Monday, February 28, 2011
Friday, February 25, 2011
Tuesday, February 22, 2011
Saturday, February 19, 2011
- Welcome to members/guests
- Secretary has minutes of last meeting
- Treasurer's report
- Committee Chair's reportsA. DatabaseB. MembershipC. Organizational/BylawsD. Web/OutreachE. Best Practices
- Old BusinessA. Vice-chairB. Web siteC.
- New BusinessA. Approval of committee actionsB. New members assigned to committeesC. Logo*D. BylawsE. Next meeting
- Adjourn for seed swap and conviviality!
From top to bottom, Logo 1, 2 and 3...
Friday, February 18, 2011
Thursday, February 17, 2011
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
http://www.seedliving.ca/sl/displayNews-55/ this is their new online swap option!
SeedLiving is introducing a new option so that growers can swap seeds in their community online, as often as they wish. Pass SeedLiving's URL on and begin swapping. There is now no need to list a price for a packet of seeds, you can only swap if you'd like. Simply choose the 'swap only' function when listing seeds. (read more at the link)
Our proposed agenda will be posted here very soon!
Monday, February 14, 2011
Courtesy of MAPLIGHT.org
FDA Lifts Restrictions on Planting Syngenta's Genetically Modified Corn Seeds
Feb. 14, 2011 - The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has given corn growers the green light to plant Swiss-based Syngenta's genetically modified corn seeds ( corn amylase Event 3272) for the 2011 spring season. According to the St. Louis Business Journal, the announcement is a boon to midwest growers, but the product is under fire regarding concerns for crop contamination. The seeds will be sold under the "Enogen" brand.
Below is a breakdown of the $660,230 in contributions dating back to 2001 from Syngenta and its employees to members of the 109th-112th Congresses. A MAPLight.org analysis of data from the Center for Responsive Politics shows that two high-ranking officials on the House Agriculture Committee also top Syngenta's donor list. The committee's ranking Democrat Collin Peterson (D-Minn.) has taken in $19,500 in contributions, while committee Vice-Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) has taken in $19,000. Committee Chairman Frank Lucas (R-Okla.) sits amongst the top ten with $11,000 in contributions. The House Agriculture Committee is tasked with oversight of the FDA. Contribution figures date from Jan. 1, 2001-Nov 22, 2010
Top 10 Lawmakers Receiving Campaign Contributions From Syngenta
|Collin Peterson||Democrat||MN House 7||$19,500|
|Robert Goodlatte||Republican||VA House 6||$19,000|
|Saxby Chambliss||Republican||GA Senate||$16,000|
|Michael Castle||Republican||DE House At-large||$15,500|
|Blanche Lincoln||Democrat||AR Senate||$13,000|
|Max Baucus||Democrat||MT Senate||$13,000|
|Thomas Latham||Republican||IA House 4||$13,000|
|John Boehner||Republican||OH House 8||$12,000|
|Adrian Smith||Republican||NE House 3||$11,000|
|Frank Lucas||Republican||OK House 3||$11,000|
Top 10 Total Contributions to Lawmakers by State From Syngenta
Methodology: Monetary and non-monetary contributions to candidate campaign committees of legislators serving in the 109th, 110th, 111th and 112th Congresses for election cycles 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010. Contributions data provided by the Center for Responsive Politics.
Link to this data release here .
MAPLight.org is a nonprofit, nonpartisan research group that tracks money in politics.
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Genetically modified alfalfa doesn't sound as important as "the economy," "healthcare," or "jobs." Yet our fourth largest crop, a major feed for dairy cows, has a direct impact on the quality of our milk. By allowing Monsanto to freely modify something so crucial, but so unfamiliar, the Department of Agriculture is facilitating the quiet modification of the American diet without popular consent or notice. More importantly, the company receiving free reign over our food supply is a predatory one, one that collaborates with cigarette companies, makes bestselling pesticides like Roundup—which the alfalfa is bred to resist—and runs small organic farmers out of business by suing them for using patented GM seeds that entered their fields on the wind.
Sunday, February 13, 2011
Companies that genetically engineer crops have a lock on what we know about their safety and benefits.
Thursday, February 10, 2011
Wednesday, February 9, 2011
Tuesday, February 8, 2011
Sunday, February 6, 2011
Thursday, February 3, 2011
A blog about public media from Current.org: Would pubcasting funding cutback affect Los Angeles music scene?
This is a big article that explains the nuances and the impact of the "Defund NPR" campaign -- which, of course, is a political catchphrase because it's ALL of public broadcasting that will be affected, TV and Radio, and radio is more than just NPR -- it's just that NPR makes such an easy catchphrase as a political target.