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The Organic Consumers Association maintains an excellent feed of the latest articles on matters of world food integrity updated here daily.

  • Behind the scenes, as law enforcement officials tried to stem protests against the Dakota Access pipeline, alumni from the George W. Bush White House were leading a crisis communications effort to discredit pipeline protesters.

  • Donald Loepp, editor of the industry paper Plastics News, calls this study an “impressive report.” It’s something that many people have speculated about, he says, but no one had published such a thorough accounting until now.

  • It was twenty years ago last month that Food & Water published our report on Vermont’s atrazine addiction, a toxic herbicide that is banned in Europe but continues to be used in abundance on Vermont’s 92,000 acres of GMO-derived feed corn – all for dairy cows. 

  • Sen. Bernie Sanders talks to former Vice President Al Gore on The Bernie Sanders Show about climate changeand his latest film, An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power.

  • Many of the tomatoes eaten these days are too big, too firm and just plain dull compared with those from a half-century ago, according to new research.

  • Six months ago, one powerful white man in the White House, watched by seven more, signed a piece of paper that will prevent millions of women around the world from deciding what they can and can’t do with their own bodies.

  • With a little know-how, innovative, do-it-yourself “season stretchers” in your garden can help extend your veggie-growing potential well beyond the norm for your plant hardiness zone and facilitate a much earlier harvest. Whether they’re small enough for just one plant or for a whole row, mini greenhouses and cloche ideas can protect young plants while forcing faster growth.

  • Carrots contain many valuable nutrients that support healthy vision, heart, brain, bones and nervous system, including vitamins A, K and C, as well as valuable antioxidants. Carrots come in many different colors. Red carrots are higher in lycopene and beta-carotene; yellow contain high amounts of xanthophyll and lutein; white carrots tend to be milder with high fiber content, while purple carrots contain higher amounts of anthocyanin, beta- and alpha-carotenes. 

  • Early in the morning on May 5, approximately 50 farmworkers were in the midst of harvesting cabbage for Dan Andrews Farms in Bakersfield, at the southern end of California’s fertile San Joaquin Valley, when they suddenly felt nauseous. “We started getting an odor, pesticide odor, coming in from the mandarin orchards west of our field,” supervisor Efron Zavalza told local news channel KGET.

  • Politicians and headline writers often tout new trade announcements as big wins for U.S. farmers and ranchers. Almost never do they declare plainly, and more accurately: this deal is a big win for global agribusiness! Conflating the interests of global agribusiness operating in multiple countries and U.S.  farmers’ is a misleading spin that helps serve corporate interests over the rest of us. 

  • Few science writers have worked as hard as Keith Kloor to impact public opinion on genetically modified organism (GMO) agriculture. An adjunct professor at New York University and former editor for Audubon and blogger for Discover, Kloor has spent years championing GMO products and portraying skeptics and critics as scientifically illiterate quacks. Kloor’s one-man crusade to paint environmental advocates as nitwits includes a classic of the Kloor canon: his self-aggrandizing piece in Issues in Science and Technology comparing demands for GMO transparency to the tactics of the Trump campaign and the anti-vaccine movement (a favorite bugbear).

  • The Northeast Organic Farming Association of New York (NOFA-NY) denounced the USDA’s permit for the world’s first open-air trials of the Genetically Engineered (GE) Diamondback moth to be released in Geneva, NY. 

  • The "shit is hitting is the fan," said noted climate scientist James Hansen, countering "this narrative out there…that we have turned the corner on dealing with the climate problem." Hansen is lead author of a new study that warns that there "is no time to delay" on climate change efforts and argues that they must go beyond just slashing emissions of CO2—"the dominant control knob on global temperature"—to extracting CO2 from the air, or "negative emissions."

  • Campbell Soup Co. CPB, -1.48% Chief Executive Denise Morrison said Wednesday during the company's investor event that the company will withdraw from the Grocery Manufacturer's Association (GMA), a major food association, by the end of the calendar year. 

  • The British non-profit GMWatch recently revealed the agribusiness takeover of Conabia, the National Advisory Committee on Agricultural Biotechnology of Argentina. Conabia is the GMO assessment body of Argentina. According to GMWatch, 26 of 34 its members were either agribusiness company employees or had major conflicts of interest*.

  • “Reusing shell waste is a perfect example of a circular economy, particularly as shells are a valuable biomaterial,” Researcher James Morris said. “Not only does it improve the sustainability of the aquaculture industry moving forwards, but it can also provide secondary economic benefits to shellfish growers and processors as well.”

  • News that a slight dietary change could dramatically reduce the amount of environmentally harmful methane gas released by cattle has been given an enthusiastic welcome by Irish farmers.Researchers at James Cook University in Queensland, Australia, found the addition of less than 2 per cent dried seaweed to a cow’s diet could reduce their methane emissions by as much as 99 per cent.

  • Of all the plastic products we use and take for granted, plastic drinking straws are among the most unnecessary. Designed to be used once and discarded, their only real purpose is to keep your mouth from touching a glass or ice. It made more sense in the days when contaminated vessels were more of an issue.

  • I think we stand a better chance at healthfulness when the foods we rely on to keep us healthy don’t require a boat or an airplane to reach us. The current model is expensive, not great for the environment, and distances us from our local flora and fauna. So, here’s a new list of local superfoods: They do the same work as their coveted exotic counterparts, they’re relatively easy to pronounce, and they won’t break the bank.

  • Recently, the Washington Post exposed a couple of major certified organic brands that don’t strictly adhere to organic standards. The Post and others also recently reported on what one lawmaker, who serves on a key U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) committee, called  “uncertainty and dysfunction” at the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB). These reports are troubling on multiple levels, especially to consumers who rely on the USDA organic seal to help them avoid pesticides, genetically modified organisms (GMOs), synthetic ingredients and foods produced using methods that degenerate soil health and pollute the environment. What can consumers do to ensure that the certified organic products they buy meet existing organic standards? And how do we, as consumers, fight back against efforts to weaken those standards? The short answers: There are about 25,000 honest organic local and regional producers, vs. a handful of big brands, mostly national, who flout the rules. And if consumers want stronger, not weaker organic standards, we need to demand them.

 

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