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Here are some links to places we think you'll find interesting...

Did you know that RI is considering legislation that would require labeling of food that contains Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO's)? Check out this article in ecori news Rhode Island Key to Regional GMO Labeling Laws

The RI House Comittee on Health Education and Welfare is considering two bills. On January 29, 2014 they held a public hearing to give those in favor and those opposed to the bills a chance to testify before the commitee. The hearing was well attended and many folks-including John from the Good Earth and other organic farmers-testified in favor of labeling citing the risks of GMO's from many different viewpoints.
To watch the hearing click HERE, look for the thumbnail that is labeled "1-29-2014 HEW". The testimony for the labeling bills begins at 40:11.

American Farmland Trust

American Farmland Trust is recognized as the nation's leader for saving America’s farm and ranch land, promoting healthy farming practices and supporting farms and farmers. The organization and the national farmland conservation movement have come a long way since 1980, when AFT was founded.

Organic Consumers Association (OCA)

The Organic Consumers Association (OCA) is an online and grass roots non-profit 501(c)3 public interest organization campaigning for health, justice, and sustainability. The OCA deals with crucial issues of food safety, industrial agriculture, genetic engineering, children's health, corporate accountability, Fair Trade, environmental sustainability and other key topics. "We are the only organization in the US focused exclusively on promoting the views and interests of the nation's estimated 50 million organic and socially responsible consumers."

The Cornucopia Institute
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The Cornucopia Institute, through research and investigations on agricultural and food issues, provides needed information to family farmers, consumers and other stakeholders in the good food movement and to the media. We support economic justice for the family-scale farming community – partnered with consumers – backing ecologically produced local, organic and authentic food."

Food Democracy Now! is a grassroots movement of more than 650,000 farmers and citizens dedicated to building a sustainable food system that protects our natural environment, sustains farmers and nourishes families.
"We know we can build a food system that gives our communities equal access to healthy food, and respects the dignity of the farmers who produce it. We believe in recreating regional food systems, supporting the growth of humane, natural and organic farms, and protecting the environment. We value our children's health, worker's rights, conservation, and animal welfare over corporate profits. And we believe that working together, we can make this vision a reality in our lifetimes."

The Organic Seed Growers and Trade Association (OSGATA) develops, protects and promotes the organic seed trade and its growers, and assures that the organic community has access to excellent quality organic seed, free of contaminants and adapted to the diverse needs of local organic agriculture.

GMO Free USA
"Our mission is to harness education, advocacy, and bold action to foster consumer rejection of genetically modified organisms, until they are proven safe. We support the labeling of GMO foods with the ultimate goal of getting GMOs out of our food system and environment."

GMO Myths and Truths
June 26, 2012: Genetic engineers explain why GM foods are dangerous.
A report released June 17, GMO Myths and Truths presents a large body of peer-reviewed scientific and other authoritative evidence of the hazards to health and the environment posed by genetically engineered crops and organisms.
Unusually, the initiative for the report came not from campaigners but from two genetic engineers, who believe there are good scientific reasons to be wary of GM foods and crops. One of the report’s authors, Dr. Michael Antoniou of King’s College London School of Medicine in the UK, uses genetic engineering for medical applications but warns against its use in developing crops for human food and animal feed.
“GM crops are promoted on the basis of ambitious claim that they are safe to eat, environmentally beneficial, increase yields, reduce reliance on pesticides and can help solve world hunger. “Research studies show that genetically modified crops have harmful effects on laboratory animals in feeding trials and on the environment during cultivation,” Antoniou said. “They have increased the use of pesticides and have failed to increase yields. Our report concludes that there are safer and more effective alternatives to meeting the world’s food needs.”

Here are three good sources for information and action:
JustLabelIt.org NonGMOShoppingGuide.com OrganicConsumers.org

Rhody Native Plants
A Rhody Native label means a plant is locally, sustainably sourced and locally grown. The species was selected by Rhode Island’s top botanists for its resilience to climate change and viability in local habitats with minimal care.
The Good Earth is one of the select few garden centers offering Rhody Native plants.

For detailed information about the fabulous all natural fertilizers we've been using and selling here for many years check out North Country Organics

When you need to have your soil tested to determine what nutrients are in short supply, go to the
Umass Soil Test lab where you'll be able to download their order form and find out all you need to know about how to test your soil.

URI Master Gardeners can also help with lots of useful gardening information.

The Good Earth is participating in two programs that offer assistance to low income individuals and families to promote local fresh food in everyones diet.

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
SNAP offers nutrition assistance to millions of eligible, low income individuals and families and provides economic benefits to communities. SNAP is the largest program in the domestic hunger safety net.

The Senior Farmers' Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP)
awards grants to States, U.S. Territories, and federally recognized Indian tribal governments to provide low-income seniors with coupons that can be exchanged for eligible foods (fruits, vegetables, honey, and fresh-cut herbs) at farmers' markets, roadside stands, and CSA
(community-supported agriculture) programs.

ecoRI Inc. is a nonprofit journalistic initiative devoted to educating readers about the causes, consequences and solutions to local environmental issues and problems.

The Apeiron Institute For Environmental Living whose mission is to create ecologically healthy communities by bringing sustainable living practices from around the world to Southeastern New England.

Looking for a day trip to a beautiful Botanical Garden? Check out our friends in nearby Boylston Mass. at Tower Hill Botanical Garden

Check out Edible Rhody , a quarterly journal that celebrates local food, season by season, and tells the stories of the farmers, chefs, fishers and food artisans who work and live right here in Rhode Island.

With all the buzz around being "green these days we were excited to learn that we have a "green" electricity option in Rhode Island and signed up with
New England Greenstart in 2005.
By choosing New England GreenStart, your electric usage will be attributed to renewable sources including solar, wind, and small hydroelectric plants. Renewable energy resources are smart, reliable and affordable alternatives that can help us mitigate the impacts of our current energy mix and create a cleaner, healthier environment for everyone.

Interested in preserving open space and farmland in Cranston?
Visit and consider joining our friends at The West Bay Land Trust
"WBLT has been in existence since 1999. To date, we have preserved over 300 acres in Cranston, with the help of city, state, and philanthropic sources."

Syngenta faces charges for livestock deaths caused by GM corn
June 28, 2012: Biotechnology giant Syngenta has officially been outed for deliberately hiding data that proves the company's genetically-modified (GM)
Bt 176 corn is directly responsible for killing livestock. Dr. Eva Sirinathsinghji writing for QW Magazine explains that Syngenta is now facing criminal charges for willfully concealing the results of an internal, company-run study on Bt 176 corn from 1996 that was abruptly ended when four cows died after just two days of consuming the "Frankencorn."

Beware the Tomato Tamperers
"Some people are too smart for your own good. Food geneticists, for example. These technicians have the smarts to tinker with the inner workings of Momma Nature's own good foods — but not the smarts to leave well enough alone."
"This raises an obvious question for those of us who prefer food from nature, not from engineering labs: What are we to do about corporate powers that are so avaricious and arrogant that they're willing to tamper with our food supply, our kids' minds and our basic consumer rights? Defeat them, that's what!"