Organic Consumers Association

Let’s Pack the House! Important CAFO Presentation on Thursday!

Join JFAN on Thursday at 7:15 p.m., at the Fairfield Arts and Convention Center for the group's annual meeting presentation: "Breaking the Grip of Corporate Agriculture on Rural Iowa."

Celebrated syndicated columnist Alan Guebert says current farming policies fit the definition of insanity: “It hasn’t worked in the past, so let’s do more of it and see what happens."

Despite this reality, Guebert says change is inevitable. But he believes Iowans will have to play an active role in reshaping factory farm policies in order to bring about that change. At Thursday’s meeting, he’ll outline how you can get involved.

Why Organic Mustard Seed Powder Is an Essential Kitchen Staple

Mustard seed contains compounds that inhibit cancer proliferation. It also contains compounds that augment the cancer-fighting potential of other cruciferous veggies, delivering a double-punch when combined. For this reason, I recommend keeping organic mustard seed powder in your kitchen at all times. Mustard seed powder can also be used to whip up homemade topical remedies, such as plasters and baths to relieve pain.

Another Obama Decision Reversed? Now It's About Food Safety

Citing President Donald Trump's calls for deregulation, Republican lawmakers and the chicken industry are aggressively lobbying to speed up poultry inspection lines — a change the Obama administration had rejected after warnings it would endanger workers and increase food contamination.

As Trump Retreats, States Are Joining Forces on Climate Action

Despite the Trump administration’s environmental rollback, U.S. states are forging ahead with initiatives to combat climate change. Now, a coalition of states – from California to Colorado to North Carolina – are banding together to slash emissions and boost renewable energy.

This Status Can Trigger Sudden Death for Dogs

October is Adopt a Shelter Dog month, and the purpose is to bring awareness to the estimated 3 to 4 million animal who are euthanized each year in U.S. shelters. Sadly, too many people give up their pets, and too few people adopt from shelters.

Savory Chicken and Veggie Muffins

Muffins are enjoyed by people all over the world, and are distinguished by the lack of yeast in their dough when baked. However, I generally don’t recommend foods that use grains because they can lead to a host of health problems due to their gluten content.

The Effects of Biodynamic Farming on the Environment and Food Quality

Eating real, nonprocessed food is the key to sustaining good health, but even when it comes to whole food, its quality is largely determined by how it was grown. Certified organic food is recommended to avoid toxic contaminants such as pesticides.

Monsanto Continues to Victimize America – America's Lawyer

Via America’s Lawyer: Mike Papantonio and Attorney Kim Adams talk about how there are now more than 2,000 dicamba-related injury investigations by various state Departments of Agriculture. Dicamba is a Monsanto weedkiller that appears to be giving the company the same legal problems as its other herbicide, Roundup.

Is the Biotech Industry Transforming a Natural Pesticide Into a Super Toxin?

According to biotech lore, the Bt (Bacillus thuringiensis) pesticides introduced into many GMO food crops are natural proteins whose toxic activity extends only to narrow groups of insect species. Therefore, says the industry, these pesticides can all be safely eaten (by humans)

How The "Fake News" Scare Is Marginalizing the Left

Last month, the Russia-Fearmongering-Industrial Complex grew ever greater when reports surfaced that Russian actors had purchased more than $100,000 worth of political ads to display on Facebook. News outlets reported that the ads were designed to criticize Hillary Clinton while bolstering support for Jill Stein, Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump—and to lure right-wing votes via appeals for the rights of gun owners.

Why the Soda Industry Is the Big Tobacco of Our Times

Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, and Dr Pepper Snapple are collectively Big Soda. The industry as a whole, however, is a massive enterprise involving thousands of companies and hundreds of thousands of people engaged in manufacturing beverage syrups or concentrates; in bottling, canning, preparing, or distributing finished products; and in selling soda cans, bottles, or fountain drinks to consumers everywhere in the world. 

Fluoride: Poison on Tap

The 2015 documentary, "Fluoride: Poison on Tap," seeks to expose what may be one of the longest-running and most successful deceptions known to mankind — adding industrial waste, in the form of fluoride, to public drinking water. You may be shocked at the lengths to which corporations, industry and government have gone to make this industrial waste product appear beneficial to your health.

New Study: Glyphosate Persists! And European Top Soils Are Contaminated With It

A new research study from the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre and two Dutch laboratories shows that 45% of Europe’s top soil contains glyphosate residues, demonstrating the over-reliance of the EU agricultural model on this harmful herbicide chemical. In contrast to what its manufactures purport, glyphosate persists in soils affecting not only soil fertility and crop quality, but also human and environmental health.