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Organic Food News

Too Many Meds? America's Love Affair With Prescription Medication

Organic Consumers Association - 54 min 21 sec ago

If you’re like most Americans, you probably start your day with a hot shower, a cup of coffee—and a handful of pills.

More than half of us now regularly take a prescription medication—four, on average—according to a new nationally representative Consumer Reports survey of 1,947 adults. Many in that group also take over-the-counter drugs as well as vitamins and other dietary supplements.

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What Is Organic Pasture-Raised Chicken Good For?

Organic Consumers Association - 54 min 21 sec ago

Chickens raised in CAFOs are continuously injected with low dosages of antibiotics. Over time, this leads to antibiotic-resistant bacteria that can cause foodborne illnesses, particularly outbreaks of salmonella.

In light of this revelation, what can you do? Your best alternative is to consume organic, pasture-raised chicken.

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Flame Retardants Damaging Kids' Brains

Organic Consumers Association - 54 min 21 sec ago

Greater exposures to flame retardants during pregnancy are associated with lower intelligence in children. For every tenfold increase in prenatal exposure to polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs), there was a 3.7-point decline in IQ test scores in children. 1 in 6 U.S. children now suffers from neurodevelopmental disorders, and research suggests PBDEs and other flame retardants are likely playing a role in the increasing rates of these disorders.

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How Dentistry Is Poisoning the Next Generation

Organic Consumers Association - 54 min 21 sec ago

To protect all children from mercury exposure, the European Union in 2018 will ban dental amalgam for children under 15 and for pregnant and breast-feeding women — action considered to be the first step toward phasing out amalgam for everyone. The pro-corporate U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) puts industry profits above children’s health, allowing amalgam, which is 50 percent mercury, in children in any amounts and without warnings.

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Climate Migrants Might Reach One Billion by 2050

Organic Consumers Association - 54 min 21 sec ago

Imagine a world with as many as one billion people facing harsh climate change impacts resulting in devastating droughts and/or floods, extreme weather, destruction of natural resources, in particular lands, soils and water, and the consequence of severe livelihoods conditions, famine and starvation.

Although not yet based on definite scientific projections, the proven speed with which the process of climate change has been taking place, might lead to such a scenario by 2050. If so, 1 in 9 human beings would be on the move by then.

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Growing Concern: Organic Farms Need a New Generation to Keep Them Alive

Organic Consumers Association - 54 min 21 sec ago
Many aging farmers must sell their farms to fund their retirement. Yet it’s not as simple as putting a home or business on the market and decamping to Arizona. “It’s selling your life’s work,” said Liya Schwartzman, who works on California FarmLink’s Agrarian Elders Project. “The hope is that in the transition you’re finding someone who will preserve the legacy of the farmland and also the farm business.”
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U.S. Farmers Confused by Monsanto Weed Killer's Complex Instructions

Organic Consumers Association - 54 min 21 sec ago

With Monsanto Co's (MON.N) latest flagship weed killer, dicamba, banned in Arkansas and under review by U.S. regulators over concerns it can drift in the wind, farmers and weed scientists are also complaining that confusing directions on the label make the product hard to use safely.

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UK Condemned Over 'Shocking' Export of Deadly Weedkiller to Poorer Countries

Organic Consumers Association - 54 min 21 sec ago

A highly toxic weedkiller not authorised for use in the EU is being exported to developing countries from a UK factory.

Paraquat, a pesticide so lethal that a single sip can be fatal, has caused thousands of accidental deaths and suicides globally, and was outlawed by EU states in 2007.

But Swiss pesticide manufacturer Syngenta is exporting thousands of tonnes of the substance to other parts of the world from an industrial plant in Huddersfield.

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Glyphosate-Free Certification Debuts—and Brands Jump on Board

Organic Consumers Association - 54 min 21 sec ago

Henry Rowlands, founder of the newly launched certification seal called Glyphosate Residue Free, has worked to educate consumers and companies alike on the harmful qualities of glyphosate via his websites Sustainable Pulse and The Detox Project (which manages the Glyphosate Residue Free seal). But as glyphosate prevalence in the United States increased, and more research supported the notion that the herbicide is toxic, Rowlands realized that a certification seal specifically targeted at glyphosate could be useful for both finished products manufacturers and single-ingredient suppliers.

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Will the Nightmare of President Donald Trump Become the Nightmare of President Mike Pence?

