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Farmers in 10 States Sue Monsanto over Dicamba Devastation

Farmers across 10 states are suing Monsanto, alleging that the agrochemical company sold dicamba-tolerant cotton and soybean crops knowing that illegal spraying of the highly volatile and drift-prone herbicide would be inevitable.

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Organic Consumers Action Endorses Keith Ellison for DNC Chair

Organic Consumers Action today announced its endorsement of Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) for Democratic National Committee Chair.

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Workers Allege Violations at Franchises of the Company Run by Donald Trump's Labor Nominee

Labor nominee Puzder—whose company, CKE Restaurants, controls the Carl's Jr. and Hardee's chains—has a Senate confirmation hearing scheduled for Thursday, and employees of CKE franchises are pushing back. Protesters rallied in 24 cities earlier this week with signs of Puzder's face superimposed with phrases such as "Wage Thief" and "Tax Cheat."

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Will Hawaii Restrict Pesticides, Require More Disclosure from Big Ag?

After a federal court shot down the efforts of individual counties, advocates of more regulation have only the Legislature to turn to.

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Tell These Grocery Stores: No GMO Apples, Please!

This week, the GMO Arctic Apple is headed to grocery stores for a trial run. They're being tested in the Midwest—if you're a Midwesterner, please read this!

Who stands to benefit from the GMO apple? Not consumers like you. Definitely not apple growers, who have been opposing this apple all along. The only benefits will go to Intrexon, the synthetic biology company that owns the GMO salmon, the GMO mosquito and the GMO apple.

You can still disrupt the market for these apples and keep them off our plates and out of our environment. But we need you to act now during this trial run in grocery stores.

 

(14/02/2017 @ 15:10)

Philpott Is Right: Trump's ‘Dark Forces' Are Coming for Your Organic Food

Over the past three decades, organic food, farming, and products in the U.S. have grown into a $50-billion-a-year powerhouse, representing more than 5 percent of all retail grocery sales. This growth has been achieved with little or no help from the White House, Congress or the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), and that's been true no matter which party, Democrat or Republican, has been in power.

Although the majority of consumers—no matter whether they voted for Hillary (65 million), Trump (62 million), or stayed home and didn't vote (92 million)—tell pollsters that they know that organic food is superior to chemical/GMO food, in terms of nutrition and environmental impact, and that they believe that pesticides, synthetic hormones, antibiotic residues and GMOs are dangerous, Congress keeps subsidizing industrial agriculture, factory farms, processed food and GMO corn-derived ethanol to the tune of billions of dollars a year. At the same time, lawmakers show little or no support for organic or transition-to-organic farmers or programs.

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Rising Demand for Organic and Non-GMO Grains Outpaces US Production

Increasing consumer demand for organic and non-GMO foods led to a sharp rise in organic grain imports in 2016—prompting food manufacturers to explore new incentives for U.S. growers transitioning to organic production, according to a new report from CoBank. While U.S. production of non-GMO crops has risen, domestic production of organic corn and soybeans remains well short of demand.

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Questions About EPA-Monsanto Collusion Raised in Cancer Lawsuits

Now it's getting interesting.

A new court filing made on behalf of dozens of people claiming Monsanto Co.'s Roundup herbicide gave them cancer includes information about alleged efforts within the Environmental Protection Agency to protect Monsanto's interests and unfairly aid the agrichemical industry.

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Yale University Study Shows Association between Vaccines and Brain Disorders

A team of researchers from the Yale School of Medicine and Penn State College of Medicine have found a disturbing association between the timing of vaccines and the onset of certain brain disorders in a subset of children.

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Hip Hop Is Used to Teach Kids about Gardening

This innovative education model gets kids rapping, planting, and cooking in marginalized neighborhoods of London.

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Eight Foods to Superpower Your Immune System

As polar vortexes, nor'easters and monsoons ensue across the country, people are more likely to stay indoors, which also means that germs can circulate more easily.

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Julie Kelly Cooks Up Propaganda for the Agrichemical Industry

Julie Kelly is a food writer and cooking instructor who emerged in 2015 as a fierce advocate for the agrichemical industry, criticizing organic food, GMO labeling and science that raises concerns about pesticides. Her writing on these topics has appeared in the National Review, The Hill, Huffington Post, the Wall Street Journal and Forbes. She does not disclose her funding sources.

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Cold Soup Can Enhance Your Health

Soups contain numerous vitamins, minerals and valuable micronutrients contained in the veggies, fruits, nuts, herbs and spices that nourish your body. The perfect way to resolve the lack-of-soup dilemma is easy: cold soup. Fresh ingredient blends can liven up traditional gazpachos and ho-hum vichyssoises to pique your imagination.

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Fermented Foods May Be a Key Component of an Anti-Cancer Diet

Fermented foods are gaining recognition as an important anti-cancer adjunct. The beneficial bacteria found in fermented foods have been shown particularly effective for suppressing colon cancer, but may also inhibit cancers of the breast, liver, small intestine and other organs.

