Health, Justice and Sustainability News Tidbits with an Edge!
to this Bi-weekly Email Newsletter
Written and edited by Craig Minowa and Ronnie Cummins
IN THIS ISSUE
OF HORIZON DAIRY GENERATING NATIONAL PUBLICITY
The Organic Consumers Association's (OCA) call for a boycott of the nation's largest organic dairy brand, Horizon Organic has recently generated stories in the New York Times, USA Today, National Public Radio, and the Associated Press. The media coverage has highlighted the growing backlash by organic consumers against industrial scale dairy feedlots, who are misleadingly labeling their products as "USDA Organic," even though the animals on these factory farms have little or no access to pasture. In addition, most of the cows on these giant feedlots have been imported from conventional dairies, where they were weaned on blood, injected with hormones and antibiotics, and fed genetically engineered grains and slaughterhouse waste. While Horizon sources half of its milk from family farms where the lactating cows do have access to pasture, Aurora Organic, OCA's other major boycott target, gets all of its milk from intensive confinement feedlots. Aurora sells its "organic" milk to supermarket chains including Costco, Safeway, Giant, and Wild Oats, who bottle it under their own private labels. For more information, see the Safeguard Organic Standards section of the OCA website http://www.organicconsumers.org/sos.cfm as well as http://www.organicconsumers.org/2006/article_923.cfm
Help OCA Continue our Fight to Safeguard Organic Standards!
INCREASE RISK OF PARKINSONS DISEASE
SAYS MAD COW EPIDEMIC MAY BE INCUBATING IN THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE
BYTE BACK--TAKE ACTION
still time to "byte back" on recent action alerts we've
highlighted in Organic Bytes. If you haven't already done so, please
take a moment to learn more about these issues and make your voice
GENETICALLY ENGINEERED PLUM TREES: The USDA is accepting
public comments regarding the commercial planting of a genetically
engineered plum tree, known as "C5." The plum
has been gene-spliced to be resistant to the Honey Sweet
Pox Potyvirus, which doesn't even exist in the United States.
Approval of C5 would be the first widely released genetically
engineered (GE) tree in the mainland United States (GE papayas
are currently grown in Hawaii), and would 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
Learn more and Take Action: http://organicconsumers.org/plum_alert.htm
(4,536 OCA members have
taken action on this issue so far)
: Nine thousand
EPA scientists have submitted a strongly worded letter to
the EPA's Administrator, Stephen Johnson, protesting that
"industry pressure" is compromising the "integrity
of the science upon which agency decisions are based."
The scientists are calling for a ban on pesticides known
to be highly toxic. Research indicates that several dozen
widely sprayed organophosphate pesticides, similar in composition
to bio-warfare nerve gases, pose serious health threats,
especially to children.
Learn more and Take Action: http://organicconsumers.org/epa7.htm
FOOD SAFETY LABELING LAWS UNDER ATTACK
letters sent by OCA members so far): The House of
Representatives has passed a controversial "national
food uniformity" labeling law that would take away
local government and states' power to require food safety
food labels such as those required in California and other
states on foods or beverages that are likely to cause cancer,
birth defects, allergic reactions, or mercury poisoning.
The law lowers the bar on food safety by overturning hundreds
of food safety state laws and regulations, including those
governing the safety of milk, fish, and shellfish. The bill
now goes forward for consideration by the Senate.
Learn more and Take Action: http://www.organicconsumers.org/rd/labeling.cfm
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