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Boy With Cancer Inspires Family to Start Organic Farm

Organic Consumers Association - 5 hours 41 min ago

Eleven years ago, the Tyson family seemed to have it all. Nicole and Scott Tyson had just bought land in Sharpsburg, Georgia, to build their dream home. They envisioned starting a small farm, with a place for their kids to play. Less than a month later, their world changed as they rushed their son Mason to the emergency room on his 4th birthday.

Categories: Organic Food News

Should ‘USDA Organic’ Animals Be Treated More Humanely? The Trump Administration Just Said No.

Organic Consumers Association - 5 hours 41 min ago

For years, the USDA had been developing organic requirements guaranteeing animals minimums of space, light and access to the outside. Many consumers expect that products bearing the “USDA Organic” label come from a farm with higher animal welfare standards. But with the new administration, the USDA has changed tack, arguing that the 1990 law creating the “USDA Organic” label does not allow “broadly prescriptive, stand-alone animal welfare regulations.”

Categories: Organic Food News

Monsanto Giving Cash to Farmers Who Use Controversial Pesticide

Organic Consumers Association - 5 hours 41 min ago

Looks like Monsanto really wants farmers to use XtendiMax. The agribusiness giant is offering a cash incentive to farmers to apply a controversial pesticide linked to 3.1 million acres of crop damage in nearly two dozen heartland states. The cash-back offer comes as several states are considering restrictions on the use of the drift-prone and highly volatile chemical. DuPont Co. and BASF SE also sell dicamba-based formulations.

Categories: Organic Food News

European Commission Issues Formal Objections to $66 Billion Bayer-Monsanto Mega Merger

Organic Consumers Association - 5 hours 41 min ago

The European Commission issued formal objections Friday to Bayer’s planned $66 billion takeover of Monsanto, according to two people briefed on the case, signaling the deal may be blocked unless the German company makes more significant concessions. The objections from Brussels represent a stark ultimatum for the agrichemical giant, which has spent at least 12 months trying to bring around EU regulators on the politically charged mega-merger.

Categories: Organic Food News

Fast Food-Loving Trump's Labor Board 'Pulls Rug Out' From Under Fast Food Workers

Organic Consumers Association - 5 hours 41 min ago

In a "shocking and brazen" move to advance the Trump administration's "aggressive anti-worker agenda," Republicans on the National Labor Relations Board voted along party lines to overturn a rule that helped hotel and fast food workers bring labor rights lawsuits against major companies like McDonald's and other chains.

Categories: Organic Food News

Small Farmers Voted for Trump in 2016—Now They're Taking Him to Court

Organic Consumers Association - 5 hours 41 min ago

For decades now, the Republican Party and people speaking into microphones for the Republican Party have relied on the onerous mythology that somehow conservative politicians believe in farmers and small business more than the liberal “cultural elites” and “city slickers.” Like all Republican Party platforms, this is just a lie to dress their true worship of the golden calf of big business in a populist and racially charged American flag.

Categories: Organic Food News

I Wrote About Farmers' Suicides – and the Reaction Has Been Overwhelming

Organic Consumers Association - 5 hours 41 min ago

On 6 December, The Guardian and EHRP published the piece 'Why are America’s farmers killing themselves in record numbers?' Since the story was published, Dr. Mike Rosmann (farm psychologist) says “the faucet has turned on”. He has received hundreds of comments and requests, online and by phone, many of which he says are from farmers reaching out for support. 

Categories: Organic Food News

How Healthy Is Your State? The Disparities Are Stark

Organic Consumers Association - 5 hours 41 min ago

This new report ranks states on 35 factors that impact health, from vaccination levels and infant mortality rates to environmental pollution and poverty levels. The analysis also pinpoints public health challenges nationwide.

Categories: Organic Food News

Holiday Buyers Beware: 9 Retailers Who Got an 'F' Rating for Failing to Take Action on Dangerous Chemicals in Consumer Products

Organic Consumers Association - 5 hours 41 min ago

Whether we're shopping for holiday gifts or everyday items, we can all agree that no one should have to wonder whether the products found on store shelves contain chemicals that could one day make us sick. Parents shouldn't have to worry whether their children's car seat contains cancer-causing flame retardants. We shouldn't have to wonder whether the fragrance in our teenage daughter’s shampoo is formulated with hormone-disrupting phthalates, or if our food is packaged with extremely persistent chemicals like poly- and perfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS).

Categories: Organic Food News

Intense Workouts Preserve Your Memory Function

Organic Consumers Association - 5 hours 41 min ago

Canadian researchers found high-intensity workouts helped boost memory by improving hippocampal function — a finding they say could prove to be an important prevention strategy against Alzheimer’s disease. Those who reaped the greatest improvements in fitness also had more significant increases in brain-derived neurotrophic factor, a protein correlated to a dramatic reduction in Alzheimer's risk, as it helps you grow new brain cells and protect old ones from deterioration.

