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DID PROP 37 REALLY LOSE OR WAS IT VOTE FRAUD? By Jon Rappoport » The Robert Scott Bell Show

BREAKING NEWS! MILLIONS OF CA VOTES UNCOUNTED. In just four urban California counties, 1.6 million votes remain uncounted. The CA Secretary of State's website indicates that Prop 37 is behind by 559,776 votes. "We’re faced with a scandal here. An early unwarranted projection against Prop 37 was made, when so many votes were still uncounted. Those votes are still uncounted.
Why should we believe anything that comes next?" Jim

DID PROP 37 REALLY LOSE OR WAS IT VOTE FRAUD? By Jon Rappoport » The Robert Scott Bell Show

On election night, not long after the polls closed in California, the announcement came out: Prop 37 was losing. A little while later, it was all over. 37 had gone down to defeat.


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Interview: Organic Farming Head on Landmark Lawsuit, GMO testing and the Lies Only Monsanto Could Ge

NEW INTERVIEW ABOUT LAWSUIT AND GMOs. Nick Meyer's unedited transcript of a recent interview. "Those of us who are organic farmers, particularly seed growers are very much aware of the mobile nature of pollen and…genetic pollen, transgenic pollen from GMO crops has an extreme likelihood of contaminating neighboring crops, organic or non-GMO conventional, so this has been on our radar screen for a quarter century. We feel as Americans we have the right to farm the way we want to on our farms without being trespassed upon by Monsanto." Jim

Interview: Organic Farming Head on Landmark Lawsuit, GMO testing and the Lies Only Monsanto Could Ge

One look at organic farmer Jim Gerritsen and you know he means business. In a […]


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InterOccupy | Citizen-led efforts in 23 states aim to label genetically modified foods

BREAKING NEWS! National Coalition established to pass GMO Labeling laws in 23 states including AZ, CA, CT CO, FL, HI, ID, IL, IA, ME, MA, MN, MS, NH, NJ, NY, NC, SC , OR, PA, VT, VA, WA. Good news for the people, bad news for Monsanto. Jim

InterOccupy | Citizen-led efforts in 23 states aim to label genetically modified foods

After 19 state legislatures last year considered bills to label genetically modified foods, the grassroots campaign in 23 states have formed The Coalition.


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Growing up, growing food: A teenage farmer to watch

TEENAGE FARMER WORKING FOR CHANGE. In a world desperate for examples of clear thinking and commitment, meet 16 year old Sophia Vartanian. "Sara Dent, coordinator for the project, calls Vartanian 'a brilliant young agrarian. She’s using her voice as a food advocate for change, and she’s one of the small but growing number of incredible young people who are stepping up to farm.'" Jim & Megan

Growing up, growing food: A teenage farmer to watch

At 16, Sophia Vartanian is planning gardens, connecting young farmers, and getting ready to give a TED talk. What have you done recently?


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GE Label Bill

Wood Prairie Farm. Maine Legislature’s Ag Committee Approves Final GMO Label Bill Language 8-5. (05/21/13)

Organic Consumers Association. Legislative Update: 25 States Working on GMO Labeling Laws. States Pursuing GMO Labeling Laws. (04/03/13)

MOFGA. New Poll Shows 91% of Maine People Support Labeling of Geneticfally Modified Foods. Mainer Support of GMO Labeling at 91%. (04/07/13)

RSN. Will a Federal Compromise on GMO Labeling Trump State Law, Forever? Corporate Interest Over Citizen Interest? (02/05/13)

New York Times. Vote for the Dinner Party. Michael Pollan On Importance of Prop 37. (10/10/12)

Appetite for Profit. Did Monsanto Write This Op-Ed Signed by a UC Davis Professor? Here Monsanto Interacts with Media. (10/03/12)

CA Right to Know. Poll Finds Prop. 37 is Likely to Pass.  Great Support for GMO Labeling. (09/27/12)

Natural News. California universities pose as bogus front groups for bogus corporate science on GMOs, organics. Political Misuse of Academic Reputation. (10/12/12)

Civil Eats. Who’s Deceiving Whom? Prop 37 Has Corps Running Scared. Dispelling Seven Biotech Myths. (09/21/12)

CA Right to Know. Monsanto promotes GMO labeling in Europe; yet spends millions to fight it in California. Inconsistant Position. (09/24/12)

New York Times. Uneasy Allies in the Grocery Aisle. Corporate Organic Brands Aiding Biotech. (09/13/12)

Activist Post. Cargill and Others Behind anti-Organic “Stanford Study”. Smoking Gun At Stanford. (09/05/12)

Alternet. Farmer Debunks Corporate Propaganda Against Proposed Law to Label genetically Modified Food. Farmer Speaks Truth on Prop 37. (08/27/12)

Right to Know. Endorsements for YES on 37. Right-To-Know GMO Labeling Initiative. (08/30/12)

Right to Know. Top 10 Lies Told by Monsanto. Inventing Opposition to Prop 37. (08/23/12)

Cornucopia. Agribusiness Owning Natural/Organic Brands Betray Customers: Fund Attack on GMO Labeling Proposal in California. Right-To-Know GMO Labeling Initiative. (08/16/12)

