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Join the Organic Consumers Association's national boycott of "organic cheater" brands

Monday, November 09, 2009
by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger
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(NaturalNews) Many popular brands of personal care products use words like "organic" on their product labels or company names, but the products they're selling don't meet organic standards. So the Organic Consumers Association (www.organicconsumers.org) has been waging a public campaign to expose "organic cheaters" and encourage consumers to boycott those brands.

Late last week, a significant victory was achieved for organic consumers: the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) voted 12 to 1 to require personal care products touting the word "organic" to actually meet organic standards. (Previously, this was not required.)

This is big news because it means the USDA will now start cracking down on non-compliant brands that inappropriately use the word "organic" on their product labels.

"Brands that are using the word organic improperly should be on notice that USDA enforcement is imminent. Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan has said that she is going to get 'tough on crime' in the organic industry," said Ronnie Cummins, Executive Director of the OCA. "I expect them to make organic cosmetics fraud a top priority. In the meantime, retailers should start cleaning up their body care isles. Whole Foods Market, for one, was a big supporter of the NOSB recommendation."

Boycott these "organic cheater" brands

NaturalNews encourages readers to join the Organic Consumers Association in its boycott of these brands of personal care products:

• Desert Essence Organics Body Care
• Organics by Noah's Naturals
• Giovanni Organic Cosmetics
• Nature's Gate Organics
• Amazon Organics
• JASON Pure Natural and Organic
• Avalon Organic

Until these companies clean up their labels and achieve full compliance with new USDA organic standards, this boycott will remain in effect. It's all part of the OCA's "Coming Clean" campaign that seeks to end labeling fraud in the personal care products marketplace.

Read more about the "Coming Clean" campaign at: http://www.organicconsumers.org/bodycare/ind...

NaturalNews encourages readers to keep personal care product manufacturers honest by avoiding the purchase of any product labeled in a false or misleading way. Stay up to date by following the news on organic products at www.OrganicConsumers.org
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About the author:Mike Adams (aka the "Health Ranger") is a best selling author (#1 best selling science book on Amazon.com) and a globally recognized scientific researcher in clean foods. He serves as the founding editor of NaturalNews.com and the lab science director of an internationally accredited (ISO 17025) analytical laboratory known as CWC Labs. There, he was awarded a Certificate of Excellence for achieving extremely high accuracy in the analysis of toxic elements in unknown water samples using ICP-MS instrumentation. Adams is also highly proficient in running liquid chromatography, ion chromatography and mass spectrometry time-of-flight analytical instrumentation.

Adams is a person of color whose descendents include Africans and American Indians. He self-identifies as being of American Indian heritage, which he credits as inspiring his "Health Ranger" passion for protecting life and nature against the destruction caused by chemicals, heavy metals and other forms of pollution.

Adams is the founder and publisher of the open source science journal Natural Science Journal, the author of numerous peer-reviewed science papers published by the journal, and the author of the world's first book that published ICP-MS heavy metals analysis results for foods, dietary supplements, pet food, spices and fast food. The book is entitled Food Forensics and is published by BenBella Books.

In his laboratory research, Adams has made numerous food safety breakthroughs such as revealing rice protein products imported from Asia to be contaminated with toxic heavy metals like lead, cadmium and tungsten. Adams was the first food science researcher to document high levels of tungsten in superfoods. He also discovered over 11 ppm lead in imported mangosteen powder, and led an industry-wide voluntary agreement to limit heavy metals in rice protein products.

In addition to his lab work, Adams is also the (non-paid) executive director of the non-profit Consumer Wellness Center (CWC), an organization that redirects 100% of its donations receipts to grant programs that teach children and women how to grow their own food or vastly improve their nutrition. Through the non-profit CWC, Adams also launched Nutrition Rescue, a program that donates essential vitamins to people in need. Click here to see some of the CWC success stories.

With a background in science and software technology, Adams is the original founder of the email newsletter technology company known as Arial Software. Using his technical experience combined with his love for natural health, Adams developed and deployed the content management system currently driving NaturalNews.com. He also engineered the high-level statistical algorithms that power SCIENCE.naturalnews.com, a massive research resource featuring over 10 million scientific studies.

Adams is well known for his incredibly popular consumer activism video blowing the lid on fake blueberries used throughout the food supply. He has also exposed "strange fibers" found in Chicken McNuggets, fake academic credentials of so-called health "gurus," dangerous "detox" products imported as battery acid and sold for oral consumption, fake acai berry scams, the California raw milk raids, the vaccine research fraud revealed by industry whistleblowers and many other topics.

Adams has also helped defend the rights of home gardeners and protect the medical freedom rights of parents. Adams is widely recognized to have made a remarkable global impact on issues like GMOs, vaccines, nutrition therapies, human consciousness.

In addition to his activism, Adams is an accomplished musician who has released over a dozen popular songs covering a variety of activism topics.

Click here to read a more detailed bio on Mike Adams, the Health Ranger, at HealthRanger.com.

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