Black Brook Farm Produce is back and an organic food truck too!

Most Saturdays this summer, you can find Potatoes and Molasses parked in a grassy spot at the intersection of Routes 5 and 20 and Route 318, near Montezuma Winery and the Cayuga Wine Trail and a couple miles from the village of Seneca Falls. The menu will change each week and the Porters will also sell produce from their farm. On Thursdays, 3 to 6 p.m., Black Brook Farm will take part in the Skaneateles Farmers Market at Austin Park. For more information on Black Brook Organic Farm and the Potatoes and Molasses Food Truck, call (315) 651-1530 and visit blackbrookorganic.com.

https://www.syracusenewtimes.com/farm-to-table-on-the-go/



Next Generation of GMOs Escapes Regulation

The synthetic biology process involves altering the DNA of microorganisms such as algae, bacteria and yeast so they produce compounds like flavors and fragrances that previously have been extracted from plants. Scientists and software engineers are altering the DNA of existing microorganisms and designing new ones.

Synthetic biology companies are producing a wide range of compounds for food, pharmaceutical, fuel and industrial use. Evolva has created a synthetic biology form of vanillin, an alternative to natural vanilla extract. Perfect Day has engineered yeast cells to produce proteins similar to those found in cow's milk with the aim of producing vegan milk. Impossible Foods engineered heme, a molecule that makes meat sizzle and look pink for the company's meatless Impossible Burger. According to the ETC Group, there are some 350 synthetic biology products on the market or in development.

https://www.ecowatch.com/synthetic-biology-crispr-2427032598.html



Largest Organic Milk Producer in the U.S. Isn’t Actually Organic at All

The country’s largest organic milk producer has allegedly been operating illegally, according to an exposé that appeared in the Washington Post Monday. Aurora Organic Dairy, which supplies store-brand organic milk to such retailers as Walmart, Costco, and Target, was accused in the exposé of failing to graze its cattle according to USDA organic standards.

http://www.organicauthority.com/largest-organic-milk-producer-in-the-u-s-isnt-actually-organic/



Agricultural Scientist Responds To Oregon County’s Mandate To Apply Herbicides To Organic Farm

“Given that almost no one with experience in weed management believes that any long-established weed, noxious or otherwise, can be eradicated with herbicides, one wonders why the County has adopted such a draconian change in its noxious weed control program. I can think of two plausible motivations – a desire by companies and individuals involved in noxious weed control activities, via selling or applying herbicides, to increase business volume and profits; or, an effort to reduce or eliminate acreage in the Country that is certified organic.

Weeds are classified as noxious when they prone to spread, are difficult to control, and pose a public health or economic threat to citizens, public lands, and/or farming and ranching operations. Ironically, by far the fastest growing and mostly economically damaging noxious weeds in the U.S. are both noxious and spreading because they have developed resistance to commonly applied herbicides, and especially glyphosate.



Plus, I guarantee you that the County, the herbicide applicators, and the manufacturers of the herbicides applied, under force of law on organic or other farms, will face a torrent of litigation seeking compensatory damages for loss of reputation, health risks, and the loss of premium markets and prices.

I have followed litigation of this sort for decades, and have served as an expert witness in several herbicide-related cases. While it is obviously premature to start contemplating the precise legal theories and statutes that will form the crux of future litigation, the County should develop a realistic estimate of the legal costs likely to arise in the wake of this strategy, if acted upon, so that the County Commissioners can alert the public upfront regarding how they will raise the funds needed to deal with the costs of near-inevitable litigation.”

https://jonathanturley.org/2017/05/14/ag...o-organic-farm/



Trump's EPA Greenlights a Nasty Chemical. A Month Later, It Poisons a Bunch of Farmworkers.

