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Organic food sales skyrocket across Australia, while GMOs lose traction

12/24/2014 - Known for having one of the most outstanding economies in the world, with consistent high growth, low interest rates and low inflation, Australia is no stranger to the booming organic food market. In fact, the nation down under is home to the largest number of certified organically farmed hectares in...

Newest pro-GMO study falls short of scientific standards; industry latches on to generalized conclusions claiming GMO safety

11/7/2014 - Proponents of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are trumpeting the results of a recent massive meta-analysis published in the Journal of Animal Science, claiming that it conclusively proves the safety of GMO foods. Yet, this supposedly conclusive study fails to meet basic scientific standards and...

USDA continues secret process of appointing corporate factory farm executives to Organic Standards Board

10/3/2014 - Passed in 1990, the Farm Bill's intent was to set regulations for the agricultural sector, implementing provisions for food, nutrition, forestry, natural resource conservation, environmental protection and rural development, among other facets. Also referred to as FACT-90 (Food, Agriculture, Conservation,...

How corporate influence is subverting the Organic Standards Board in favor of industrial profit

9/8/2014 - The Cornucopia Institute, a Wisconsin-based research group that provides information regarding sustainable and organic agriculture to consumers and family farmers, conducted a study examining the backgrounds and voting scores of members on the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB). The NOSB, a...

DuPont asks government to ignore cleanup standards after profiting off munitions plant and contaminating environment with carcinogens

8/22/2014 - The people of Pompton Lakes, a lakeside community in New Jersey just 20 miles northwest of Midtown Manhattan, have suffered long enough. Three rivers run through the town of nearly 12,000, including the Wanaque, providing many outdoor activities for the folks residing there, and for urban dwellers seeking...

Cornucopia Institute calls for greater transparency on USDA Organic Standards Board candidates

7/31/2014 - In times of crisis, humans easily lose civility and good moral judgment. In times of adversity, like the ongoing drought conditions in California, standards can be reduced or lost altogether. In the first quarter of 2014, USDA organic standards were practically slashed in half as drought conditions...

Join the Cornucopia Institute in identifying Organic Standards Board nominees to take control back from corporations

7/8/2014 - A group that promotes "economic justice" for farming on a family scale is asking for confidential assistance from the public "to identify all current candidates for appointment to the National Organic Standards Board," which advises the U.S. Department of Agriculture on organic food standards. "Congress...

Safeguard Organic Standards: 10 Reasons Consumers Buy Organic

5/6/2014 - The Organic Consumers Association (OCA), in a series of action alerts over the past month, has criticized the gradual erosion of organic standards by vested corporate interests in the organic products industry. OCA, a nationwide watchdog organization set up to safeguard organic standards 16 years...

National Organic Standards Board to address two meetings' worth of serious issues this spring

4/10/2014 - We are quickly approaching a pivotal moment for the future of organics, as the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) readies to meet this spring to discuss a number of important agenda items spanning two sessions. Because of the federal government shutdown last fall, the NOSB skipped its semiannual...

California lowers organic standards in face of historic drought

3/31/2014 - Organic farms in 53 out of 58 counties in California are set to produce "faked," cheapened organic meat and dairy products in the first quarter of 2014. In the face of a historic drought, California's organic standards have been cut in half. Instead of requiring livestock to graze on nutrient-rich...

Cell phone radiation safety standards must be strengthened, claim 12 leading public health and consumer safety groups

9/20/2013 - Twelve leading public health and consumer groups are calling on the U.S. government to review the current outdated and inadequate wireless safety standards to better protect both young people and adults from electromagnetic field exposures (EMF) from devices like cell phones, cordless phones, WiFi and...

Obama trying to take over public education with 'common core' curriculum that teaches socialism

5/3/2013 - Whenever he can, President Obama likes to poke fun at anyone who suggests that he's a closet socialist because that's what socialists do - they ridicule anyone who tries to "out" them. And yet, every policy he pursues takes a page right out of the socialist/Marxist playbook, and one of them is to ensure...

Cell phone radiation standards review - Another sham?

3/3/2013 - Cell phone radiation standards, currently set by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), do not protect the public from the adverse health effects of exposure to electromagnetic fields (EMFs) emitted by cell phones. Fact. The recently published 2012 BioInitiative Report states "bioeffects are...

Fair Trade USA certifier severely dilutes standards to include non-fair trade products

12/9/2011 - Concerned about the horrific working conditions and measly wages that many of the world's poorest must deal with every single day, many consumers are now opting for "fair trade" products that, while slightly more expensive at times, come from farms and factories that operate ethically and honestly....

USDA refuses to enforce organic standards, allows questionable omega-3s in Horizon organic milk (correction)

3/22/2011 10:13:15 PM - CORRECTION: The following article originally contained errors that have since been corrected. The life'sDHA omega-3 and omega-6 additives used in some Horizon organic dairy products are NOT derived from genetically-modified (GM) sources. Additionally, these same additives have NOT been extracted using...

Arsenic in Water at EPA Approved Standards Linked to Heart Disease

11/24/2008 - What comes to mind when you think of arsenic? For most people, it conjures up a deadly poison used by killers in fictional mystery novels and some real-life murderers, too. But the danger of this toxic substance most often comes not from some evil-doer but simply from exposure to it through our environment,...

Codex Alimentarius: Population Control Under the Guise of Consumer Protection

9/10/2008 - Codeath (sorry, I meant Codex) Alimentarius, latin for Food Code, is a very misunderstood organization that most people (including nearly all U.S. congressmen) have never heard of, never mind understand the true reality of this extremely powerful trade organization. From the official Codex website (www.codexalimentarius.net)...

Interview: Organic Consumers Association's Ronnie Cummins tells the truth about organic milk that isn't

4/2/2007 - With consumer demand for organic products continuing to grow, more large corporations are entering the organic market. To maximize profits, some of these companies don't follow organic standards but still label products as organic. For example, Horizon Organic and Aurora Organic, sold by Wal-Mart and...

Commercial Interests Driving Standards for Formula Milk (press release)

8/14/2006 - Commercial interests may be the strongest driver of what goes into formula milk, warn child health experts in this week’s BMJ. Professors Berthold Koletzko and Raanan Shamir describe a meeting in Bonn, Germany in November 2005 to revise the standard on infant formula. The meeting involved government...

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