Prairie Seed Piece
January 6th 2017
25 Issue 01
Issue of The Wood Prairie Seed
& White Everywhere.
Aroostook Logging Camp. Circa
1900. Back in the day, men working as loggers in
Maine’s North Woods could earn a-dollar-a-day plus room and
board. The “room” - as you can see - would sometimes offer
almost as much fresh air inside as outside. No doubt, close
by the camp fire it was warm in the evenings…
One safe bet in life is that an
Aroostook winter will bring plenty of snow. This year we’ve
set a record for lots of snow coming early. The Weather
Office in Caribou has already recorded just under 70” of snow, a record
amount for this early in the Winter. We had a bare
Thanksgiving so our snow has all come since after that holiday weekend.
Folks are shoveling off their roofs and snow banks are already piled up
Snow seems to be everywhere.
Customers have advised us that the area around Raleigh NC is expected
to imminently receive at least half-a-foot of snow. We heard
a news broadcast yesterday indicating that parts of California’s Sierra
Nevada mountains will be receiving up to a nearly unbelievable twenty
feet of snow over the next week.
Wherever you are, keep the
snow shovels handy and here’s hoping you have a big supply of dry
firewood for the weeks ahead.
Megan Gerritsen & Family
Prairie Family Farm
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Acreage in USA Hits New Record.
Organic is growing and there's no turning back.
The good news is farmland in the United States is
being converted to organic at an accelerating rate. Now
over 4 million acres of American farmland are Certified Organic
and more farmers than ever are growing good, safe organic food for our
The map above allows you to see how many
acres of Certified Organic land is in your State.
Nationwide, the single biggest
crop is organic Alfalfa, grown on 800,000 acres. This is followed by:
#2 Wheat (482,000 acres); #3 corn (292,000 acres); and #4 Soybeans
Meanwhile 13% of all American
vegetables grown are now Certified Organic - and 25% of all Carrots
being grown in America are organic.
both organic corn and soybeans has seen small increases as a percentage
of total acres for both crops in the past few years, according to the
report. This may be due to the fact that the U.S. is importing large
amounts of organic corn and soybeans, which is depressing the U.S.
market and prices for both crops. According Shander, 25 percent of
organic corn and 75 percent of organic soybeans used in the U.S. are
"'It’s a global market that is dictating U.S. prices,' he says. 'Demand
for organic corn and soybeans is still growing strongly, but production
in the U.S. is not growing as fast so more of the production will be
American acreage increases for the big
three annual crops have been seriously hurt because new
American food processors - which have bought their way into organic -
increasingly choose to purchase questionable, cheap “organic” grain
To date, USDA has done a very poor
investigating complaints of fraudulent “organic” grain
imports. These dubious imports are unfairly competing with
bonafide organic grain grown by American farmers.
Here for Wood Prairie Organic Maine Certified Organic Seed Potatoes.
Annual Rye. Fast growing and widely adapted cover crop!
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Annual Rye Cover Crop Seed.
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for sowing as soon as a garden crop is harvested or some bare ground
needs a quick protective cover.
Earn yourself a FREE 1 lb. sack
of our Organic Annual Rye Cover Crop Seed
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- offer ends 11:59 PM on
Monday, January 9, 2017, so better hurry!
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and FREE Organic
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Here for our Wood Prairie Organic Cover Crop Seed.
Bombshell: Quarter-Century-FDA-Stance on GMOs Exposed by Study as
This new research, reported in Alternet,
is an absolute blockbuster!
A major new peer-reviewed study from Europe effectively invalidates
the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) doctrine of
“Substantial Equivalence” between genetically-engineered (GE) crops and
their traditional counterparts. The implications of this research
are jaw-dropping and absolutely staggering.
background. Almost 25 years ago Vice President Dan Quayle
announced adoption of a politically-motivated
FDA policy – known as “Substantial Equivalence” - designed to minimize
testing requirements and give Biotech’s GE crops a virtual free pass.
