No Nano In Organic! No GMOs in Foreign Aid!


#220, April 15, 2010

Health, Justice and Sustainability News
from the Organic Consumers Association

Edited by Alexis Baden-Mayer and Ronnie Cummins


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Quote of the Week

"This could be something quite big. We might be setting up a huge problem."

-Robert Kremer, USDA Soil Scientist, on the damage caused by Monsanto's genetically engineered RoundUp Ready technology

Special Report: Are Regulators Dropping the Ball on Biocrops?" - The Washington Post, April 13, 2010




OCA Needs Your Help to Spread the Organic Revolution


OCA and our international network of organic consumers and farmers understand that we have a positive life-affirming solution for the global food, health, and climate crisis: organic food, farming, and ranching. But to get out our all-important message we need your support. Please send us a tax-deductible donation today.



Take Action: Keep Nanotech Ingredients Out of Organic Food!

The USDA National Organic Program's advisory panel, the National Organic Standards Board, will be meeting in California at the end of this month. OCA political director Alexis Baden-Mayer will be presenting testimony at the meeting. It is essential that we back up OCA's position to ban nanotechnology from organic production with as many letters from OCA members as possible. This is a huge public health and environmental issue. Will the USDA permanently ban nanotech ingredients from organic food and products, or will they leave the door open to this new, dangerous, unregulated technology, with the power to literally change matter at the atomic or electron level?



Take Action: Tell Your Senators No GE Crops in Foreign Aid!

Despite overwhelming evidence that genetically engineered (GE) crops have failed to deliver on industry promises to feed the world and reduce pesticide use, a new multi-billion dollar aid bill directs taxpayer dollars towards more GE research. As written, the Senate bill is a stealth giveaway to corporations like Monsanto under the fraudulent guise of feeding the world's poor.

Act Now! Tell your Senator to oppose the Global Food Security Act until the pro-Monsanto GE clause is removed!



Take Action: Still Time to Save Local & Organic Farming from One-Size-Fits-All Food Safety Bill

In the next few weeks, the U.S. Senate is expected to vote on a sweeping overhaul of federal food safety law S. 510. The House food safety bill passed last year (HR 2749) included several measures that threaten small-scale organic producers, including a registration fee of $500 and blanket application of complicated monitoring and traceability standards - regardless of farm size.



Video of the Week: "Food Inc." on PBS - Have a House Party!

On Wednesday, April 21, 2010, at 9pm, we invite you to host a potluck and screening party for the PBS broadcast of Food, Inc. Invite your family and friends over for a healthy organic meal. Then watch the Oscar-nominated Food, Inc. and discuss what we eat, how it's produced and where we should go from here. PBS's Point Of View has free gifts to give away - books, gift cards, sustainable food items and more - and they'll be selecting some lucky potluck hosts and participants to receive them!



Little Bytes


Agriculture Department Seeds the Way for "People's Gardens"
80 volunteers at the USDA are lending their sweat and muscle to an organic garden on the grounds of the agency's headquarters on the National Mall. READ MORE

Victory! Supplements Are Exempted From Codex Language in Food Safety Bill
The FDA Food Modernization Act (S. 510), also referred to as the "Food Safety" bill, has been modified to exempt dietary supplements from language that would have restricted consumer access to vitamins and supplements under the proposed World Trade Organization's Codex Alimentarius regulations. READ MORE

Pesticide and Chemical Industry Front Group Makes Alice Waters a Poster Child for Toxic Sludge
The pesticide and chemical industry front group American Council on Science and Health has thanked organic chef and gardening advocate Alice Waters for refusing a request from the Organic Consumers Association to publicly oppose growing food on farms and gardens fertilized with toxic sewage sludge. READ MORE

Peak Oil: US Military Warns Oil Output May Dip Causing Massive Shortages By 2015
The US military has warned that surplus oil production capacity could disappear within two years and there could be serious shortages by 2015 with a significant economic and political impact. This underlines the urgency to shift our food and farming system to energy efficient organic practices. READ MORE

GMOs: Boston Globe Lies
The Boston Globe just printed a whopper: "Genetically engineered crops are more environmentally friendly than organic ones." Monsanto and the biotech industry have been repeating these lies for over a decade. Apparently some in the mass media have decided to become GMO cheerleaders. READ MORE




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