8 November 2018 — Organic Bytes
Pesky Cancer Victims?
There are about 8,700 lawsuits pending against Monsanto, by people who allege that exposure to Roundup weedkiller is responsible for their cancer.
Most of the people behind these lawsuits have stories not unlike the one told by Dewayne Johnson, during his landmark jury trial which resulted in a unanimous decision against Monsanto.
Like Johnson, many of these people have non-Hodgkin lymphoma—or they have family members who have already died from the disease. They face long, grueling trials as they go up against the biotech behemoth.
To Werner Baumann, CEO of Bayer (which acquired Monsanto last year for $63 billion), these people are just “nuisances” to be dealt with—while the company ramps up its Roundup propaganda campaign.
When you buy food labeled “natural,” you probably expect it to be free of “unnatural” ingredients—like agrochemicals known to cause cancer.
But as we’ve found with some other so-called “natural” products, that’s not always true.
The latest “natural” product to test positive for Monsanto’s Roundup weedkiller? Florida’s Natural orange juice.
In 2017, Moms Across America tested Florida’s Natural orange juice, plus the five top-selling orange juice brands—Tropicana, Minute Maid, Starter Bros, Signature Farms and Kirkland—for glyphosate.
All six brands tested positive for the chemical, best known for being the active ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup. Glyphosate levels ranged from 4.33 parts per billion (ppb) to an alarming 26.05 ppb.
Last week, Moms Across America ran the same tests again. Again, all six brands tested positive—including Florida’s Natural.
Don’t think ‘natural’ OJ should come with a dose of glyphosate? Let Florida’s Natural know!
Home Sweet Home?
By now, most everyone knows that the pesticides used by industrial farming operations pollute the air, linger in the soil and turn up on many foods—including Ben & Jerry’sice cream.
Now, a new study suggests agricultural pesticides could also be in your home.
A team of researchers from Cornell University conducted pesticide analyses as part of a larger effort to study pollutants in homes and childcare facilities. Scientists sampled 350 rural homes in six New York state counties, looking for more than a dozen potentially toxic pesticides commonly used in conventional farming operations.
According to their analysis, published in September in JSM Health Education & Primary Health Care, 100 percent of the homes tested contained agricultural pesticide residues.
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But the food system is a life support system and should be based on the principles of living systems, not on the perceived effi ciency of the industrial model. Linear thinking and linear processes are fundamentally at odds with the cycles of nature and, ultimately, nature still rules. – “The Global Eating Disorder,” by Gunnar Rundgren.
Some of our staff just returned from South Africa and Zimbabwe, where we witnessed firsthand the toll industrial agriculture and global warming has exacted on the regions’ lands and communities.
Lands that could once sustain entire communities are now depleted by chemicals and suffering under extended droughts. People who once knew how to grow nutrient-dense crops, from seeds that had evolved to suit natural soil and weather patterns, now subsist on inferior processed foods—when they can afford to buy them.
Our experience in these African countries served as a stark reminder of what happens when we try to “improve” on nature. Our chemical fertilizers and pesticides and herbicides, our GMO “frankenfood” experiments, all undermine nature’s superior systems.
Here in the U.S., we are up against some of the worst yet most powerful industrial agriculture corporations in the world. Exposing their failures and their unquenchable thirst for profits, at any cost, is a daunting, yet crucial undertaking.
We view this work, at home and abroad (through our sister organization, Regeneration International) as so much more than a job. We see it as an honor, and as an investment in the future.
Thank you for sharing our vision, and for continuing to invest in it.
MYTH OF NATURAL
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Last year, OCA sued Bigelow, after the brand’s Classic Green Tea tested positive for glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup weedkiller.
We filed the suit in Washington, D.C., under the District of Columbia Consumer Protection Procedures Act (CPPA), because we believe consumers don’t expect an “All Natural” product to contain pesticide residues.
Bigelow did what all corporations do in the face of a lawsuit—it asked the court to dismiss the case. The court said no. The case will go forward.
In its ruling, Judge Robert Rigsby agreed with us—that any “reasonable fact-finder considering the facts as alleged [in this case] could conclude that consumers have been misled in violation of the CPPA.”
In other words, Judge Rigsby recognized that the word “natural” means something to consumers. And that “something” doesn’t include pesticide contamination.
VIDEO OF THE WEEK
It started out as an organic restaurant in the heart of Mexico, San Miguel de Allende. Today, Vía Orgánica has grown into a restaurant, grocery store, farmers market and teaching farm.
In this interview with Marjory Wildcraft of The GROW Network, OCA International Director Ronnie Cummins explains how Vía Orgánica, a project of OCA, came into being and how it has inspired a new generation of farmers to relearn indigenous and traditional ways of farming that are suited to Mexico’s high desert region.
Today, Vía Orgánica has 70 employees, including those at the restaurant, farm and market, and purchased products from about 250 small producers.
What’s next for Vía Orgánica?
“We’re happy now that we’ve created a model, but the next step is to see this duplicated all over the country,” Cummins said. “We can do this. It takes awhile, but even in a developing country, you can create an enterprise that will last and will be successful.”