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  • Planned food safety rules rile organic farmers (CSPI supported rules)

    02/23/2014 10:55:18 AM PST · by matt04 · 34 replies
    im Crawford was rushing to load crates of freshly picked organic tomatoes onto trucks heading for an urban farmers market when he noticed the federal agent. A tense conversation followed as the visitor to his farm — an inspector from the Food and Drug Administration — warned him that some organic-growing techniques he had honed over four decades could soon be outlawed. "This is my badge. These are the fines. This is what is hanging over your head, and we want you to know that," Crawford says the official told him. Crawford's popular farm may seem a curious place for...
  • Planned food safety rules rile organic farmers [Obama wages war against farmers]

    02/22/2014 6:52:06 PM PST · by grundle · 32 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | February 22, 2014 | Evan Halper
    Now, farmers are discovering that the FDA's proposed rules would curtail many techniques that are common among organic growers, including spreading house-made fertilizers, tilling cropland with grazing animals, and irrigating from open creeks. Suddenly, from small family operations nestled in the foothills of Appalachia to the sophisticated organic-grower networks that serve Los Angeles and San Francisco, the farms that celebrity chefs and food-conscious consumers jostle to buy from are facing an unexpected adversary. They're fighting back. Even though full enforcement of the rules is still years away, they are warning customers that some farms would have to close. "They are...
  • Absurd Government Law Enforcement: The Great Organic Blackberry Raid

    08/19/2013 8:18:36 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 19, 2013 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    Government officials do some really crazy things in the name of law enforcement.I recently wrote about an armed raid on an animal shelter in order to execute a baby deer.That was paramilitary overkill (pun intended), though it probably didn’t waste as many tax dollars as the regulatory overkill of the year-long sting operation by the Food and Drug Administration against an Amish farm for the horrible crime of selling unpasteurized milk to consenting adults who prefer unpasteurized milk.And let’s not forget Robert Norlander, the thuggish, dumpster-diving IRS agent, who sought to ruin the life of an innocent man because…well, for...
  • Is organic food more nutritious than non-organic food?

    12/18/2012 10:13:26 PM PST · by neverdem · 33 replies
    Chemistry World ^ | 12 December 2012 | Harriet Brewerton
    Scientists in Denmark have compared how organic and non-organic diets affect dietary mineral uptake in humans, focusing on copper and zinc. They found that there is no difference between the two diets when it comes to uptake and how the minerals are processed in the body.Copper and zinc are two essential trace elements with unknown availability in organic verses non-organic diets. Alicja Budek Mark and colleagues at the University of Denmark investigated the content of these elements in non-organic versus all-organic diets fed to 20 men over 12 days. And Mark’s team assessed the in vivo absorption of zinc and...
  • Organic food benefits questioned in study

    09/10/2012 12:45:18 AM PDT · by neverdem · 9 replies
    minnesota.publicradio.org ^ | September 4, 2012 | LAURAN NEERGAARD
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Patient after patient asked: Is eating organic food, which costs more, really better for me? Unsure, Stanford University doctors dug through reams of research to find out -- and concluded there's little evidence that going organic is much healthier, citing only a few differences involving pesticides and antibiotics. Eating organic fruits and vegetables can lower exposure to pesticides, including for children -- but the amount measured from conventionally grown produce was within safety limits, the researchers reported Monday. Nor did the organic foods prove more nutritious...
  • Organic food 'not any healthier'

    09/04/2012 6:17:06 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 35 replies
    Organic food 'not any healthier' Eating organic food will not make you healthier, according to researchers at Stanford University, although it could cut your exposure to pesticides. They looked at more than 200 studies of the content and associated health gains of organic and non-organic foods. Overall, there was no discernable difference between the nutritional content, although the organic food was 30% less likely to contain pesticides. Critics say the work is inconclusive and call for more studies. The research, published in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine, looked at 17 studies comparing people who ate organic with those who...
  • Organic food no healthier than non-organic: study

