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Buy Organic Food to Help Curb Global Insect Collapse, Say Scientists 15.2.2019 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines

Buying organic food is among the actions people can take to curb the global decline in insects, according to leading scientists. Urging political action to slash pesticide use on conventional farms is another, say environmentalists.

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The Real Cost of Cheap Groceries 13.2.2019 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines

There's a price war raging in the grocery aisle—but the people who actually grow and gather our food may be the battle's true losers. Meet the produce pickers of Texas's Rio Grande Valley, whose penny-per-bunch harvest helps stock your pantry for less. Our food is cheap—by some measures, cheaper than it’s ever been. But the inexpensive supermarket fare that consumers now expect doesn’t come without a hidden human cost.

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URGENT: Support Needed for Bill to Ban Pesticide that Harms Children! 13.2.2019 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines
Chlorpyrifos, manufactured by DowDuPont, is a neurotoxic organophosphate pesticide that’s been linked to severe birth defects, brain damage and mental disorders in children. Yet despite these known  risks , and despite  new evidence  suggesting that Dow knew for decades how toxic chlorpyrifos is to children, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) still allows chlorpyrifos to be sprayed on more than 50 fruits, vegetables and nuts, including strawberries, almonds, oranges, broccoli and apples. If the EPA won’t do its job, it’s time for Congress to ...
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Lab Meat: More Hype Than Substance? 11.2.2019 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines

If you believe all the headlines, in a few short years or even less time, the way meat is grown will radically change. Brewing like tanks full of dividing  cells will replace farms and factory farms raising livestock, thus no more animals will be slaughtered, all environmental issues- including climate change and water scarcity- will be resolved, world hunger will no longer exist, and deforestation will no longer be necessary.

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Why We Can't Separate Justice and Sustainability in the Food System 10.2.2019 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines

Most of us wish we could eat with the confidence that everything on our plate has a story we can feel good about, a story about taking care of both people and the environment. In the food system (as elsewhere) these twin issues, justice and sustainability, have often been talked about as if they were unrelated, independent problems with separate solutions.

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What the Green New Deal Means for the Food on Your Plate 9.2.2019 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines

Today, Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and Senator Ed Markey (D-MA) released their much-anticipated Green New Deal with the goal of creating millions of jobs by expanding renewable energy and de-carbonizing the economy over the next 10 years.

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Pilgrim's Pride Sued Over 'Natural' Chicken Labels 7.2.2019 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines

American consumers willingly pay more for foods labeled as “natural,” “organic” or “humane.” Food companies took notice long ago, adding such pledges to all manner of products. But it can be challenging for shoppers to figure out whether those promises are real or empty branding. 

Bold Farm Plans in Mexico Offer a Ray of Hope in 2019 7.2.2019 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines

As many in the United States agriculture community breathed a sigh of relief that the recently passed Farm Bill isn’t as bad as it could be, our neighbors to the south are moving forward quickly and decisively with bold new plans to transform their food and farm system. Mexican President Andres Manuel López Obrador took office on December 1 with an inaugural address outlining 100 promises for the transformation of the country’s government and economy.

Trump's Ag Secretary Just Skirted the Senate to Appoint These Corporate Flacks 5.2.2019 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines

On Tuesday, US Agriculture Department chief Sonny Perdue appointed Scott Hutchins, who once directed global pesticide R&D for Dow AgroSciences (now Corteva), as the department’s deputy undersecretary for research, education, and economics, and named Mindy Brashears, a Texas Tech professor who, over the last six years, has earned $320,000 in income from consulting and research work for the meat industry, as deputy undersecretary for food safety.

Say No to Nestle, No to Monocrops and No to Corporate Coffee 5.2.2019 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines

Last month Nestle, the second biggest food and beverage company in the world, announced plans to build a $154 million dollar coffee processing plant in Mexico. Despite earning $7.3 billion in profits last year, they are requesting that the Mexican government subsidize the planting of 80,000 hectares of Robusta coffee to supply their instant coffee production--and presumably help grow those profits. 

