Friday, January 10, 2014

Iowa Farmer Comes To Humboldt To Talk About GMO's


From: GMO Free Humboldt <humboldtgmofree@gmail.com>

The California State Grange, Label GMOs and GMO Free Humboldt are proud to present speaker Howard Vlieger, a third generation family farmer who has been a “student of the soil,” studying why and how soil works as it does, since 1989. Vlieger, the primary coordinator and co-author of the only livestock feeding study in which GMO and non-GMO corn and soy were fed to pigs for their lifetime as a meat animals, lives on the family farm where he was born and raised in northwest Iowa. His study was published in the June 2013 Journal of Organic Systems. Vlieger is internationally-recognized for his work with GMO crops and biological crop production. His experience with crop nutrition advisory dates from 1992 and his research and testing of GMO crops to 1994/1996. He has worked with crop and livestock producers all across the US and in Canada. Vlieger presents firsthand knowledge, from a real farmer and researcher, about the challenges associated with GMO crops, including how GMO crops affect soil, plants, animals and humans.

The tour also features short presentations from both the President of the CA Grange, Bob McFarland & Pamm Larry, initial instigator of Prop 37.

Bob McFarland is serving a third term as the President of the California State Grange. Formed in 1867, the Grange is the oldest agricultural organization in the country with
10,000 members serving 215 communities in California. Since taking office in 2009, McFarland has shepherded a return to the Grange's agrarian roots, spurring unprecedented
membership growth and an increased awareness of the Grange as a driving force supporting California farmers and consumers.

Pamm Larry is the Initial Instigator of Prop 37, the 2012 California Ballot Initiative to label Genetically Engineered Foods. As the Director of Labelgmos.org,  Larry and regional leaders continue to educate and work on GMO issues.
GMO Free Humboldt will also give a brief presentation about current county-wide efforts to protect our local organic farming.

Vlieger’s presentations are free, as an educational opportunity for our community, our farmers, grange members, and everyone interested in learning more about GMOs.  There will be  opportunity to ask questions.

The following presentations are scheduled for Humboldt County, Monday, January 27:

1:00PM - 4:00PM
Rohner Grange #509
621 11th Street, Fortuna

6:00PM -9:00PM
Humboldt Hill Grange #501
5845 Humboldt Hill Road, Eureka
(One block south of the agriculture station)


GMO Free Humboldt
Fairness ~ Prosperity ~ Protection

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