History has shown this fraudulent policy asserting the “Substantial
Equivalence” of GE crops was in fact authored
by none other than Monsanto lawyer/lobbyist Michael Taylor.
The fact remains the doctrine of “Substantial
Equivalence” has been scientifically undefendable. It was the
result of Biotech-governmental collusion. Now, the new landmark research
- performed by a team led by Dr. Michael Antoniou of King’s College
London - and published in the scientific journal Nature,
refutes the entire false premise upon which “Substantial Equivalence”
has been based.
These scientific findings totally refute the FDA
policy. GE crops have now been shown to be anything but
“Substantially Equivalent” to non-GE crops. Since safety-testing has to a very
large degree been dramatically minimized because of the “Substantial
Equivalence” fake belief system, the health and welfare of
the American people have been endangered and clearly subordinated to
that of private corporate profit.
Sadly, we can expect to see history
repeated with a fresh and massive Biotech character assassination
campaign waged against Dr. Antoniou and the other honorable scientists
who have courageously stood up for the public interest.
clearly shows that the GM transformation process results in profound
compositional differences in NK603, demonstrating that this GMO corn is
not substantially equivalent to its non-GMO counterpart. The marked
increase in putrescine and especially cadaverine is a concern since
these substances are potentially toxic, being reported as enhancers of
the effects histamine, thus heightening allergic reactions, and both
have been implicated in the formation of carcinogenic nitrosamines with
nitrite in meat products. Our results call for a more thorough
evaluation of the safety of NK603 corn consumption on a long-term
basis.’ Dr. Antoniou stated…
establishment of compositional ‘substantial equivalence’ is a key
starting point requested by regulatory agencies for assessing the
safety of a GMO crop and food. If analysis for nutrients and known
toxins shows that the composition of a GMO crop is found to be in a
similar range to that present in a corresponding, genetically similar
non-GMO variety (often the non-GMO parent), then it is deemed to be
‘substantially equivalent’ and to require little, if any, further
safety testing, especially in the USA…
“A total of
117 proteins and 91 small molecule biochemicals (metabolites) were
found to be statistically significantly altered in NK603 corn by the GM
Because the approval process of GE crops
has been completely bogus and woefully inadequate, a moratorium
should be immediately declared on all GE crops.
Those individuals and corporations responsible for this reckless and
dangerous politically-motivated public food policy disaster should be
held fully accountable.
Here for Our Wood Prairie GE-Free Open-Pollinated Organic Vegetable
Blanket GMO Moratorium. Fraudulent regulatory policy
means all GMO approvals were foundationally erroneous.
Berry on Joy.
Blueberry Breakfast Bars.
2 c fresh or frozen blueberries
2 T sugar
2 T water
1 T lemon juice
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 c whole wheat
1 c rolled oats
2/3 c brown sugar
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1/8 tsp baking soda
1/2 c butter, melted
In a mixing bowl stir together flour, oats, brown sugar, 1/4 tsp
cinnamon, and baking soda. Stir in melted butter until thoroughly
combined. Set aside 1 cup of the mixture for topping. Press remaining
oat mixture into an ungreased 9-by-9-by-2-inch pan. Bake in a 350
degree oven for 20-25 minutes.
In a medium saucepan combine berries, sugar, water, lemon juice and 1/2
tsp cinnamon. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, for
about 8 minutes or until slightly thickened; stirring frequently.
Remove from heat.
Carefully spread filling on top of baked crust. Sprinkle with reserved
oat mixture. Lightly press oat mixture into filling. Bake in the 350
degree oven for 20-25 minutes more or until topping is set. Cool in pan
on wire rack. Cut into bars.
Makes 18 bars
Blueberry Breakfast Bars.
Photo by Angela Wotton.
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& Megan Gerritsen
Prairie Family Farm
429 - 9765
Certified Organic, Direct from the Farm