The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), which operates under the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and employs more than 10,000 people, is tasked with ensuring the safety and proper labeling of U.S. meat, poultry and eggs.
The agency’s No. 1 job is to protect consumers. Yet according to a compliance operations official who worked at FSIS for many years, internal corruption, mismanagement, low morale and undisguised conflicts-of-interest within the agency often prevent FSIS inspectors and investigators from doing their jobs. It’s a public health crisis “just waiting to happen,” the official told us, on condition of anonymity.
Moreover, large meat producers like Cargill, Tyson, Smithfield, Swift (JBS) and Sanderson Farms are often given a "pass" thanks to their high-paid lobbyists:
"The same misbranding or adulteration of product that would force an immediate recall from a small, 'Ma and Pa' company is overlooked with big meat companies," says the official.
Read ‘Corruption, Mismanagement at USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service's Put Consumers at Risk, Whistleblower Says’
Recent flooding in Nebraska and Iowa has devastated the states' farms and farmland. It’s also raised widespread concerns about drinking water contamination, in states where waterways are already heavily polluted by agricultural runoff from chemical fertilizers and herbicides.
You’d think that predictions of more, and evermore severe climate change-related flooding would cause state officials to reject new industrial factory farm projects.
Instead, Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts continues to roll out the red carpet for Costco, which wants to build more than 400 chicken barns in Nebraska and Iowa, for its massive factory farm operation—even in counties where the state’s Department of Environmental Quality says soil and water conditions are unsuitable for the barns.
Costco loves to promote the fact that its stores sell a lot of organic foods. So why is the company trying to build the world’s largest poultry factory farm?
TAKE ACTION: Tell Costco: Consumers don’t want your giant factory farm!
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Call Costco’s customer service line at 1-800-774-2678. If you’re a member, tell them you’ll cancel your membership unless Costco halts its factory farm project.
Imagine staring down the prospect of 800 lawsuits against Monsanto—all of them involving people who have non-Hodgkin lymphoma that they say was caused by their exposure to Monsanto’s Roundup weedkiller.
Faced with that scenario, U.S. District Judge Vince Chhabria this week signaled that he wants Monsanto-Bayer to start mediation with lawyers representing the plaintiffs, in order to avoid hundreds of trials.
Meanwhile, the case of Alva and Alberta Pilliod, both of whom have non-Hodgkin lymphoma they allege was caused by their regular use of Monsanto’s herbicides, is playing out in a San Francisco courtroom this week.
It’s the third such trial, the first two having ended with juries ordering Bayer to pay a combined $158 million to the plaintiffs.
According to U.S. Right to Know’s Carey Gillam, sparks flew early in the Pilliod trial, when attorneys for the plaintiffs demanded a temporary restraining order against Monsanto for “heavy advertising the company has been doing in defense of the safety of its herbicides, including a full-page ad in the Wall Street Journal on March 25, the day the voir dire for jury selection in the Pilliod case began.”
Read ‘U.S. Judge Wants Monsanto & Bayer to Start Settlement Talks in Roundup Cancer Litigation’
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“Whether we and our politicians know it or not, nature is party to all our deals and decisions, and she has more votes, a longer memory and a sterner sense of justice than we do.” - Wendell Berry
If you want to know why chemical companies like Monsanto and Dow, and factory farm corporations like Tyson and Costco (yes, Costco) are allowed to get away with poisoning the environment with cancer-causing chemicals, and selling “cheap” food contaminated with all manner of drug and pesticide residues, look no further than your political “leaders.”
Politicians write the rules for who can grow what food, and how. And those rules are stacked in favor of giant corporations, not family farmers—and not consumers.
But what the majority of politicians have not yet figured out, is that the laws of nature trump the laws written and passed, whether by state or federal legislatures. And sooner or later—sooner, according to environmental and climate scientists—the “deals and decisions” made between greedy, reckless corporations and the politicians they fund, will face Mother Nature’s harsh judgment.
We’d love to ignore the world of dirty politics. Unfortunately, we can’t . . . not if we want to clean up our food. And our rivers, streams, oceans and soils. And the very air we breathe.
Please help us stand up for a better food and farming system. Please help us stand up for you. Thank you.
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Clearing up confusion about marketing claims—it’s all part of our Myth of Natural Campaign.
On November 21, 2018, we contacted Bareburger to state that some of Bareburger’s marketing practices may have been in violation of state consumer protection laws.
Since then, OCA and Bareburger have met to discuss our concerns and cooperatively chart a path toward compliance.
As a result of these discussions, Bareburger has committed to adopting widespread changes in its marketing strategies and campaigns, aimed at providing honest and more complete information to consumers.
Read the press release
More on OCA’s Myth of Natural Campaign
Family farms are in crisis. Farmers are filing for bankruptcy at an alarming rate. Dairy farmers are calling suicide hotlines—or worse.
What’s behind the decline in family farms? Bad policy. Namely, policies that are stacked in favor of giant agribusiness corporations.
These bad policies are not only killing off family farms, they’re also damaging the environment and driving global warming.
For the first time in decades, we believe there’s hope for a massive overhaul of U.S. agricultural policy, thanks to the Green New Deal (GND).
That’s why we’re teaming up with the Sunrise Movement, our sister nonprofit, Regeneration International and farmers and ranchers across the U.S. to mobilize a massive grassroots coalition aimed at policy reforms that support organic and regenerative farmers and ranchers.
You can help. How? By asking your favorite farmers and ranchers to sign this letter to Congress, as their first step toward becoming part of this new coalition.
This letter is for farmers and ranchers only, so please don’t sign unless you operate a farm or ranch. But please do share with the farmers and ranchers you know.
TAKE ACTION: Ask the farmers and ranchers you know to sign this letter to Congress.
Why is a medical doctor, who is triple board-certified in Internal Medicine, Endocrinology and Metabolism, producing a film about farmers and farming?
Because he has connected the dots between soil health and human health.
“The sudden explosion of cancer suggests that we did some massive environmental injury similar to Chernobyl, and you suddenly realize that we’re collecting some 80 - 85 percent of all the glyphosate sprayed in the U.S. into a single water system, and if this is the most prevalent antibiotic in our environment that’s decimating the microbiome of the soils, we had a smoking gun.”
Dr. Zach Bush says he can’t shift the momentum by working with one cancer patient at a time. It’s far too slow and it’s not at the root of the cause. So he looks to “these farmers to realize the salvation of human health.”
“These farmers” are the farmers who have stopped fighting nature, and started working with it instead.
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