back on the proverbial horse. Those grant proposals
that held us up last month are out the door (well, mostly) and we've
got another timely update to keep you busy this 4th of July weekend.
Forget sparklers and fireworks. Celebrate
your Independence by joining our latest Action Campaign:
The USDA is having a hard time believing that any buyer would
boycott an organic product just because it may be contaminated with
GMOs. Vanessa Bogenholm, Chair of the Board of Directors of California
Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF) and an organic farmer, has an hour
to convince US Secretary of Agriculture Ann Veneman and NOP Program
Director Richard Matthews that organic markets will disappear if
contamination isn't prevented.
NOW! Preserve GM-free organic. Let
Vanessa take your letter directly to Secretary Veneman and Richard
Intern Journal Our
newest addition to the NF family brings young blood and fresh insight
to organic farming. In this first journal entry, four interns from
across the US and beyond share their experiences with Mexican mud
ovens, no-till pumpkin patches, cherry thieves and the demands of
leading a double life.
highs and lows of a job well-done
Alternative energy on the brain
As our wind power series ends, we turn our eye to biofuels. Cleaner-burning
biomass fuels such as ethanol and biodiesel are being touted as
solutions to our looming energy crisis. But if the corporate giants
continue to abuse Federal subsidies at taxpayers' expense, the current
alternative fuels market will collapse. This is the first in a three-part
series that confronts problems with the current industry, explores
how family farms and local economies might play in a better model,
and offers how-to advice for creating and sustaining that model.
clean energy for profit