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Cooking up an Organic Future - Is a Check-Off the Right Recipe? 28.4.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Organic food and fiber in the US are growing despite themselves. Even last week Miles McEvoy, Deputy Administrator of the National Organic Program, touted the double-digit growth of certified operations in the US are now 21,000 with 31,000 around the world. While this $40+ billion industry is indeed exploding on the shelves in US supermarkets, only 1% of agriculture, in the US is dedicated to growing organic. This ravenous appetite for organic food and fiber is percolating into a frothy peak, yet we just aren't producing what we need to feed the growing hunger. The fact that Costco is buying land and equipment, partnering with organic growers to meet demand is commendable -- but it's not going to quench the bigger dilemma. A spark is needed in agriculture and the Organic Check-off may be the ingredient that serves up the juiciest future. Right now in US agriculture, it pays to do the wrong thing. Our tax dollars get funneled into farm subsidies that support the largest polluters, the biggest pesticides ...
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Ugly fruit may pack more nutrition 27.4.2016 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
Why are some fruits and veggies born ugly? Fighting off fungus, heat and pests can leave blemishes. Some researchers think these battle scars may boost the antioxidant content in produce.
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Beneath An Ugly Outside, Marred Fruit May Pack More Nutrition 27.4.2016 NPR News
Why are some fruits and veggies born ugly? Fighting off fungus, heat and pests can leave blemishes. Some researchers think these battle scars may boost the antioxidant content in produce.
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24 die after eating poison sweets 25.4.2016 CNN: Top Stories
Twenty-four people, many of them from a single family, are dead after ingesting sweets that had been mixed with pesticide, Pakistani officials said Monday.
USDA declines to pay for cows, crops poisoned by pesticide 25.4.2016 Seattle Times: Top stories

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture has refused to pay claims filed by two Idaho families who contend its pesticide treatment contaminated their crops and poisoned a cattle herd. Instead, USDA told the families to file a lawsuit — a costly endeavor that could bankrupt the farms and risk the $70 million […]
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Denver pot biz has second recall over pesticide-tainted weed 20.4.2016 Headlines: All Headlines
A Denver marijuana business is facing its second recall in four months over concerns its products are tainted with pesticides not approved for use on cannabis.
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EPA Takes Next Step Toward Banning Toxic Pesticide Chlorpyrifos 20.4.2016 Commondreams.org Newswire
Earthjustice The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will convene an independent Scientific Advisory Panel today through Thursday to review health-based limits for the dangerous and widely-used pesticide chlorpyrifos. This decision comes after years of advocacy by farmworker, environmental health and conservation groups, urging EPA to ban chlorpyrifos because of the neurodevelopmental harm it causes to ...
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"I'm Mad as Hell": Air Force Members Blame Health Horrors on Toxic Exposure 17.4.2016 Truthout.com
George Air Force Base, in California, where the local water board is pushing for more comprehensive groundwater monitoring of contaminants. (Credit: Dan Ross) The toxic cleanup at George Air Force Base in California faces fresh scrutiny now that two former base schools are poised to undergo soil tests for toxic contamination. Chronically ill service members say their health issues result from exposure to contaminants while based there. George Air Force Base, in California, where the local water board is pushing for more comprehensive groundwater monitoring of contaminants. (Credit: Dan Ross) Two memories stand out to Terrine Crooks from her arrival at George Air Force Base in the summer of 1980. One is the sense of apprehension she felt at seeing for the first time the broad, flat, barren expanse of the base on the skirt-tails of the Mojave Desert. "I was like, 'oh my God.' I was a New Hampshire girl who'd left a beautiful green land." The second, she said, was how she was told by in-processing personnel ...
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"Gold Standard" tarnished? As organic sees record growth internal battles plague industry 15.4.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
The numbers don't lie - U.S. consumer demand for organic food is surging as people look for what they see as healthy offerings for themselves and their families. But meeting the growing consumer demand is not proving easy, and a deepening divide within the industry is now roiling the landscape of the $39 billion industry amid allegations of an erosion in the rigid standards that have drawn consumers to the premium market. The internal battle is creating what some call "two organic industries," and is sparking litigation and allegations that the well-known label marking foods as organic no longer assures consumers that foods are free from chemicals and other materials, or that organic meat was raised naturally. One particularly bitter battle now being waged is over the use of carrageenan, a thickening substance that critics say is shown to be dangerous to human health and is not needed in organic production, but which supporters say has long been proven safe and needed. That issue and others are expected ...
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AB 2596 - California Taking Steps to Ban Our Modern Day DDT 14.4.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
In 1962, Rachel Carson's groundbreaking book, Silent Spring , first brought global attention to the devastating impacts of DDT and other pesticides to human health, wildlife and our environment. Rachel Carson's revolutionary work, which led to the EPA banning DDT, was instrumental in giving birth to the modern environmental movement and introduced critical thinking of pesticides developed and promoted by the agro-chemical industry. Because of Rachel Caron's pioneering commitment to environmental justice, the Environmental Protection Agency was created in 1970 under the Nixon administration, and a ban on the use of DDT in the United States was passed. However, the ban on DDT did not occur without a vicious fight by the pesticide industry, and Rachel Carson found herself targeted by the manufacturers and others who stood to profit from its use. Soon after the publication of Silent Spring, Rachel Carson was the subject of a smear campaign by the pesticide industry, and she was often labeled as "hysterical." ...
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EWG’s 2016 Dirty Dozen™ List of Pesticides on Produce: Strawberries Most Contaminated, Apples Drop to Second 12.4.2016 Commondreams.org Newswire

Conventional strawberries top the Dirty Dozen™ list of EWG’s 2016 Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce, displacing apples, which headed the list the last five years running.

