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Maine's First GMO-Free Zone!  posted: April 5

BROOKLIN, MAINE – Brooklin voters approved an article on the town meeting warrant declaring Brooklin a Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO)-Free Zone. The vote in Brooklin is the 98th resolution opposing genetic engineering to be passed in New England and the first to declare a voluntary moratorium on the planting of GMOs. The Brooklin vote was also the first such vote of any kind on the GMO issue by a municipality in Maine. The article was developed by a handful of local residents who later sought assistance from the six-month old farmer advocacy group GE Free Maine.

For full story please see GE Free Maine's Press Release and the Bangor Daily News' Coverage

Five more New England towns vs. GMOs  posted: March 29


Five more towns, four in Vermont and one in New Hampshire, adopted resolutions at their annual town meetings supporting a moratorium on GMOs, as well as protection for farmers against the legal maneuvers of biotech seed companies. In Vermont, the towns of Springfield, Barnet, Waterville and Shrewsbury passed resolutions, for a total of 83 towns now on record against genetic engineering of food and crops. In New Hampshire, Warner became the second town to vote on the issue, following the effort in Henniker last year. There are now 97 New England towns that have passed resolutions opposing genetic engineering.

Major controversies have arisen in Maine, where most town meetings occur much later in the spring, with state officials falsely instructing town officers that anti-GMO resolutions are in conflict with agricultural “Best Management Practices” enshrined under the state’s “Right to Farm” law. Stay tuned for more news, or see

Photo by Andy Duback, from the Burlington Free Press, March 2, 2005

Vermont Op-ed: Biotech Seeds Pose a Threat  posted: March 29

Once again, the problem of genetically engineered crop varieties and their consequences for Vermont farmers is being debated in the Statehouse. Gov. Douglas and Agriculture Secretary Steven Kerr assert that "coexistence," not regulation, is the answer to Vermont farmers' problems with GMOs. This represents an extremely shortsighted approach to a growing and increasingly serious problem. Most at risk are the increasing numbers of organic growers. Therefore, farmer advocates have united with environmentalists and people working for safer food to support a Farmer Protection Act in the Vermont Legislature.

Full story at nerage. For updates on Vermont’s Farmer Protection Act, see and

THE GMO Threat to Vermont's Organic Future  posted: February 24

Recently, the Vermont Public Interest Research Group issued a groundbreaking reporting studying the impact and potential impact on Vermont's growing organic market. Organic crops and dairy are one of the fastest growing agriculture sectors in Vermont.

VPIRG's new report underscores the potential for genetically modified crops (GMOs) to undercut Vermont’s rapidly growing organic agriculture sector. The report examines the growth of Vermont’s organic sector in the last few years, looks at the future of farming in Vermont, and recommends policy options for protecting Vermont’s sustainable farms from the expanding use of GMOs. “Organic farming in Vermont has shown remarkable strength in the face of an overall decline in the farming sector. But this premiere Vermont growth industry is now threatened by expanding use of GMO crops," Said Ben Davis, VPIRG's environmental advocate and author of the report.

Percy Schmeiser Details Economic Risks Posed By Genetic Engineering  posted: February 24

World-renowned farmer activist Percy Schmeiser recently completed a week-long tour of Maine, with stops in many areas of the state. Percy, along with Bill Wenzel from the National Family Farm Coalition’s Farmer to Farmer Campaign on Genetic Engineering, spoke to nearly 1,000 people and raised almost $2,500 to raise awareness about Monsanto's treatment of farmers and the impacts of GE crops. There was great media coverage on Maine Public Radio, RadioActive and Voices on WERU, the Kennebunk Journal, Channel 2 in Portland, Channel 7 in Bangor, and countless local newspapers around the state that proved invaluable to the spread of Percy’s message.

For more information visit:

GE-Free Lawn Signs Sprouting Across Vermont  posted: October 15

Bright red and white GE-Free VT lawn signs have been appearing across the state, and are now available at locations throughout Vermont. Go to for a complete list of distribution sites.

“State legislators may have passed a GE seed registration and labeling law last session,” said one dairy farmer who posted a lawn sign in front of his farm, “But it does not do nearly enough to stop the planting of GMO’s in the state or protect farmers who do not grow GE crops from contamination by their neighbors that do. I am making the transition over to organic milk production and I don’t want my investment threatened by contamination. We have enough problems staying in this business as it is.”

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