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Biotech's war of
disinformation heats up.
Biotech and the Stanford Sell Out.
this week all the telltale signs were there. Biotech's $25 million
massively funded propaganda campaign of disinformation - orchestrated
by former tobacco lobbyists - aimed at confusing California voters into
voting against their own interests: CA Prop 37, the peoples'
Right-To-Know GMO Labeling referendum. Then, a coordinated, national
tsunami-like blanket coverage of suffocating proportions by the
traditional media - down to the smallest hamlet including our local
country radio station - of a 'new' Stanford compilation study which at
once trashed organic, ignored biotech crops and held a
no-questions-asked-assumption that the government's
chemical-industry-friendly official pesticide tolerance levels were
somehow scientifically-based and bulls eye accurate. The subject: under
the lens of a narrow 'nutritional comparison,' a calculated unwieldy
meta-analysis of 17 human studies and 223 laboratory studies of how
does organic compare to conventional.
Within twenty four hours, the cracks in the
processional's armor started to appear. Noted Activist Post:
"From Stanford Center for Health Policy's own website it is admitted
that 'national' and international foundations and corporations' fund
its research and 'outreach activities.' This confirms the suspicions of
an increasingly aware public who saw the 'study' as biased,
contradictory of both logic and ethics, and the result of insidious
corporate-funding. According to FSI's 2011 Annual Report Agricultural
giant Cargill, British Petroleum (BP), the Bill & Melinda Gates
Foundation, Google, Goldman Sachs, the Smith Richardson Foundation, and
many other corporate-financier, Fortune 500 special interests."
Agricultural giant Cargill is in fact in direct
partnership with Stanford University. Specifically it has donated at
least 5 million dollars for the creation of a Center on Food Security
and the Environment (FSE). The center is allegedly 'committed to
helping feed a growing population while preserving the planet's
natural resources.' This will presumably be done through the use of
patented Cargill biotechnology, have nothing to do with actually
'helping feed' anything but Cargill's bottom line and
corporate-financier domination of the global food supply, while
Stanford simply leverages its reputation and credibility to give cover
and badly needed legitimacy to Cargill's methods and agenda. Stanford's
most recent "study" is essentially the university "giving back" to
Cargill and others."
Two lessons come to mind which are pertinent
to this Stanford news story. 1) Franklin D. Roosevelt: "in politics,
happens by accident. If it happens, you can bet it was planned that
way." 2) Mythically attributed to Watergate's Deep Throat: "Follow the
no coincidence that the corporations behind this propaganda coup are
the biggest contributors to the biotech disinformation campaign
deployed to defeat California Prop 37.
Below are links to some of the more pithy articles exposing the false
'journalism' and study critiques which expose Stanford's embarrassing
5 Ways the Stanford Study Sells Organic Short.
Cargill and Others Behind anti-Organic "Stanford Study."
Why the News is Wrong: We Need to Eat Organic.
Fruit and Soil Quality of Organic and Conventional Strawberry
| GE Film
Documentary ' The Agtivists '
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You will enjoy viewing the excellent
to 'The Agtivists'
, Zofia Hausman's upcoming documentary
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which are also known as GMOs. Plant Pathologist and American hero Dr.
Donald Huber are among those interviewed in the landmark film.
In order to finish film
production and get this film into distribution, Zofia has established
crowdfunding project for "The Agtivists'.
Please join us in supporting her team's work by contributing to this
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Dark Chocolate Spelt Cake. As good
as it looks.
Photo by Angela Wotton.
| Recipe: Dark
Chocolate Spelt Cake
Chocolate Spelt Cake
ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped
1/2 c oil
organic silken tofu (12 ounces)
tsp baking soda
1 1/4 c
oven to 350 degrees and grease two 8 or 9" cake pans
coffee over chopped chocolate to melt. Using either a blender or food
processor add silken tofu, oil, and melted chocolate mixture and
process to smooth.
dry ingredients into a large bowl then add wet ingredients. Mix with a
spoon until blended. Blend until dry ingredients are incorporated,
being careful not to over mix. Pour batter into cake pans and bake for
approximately 30 minutes until tester comes out clean. Cool and frost
with your choice of frosting.
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Fall Seed Potatoes.
have a question...if I order seed potato from you now, will it ship
right away? We like to fall plant potatoes here in California (super
mild winter) and would like to get some of your wonderful seed potatoes
in the ground the next month. Let me know! Thanks.