    09/03/2012 2:54:32 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 39 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sept. 3, 2012 | Genevra Pittman
    NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Organic produce and meat typically isn't any better for you than conventional varieties when it comes to vitamin and nutrient content, according to a new review of the evidence. But organic options may live up to their billing of lowering exposure to pesticide residue and antibiotic-resistant bacteria, researchers from Stanford University and the Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System found. "People choose to buy organic foods for many different reasons. One of them is perceived health benefits," said Dr. Crystal Smith-Spangler, who led the new study. "Our patients, our families ask about, ‘Well, are...
  • Organic Food and Liberal Ideology

    05/21/2012 11:24:32 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 35 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | May 21, 2012 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT "Does Organic Food Turn People into Jerks?" What do you think, folks? When I think of organic food, I think of vegetarians. I think of militant vegetarians. Now, a liberal vegetarian is not content to just eat his vegetables. You have to, too. A conservative vegetarian will eat his vegetables and leave you alone. A liberal vegetarian will eat his and then demand that you only eat vegetables, too. And this is one of the big differences between liberals and conservatives across the board -- whatever it is, whatever the left-right issue is. If a liberal doesn't want...
  • Food Fight: Will the Federal Government Control Our Food?

    12/30/2010 8:29:09 AM PST · by opentalk · 35 replies · 58+ views
    Big Government ^ | December 30, 2010 | Dr. Susan Berry
    Amidst the hustle and bustle of the “lame duck” Congress, another law was passed that didn’t quite get the same media coverage as the Bush tax extension “package,” the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, and the new START treaty. The Food Safety Modernization Act was not steeped in the same level of popular controversy as these other pieces of legislation. Nevertheless, its passage may affect our daily lives even more than these, and in a rather stealth manner. Yes, the week before Christmas, the 111th Congress of the United States gave Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services...
  • Organic food is just a tax on the gullible

    08/09/2009 1:51:16 AM PDT · by Schnucki · 11 replies · 1,152+ views
    Times Online (U.K.) ^ | August 9, 2009 | Dominic Lawson
    There are two reliable ways of telling if you have won an argument. The first is if your disputants switch from discussion of the facts to accusations about motives; the second, more obviously, is if they descend to mere abuse. Alan Dangour, a nutritionist at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, should therefore feel he has had an encouragingly uncomfortable week. He is the author of a peer-reviewed meta-study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition that concluded, from 50 years of scientific evidence, that so-called “organic” food was no healthier than conventionally farmed products. By the end...
  • Organic food gets a raw deal from the FSA

    08/03/2009 2:23:40 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 12 replies · 484+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 31 Jul 2009 | Geoffrey Lean
    The FSA ignored pesticides, the main health issue, in its report on organic food, says Geoffrey Lean.What's with the Food Standards Agency and organic food? It just can't leave it alone. Not, of course, in the sense of wanting to wolf it down, but in trying to persuade the us not to do so. The agency says it stands for "safer food". But while it has a mixed record on additives that cause hyperactivity, toxic dyes, illegal GM foods, or pesticides, it has, from the start, campaigned against organic food, which no one claims to be dangerous. Indeed, in 2005,...
  • Organic food has no health benefits, study finds

    07/29/2009 12:56:03 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 27 replies · 968+ views
    timesonline.co.uk ^ | July 29, 2009 | Valerie Elliott
    Organic food gives no health benefits to consumers, according to research for the Food Standards Agency published today. Shoppers pay more for organic fruit, vegetables, chicken, beef and milk but the food gives no nutritional enhancement to people’s diet. The watchdog stopped short of advising consumers that buying organic produce was a waste of money but its message was clear: choosing to eat organic food will make no important difference to a person’s overall health. Eating a healthy balanced diet is the only important thing, the report concluded. The research — the first and biggest study undertaken of scientific papers...
  • Organic food not nutritionally better than conventionally-produced food

