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ACTION: USDA CLOSE TO APPROVING GENETICALLY ENGINEERED
The United Sates Department of Agriculture (USDA) is now accepting public comments regarding the commercial approval of a genetically engineered plum, known as "C5." The approval of C5 would be the first widely released genetically engineered (GE) tree in the United States. Approval of C5 will also pave the way for more GE tree and fruit varieties, including peaches, cherries, and apricots. GE tree pollen can drift for several miles, leading to contamination of neighboring organic crops and indigenous trees. The USDA is currently accepting public comments on this issue.
Learn more and Take Action: http://organicconsumers.org/plum_alert.htm
TO THE OCA
POLICE INVADE NATION'S LARGEST COMMUNITY GARDEN
LAWSUIT FORCES EPA TO PHASE OUT DANGEROUS PESTICIDE
TIP OF THE WEEK: MAINTAINING A HEALTHY ORGANIC LAWN
MEDICAL ASSOCIATION ASKS GOVERNMENT TO REGULATE SALT
LARGEST DAIRIES TRYING TO AVOID MONSANTO'S BOVINE GROWTH HORMONE
SOME MAJOR U.S. DAIRIES GOING rBGH-FREE OVER THE PAST YEAR
PROTECTS DRINKERS' LIVERS: A study published in the
journal "Archives of Internal Medicine" indicates
that coffee may greatly reduce the risk of liver damage
in those who consume alcohol regularly. Every daily cup
of coffee reduced the incidence of cirrhosis, a condition
that destroys liver tissue, by 22 percent, according to
researchers at the Kaiser Permanente Medical Care Program.
However, Dr. Arthur Klatsky, the leader of the study, said
the results "should not be interpreted as giving a
license to drink without worry, because of all the other
problems connected with drinking." adding, "the
only proper advice is to drink less."
Learn more: http://www.organicconsumers.org/2006/article_751.cfm
INGREDIENT REDUCES PROSTATE CANCER RISK: A new study
from researchers at Oregon State University reveals that
a natural ingredient found in beer may reduce the risk of
prostate cancer. The ingredient, found in the hops used
to brew beer, is xanthohumol, and belongs to a group of
plant compounds called flavonoids that can trigger the death
of cancer cells along the surface of the prostate gland.
Researchers are quick to point out the amount of xanthohumol
in beer is far too low to be of any benefit, estimating
it would require consuming a case of beer per day to activate
the positive effects. German brewers have already responded
by creating a beer with ten times the amount of xanthohumol,
marketing it as a "healthy beer."
Learn more: http://www.organicconsumers.org/2006/article_761.cfm
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