10 Organic Food News Stories to Know About

Written by Max Goldberg on December 1, 2014. Follow Max on Twitter: @livingmaxwell.

These 10 organic food news stories over the past week or so really caught my eye.

1) GMO-LABELING IN OREGON HEADING TO A RECOUNT

If you haven’t heard by now, we came in 812 votes short in Oregon’s GMO-labeling ballot initiative, which means this slim margin automatically triggers a recount.

Please consider donating money for the recount because Monsanto is stepping up its efforts to defeat us in this final stage. The recount will take place between December 2-12.

2) STARBUCKS PUTS MAJOR SPIN ON VERMONT LAWSUIT  Neil Young launched a boycott of Starbucks because the company is part of the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA), the trade organization that is suing the state of Vermont to overturn the GMO-labeling bill there.

Starbucks has since put out some MAJOR spin trying to separate themselves from the controversy. However, it doesn’t take much to see that their response is nothing but hot air.

No, Starbucks is not suing Vermont directly. However, Starbucks does help fund and is a member of the GMA, which is suing Vermont directly.

The Organic Consumers Association has called for Starbucks to quit the GMA immediately. Read More »

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Organic Link Love – Delivery Services, Wine Bars, Whole Foods of China, and More

Written by Max Goldberg on August 24, 2014. Follow Max on Twitter: @livingmaxwell.

Berries at farmers market

We have gotten several good pieces of news over the past few weeks. Most notably, GMO-labeling is now officially on the ballot in Colorado, and the vote will take place in November.    

The USDA announced that it is cracking down on misleading organic marketers, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said that it will be phasing out genetically-engineered crops and will ban bee-killing pesticides on national refuges.

Huge kudos goes to celebrity chef Jamie Oliver, who has publicly come out against the dangerous Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) agreement. If you’ve never heard of TTIP, see my recent post about it. Very scary stuff. Read More »

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Organic Link Love – Banana Problems, GMO-Corn Banned, College Students Pushing for Organic, and LOTS More

Written by Max Goldberg on October 22, 2013. Follow Max on Twitter: @livingmaxwell.

organic-bananas

There has been a ton going on in the organic food world lately, so let me get you caught up.

The other day I wrote about the trick that major food companies were employing in Washington State’s GMO-labeling campaign. They funneled their money through the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) in order to avoid disclosing their opposition to GMO-labeling. Why did they do this?

In last year’s Proposition 37, California’s ballot initiative to label GMOs, these companies faced HUGE backlash and didn’t want to receive that negative publicity all over again.

Well, the Attorney General in Washington believed that this maneuver violated state laws and filed a lawsuit to force disclosure of who donated money to defeat his state’s GMO-labeling initiative. The GMA quickly folded and made the donor names public. Not surprisingly, it was many of the same players who were against Proposition 37 in California.

In other GMO news, Oregon passed a bill to limit GMO oversight, a real step backwards, but a Mexican judge banned GMO-corn in that country. Read More »

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Organic Link Love – Some Very Important Stories in This Post

Written by Max Goldberg on June 25, 2013. Follow Max on Twitter: @livingmaxwell.

By now, most of you are probably well aware of the illegal GM-wheat discovery in Oregon.

Since then, South Korea and Japan have halted shipments of wheat from the U.S., class action lawsuits have been filed against Monsanto for negligence, and the USDA has reported that this was an “isolated incident.”

Organic farmers lost a legal decision to protect themselves against GMO-contamination, and in what has to be the most laughable news over the past few weeks, Monsanto and Syngenta executives won the World Food Prize. These two companies are poisoning the environment with their toxic chemicals and yet they win awards.

(If you’re not familiar with Syngenta, they are the proud owners of Atrazine, a toxic weed killer. 76 million pounds of Atrazine is dumped onto our farms each year, mostly for corn, and 94% of our water supply now contains it. Click HERE to watch a shocking video about Atrazine.)

If chemical companies winning food awards isn’t scary enough, just wait. Read More »

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Organic Link Love for Memorial Day Weekend

Written by Max Goldberg on May 26, 2013. Follow Max on Twitter: @livingmaxwell.

There is no more appropriate way to start off this Organic Link Love column than by introducing Debbie Stabenow, the esteemed Democratic Senator from Michigan and chair of the Agriculture Committee.

During the recent vote for GMO-labeling in the Senate Farm Bill, The Huffington Post quoted her as saying that “labels run counter to science and the public interest in healthy food.”

If you’re shaking your head after reading that one, you’re not alone.

It is one of the most absurd statements that I have ever heard…… but par for the course for politicians who are influenced by Monsanto’s lobbying machine.

In other GMO-related news, the Senate also refused to overturn the Monsanto Protection Act, and Connecticut passed a watered down GMO-labeling bill with so many provisions that it is essentially meaningless.

Interestingly, New York, my home state, is making real progress in its effort to push through a GMO-labeling bill.

Articles keep popping up about how the organic industry’s clout is growing in Washington, D.C., but it is clear that we still have a long way to go.  Read More »

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Organic Link Love – April 20th

Written by Max Goldberg on April 20, 2013. Follow Max on Twitter: @livingmaxwell.

After a brief hiatus, Organic Link Love is back!

Here are links to some of the most interesting and relevant organic food news stories over the past few weeks.

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Without a doubt, the biggest story in the organic world has been the approval of the Monsanto Protection Act by Congress, which was later signed by the President.

For the next six months, ag-biotech companies will have blanket approval when growing and commercializing very risky GMO-crops. Here are the 5 Terrifying Things about the Monsanto Protection Act.

Despite what President Obama said on the campaign trail in 2007, that he would label GMOs, he continues to betray the organic food industry one day after the next.

The Center for Food Safety has started a petition to help kill the Monsanto Protection Act (please e-sign it HERE), and the Organic Consumers Association has called for the resignation of Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO) for writing this despicable piece of legislation.

If you want to know why our Senators refuse to implement food policy that accurately reflects the views, needs, and wants of the people that they are supposed to represent, read this excellent piece in the New York Times about why gun legislation failed. It is the exact same situation with GMOs. Read More »

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Organic Link Love – January 30th

Written by Max Goldberg on January 30, 2013. Follow Max on Twitter: @livingmaxwell.

I’m trying out a new Organic Link Love format this week. Please let me know in the comments below if you like this one or the old format.

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The Top 5 Organic Food Policy Stories that caught my eye this week were:

1) The EU asks its citizens for feedback as it relates to GMOs and organic food.

With 25,000 people in Berlin recently protesting against industrial agriculture, the government in Europe is taking food concerns very seriously.

2) There are now 13 states considering laws that would make it an Act of Terrorism to report on abuses at factory farms. An act of terrorism???

This just shows you how much power that Big Ag has in our country and how they will use any tactic possible to keep hidden from the American consumer as to how conventional food is produced.

If you are not familiar with the ridiculously inhumane treatment of animals that takes place on these factory farms, here is a YouTube video that shows you how just how abhorrent the situation is. (Warning: this video is very graphic and very disturbing). Read More »

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