Issue of The Seed Piece:
The Work of Winter.
End of a Good Day.
Northern Maine does most of its logging in the winter time when the
ground is frozen and iced pathways allow for slick and efficient
hauling of extra heavy loads. Back in the 1920s, cameras were scarce in
Maine's North Maine Woods. So we can be pretty confidant in guessing
that this seven cord load of four-foot softwood pulp was put up extra
special for bragging rights and the cameraman's presence was no mere
Last week's long cold snap of many
consecutive days below zero has now temporarily moderated as we turn to
the short month of February. The sun is getting high enough in the sky
that we expect it to throw some warmth our way in the next few weeks,
signaling that winter's end is only a few months away..
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|Transcript of January 10, 2013 OSGATA et al v. Monsanto Appeal of Dismissal Oral Argument before the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington, DC.
Organic Seed Growers and Trade Association recently transcribed the audio (38:32) recording of the Oral Argument and it makes for very interesting reading. Find the new transcript here.
Lead Plaintiff attorney, Dan Ravicher, Founder and Executive Director of the Public Patent Foundation in this video (5:07)
speaks to the Citizen’s Assembly outside the Courthouse in LaFayette
Park, just after the conclusion of the Oral Argument. If you are
wondering who is taking the high road in this lawsuit you must listen
to this moving impromptu speech.
Click here for Background information on OSGATA et al v. Monsanto.
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Wood Prairie Farm. We have nothing to do with Monsanto and never have.
|Quotes Worth Considering.
“Monsanto should not have to vouchsafe the safety
of biotech food. Our interest is in selling as much of it as possible.
Assuring its safety is the FDA’s job.” — New York Times, October 25, 1998
Monsanto’s Director of Corporate Communications.
|Recipe: Potato Nachos
3 T vegetable oil
2 Butte potatoes, cut into 1/2-inch thick slices Sea salt and ground black pepper to taste
1/2 lb ground beef
1 15 ounce can black beans, drained
8 ounces shredded Cheddar cheese, divided
1/4 c salsa
1/4 c plain yogurt or sour cream
1/4 c guacamole (optional)
Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.
Pour 2 T of oil into a large bowl; toss the potato slices in the oil to coat.
the potato slices in a single layer on a baking sheet and sprinkle with
salt and pepper. Bake in the preheated oven until potato slices are
golden brown, about 20 minutes.
potato slices are baking, heat 1 T of vegetable oil in a skillet over
medium heat; brown the ground beef in the hot oil, breaking it up into
crumbles as it cooks, about 8 minutes. Mix the black beans into the
ground beef and simmer until the flavors have blended, about 10 minutes.
Arrange the potato slices on a serving platter and sprinkle with half of the Cheddar cheese.
Top the potatoes with the meat and bean mixture; sprinkle the remaining cheese on the nachos.
Spread the lettuce on the nachos and garnish with salsa and dollops of yogurt or sour cream and guacamole.
Potato Nachos. Delicious Winter Meal.
Photo by Angela Wotton
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|Our Mailbox: Organic Chicken, Honest Seed, False Pleas & True Heroes.
I'm going to eat chicken I want the organic free range, humane and
happy stuff that comes just as a featherless dead bird, not one that is
chopped into pieces, stripped of skin, and packed in plastic wrap, in a
styrofoam tray with a blood diaper underneith it. And I really question
what they mean by organically fed since most chicekns are fed mainly
corn, and since 88% of all corn is GMO. I have a hard time believing
that the 12% of organic corn in this country is going to feed these
chickens. I try to get the naked chickens that are a little on the
skinny side (like a happy active chicken should be), with skin that is
not yellow....a good sign that they are living on grubs and other
veggies and grains besides corn. But anything is better than the
nightmarish and horrific garbage that the regular grocery store or
average restaurant serves. Blech.
that is labeled 'Organic' is regulated by the Feds under the National
Organic Program. Organic producers - our farm included - MUST be
certified by an accredited certifier and we MUST feed all organic feed
to our livestock. That's the law and that's the assurance to consumers.
We've been certified organic for 30 years, including the last ten years
under USDA NOP control. I also volunteered for almost 25 years serving
on the MOFGA Certification Committee. So these matters have been a
major part of my life for a long time. Couple "certified organic" from
a "local" farmer and you've got the highest assurance attainable and a
the matter of seed varieties and seed businesses owned by Monsanto. I
have been unable to find full confirmation in either direction on some
of this. https://www.occupymonsanto360.org/2012/03/17/monsanto-owned-seednames/
Thanks again for all your hard work.
There is confusion sprouting from the imprecise and varied
usage of 'own.' For many of us there is no problem growing a Seminis (a
company purchased by Monsanto about 8 years ago) variety should it be
old enough that income generation for new parent Monsanto has been
exhausted and the variety has for all intents and purposes become 'open
source.' Our organic open pollinated 'Marketmore 76'
cucumber is an example of this. It is a great workhorse variety, it is
not under Monsanto's control and Monsanto receives no income from its
use. In our opinion, a gardener's best option is to partronize
independent seed companies that understand the nuances, that do not
support Monsanto in any way and celebrate and treasure the superior
freedom inherent in open-pollinated varieties. The best listing of such
companies is from Barbara Peterson's 'Farm Wars.' https://farmwars.info/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/FARMWARS-SAFE-SEED-COMPANY-LIST-Ap0820121.pdf
Jim & Megan.
Good news and a great article! https://www.non-gmoreport.com/articles/january2013/Demand-growing-for-non-GMO-corn-seed.php
Yes increased demand by farmers for non-genetically engineered seed is really good news.
We have a problem when the world's top corn seed genetics
come under monopoly control of biotech corporations like Monsanto which
gained their control by buying up formerly independent seed companies
while the Anti-Trust division of the US Dept of Justice was asleep at
the wheel. As the failure of GE crop agriculture becomes more apparant,
farmers will need increased supply of excellent non-GE seed. The
manipulation of the availability of seed resources by Biotech is
unacceptable. Their creation of concocted shortages of non GE seed is
no more convincing than the plea by the youngster who murders his
parents and then asks the court for leniency on the grounds that he is
HISTORICAL FDA MEMOS EXPRESSING CONCERNS ABOUT GE FOOD. Some of the memos are miracles of understatement. I'd use terms like fraudulent representation.
I'm afraid many take their cues from political leaders
above them and those who do serve better as soldiers than as scientists
possessing integrity and a zeal for the truth. High salaries provide
incentive to corporate, government and university employees to live a
comfortable lifestyle and remain silent. The true heroes are the Dr.
Donald Hubers, the Dr. Ignatio Chapelas, and the Dr. Gilles-Eric
Seralinis who put themselves at risk in order to serve the common good
and promote the people's interests. We owe them a debt of gratitude for
their service and their sacrifice.
Wood Prairie Farm Quick
& Megan Gerritsen
Certified Organic, Direct from the Farm