Red or Green or GMO?
The new state question?

The 2008 New Mexico State Legislature approved funding for development of a genetically-modified chile.

What does this mean for you
as a consumer, grower or seed saver?
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Join us for a discussion
with special guest

Percy Schmeiser

Mr. Schmeiser, a canola farmer from Canada, will speak about his experiences of being sued by Monsanto for “planting” their seeds. When in fact, the Monsanto seeds cross-contaminated seeds he had been saving for over 30 years. (www.percyschmeiser.com)

Other speakers include:
Kevin Zelig Golden, a staff attorney with the Center For Food Safety (CFS), recently helped CFS score landmark court victories, proving that USDA approved Monsanto’s genetically engineered (GE), Roundup Ready alfalfa for commercial use, without preparing an environmental impact statement to address impacts such as the threat of biological contamination to organic agriculture.

Duncan Hilchey is an agriculture and food system policy analyst with Cornell University’s Community and Rural Development Institute. His current projects include studying specialty crop industrial clusters. As part of a National Geographic Society project, Mr. Hilchey has recently been traveling around the US studying specialized agricultural regions including the Hatch Chile growing region of New Mexico.

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We will also be honoring two farmers for their contributions to our farming communities:

Ray Arrowsmith and Alberto Bustamante

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Date: Saturday, December 13th, 2008
Time: 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Place: UNM – Student Union Building – Ballroom
(map - http://www.unmsub.com/maps.htm)
Cost: $10 suggested donation


Hotel Accomodations: Visit www.gmofreenm.com for details

**Simultaneous translation into Spanish will be provided.
Interpretación simultanea al español disponible.



This event is sponsored by Cuatro Puertas (CP), a 501(c)3 dedicated to making agriculture a viable economy in NM and to “growing farmers”. This event will be held in lieu of our annual Feast of Fields event. CP is guardian of the state’s largest seed library called the Arid Crop Seed Cache (ACSC), which includes the Ghost Ranch Collection. ACSC is a member of the Organic Seed Growers and Trade Association (OSGATA) that 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.

This event would not be possible without the support from collaborating community organizations and donors. These include: The Center for Food Safety (www.centerforfoodsafety.org), Slow Food Rio Grande (www.slowfoodriogrande.org), La Montanita Food Coop (lamontanita.coop)

For more information and an updated list of supporters, please see www.gmofreenm.com.

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