Categories: Organic Food News

'A Different Dimension of Loss': Inside the Great Insect Die-Off

Organic Consumers Association - 5 hours 41 min ago

To really know what’s going on with the state of the world’s biodiversity, ecologists need to start paying more attention to the invertebrates and spend less time on the “cute and cuddlies” – after all, there are far, far more of them than there are of us.

Categories: Organic Food News

Soils Reveal a Hidden Cost of Farming, and Fertilizers

Organic Consumers Association - 5 hours 41 min ago

In one Montana ag basin, drinking wells test at twice the federal health standard for nitrate pollution. That's a problem on many levels. Montana State researchers are working with farmers to solve it.

For every ton of fertilizer farmers apply to fields in the United States, almost 1,200 pounds is wasted due to inefficiency, with almost 400 pounds of that waste flushing into streams and aquifers.

Categories: Organic Food News

Doug Jones Would Have Won by Tens of Thousands More Votes If Participation Hadn't Been Blocked and Undermined

Organic Consumers Association - 5 hours 41 min ago

Alabama Democrat Doug Jones was elected to the U.S. Senate on Tuesday by a mere 21,000 votes. That margin would have been much larger if Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill, a strident partisan Republican, would have taken steps to inform his state’s voters than thousands of ex-felons were eligible to vote under a 2017 state law. But Merrill didn’t do that, as an extraordinary Twitter thread by Danielle Lang explains. Lang is an attorney with the Campaign Legal Center, a bipartisan-led Washington-based voting rights law firm that has fought for expanded rights for years, especially across southern states. 

Categories: Organic Food News

Investors Call on Sanderson, Denny's, McDonald's to Cut Antibiotics

Organic Consumers Association - 5 hours 41 min ago

An investor coalition that presses for corporate responsibility is calling on U.S. food companies McDonald’s Corp, Denny’s Corp and Sanderson Farms Inc to stop buying or producing meat raised with medically important antibiotics.

Members of the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility (ICCR) have filed shareholder resolutions at each of the companies, ICCR said in a statement on Thursday.

Categories: Organic Food News

Net Neutrality Fight 'Not Over': Groups Launch Internet-Wide Campaign Pushing Congress to Overrule FCC Vote

Organic Consumers Association - 5 hours 41 min ago

The Republican-controlled FCC voted along party lines on Thursday to repeal net neutrality, but open internet defenders are urging the public to not be swayed by the proliferation of "net neutrality is officially dead" headlines—the fight is "not over," they say.

Categories: Organic Food News

My Friend Died from Cancer Today

Organic Consumers Association - 5 hours 41 min ago

My friend died from cancer today.

His was a short, eight-month-long battle for survival, but it was a brutal one. Now his wife and young children are not planning for Christmas; instead they are planning his funeral.

This man’s passing is a tragedy for his family and friends to be sure. But it also serves as a sad reminder of the tight grip cancer has taken on so many lives.

Categories: Organic Food News

Nebraskans Challenge Cancellation of Farmer Fair Practice Rule

Organic Consumers Association - 5 hours 41 min ago

A Lincoln-based fair trade group and a Nebraska farmer are among those suing the U.S. Department of Agriculture over the agency’s cancellation of an Obama-era plan that would have made it easier for farmers to demand better treatment when they contract with meatpacking companies.

Categories: Organic Food News

Investors: Fast Food With Antibiotics Has to Go

Organic Consumers Association - 5 hours 41 min ago

Investors' fast food coalition against antibiotics is urging U.S. food companies like McDonald's Corp, Denny's Corp, and Sanderson Farms Inc to stop buying or producing meat raised with medically important drugs.

Categories: Organic Food News

This Is How Badly Monsanto Wants Farmers to Spray Its Problematic Herbicide

Organic Consumers Association - 5 hours 41 min ago

The drama surrounding Monsanto’s latest blockbuster genetically modified soybean product grinds on. The enormous seed/pesticide company announced recently that it’s offering farmers a cash reward to spray its proprietary version of an herbicide called dicamba, so long as they spray it on Monsanto’s soybeans that are engineered to tolerate it. Dicamba, of course, is the very herbicide that caused huge stirs in the farm belt in both 2016 and 2017 because of its apparent difficulty staying in place. 

Categories: Organic Food News

Mahrashtra Govt Files Charges with Police Against Monsanto, Other Seed Companies

Organic Consumers Association - 5 hours 41 min ago

The company [Monsanto], which sells genetically engineered seeds, had sold its products to farmers by claiming that its Bt cotton seeds are immune to the wily worm that eats cotton balls, officials said. "The companies deceived not just the farmers, but also the government,” a senior government official told CNN-News18.

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