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The Billionaire CEO Behind the Dakota Access Pipeline Would Rather Be Talking About Country Music

Warren is a co-founder and CEO of Energy Transfer Partners, the conglomerate whose security contractors have deployed pepper spray and snarling dogs against the Native Americans protesting its Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) in North Dakota. He's laying another contested pipeline, the Trans-Pecos, near Big Bend National Park—hallowed ground to many Texans. He's spent millions of dollars supporting right-wing politicians. He gave $700,000 to Texas Gov. Greg Abbott's political action committee and $6 million to PACs supporting former Gov. Rick Perry's presidential campaign. He also put Perry on ETP'S board.

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5 Possible Futures for the EPA under Trump

Donald Trump has long talked about reining in the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), which is in charge of enforcing federal laws on air and water pollution. It's a top priority for his supporters in the fossil-fuel industry.

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Young Indian Farmers Spice Up Market for Organic Himalayan Crops

The tiny Himalayan state of Sikkim has been declared 100 percent organic, but farmers need help to transport and sell their produce

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Farming a Warmer Planet

Morocco holds lessons for how farmers around the world are adapting to, and curbing, global warming.

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Let's get organized! Join a call with Ronnie Cummins, OCA's international director.

Our health, our environment, our basic right to know—everything is under attack.

How do we unite the people working in our own communities on food, natural health, social justice and climate issues into a more powerful movement that can put an end to corporate crime and political corruption in the marketplace and in the political realm, while regenerating our health, our economy, our local communities and our democracy?

Sign up to join Ronnie and the Organic Consumers Association for this important call about how to launch both a #ConsumerRevolution and a #PoliticalRevolution.

(13/02/2017 @ 12:49)

Letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions Opposing Biotech Mergers

On behalf of our millions of members and supporters around the country, the undersigned organizations oppose the impending mergers of the world's largest agrochemical and seed companies. 

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Is Sugar the New Smoking?

Thirty years ago, we were blind to the dangers of secondhand smoke. Now it's our addiction to sugar and processed food that will shock future generations.

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'Dark Forces' Are Coming for Your Organic Food

The Freedom Caucus is a rowdy band of GOP US House members most famous for triggering government shutdowns, pushing to repeal the Affordable Care Act, and driving former GOP Speaker John Boehner from his post on the theory he wasn't conservative enough. And now they're coming for your certified-organic food.

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Want to Avoid GMO? Watch out for These Foods

It's tough to keep track of all the places where there has been a fight over genetically engineered foods and their role in our nation's food system. There's major food makers' surprising embrace of GMO-free cereals—reaffirming breakfast's reputation as the most important meal of the day.

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Regenerating Public Health: Beyond Obama and Trump

Millions of Americans have no health insurance. More than 50 million are woefully underinsured.

Meanwhile Big Pharma and profit-obsessed HMOs and hospitals are focused mainly on selling you overpriced (often hazardous) prescription drugs, on running expensive tests, and on keeping you on permanent health maintenance, rather than preventing the diseases that are so costly to treat.

We can't afford to provide universal healthcare for all as long as our medical model is focused on treating the evermore serious and widespread sicknesses of the body politic (for example obesity and diabetes) rather than the underlying causes. However, with the right preventive and holistic approach, we could easily afford Medicare for All–and it would cost much less for both consumers and employers than what we are spending now.

We have a national healthcare crisis. Can we overcome our partisan and sectarian divisions, and mobilize the grassroots power of the majority of Americans who are sick and tired of living in Degeneration Nation to solve the crisis?

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Let's Talk

Our health, our environment, our basic right to know—everything is under attack. We need everyone on deck.

How do we unite the people working in our own communities on food, natural health, social justice and climate issues into one powerful movement to end corporate and political corruption at the local, state and federal levels?

Sign up to join Ronnie and the Organic Consumers Association for a national call about how to launch both a #ConsumerRevolution and a #PoliticalRevolution. 

TAKE ACTION: RSVP for the call-to-action with OCA's Ronnie Cummins on Thursday, Feb. 16 at 8 p.m. Eastern/ 5 p.m. Pacific!

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How to Cook Spaghetti Squash

With many people embracing the gluten-free trend and no-grain lifestyle, “vegetarian pastas” are becoming all the rage nowadays. This is great because highly processed grain products, like conventional, ready-to-cook pasta and wheat noodles, can drive up your insulin levels, since they convert to sugar in your body.

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The Healing Platform: Build Your Own Cure

Cancer is a disease that most people either have personal experience with, or know someone who does.

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How Trump's Immigration Policies Could Nearly Double the Price of Milk

President Trump's plan to build a border wall between the United States and Mexico is a bad idea for many reasons, from insulting a close trading partner to harming migrating wildlife to the fact that the wall won't actually improve current border defenses.

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A Conservative Case for Climate Action

CRAZY as it may sound, this is the perfect time to enact a sensible policy to address the dangerous threat of climate change. Before you call us nuts, hear us out.

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Climate Change Is a Clear and Present Danger to US Security

Being president of the United States is a job that can be about life and death. Donald Trump learned that first-hand recently as the first American serviceman died under his watch. This is a reality of being president, as is the security threat posed by a changing planet.

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