Huffington Post. Why GE Labeling is Monsanto’s worst Nightmare. Huffington Post Piece. (08/16/12)



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Background Articles on GMO Labeling

The Manchester Journal. Most Consumers would not see GMO Labeling as warning. Study Clears GMO Labeling. (08/15/15)

Governing.com “Why GMO Labeling May Finally Win Voters’ Approval in Colorado and Oregon” Big Votes Coming in November (09/12/14)

Analysis of L.D. 718 by Maine Attorney General Janet Mills

CommonDreams Labeling Genetically Engineered Foods: Whose Side Are You On?  Primer on California Prop 37 (07/26/12)

Wood Prairie Farm. Maine Legislature’s Ag Committee Approves Final GMO Label Bill Language 8-5. (05/21/13)

Organic Consumers Association. Legislative Update: 25 States Working on GMO Labeling Laws. States Pursuing GMO Labeling Laws. (04/03/13)

MOFGA. New Poll Shows 91% of Maine People Support Labeling of Geneticfally Modified Foods. Mainer Support of GMO Labeling at 91%. (04/07/13)

RSN. Will a Federal Compromise on GMO Labeling Trump State Law, Forever? Corporate Interest Over Citizen Interest? (02/05/13)

New York Times. Vote for the Dinner Party. Michael Pollan On Importance of Prop 37. (10/10/12)

Appetite for Profit. Did Monsanto Write This Op-Ed Signed by a UC Davis Professor? Here Monsanto Interacts with Media. (10/03/12)

CA Right to Know. Poll Finds Prop. 37 is Likely to Pass.  Great Support for GMO Labeling. (09/27/12)

Natural News. California universities pose as bogus front groups for bogus corporate science on GMOs, organics. Political Misuse of Academic Reputation. (10/12/12)

Civil Eats. Who’s Deceiving Whom? Prop 37 Has Corps Running Scared. Dispelling Seven Biotech Myths. (09/21/12)

CA Right to Know. Monsanto promotes GMO labeling in Europe; yet spends millions to fight it in California. Inconsistant Position. (09/24/12)

New York Times. Uneasy Allies in the Grocery Aisle. Corporate Organic Brands Aiding Biotech. (09/13/12)

Activist Post. Cargill and Others Behind anti-Organic “Stanford Study”. Smoking Gun At Stanford. (09/05/12)

Alternet. Farmer Debunks Corporate Propaganda Against Proposed Law to Label genetically Modified Food. Farmer Speaks Truth on Prop 37. (08/27/12)

Right to Know. Endorsements for YES on 37.Right-To-Know GMO Labeling Initiative. (08/30/12)

Right to Know. Top 10 Lies Told by Monsanto. Inventing Opposition to Prop 37. (08/23/12)

Cornucopia. Agribusiness Owning Natural/Organic Brands Betray Customers: Fund Attack on GMO Labeling Proposal in California. Right-To-Know GMO Labeling Initiative. (08/16/12)

Huffington Post. Why GE Labeling is Monsanto’s worst Nightmare. Huffington Post Piece. (08/16/12)

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Organic Research and Documents

OSGATA. Protecting Organic Seed Integrity: The Organic Farmer’s Handbook to GE Avoidance and Testing. 

Rapeseed rotation, compost and biocontrol amendments reduce soilborne diseases and increase tuber yield in organic
and conventional potato production systems

NDSU: Carrington Research Extension Center. Organic Potato Seed Source Trial 2008 and 2009. 

NDSU: Carrington Research Extension Center. Organic Potato Seed Source Trial 2010.

Breaking News.VT House Ag Committee Passes GMO Labeling Bill 9-1-1. Passed Early Afternoon Friday 04/20/12. (04/20/12)

Wood Prairie Farm. Northeast Potato Technology Forum Scientific Program 2012 Potato Cropping Systems Powerpoint 

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Press Release 01/16/2012

PRESS RELEASE 
January 16, 2012
For Immediate Release
Contact:
Jim Gerritsen
(207) 429-9765
press@woodprairie.com
Wood Prairie Farm
Bridgewater, Maine
A Citizen’s Assembly in Support for Family Farmers vs. Monsanto

– Citizens Urged to Sign Petition of Support for Family Farmers
– Supporters Urged to Attend & RSVP Citizens Assembly on January 31st

     New York, New York – January, 16 2012 – We wish to assemble free and peaceful citizens outside the Manhattan District court in an effort to present the important message to family farmers that millions of Americans stand behind them as they seek their day in court. In the past two decades, Monsanto’s seed monopoly has grown so powerful that they control the genetics of nearly 90% of five major commodity crops including corn, soybeans, cotton, canola and sugar beets. This has resulted in onerous costs to farmers through high technology patent fees for seeds as well as burdensome litigation costs in defending themselves against lawsuits asserted by Monsanto.
     In many cases organic and conventional farmers are forced to stop growing certain crops in order to avoid genetic contamination and potential lawsuits. Between 1997 and April 2010, Monsanto filed 144 lawsuits against American farmers in at least 27 different states, for alleged infringement of its transgenic seed patents and/or breach of its license to those patents, while settling another 700 out of court for undisclosed amounts. As a result of these aggressive lawsuits, Monsanto has created an atmosphere of fear in rural America and driven dozens of farmers into bankruptcy.
     The lawsuit OSGATA (Organic Seed Growers and Trade Association) et al vs. Monsanto was filed on behalf of 300,000 organic and non-GMO farmers and citizens to seek judicial relief in “protect[ing] themselves from ever being accused of infringing patents on transgenic (GMO) seed”. The judge has requested and agreed to hear oral argument in orders to make a decision of whether or not to allow the farmers’ case to move forward in the courts after Monsanto filed a motion to dismiss the lawsuit.
    

