Media/News Archive

Does USDA Actually Have a GMO-Free Label?

Thursday, May 28th, 2015

Rodale News
by Julia Westbrook

Source: Susy Morris

What you need to know about the rumors of a USDA non-GMO label.

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) will be certifying GMO-free foods… sort of.

In a letter, USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack said that an unnamed company asked the USDA to apply its USDA Process Verified label to a GMO-free claim on corn and soybean products.

This Process Verified label is administered for a cost through the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS). It has previously been used to assess claims of “humanely raised” or “no antibiotics ever.”

“AMS worked with the company to develop testing and verification processes to verify the non-GE claim,” Vilsack wrote, noting that the official announcement will come out soon and “companies are already lining up to take advantage of this service.” Read Full Article »

EU Dropped Pesticide Laws Due to US Pressure Over TTIP, Documents Reveal

Wednesday, May 27th, 2015

The Guardian
by Arthur Neslen, Brussels

Source: Reyner Media

US trade officials pushed EU to shelve action on endocrine-disrupting chemicals linked to cancer and male infertility to facilitate TTIP free trade deal

EU moves to regulate hormone-damaging chemicals linked to cancer and male infertility were shelved following pressure from US trade officials over the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) free trade deal, newly released documents show.

Draft EU criteria could have banned 31 pesticides containing endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs). But these were dumped amid fears of a trade backlash stoked by an aggressive US lobby push, access to information documents obtained by Pesticides Action Network (PAN) Europe show. Read Full Article »

Dairy Grazing Management Can Restore Soils, Reduce Carbon Footprint

Tuesday, May 26th, 2015

Dairy Herd Management
by Merritt Melancon

Source: Dalusa Organic Ranch, Point, TX

Well-maintained pastures prevent erosion, protect water and, as it turns out, can restore the soil’s organic matter much more quickly than previously thought, according to a team of researchers from the University of Georgia and the University of Florida.

Soil contains the largest terrestrial reservoir of carbon. Tilling fields every year to plant crops releases soil carbon into the atmosphere. It’s been known for a long time that transitioning cropland to pastureland where livestock grazes replenishes the soil’s carbon, but their study showed that the process can be much more rapid than scientists previously thought.

“What is really striking is just how fast these farms gain soil organic matter,” said Aaron Thompson, associate professor of environmental soil chemistry at UGA and senior author on the study. “In less than a decade, management-intensive grazing restores these soils to levels of organic matter they had as native forests. These farms accumulate soil carbon at rates as fast as ever measured globally.” Read Full Article »

Organic Certification Cost Share Program Now Fully Funded!

Tuesday, May 26th, 2015

National Organic Coalition

Certified Farmers And Handlers in the United States and some Territories are eligible for 75% of direct certification costs (maximum $750) for each scope. This program is available for certified entities EACH YEAR.

  • You must apply for a refund every year.
  • There is plenty of money to fund this – if you are turned away or limited to 1 scope, ask again, or contact NOC
  • Watch for application deadlines in your state – but rules are now more flexible, so if you think you have missed the deadline, ask for help or contact NOC
For more information:  

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Research: Bisphenol A (BPA) Causes 100x More Harm Than Previously Imagined

Friday, May 22nd, 2015

Health Impact News
by Sayer Ji

Source: Steven Depolo

A recent study reveals just how profoundly misled we are about Bisphenol A and its analogs: they are at least 100x more toxic than we previously imagined.

An alarming new study establishes that the commonly used chemical bisphenol A used in tens of thousands of consumer products, and its lesser known but increasingly prevalent analogs, bisphenol S and F, are several orders of magnitude more disruptive to the endocrine systems of the developing male human fetus than previous toxicological risk assessments were capable of determining.

The new study was published in the journal Fertility and Sterility and titled, “A new chapter in the bisphenol A story: bisphenol S and bisphenol F are not safe alternatives to this compound.” Read Full Article »