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Is It Time to Reassess Current Safety Standards for Glyphosate-Based Herbicides?

Organic Consumers Association - 34 min 40 sec ago

Glyphosate is an active ingredient in a number of commercially available herbicides, including several that are used in concert with genetically modified crops. Methods used in environmental health sciences to examine the potential health effects of chemicals, including pesticides, have undergone substantial changes over the past 30 years. We are concerned that the assays used to assess glyphosate safety, including the toxicity studies requested by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in 2009, may be insufficient to address the full complement of health effects that could be induced by exposure to glyphosate-based herbicides (GBHs).

Categories: Organic Food News

Is It Time to Reassess Current Safety Standards for Glyphosate-Based Herbicides?

Organic Consumers Association - 34 min 40 sec ago

Glyphosate is an active ingredient in a number of commercially available herbicides, including several that are used in concert with genetically modified crops. Methods used in environmental health sciences to examine the potential health effects of chemicals, including pesticides, have undergone substantial changes over the past 30 years. We are concerned that the assays used to assess glyphosate safety, including the toxicity studies requested by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in 2009, may be insufficient to address the full complement of health effects that could be induced by exposure to glyphosate-based herbicides (GBHs).

Categories: Organic Food News

How a Forest With More Mammals Stores More Carbon

Organic Consumers Association - 34 min 40 sec ago

To the many moral and practical reasons for protecting the creatures with whom we share this blue marble, add one more. They might help Earth safely store more carbon.

Categories: Organic Food News

Report: Pollution Kills 3 Times More than AIDS, TB And Malaria Combined

Organic Consumers Association - 34 min 40 sec ago

Exposure to polluted air, water and soil caused nine million premature deaths in 2015, according to a report published Thursday in The Lancet.

The causes of death vary — cancer, lung disease, heart disease. The report links them to pollution, drawing upon previous studies that show how pollution is tied to a wider range of diseases than previously thought.

Categories: Organic Food News

How a Seed Bank, Almost Lost in Syria's War, Could Help Feed a Warming Planet

Organic Consumers Association - 34 min 40 sec ago

Ali Shehadeh is a plant conservationist from Syria. He hunts for the genes contained in the seeds we plant today and what he calls their “wild relatives” from long ago. His goal is to safeguard those seeds that may be hardy enough to feed us in the future, when many more parts of the world could become as hot, arid and inhospitable as it is here. But searching for seeds that can endure the perils of a hotter planet has not been easy. It has thrown Mr. Shehadeh and his organization, the International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas, or Icarda, squarely at a messy intersection of food, weather and war.

Categories: Organic Food News

Unfair Trade: US Beef Has a Climate Problem

Organic Consumers Association - 34 min 40 sec ago

Across the globe, beef consumption, is seeing rapid growth, fed by cheap imports and served by an industrialized agricultural global trade model that’s been linked to a host of environmental impacts, climate change chief among them. Beef consumption in previously meat-light countries like Japan presents profit opportunities for the global beef industry. But scientists and activists argue that increasing beef consumption and industrial farm production go against efforts to combat climate change.

Categories: Organic Food News

They Thought They Were Going to Rehab. They Ended up in Chicken Plants

Organic Consumers Association - 34 min 40 sec ago

The worst day of Brad McGahey’s life was the day a judge decided to spare him from prison.

McGahey was 23 with dreams of making it big in rodeo, maybe starring in his own reality TV show. With a 1.5 GPA, he’d barely graduated from high school. He had two kids and mounting child support debt. Then he got busted for buying a stolen horse trailer, fell behind on court fines and blew off his probation officer.

Categories: Organic Food News

The Blueprint for the Most Radical City on the Planet

Organic Consumers Association - 34 min 40 sec ago

For years, people in Jackson have been organizing to build and sustain community power. They created Cooperation Jackson to take concrete steps to make human rights a reality for all by changing their democratic process and their economy.

Categories: Organic Food News

Independent Women’s Forum: Koch-Funded Group Promotes Pesticide, Oil, Tobacco Agendas

Organic Consumers Association - 34 min 40 sec ago

The Independent Women’s Forum is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that has taken money from tobacco and oil companies, partners with Monsanto, defends toxic chemicals in food and consumer products, denies climate science and argues against laws that would curb the power of corporations.

Categories: Organic Food News

Warning of 'Ecological Armageddon' After Dramatic Plunge in Insect Numbers

Organic Consumers Association - 34 min 40 sec ago

The abundance of flying insects has plunged by three-quarters over the past 25 years, according to a new study that has shocked scientists.

Insects are an integral part of life on Earth as both pollinators and prey for other wildlife and it was known that some species such as butterflies were declining. But the newly revealed scale of the losses to all insects has prompted warnings that the world is “on course for ecological Armageddon”, with profound impacts on human society.

Categories: Organic Food News

World Food Prize: Feeding the World a Slick Campaign of Lies

Organic Consumers Association - 34 min 40 sec ago

Tonight, the World Food Prize will be ceremoniously bestowed on yet another cheerleader for degenerative agriculture.

