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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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Kellogg Cereal Recall Highlights a New Concern: Chemicals Leaching from Food Packaging
July 6, 2010 09:06 AM - Dan Shapley, The Daily Green, Organic Consumers Association
Kellogg is recalling as many as 28 million boxes of cereal because a chemical is leaching from the food packaging into the cereal. The Food and Drug Administration states the reason for the recall as "uncharacteristic off-flavor and smell coming from the liner in the package." Other sources call it a wax-like substance, and parents are being warned that it may cause diarrhea or vomiting, particularly in sensitive children.
U.S. Lawns Getting an Eco-Makeover
June 16, 2010 09:15 AM - Adrianne Appel, IPS, Organic Consumers Association
From coast to coast, eco-concerned homeowners are ripping out their manicured, chemically-treated lawns and replacing them with organic food gardens, native flowers and sometimes, just rocks. "It's a growing endeavour. It gets bigger and bigger every year," said Steven Saffier, coordinator of the Audubon Society's At Home programme, which encourages people to let their lawns go wild to support birds and other wildlife.
A New Source Of Dioxins: Anti-Bacterial Soap Combining with Chlorine in Wastewater Sewage Plants
May 25, 2010 08:47 AM - Janet Raloff, Science News, Organic Consumers Association
Manufacturers have been adding the germ fighter triclosan to soaps, hand washes, and a range of other products for years. But here's a dirty little secret: Once it washes down the drain, that triclosan can spawn dioxins. Dioxins come in 75 different flavors, distinguished by how many chlorine atoms dangle from each and where those atoms have attached (their locations indicated by the numbers in the front part of a dioxin's name). The most toxic is 2,3,7,8-tetrachlorodibenzo-p-dioxin, or TCDD. Some related kin bearing four to eight chlorines are also toxic, just less so.
Which Fish to Eat? Study Finds Lower Mercury in Most Top-Selling Seafood
April 28, 2010 09:23 AM - Jennifer F. Nyland, Organic Consumers Association
Experts send a mixed message to consumers when it comes to eating fish: it's good for your heart health but beware of the methylmercury. A new way of organizing and ranking the pollutant's levels in fish and shellfish may help consumers navigate this apparent contradiction, according to the study's author.
Bill Before New York Lawmakers would Ban Use of Pesticides on School Playing Fields
April 21, 2010 08:51 AM - Delen Goldberg , Organic Consumers Association
Syracuse, NY -- Children race out of their classrooms onto green, fluffy grass playing fields. They tumble and slide, roll around and laugh. Their pants turn green from grass stains. They rub their eyes and faces. They drop water bottles and snacks onto the lawn. The lush grass helps to protect their knees from scrapes and guards them against serious injury. But the grass also could make them sick, according to environmental advocates and numerous scientific studies.
Scientists Say F.D.A. Ignored Radiation Warnings
April 7, 2010 10:22 AM - , Organic Consumers Association
Urgent warnings by government experts about the risks of routinely using powerful CT scans to screen patients for colon cancer were brushed aside by the Food and Drug Administration, according to agency documents and interviews with agency scientists.
"Shocking" Reasons to Go Organic
April 6, 2010 08:47 AM - , Organic Consumers Association
Eating organic foods has lots of benefits, from protecting the environment to helping you stay slim and healthier. Now, Rodale Inc. CEO and Chairman Maria Rodale is out with a book called "Organic Manifesto: How Organic Farming Can Heal Our Planet, Feed the World, and Keep Us Safe."
All Fish Tested from U.S. Streams Found Contaminated with Mercury
March 5, 2010 06:51 AM - David Gutierrez, Natural News, Organic Consumers Association
In a new study conducted by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), every single fish tested from 291 freshwater streams across the United States was found to be contaminated with mercury. "This study shows just how widespread mercury pollution has become in our air, watersheds and many of our fish in freshwater streams," said Interior Secretary Ken Salazar.
Does Fair Trade Coffee Lift Growers Out of Poverty
February 19, 2010 09:40 AM - Jill Richardson, AlterNet, Organic Consumers Association
Does Fair Trade Coffee Lift Growers Out of Poverty or Simply Ease Our Guilty Conscience? Is the Fair Trade movement just a marketing scheme or does it truly provide a living wage for coffee growers? How many times a day do you consume a food produced by a subsistence farmer on the other side of the world? Whether it's chocolate, coffee, tea, sugar or bananas, most Americans regularly enjoy inexpensive tropical foods, but far fewer actually think about the effects on the people or the environment where those products are grown. The Fair Trade movement represents one attempt to change this by reminding consumers that their lifestyles rely on faraway farmers and laborers and offering them an opportunity to ensure their purchases come from farmers paid a fair price.
Organic Beauty Products Claims Challenged
February 1, 2010 06:50 AM - Liza Casabona Women's Wear Daily, Organic Consumers Association
A handful of personal care companies are looking to the U.S. government to clarify regulations for organic labeling and advertising claims. Dr. Bronner's Magic Soaps, Intelligent Nutrients, Organic Essence and the Organic Consumers Association filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Organic Program on Jan. 14 against 13 personal care companies they alleged have made false organic claims on their products.