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How Organic Standards Are Made



To understand how organic standards are made, step back in time to your high school civics class, where you learned about how a bill becomes a law.

Hungry for genetically engineered fish?



AOL News

(Aug. 4) -- A major U.S. fish research company has tampered with the DNA of Atlantic salmon by adding a quick-growth gene that allows the fish to eat year-around and grow more quickly. And the Food and Drug Administration is about to allow these genetically engineered salmon to head to market, the company says.

But food safety activists insist that the FDA doesn't have adequate tests and regulations to ensure the safety of modified seafood, and others question whether consumers are even ready for it.

Massive Dead Zones



NPR.org

The effects of the BP oil spill on marine life in the Gulf may be overshadowed, at least for the moment, by a more chronic threat: The arrival of the dead zone. It's an area of deep water in the Gulf where little, if anything, can live.

USDA Admits Link Between Antibiotic Use by Big Ag and Human Health



The Huffington Post

At a hearing of a House Energy and Commerce subcommittee on Wednesday, July 14, 2010, a representative of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) finally caught up with the rest of the world -- and his peers at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) -- and admitted that the use of antibiotics in farm animal feed is contributing to the growing problem of deadly antibiotic resistance in America.

Hospitals buy antibiotic-free meat, citing drug resistance concerns



The Chicago Tribune

The evening's menu featured grass-fed, antibiotic-free beef over pasta, fresh seasonal vegetables and fresh organic peaches — items right at home in the city's finest restaurants.

Instead, the dishes were prepared for visitors, staff and bed-bound patients at Swedish Covenant Hospital.

The Northwest Side hospital is one of 300 across the nation that have pledged to improve the quality and sustainability of the food they serve, not just for the health of their patients but, they say, the health of the environment and the U.S. population.

How to Read Natural and Organic Products Labels



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Get out your loupe, because it's time to read some labels. This is by far the hardest thing to do when it comes to choosing personal care products, but it's also the most instructive, and the most important. Because of lax cosmetics laws, it can be very hard to know if a product you're using is as clean and safe as you want it to be. There are laws about ingredient disclosure, however, which means that the list of things listed in your product have to be true. To help you on your way, here are some tips:

1.  Get in the habit of reading labels and deciphering ingredients.

How Real People on Real Budgets Can Afford Organic



The Huffington Post

So here are a few tips for those who want to start buying organic food but don't want to pay the high price:

Go Orgo-Generic. Major grocery store chains like Safeway and Kroger, and big box food retailers like Costco and even Wal-Mart, now carry their own organic foods. And all foods labeled "USDA organic" are created equal, no matter where you find them. No need to upscale your grocery store when Wal-Mart gets it done.

United Nations Supports Organic Farming to End World Hunger



Diets In Review.com

In an international meeting on agroecology held on June 22 in Brussels, Olivier De Schutter stated that organic and sustainable farming is not only a solution to degraded soiled and polluted water, but can also end world hunger and global climate change. De Shutter is the UN’s Special Rappteur on the Right to Food, considered to be an internationally recognized human right. He is also an expert in agroecology.

Body Burden: The Pollution in Newborns



Environmental Working Group

In the month leading up to a baby's birth, the umbilical cord pulses with the equivalent of at least 300 quarts of blood each day, pumped back and forth from the nutrient- and oxygen-rich placenta to the rapidly growing child cradled in a sac of amniotic fluid. This cord is a lifeline between mother and baby, bearing nutrients that sustain life and propel growth.