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USDA to Approve More GE Crops PDF Print E-mail

We have until February 27th to stop 2,4-D Corn 

From Pesticide Action Network

Dow and USDA hope to quietly approve a new genetically engineered seed line that basically swaps RoundUp (glyphosate) out and an even worse weedkiller (2,4-D) in. 

The pesticide treadmill is catching up with Monsanto, as glyphosate-resistant “superweeds” run rampant and their blockbuster product line nears the end of its life-cycle. Dow wants to drop in an even more toxic herbicide (2,4-D) to keep the treadmill running at high speed. We have until February 27th to stop this.

Tell USDA what you think» USDA opened a public comment period over the holiday break, as they tend to do for controversial decisions they want to bury. But we’re paying attention.

Dow aims to get 2,4-D-resistant corn to market this year, soy next year and cotton in 2015. These three crops dominate U.S. agriculture, blanketing over 100 million acres of mono-cropped countryside, driving the pesticide market.

As with Monsanto’s RoundUp Ready lines, so too will it be with Dow’s 2,4-D-resistant lines. The herbicide that these seeds are engineered to be used with (then glyphosate, now 2,4-D) will surge in use. Only this time, the fallout will be worse. Here’s why:

  • 2,4-D is a more toxic herbicide, both to humans and to plants. It is a reproductive toxicant, suspected endocrine disruptor and probable carcinogen. Children are particularly susceptible to its effects.
  • 2,4-D does and will drift off of target crops – both through spray drift and volatilization. This will devastate adjacent ecosystems and poses a very real threat to rural economies and farmers growing non-2,4-D-resistant crops. Conventional farmers will lose crops while organic farmers will lose both crops and certification, resulting in an economic unraveling of already-stressed rural communities.
  • 2,4-D-resistant “superweeds” will arise and spread just as RoundUp-resistant “superweeds” have taken over farms and countryside in the Midwest and Southeast.
  • Corn is wind-pollinated, which means that genetic material from 2,4-D corn will contaminate non-GE corn.You cannot put a GE genie back in the bottle.

The risks are far too great This dangerous and antiquated herbicide shouldn’t be on the market, and we certainly should not be giving Dow license to profit from driving up use.

We’ll need to make a lot of noise on this one. Thanks so much for adding your voice!

Possible salmonella contamination in Eclectic Institue supplements containing Gotu Kola and Bladderwrack. PDF Print E-mail

Eclectic Institue has voluntarily recalled dietary supplements containing Gotu Kola and Bladderwrack due to possible salmonella contamination.

The Co-op does not currently have these products in stock, but Bladderwrack products were sold during the impacted time frame. The affected lots of Bladderwrack products were sold from July 14, 2011 to December 14, 2011.

If you have purchased this product from the Co-op during that time frame, you may return it for a full refund.

Certain cans of Westbrae Organic beans have been voluntarily recalled due to scuffing on the can liner. PDF Print E-mail

Affected products are:

Garbanzo Beans, 15 oz, with a best by date of 21SEP13 and 17OCT13
Lentils, 15 oz, best by date of 06SEP13
Chili Beans, 15 oz, best by date of 08SEP13
Pinto Beans, 15 oz, best by date of 03OCT13
Kidney Beans, 15 oz, best by date of 17OCT13

The Co-op had none of the affected products on the shelf when the recall was issued, but f you have purchased any of the affected products at the Co-op, you may return them for a full refund.

Recall - 12 oz Tejava® Premium Iced Tea PDF Print E-mail

As a precautionary measure, certain lot codes of 12 oz glass bottles of Tejava® Premium Iced Tea are being voluntarily recalled nationally from the chain of distribution due to the possibility that some bottles may contain glass fragments. To date, no illnesses or injuries have been reported.

The code dates are as follows for the 12 oz Tejava® - 6/4 pack cases UPC 6-54871-24901-2,

4 packs UPC 6-54871-04901-1, single bottles UPC 6-54871-00901-5:

1BT220 1BT221 1BT222 1BT223
1BT252 1BT253 1BT254 1BT255
1BT277 1BT278 1BT279 1BT280

These codes are marked on the outside of the product case, as well as on individual bottle labels.

These lots were shipped during the period from August 10, 2011 through December 2, 2011.

No other products, including 1 liter Tejava® are affected by this action.

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

Save Our Supplements and Demand the FDA Withdraw the NDI Draft Guidance!! PDF Print E-mail

In July the FDA issued its Draft Guidance for Industry: Dietary Supplements: New Dietary Ingredient Notifications and Related Issues (what is called the "NDI Draft Guidance"). The agency issued the guidance, mandated by the food “safety” law passed earlier this year, purportedly to clarify requirements for filing new dietary ingredient (NDI) submissions.

However, the FDA is going way beyond simply clarifying existing requirements. It is attempting to drastically change existing law by saying that finished product manufacturers must make a submission for every product that contains an NDI or whenever a formula is changed, if an NDI is present. If this guidance is not withdrawn and its misinterpretation of law is backed by the FDA's own policy, review and enforcement powers, it would cause major disruption in the dietary supplement market; force a significant number of products off the shelves; and result in revenue losses of over a billion dollars and the unemployment of over 100,000 Americans.

Neither American consumers nor the dietary supplement industry should stand for this unconscionable attempt by the FDA to, via various NDI-related side doors, effectively re-write DSHEA, maim the health-food industry and drastically reduce consumer choice.

That is why Citizens for Health is calling on Congress and the President to demand that the FDA summarily withdraws the NDI Draft Guidance and goes on the record stating that the agency will not, now or ever, review, consider, surveil or engage in enforcement activities according to the re-interpretation of the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994 (DSHEA) evident in its Guidance document but, instead, will honor the law that the American people gave to the FDA (via Congress) to uphold via regulation according to both the spirit, letter, and plain and intended meaning of DSHEA.

Click here to sign the petition to Save Our Supplements

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