"Anybody that was exposed, we encourage them to seek medical attention immediately," a California public health official stated.

http://www.motherjones.com/environment/2...eenlghted-trump



Largest-ever study finds GM crops increased herbicide use by 28 percent - 2016

http://non-gmoreport.com/articles/larges...use-28-percent/



Genetically Engineered Disappointments

Much of the resistance against GE crops is due to the interests and methods of the agribusiness transnationals dominating food production, both directly and indirectly through their control and promotion of seeds, agrochemicals, etc.

http://www.ipsnews.net/2017/05/genetically-engineered-disappointments/



Tell the USDA: No genetically modified trees

https://act.credoaction.com/sign/no_gmo_trees?source=fb_share4



“I Wouldn’t Feed This Stuff to a Dying Animal” – Terminal Hospice Patient Exposes Truth About Ensure Nutrition Drinks

To make matters worse, Abbott Nutrition is a member of the notorious pro-GMO organization the Grocery Manufacturers Association, and to date has given nearly a million dollars to fight against GMO labeling in the United States.

Does this sound like the type of company whose products you should be feeding your loved ones? After you see these products, their ingredients, and potential side effects,[3] you’ll have the answer.

http://www.healthy-holistic-living.com/w...inks.html?t=MAM



10 Favorite Organic Food Makers That Are Now Owned by Huge Corporations

Annie’s, Dagoba Chocolate, Cascadian Farm, Silk, Earthbound Farms, R.W. Knudson, Honest Tea, Applegate Farms, Stonyfield Organic Yogurt, Horizon.

http://althealthworks.com/6531/10-favori...e-corporations/



Tell Garden Retailers to Pledge Not to Sell GMO Grass

http://gmofreeusa.org/take-action/boycott-scotts-miracle-gro-petition/



There’s Funding to Support Organic Farmers, but Many Don’t Know It Exists

An internal USDA memo shows a glut of funds remains available to reimburse farmers for organic certification.

http://civileats.com/2017/05/16/theres-f...know-it-exists/



Whistleblower alleges herbicide sprayings in Waialua violated safety rules

Shannell Grilho said that DuPont Pioneer fired her and her husband Morgan Armitage about a year ago, after she raised questions about the company's spraying practices.

http://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/story/35491...ialua-community



Crashing Monsanto’s Pesticide Party In Beijing

In the end, an electronic working group was established to explore changing the IESTI equations but it was quite plain that Australia, Kenya, and the United States, who are quite comfortable with the status quo, would simply play the “study it to death” game as they ran out the clock on any changes.

http://www.greenmedinfo.com/blog/crashing-monsanto-s-pesticide-party-beijing



Seneff: “Informative article about Rosemary Mason's tireless campaign to try to influence the British government to stop poisoning everything with glyphosate and PCBs.”

http://www.countercurrents.org/2017/06/0...mical-industry/



Glyphosate!! Zen Honeycutt of momsacrossamerica.com

https://www.facebook.com/HighWireTalk/videos/432364297139568/?fref=mentions&pnref=story



Seneff: “CRISPR is going to be a very wild ride!”

CRISPR gene editing can cause hundreds of unintended mutations

...recipients had sustained more than 1,500 single-nucleotide mutations and more than 100 larger deletions and insertions.

https://phys.org/news/2017-05-crispr-gene-hundreds-unintended-mutations.html#jCp



Seneff: “This new twin study from Nature is great confirmation of my suspicions that glyphosate chelation of manganese is causing severe manganese deficiency in autism. Anthony Samsel and I wrote a whole paper about this topic in one of our glyphosate pathways to diseases series of papers.”

https://www.nih.gov/news-events/news-releases/baby-teeth-link-autism-heavy-metals-nih-study-suggests



Seneff: “It appears that several different studies showing staitistically significant increased risk to cancer following glyphosate exposure were dismissed by the EU in their decision process to NOT label glyphosate as a probable carcinogen.”

http://gmwatch.org/en/news/latest-news/17649



China Pushes Public to Accept GMO as Syngenta Takeover Nears

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/...-takeover-nears
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