Four years into the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression, some Americans are losing confidence that the conventional wisdom at our disposal, whether liberal or conservative, is capable of restoring the financial security and opportunity we once enjoyed.
The future world’s food supplies may well be decided in America’s courts.
Update: 2-25-2011 According to Reuters, Dr. Don Huber’s letter to Secretary Vilsack [existence of letter] confirmed by R. Andre Bell, USDA spokesperson, and is currently under review.
February 24, 2011. “For the past 40 years, I have been a scientist in the professional and military agencies that evaluate and prepare for natural and manmade biological threats, including germ warfare and disease outbreaks. Based on this experience, I believe the threat we are facing from this pathogen is unique and of a high […]
Frank Morton, an organic seed breeder from Philomath, Oregon, explains the current structure of the global commercial seed industry, as part of our ongoing series, Seeds of Life. (see related: Animated Charts Showing the Seed Industry Structure from Phil Howard, Assistant Professor, Michigan State University.) On the surface, understanding the organizational structure of the seed […]
Willamette Valley organic seed breeder, Frank Morton, explains the benefits of open pollination in plant breeding.
March 16, 2010. Despite the successful outcome in September 2009 of a Federal lawsuit brought by The Center For Food Safety, Earth Justice, and other environmental groups against the USDA to require an environmental statement before allowing GM sugar beets to be grown, U.S. District Court Judge Jeffrey White ruled yesterday to allow the 2009 […]
March 16, 2010 Once again rural America stands on the Edge of Hope. Ankeny, Iowa. There are moments in a nation’s history that define it. For America’s remaining 2 million farmers (less than 1% of the population) and the more than 300 million eaters, the recent joint Department of Justice and Department of Agriculture workshop […]
For almost all of agriculture existence, farmers were largely the stewards of the land and the crops that they grew.
Frank Morton, a Willamette Valley organic seed breeder shares his expert knowledge of how plant breeding techniques.