Monthly Archives: April 2012

Organic Consumers Association and California Right to Know Rally!

Message from the  California Right to Know movement:

Signature gathering is done; now, to turn those petitions in and create a very positive effect!!!

Organic Consumers Association and California Right to Know Rally!

Join us on May 2 to Celebrate our Success!

Rally and march May 2 to celebrate turning in nearly a million signatures to put the California Right to Know GMO labeling initiative on the ballot! Kids, babies, baby carriages encouraged – we’ll be wheeling in petitions in carriages to represent the importance of this issue to children and future generations.

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FTCLDF Pampered Chef FundRAISER ends April 28

Announcement from the Weston  A. Price Foundation:

Be sure to check out the 3rd Annual Pampered Chef FundRAISER!

Right in time for Mother’s Day!

FundRAISER ends Saturday, April 28, 2012 at 11:59 pm EDT.  

Shop for great quality  natural stoneware and other Pampered Chef items, and support the Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund. A whopping 15% of sales go to support the Fund!

For all orders that are $60 or more (before tax and shipping) you get your choice of gifts – a set of  Bamboo Spoons or  Bamboo Slotted Spoons.

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Tell USDA to Say No to Agent Orange Corn

Alert from the Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance:

Dow Chemical is seeking USDA approval for a genetically modified (GM) version of corn that is resistant to 2,4-D, a major component of the highly toxic Agent Orange. Agent Orange was the chemical defoliant used by the U.S. military in Vietnam, and it caused many serious medical conditions in both American veterans of the war and the Vietnamese.

Exposure to 2,4-D has been linked to major health problems that include cancer (especially non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma), lowered sperm counts, liver disease and Parkinson’s disease.  A growing body of evidence from laboratory studies show that 2,4-D causes endocrine disruption, reproductive problems, neurotoxicity and immunosuppression.

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Nutritional Therapist Training Programs

Announcement from the Weston A. Price Foundation:

Now Open Early Registration
2012-13 Fall Start Classes 

The Nutritional Therapist Training (NTT) Programs are unique because they are based on a foundational approach to nutrition. We offer specific tools for assessing the body’s nutritional deficiencies and will teach you how to address those weaknesses through diet, supplements and lifestyle changes. In addition to our foundational approach, the NTT programs emphasize three additional perspectives:

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Judge Asked to Reconsider Dismissal of FDA Raw Milk Lawsuit

Press release from the Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund:

Falls Church, Virginia (April 11, 2012) (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — On March 30 federal district judge Mark W. Bennett issued an order dismissing a lawsuit challenging the interstate commerce ban on raw milk for human consumption filed by the Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund against the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Along with six consumers, an agent for a buyers club, and a dairy farmer selling raw milk to out-of-state customers, the Legal Defense Fund filed suit in February 2010 over a federal regulation (21 CFR 1240.61). The regulation prohibits raw milk and raw milk products (other than raw cheese aged at least sixty days) from crossing state lines.

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Cottage Foods in Texas

Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance logoNews from the Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance:

At the state level, in Texas, approximately 1,400 people submitted comments on the proposed cottage foods rule published by the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS).

In response to the public outrage over the overly burdensome proposed rule, DSHS has floated an unofficial revised version that would require cottage foods to be labeled as follows:
(1) The label information shall include:
(A) the name and physical address of the cottage food production operation;
(B) the common or usual name of the product;
(C) a list of any of the major food allergens (eggs, nuts, soy, peanuts, milk and/or wheat) used in the product; and
(D) the following statement: “Made in home kitchen, food is not inspected by the Department of State Health Services or a local health department.”
(2) Labels must be legible.

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Urging Congress to Support Fair Markets

Farm and Ranch Freedom AllianceNews from the Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance:

FARFA joined 164 organizations in sending a letter to Congress urging it to “make the issues of increased market transparency, fairness, and access for farmers and ranchers a top priority as Congress crafts agricultural competition legislation and the next Farm Bill.”

The letter noted that we suffer from “an unprecedented level of market consolidation in agriculture that has effectively eliminated free market competition to the detriment of independent family farmers and ranchers. This market consolidation and the lack of free market competition also harms consumers by giving a small handful of corporations the power to limit consumer choice and, ultimately, to reduce product quality and raise prices.”

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GMO Labeling Campaign

Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance logoNews from the Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance:

Over a million people submitted comments to the FDA in support of the petition for mandatory labeling of GMOs!

FDA’s response to the Center for Food Safety stated, “We have not been able to reach a decision on your petition. … We hope to be able to complete the review of your petition and respond to your request in the near future.” This is a fairly common response by the agency.

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Stop Michigan DNR Power Grab

Action Alert from the Weston A. Price Foundation:

CALL GOVERNOR TO RESCIND ISO

Please share this Action Alert with others: http://www.westonaprice.org/2012-action-alerts/stop-michigan-dnr-power-grab

The local food movement is under attack in Michigan.

In a brazen power grab threatening the livelihood of small farmers across the state, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is using the state Invasive Species Act to expand its jurisdiction beyond hunting and fishing to farming operations.

On April 1, 2012, an Invasive Species Order (ISO) that DNR issued in 2010 went into effect.

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East Coast Conferences–Autism and ADHD and Nutrition for Pregnancy

Julie Mathews, a Certified Nutrition Consultant, is presenting a series of conferences on the east coast.  One series is focused on food and Nutrition for Autism, Asperger’s, and ADHD.  The conference will be offered in Boston; Washington, D.C.; Wilmington, DE;  Bethlehem, PA; and New York City in April 2012.  Nourishing Hope for For Children has more information about the conference.

Julie Mathews will also present a conference on Nutrition for Your Healthy Pregnancy and Baby in some of the same cities–Washington, D.C.; Bethlehem, PA; and New York City.  Nutrition for Pregnancy has conference and registration information.

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