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Category: Food Security :: Food Sovereignty
Last updated: Jul 03 2020 05:18 IST RSS 2.0
 
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Most Avocado Oil Sold in U.S. Is Either Rancid or Contains Other Oils, Study Finds 3.7.2020 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines

Most avocado oil sold in the United States — including that labeled “pure” or “extra virgin” — is either stale before its expiration date or mixed with other oils, according to a study published recently in the journal Food Control. In fact, some of the samples tested in the study contained almost no avocado oil.

Warren, Booker Open Investigation Into Meatpackers' Manipulation of COVID-19 Crisis to Raise Prices and Exploit Workers 26.6.2020 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines

United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Cory Booker (D-N.J.) are opening an investigation of Tyson Foods, JBS USA, Cargill and Smithfield Foods after reports that the meatpacking companies, while threatening the American public with impending meat shortages and jacking up prices, exported a record amount of product to China.

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Bottled Water Made by Whole Foods and Sold on Amazon Contains High Levels of Arsenic 25.6.2020 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines

Bottled water manufactured by Whole Foods and sold in most of its U.S. stores and on Amazon contains potentially harmful levels of arsenic, according to new tests by Consumer Reports.

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Amid Booming Sales. the USDA Organic Seal Is Taking a Hit and the Industry Fails to Communicate Its Message 25.6.2020 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines

Total organic fresh produce sales were up 22% for the month of March. In May, Thrive Market’s CEO Nick Green told the New York Times that his company was experiencing a level of demand that it was expecting to see in 2022 or 2023. Some organic brands received such big orders that they have had to ration products to retailers.

Commentary: Make Investing in Resilient, Localized Food System Part of Next Stimulus 22.6.2020 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines

From wasted food, to the exploitation of farmworkers, the Covid-19 pandemic has made it painfully clear that this country’s food system must be changed. Politicians must pass further stimulus legislation that includes policy to reform our inflexible, consolidated food system to prepare for future crises.

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We Don't Farm Because It's Trendy; We Farm as Resistance, For Healing and Sovereignty 19.6.2020 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines

For more than 150 years, from the rural South to northern cities, Black people have used farming to build self-determined communities and resist oppressive structures that tear them down.

Today, agriculture still serves an important role in the lives of Black people, which is why we see urban agriculture projects and programs in Philadelphia, Detroit, and Washington D.C. and other cities across the United States. In all of these cities, there are Black-led organizations cultivating food and land sovereignty by helping individuals and communities regain agency and ownership over their food system.

Meatpacker Theft Sets All-Time Record – Our Nation’s Food Security Is Gone 17.6.2020 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines

The May 20th, 2020 USDA retail beef value was reported at $7.58 per pound, up $1.41 per pound from a year ago. Live cattle slaughter weights were reported at 1,370 pounds. Retail beef yield from a 1,370 pound steer or heifer will be around 575 pounds (42% of live weight).

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As Food Supply Chain Breaks Down, Farm-To-Door CSAs Take Off 16.6.2020 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines

While some American farmers have been forced to dump milk or plow under crops due to loss of markets during the COVID-19 pandemic, farmers of community supported agriculture (CSA) programs are thriving.

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Smithfield Sued for Falsely Advertising Themselves as ‘Safest’ U.S. Pork Products 16.6.2020 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines

A consumer group is suing one the largest pork producers over allegations that the company falsely advertises its products as the “safest” in the U.S. The Organic Consumers Association (OCA) filed a civil suit May 20 against Smithfield Foods, Inc., claiming they use practices that contribute to the creation of widespread diseases. The group is seeking to stop its ‘false’ advertising and marketing.

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Farmworkers Are Dying, COVID-19 Cases Are Spiking, and the Food System Is in Peril 4.6.2020 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines

Last week, an Intensive Care doctor in a central Florida hospital placed a call to Mexico to the parents of Juan Santiago (pseudonym) to inform them that their son was not expected to survive the next twenty-four hours. The next day, Juan, a farmworker from Immokalee, Florida, died from complications of the novel coronavirus.