    07/29/2009 7:16:23 AM PDT · by decimon · 45 replies · 817+ views
    Systematic review of literature over 50 years finds no evidence for superior nutritional content of organic produceThere is no evidence that organically produced foods are nutritionally superior to conventionally produced foodstuffs, according to a study published today in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Consumers appear willing to pay higher prices for organic foods based on their perceived health and nutrition benefits, and the global organic food market was estimated in 2007 to be worth £29 billion (£2 billion in the UK alone). Some previous reviews have concluded that organically produced food has a superior nutrient composition to conventional food,...
  • Obama’s Plan To Destroy America’s Farms Moving Full Steam Ahead

    06/13/2009 8:23:19 PM PDT · by blueyon · 42 replies · 1,879+ views
    Start Thinking Right ^ | June 2009 | Michael Eden
    The goal seems to be nothing short of eradicating American farms and self-sustainability. Even DEMOCRATS are opposing the Obama Energy Bill. Climate change legislation will be utterly devastating for American farmers. Rep. Leonard Boswell (D-IA) of the House Agriculture Committee says that not only will he not vote for it, but no one else on his committee will support it either. The bill would increase the cost of everything that farmers depend on, such as diesel fuel, gasoline, fertilizers, pesticides, and a host of other things. It would raise taxes on energy by $846 billion over the next ten years....
  • It’s Organic, but Does That Mean It’s Safer? (No!)

    03/04/2009 9:48:38 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 14 replies · 555+ views
    New York Times ^ | March 3, 2009 | Kim Severson and Andrew Martin
    The national outbreak of salmonella in products with peanuts has been particularly unsettling for shoppers []who think organic food is safer. The plants in Texas and Georgia that were sending out contaminated peanut butter and ground peanut products had something else besides rodent infestation, mold and bird droppings. They also had federal organic certification. “Why is organic peanut butter better than Jif?” said Ms. Devlin-Sample, a nurse practitioner from Pelham, N.Y. “I have no idea. If we’re getting salmonella from peanut butter, all bets are off.” Although the rules governing organic food require health inspections and pest-management plans, organic certification...
  • Budgets Squeezed, Some Families Bypass Organics

    11/01/2008 5:36:33 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 46 replies · 648+ views
    New York Times ^ | November 1, 2008 | Andrew Martin
    Once upon a time, sales of organic and natural products were growing in double digits most years. Enthusiastic grocers and venture capitalists prowled the halls of trade shows looking for the next big thing. Grass-fed beef? Organic baby food? Gluten-free energy bars? But now, shaky consumer spending is dampening the mood. It turns out that when times are tough, consumers may be less interested in what type of feed a cow ate before it got chopped up for dinner, or whether carrots were grown without chemical fertilizers — particularly if those products cost twice as much as the conventional stuff....
  • Organic Food - Seriously People?

    10/16/2008 1:18:25 PM PDT · by Notoriously Conservative · 74 replies · 1,305+ views
    Notoriously Conservative Blog ^ | 10/16/08 | Notoriously Conservative
    Organic food. To me, this is one of the biggest scams out there. If a company slaps an organic symbol on their packaging, people will pay twice as much as the “non-organic” equivalent. Now, I may not have been the best organic chemistry student in college, but I do seem to remember that organic is anything carbon based, usually referring to something found in a living species, specifically a plant or animal. So, isn’t just about everything we eat organic? Can’t I clip some toenails into a box, and label them as “organic soy crisps?” Yes, I am being facetious,...
  • Weak Oversight Gives Organic Food a Credibility Problem

    08/19/2007 6:35:39 AM PDT · by JACKRUSSELL · 10 replies · 463+ views
    Barre Montpelier Times Argus ^ | August 19, 2007 | By Andrew Martin
    The organic industry has gone wild in the last decade, but you wouldn't know it at the Department of Agriculture. Despite year after year of double-digit growth, organics receive a pittance in financing and staff attention at the department, which is responsible for writing regulations about organics and making sure that they are upheld. The National Organic Program, which regulates the industry, has just nine staff members and an annual budget of $1.5 million. A Florida real estate developer named Maurice Wilder received more than that in farm subsidies in 2005, some $1,754,916, to be exact, according to a subsidy...
  • Organic chicken 'less nutritious' than battery-farmed birds

