Big Food, Inc. is serving up a fatal harvest that includes water and air pollution, soil erosion and fertility loss, the obliteration of pollinator populations and biodiversity in general, food contamination, aquifer depletion and climate destabilization.
Last but surely not least, Big Food’s harvest is destroying your health.
The U.S. now spends more money on so-called healthcare than any other nation on Earth—$3.5 trillion a year.
Yet, public health continues to deteriorate, thanks to an environment contaminated by more than 84,000 industrial and agricultural chemicals, and a steady diet of cheap, unhealthy grub dished up in supermarkets, restaurants, schools and institutional settings.
Even the government admits that about half of all American adults—117 million individuals—have one or more preventable chronic diseases, many of which are related to poor quality eating patterns.
According to a report in The Guardian: "Approximately 85 percent of Americans do not consume the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's recommended intakes of the most important vitamins and minerals necessary for proper physical and mental development."
With a government more interested in protecting corporate profits than in safeguarding your health, are we doomed?
Or can we take back our food—and our health?
Read Ronnie’s latest: ‘Beyond GMOs and Fast Food Nation: Regenerating Public Health’
Make a tax-deductible donation to OCA’s Millions Against Monsanto campaign (Mercola.com will triple match your donation).
Non-GMO Food Resources
As consumers worldwide become increasingly aware of the problems linked to GE crops and the toxic chemicals and pesticides used on them, more and more people are proactively refusing to eat these foods. There’s also strong growth in the global organic and grass fed sectors. This just proves one thing: We can make a difference if we steadily work toward the same goal. I recommend visiting these trustworthy sites for non-GMO food resources in your country:
Farm Match (United States)
Weston A. Price Foundation (United States)
Eat Wild (Canada)
Eat Well Guide (United States and Canada)
Local Harvest (United States)
Organic Food Directory (Australia)
Organic Explorer (New Zealand)
Peter C. Wright is a lawyer who has spent his entire career helping Monsanto and Dow avoid cleaning up their toxic pollution.
Now Trump has nominated Wright to help lead the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Office of Land and Emergency Management—the office that oversees the Superfund hazardous waste cleanup program.
Wright is currently employed by DowDuPont, which is listed as the responsible party for more than 100 toxic Superfund sites that the EPA is trying to get cleaned up across the nation.
What are the chances that Dow will have to clean up its messes, if the Senate approves Wright to oversee the cleanup of Superfund sites?
Wright has a long history of being on the wrong side of the debate over chemical pollution. One of the tragic results of his advocacy is a breast cancer cluster in Midland, Michigan, home to Dow’s global headquarters. Residents there are exposed to the highest levels of dioxin pollution in the country. Yet Dow continues to block cancer victims’ efforts to seek justice.
And Wright is proud of that!
With all the drama around Trump’s tweets, his latest “you’re fired” or his most recent #metoo, it’s easy to miss the dramatic policy changes the Trump administration is making—changes that directly affect your daily life.
Don’t miss this opportunity to help stop this disastrous appointment.
TAKE ACTION: Tell your Senators to stand up for the environment by voting against Peter C. Wright
For more than 25 years, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has relied on established clear and enforceable standards for the manufacture and sale of homeopathic medicines in the U.S.
Now the FDA wants to withdraw this standard and replace it with a vague enforcement policy. Without clear guidance on what is legal, regulatory enforcement quickly becomes arbitrary and capricious.
Why is the FDA taking this step? We’re not sure. All the FDA says is that there has been a significant increase in products labeled as homeopathic.
Homeopathic medicines are used by millions of Americans and their kids. These remedies gently stimulate the body to heal itself, and are safe, natural and without side effects.
In an era where the U.S. healthcare system ranks dead last among industrialized nations, based on things like quality of care, access to doctors and equity throughout the country, consumer choice is more important than ever.
Could the FDA be trying to limit access to homeopathic medicines in favor of protecting the $446-billion pharmaceutical industry?
TAKE ACTION: Don’t Let FDA Needlessly Restrict Your Access to Homeopathic Remedies!
