Essays by Katherine Paul and Ronnie Cummins
Recently, the Washington Post exposed a couple of major certified organic brands that don’t strictly adhere to organic standards. The Post and others also recently reported on what one lawmaker, who serves on a key U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) committee, called “uncertainty and dysfunction” at the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB).
These reports are troubling on multiple levels, especially to consumers who rely on the USDA organic seal to help them avoid pesticides, genetically modified organisms (GMOs), synthetic ingredients and foods produced using methods that Read more
A new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NAS) on GE crops and technology was met with cheers from the biotech industry, but little meaningful scrutiny by the mainstream media.
Initial media reports boiled the message down to “GMOs Are Safe” and even “healthy.” Some reports even claimed that the study “proves” the safety of genetically modified crops.
Aside from the obvious—that the headlines over-simplify the NAS findings in a way that spins favorable for the biotech industry—the media also overlooked the influence, as reported by Food Read more
France, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, the U.K., Germany and Mexico are among the more than two dozen countries that have so far signed on to what one day will likely be recognized as the most significant climate initiative in history.
France’s 4/1000 Initiative: Soils for Food Security and Climate puts regenerative food and farming front and center in the climate solutions conversation. This is why the Organic Consumers Association (OCA), our Mexico affiliate, Via Organica, IFOAM Organics International and more than 50 of our other activist allies across the globe have signed on in Read more
When the honeybees, our most important food pollinators, started dropping like proverbial flies, scientists scrambled to identify their killer (or killers). Attention eventually turned to the increased use of a class of pesticides known as neonicotinoids. Scientists now believe at least some of these pesticides play a major role in Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD), the ongoing demise of honeybee colonies.
Who's using them, and for what purpose? Companies like Monsanto, Bayer, Dow Agrosciences . . . in the herbicides and pesticides and seeds they sell to farmers who grow genetically Read more
Starbucks. It's the largest coffee chain in the world, with 20,100 stores, and annual sales of $14.9 billion. CEO Howard Schultz is worth $1.6 billion.Read more
On February 27, First Lady Michelle Obama launched a media blitz to tout the FDA's proposed new rules http://www.fda.gov/ForConsumers/ConsumerUpdates/ucm387114.htm for nutrition labels on packaged foods. Both the FDA and Mrs. Obama trumpeted http:...Read more
To hear the pesticide and junk food marketers of the world tell it, anyone who questions the value, legitimacy or safety of GMO crops is naÃ¯ve, anti-science and irrational to the point of hysteria....Read more
The food industry is playing every conceivable angle in its quest to keep labels off foods that contain genetically modified organisms (GMOs)””including, according to a leaked document, http://www.organicconsumers.org/articles/article_29132.cfm...Read more
Thirteen years after Golden Rice was featured on the cover of Time magazine under the headline "This Rice Could Save a Million Kids a Year," biotech's golden child is back in the headlines. Just when public opposition to genetically modified...Read more
It was laughable when Coca-Cola launched a campaign to fight obesity. And even more laughable when the king of soda's anti-obesity campaign shifted all the blame for those extra pounds to lack of exercise and chairs (yes, chairs).Read more