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Only Fair

The Green New Deal (GND) twin resolutions, introduced February 7, 2019, call for all Americans to have access to healthy food, clean water and clean air. The GND also proposes to provide “economic security,” jobs and good wages to all who want to participate in the new green economy.

For consumers, healthy food (and clean water and clean air, for that matter) mean transitioning away from an industrial agriculture model that poisons our food and pollutes our environment.

For farmers, any promise of “economic security” must include the return to an economic agriculture model based on providing farmers a fair price for the products they produce—or as the agriculture industry calls it, “parity pricing.”

Only then, will the GND fulfill its promise to clean up our food system, clean up our environment and provide a “fair and just transition for all communities and workers.”

Read ‘Why the Green New Deal Needs to Include Fair Prices for Farmers’

TAKE ACTION: Ask your members of Congress to support the official Green New Deal Resolution!

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All in the Family

What’s the best way to get pesticides out of your body? Switch to organic food.

A study released this week compared pesticide levels in the bodies of four families across the country on a non-organic and organic diet. It showed that pesticides in their bodies dropped up to 95 percent within one week on an organic diet.

The study, a joint effort by Friends of the Earth, University of California, Berkeley, University of California, San Francisco and Commonweal, was similar to one conducted in 2016, in Sweden. 

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Everything That Matters

“There is no such thing as a single-issue struggle because we do not live single-issue lives.” – Audre Lorde, poet, activist

Clean water. Clean air. Access to healthy, pesticide-free food—for everyone. Humane treatment of animals. A thriving, biodiverse ecosystem. Safe working conditions and fair wages. The truth—not bogus advertising claims—about what’s in our food, and what damage is inflicted on the environment by GMO monocultures and factory farm practices.

Who doesn’t want all of these things? Yet often, these battles are fought in isolation. As if one issue had nothing to do with the other.

Each new week brings a new wave of studies and dire warnings. 

A new comprehensive review of the link between glyphosate-based herbicides and cancer reveals that exposure to herbicides like Monsanto’s Roundup makes people 40 percent more likely to get cancer.

A new study by the Institute for Public Policy Research says our environment is destabilizing at unprecedented levels. Among its findings? Topsoil is being lost 10 to 40 times faster than it’s being replenished by natural processes.

And this dire warning published in the journal Biological Conservation: More than 40 percent of insect species could become extinct in the next few decades, and a third of species are endangered. The study’s authors say these numbers predict a total collapse of the planet’s ecosystems, with devastating consequences.

The issues addressed in these studies aren’t unrelated. And they’re all connected, in one way or another, to how we grow and produce food.

They also all have this in common: Time is running out to reverse the damage industrial agribusiness is inflicting on everything that matters.

We have never been a single-issue organization. We know that our support comes from a diverse universe of donors, who care deeply about all of the problems we face. And who know that we’re all in this together.

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Just in Time

New evidence that glyphosate-based weedkillers cause non-Hodgkin lymphoma surfaced this week—less than two weeks before a jury in San Francisco Federal Court is set to hear the case of Edwin Hardeman. Hardeman is suing Monsanto, alleging that exposure to Roundup weedkiller caused his non-Hodgkin lymphoma.

A new scientific meta-analysis, published February 10, revealed that individuals with high exposures to glyphosate-based weedkillers have a 41-percent higher risk of developing non-Hodgkin lymphoma. According to U.S. Right to Know:

Three of the study authors were members of the EPA’s scientific advisory panel on glyphosate who have stated publicly that the EPA failed to follow proper scientific practices in its glyphosate assessment. 

And yet, our fearless protectors at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) are still sticking to their story, that glyphosate doesn’t cause cancer.

Hardeman is one of thousands of people suing Monsanto in cases similar to the one in which DeWayne Johnson prevailed over Monsanto, last August.

The CEO of Bayer, which bought Monsanto last year, has called the cases “nuisances.”

Read ‘Weedkiller Raises Risk of non-Hodgkin lymphoma by 41 Percent’

TAKE ACTION: Tell Bayer CEO Werner Baumann: Think Roundup Lawsuits Are a ‘Nuisance?’ Imagine How Cancer Victims Feel!

Make a tax-deductible donation to OCA’s Millions Against Monsanto campaign

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Tired of Waiting

Chlorpyrifos, manufactured by DowDuPont, is a neurotoxic organophosphate pesticide that’s been linked to severe birth defects, brain damage and mental disorders in children, even at very low levels.

Yet despite these known risks, and despite new evidence suggesting that Dow knew for decades how toxic chlorpyrifos is to children, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) still allows chlorpyrifos to be sprayed on more than 50 fruits, vegetables and nuts, including strawberries, almonds, oranges, broccoli and apples.

If the EPA won’t do its job, it’s time for Congress to act.

TAKE ACTION: Ask your member of Congress to cosponsor the Ban Toxic Pesticides Act of 2019 ( H.R.230), a bill to ban chlorpyrifos.

Little Bytes

This Week’s Essential Reading

André Leu on Monsanto/Bayer Trial: Glyphosate Safety in Question

Expert Witness from Landmark Monsanto Trial Offers 5 Fixes to Shortcomings in Current GE Food Regulations

Monsanto Verdict Shines Spotlight on Glyphosate Residue in Food

We Are Climbing Rapidly Out of Humankind’s Safe Zone:’ New Report Warns Dire Climate Warnings Not Dire Enough

Report: Monsanto’s Glyphosate Found in Cheerios, Lucky Charms, Quaker Oats and Other Popular Breakfast Foods

America’s Waterways Have a Huge Problem with Contact Lenses

Vaccines, Autoimmunity and the Changing Nature of Childhood Illness

The Benefits of Bitters

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Juicy Details

Blogger Garrick Dee, who documents his “juicing journey” as he calls it on Juicing with G, recently uncovered some juicy details about the number of pesticides on fruits and vegetables.

He wrote about his findings, because that’s what bloggers do. But to make it easy for consumers to identify the Dirty Dozen, the Clean Fifteen and the worst culprits of all—the Dirty Dozen Plus—Dee created an infographic.

Dee used to shy away from organic because of the extra cost. But after reading about the health risks associated with pesticides, he changed his views. He also made it a point to include tips (at the end of the infographic) on where to buy affordable, organic and local produce.

The infographic and more here