Consumer Victory of the Week:
Yoplait Goes rBGH-Free
Yoplait, a leading brand of yoghurt, and the 19th largest dairy producer in the U.S., has announced, that as of August 2009, it will no longer purchase milk from dairies injecting their cows with Monsanto’s controversial genetically engineered synthetic hormone, recombinant Bovine Growth Hormone (rBGH). Yoplait’s rejection of rBGH-tainted milk comes in the wake of a consumer campaign organized by the Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility, the OCA, and dozens of allied public interest organizations. Yoplait’s action is amplified by a growing number of mainstream companies who have recently turned their backs on rBGH, including Starbucks, Caribou, Cabot cheese, and Subway. For over ten years, OCA and our allies have led the charge against rBGH and other genetically engineered foods and food ingredients. Although rBGH is not allowed on organic farms and is banned in most of the industrialized world because of its threats to both animal and human health, this cruel and dangerous drug is still injected into approximately 10% of U.S. dairy cows–to force them to produce more milk. With your help, OCA and its allies will continue our campaign until Monsanto’s rBGH is driven completely off the market.
Valentines Tips of the Week:
Turn Your Heart Green
1) Instead of buying cut roses, give your loved one a living indoor plant. They clean the air and last a lot longer. Or plant a rose bush in the yard.
2) Nothing strums the strings of your sweetie’s heart like a homemade gift. Take the time to put your thoughts into a hand-made card. Offer coupons for free kisses, house chores or back rubs. Make a home-cooked organic meal.
3) If you are planning to purchase your gift, buy organic and Fair Trade chocolate, organic or natural candles and recycled gift cards.
Use OCA’s Buying Guide here
Web Video of the Week:
The OCA Presents “Slammed” – A Valentines Video
The Organic Consumers Association put together this fun animated web video a few years ago, but most of the information is still relevant, other than the dude in the White House. Learn how to avoid getting “slammed” this Valentines with Fair Trade and organic chocolate and flowers.
Headlines of the Week:
1) Six Reasons Why Obama Appointing Monsanto’s Buddy, Former Iowa Governor Vilsack, for USDA Head is a Terrible Idea
2) Controversy Over Industry Attempts to Genetically Engineer Traditional Medicinal Herbs in India
3) Migrant Labor: The Face Behind the Food Economy
4) After Landslide Victory for Prop. 2, National Farm Industry Squawks
5) Cities, States Questioning Wisdom of Adding Fluoride Chemicals to Public Water Supplies
Let OCA sift through the media smog and bring you the top new and analysis of the day. The OCA website has 20 or more news articles posted each day, and a library of over 4,000 articles covering issues including health, justice, food and farming, politics, and the environment. Bookmark OrganicConsumers.org