     “We are family farmers and we are headed to court in New York City on January 31 to let the judge know that our survival as farmers depends on this lawsuit,” said Maine organic seed farmer Jim Gerritsen.  Gerritsen is also President of Organic Seed Growers and Trade Association, lead plaintiff in Monsanto et al v. Monsanto.  “We’re not asking Monsanto for one penny. We just want justice for our farmers and we want court protection from Monsanto.” 


     We are encouraging supporters of farmers’ rights to grow food without fear and intimidation to assemble outside the courtroom in a peaceful manner to support the farmers in their claims, recognizing that these injustices affect us all and that this case is deserving of the court’s time and attention.
     “I don’t think it’s fair that Monsanto should be able to sue my family for patent infringement because their transgenic seed trespasses onto our farm and contaminates and ruins our organic crop,” said organic farmer Bryce Stephens of Jennings, Kansas, and vice-President of OSGATA. “We have had to abandon raising corn because we are afraid Monsanto wouldn’t control their genetic pollution and then they would come after us for patent infringment.  It’s not right.”

      Due to limited space, only a small number of individuals will be able to enter the courtroom and listen to the proceedings. We respectfully ask that farmers and plaintiffs in the case be given priority to hear this case in person as each plaintiff has traveled many miles and put a great deal on the line to be a part of this case.

In the spirit of peaceful assembly and respect for the courts, we request that you adhere to the following principles:

Principles for Citizens’ Assembly
1.     Assemble outside the court in a show of support for family farmers and their right to grow food without the threat of intimidation, harassment or loss of income.
2.     Assemble peacefully to present a positive message that America’s citizens stand behind family farmers and support their rights of legal protection under the Constitution.
3.     Bring signs that portray messages of:
a.     Hope
b.     The positive impacts of sustainable and organic agriculture
c.     Solutions to our current crisis in food, agriculture and society
d.     Support for farmers who seek justice in the courts
4.     Be respectful of court security requests and follow them faithfully.
5.     Maintain a respectful distance from the court entry on Pearl Street, making sure not to block access for foot traffic or vehicles.
6.     Maintain a tone of respect for the court and the sanctity of our legal process as the judge hears the merits of this important case.
7.     Cell phones, cameras and tape recorders are prohibited inside the courthouse. Those who enter the courthouse must conform to court security protocols.
8.     No signs, t-shirts with slogans or other disruptions, visual or otherwise, are appropriate or allowed in the courtroom.
9.     No chanting or loud noises allowed outside the courthouse as all must maintain their conduct in ways that are respectful to the judicial process and in accordance with the seriousness of the case.
10.  Please follow the instructions of designated assembly captains who will continue to update you as the events of the day unfold.
As advocates for farmers and supporters of a citizen-based democracy we greatly appreciate your support for family farmers and your agreement to act in accordance with these principles in order to guarantee farmers’ rights to grow food without fear and intimidation.

Location to Hear Plaintiffs and Attorney Comment After Hearing
Once oral arguments are heard in the court, farmers, plaintiffs and lead attorney Dan Ravicher of the Public Patent Foundation will be available for comments to supporters and the media, at the Southwest Corner on 500 Pearl Street, at Pearl Street and Cardinal Hayes Place.
For those planning on assembling at 9 am, Pearl Street has been recommended to gather respectfully and overflow can gather at Foley Square.
If link does not work, Google: 45 Cardinal Hayes Place, New York, NY for location of assembly, which is the intersection of Pearl Street and Cardinal Hayes Place.

Action! Click here to RSVP to attend the Citizen’s Assembly.
Action! Click Here to Sign Our Petition Supporting Farmers

About Maine’s Wood Prairie Farm (www.woodprairie.com; 800-829-9765)
Wood Prairie Farm is located in Aroostook County, the largest county east of the Mississippi River and Maine’s historic center of potato farming.  For over 35 years, Jim Gerritsen, his wife Megan and their family have used organic farming techniques on the fertile land of Wood Prairie Farm to grow the finest potatoes, seed, vegetables and grain nature will produce.  Wood Prairie Farm is MOFGA Certified Organic, and its seed potatoes, kitchen potatoes, seeds and other products are available direct to the customer by mail order from its website and catalog.  Wood Prairie Farm is on Facebook at
www.facebook.com/woodprairiefarm. 

Additional information about OSGATA et al v. Monsanto is available at www.woodprairie.com/wpf_news. 

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