For dairy farmers, every day is Earth Day

Posted by on Apr 20, 2017 in Blog, Featured

For dairy farmers, every day is Earth Day

Millions of people around the world will soon celebrate Earth Day, but for hundreds of New England’s dairy farmers, every day is Earth Day. We’re talking about farmers like the Erb family. The Erbs own and operate Springvale Farms and Landaff Creamery in Landaff. This was one of three pilot farms that assisted the Manomet Center for Conservation Sciences in creating an on-farm sustainability assessment tool, called the Vital Capital Index for Dairy Agriculture. This tool...

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USDA letter on federal GMO labeling law

Posted by on Mar 2, 2017 in Blog, Featured, Uncategorized

USDA letter on federal GMO labeling law

On July 29, 2016, President Obama signed into law an Act amending the Agricultural Marketing at of 1946 which provides for a national bioengineered food disclosure standard. The FDA sent letters to Governor Malloy explaining that under this new law there is no longer a need for state-specific labeling laws given that the Federal Government had set a uniform standard. Click on the link below to see the letter....

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How People, Water and Agriculture Connect – Food Insight

Posted by on Sep 22, 2016 in Blog, Featured

How People, Water and Agriculture Connect – Food Insight

When you think of water, what comes to mind? Is it a cool swig after a hard workout? Is it your beach vacation from last year? Or is it whether or not enough water will fall from the sky to grow your food? March 22 is World Water Day, and it’s an opportunity to reflect on the importance of water. This year’s theme is “better water, better jobs.” How does water impact agriculture, which employs nearly 1 billion people around the world? Let’s take a look. Although nearly 70...

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No GMO Label Needed

Posted by on Feb 21, 2015 in Blog, Featured

No GMO Label Needed

At first blush, it sounds like a good idea: require the labeling of genetically engineered foods so that consumers can make informed choices about what they eat. Yet such a law, proposed by U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal and other senators, simply caters to unjustified worries and makes no sense scientifically. Genetically modified food isn’t new. Since farming began, humans have been breeding food — in other words, changing the genetics — for beneficial traits and...

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89% Of Scientists Believe Genetically Modified Foods Are Safe

Posted by on Feb 3, 2015 in Featured

89% Of Scientists Believe Genetically Modified Foods Are Safe

A Pew Research Center study on science literacy, undertaken in cooperation with the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), and released on January 29, contains a blockbuster: In sharp contrast to public skepticism about GMOs, 89% of scientists believe genetically modified foods are safe. That overwhelming consensus exceeds the percentage of scientists, 88%, who believe global warming is the result of human activity. However, the public appears far more...

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House Defeats GMO Grass Seed Ban

Posted by on Apr 11, 2014 in Featured

House Defeats GMO Grass Seed Ban

by Christine Stuart Less than 24 hours after the Senate approved a bill banning genetically modified grass seed, the House found bipartisan agreement to kill it. The bill was a top priority for outgoing Senate President Donald Williams. But House Speaker Brendan Sharkey was not sold on the idea or consulted about the bill. In a show of bipartisanship, Democrats and Republicans worked Thursday to defeat it by a 103-37 vote. Following the vote, Sharkey said Williams never had...

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