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Monsanto Ordered to Pay $289M Over Cancer-Causing Chemical — What Organic Consumers Can Do Now

Monsanto Ordered to Pay $289M Over Cancer-Causing Chemical -- What Organic Consumers Can Do Now

Last Friday, a California court ruled that Monsanto’s Roundup chemical caused groundskeeper Dewayne Johnson to get cancer (non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma) and ordered the company to pay $289M in damages. This was a watershed moment for the industry, as organic advocates had been sounding the alarm for years about the toxic effects of this herbicide, whose main […]

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Last Friday, a California court ruled that Monsanto’s Roundup chemical caused groundskeeper Dewayne Johnson to get cancer (non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma) and ordered the company to pay $289M in damages.

This was a watershed moment for the industry, as organic advocates had been sounding the alarm for years about the toxic effects of this herbicide, whose main ingredient in glyphosate. Read more »


Upset Over Policy Differences and that Major GMO/Chemical Companies are Members of the Organic Trade Association, Nature’s Path Quits the Organization as a Protest to Save Organic

Upset Over Policy Differences and that Major GMO/Chemical Companies are Members of the Organic Trade Associati

* Iconic cereal brand Nature’s Path has quit the Organic Trade Association (OTA) as a protest to save organic. * The company says the OTA “is not working in step with organic advocates to protect and strengthen the original principles of the organic movement” and is not acting with sincerity when it comes to hydroponics, […]

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The Stephens family, owners of Nature’s Path (l. to r., Ratana Stephens, Arjan Stephens, Jyoti Stephens, Arran Stephens)

* Iconic cereal brand Nature’s Path has quit the Organic Trade Association (OTA) as a protest to save organic.

* The company says the OTA “is not working in step with organic advocates to protect and strengthen the original principles of the organic movement” and is not acting with sincerity when it comes to hydroponics, the most divisive issue in organic.

* BASF and Cargill have been granted membership in the OTA, even though their GMO and chemical products “are actively harming” organic farmers.

* The OTA defends its governance, transparency and organic agenda.

For some people, having BASF — one of the world’s most powerful chemical and GMO companies — as a member of the Organic Trade Association (OTA) is not a problem.

For Arran Stephens, CEO and Co-Founder of the fiercely independent, family-owned Nature’s Path, this was something that he could no longer tolerate.

A combination of frustration with the OTA over the years, the organization’s willingness to accept hydroponics in organic, and allowing non-organic members, such as BASF, Cargill, Campbell’s and General Mills, to have influence over the direction of the OTA were all reasons Nature’s Path cited as reasons why it recently left the trade group.

“Our departure from the OTA is an act of protest to raise awareness of our concern that the important role organic plays to support the health of consumers and our planet is being compromised,” says Arran Stephens. Read more »


MONDAY DEADLINE – Tell the EPA ‘No’ to the Super-Toxic Weedkiller Glyphosate (Monsanto’s RoundUp)

MONDAY DEADLINE - Tell the EPA 'No' to the Super-Toxic Weedkiller Glyphosate (Monsanto's RoundUp)

How can a super-toxic weedkiller — which is known to the State of California to cause cancer — be allowed to be sprayed on our nation’s food supply? It is an absolute outrage that our government is permitting this to happen, especially when the latest President’s Cancer Panel report said that 41% of Americans will […]

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How can a super-toxic weedkiller — which is known to the State of California to cause cancer — be allowed to be sprayed on our nation’s food supply?

It is an absolute outrage that our government is permitting this to happen, especially when the latest President’s Cancer Panel report said that 41% of Americans will get cancer and 21% of Americans will die from cancer.

Now is the time to tell our government ‘No’ to glyphosate, as it is considering to reapprove this toxic chemical for another 15 years.

We have until midnight on April 30th to let the EPA know that we want this chemical banned forever, and it is essential that everyone’s voice be heard. Read more »


Another Reason to Eat Organic — California Says That Glyphosate is Known to Cause Cancer

Another Reason to Eat Organic -- California Says That Glyphosate is Known to Cause Cancer

If you are ever asked why you eat organic food, particularly from a skeptic, there is a very easy answer — you don’t want to get cancer. In July 2017, the State of California announced that: Glyphosate is listed under Proposition 65 effective July 7, 2017 as known to the state to cause cancer. That’s […]

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If you are ever asked why you eat organic food, particularly from a skeptic, there is a very easy answer — you don’t want to get cancer.

In July 2017, the State of California announced that:

Glyphosate is listed under Proposition 65 effective July 7, 2017 as known to the state to cause cancer.

That’s right. The State of California has said that glyphosate is known to cause cancer and is now requiring warning labels, effective July 2018.

https://oehha.ca.gov/proposition-65/crnr/glyphosate-listed-effective-july-7-2017-known-state-california-cause-cancer

So, that begs the question: why should consumers care about this?

Because glyphosate is the most widely used chemical in the world today — approximately 300 million pounds of it is used each year in the U.S. — and it is sprayed on much of our food supply. Read more »


Another Reason to Eat Organic — Protect Your Gut Health

Another Reason to Eat Organic -- Protect Your Gut Health

Over the last few years, it has been a widely viewed belief among the medical community that the health of the bacteria in our bodies has a direct relationship to our overall health. While the exact nature of the bacteria in our bodies still remains a big mystery, research is showing that certain bacteria can […]

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(Our bodies contain approximately 100 trillion bacteria.)

Over the last few years, it has been a widely viewed belief among the medical community that the health of the bacteria in our bodies has a direct relationship to our overall health.

While the exact nature of the bacteria in our bodies still remains a big mystery, research is showing that certain bacteria can prevent and treat many common diseases. Read more »


Why Conventional Spinach is NOT a Smart Choice

Why Conventional Spinach is NOT a Smart Choice

The next time some expert tells you that the most important thing to do for your health is to consume large amounts of fruits and vegetables, regardless of whether they are organic or not, you may want to educate this person about the latest scientific research and government data. As I wrote about the other […]

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The next time some expert tells you that the most important thing to do for your health is to consume large amounts of fruits and vegetables, regardless of whether they are organic or not, you may want to educate this person about the latest scientific research and government data.

As I wrote about the other day, a study out of Harvard found that women undergoing infertility treatment in the U.S. — and who were also consuming fruits and vegetables with high amounts of pesticide residue — were associated with a lower chance of pregnancy and a higher risk of pregnancy loss.

Men are equally as impacted by the harmful effects of pesticides. Read more »


Our Food is Being Poisoned by Toxic Chemicals – Here’s What You Can Do to Protect Yourself

Our Food is Being Poisoned by Toxic Chemicals - Here's What You Can Do to Protect Yourself

Here is the cold, hard truth: our government is not protecting us from the toxic chemicals being sprayed on our nation’s food supply. And some of these dangerous poisons are even making their way into organic food. What You Need to Know: * Glyphosate is the world’s most popular chemical, with approximately 250 million pounds […]

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Here is the cold, hard truth: our government is not protecting us from the toxic chemicals being sprayed on our nation’s food supply.

And some of these dangerous poisons are even making their way into organic food.

What You Need to Know:

* Glyphosate is the world’s most popular chemical, with approximately 250 million pounds used each year in the U.S. and 1.65 billion pounds used globally.

* The World Health Organization said that glyphosate, the primary ingredient in Monsanto’s RoundUp, is a “probable human carcinogen”, which means that it probably causes cancer to humans.

The State of California has said that glyphosate is known to cause cancer and is now requiring Monsanto to put a cancer warning label on its RoundUp products. Read more »