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Written and edited by Craig Minowa and Ronnie Cummins
IN THIS ISSUE
EPA ACCEPTING COMMENTS ON PESTICIDE RESIDUES IN FOOD
A coalition of health and environmental groups have filed a petition with the EPA, indicating the agency has violated federal laws for establishing allowable levels of fluoride pesticide residues in foods. The petition comes on the heels of over 7,000 EPA employees calling for stronger limitations of fluoride in food and water, as well as a recent report from the National Academy of Sciences indicating the average American diet has unsafe levels of fluoride. Specifically, the petitioners (including Fluoride Action Network, Beyond Pesticides and Environmental Working Group) are asking the EPA to prohibit the use of sulfuryl fluoride in food production. Elevated levels of fluoride are associated with bone fractures, thyroid function losses, IQ deficits, bone cancer, and Alzheimer's disease. The EPA has posted a public comment period on the issue ending August 4, 2006.
Learn more and take action here: http:www.organicconsumers.org/rd/fluoride.htm
Does the mowing ever end?
AMERICA'S WATER-GUZZLING LAWNS INTO EDIBLE ESTATES
THINGS YOUR LAWN NEVER WANTED YOU TO KNOW
United States EPA: Pesticide
Environmental Stewardship Program
AND GAS STATIONS BEGIN TO BATTLE FOR WORLD'S GRAINS
THINGS AN ETHANOL MASCOT WOULD NEVER TELL YOU
President Hugo Chavez has announced the most sweeping restrictions
on genetically engineered crops in the Western Hemisphere.
Chavez has called for a cancellation of all contracts with
biotech companies and has declared that for the sake of
protecting the nation's farmers, genetically engineered
crops will not be allowed.
Learn more: http://www.organicconsumers.org/2006/article_1038.cfm
Pennsylvania has become the first "Fair Trade"
town in the U.S. The city's Council passed a resolution
that requires that local businesses source a set percentage
of its products from certified Fair Trade sources. "It
benefits (consumers) by making a different kind of consumer
-- consumers who are aware that they can do good by what
they purchase. They don't just buy something for themselves,"
said Hal Taussig, a local activist who helped spearhead
the city's Fair Trade resolution.
Learn more: http://www.organicconsumers.org/2006/article_1061.cfm
has taken over Coca Cola's long lead in spending more on
advertising than any other company on the planet. In a survey
of over 10,000 children, Ronald McDonald was found to be
the second most identifiable fictional character (the first
being Santa Claus). In order to further entice young consumers,
McDonald's also operates more playgrounds than any other
American private corporation, all while being the leading
seller of children's clothes in the U.S. with its "McKids"
line of clothing. In related news, a new study in the Annals
of Internal Medicine indicates that obese children run a
three-fold greater risk of premature death when they reach
Learn more: http://www.organicconsumers.org/2006/article_1092.cfm
has launched an advertising campaign for its fall show lineup
that is designed to catch consumers off guard. The television
network has printed advertisements on the shells of over
35 million eggs destined for refrigerators across the country.
Marketers have coined the phrase "egg-vertising"
for the new technique. Depending on the success of the campaign,
marketers hope to expand the technique to the edible portions
of food products, wherein consumers would literally ingest
Learn more: http://www.organicconsumers.org/2006/article_1112.cfm
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