attack. How
can they call themselves scientists if they accept the short term
studies provided by Big Ag scientists?! Just crazy.
World Wide WebWPF Replies.
The beginning of academic integrity would
be for the
attackers to make FULL
discolsure of their personal
in potential conflict, as well as Biotech and Big Ag funding of
departments and colleges. I believe the knowledge gained
transparency would provide remarkable clarity as to these 'scientists'
Is it true that
European countries accept imports of American GMO grain?
World Wide WebWPF Replies.
It is true that in many countries where food for
required to be labeled as genetically engineered, that there is no such
requirement that grains and pulses (like soy) destined for animal feed
be similarly labeled. The reality, then, is that in the vast majority
when, say, (unlabeled) soybeans are imported from the USA - since 90%
of the American soy crop is GE - it is almost certain those soybeans
for animal feed will in fact be GE. Certified Organic food and feed is
the exception from this generalization since GE is considered an
excluded method under USDA National Organic Program regulations.
Additionally, some American farmers do grow and supply IP (Identity
Preserved) non-organic, non-GE grains/pulses for specific export
markets but this is a relatively small niche. It should be noted, the
market price premium
for IP grains and beans is continuing to increase because of unmet
demand. This is the market speaking.
Wood Prairie Farm Quick
& Megan Gerritsen
Certified Organic, Direct from the Farm