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Robert Reich: We Must Stop This Pernicious Legal Assault on the Resistance

Organic Consumers Association - 2 hours 11 min ago

Have you heard of SLAPP lawsuits? You soon will.

SLAPP stands for “Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation.” It is a lawsuit brought by big corporations intended to censor, intimidate, and silence critics by burdening them with the overwhelming costs of a legal defense until they’re forced to abandon their criticism or opposition.

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How to Make the Best & Cheapest Organic Weed Killer

Organic Consumers Association - 2 hours 11 min ago

You’ve heard about Roundup – that “miracle” weed killer created back in 1970 by a Monsanto chemist, John Franz, who discovered that glyphosate is a powerful herbicide that can kill just about every type of plant material you can think of. Farmers in particular were wild for it, but there was one serious drawback, it killed their crops along with the weeds.

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Monsanto Offers Cash to U.S. Farmers Who Use Controversial Chemical

Organic Consumers Association - 2 hours 11 min ago

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Monsanto Co will give cash back to U.S. farmers who buy a weed killer that has been linked to widespread crop damage, offering an incentive to apply its product even as regulators in several U.S. states weigh restrictions on its use.

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Pesticide's Reprieve Met With Relief From Farmers, but Fear on Health Front

Organic Consumers Association - Sun, 12/10/2017 - 18:12

Even though farmers must follow strict rules in applying chlorpyrifos, it is nonetheless polluting the state’s waters. About 10 of Minnesota’s lakes and streams are or soon will be listed by state regulators as impaired by chlorpyrifos, a number that could grow. The Minnesota Department of Agriculture has named it one of three “pesticides of concern” because of its powerful toxicity to wildlife.

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Has Our Government Spent $21 Trillion of Our Money Without Telling Us?

Organic Consumers Association - Sun, 12/10/2017 - 18:12

A new report indicates that for fiscal year 2015 the Army failed to provide adequate support for $6.5 trillion in journal voucher adjustments. "Journal vouchers are summary-level accounting adjustments made when balances between systems cannot be reconciled. Often these journal vouchers are unsupported, meaning they lack supporting documentation to justify the adjustment or are not tied to specific accounting transactions."

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The Importance of Electromagnetic Field Remediation in the Treatment of Chronic Disease

Organic Consumers Association - Sun, 12/10/2017 - 18:12

Electromagnetic fields (EMFs) are one of the most pernicious threats to your health. Exposure to EMFs is linked to many health problems such as Alzheimer’s and infertility, and autism. The question is, how do you limit your exposure to healthier levels?

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State Group: USDA Mulling Big Changes to Food Stamps, Including Allowing States to Impose Soda Ban

Organic Consumers Association - Sun, 12/10/2017 - 18:12

The USDA is considering proposals to let states impose new restrictions on purchases of soda and candy and require SNAP candidates to apply in person, according to the Secretaries Innovation Group (SIG), which represents state social service secretaries from 20 Republican administrations. The agency is also considering a proposal to allow states to reduce payments to some groups of people, including undocumented immigrants' citizen children.

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NEW VIDEO: On International Human Rights Day, support the Fair Food movement!

Coalition of Immokalee Workers - Sun, 12/10/2017 - 06:39

Today, celebrate Human Rights Day by sustaining Fair Food and human rights for farmworkers…

On this day in 1948, before a war-weary world, the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed a vision of equality, dignity, and rights held by all: the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.  This historic document forms a crucial part of the foundation of the CIW’s movement for Fair Food and farmworker justice.  Indeed, in some of their earliest meetings, farmworkers in Immokalee read aloud and reflected on the rights contained in the UN’s declaration, and conceived of a brighter future for all who work in the fields.

Thanks to an unwavering commitment to the pursuit of justice — and the support of millions of consumers over the past twenty years — what was once a dream of human rights for farmworkers has become a reality today under the Fair Food Program.  Now, the rights to humane working conditions, to fair wages, and to freedom from slavery and sexual violence are enforced in agricultural fields along the East Coast.

Today, we need your help to make human rights a reality for even more women and men who labor in fields across the U.S.  On this International Human Rights Day, help us bring what the Washington Post called “one of the great human rights success stories of our day” to hundreds of thousands of farmworkers by becoming a Fair Food Sustainer!

