Climate Summit, Organic Standards, Monsanto Madness


#221, April 22, 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

"We are talking about two grand projects in dispute. On the one side is the project of capital and imperialism, which signifies looting, which signifies death, and which signifies all of the false solutions to climate change that we reject entirely.

We assert that we need to change the system and not the climate. We assume the construction of another project: the project of life. A project based on principles that defend life, the Mother Earth, and that is based on another model of social, economic, political and cultural development. That is why we are here."

-Itelvina Masioli, a Brazilian leader of the international small farmer movement, La Via Campesina, speaking on April 20, 2010, at the People's World Conference on Climate Change and the Rights of Mother Earth in Cochabamba, Bolivia. Ronnie Cummins is attending the summit as a representative of the OCA.



OCA Needs Your Help to Spread the Organic Revolution


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Action Alert of the Week: Stop Factory Farm Production of "Organic" Poultry & Eggs

Get Synthetic Methionine Out of "Organic" Feed!

Methionine is an essential amino acid vital to poultry health. It is not produced by the body and must be obtained through diet. Methionine deficiency can lead to curled toes, bare spots and improper feathering. But poultry farmers can avoid using synthetic methionine by raising "free-range" organic birds, giving them access to pasture or supplementing their diet with organic feed ingredients that provide natural methionine.

Eggs from organic free-range hens raised on pasture are far more nutritious than eggs from confined hens in factory farms:

• 4 to 6 times as much vitamin D
• 1⁄3 less cholesterol
• 1⁄4 less saturated fat
• 2⁄3 more vitamin A
• 2 times more omega-3 fatty acids
• 3 times more vitamin E
• 7 times more beta carotene

So, why isn't this the norm in organic poultry and egg production?

Because the industry has been lobbying for cheap feed and factory farm production methods.

The United Egg Producers, lobbyists for industrial egg producers, have submitted comments to the National Organic Standards Board to block the October 2010 sunset on the use of synthetic methionine in organic production. UEP represents these organic egg producers: Cal-Maine Foods, Delta Egg Farms, Dixie Egg Company, Fassio Egg Farms, Fort Recovery Equity, Inc., Herbruck's Poultry Ranch, Kreher's Farm Fresh Eggs, LLC, Nature Pure, LLC, Oakdell Egg Farms, Ritewood, Inc. and R.W. Sauder, Inc.

United Egg Producers are no fans of organic. On their home page, the top article is "Organic food not nutritionally better, survey finds." And, they claim that, "While farmers produce all types of eggs (regular, cage-free, organic) to meet consumer and market place demand, right now Americans prefer 'regular' eggs produced in modern, sanitary cage systems by a margin of 95% based upon their purchases and consumption statistics."

We can't let the United Egg Producers bully the organic industry into adopting their industrial production methods.

Organic consumers need to stand up for TRULY organic eggs and poultry.



More Action Alerts

Keep Nanotech Ingredients Out of Organic Food! Learn More | Take Action

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

Save Local & Organic Farming from One-Size-Fits-All Food Safety Bill Read More & Take Action



Resource of the Week: Updated Leaflet on Monsanto and GMOs

On our Millions Against Monsanto page, you'll find a new leaflet, "10 Things Monsanto Doesn't Want You to Know." Distribute the leaflet and amaze your friends with the facts on genetic engineering, including:

#6 Monsanto Guilty of False Advertising

Frances's highest court ruled in 2009 that Monsanto had lied about the safety of its weed killer Roundup. The court confirmed an earlier judgment that Monsanto had falsely advertised its herbicide as "biodegradable".

Find the leaflet at our Millions Against Monsanto page!



OCA on the Radio: OCA's Campaign Against Using Toxic Sludge to Grow Food

OCA Policy Board member and author of "Toxic Sludge Is Good for You!" John Stauber, and OCA Bay Area Representative John Mayer are interviewed by Susan Galleymore of Raising Sand Radio.  They discuss OCA's anti-sludge campaign in San Francisco - successes achieved, and plans going forward.

Also listen to John Stauber discuss the sludge issue with veteran progressive radio voice Peter B. Collins.



Video of the Week: Democracy Now! Covers the World Peoples’ Summit on Climate Change

As the peoples' climate change talks here move into their third day, thousands of participants from across Latin America and around the world are streaming into this small Bolivian town to discuss how to slow the impact of global warming.



Little Bytes


Time for the Public to Reinvest in Food-System Infrastructure
Want farmers market food to expand beyond niche status? We need to invest in food and farming infrastructure that promotes local and organic production. READ MORE

What to Do When the Current Climate Change Legislation Threatens to Do More Harm Than Good
Unfortunately, when it comes to the current climate change legislation in Congress, all signs are pointing to system failure. READ MORE

Cows on Drugs
Donald Kennedy, former FDA commissioner, calls for a ban on the use of antibiotics in food production. READ MORE

Is Your Favorite Veggie Burger Made With a Neurotoxin?
Most non-organic veggie burgers currently on the market are made with the chemical hexane, an EPA-registered air pollutant and neurotoxin. READ MORE




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