Organic Consumers Association

Gene-Edited Farm Animals Are on Their Way

Scientists have created pigs that are immune to one of the world's costliest livestock diseases.

The team edited the animals' DNA to make them resist the deadly respiratory disease known as PRRS - a move that could prevent billions of pounds in losses each year.

Fracking May Alter Fat Cells: Study

Chemicals released by fracking may increase the size and amount of fat cells, even at low concentrations often released into the environment, according to a new study released today.

Global Warming, Now Brought to You by Your Local TV Weathercaster

“It’s just scientific fact. And the more it gets talked about, the more it’s normalized,” LaPointe said. “It gets into people’s heads and it’s not this political albatross that it could be.”

The friendly neighborhood meteorologist — found in a 2010 poll to be more skeptical than the general public about global warming — has rapidly evolved to not only accept climate change but to share the news with audiences in hundreds of U.S. television markets.

We Owe It to This Brave, Determined Victim.

Early this week, a California court appointed the judge who will oversee the trial of DeWayne Johnson v. Monsanto Company.

DeWayne “Lee” Johnson was a school groundskeeper, a job that required him to use Monsanto’s Roundup weedkiller on school properties. 
 
The 46-year-old father of two is now terminally ill, with Non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL). And he’s suing Monsanto.
 
Johnson is just one of thousands of NHL sufferers suing Monsanto for not only causing their cancer, but for knowingly exposing them to risk by concealing Monsanto's own internal evidence linking Roundup to NHL and other health problems.
 
Johnson is the first to go to trial, because California expedites trials for the terminally ill.
 
Wayne Johnson could have chosen to live out the rest of his life in peace. Instead, he chose to use the time he has left to face down one of the most powerful companies in the world.
 
Johnson is committed to holding Monsanto accountable.
 
We owe it to him to be just as unwavering in our determination to hold Monsanto accountable.

Even Small Mixtures of Chemicals Damage Your Liver

  • To determine safety levels, chemicals are tested in isolation, far removed from the normal everyday chemical-cocktail exposure you receive from foods, pharmaceuticals and personal care products. Researchers find when present in mixture in the body, toxic chemicals found in foods and personal care products increase weight gain and trigger liver damage. Folate, milk thistle and N-acetlycysteine (NAC) help support your liver and protect it from damage by environmental toxins, acetaminophen and alcohol.

Chemotherapy Is Losing Its Luster

Research dating back over a decade suggests many women with breast cancer can opt for gentler versions of chemotherapy, or skip it altogether, without harming their chances of recovery. According to the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), many cancer patients are being overtreated to their detriment; an estimated 70 percent of women with early stage breast cancer probably do not need chemotherapy, and fare just as well without it. The Oncotype DX test can help determine whether a breast cancer patient might benefit from chemo by measuring the activity of 21 genes involved in cancer recurrence.

GMO Rice Approved

  • Genetically engineered (GE) Golden Rice has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), making the U.S. the fourth country to give the GE food the green light, after Canada, Australia and New Zealand. The FDA based their decision to approve Golden Rice on data supplied by the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), the current makers of Golden Rice. While IRRI does not intend to grow or market Golden Rice in the U.S. at this time, it sought approval because it’s expected that the product may be imported into the U.S.

Polluting Pigs Part III

  • Inspectors with North Carolina’s department of environmental quality (DEQ) tested 55 waste lagoons at 35 CAFOs, which revealed vastly different levels of pollutants than were reported by the CAFOs’ own tests just one month prior. Among the disparities were levels of nitrogen, phosphorus and heavy metals, including zinc and copper; in one case, zinc levels were more than 100,000 percent higher in the state’s tests compared to what the CAFOs reported. North Carolina regulators have since launched an investigation into the underreporting of toxins, including “additional evaluation of historic data” at the CAFOs.

Monsanto, You Can Run But You Can't Hide

  • The U.S. Department of Justice has approved the merger of Monsanto and Bayer, which means just three companies now dominate the global seed and pesticide market. Consolidation promotes lower quality products as there’s less incentive for innovation when there’s less competition. Less competition also typically results in price increases. Both are expected to occur as a result of this merger. The first week of June marked the end of the Monsanto name, but that doesn’t mean the company, its products and everything associated with either, are going away — its name has simply changed to Bayer.

