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Major Contributor of Arsenic in Animal Feed Halts Practice 9.6.2011 Commondreams.org Newswire

The federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today announced that Alpharma, a division of the pharmaceutical company Pfizer, has agreed to stop selling (for now) its arsenic-containing product, 3-Nitro, for use in chicken, turkeys and swine. In 1944, 3-Nitro became the first arsenic-containing product approved by the FDA for use in food animals.

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FDA admits supermarket chickens test positive for arsenic 9.6.2011 Gristmill
by Tom Laskawy. Back in March, Tom Philpott wrote about the “insane” practice of feeding factory-farmed chickens arsenic: The idea is that it makes them grow faster—fast growth being the supreme goal of factory animal farming —and helps control a common intestinal disease called coccidiosis. The industry emphasizes that the arsenic is applied in organic form, which isn’t immediately toxic. “Organic” in the chemistry sense, that is, not the agricultural sense—i.e., molecules containing carbon atoms as well as arsenic. Trouble is, arsenic shifts from organic to inorganic rather easily. Indeed, “arsenic in poultry manure is rapidly converted into an inorganic form that is highly water soluble and capable of moving into surface and ground water,” write Keeve E. Nachman and Robert S. Lawrence of the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future. Inorganic arsenic is the highly poisonous stuff—see the absurd and wonderful Cary ...
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Mixed Messages Over E. Coli Outbreak Could Make Crisis Worse 7.6.2011 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
NEW YORK -- The conflicting claims over the source of the deadliest E.coli outbreak in living memory have not only confused consumers around the globe,...
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Organic Trade Association Ripe for Change 7.6.2011 TreeHugger
Organic Trade Association Ripe for Change
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Green Fair Celebrates Pedal-Powered Music 6.6.2011 The Earth Times Online Newspaper - Environment News
London's Regent's Park hears vibrant festival sound-system powered by bicycles. Over the weekend of the 4th and 5th June, thousands of visitors flocked to this huge and very enjoyable Green Fair for its 18th season. The weather on Saturday was particularly sunny, not always guaranteed in Britain!
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Are Your “Organic” Eggs All They're Cracked Up To Be? 4.6.2011 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
A new report from The Cornucopia Institute, Scrambled Eggs: Separating Factory Farm Egg Production from Authentic Organic Agriculture, warns consumers of the trend of factory...
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Social factors affect acceptance of sustainable technologies 4.6.2011 The Earth Times Online Newspaper - Environment News
Social factors influence local farmers' willingness to accept sustainable technologies, a Stanford study shows. Local farmers may only accept sustainable and more cost-efficient methods if trusted resources promote the new methods.
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Organic Trade Association Responds to Critics About GMO Stance 4.6.2011 TreeHugger
Organic Trade Association Responds to Critics About GMO Stance
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The 'Whale Wars' Star They Call An 'Eco-Terrorist' 3.6.2011 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Hidden in the intimate upstairs room of a posh vegan restaurant in New York sat a man deemed an "eco-terrorist." He prefers "eco-terraist." Paul Watson,...
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Effects of Sediment-Associated Extractable Metals, Degree of Sediment Grain Sorting, and Dissolved Organic Carbon upon Cryptosporidium parvum Removal and Transport within Riverbank Filtration Sediments, Sonoma County, California 3.6.2011 Environmental Science & Technology: Latest Articles (ACS Publications)

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Charges of Corruption Taint Organic Trade Association (video) 2.6.2011 TreeHugger
Charges of Corruption Taint Organic Trade Association (video)
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Smoking Gun In E. Coli Outbreak Difficult To Track Down 2.6.2011 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
BERLIN — European health officials tracking one of the worst E. coli outbreaks on record might never know where it came from. It's a sad...
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Organic Agriculture's Resilience Shows Untapped Potential 1.6.2011 Commondreams.org Newswire

Despite the crippling effects of the recent economic slowdown on many industries, the organic agriculture sector not only sustained itself during this period but also showed signs of growth. "In 2009, organic farming was practiced on 37.2 million hectares worldwide, a 5.7 percent increase from 2008 and 150 percent increase since 2000," writes policy analyst E.L. Beck, in the latest Vital Signs Online release from the Worldwatch Institute.

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Threatened by Contamination from Genetically Modified Organisms, Family Farms Amplify Compaint Against Monsanto 1.6.2011 Commondreams.org Newswire

New threats by Monsanto have led to the filing of an amended complaint by the Public Patent Foundation (PUBPAT) in its suit on behalf of family farmers, seed businesses, and organic agricultural organizations challenging Monsanto's patents on genetically modified seed.

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Organic Agriculture's Resilience Shows Untapped Potential 1.6.2011 Worldwatch Institute
New analysis highlights organic agriculture as an eco-friendly means of improving livelihoods and preserving natural resources. June 1, 2011 Washington, D.C. - Despite the crippling effects of the recent economic slowdown on many industries, the organic agriculture sector not only sustained itself during this period but also showed signs of growth. "In 2009, organic farming was practiced on 37.2 million hectares worldwide, a 5.7 percent increase from 2008 and 150 percent increase since 2000," writes policy analyst E.L. Beck, in the latest Vital Signs Online release from the Worldwatch Institute. The International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM) defines organic agriculture as: "a production system that sustains the health of soils, ecosystems and people. It relies on ecological processes, biodiversity and cycles adapted to local conditions, rather than the use of inputs with adverse effects. Organic agriculture combines tradition, innovation and science to ...
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Organic Eggs Not Created Equal, Says New Scorecard 1.6.2011 Environmental News Network
Next time you're at the grocery store aisle picking out eggs, you might need to think twice before assuming one organic brand is interchangeable with another. According to the Cornucopia Institute (CI), a non-profit which promotes economic justice for family scale farming, all organic eggs are not alike. They recently released the report Scrambled Eggs: Separating Factory Farm Egg Production from Authentic Organic Agriculture
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New Consumer Guide Examines What Certifications Really Tell You About the Fish You're Eating 27.5.2011 AlterNet
What consumer labels don't tell you is at least as important as what they do, and that's where things get tricky for conscientious shoppers.
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George Leonard: Consumer Choice and Genetically Engineered Fish 25.5.2011 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Californians are known for discerning taste and deserve the right to be eco- and health- conscious "foodies." But to do so, the state legislature should make sure the industry reveals what's at the fish counter before it ends up on our plate.
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Is Organic Food the Answer? 24.5.2011 Resource Efficiency | GreenBiz.com

Of all the things I write about, food is by far the most emotional. The advocates of conventional food and those pushing reform are deeply polarized, as I've seen first-hand lately.

Is Organic Food the Answer?
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Why Shopping Our Way to Sustainability Won't Work 23.5.2011 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com

Most shoppers don't pay much attention to environmental factors. They're busy, ignorant, or they just don't care. Which makes me believe we can't count on them -- and their current shopping habits -- to bring about a sustainable food system.

Why Shopping Our Way to Sustainability Won't Work
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