It’s that time of year again, when turkey takes center stage on millions of dinner tables.
It’s also the time of year when industrial turkey producers trot out their ads and marketing campaigns, in an attempt to trick consumers into believing they’re buying safe, healthy meat birds raised using humane and environmentally sustainable practices.
Nothing could be further from the truth.
Cargill claims it’s selling you: “Honest. Simple. Turkey.” Jennie-O touts its “fresh, all natural young turkey,” while Butterball says its turkeys are “always all natural.”
In this week’s essay, Martha Rosenberg outlines all the reasons those claims are false—from the use of ractopamine, to the presence of antibiotics and antibiotic-resistant bacteria, to the latest outbreak of salmonella.
Don’t be fooled. Buy local, organic, regeneratively raised and produced turkey instead.
Read ‘What Turkey Producers Don't Want You To Know’
Tips for Buying a Holiday Turkey
Remember when Whole Foods promised consumers that by the end of 2018, all of its U.S. and Canada stores would require labels on any foods containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs)?
About midway through 2018, Whole Foods reneged on that promise.
Now the retailer, once known as a mecca for organic food shoppers, is selling GMO potatoes—and those potatoes aren’t labeled.
Non-organic potatoes are so contaminated, that even the farmers who grow them won’t eat them. They have separate plots where they grow potatoes, without all the chemicals, for themselves.
Whole Foods shouldn’t sell any potatoes that aren’t certified organic—but GMO potatoes? Without labels?
TAKE ACTION: Tell Whole Foods to stop selling toxic GMO potatoes!
Read ‘GMO Potatoes Are Here—How to Avoid Them’
When you buy food labeled “natural,” you probably expect it to be free of “unnatural” ingredients—like agrochemicals known to cause cancer.
But as we’ve found with some other so-called “natural” products, that’s not always true.
The latest “natural” product to test positive for Monsanto’s Roundup weedkiller? Florida’s Natural orange juice.
In 2017, Moms Across America tested Florida’s Natural orange juice, plus the five top-selling orange juice brands—Tropicana, Minute Maid, Starter Bros, Signature Farms and Kirkland—for glyphosate.
All six brands tested positive for the chemical, best known for being the active ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup. Glyphosate levels ranged from 4.33 parts per billion (ppb) to an alarming 26.05 ppb.
Recently, Moms Across America ran the same tests again. Again, all six brands tested positive—including Florida’s Natural.
Don’t think ‘natural’ OJ should come with a dose of glyphosate? Let Florida’s Natural know!
TAKE ACTION: Tell Florida’s Natural: Orange Juice with Roundup Weedkiller Isn’t ‘Natural’
Read ‘Breakfast Favorite Orange Juice Tainted by Glyphosate Herbicide Threatens Our Health and Florida’s Environment’
We don’t say this enough: Thank you, for supporting OCA.
As cliché as it may sound, we really do depend on donations from people like you for the bulk of our financial support.
One of the trickiest aspects of managing a nonprofit’s budget is the unpredictability. It’s the not knowing how many donors will come through for us, how frequently and during which financial quarter of the year.
We’re grateful for each and every donation. But we’re a little extra grateful to those donors who commit to making a monthly donation—because monthly donations make our budgeting lives a little more predictable.
Soon, we’ll launch our year-end fundraising campaign. This year, more than ever, it’s critical that this campaign does well.
We know how some of you tire of the year-end barrage of fundraising emails, from OCA and from so many other good organizations that also deserve your support.
So, we’ve got a deal for you. Become a monthly sustaining donor between now and midnight November 26, and we’ll take you off our year-end fundraising list. No fundraising emails until next year!
It’s easy, just use this donation form and check the "recurring contribution" option.
Thank you. Knowing we have your support every month will allow us to focus less on finances, and more on our work. We’ll sleep a little better at night. And we hope you will, too, knowing that we’re working on your behalf for a better food system.
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Writing about conventionally grown (which really means chemically grown) potatoes this week, our memories were triggered. Where had we heard about farmers who grow separate plots of potatoes for their own use, afraid to eat the potatoes they sell to stores and fast-food restaurants?
Several places, it turns out—including a book written two decades ago.
In “Living Downstream: An Ecologist’s Personal Investigation of Cancer and the Environment,” Sandra Steingraber recounts how she was diagnosed with cancer in her early twenties, and how several members of her adoptive family were also cancer victims.
Because she was adopted, genetics weren’t to blame for the cancer that afflicted her and other members of her family. So what did they have in common?
They lived on, and were surrounded by, conventional farms in the Midwest. Where, as Steingraber wrote in her book, they grew separate plots of potatoes for their own use—because the potatoes they grew for sale were so laden with pesticides.
“Living Downstream” is still in print. It was also turned into a documentary film.
It’s just as, if not more, relevant today than it was in 1997.
Watch the ‘Living Downstream’ trailer
There was a time when corn was considered sacred and nutritious. And it came in thousands of colorful, nutrient-dense varieties that are now considered rare.
Then, along came Monsanto and monocultures and GMO corn—more of it used to feed animals imprisoned in factory farms, or to make ethanol, than to nourish and sustain humans.
It’s bad enough that GMO corn comes drenched in toxic pesticides. But a new study also shows that when we gave up the rich varieties of corn grown by our ancestors, we also gave up a lot of the nutritional value of corn.
A study conducted by Exact Scientific Services Inc. concluded:
Traditional corn has 28 percent more protein than the average GMO food/feed corn in our study, meaning you have to eat 28 percent more on average to get the same nutrition. Modern GMO food is full of empty carbs and calories, but greatly lacking in real nutrients.
Read ‘Study: GMOs Lacking in Protein and Nutrients
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Smithfield Should Bail Out Pools of Hog Waste, Not Ask for a Bailout
Farm to Your Table? How ‘Agrihoods’ Can Create Access to Fresh Food
Beyond Damaging Crops, Dicamba Is Dividing Communities
Organic GMOs—Ask Yourself, Can This Ever Be a Thing?
Daniel Imhoff: Time for a Climate-Resilient Farm Bill