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Dicamba Herbicide Drift: A Disaster in 2017, Will Be Much Worse in 2018

Organic Consumers Association - Sat, 10/21/2017 - 16:32

On October 13th, an EPA press release announced the agency’s decision to allow the use of dicamba herbicides during the 2018 growing season for post-emergent weed control in genetically engineered, dicamba-resistant soybeans and cotton.

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Automatic Brain: The Magic of the Unconscious Mind

Organic Consumers Association - Sat, 10/21/2017 - 16:32

“Automatic Brain: The Magic of the Unconscious Mind” is a fascinating first segment of a two-part documentary about the brain. The 52-minute film is based on the belief that your subconscious mind manages about 90 percent of everything you do whether you are asleep or awake.

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Defining GMOs for the Upcoming Disclosure Regulations

Organic Consumers Association - Sat, 10/21/2017 - 16:32

More companies, big and small, are responding by adopting “clean label” initiatives despite the formulation challenges it presents. The “clean label” concept encompasses streamlining the ingredients list, removing artificial ingredients and, above all, being transparent about ingredient sourcing.

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The Complex Nature of Gmos Calls for a New Conversation

Organic Consumers Association - Sat, 10/21/2017 - 16:32

The GMO debate is one from which I’ve kept a purposeful distance. For one thing, it’s an issue that has already garnered more than its fair share of attention. For another, when you consider that many domesticated crops resulted from seed irradiation, chromosome doubling and plant tissue culture — none of which are genetically engineered — the boundaries of “natural” are more porous than they initially appear.

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Fifty-One GOP Senators Just Voted to Cut $1.5 Trillion From Medicare and Medicaid to Give Super-Rich and Corporations a Tax Cut

Organic Consumers Association - Sat, 10/21/2017 - 16:32

Along strict party lines, the Republican-controlled Senate on Thursday night voted to pass a sweeping budget measure -- one criticized as both "despicable" and "horrific" for providing massive giveaways to corporations and the super-rich while eviscerating funding for social programs, healthcare, education, and affordable housing.

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Insectageddon: Farming Is More Catastrophic Than Climate Breakdown

Organic Consumers Association - Sat, 10/21/2017 - 16:32

Which of these would you name as the world’s most pressing environmental issue? Climate breakdown, air pollution, water loss, plastic waste or urban expansion? My answer is none of the above.

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MovNat: Movement Training for Motion and Exercise

Organic Consumers Association - Sat, 10/21/2017 - 16:32

The video above features some MovNat movements designed to increase your mobility in about 10 minutes per day. MovNat is a "fitness for the real world" program created by coach Erwan Le Corre. The featured mobility exercises are appropriate for all fitness levels and represent basic, yet incredibly effective, movements that many humans have lost touch with.

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As NAFTA Re-Negotiation Stalls, Family Farmers Lose Hope

Organic Consumers Association - Sat, 10/21/2017 - 16:32

Despite Trump’s promises to make trade work better for American agriculture, the ongoing free-trade negotiations don’t seem to be bringing good news for family farmers.

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Trump, Sessions Crime Policies 'Risk Igniting a New Drug War,' Eric Holder Charges

Organic Consumers Association - Sat, 10/21/2017 - 16:32

The GOP appears to be marching resolutely backwards on commonsense drug reforms and other criminal justice policies. Former Attorney General Eric Holder, whose tenure was embroiled in controversy, had some strong words this week for the Trump administration's position on key issues involving the criminal justice system. 

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Glyphosate: Monsanto Tries One Last Manoeuvre to Save Roundup

Organic Consumers Association - Sat, 10/21/2017 - 16:32

According to the widely circulated rumour on the Internet, Prof Christopher Portier secretly received a considerable sum – $160,000 (approximately €135,000) – from law firms representing the plaintiffs in a lawsuit against Monsanto in the United States.

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Monsanto Sues Arkansas Board for Banning Disputed Herbicide

Organic Consumers Association - Sat, 10/21/2017 - 16:32

A major agribusiness company sued Arkansas regulators on Friday for banning its version of an herbicide that's drawn complaints from farmers across several states who say the weed killer has drifted onto their crops and caused widespread damage.