    12/05/2006 8:26:15 AM PST · by finnman69 · 8 replies · 291+ views
    With its premium price tag, shoppers expect organic chicken to be both tastier and healthier than cheaper battery-farmed birds. But organic poultry is actually less nutritious, contains more fat and tastes worse than its mass-produced equivalent, research has shown. Tests on supermarket chicken breasts showed that organic versions contained lower levels of health-boosting omega 3 fatty acids than other varieties, including non-organic free-range poultry. The compounds, present in high levels in oily fish, are thought to be responsible for a host of health benefits, from combating heart disease to boosting intelligence. Organic chicken, which typically costs nearly three times as...
  • Spinach Company Faces Unwelcom Scrunity

    09/16/2006 9:07:17 PM PDT · by Aussiebabe · 60 replies · 1,626+ views
    AP ^ | 9/16/2006 | Jordan Robertson
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Spinach company faces unwelcome scrutiny By JORDAN ROBERTSON, Associated Press Writer SAN JUAN BAUTISTA, Calif. - Earthbound Farm, the country's largest grower of organic produce, is facing unwelcome scrutiny after federal officials linked a nationwide E. coli outbreak to its bagged spinach. The company, also known by its legal name Natural Selection Foods LLC, recalled and stopped shipping all its spinach products after E. coli outbreaks killed one person and sickened more than 100 others in 19 states. Earthbound officials were working with state and federal health inspectors to pinpoint the source of the contamination, spokeswoman Samantha Cabaluna said...
  • Tainted Spinach Traced to California (Organic Food Grower--Earthbound Farm)

    09/15/2006 11:22:16 PM PDT · by Aussiebabe · 200 replies · 7,367+ views
    AP ^ | 9/16/2006 | Andrew Bridges
    Tainted spinach traced to California By ANDREW BRIDGES, Associated Press Writer 1 hour, 43 minutes ago WASHINGTON - A California natural foods company was linked Friday to a nationwide E. coli outbreak that has killed one person and sickened nearly 100 others. Supermarkets across the country pulled spinach from shelves, and consumers tossed out the leafy green. Food and Drug Administration officials said that they had received reports of illness in 19 states. Twenty-nine people have been hospitalized, 14 of them with kidney failure. The outbreak was traced to Natural Selection Foods, a holding company based in San Juan Bautista,...
  • Organic Food and Humvees Are Both Eco-Wasteful

    07/27/2006 7:17:50 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 8 replies · 696+ views
    Canada Free Press ^ | Thursday, July 27, 2006 | Dennis Avery
    Organic food consumers are as careless of the environment as the drivers piloting those massive Humvees around our city streets. Both are wasting money and natural resources to gain snob appeal–with no other benefits
  • The Organic Food Fad is officially dead

    06/04/2006 11:08:53 AM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 248 replies · 5,478+ views
    Federal Review ^ | Sunday, June 04, 2006
    The New York Times reports that Wal-Mart, the bane of all limousine liberals and aging hippies, has entered the "crunchy granola" market: Beginning later this year, Wal-Mart plans to roll out a complete selection of organic foods — food certified by the U.S.D.A. to have been grown without synthetic pesticides or fertilizers — in its nearly 4,000 stores. Just as significant, the company says it will price all this organic food at an eye-poppingly tiny premium over its already-cheap conventional food: the organic Cocoa Puffs and Oreos will cost only 10 percent more than the conventional kind. Organic food will...
  • As 'organic' goes mainstream, will standards suffer?

