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VIP Dinner

The Organic Center is holding its 12th Annual VIP Dinner on Thursday, March 5th, 2015 in Anaheim, CA. With over 500 attendees expected, you won’t want to miss the largest organic business networking event at Expo West. At this celebratory fundraising dinner, you’ll hear thought-provoking keynote speakers discuss the intersection of food, farming, science and politics. A celebrity-chef-designed menu will feature delicious appetizers, delectable main courses, and mouthwatering desserts made with the finest organic ingredients. The evening will start with a cocktail reception and end with a rhythm & blues soul band — so you can count on plenty of time to connect with friends, colleagues, and the industry’s leading innovators.

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Roundup Ready crops may be creating super-weeds

Aug 26, 2013
Photo Credit:  Toshiyuki IMAI

Photo Credit: Toshiyuki IMAI

A recent study published in New Phytologist found that glyphosate-resistant crops that cross with closely related wild weeds could confer a fitness advantage to these weeds, even in areas where glyphosate (the active ingredient in Roundup) is not being used. Researchers crossed glyphosate-resistant rice with their weedy relatives to examine the performance of the hybrids when compared to the original weed varieties. Even when planted in areas where glyphosate was not being used, the crop-weed hybrids produced up to 125 percent more seeds than non-transgenic weeds. They also found that the hybrids had higher photosynthetic rates and germination rates than unaltered weeds. This study suggests that when glyphosate-resistant genes contaminate local weed germplasm, the weeds may be more difficult to control, affecting both conventional and organic farms alike. Additionally, the weeds may be able to out-compete native plants, resulting in environmental problems.

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