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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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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.
Shrimp, their environmental impact not shrimpy
January 28, 2010 02:53 PM - Jill Richardson, Organic Consumers Association
Why America's Favorite Seafood Is a Health and Environmental Nightmare The environmental impact of shrimp can be horrific. But most Americans don't know where their shrimp comes from or what's in it. Americans love their shrimp. It's the most popular seafood in the country, but unfortunately much of the shrimp we eat are a cocktail of chemicals, harvested at the expense of one of the world's productive ecosystems.
Food Security Collapses in Haiti as Machete-Wielding Gangs Fight in the Streets
January 18, 2010 06:37 AM - Mike Adams, Natural News, Organic Consumers Association
Overnight, Haiti has gone from an organized, civil nation to a scenario of total chaos with gangs running wild through the streets, ransacking shops and fighting over food with machetes. Learning this, many an ignorant westerner might naively say, "That could only happen in Haiti. It's because those people are so poor, so uncivilized. It could never happen here..." Oh but it could. Haiti isn't so different from wherever you live -- a city in America, Canada, Australia, the UK or anywhere else.
Free-Range Chickens Spell Broad-Based Economic Development in Minnesota Project
December 9, 2009 03:01 PM - By Ken Meter, Grist , Organic Consumers Association
Hillside Farmers Co-op. in Northfield, Minnesota, initiated by Latino immigrants, raises free-range chickens on scattered small, one-quarter acre sites. This makes it a great model for urban farmers as well as rural. By staying small, farmers will be able to start a farm even though they have very little capital to work with.
25 Percent of US Shoppers Frequently Buy Organic Food Products, Says New Report
November 23, 2009 05:05 PM - Report Buys, Organic Consumers Association
The report "Ethical Food and Beverage, Personal Care and Household Products in the U.S." states that despite the economic downturn of 2008-2009, ethical grocery products are continuing to make headway in the market, especially when contrasted with the relatively flat market for conventional groceries.According to the 348 page report, approximately one-fourth of U.S. adult shoppers frequently buy certified organic food or beverage products, and one-third are usually willing to pay more for organic foods.
FDA Urged to Ban Feeding of Chicken Feces to Cattle
November 2, 2009 05:18 PM - Jerry Hirsch , LA Times via, Organic Consumers Association
A fight is brewing over the practice of feeding chicken feces and other poultry farm waste to cattle. Farmers feed 1 million to 2 million tons of poultry litter to their cattle annually, according to FDA estimates.
Study Raises Red Flag over Home Insecticides, Autoimmune Diseases
October 26, 2009 11:22 AM - , Organic Consumers Association
New research suggests a link between women's exposure to household insecticides - including roach and mosquito killers - and the autoimmune disorders rheumatoid arthritis and lupus.
Ireland to Ban Genetically Modified Crops
October 13, 2009 02:09 PM - GM-Free Ireland, Organic Consumers Association
The Irish Government will ban the cultivation of all GM crops and introduce a voluntary GM-free label for food - including meat, poultry, eggs, fish, crustaceans, and dairy produce made without the use of GM animal feed. The policy was adopted as part of the Renewed Programme for Government agreed between the two coalition partners, the centre-right Fianna Faíl and the Green Party, after the latter voted to support it on Saturday.
Apples, Pumpkins and Squash — Time to Switch our Local Food Radar to Autumn
October 7, 2009 07:32 AM - Christopher Peake Green Right Now ABC7, Organic Consumers Association
Eating locally can be a healthier, wiser way to go - fresher food is more nutrient rich. But shopping for local produce means we must learn to take control of our menu, work with what's in season and let go of what's heading out. Now that it's fall, we have to say goodbye to berries, hello to pumpkins, and dig through our cookbooks for that squash soup recipe.