    05/18/2006 6:00:09 AM PDT · by Momaw Nadon · 33 replies · 913+ views
    The Christian Science Monitor via Yahoo! ^ | Wednesday, May 17, 2006 | Amanda Paulson
    CHICAGO - Buying organic milk these days - or organic apples, eggs, or beef - no longer has to mean an extra trip to a Whole Foods supermarket or the local co-op. Organic products now line the shelves at Safeway and Costco. And Wal-Mart - already the nation's largest organic-milk seller - says it wants to sell more organic food. Large companies including Kraft, General Mills, and Kellogg own sizable organic- and natural-food brands. Now, they are developing organic versions of their own products, too. Still, while some organic-food fans welcome its broadening appeal and availability, others worry that the...
  • The Healthy Skeptic: Reported Decrease In Penis Size Could Be A Boon To The Organic Food Movement.

    05/01/2006 3:32:28 PM PDT · by Born Conservative · 7 replies · 504+ views
    Blogcritics.org ^ | 5/1/2006 | Sal Marinello
    Organic food annoys me. Despite what the organics will have you believe, research just doesn't indicate that there are any real health benefits that come from eating organically produced foods. This doesn't mean that there aren't any studies that have turned up positives for organic food, because studies have been done that show organic foods has some benefits. The problem is that for every one of these "pro-organic" studies there are other studies that show organic foods offer no real benefits. This ladies and gentlemen is a lack of scientific consensus. But now thanks to data uncovered by Louis Guillette,...
  • Organic Food Has 'Significantly Higher' Contamination, Study Finds

    06/14/2004 3:41:40 AM PDT · by kattracks · 57 replies · 568+ views
    CNSNEWS.com ^ | 6/14/04 | Marc Morano
    (CNSNews.com) - A new study on food safety reveals that organic produce may contain a significantly higher risk of fecal contamination than conventionally grown produce. A recent comparative analysis of organic produce versus conventional produce from the University of Minnesota shows that the organically grown produce had 9.7 percent positive samples for the presence of generic E. coli bacteria versus only 1.6 percent for conventional produce on farms in Minnesota. The study, which was published in May in the Journal of Food Protection, concluded, "the observation that the prevalence of E. coli was significantly higher in organic produce supports the...
  • The costly fraud that is organic food: Its main contribution will be ... poverty and malnutrition

    05/06/2004 4:47:50 PM PDT · by aculeus · 77 replies · 635+ views
    The Guardian ^ | May 6, 2004 | Dick Taverne
    Organic farming is a billion-pound industry. It is promoted by a stream of propaganda from green lobby groups, notably the Soil Association, and subsidised by government. Supermarkets like it because premium prices increase profits. Every lifestyle magazine regards organic food as synonymous with healthy living and every TV chef tells us that organic food tastes better. To question claims made by the organic lobby is not just akin to doubting the virtues of motherhood, but to reveal indifference to the poisoning of the nation and the fate of the planet, perhaps even to be guilty of corruption by American multinationals...
  • Organic food fans pile on the miles

    10/14/2002 10:12:06 AM PDT · by Conagher · 3 replies · 160+ views
    Reuters via Yahoo! News U. K. and Ireland ^ | Monday October 14, 09:40 AM | Sujata Rao
    LONDON (Reuters) - If you believe the organic salad you just ate was good for you and for the environment, think again. Chances are, its ingredients flew half way across the world, polluting the air and burning more energy than was saved in growing them. Environmentalist groups say that by eating tomatoes and lettuce from New Zealand and Zambia, consumers are effectively eating oil because of the vast amounts of energy spent in transporting them. And Britain is among the worst culprits because it imports more than three-quarters of its burgeoning organic food needs. "More and more food is being...
  • Agribusiness goes organic

    10/13/2002 8:43:56 AM PDT · by I_Love_My_Husband · 6 replies · 272+ views
    The San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 10/13/02 | Kim Severson
    <p>When Warren Weber and a band of other shaggy Northern California farmers started growing organic lettuce in the 1970s, they never thought it would come to this: organic Cheetos.</p> <p>Frito-Lay, maker of the popular neon-orange snack food, is plowing into the organic market. So are dozens of other mega-producers -- the very companies that organic farmers once derided as part of a chemical-dependent, agri- industrial complex choking the American food supply and deadening its farmland.</p>