ALERT:
Public comments are currently being taken on whether
the EPA should register the carcinogen methyl iodide as a legal
pesticide (Feb. 21 deadline). EPA has indicated it would allow
farmers to apply up to 400 lbs. of the carcinogenic chemical to
each acre. Unlike many other pesticides, methyl iodide vaporizes
quickly, causing it to drift far distances. Although the state
of California has categorized it as cancer causing, and the EPA
admits it causes thyroid tumors, the chemical is on the verge
of being given the green light by the EPA for widespread use on
tomatoes, strawberries, peppers, tobacco, melons, potatoes and
other root crops. Send a quick message to the EPA here, advising
them to start promoting safe methods of food production. Take
action:
http://www.democracyinaction.org/dia/organizationsORG/oca/campaign.jsp?campaign_KEY=2488

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A
new study by John Hopkins University has found a chemical pollutant
from te production of grease-proof food wrapping and Teflon (PFOA)
in the umbilical chords of nearly every baby tested. The test
found that 298 out of 300 blood samples from umbilical chords
tested positive for PFOA, which has been categorized as a likely
carcinogen by the Environmental Protection Agency’s Science Advisory
Board. The EPA has also accused DuPont of covering up a 1981 study
that found PFOA passed from DuPont’s pregnant employees to fetuses.
Late last year, DuPont agreed to pay a record $10.25 million fine
for failing to tell the EPA about its studies that found PFOA
to be "extremely toxic".
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Over
the past 60 years, the U.S. has increasingly relied on agricultural
methods that focus on increasing levels of pesticides, synthetic
fertilizers and genetically engineered crops. The new paradigm
in agriculture leaves little to no space for family farmers while
offering control of the world’s food production to large corporations.
As the U.S. model of agriculture is gradually applied on a global
scale, the world’s two billion family farmers are feeling the
squeeze. Ronnie Cummins, Executive Director of the Organic Consumers
Association, takes a good look at the issue in his weekly blog.

Read and post your thoughts and questions here:
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The
Future of Food, a film by Deborah Koons Garcia, is back in stock
at the OCA headquarters! Because of numerous requests for the film,
we were temporarily out of stock. The Future of Food provides an
in-depth investigation and critique of genetically engineered foods
and crops, including interviews with farmer activists such as Percy
Schmeiser. According to the Telluride Daily Planet, "This stylish
film is not just for food faddists and nutritionists. It is a look
at something we might not want to see: Monsanto, Roundup and Roundup-resistant
seeds, collectively wreaking havoc on American farmers and our agricultural
neighbors around the world. In the end, this documentary is a eloquent
call to action." Get it here:
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