As much as we might wish it weren’t true, politics and food are intertwined.
Politics and policy are why we don’t have labels on GMO foods, even though 90 percent of consumers want those labels.
It was a U.S. Food & Drug Administration policy decision that granted approval of GMO salmon—and said it could be sold in supermarkets with no labels to distinguish it from non-GMO salmon.
And the Farm Bill, a giant piece of policy, determines that taxpayers will subsidize the growing of GMO monoculture commodities—but not the growing of healthy, organic regenerative fruits and vegetables.
Here’s the thing. If we want better food and farming policies, we need to lobby for them. And we need to elect better policymakers.
OCA can do a lot on that front. But as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, OCA is limited. That’s why we also have a 501(c)(4) lobbying arm, which we’ve recently renamed the Citizens Regeneration Lobby (CRL).
As we gear up to take on an administration whose primary goal appears to be protecting corporate profits at all costs, we need to raise more funds for CRL.
The good news? We can do a lot of good work through CRL that we can’t do through OCA. The downside? Donations to CRL, unlike donations to OCA, aren’t tax-deductible.
Support Citizens Regeneration Lobby (CRL), OCA’s sister lobbying organization. Donations to CRL, a 501(c) (4) nonprofit, are not tax-deductible.
Make a tax-deductible donation to support OCA’s 501(c)(3) nonprofit work.
Make a tax-deductible donation to OCA’s Millions Against Monsanto campaign
Confused when it comes to food and health? It’s no wonder. In an era of information overload, it’s not always easy to make sense of nutrition advice—especially when much of it is inconsistent.
A new book by Dr. Mark Hyman aims to make it easier for consumers to shop for good food. Hyman, who has studied nutrition for 35 years, brings clarity to the subject of which foods are good for you, and which aren’t, in “Food. What the Heck Should I Eat?”
For more than 20 years, OCA has stressed the importance of eating a diet that supports organic and regenerative agriculture to improve human health, advance fair trade/fair labor practices, protect the environment and combat global warming.
Hyman’s new book outlines so many of these same principals.
In our recent Q&A with Hyman, he talks about the importance of being a conscious consumer and how switching to a regenerative farming system can reverse climate change.
Read ‘Dr. Hyman: “Your Fork is the Most Powerful Tool to Transform Your Health and Change the World”’
Buy a copy of “Your Fork is the Most Powerful Tool to Transform Your Health and Change the World,” by Dr. Mark Hyman
What’s one of the biggest problems with the climate conversation?
“It focuses excessively on emissions,” Kristin Ohlson, author of “The Soil Will Save Us” says in the trailer for the film “Dirt Rich.”
“Unless we undertake very serious work making our soil healthier, revegetating the land, not doing things that release the carbon from the soil, there’s no way we can deal with the climate crisis.”
According to this new film, carbon drawdown is the only viable and timely solution to reverse the effects of global warming.
Watch the trailer
Read ‘Dirt: The Only Solution to the Climate Crisis?’
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Raw beets provide many health benefits, including lowering blood pressure and boosting stamina during exercise, and strengthening the immune system.
What could be better? Fermented beets. According to Mercola.com:
Fermenting your beets rather than eating them raw gives you all the health-boosting benefits of raw beets—which are made even more bioavailable through fermentation—plus the beneficial bacteria and enzymes that result from fermentation.
It’s easy to ferment your own beets—here are six recipes if you want try your hand at it. (Be sure to use organic ingredients, including organic non-GMO beets).
Prefer to get your veggies by drinking a smoothie? Try adding a scoop of fermented beet powder. You’ll get all the benefits of raw beets, plus the added boost for your gut health.
Now through midnight March 31, 2018, get 20 percent off Mercola’s fermented beet powder and most other Mercola products with this promo code: ORGANIC318. Mercola will also donate 20 percent of the product price to OCA.
Get 20% off a wide range of Mercola products with this coupon: ORGANIC318
Watch this video on why fermentation is so important for gut health
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