'Foiled Again'

Sept 14, 2018
 
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Foiled Again

Organic Consumers AssnMonsanto can’t catch a break, not that it deserves one. The $50-billion mega-corporation, now owned by Bayer, has taken a beating this year, both in the courts and in the public eye.

On August 10, a jury ordered Monsanto to pay $289.2 million to a former groundskeeper who successfully argued that the company’s flagship weedkiller, Roundup, caused his cancer. A few days later, Monsanto lost its bid to keep glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup, off of California’s Proposition 65 list of carcinogens.

Now this: On September 6, a Manhattan judge threw out a subpoena filed by Monsanto against an activist group, going so far as to lecture Monsanto on the importance of free speech and democracy.

The 168-page subpoena, issued on behalf of Monsanto from a New York court, would have forced the global activist organization Avaaz to hand over decade’s worth of internal campaign communications, including personal information belonging to millions of activists who signed petitions against Monsanto’s genetically modified crops and Roundup weedkiller.

Read ‘Huge Win! Avaaz Beats Monsanto in Court After Judge Blocks Subpoena to Collect Activists’ Personal Information’

TAKE ACTION: Tell the National School Boards Association: No More Roundup Weedkiller in Schools!

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

ACTION ALERT

Raw Deal?

States are allowed to write their own laws governing the sale of raw milk. But thanks to a 1987 ordinance passed by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA), all milk sold across state lines, even between two states where raw milk sales are legal, must be pasteurized.

We think that’s wrong. So, on September 26, the Organic Consumers Association will join our allies at the Real Food Consumer Coalition, the Organic and Natural Health Association and the American Grassfed Association to bring the truth about raw milk to Congress.

Want to help? We’re calling on all raw milk farmers and drinkers to join us in educating their members of Congress about the benefits of raw milk.

TAKE ACTION: Register for our pre-lobby-day training webinar on September 17, at 8 p.m EDT

TAKE ACTION: Join our lobbying team in Washington, D.C., on September 26

Learn more about this upcoming event on raw milk and why it matters

ACTION ALERT

Deadline Extended

Monsanto

If you think meat labeled “Product of U.S.A.” should come from cattle actually raised in the U.S.—not imported from other countries—you’re not alone.

The American Grassfed Association (AGA) and the Organization for Competitive Markets (OCM) have submitted a petition to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) asking that the USDA change its labeling policy for grass-fed meat.

Here’s the issue. Current policy allows imported beef to be labeled “Product of U.S.A.” if the meat passes through a U.S.-based inspection plant, or is blended with meat from cattle actually born and raised in the U.S.

That policy deceives consumers. And it puts U.S. grassfed beef producers at a huge disadvantage.

Following a “significant interest from stakeholders,” the USDA has extended the public comment period for another month—so if you haven’t yet weighed in, you’re in luck.

TAKE ACTION: U.S. Grassfed Meat Producers Need Your Help—Act by Midnight September 17

Read ‘Do You Know Where Your Meat Comes From?

VIDEO OF THE WEEK

Miraculous Abundance

Monsanto Foiled

Regeneration International and Kiss the Ground have teamed up to create a video series they call “Trails of Regeneration.” Their latest segment takes you to Normandy, France, for a closer look at a farm that has been highly successful over the last 12 years: Farm du Bec Hellouin.

By what yardstick do farmers Charles and Perrine Hervé-Gruyer measure the success of their farm business? For starters: yield.

Using regenerative practices, the husband-and-wife team says they can grow as much food on one-tenth of a hectare (one hectare equals about 2.3 acres) of land as neighboring farms grow on only one hectare of land! How? The organic farm, based on the principles of permaculture, uses mound cultivation, agroforestry, associated crops, animal traction, fragmented ramal wood, effective microorganisms, terra preta and more.

But better yields is just one aspect of this farm’s success. These farmers are also restoring soil fertility, sequestering carbon and cultivating biodiversity.

Read 'Could Farms Like This Change the World?'

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