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Lawsuits Say 'Diet' Soda Claim Is Misleading

Organic Consumers Association - Sat, 10/21/2017 - 16:32

According to the Code of Federal Regulations, a soft drink can be labeled "diet" as long as that label is not deemed "false or misleading." The terminology, long used by soda companies to designate sugar-free and low-calorie varieties, has been around and widely used for decades.

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Is It Time to Reassess Current Safety Standards for Glyphosate-Based Herbicides?

Organic Consumers Association - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 17:06

Glyphosate is an active ingredient in a number of commercially available herbicides, including several that are used in concert with genetically modified crops. Methods used in environmental health sciences to examine the potential health effects of chemicals, including pesticides, have undergone substantial changes over the past 30 years. We are concerned that the assays used to assess glyphosate safety, including the toxicity studies requested by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in 2009, may be insufficient to address the full complement of health effects that could be induced by exposure to glyphosate-based herbicides (GBHs).

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Is It Time to Reassess Current Safety Standards for Glyphosate-Based Herbicides?

Organic Consumers Association - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 17:06

Glyphosate is an active ingredient in a number of commercially available herbicides, including several that are used in concert with genetically modified crops. Methods used in environmental health sciences to examine the potential health effects of chemicals, including pesticides, have undergone substantial changes over the past 30 years. We are concerned that the assays used to assess glyphosate safety, including the toxicity studies requested by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in 2009, may be insufficient to address the full complement of health effects that could be induced by exposure to glyphosate-based herbicides (GBHs).

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How a Forest With More Mammals Stores More Carbon

Organic Consumers Association - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 09:57

To the many moral and practical reasons for protecting the creatures with whom we share this blue marble, add one more. They might help Earth safely store more carbon.

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Report: Pollution Kills 3 Times More than AIDS, TB And Malaria Combined

Organic Consumers Association - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 08:57

Exposure to polluted air, water and soil caused nine million premature deaths in 2015, according to a report published Thursday in The Lancet.

The causes of death vary — cancer, lung disease, heart disease. The report links them to pollution, drawing upon previous studies that show how pollution is tied to a wider range of diseases than previously thought.

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How a Seed Bank, Almost Lost in Syria's War, Could Help Feed a Warming Planet

Organic Consumers Association - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 21:56

Ali Shehadeh is a plant conservationist from Syria. He hunts for the genes contained in the seeds we plant today and what he calls their “wild relatives” from long ago. His goal is to safeguard those seeds that may be hardy enough to feed us in the future, when many more parts of the world could become as hot, arid and inhospitable as it is here. But searching for seeds that can endure the perils of a hotter planet has not been easy. It has thrown Mr. Shehadeh and his organization, the International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas, or Icarda, squarely at a messy intersection of food, weather and war.

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Unfair Trade: US Beef Has a Climate Problem

Organic Consumers Association - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 16:48

Across the globe, beef consumption, is seeing rapid growth, fed by cheap imports and served by an industrialized agricultural global trade model that’s been linked to a host of environmental impacts, climate change chief among them. Beef consumption in previously meat-light countries like Japan presents profit opportunities for the global beef industry. But scientists and activists argue that increasing beef consumption and industrial farm production go against efforts to combat climate change.

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They Thought They Were Going to Rehab. They Ended up in Chicken Plants

Organic Consumers Association - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 16:48

The worst day of Brad McGahey’s life was the day a judge decided to spare him from prison.

McGahey was 23 with dreams of making it big in rodeo, maybe starring in his own reality TV show. With a 1.5 GPA, he’d barely graduated from high school. He had two kids and mounting child support debt. Then he got busted for buying a stolen horse trailer, fell behind on court fines and blew off his probation officer.

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The Blueprint for the Most Radical City on the Planet

Organic Consumers Association - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 16:48

For years, people in Jackson have been organizing to build and sustain community power. They created Cooperation Jackson to take concrete steps to make human rights a reality for all by changing their democratic process and their economy.

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