Postby Oscar » Thu Feb 18, 2016 10:11 am

Organic Consumers Association (OCA) – ORGANIC BYTES #499 - Feb. 18, 2016

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Friends Like These

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TAKE ACTION: Tell JLI Board Members: Don't Stab Us in the Back! Reject the Latest GMO-QR Code Labeling Compromise!
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Skewering the Scientists
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TAKE ACTION! Tell the USDA to stop suppressing science. Let researchers do their job!
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Casual Callousness
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TAKE ACTION: Tell the CEO of Darden Restaurants, Owner of Olive Garden and Longhorn Steakhouse: Serve Good Food!
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No Compromise
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Compromise makes sense when two parties are working toward shared goals. Otherwise, it doesn't.
In the case of Monsanto and Big Food vs. consumers who want GMOs labeled-clearly, for everyone, not just those people who have smart phones-we have no shared goals.
The Grocery Manufacturers Association, which represents Monsanto and the worst of corporate food, has set a very clear goal: Keep as much information about GMOs as possible away from consumers.
Consumers have an opposing goal: Tell us what's in our food.
Citizens in more than 60 other countries have the right to labels on GMO food and ingredients. Campbell's Soup Co. has shown that it is possible-easy, even-to provide those same labels for U.S. consumers.
This is not a time to settle for compromises. Not when those proposed compromises involve delaying (and effectively killing) a law we fought dearly for, won, and was declared constitutional by the courts.
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Ratchet Up the Revolution!
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Three recent reports paint a picture of, and make the case for, an organic revolution.

• Organic is climate-resilient. According to a study [ ] published this month (February 2016) in Nature Plants, farmers who adopt organic practices fare better during droughts. Climate change resilience isn't the only benefit to organic farming, the study's authors point out. Organic crops are more profitable, and deliver foods that are safer because they aren't grown with pesticides, and higher in nutrition.
One fact Reganold's study doesn't address: Healthy soil also draws down, and sequesters carbon
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• Organic is healthier. A new study [ ... 210707.htm ] (the largest of its kind), published in the British Journal of Nutrition, shows that both organic milk and meat contain around 50 percent more beneficial omega-3 fatty acids than their conventionally produced counterparts. The study's authors analyzed 196 papers on milk and 67 papers on meat and found "clear differences" between organic and conventional milk and meat, especially in terms of fatty acid composition, and the concentrations of certain essential minerals and antioxidants.
The findings are significant, given that Omega-3s are linked to reductions in cardiovascular disease, improved neurological development and function, and better immune function, the authors said.

• Organic is growing, thanks to consumers. The U.S. Department of Agriculture reports
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We have a long way to go, especially in the U.S., before we completely dismantle a food and farming system that is toxic to everything-hour health, our environment, our climate and the animals we rely on for meat and dairy products. But we are making progress. We should celebrate the progress. And ratchet up the revolution!

Organic farming better suited to climate change
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Organic meat and dairy are better for your health
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Consumer demand bolsters organic production
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Historic Visit
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In honor of Pope Francis' visit to Mexico, our Asociación de Consumidores Orgánicos team in Mexico published an open letter [ ... butterfly/ ] to the Pope, asking the religious leader to continue to speak out about the failures of industrial agriculture.
The letter, signed by environmental, farming, natural health, religious and indigenous groups, said in part:
We share your conviction that everything in the world is connected, and that to seek 'only a technical remedy to each environmental problem which comes up is to separate what is in reality interconnected and to mask the true and deepest problems of the global system.
There is a solution to food insecurity, climate change and biodiversity loss. We must opt for regenerative organic agriculture. The urgency of this problem demands that we join forces and work together to achieve change. We thank you for your courage and your commitment to the world's poorest, and we accept your challenge to approach these complex crises by seeking solutions that not only protect nature, but also combat poverty and restore dignity to the excluded.
Asociación de Consumidores Orgánicos has been working in Mexico and Latin America for more than a decade. Through our Millones Contra Monsanto Campaign, and through our work with allies in other organizations, including Semillas de Vida, GreenPeace Mexico, Consumers International and the organic community in Latin America, we have mobilized hundreds of thousands of consumers, farmers and activists to block the use of GMO corn in Mexico and stand-up against the profiteering and toxic trade promoted by the likes of Monsanto, Maseca, Coca-Cola and Walmart.

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How to Prevent and Treat Kidney Health with Food
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6 Things I Would Ask the Presidential Candidates About Food and Farming
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FDA to Start Testing for Glyphosate in Food
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Jon Entine: The Chemical Industry's Master Messenger
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Is It Time to Go Organic for Your Dog's Food?
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What Scalia's Death Means for Climate Change
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Behind Closed Doors – the Vulnerability of Big Meat
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CNN Documentary on Processed Food Industry

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