Organic Consumers Association - 54 min 21 sec ago

Will this time be different? Has Trump finally crossed a line that’s the beginning of the unraveling of his presidency?

Last week he threatened nuclear war with North Korea. This week he doubled down on defending white supremacists even as his allies, corporate executives and military and intelligence chiefs, backed away.

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Mangrove-Planting Drones on a Mission to Restore Myanmar Delta

Organic Consumers Association - 54 min 21 sec ago

There is an "urgent need" to restore mangroves in Myanmar to stem saltwater invasion of farmland and shoreline erosion due to sea level rise, as well as to protect lives and property from storms and floods in coastal areas.
Drones could plant trees 10 times faster and cut costs by half, according to UK-based start-up BioCarbon Engineering (BCE).

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Monsanto Attempts Takedown of Agency Linking Its Weedkiller to Cancer

Organic Consumers Association - 54 min 21 sec ago

Monsanto is on the attack.

In its fight to keep its blockbuster weedkiller glyphosate on the European market, the American agrichemical giant has spent the last six months fighting accusations that it suppressed negative findings or even ghostwrote key research about whether the herbicide causes cancer.

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Should You Eat Cactus Fruit for Betalain?

Organic Consumers Association - 54 min 21 sec ago

Betalain reduces toxins surrounding your cells and allows essential nutrients to make needed improvements, which reduces inflammation implicated in numerous diseases. As a “highly bioactive group of pigments,” betalain has been shown to exert antihypertensive, anticancer, chemopreventive and hypoglycemic activities due to its bioavailability and impact on inflammation. People who eat beets, cactus fruit and other foods containing betalain are also getting the benefits of polyphenolic anthocyanins such as resveratrol, carotenoids and chlorophylls, all playing parts in improving health.

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Controversy Over Fake Meat Burger Heats Up as Documents Reveal FDA Safety Concerns

Organic Consumers Association - 54 min 21 sec ago

The Impossible Burger is a meat substitute made from soy, wheat, coconut oil, potatoes and plant-based “heme,” the latter of which is derived from genetically engineered (GE) yeast. Documents obtained via a Freedom of Information Act request reveal the U.S. Food and Drug Administration rejected the safety claims of the product, noting the company’s assessment of possible allergenicity is lacking.

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California's Farm Communities Mobilize to Ban Pesticide

Organic Consumers Association - 54 min 21 sec ago

In 2015, the last year for which statistics are available, California’s growers applied more chlorpyrifos than farmers in any other state — mainly in the Central Valley, according to the U.S. Geological Survey and California’s pesticide usage database

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What's Really Making Us Fat?

Organic Consumers Association - 54 min 21 sec ago

Conventional wisdom says that weight gain or loss is based on the energy balance model of "calories in, calories out," which is often reduced to the simple refrain, "eat less, and exercise more." But new research reveals a far more complex equation that appears to rest on several other important factors affecting weight gain. 

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Fresh and Fantastic Fermented Veggies Recipe

Organic Consumers Association - 54 min 21 sec ago

What do foods like natto, sauerkraut, kimchi, miso, lassi and kefir all have in common? Hint: It’s not an ingredient. Rather, it’s actually how all of these are made: fermentation. According to the George Mateljan Foundation, fermentation refers to an enzyme-controlled chemical process that breaks down an organic substance into simpler parts, typically with help of bacteria, yeasts or carbon dioxide.

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Annual Update on the Minamata Convention on Mercury and the Banning of Amalgam in Dentistry

Organic Consumers Association - 54 min 21 sec ago

Mercury is a pernicious poison that should never be placed in your mouth. Yet half of the dentists in the U.S. still use dental or “silver” amalgam, 50 percent of which is mercury, not silver. Mercury is the most volatile and toxic of the heavy metals, and the vapors released when chewing or brushing pose a clear and present danger to health — especially your brain and kidneys, as mercury is a neuro- and nephrotoxin.

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Why Social Smoking Can Be Just as Bad for You as Daily Smoking

Organic Consumers Association - 54 min 21 sec ago

A new study has found that those who enjoy the occasional cigarette in social situations are risking their health just as much as the person who smokes a pack or more a day.

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The Rising Storm

Organic Consumers Association - 54 min 21 sec ago

In Todd Miller’s prescient new book, Storming the Wall: Climate Change, Migration, and Homeland Security, the Tucson journalist and author travels the globe to document how climate disasters are uprooting people from their homes.

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