In the lead-up to World Food Day (October 16) and tonight’s ceremony, I’ve received, from an enthusiastic marketing person who mistakenly thinks I’d be interested in attending tonight’s events, a series of emails all with the subject line “How Iowa is feeding the world.”

The email invitations contain glowing praise for industrial, degenerative agriculture—the type that kills healthy soil life, has ruined Iowa’s water and produces pesticide-contaminated food.

The farmers and “thinkers, scientists and advocates of global food security” who are gathered in Des Moines this week aren’t interested in regenerative agriculture. And, as one new report after another reveal, the only thing they’re feeding the world is a slick PR campaign, founded in lies.

Categories: Organic Food News

Distribution of Glyphosate and Aminomethylphosphonic Acid (AMPA) in Agricultural Topsoils of the European Union

Organic Consumers Association - 34 min 40 sec ago

Data on occurrence and levels of glyphosate residues in EU soils is very limited. Glyphosate and its metabolite AMPA were tested in 317 EU agricultural topsoils. 21% of the tested EU topsoils contained glyphosate, and 42% contained AMPA. Both glyphosate and AMPA had a maximum concentration in soil of 2 mg kg− 1. Some contaminated soils are in areas highly susceptible to water and wind erosion.

Categories: Organic Food News

Safe Alternatives to Toxic Mothballs

Organic Consumers Association - 34 min 40 sec ago

In earlier times, mothballs were commonly added to storage bins, boxes and trunks to prevent clothing made from natural fibers from becoming infested with moth larvae. Mothballs contain toxic chemicals, namely naphthalene and paradichlorobenzene, which are unsafe for people, pets and wildlife. Several safe alternatives exist to the use of mothballs, including cedar blocks or chips and essential oils such as lavender, mint and white camphor.

Categories: Organic Food News

Obesity Responsible for 40 Percent of Diagnosed Cancers

Organic Consumers Association - 34 min 40 sec ago

Cancers unrelated to obesity declined 13 percent between 2005 and 2014 while obesity-related cancer incidence rose by 7 percent; in 2014 more than 630,000 Americans were diagnosed with obesity-related cancer. Obesity-related cancers accounted for 40 percent of all diagnosed cancers in 2014; 55 percent of all cancers in women and 24 percent of cancers in men were related to obesity. Considering more than 20 percent of American adolescents are already in the obese category; awareness of the obesity-cancer link needs to grow if we’re to successfully combat cancer rates in coming decades.

Categories: Organic Food News

On World Food Day, Pope Francis Says Link Between Climate Change and Hunger Is Undeniable

Organic Consumers Association - 34 min 40 sec ago

Speaking at the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) on World Food Day, Pope Francis addressed the need for governments around the world to acknolwedge that climate change and migration were leading to increases in world hunger. 
Francis received a standing ovation after a stirring speech in which he said all three issues were interrelated — and require immediate attention.

Categories: Organic Food News

Big Chickens, Little Nutrition

Organic Consumers Association - 34 min 40 sec ago

Compared to CAFO chicken, pasture-raised chickens were higher in vitamins D3 and E and had an average omega-3-to-6 ratio of 1-to-5, compared to the USDA’s value of 1-to-15 for CAFO chicken. You’d need to eat six CAFO chickens to get the same amount of omega-3 fats found in a chicken from the 1970s. Poultry is the biggest user of crop-based feed globally and, in turn, 60 percent of the loss of global biodiversity can be tied back to the food we eat, particularly crop-based animal feed.

Categories: Organic Food News

Carey Gillam's Presentation to European Parliament Hearing on the Monsanto Papers & Glyphosate

Organic Consumers Association - 34 min 40 sec ago

Remarks delivered Oct. 11, 2017 by Carey Gillam before a joint hearing of the European Parliament Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety and the Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development

Categories: Organic Food News

Rabobank, U.N. Launch $1 Billion Fund to Boost Sustainable Farming

Organic Consumers Association - 34 min 40 sec ago

Rabobank NA [RABOVR.UL] is launching with the United Nations $1 billion in financing for farmers to transition to more sustainable practices as food companies and consumers are demanding more supply chain transparency.

Categories: Organic Food News

Regreening the Planet Could Cut as Much Carbon as Halting Oil Use - Report

Organic Consumers Association - 34 min 40 sec ago

Natural solutions such as tree planting, protecting peatlands and better land management could account for 37% of all cuts needed by 2030, says study

Planting forests and other activities that harness the power of nature could play a major role in limiting global warming under the 2015 Paris agreement, an international study showed on Monday.

Categories: Organic Food News

DES MOINES: Occupy the World Food Prize Rally on Thursday!

Organic Consumers Association - 34 min 40 sec ago

This week, Monsanto and its agrochemical cronies will be in Iowa, celebrating the bounties of industrial agriculture (in other words, their massive profits) at the corporation-run “World Food Prize” events.

This year will be different. Thanks to a lawsuit filed against the World Food Prize and the state of Iowa, this year’s rally will be held on State Capitol grounds where award ceremony attendees will have to see and hear the protesters as they enter the building.

Join Occupy the World Food Prize for a rally on the Iowa State Capitol lawn on Thursday at 6 p.m.!

Categories: Organic Food News
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