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Home and garden giant ditches class of pesticides that may harm bees 12.4.2016 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
Ortho is part of the Miracle-Gro family. The company says it decided to phase out neonicotinoids from its home and garden products after reviewing possible threats posed to pollinators.
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Top 12 toxic fruits and vegetables for 2016 12.4.2016 TreeHugger
EWG's annual list of produce pesticide loads is out, helping consumers know what items to buy organic and what conventional items have the lowest residues.
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Home And Garden Giant Ditches Class Of Pesticides That May Harm Bees 12.4.2016 NPR Health Science
Ortho is part of the Miracle-Gro family. The company says it decided to phase out neonics from its home and garden products after reviewing possible threats posed to bees and other pollinators.
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APNewsBreak: Ortho to drop chemicals linked to bee declines 12.4.2016 AP National
DENVER (AP) -- Garden-care giant Ortho said Tuesday it will stop using a class of chemicals widely believed to harm bees....
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Monsanto’s Evil Twin: Disturbing Facts About the Fertilizer Industry 11.4.2016 Commondreams.org Views
Ronnie Cummins, Martha Rosenberg

What do you know about the worldwide chemical fertilizer industry? If you’re like most people, not much. 

There’s plenty of press coverage and consumer awareness when it comes to genetically engineered food and crops, and the environmental hazards of pesticides and animal drugs. But the fertilizer industry? Not so much—even though it’s the largest segment of corporate agribusiness ($175 billion in annual sales), and a major destructive force in polluting the environment, disrupting the climate, and damaging public health. 

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Monsanto's Evil Twin: Disturbing Facts About the Fertilizer Industry 11.4.2016 Truthout.com
There's plenty of press coverage and consumer awareness when it comes to genetically engineered food and crops, and the environmental hazards of pesticides and animal drugs. But the fertilizer industry? Not so much -- even though it's the largest segment of corporate agribusiness, and a major destructive force in disrupting the climate and damaging public health. (Photo: Tamina Miller ; Edited: LW / TO) What do you know about the worldwide chemical fertilizer industry? If you're like most people, not much.  There's plenty of press coverage and consumer awareness when it comes to genetically engineered food and crops, and the environmental hazards of pesticides and animal drugs. But the fertilizer industry? Not so much -- even though it's the largest segment of corporate agribusiness ($175 billion in annual sales), and a major destructive force in polluting the environment, disrupting the climate, and damaging public health.  Learning the facts about chemical fertilizers and the companies who produce them ...
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6 Reasons Why We Keep Our Lawn Pesticide-Free 9.4.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Spring is finally here. The birds are chirping, buds are appearing on our trees, and our neighborhood is peppered with tiny little flags, declaring that a pesticide application has taken place. When I go on walks with my dog and young children, we are usually walking on a sidewalk covered in little white granules of poison, courtesy of the lawn companies. We can breathe in fresh air or the strong chemical odor of a lawn that has just been treated with herbicides, insecticides and other pesticides, depending on whose house we pass by, as neighbors strive to achieve the perfect green yard. But just how green is it to use poison in our yards? To me, the idea of a weed-free, lush green lawn is an outdated notion. It's an inherited belief from decades ago, before we were more knowledgeable about the environment, toxins, and conserving water. And like so many outdated, inherited beliefs, it is one I do not plan on passing down to my children. So when we moved into our house six years ago, before we even had ...
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Acme Healing Center marijuana pulled because of pesticide detection 7.4.2016 Durango Herald
More than 10 strands of marijuana grown by Acme Healing Center have been ordered off shelves because of pesticide residues, but company representatives said Wednesday that’s because of “impossible” standards set by the state.On Tuesday, the Colorado Department of Revenue issued a public health and safety advisory...
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Monsanto's Willing Executioners 6.4.2016 Truthout - All Articles
(Photo: Jason Jenkins) Is Monsanto "evil"? Just pop that question into Google and you'll find out quickly why Monsanto ranks near the top of every " most hated company " list. And ask any news editor ... the name "Monsanto" is guaranteed clickbait that reels in readers by the bushel. It's probably why you are reading this right now. Perhaps you, like many anti-GMO farmers, environmental watchdogs and consumer advocates, see Monsanto as the embodiment of everything that's wrong with corporate America. Its name is synonymous with unbridled greed, indifference to the environment, bipartisan cronyism and a demonstrated willingness to steamroll the little guy. To wit, Monsanto wields a three-decade-old Supreme Court patent ruling like a scythe as it cuts down farmers who dare to save seeds for the next planting season . It has also beaten back challenges from organic farmers who fell victim to " genetic drift " when Monsanto's patented crops cross-pollinated with their non-GMO neighbors and therefore rendered ...
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