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An Illegal Fungicide Found in Conventional Orange Juice – Another Reason to Buy Organic

An Illegal Fungicide Found in Conventional Orange Juice - Another Reason to Buy Organic

Stories about the toxicity of our food supply just keep rolling in. As I wrote about recently, numerous samples of conventional apple juice were found to have unsafe and illegal levels of arsenic. And now orange juice is having its own set of problems. Coca-Cola, which makes Minute Maid and Simply Orange, reported to the […]

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Stories about the toxicity of our food supply just keep rolling in.

As I wrote about recently, numerous samples of conventional apple juice were found to have unsafe and illegal levels of arsenic. And now orange juice is having its own set of problems.

Coca-Cola, which makes Minute Maid and Simply Orange, reported to the FDA on December 28th that some Brazilian growers of oranges that are used in the company’s juices and those of its competitors had sprayed their trees with carbendazim, a toxic fungicide.

As a result, the FDA has temporarily halted (PDF) all shipments of imported orange juice while it conducts field tests. Products already on supermarket shelves that have “low levels” of carbendazim (80 parts per billion) may still be sold. Read more »


Frito-Lay Faces Class Action Lawsuit for Using GMOs in Tostitos and Sun Chips

Frito-Lay Faces Class Action Lawsuit for Using GMOs in Tostitos and Sun Chips

As I have been predicting, the class action lawsuits would continue against major food companies for using genetically-modified ingredients (GMOs) and/or synthetic substances in their “all-natural” products. The trend started first started with Con Agra then moved to Kashi and Naked Juice. Now it is against PepsiCo’s Frito-Lay. In a class action lawsuit filed (PDF) […]

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As I have been predicting, the class action lawsuits would continue against major food companies for using genetically-modified ingredients (GMOs) and/or synthetic substances in their “all-natural” products.

The trend started first started with Con Agra then moved to Kashi and Naked Juice. Now it is against PepsiCo’s Frito-Lay.

In a class action lawsuit filed (PDF) by law firm Milberg LLP against Frito-Lay, the claim states that the company markets its Tostitos and Sun Chips products as “made with all natural ingredients” when in fact they are not “all natural”.

The lawsuit contends that the ingredients are not “all natural” because the corn and vegetable oils (soybean, corn and canola) that they are using are all genetically-modified. Therefore, they are not “all natural” and are counter to what Frito-Lay is marketing them as. Read more »


Infected Salmon Eggs are Found in the Proposed GE-Salmon — Safety and Credibility are Now Major Issues

Infected Salmon Eggs are Found in the Proposed GE-Salmon -- Safety and Credibility are Now Major Issues

I have been writing about the genetically-engineered salmon issue for quite a while now, and last week I put up a story about how Congress held hearings for the first-time ever about this FrankenFish. As I mentioned in the post, it was a great step in raising awareness of this abhorrent technology and hopefully it […]

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I have been writing about the genetically-engineered salmon issue for quite a while now, and last week I put up a story about how Congress held hearings for the first-time ever about this FrankenFish.

As I mentioned in the post, it was a great step in raising awareness of this abhorrent technology and hopefully it will never get approved.

AquaBounty, the company that is trying to receive FDA approval for genetically-engineered salmon, has been telling the public that this “fish” is safe – safe for humans and safe for the environment, both of which is completely absurd in my opinion.

Now we have documentation that calls into serious question the credibility of AquaBounty and its willingness to tell the truth.

According to recently released documents (PDF file), AquaBounty’s research site in Canada was contaminated with a new strain of Infectious Salmon Anaemia (ISA), the deadly fish flu that is devastating fish stocks around the globe. Read more »


Congress Holds First Ever Hearing on Genetically-Engineered Salmon – An Extremely Positive Step

Congress Holds First Ever Hearing on Genetically-Engineered Salmon - An Extremely Positive Step

When you follow the organic industry closely and care deeply about health, it is very easy to get frustrated with how our leaders place such little importance on organic. While we do have a small number of organic advocates in Washington D.C., the overall policy that emanates from our government is one that supports genetically-modified […]

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When you follow the organic industry closely and care deeply about health, it is very easy to get frustrated with how our leaders place such little importance on organic.

While we do have a small number of organic advocates in Washington D.C., the overall policy that emanates from our government is one that supports genetically-modified food, largely because the GM-industry uses its vast resources to influence politicians and regulatory bodies.

And if you think the GM-industry hasn’t gotten to Obama, think again.

Not only did he renege on his promise to label genetically-modified food while on the campaign trail in 2007 but he supported the deregulation of genetically-engineered alfalfa, a policy that has disastrous implications for the organic dairy and meat industries. Read more »


The Risk of Buying Conventional Honey

The Risk of Buying Conventional Honey

For many of us who understand the importance of organic, we eat and buy organic food without thinking about it. We know that we don’t want to consume food that contains artificial growth hormones, synthetic pesticides or genetically-modified organisms (GMOs). We know that it is essential for us to purchase the highest quality food possible. […]

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For many of us who understand the importance of organic, we eat and buy organic food without thinking about it.

We know that we don’t want to consume food that contains artificial growth hormones, synthetic pesticides or genetically-modified organisms (GMOs).

We know that it is essential for us to purchase the highest quality food possible.

We know that food is medicine.

Yet, there are too many people out there who are just not that concerned about the food that goes into their bodies. They largely assume that since our government allows it on the shelf, it is safe.

Well, maybe the recent news will make them think otherwise. Read more »


Our Tax Dollars are Now Being Used for Genetically-Engineered Salmon

Our Tax Dollars are Now Being Used for Genetically-Engineered Salmon

If you’ve been reading the news lately, you know that the Obama administration lost $535 million dollars on a loan to a failed solar panel company, Solyndra. While it is totally inexcusable that we can be wasting money like this, at least the cause – solar energy – was noble. The same cannot be said […]

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If you’ve been reading the news lately, you know that the Obama administration lost $535 million dollars on a loan to a failed solar panel company, Solyndra.

While it is totally inexcusable that we can be wasting money like this, at least the cause – solar energy – was noble. The same cannot be said for what the USDA just spent its money on.

The USDA recently announced a $500,000 grant to fund research for the development of genetically-engineered, sterile salmon. Read more »


Right2Know March Ends in Washington DC and Marks the Official Beginning of a Big Movement

Right2Know March Ends in Washington DC and Marks the Official Beginning of a Big Movement

Over the last few weeks, a group of about 50 people walked from New York City to Washington demanding that our government label genetically-modified food. Throughout the march, many other people joined at different stages/cities and yesterday culminated in an official protest just steps outside of the White House. Many luminaries and well-known voices in […]

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Over the last few weeks, a group of about 50 people walked from New York City to Washington demanding that our government label genetically-modified food.

Throughout the march, many other people joined at different stages/cities and yesterday culminated in an official protest just steps outside of the White House.

Many luminaries and well-known voices in the organic movement were in Washington for the finale including Maria Rodale, whose grandfather, J.I. Rodale, started the organic movement in the U.S. in the 1940s, and Vandana Shiva (below), one of the world’s leading environmentalists and an absolute hero in India. Read more »