We can ship you seed potatoes as soon as we
harvest them. We begin harvest in mid September and go into October. Be
aware that potatoes must pass through a dormancy period of 4-8 weeks
before the tubers will sprout. Best idea for Fall planting is to select
varieties that are short and medium dormancy (this equates with minimal
resistance to sprouting) - you'll find dormancy info about each variety
on our variety characteristics chart in our catalog and on our website.. Best practice
to keep the seed tubers at room temperature and consider applying
natural plant growth hormone
gibberlillic acid (Pro-Gibb Plus 2x / OMRI approved) at 4-5ppm to the
surface to help break dormancy. Safest procedure is to delay planting
until growth is seen protruding from the tuber eye - that will indicate
the tubers have broken dormancy and they are good and ready to grow.
a similar thing on our local NPR station (now itself benefitting from
major gas industry money) about a new institute at SUNY-Buffalo that
just released a 'scientific' paper on the safety of fracking,
surprisingly not peer-reviewed, just weeks before NY is slated to
announce whether fracking will be permitted, and (surprise) the
institute is heavily funded by the gas industry with most of directors
drawn from industry. Sheer benign coincidence? Well, that's the way the
WSKG was trying to make it sound. Oh, the conclusion of the paper is
that with the adequite state oversight, fracking is perfectly safe.
A culture of full disclosure would be
self-regulating and would remedy academic integrity vacuums like your
SUNY propaganda predicament. Establishing an ethical norm of
prominently displaying a statement about potential conflicts of
interest in the study abstract would alert all readers - including the
public and media - of the presence of a hidden agenda. Ditto for the
Stanford academic-hatchet-job on organic financed by Big Ag and
biotech. The concept meets the KISS requirement (Keep It Simple Stupid)
and is a benefit to both society and ethically-challenged academia.
Home Grown Biofumigation.
noticed in the book "Crop Rotations for Organic Farms" [Ed. note: for
your free copy click here] that you have used a mustard/buckwheat
crop sequence before growing potatoes. We are having problems with
wireworms in potatoes and other vegetable crops we grow for our 200
member CSA and have heard about the mustard/buckwheat combination for
reducing wireworm problems from some research done in Prince Edward
Island. Has it
worked for you? What variety of mustard do you use and what seeding
rate and what seeding date? Thanks in advance. You folks have a great
in PEI is showing the benefit of crop rotation with Buckwheat
and brassicas. As a biofumigant, after buckwheat plowdown, we
actually grow a close cousin to mustard: plowdown Dwarf Essex Rapeseed,
a biennial (10#/ac rate
seeded with the grassbox of our International Harvester 510 grain
drill). We have a short
Fall and have learned to plant by Aug 15. I would double-check your
diagnosis to confirm that your pest is in fact wireworm. Flea Beetles
cause somewhat similar damage and wireworms sometimes are falsely
Anecdotally, at a recent Maine farm
conference, another organic farmer related his experience and
interpretation that he felt he was getting increased wireworm problems
because of his use of annual mustard as a biofumigant. He felt the
wireworm moths were attracted to the flowering mustard and increased
his problem. Because rapeseed is a biennial there will not be this
As far as Buckwheat goes, this is yet another
reason to love Buckwheat as a cover crop.
Grappeling With Grubs.
may or may not remember us. My wife and I visited your farm last Fall.
I was a student at the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship in Rockport.
We live in Montana and are back there now. We planted a large garden
with five varieties of potatoes. We got the seed potatoes from you. I
have planted potatoes in this garden many times in the past and have
always gotten a good yield. I have a lovely crop that is being eaten by
a large grub. I have not had this problem before. In the wound where
the grubs have been eating are many small worms also eating away. The
grubs are about the same diameter as a pencil and about 1.5 inches
long. They have a brown head, white body and dark masses in
the interior of the tail. The mouth is huge and very effective at
chewing through the potatoes. About half of my big beautiful spuds are
ruined. I can't save this years crop but how do I prevent this next
year? The only thing I did differently this year was to mulch the
hilled rows with lawn clippings. The other problem I have is scab. Lots
on the Carolas and Caribe. Can you help me?
Of course we remember you folks. Megan said
she sent you a Montana
publication on White Grub.
Our experience is that White Grub has only been an occasional problem
coming out of
heavy sod. Once the soil has been worked (we used to grow a crop of
squash the first year out of heavy old sod) and the sod roots
that food source for White Grubs disappears and the grub population
plummets. You seem to have a different problem. I wonder if beneficial
nematodes might help? We've had good results purchasing beneficial
insects from Arbico. https://www.arbico-organics.com/category/beneficial-nematodes.
Good luck! Jim
Avoiding Monsanto Seed.
Jim, Glad the repair shop project is taking off. Is it possible to get
a list of all the garden seed companies that Monsanto supplies seeds to
in one form or another? I imagine a lot of organic supporters would
also be interested in seeing such a list. Thanks.
I recommend going with a list of honest companies carefully dedicated
to avoiding Monsanto seed. No single list is going to be 100% complete
or accurate. That said, the single
best listing I know
is that established by Barbara Peterson of Farm Wars. Her criteria:
"Seed companies that provide organic and heirloom seeds. These
companies have no ties to biotech interests and do not get their seeds
Thanks for not supporting Monsanto. Where we
spend our dollars really does matter and wise purchase activity will
bring about needed reform.
Wood Prairie Farm Quick
& Megan Gerritsen
Certified Organic, Direct from the Farm