A New Wave of Democracy, and How Corporations are Trying to Silence Your Voice and Your Choice

Written by Max Goldberg on February 24, 2015. Follow Max on Twitter: @livingmaxwell.

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There are very few people that I learn more from in the organic industry than Andrew Kimbrell, Executive Directory of the Center for Food Safety (CFS) in Washington, D.C.

Not only does Andrew Kimbrell preside over one of the most important non-profits in the fight for healthy and organic food, but he is also one my favorite interviews (see HERE and HERE).

For President’s Day recently, Andrew wrote an excellent piece about what is truly taking place in our country, and I wanted to share it with you below. If you like what he has to say here, be sure to sign up for the CFS newsletter and please consider supporting this phenomenal organization.

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President’s Day is an appropriate time to reflect on the state of our U.S. democracy. And there is some very good news across the country about the spread of local democracy, but you have not heard or read much about it in the mainstream media. Remarkably, this democratic surge has taken place despite the massive influx of corporate dollars from those who want to stomp out popular rule as it threatens their power and profits. But more about them later.

Let’s start with the big positive.  Too often, democracy has meant voting every couple of years for a candidate that is “the lesser of two evils.” But now citizens and their representatives all across the country are voting directly on major social and technology issues that impact their families and neighborhoods. Often, they are saying no to technologies that will poison their water, destroy their land and biodiversity, and threaten the health of their children and communities. Read More »

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Another Reason to Eat Organic – GMOs and Weedkiller Found in Conventional Cereal

Written by Max Goldberg on February 2, 2015. Follow Max on Twitter: @livingmaxwell.

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If anyone you know is still feeding their children conventional cereal, maybe this piece of news will get them to change their habits.

GMO Free USA, a non-profit that educates consumers and other stakeholders about the potential hazards of GMOs, just published its results of independent lab tests (verified by DNA analysis) done on Kellogg’s Froot Loops cereal.

Here’s what they found:

1) 100% of the corn in the Froot Loops was genetically-modified, containing DNA sequences known to be present in insecticide-producing Bt and Roundup Ready corn. This corn produces insecticides inside of the plant’s cells and cannot be washed off. Read More »

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IMPORTANT READ: What the Media and Food Industry Won’t Tell You

Written by Max Goldberg on January 26, 2015. Follow Max on Twitter: @livingmaxwell.

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For those of us who are food activists or are simply individuals who care about healthy food, the most important event of the year will be taking place over the next few months.

And it centers around the February 10th release of the The Food Babe Way by Vani Hari.

To me, this book represents something much greater than a guide on how to live a healthy lifestyle each day. This will be the biggest attack ever on the food industry and its despicable business practices. Read More »

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TAKE ACTION: Organic Fish May Be Coming Soon and it is a Horrible Idea

Written by Max Goldberg on November 15, 2014. Follow Max on Twitter: @livingmaxwell.

Right now in the U.S., there is no such thing as USDA certified organic fish. Why?

Because organic standards for fish have never been passed.

That may soon change, however. The USDA is getting close to finalizing organic aquaculture production regulations, based upon recommendations from the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB).

And what is being proposed — including allowing ocean-based fish farms and the use of wild fish, meal or oil — is a horrible idea. Not only will these standards harm the ocean’s ecosystem, but they will impact the integrity of the organic seal.

In an excellent report called Like Water and Oil: Ocean-Based Fish Farming and Organic Don’t Mix, the Center for Food Safety (CFS) outlines the key reasons why the proposed regulations are flawed and why ocean-based farms are completely incompatible with organic standards. Read More »

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The Tragedy and Conflict in Hawaii: Super-Toxic Pesticides Sprayed Near Schools and Hospitals

Written by Max Goldberg on October 26, 2014. Follow Max on Twitter: @livingmaxwell.

How would you feel if super-toxic pesticides, including chlorpyrifos, which studies have linked to neurological effects in children, were sprayed very close to schools and hospitals in your community?

My guess is that you wouldn’t be too happy. Maybe “irate” is the correct word. Read More »

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TAKE ACTION: Tell President Obama, USDA to Stop Undermining Organics

Written by Max Goldberg on August 3, 2014. Follow Max on Twitter: @livingmaxwell.

saveorganicpetitionDespite the fact that organic is more popular than ever and companies such as Walmart and Target are significantly boosting their offerings, one would think that support for organic in Washington, D.C. would be growing as well.

Sadly, that is not the case.

Not only is support for organic not growing, the Obama administration and his USDA are doing everything they can to weaken organic standards and dismantle the authority of the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB), an independent, 15-member advisory board which helps to oversee the industry and make important recommendations.

THE SUNSET RULE

One of the most important policies that we have in organic is something called The Sunset Rule.  What this means is the following. Read More »

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