Organic Consumers Association

There Could Be Ketamine In Your 'Natural' Chicken

Consumer groups use a novel strategy to sue a poultry producer over claims the drug turned up in its products.   Veterinarians use it as an anesthetic. Psychiatrists have started prescribing it for depression. And thanks to the “out-of-body” experience it gives users, ketamine, or “Special K,” has long been a drug of choice for ravers and clubgoers.

Nonprofits Sue Third-Largest Poultry Co. for False Advertising of Drug-Contaminated Chicken

OAKLAND, Calif.—Three nonprofit groups filed suit today against Laurel, Miss.-based Sanderson Farms, Inc. (NASDAQ: SAFM) for falsely advertising products that contain a wide range of unnatural and in some cases prohibited substances, as “100% Natural.” Substances include antibiotics, steroids, hormones and even a drug with hallucinogenic effects. The groups suing Sanderson are Organic Consumers Association (OCA), Friends of the Earth (FoE), and Center for Food Safety (CFS).

Sanderson Farms: Stop Advertising Your Contaminated Chicken as '100% Natural'!

"By federal law, all chickens have to be cleared of antibiotics before they leave the farm," says the folksy, flannel-wearing actor in a Sanderson Farms "Truth about Chicken—Supermarket" video. 

So imagine our surprise when we learned that government testing of Sanderson chicken products uncovered 11 instances of antibiotics for human use in Sanderson chicken—after it had left the farm.

One of those antibiotics, chloramphenical, is not only prohibited in food-producing animals, but according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services National Toxicology Program report (2016), is "reasonably anticipated to be a human carcinogen."

Antibiotics aren’t the only "unnatural" substances in Sanderson chicken. Tests revealed growth hormones prohibited in poultry production, pesticides and prescription drugs—including one with hallucinogenic effects!

Tell Sanderson Farms CEO Joe Sanderson: Stop advertising your contaminated chicken as '100% Natural!'

The Worst Kind of Meat

Corporations are fighting for global domination of the meat market through large mergers, buyouts and even bribing of politicians that have in some instances resulted in billion dollar fines and prison sentences

Margaret Atwood: Plastics Are Poisoning Us. We Need Change, Now

Ah, the Reformation. And then, inevitably, the Counter-Reformation. We remember them, sort of, especially after reading Dissolution, CJ Sansom’s detective thriller about the shutting down of and, not incidentally, the looting of rich but decadent English monasteries under Henry VIII and Thomas Cromwell.

Naomi Klein: Youth-Led Grassroots Progressive Insurgencies Have Pushed Leaders Like Corbyn and Sanders Into National Politics

Over the weekend, more than 4,000 people gathered for the People’s Summit in Chicago. Among those who spoke was Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, who called the Democratic Party’s strategy an absolute failure and blamed the party for the election of President Trump. For more on insurgent progressive politicians like Sanders, we speak with best-selling author and journalist Naomi Klein, whose new book is "No Is Not Enough: Resisting Trump’s Shock Politics and Winning the World We Need."

Gov't to Control Future GMO Potato Imports

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Agriculture authorities say they're prepared to implement controls to prevent the possible import of U.S. genetically modified (GMO) potatoes from affecting domestic growers.

The U.S. recently applied with the Health and Welfare Ministry to import GMO potatoes, with the approval process expected to be completed next year at the earliest. However, concerns are being raised about the potential health impacts of GMO food products and the adverse effects of these imports on domestic potato farmers.

Neighbors Clash Over a Colorado Chicken Farm

After years of wrangling and weeks of trial, a jury says a huge chicken farm can stay put in western Colorado. This complicated trespass case pitted Susan Raymond, a local veterinarian, against her neighbor, Edwin Hostetler, who operates a 15,000 hen egg-laying facility.

Raymond claimed that her health, her veterinary business, and the value of her property had suffered as a result of emissions from Hostetler’s farm. 

The Losers in Organic Farming

Farmers are, among other things, business people – they produce products to sell, hopefully at a profit.

So with this in mind, it puzzles me as to why more farmers won’t consider switching to organics?

Innovative Ways to Create the Perfect Vegetable Garden

Growing your own vegetables and fruits is one of the best ways to ensure ready access to fresh, nutrient-dense and chemical-free food. The pastime is catching on, with 74 percent of U.S. households taking part in lawn and garden activities in 2016 — a 4 percent rise from just a year before.

New Claims Against Monsanto in Consumer Lawsuit Over Roundup Herbicide

In a complaint filed Tuesday in federal court in Wisconsin, six consumers alleged that the company’s top-selling Roundup herbicide has been falsely promoted as uniquely safe when it actually can have profound harmful impacts on human gut bacteria critical to good health.

Pernicious Pesticides - Hiding in Plain Sight

What’s yellow and orange and dead all over?

Bright orange streaks pop from the verdant Sonoma County landscape this spring. These are poisoned plants, treated by glyphosate. If you are like me, you may have overlooked this phenomenon, but once you know, it is impossible to ignore.

Every Year, Starbucks Sends 4 Billion Nonrecyclable Paper Cups to Landfills

Five years after Starbucks kicked off an annual competition to improve their cup design it shut the competition down, went on using the unrecyclable cups, and adopted the line that the world's taxpayers should foot the bill for upgrading recycling plants to accommodate its cups.