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The elephant in the room: potential biopersistence of short-chain PFAS 20.2.2019 Nanotechnology Notes
Maricel Maffini, Ph.D., Consultant and Tom Neltner, J.D., Chemicals Policy Director In January 2018, US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) scientists published a peer-reviewed journal article stating a commonly used raw material to make greaseproof paper is likely to persist in the human body. FDA scientists’ sophisticated analysis and remarkable conclusion raises questions about the broad assumption […]
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Arsenic in Your Fruit Juice? Tests Say Yes. 14.2.2019 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines

Are there heavy metals lurking in your fruit juice?

Yes, according to a recent analysis by Consumer Reports (CR). CR tested 45 fruit juices in four popular flavors—apple, grape, pear and fruit blends—sold in the U.S. and found “elevated levels” of arsenic, cadmium and lead.

The levels were “concerning,” according to CR. Even more worrisome? Toxic heavy metals were found in nearly half of the juices tested.

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Why the Green New Deal Is So Vague About Food and Farming 13.2.2019 Mother Jones
The Green New Deal resolution, released last week by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) and Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.), offered broad visions for socially just and climate-ready food and farm policy. It called for a “10-year national mobilization” to “eliminate pollution and greenhouse gas emissions from the agricultural sector” by “supporting family farming,” “investing in sustainable farming and land […]
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Why the Green New Deal Needs to Include Fair Prices for Farmers 13.2.2019 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines

The GND twin resolutions, introduced February 7, 2019, call for all Americans to have access to healthy food, clean water and clean air. The GND also proposes to provide “economic security,” jobs and good wages to all who want to participate in the new green economy.

For consumers, healthy food (and clean water and clean air, for that matter) mean transitioning away from an industrial agriculture model that poisons our food and pollutes our environment.

For farmers, any promise of “economic security” must include the return to an economic agriculture model based on providing farmers a fair price for the products they produce—or as the agriculture industry calls it, “parity pricing.” Only then, will the GND fulfill its promise to clean up our food system, clean up our environment and provide a “fair and just transition for all communities and workers.”

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Nearly 100,000 Pounds of Frozen Entrees Recalled 12.2.2019 Newsweek Top Stories
The frozen chicken products were sold in stores like Walmart and Winn-Dixie.
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How Danone, Kashi and Land O'Lakes are backing sustainable farming 11.2.2019 Energy & Climate |
More companies are exploring new finance mechanisms and other efforts to benefit farmers in search of change.
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FDA Commish To Tobacco Bigs: Keep Anti-Teen Vape Pledge 9.2.2019 Newsweek Top Stories
The FDA commissioner expressed his concerns that e-cigarette companies “such as JUUL” are failing to protect teens from consuming tobacco by the array of flavored tobacco cigarettes and vaping pods.
Research Reveals Shocking Information About Sucralose (Splenda) Side Effects 8.2.2019 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines

Sucralose (sold under the brand names Splenda, Splenda Zero, Zero-Cal, Sukrana, Apriva, SucraPlus, Candys, Cukren and Nevella, to name a few) was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1998 as a tabletop sweetener and for use in products such as baked goods, nonalcoholic beverages, chewing gum, frozen dairy desserts, fruit juices and gelatins. It is also permitted as a general-purpose sweetener for all processed foods.

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Organic Green New Deal? Comprehensive climate change policy must address the American food system 8.2.2019 Design & Innovation |
The proposed bill must put just rural economic and environmental development back on the table.
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Plastic straws upon request and less Styrofoam: Colorado lawmakers to debate new, environmentally friendly food containers 8.2.2019 Denver Post: All Political News
Two bills that are expected to have their first legislative hearings by the end of the month would prohibit restaurants across the state from providing plastic straws without a customer's explicit request and provide local governments with more authority to set standards on food containers.
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The inconvenient truths behind the 'Planetary Health' diet 6.2.2019 Business Operations |
The recently published EAT-Lancet Commission on Healthy Diets from Sustainable Food Systems uses flawed research on health, sustainability and food systems.
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Understanding the policy principles for a 'just transition' 4.2.2019
'Just transition' was the hot topic at last year's COP24 climate conference in Poland, but how can governments and businesses deliver on their promises?
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Opinion | Green New Deal Must Transform Our Food System to Save Our Climate 3.2.2019 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines

In the face of worsening climate chaos and massive economic inequities wreaking havoc on the nation, a broad coalition of social justice and environmental organizations and visionary politicians like Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez are building momentum for a Green New Deal.

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Killing 22 hogs a minute, meatpackers test old limits of safety 2.2.2019 LA Times: Business

In an Illinois town where Abraham Lincoln once toiled as a country lawyer, the slaughterhouse of the future runs at a speed that generations of Midwestern farmers would have dismissed as fantasy.

At other factories, as many as seven government inspectors are stationed along the slaughter line to...

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There's arsenic and lead in many brands of fruit juice. Should you be concerned? 31.1.2019 Minnesota Public Radio: Science
Testing by Consumer Reports found "concerning levels" of cadmium, arsenic and lead in 21 samples of apple and other juices. But the FDA has yet to issue a guideline on arsenic limits in juice.
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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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Trump’s Ag Secretary Just Skirted the Senate to Appoint These Corporate Flacks 31.1.2019 Mother Jones
A presidential administration already shot through with corporate execs, lobbyists, and retainers just got two more.  On Tuesday, United States Department of Agriculture 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 […]
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This May Be the Worst Regulation Ever 31.1.2019 Wall St. Journal: Opinion
A USDA rule about labels on ‘bioengineered’ food costs hundreds of millions and has no benefits.
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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How and when will FDA rule on ortho-phthalates in food? It’s anyone’s guess. 30.1.2019 Nanotechnology Notes
Tom Neltner, J.D., is Chemicals Policy Director and Maricel Maffini, Ph.D., Consultant The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has yet to decide three overlapping petitions requesting the agency take action on uses of ortho-phthalates in contact with food. Two of the petitions—a food additive petition and a citizen petition—were submitted by EDF, Earthjustice and nine other public health […]
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