GM Wheat in Alberta Raises Questions

Regulators are scratching their heads after seven genetically modified wheat plants were found in Alberta.

No country, including Canada, allows genetically modified (GM) wheat to be produced commercially, so the discovery raises questions, including some the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) can’t answer, like how it got there and the variety of wheat involved.

The Bayer Takeover of Monsanto Creates a Mega-Merger of Food, Chemicals, and Pharmaceuticals

Monsanto has officially been bought by Bayer, and they are ending the use of the name Monsanto. From now on all Monsanto products will be known as Bayer, for example Monsanto's Roundup is now Bayer Roundup. Two of the evilest companies are now one mega-corporation, bringing you herbicides, insecticides, GMO's, birth control, and pharmaceuticals. 

A New Revolution in Mexico

The current Mexican government is led by the center-right President Enrique Peña Nieto. His party, the pri, has depicted López Obrador as a radical populist, in the tradition of Hugo Chávez, and warned that he intends to turn Mexico into another Venezuela. The Trump Administration has been similarly concerned. Roberta Jacobson, who until last month was the U.S. Ambassador to Mexico, told me that senior American officials often expressed worry: “They catastrophized about amlo, saying things like ‘If he wins, the worst will happen.’ ”

Our Taxes Used For Disease Outbreak at Commercial Deer Farms

It's happening on commercial deer farms in Michigan, Wisconsin, Illinois, Iowa and Pennsylvania. Hundreds of captive deer stricken with the dreaded chronic wasting disease (CWD) are being euthanized. As state Departments of Natural Resources (DNR) try to contain the lethal, incurable disease which threatens their all important hunting revenues, cattle farmers now worry the disease will "jump species." Deer on 11 farms in Wisconsin, alone, have been annihilated.

Man vs. Monsanto: First Trial Over Roundup Cancer Claims Set to Begin

Dewayne "Lee" Johnson has led what many might call an unremarkable life. The 46-year-old father and husband spent several years working as a school groundskeeper and spending free time teaching his two young sons to play football. But this week he takes center stage in a global debate over the safety of one of the world's most widely used pesticides as he takes Monsanto to court on claims that repeated exposure to the company's popular Roundup herbicide left him with terminal cancer.

When a Grass Towers Over the Trees

“Bamboo being grass, all 1640 species have a very strong root system that binds soil, and are the fastest growing plants making them best suited for restoring unproductive farmland, erosion control and maintaining slope stability,” Hans Friederich, Director-General of the International Network for Bamboo and Rattan (INBAR), told IPS from their Beijing headquarters.

Farmers From Central America and Brazil Join Forces to Live With Drought

A region of El Salvador, located in the so-called Dry Corridor of Central America, has suffered for years the effects of extreme weather: droughts and excessive rainfall that have ruined several times the maize and bean crops, the country’s two main agricultural products and local staple foods. There has also been a shortage of drinking water for people and livestock.

Mouthwatering Moringa Cauliflower Fried ‘Rice’

Rice is commonly enjoyed around the world, but one glaring issue with it is its high carbohydrate content. According to the United States Department of Agriculture, a single cup of cooked rice contains a whopping 44.51 grams of carbohydrates, which is well above the limit if you’re following a ketogenic diet. With this in mind, what options do you have? One healthy alternative is cauliflower rice.

How Activating Your Body's Cell Repair Processes Can Improve Your Health and Well-Being

Naomi Whittel is the former CEO of Twinlab and has written an interesting book about how to achieve radiant health by activating your body's natural autophagy processes. In "Glow 15: A Science-Based Plan to Lose Weight, Revitalize Your Skin, and Invigorate Your Life," she shares a number of valuable strategies for doing this naturally. Her deep-rooted interest in healthy living was an outgrowth of her lifelong struggle with eczema, an autoimmune deficiency.

Farming as Resistance

Threatened by a mining company, indigenous women in the remote highlands of Guatemala are marching, increasing productivity, and planting trees.

“Let us plant trees and grow old on our land. Let us live in peace,” said the old woman. “You tell that to the world.”

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