Organic Consumers Association

Criminal Complaint Filed Against EU Authorities After Glyphosate Approval

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.

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

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.

Pledge for Poison Free Food and Farming

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.

How to Pick the Best Produce at the Grocery Store

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.

Mental Turmoil: Depression Treatment Drives Users to Murder, Suicide

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. 

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

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.

Nigeria Pledges to Restore Nearly 10 Million Acres of Degraded Land

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.

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

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.

Are Your Favorite Jeans Part of the Climate Problem?

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.

Bayer to Face EU Objections to Monsanto Deal in Coming Days

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.

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

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.

How to Grow Endive

Endive, a type of chicory salad green found within the daisy family, is known for its narrow, curly-edged leaves and slightly bitter taste. Endive, similar to its close cousin escarole, is an excellent source of vitamins A, B, C and K, as well as calcium, copper, iron, manganese, potassium and zinc. A good source of fiber, endive also contains kaempferol, a flavonoid shown to reduce your risk of ovarian cancer. Endive thrives in the cool weather of spring or fall, and you can easily grow it from seeds or transplants.

Thanks to Big Ag, That 'Organic' Label Might Not Mean What You Think

The integrity of the Organic Standards is in jeopardy. With my five-year term on the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) just completed, I am concerned about the future of the USDA Organic Seal.

The interests of big business and industrialized agriculture are having an outsized and growing influence on the organic standards, compared to the waning influence of organic farmers, who started the organic farming movement. Perhaps that is not surprising.

The Farmer's Cruel Fate: The Escalating Agrarian Crisis Could Be BJP's Moment of Reckoning

We are staring, currently, at a period of record agrarian distress. Recently several thousand farmers marched to Delhi, across unions and political ideologies, to impress upon the Modi government that their lives have been devastated by the whimsical and poorly thought out decisions of this government. It would have been a wake-up call for any other regime. But for a government intoxicated by its own hubris and with its priorities elsewhere, the valiant efforts were in vain.

Why Vanilla Beans Are Absolutely Worth It

Most people appreciate vanilla beans only for their pleasing aroma and sweet taste, but these beans actually have health benefits. Vanilla beans are one of the most prized ingredients in the world today. While they known for their distinct flavor and sensational aroma, vanilla beans also have health benefits you can maximize in the long run.

Is Cognitive Training the Answer for Dementia?

The first-ever randomized controlled trial to demonstrate an intervention effective at reducing dementia risk found a brain exercise program targeting processing speed lowered the risk of dementia by 29 percent over the course of 10 years. Participants who received memory training or reasoning training did not experience the same beneficial results. The benefit really appears to be limited to training that targets processing speed. The study has distinct limitations though, and needs to be replicated. While cognitive training may be helpful, to avoid dementia, you also need to implement more foundational prevention strategies such as diet, exercise, sun exposure and electromagnetic field (EMF) avoidance. 

Portugal's Radical Drug Policy Is Working. Why Hasn't The World Copied It?

Since it decriminalized all drugs in 2001, the Iberian nation has seen dramatic drops in overdoses, HIV infection and drug-related crime. When the drugs came, they hit all at once. It was the 80s, and by the time one in 10 people had slipped into the depths of heroin use – bankers, university students, carpenters, socialites, miners – Portugal was in a state of panic.

Texas' Trump Lovin' Ag Honcho Faces a Primary Challenge from a Monsanto Lobbyist

Remember Sid Miller, Texas’ cowboy hat wearin’, Trump-lovin’ agriculture commissioner?  This time a year ago, Miller was working hard to flatter his way to the top agriculture spot in the incoming presidential administration. But after being passed over for that post, Miller will instead have to fight to keep his current job: Last week, news surfaced that he faces a primary challenge from within the Republican Party. 

Dicamba Woes Drain State Agencies, Vex Companies

Cash-strapped state agriculture agencies are buckling under an increased workload due to the hundreds of herbicide damage complaints filed in 2017 and scuttling other priorities to fully investigate claims of crop injury.

More than 2,700 dicamba-related soybean injury complaints have been filed to date, according to the University of Missouri’s Integrated Pest Management program.

Just How Many Shots Are on the CDC Schedule?

World Mercury Project gets questions about the number of vaccines given to young children in America today. Different articles cite different numbers and the totals can be confusing. This article and chart are designed to clarify the vaccine schedule and explain why the numbers may not always “add up.”  To be accurate, wording about total numbers of vaccines should include phrases like, “may receive up to” or “typically” or “between X and Y” number of vaccines. The individual numbers for any given child will vary depending on the specific vaccines used in his pediatrician’s practice or clinic.

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