Ocasio-Cortez's Green New Deal: What It Means for Food and Farming 2.2.2019 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines

A year ago, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez worked as a bartender in Queens. Now the 29-year old is the youngest woman ever elected to Congress, the Democrats’ biggest rising star since Barack Obama. She has pushed a decade-old idea called the Green New Deal to the political fore, which has major implications for the food system.

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It's Not What You Eat, It's How It’s Produced That Matters 2.2.2019 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines

Few of us really realise that the food we’re eating today is impoverishing the soil and contributing greatly to the tragic and catastrophic loss of biodiversity — we don’t realise because most of us are far removed from the fields that were once rich in topsoil, and are now desert and dust.

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How an Oregon Rancher Is Building Soil Health—and a Robust Regional Food System 31.1.2019 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines

When Cory Carman returned in 2003 to her family’s ranch in remote Wallowa County in eastern Oregon with a Stanford degree in public policy in hand and a stint on Capitol Hill under her belt, her intention was to stay for the summer, helping her uncle and grandmother with ranch work while she looked for her next job working on public policy. By that fall, though, it was obvious that if she left, the ranch wouldn’t be there for her to come back to.

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Arsenic and Lead Are in Your Fruit Juice: What You Need to Know 31.1.2019 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines

Fruit juice’s health halo has slipped in recent years, mainly because it packs a lot of sugar and calories. But there’s another, lesser-known health risk with these juices: They may also contain potentially harmful levels of arsenic, cadmium, and lead, according to new tests from Consumer Reports

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A Green New Deal Must Include Food and Farming 31.1.2019 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines

Our food system and environment are inexorably linked. What we grow–and how we grow it–has a tremendous impact on our land, water, and climate. And right now, our climate is in crisis. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the gold standard for climate science, implores the world to cut greenhouse gas pollution by half in the next 12 years, and eliminate them entirely by 2050.

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Investors Join Calls for a Food Revolution to Fight Climate Change 30.1.2019 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines

An influential group of investors has added its voice to a growing chorus of health professionals and scientists who are calling for radical changes to agriculture and food consumption in an effort to fight climate change, malnutrition and obesity. 

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Big Food Blamed for Ills Far Beyond Flab in Sweeping Report 30.1.2019 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines

The Lancet Commission on Obesity blamed a growth-focused sector for a system that gorges populations on empty calories while misusing land, energy and other resources. Without naming companies, the report released late Sunday called for restricting the industry -- led by multinationals such as Nestle SA, McDonald’s Corp. and Coca-Cola Co. -- from policy-related discussions

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Good News If You Buy Organic Food — It’s Getting Cheaper 27.1.2019 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines

U.S. shoppers are still paying more for organic food, but the price premium is falling as organic options multiply. Last year, organic food and beverages cost an average of 24 cents more per unit than conventional food, or about 7.5 percent more, according to Nielsen. That was down from a 27 cent, or 9 percent, premium in 2014.

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Bees Face yet Another Lethal Threat in Dicamba, a Drift-Prone Pesticide 24.1.2019 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines

While soybean farmers watched the drift-prone weed killer dicamba ravage millions of acres of crops over the last two years, Arkansas beekeeper Richard Coy noticed a parallel disaster unfolding among the weeds near those fields. When Coy spotted the withering weeds, he realized why hives that produced 100 pounds of honey three summers ago now were managing barely half that: Dicamba probably had destroyed his bees’ food.

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McDonald Trump: The Surreal White House Fast-Food Feast Was America at Its Worst 22.1.2019 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines

Donald Trump is America’s cartoon president. Monday evening, he hosted the national collegiate football champions, the Clemson Tigers, at the White House. Magnanimous and proud, smiling and generous, Trump presented a smorgasbord. The offerings? Hundreds of hamburgers and other food items from McDonald’s, Wendy’s, Burger King and Domino’s Pizza.

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