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Urge Brown to Take Action on Methyl Iodide PDF Print E-mail

Methyl iodide has been on the market for 6 months in California, and been used twice. Governor Brown agreed to revisit the methyl iodide decision in March, but has not yet done so. Meanwhile, 35+ California legislators wrote EPA urging a ban of the chemical nation-wide. Your phone call to Governor Brown is needed to push Brown into action. Let us know how it goes!

Call Governor Brown Today: (916) 445-2841

via Pesticide Watch

 
Thai Kitchen & Simply Asia Product Recall PDF Print E-mail

May 2, 2011

Simply Asia Roasted Peanut Noodle Bowls have been recalled because the product contains an ingredient not identified on the packaging. The ingredient is Sodium Cacinate,which could pose a problem for those with dairy allergens.

This product, with the affected “Best by” dates of Jan 10, 2012 to Oct 18, 2012, has been pulled from the Co-op’s shelves. Other Thai Kitchen and Simply Asia products that the Co-op does not carry were also affected.

If you have purchased this product at the Co-op, you may return it for a full refund.

 
Farmers and Consumer Groups File Lawsuit Challenging Genetically Engineered Alfalfa Approval PDF Print E-mail

Attorneys for the Center for Food Safety (CFS) and Earthjustice filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), arguing that the agency’s recent unrestricted approval of genetically engineered (GE), “Roundup Ready” Alfalfa was unlawful.  The GE crop is engineered to be immune to the herbicide glyphosate, which Monsanto markets as Roundup.  USDA data show that 93% of all the alfalfa planted by farmers in the U.S. is grown without the use of any herbicides.  With the full deregulation of GE alfalfa, USDA estimates that up to 23 million more pounds of toxic herbicides will be released into the environment each year.

Learn more and donate to the legal defense fund here http://www.centerforfoodsafety.org/

 
Wellness brand canned cat foods have been voluntarily recalled PDF Print E-mail

March 3, 2011

Wellness brand canned cat foods have been voluntarily recalled because certain lots may contain less than adequate levels of thiamine (vitamin B1).

All flavors and sizes with “BEST BY” dates from 14APR13 through 30SEP13 and all sizes of Chicken & Herring with “BEST BY” dates of 10NOV13 and 17NOV13 have been recalled.

If you have purchased these products from the Co-op, you may return them for a refund.

 
Why are farmers and consumers worried about GE Alfalfa Deregulation? PDF Print E-mail

On January 27, the Obama Administration made the damaging decision to approve the unrestricted cultivation of genetically engineered (GE) alfalfa. This means GE alfalfa can be planted without any federal requirements to prevent contamination of organic and non-GE crops. It also means that GE alfalfa does not have to be labeled, making it difficult for consumers to identify and avoid.

Most of the alfalfa grown in America will eventually become feed for dairy cows.  A cow’s diet affects the milk its body produces, which is consumed as milk, yogurt, cheese, ice cream, etc.

There are many reasons why farmers and consumers should be concerned about this decision and encourage the USDA and President Obama to reconsider.

  • GE Alfalfa will make organic dairy more expensive to produce.  Almost all alfalfa seed grown in North America is grown in limited geographic areas, which means there is a high likelihood that all alfalfa seed will eventually be contaminated with this genetically modified material.  In order to meet organic standards of no genetically modified material, organic dairy farmers might be forced to either buy alfalfa seeds from foreign sources or switch to another, more expensive legume.
  • There’s no insurance against cross-contamination. At this time, insurance companies do not issue coverage for a liability such as GE contamination of crops.  Farmers who grow what they believe to be an organic crop cannot sell their product as organic if it has been contaminated.
  • More GE seeds mean more pesticide-resistant weeds for everyone. Conventional farmers are also concerned about GM seeds, not least because a side effect of their spread is an outbreak of Roundup Ready- resistant weeds.  Costs for conventional farming would then increase because farmers have to use greater amounts of chemicals to fight back against these weeds.

Learn more, voice your opinion and support the legal effort to stop the imminent planting of GE alfalfa seed:

 
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