‘Our Food System Is Very Much Modeled on Plantation Economics’ 4.6.2020 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines

Janine Jackson interviewed the Union of Concerned Scientists’ Ricardo Salvador about the coronavirus food crisis for the May 8, 2020, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript.

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‘Something Isn’t Right’: U.S. Probes Soaring Beef Prices 4.6.2020 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines

Supermarket customers are paying more for beef than they have in decades during the coronavirus pandemic. But at the same time, the companies that process the meat for sale are paying farmers and ranchers staggeringly low prices for cattle.

21 Individuals and Organizations Building Stronger Black Communities and Food Systems 4.6.2020 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines

Following the murder of George Floyd by police in Minneapolis, people around the United States are protesting racism, police brutality, inequality, and violence in their own communities. No matter your political affiliation, the violence by multiple police departments in this country is unacceptable.

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Opinion: Software to Swallow — Impossible Foods Should Be Called Impossible Patents 2.6.2020 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines

Impossible Foods should really be called Impossible Patents. It’s not food; it’s software, intellectual property — 14 patents, in fact, in each bite of Impossible Burger with over 100 additional patents pending for animal proxies from chicken to fish. It’s iFood, the next killer app. Just download your flavor.

Gardens Have Pulled America out of Some of Its Darkest Times. We Need Another Revival. 30.5.2020 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines

As the pandemic smolders and the economy plunges into an abyss, Americans have reverted to the venerable World War II–era tradition of organized disaster gardening. According to headline writers, that is.

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15 Indigenous Crops to Boost Your Immune System and Celebrate Biodiversity 30.5.2020 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines

This Friday, May 22, marks the International Day for Biological Diversity. Every year, the United Nations uses this day as an opportunity both to celebrate the Earth’s stunning biodiversity and to recognize our task to protect it. 

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Tell Congress: Don't You Dare Bail Out Big Meat! 30.5.2020 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines
As COVID-19 swept through U.S. meatpacking plants (slaughterhouses currently account for  almost half  of the country’s hotspots), plants closed, leaving farmers with millions of animals they couldn’t get to market. This prompted Tyson to take out an ad in the New York Times,  warning  that the “food supply chain is breaking.”  But COVID-19 didn’t break the food system. The four Big Meat titans—Tyson, Smithfield, JBS and Cargill—broke the supply chain. They did it by  forcing consolidation  in the meatpacking industry, which ultimately created another “ too big to fail ” industry. Congress has a plan to save Big Meat, by taking an old law intended to help family farmers in times of crisis, and turning it into a rescue plan for big ...
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As Major Meat Processors Buckle Under COVID-19 Crisis, Busy Smaller Competitors Fight Red Tape 30.5.2020 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines

Could America’s small- to mid-sized meat processors pick up the lost capacity when large packers have to close? They might. But federal meat-inspection laws and regulations are standing in the way.

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The Food We Produce Is Killing Us and Decimating Biodiversity – A Change Has to Be Made 30.5.2020 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines

Unless you don’t know where your next meal is coming from – which is the case for some 800 million people, a number that could increase during the Covid-19 fallout – you’ve probably not thought this much about food before. Going to the supermarket is an ordeal. Your favourite restaurant is closed. Produce is rotting in the fields while unprecedented lines form at food banks.

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Food Safety Claims Land Smithfield Foods Inc. in D.C. Court 30.5.2020 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines

The Organic Consumers Association has sued Smithfield Foods Inc. in Superior Court for the District of Columbia over allegedly “deceptive food safety marketing representations about pork products.Smithfield, VA-based Smithfield Foods is accused of making marketing and advertising representations to convey to consumers, including consumers in the District of Columbia, that Smithfield brand pork products are the “safest” possible U.S. pork products.

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