Criminal Complaint Filed Against EU Authorities After Glyphosate Approval

Organic Consumers Association - Sat, 12/09/2017 - 17:53

An alliance of environmental NGOs on Monday launched criminal proceedings in Austria, Germany, Italy, Portugal, and France against the European Food Safety Authority and the German Federal Institute of Risk Assessment over the EU approval of glyphosate. Glyphosate has once again been approved in Europe, when it would otherwise have failed to meet the legal requirements for authorization. The NGOs are concerned that serious damage to health will occur as a result of what they term official misconduct.

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Coca-Cola, Pepsi and Dr. Pepper Sued Over Misleading Diet Soda Ads

Organic Consumers Association - Sat, 12/09/2017 - 17:53

This past October, six lawsuits were filed in federal courts in New York and California arguing that the makers of Coca-Cola, Pepsi and Dr. Pepper are engaging in misleading and unlawful marketing practices of their diet beverages, as these drinks contain ingredients that raise the risk not only of weight gain, but of developing serious health problems.

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Pledge for Poison Free Food and Farming

Organic Consumers Association - Sat, 12/09/2017 - 17:53

This Poison Cartel is now driving the sixth mass extinction of plant and animal species that form the foundation of our food supply. Poison based industrial agriculture is the biggest driver of species extinction from birds and bees, to forests, to soil organisms and vital species in our gut flora. Industrial monocultures have wiped out the diversity of crops we grew and ate, the bees that pollinate our crops while pesticide producing GMO plants have wiped out 90% of the monarch butterfly.

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How to Pick the Best Produce at the Grocery Store

Organic Consumers Association - Sat, 12/09/2017 - 17:53

If you’ve ever been to a grocery store and picked up produce, you’ve more than likely opened a package or two and found yourself stuck with rubbery carrots, mealy apples or muskmelon that was either mushy or hard as a rock. Fruits and vegetables that disappoint once you get them home may have something to do with the fact that, more often than not, it’s not kids who have to be prodded to eat their fruits and vegetables, it’s adults.

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Mental Turmoil: Depression Treatment Drives Users to Murder, Suicide

Organic Consumers Association - Sat, 12/09/2017 - 17:53

Some say antidepressants have helped them live normal lives. Others say the drugs are nothing short of a terrible nightmare. Paxil, the world’s second most prescribed antidepressant next to Prozac, is linked to serious psychiatric effects including suicidal and homicidal behavior. 

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"We Don't Want to Repress": Police in Honduras Refuse Orders to Stamp out Pro-Democracy Protests

Organic Consumers Association - Sat, 12/09/2017 - 17:53

Amid widening violence and ongoing protests, members of the Honduras National Police force—including those within the U.S.-trained units known as the Cobras—say they are refusing  to obey orders from the right-wing government of the incumbent president, Juan Orlando Hernández, who has used the security forces to crackdown on demonstrators and imposed a curfew amid allegations of voter fraud in recent elections.

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Nigeria Pledges to Restore Nearly 10 Million Acres of Degraded Land

Organic Consumers Association - Sat, 12/09/2017 - 17:53

The government of Nigeria has announced its plans to restore four million hectares, or nearly 10 million acres, of degraded lands within its borders. The West African nation is now one of 26 countries across the continent that have committed to restoring more than 200 million acres of degraded lands as part of the African Forest Landscape Restoration Initiative, an effort that aims to bring 100 million hectares of land under restoration by 2030.

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Far-Right Trolls Are Manipulating Twitter Into Silencing Journalists and Trump Critics

Organic Consumers Association - Sat, 12/09/2017 - 13:53

The fact that far-right trolls have succeeded in manipulating Twitter has undoubtedly emboldened them, as it signifies to them that their disinformation strategies work. And the problem will continue for Twitter especially because the social media platform has applied the same one-size-fits-all metric in the application of its anti-harassment policies.

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Are Your Favorite Jeans Part of the Climate Problem?

Organic Consumers Association - Sat, 12/09/2017 - 11:53

As the fashion industry prepares for the holiday season, many high-profile brands will pump out new trends and products faster than ever before. All too often, however, that business helps drive severe damage to our global climate due to the fashion industry’s extraordinarily high levels of pollution.

