Monday, November 04, 2013

Genevieve's Farm and Food Roundup

GenevieveBarton Hill Farm in Bastrop, TX, is hosting their Fall Festival through Nov 10th, with rides, farm animals, a pumpkin patch, and most importantly, a Willie Nelson-inspired corn maze!

For the first time, the FDA proposed rules to regulate the production of pet food and farm animal feed, in an effort to prevent food-borne illnesses in animals and people.

Farmers in a small part of Kansas have agreed to pump 20 percent less water from the ground for the next five years, hoping other farmers in the area will follow so that the states’ resources can be preserved as much as possible.

A growing number of farmers and small food processors will continue their CSA model through the winter months by canning goods, creating a wide variety of products from fruit jams and dried beans to pizza sauces.

As the November 5th ballot quickly approaches, big food and chemical companies are pouring millions of dollars into efforts to prevent the requirement of GE labeling in Washington State.

Meanwhile, Neil Young and Dave Matthews urged WA voters to vote YES on ballot initiative 522 for mandatory labeling of genetically engineered (GE) food!

And in Washington, DC, Congress picked up the Farm Bill negotiations again on Wednesday. Here's hoping we'll finally have a full, fair Farm Bill!

Since 2000, Leonardo Urena has been growing giant pumpkins that weigh well over 1,000 pounds, and gourds that grow over 10 feet long. Can you say Happy Halloween?!

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