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The Organic Consumers Association (OCA) is an online and grassroots non-profit 501(c)3 public interest organization campaigning for health, justice, and sustainability. The OCA deals with crucial issues of food safety, industrial agriculture, genetic engineering, children's health, corporate accountability, Fair Trade, environmental sustainability and other key topics. We are the only organization in the US focused exclusively on promoting the views and interests of the nation's estimated 50 million organic and socially responsible consumers.
The OCA represents over 850,000 members, subscribers and volunteers, including several thousand businesses in the natural foods and organic marketplace. Our US and international policy board is broadly representative of the organic, family farm, environmental, and public interest community.
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New Jersey Threatened with Mandatory Water Fluoridation
February 14, 2012 08:20 AM - Editor, Organic Consumers Association
Despite objections from environmentalists and utility officials, New Jersey is under threat of mandatory fluoridation, which is the addition of fluoride chemicals into the public drinking water ostensibly to reduce tooth decay. Despite admission by the Federal Government that American children are fluoride over-exposed and that fluoride's benefits are primarily topical, New Jersey legislators are crafting a law that will force fluoridation on the entire state, reports the Fluoride Action Network (FAN).
Why Eating Organic is the Single Greenest Thing You Can Do
September 19, 2011 06:01 AM - Marc Gunther, Organic Consumers Association
"If you do just one thing -- make one conscious choice -- that can change the world, go organic.... No other single choice you can make to improve the health of your family and the planet will have greater positive repercussions for our future."
Maine Town Passes Local Food and Community Self-Governance Ordinance Becomes First in US to Declare Food Sovereignty
March 28, 2011 02:39 PM - John Reinhardt, Grown in the City, Organic Consumers Association
The town of Sedgwick, Maine, population 1,012 (according to the 2000 census), has become the first town in the United States to pass a Food Sovereignty ordinance. In doing so, the town declared their right to produce and sell local foods of their choosing, without the oversight of State or federal regulation.
Radiation Scientists Agree TSA Naked Body Scanners Could Cause Breast Cancer and Sperm Mutations
December 6, 2010 08:11 AM - Mike Adams, Natural News, Organic Consumers Association
The news about the potential health dangers of the TSA's naked body scanners just keeps getting worse. An increasing number of doctors and scientists are going public with their warnings about the health implications of subjecting yourself to naked body scanners.
US Probes Lead in Kids' Drinking Glasses
November 24, 2010 08:43 AM - Justin Pritchard, Sydney Morning Herald, Organic Consumers Association
Federal regulators launched an investigation on Monday into lead levels in themed drinking glasses depicting comic book and movie characters, declaring them children's products subject to stricter standards than those intended for adult collectors.
Cancer Is a Man-Made Disease
November 13, 2010 09:14 AM - Marek Doyle , Organic Consumers Association
Diet, pollution and modern living conditions have been implicated as the factors responsible for cancer, concluded researchers, after analyzing the remains of almost 1,000 individuals from ancient Egypt and Greece. The investigation, conducted by a team from Manchester University, looked into medical literature of the time for descriptions of cancer symptoms as well as examining today's remains for signs of the disease. They did, for the first time, manage to identify cancer in one Egyptian mummy but this remained the only example in their widespread search. With this in mind, the scientists concluded that cancer was even rarer than previously thought.
Master Chocolatiers Give Green Chocolate a Boost
November 2, 2010 08:49 AM - Agence France-Presse , Organic Consumers Association
From its chocolate factory in the French Alps, Stephane Bonnat's family has been nurturing ties with cocoa farmers around the world for over a century, and together they are now driving a green revolution.
S. 510: The FDA Food Safety Modernization Act
September 23, 2010 04:52 PM - , Organic Consumers Association
The U.S. Senate is expected to vote on a sweeping overhaul of the federal food safety law — S. 510. The House food safety bill passed last year (HR 2749) included several measures that threaten small-scale organic producers, including a registration fee of $500 and blanket application of complicated monitoring and traceability standards - regardless of one's farm size.
Could Eucalyptus Trees be the Kudzu of the 2010s?
September 13, 2010 08:44 AM - Global Justice Ecology Project, Organic Consumers Association
There was a time in the South when planting kudzu was not viewed as botanical vandalism, but as a community-spirited gesture. The vine, imported from Asia, was intended to control erosion and provide forage for livestock. Some things just don't work out.
Energy Efficiency Helps Homeowners Avoid Foreclosure
July 15, 2010 09:41 AM - Jonathan Hiskes, Grist, Organic Consumers Association
Energy-efficient homes have significantly lower default and delinquency rates than typical homes, according to an internal analysis conducted for a major financial institution last year. Here's yet another reason why it makes no sense that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have effectively killed Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE), a financing tool that has helped make efficiency improvements affordable for thousands of American homeowners.