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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 »


Warning: Think Twice About Buying Any Organic Food that Contains DHA or ARA

Warning: Think Twice About Buying Any Organic Food that Contains DHA or ARA

Earlier this year, I wrote a post about DHA (Docosahexaenoic acid), an unapproved additive in certain organic foods and organic milk. Companies were adding DHA and ARA (Arachidonic acid) into their products because they are omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, respectively, and also provide a unique marketing angle. (A majority of the organic food companies […]

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Earlier this year, I wrote a post about DHA (Docosahexaenoic acid), an unapproved additive in certain organic foods and organic milk.

Companies were adding DHA and ARA (Arachidonic acid) into their products because they are omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, respectively, and also provide a unique marketing angle. (A majority of the organic food companies are sourcing their DHA and ARA from Martek Bioscienes Corporation.)

This is all fine and good except for the fact that Martek’s DHA and ARA are synthetic and something antithetic to everything that certified organic stands for.

At the recent USDA/National Organic Standards Board meeting in Savannah, Georgia, the issue of DHA and ARA was discussed and voted on. Needless to say, the decision was a big loss for organic consumers. Read more »


The EPA Continues to Ignore the Danger of Atrazine, Which is Ruining Our Water Supply and Putting Our Health in Jeopardy

The EPA Continues to Ignore the Danger of Atrazine, Which is Ruining Our Water Supply and Putting Our Health i

One of the reasons that many of us purchase organic is because we don’t want to put food into our bodies that contains synthetic chemicals. Yet even though we may not eat conventionally-grown food ourselves, we still need to be very aware (and concerned) about what is going on in the non-organic world. Why? Because […]

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One of the reasons that many of us purchase organic is because we don’t want to put food into our bodies that contains synthetic chemicals.

Yet even though we may not eat conventionally-grown food ourselves, we still need to be very aware (and concerned) about what is going on in the non-organic world. Why?

Because the toxic chemicals that are sprayed on conventionally-grown food end up in the water supply.

And the EPA is not doing its job when it comes to protecting the integrity of our water.

WHAT IS ATRAZINE AND WHY YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT IT

One of the most widely used chemicals that gets sprayed on conventionally-grown food is Atrazine, a toxic weed killer.

According to 2008 data from the USDA Pesticide Data Program, Atrazine has been found in 94% of of our water supply. 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 »


Two Pieces of Organic News from the Government – One Good, One Not So Good

Two Pieces of Organic News from the Government - One Good, One Not So Good

There are two pieces of organic news regarding the government that I wanted to share with you. One piece is good, the other piece is not great. So let’s start with the good news. STATE OF OHIO DAIRY LABELING LAWS If you live in the State of Ohio, the bureaucrats there do not believe that […]

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There are two pieces of organic news regarding the government that I wanted to share with you. One piece is good, the other piece is not great.

So let’s start with the good news.

STATE OF OHIO DAIRY LABELING LAWS

If you live in the State of Ohio, the bureaucrats there do not believe that consumers have a right to know what’s in their dairy products.

In 2008, they passed an emergency regulation which banned any dairy manufacturer from putting on their label “Made without Hormones, Antibiotics, or Pesticides.”

Have you ever heard of anything so un-American in your life? Read more »


USDA Announces Amazing Statistics, Gives $19M in Grants for Organic Food

USDA Announces Amazing Statistics, Gives $19M in Grants for Organic Food

I’ve always known that organic food is the healthiest food that we can put into our bodies and is truly what people want to be eating. The Thomson Reuters report a few months ago confirmed this when it claimed that 58% of the country prefers organic food. But what I read the other day really […]

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I’ve always known that organic food is the healthiest food that we can put into our bodies and is truly what people want to be eating.

The Thomson Reuters report a few months ago confirmed this when it claimed that 58% of the country prefers organic food.

But what I read the other day really blew me away. Read more »