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“Friends of Suisun Valley” formed to counter Wagner and local government rush to give wine industry their wish list

Wine And Water Watch - Sat, 12/09/2017 - 11:07
Mary, welcome to “industrial wine business hell” that our group (Napa, Sonoma, Lake and Mendocino counties) has been working for some time to expose the bad players. Government works hand in hand to promote the destruction of our environment for profit. This is why over 200 municipalities have passed or are passing “Community Bill of Rights/Rights of Nature”.  We have the same government officials allowing low peak and very old traffic studies to approve further big wine destruction. With water a huge problem and discharge waivers you have the state water boards to help you. Our officials allow massive water use in areas of scarce water according to their own maps and have never seen an oak woodlands or forest they didn’t want to sacrifice for those special interests.  These special interests only want profit while the rest of us want a healthy community we can pass on to future generations. Let us know how we can support your efforts! Great appreciation  to your efforts Mary.

“Only after the last tree has been cut down,
Only after the last river has been poisoned,
Only after the last fish has been caught,
Only then will you find that money cannot be eaten.”
–Cree Indian proverb

 

From Mary Browning:

 

Thank you Alliance for Responsible Governance!!! The numerous failures described, CEQA violations, lack of traffic study’s….everything mentioned here is also happening over the hill in the Suisun Valley region of Solano County, and very few people are aware of the true consequences of a burgeoning wine tourism here. We citizens have been sold out and our rural character is not being protected, all because of greed. For those who don’t know it yet, Chuck Wagner is moving his entire production here. He is already in control of a third of the prime farmland

Removing tree canopy destroys the watershed, depleted groundwater and raises temperatures.

of Suisun Valley. The valley is just under 9,000 acres, and at an August PC meeting, Wagner’s attorney said they controlled 3,000 acres as of the end of 2016. His new Cordelia Winery near Budweiser off I/80 at Fairfield is expected to produce 5.5 million gallons annually. Solano County does not have a winery ordinance. Our district Supervisor said “he doesn’t like ordinances as they restrict business”. Wagner’s second winery, Caymus Suisun Winery, will be for son Charlie, on Suisun Valley Road. It’s first tasting room  will be 5,000 sf. The second tasting room will be 8,000 sf. Those buildings will be located approximately 400- 500 feet from the Suisun Valley Elementary School. This project does not have it’s water source yet, nor does it have it’s waste water plan decided. Prior to use permit application, Wagner requested and was easily granted double production, or 200,000 gal. annually. This project will be massive for this small, beautiful valley. There was no traffic study. However, an unofficial count was finally done, and 5,000 vehicles during a Friday commute time.

Organizing a resistance isn’t easy, but I’m working on it. Because of Chuck Wagner, I’m now on this mission with all of you. I went from living peacefully with my husband and animals on our mini farm, on our little slice of heaven, to now having my name on the internet associated with Chuck Wagner, because we appealed our planning commissions decision to double his production limits. It was a sight to behold, an entire planning commission “bought off”. And I’ve learned Wagner began financially contributing to the school as soon as he selected the location across the road five years ago. Amazing to witness such actions after reading about this happening in other counties.

Thank you to all who support the efforts to preserve the true definition of Agriculture, who care about our environment, who want real sustainability, who understand cumulative impacts, and more. Your successes are much needed examples that we should learn from. But timing is critical before it’s too late to save Suisun Valley from being swamped with commercial uses that have nothing to do with Ag. Alliance, make good news we can use! Special thanks to Geoff Ellsworth, Padi Selwyn, and others for your guidance and encouragement.

We are the newly formed ‘Friends of Suisun Valley’. Wish us luck!

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Bayer to Face EU Objections to Monsanto Deal in Coming Days

Organic Consumers Association - Fri, 12/08/2017 - 19:51

Bayer AG is set to get a so-called statement of objections cataloging potential reasons for the European Union’s antitrust regulator to block its proposed $66 billion takeover of Monsanto Co. as soon as next week, according to two people familiar with the probe.

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The Era of Walls: Greeting Climate-Change Victims With a Man-Made Dystopia

Organic Consumers Association - Fri, 12/08/2017 - 11:47

When I first talked to the three Honduran men in the train yard in the southern Mexican town of Tenosique, I had no idea that they were climate-change refugees. We were 20 miles from the border with Guatemala at a rail yard where Central American refugees often congregated to try to board La Bestia ("the Beast"), the nickname given to the infamous train that has proven so deadly for those traveling north toward the United States.

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