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New Bill Proposes Increased Regulation of Dietary Supplement Industry PDF Print E-mail
On February 4th, Senator John McCain introduced the Dietary Supplement Safety Act, which would amend the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA) of 1994 and would have significant consequences for both suppliers and retailers.  Under this new act, every dietary supplement has to go through an as-yet-undefined process of government review in order to remain on store shelves.  All dietary supplements, including vitamins, minerals, herbal products and others that were previously allowed, could be removed from the market pending their review.  Retail establishments would also have to to register with the Food and Drug Administration and would have to get evidence from their suppliers that each dietary supplement product meets all regulatory requirements. New or innovative dietary supplements or dietary ingredients would also be subjected to a much more rigorous approval process.  You can follow the progress of the bill online at  The Natural Products Association has a form to contact your representatives about the bill.
Shopping for Non-GMO Products Just Got Easier PDF Print E-mail

53% of Americans say they would avoid Genetically Modified Organisms in their food if those ingredients were labeled, but labeling laws do not exist, and the only way to avoid GMO’s has been to buy certified organic products. But now you can download a special shopping guide that can help you choose products that are non-GMO (many of which are available at the Co-op, of course). The guide is available at The site also features suggestions on how you can help end the genetic engineering of our food supply. When Europe achieved its tipping point of consumer rejection, within a single week nearly every major food company committed to stop using genetically modified ingredients.

Learn more about Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) PDF Print E-mail

Here are some great sites!

Supreme Court Hearing First Case about Genetically Engineered Crops PDF Print E-mail
The U.S. Supreme Court has decided for the first-time to hear a case about the risks of genetically engineered crops. Named Monsanto v. Geertson Seed Farms, No. 09-475, the case before the high court will be yet another step in an ongoing battle waged by the Center for Food Safety to protect consumers and the environment from potentially harmful effects of genetically engineered (GE) crops.

The Center for Food Safety filed the lawsuit in 2006 on behalf of a coalition of farmers and organizations objecting to the Department of Agriculture’s illegal approval of genetically modified alfalfa seeds. GM alfalfa is a major concern to organic farmers and dairies. It’s a key source of dairy forage, and because it is open-pollinated by bees it can cross-pollinate with fields several miles away, making the potential for GMO contamination very high. Monsanto has appealed the Federal District Court decision that required USDA to undertake an Environmental Impact Study assessing how the crop might affect the environment and farmers.

“This is truly a ‘David versus Goliath’ struggle, between public interest non-profits and a corporation bent on nothing less than domination of our food system,” said Andrew Kimbrell, executive director of the Center for Food Safety. “That Monsanto has pushed this case all the way to the Supreme Court, even though USDA’s court-ordered analysis is now complete, and the U.S. government actively opposed further litigation in this matter, underscores the great lengths that Monsanto will go to further its mission of patent control of our food system and selling more pesticides.”

Tell USDA That You Care About GE Contamination of Organic Food! PDF Print E-mail

You have 1 More Day!!!! Get Involved.

In 2006, the Center for Food Safety (CFS) sued the Department of Agriculture (USDA) for its illegal approval of Monsanto’s genetically engineered (GE) Roundup Ready alfalfa. The federal courts sided with CFS and banned GE alfalfa until the USDA fully analyzed the impacts of the plant on the environment, farmers, and the public in a rigorous analysis known as an environmental impact statement (or EIS). USDA released its draft EIS on December 14, 2009. A 60-day comment period is now open until February 16, 2010. This is the first time the USDA has done this type of analysis for any GE crop. Therefore, the final decision will have broad implications for all GE crops.

CFS has begun analyzing the EIS and it is clear that the USDA has not taken the concerns of non-GE alfalfa farmers, organic dairies, or consumers seriously. USDA’s preliminary determination is to once again deregulate GE alfalfa without any limitations or protections for farmers or the environment. Instead USDA has completely dismissed the fact that contamination will threaten export and domestic markets and organic meat and dairy products. And, incredibly, USDA is claiming that there is no evidence that consumers care about such GE contamination of organic!

Please find CFS's full Action Alert here.

A sample letter is included on the Center for Food Safety website, but handwritten letters in your own words have the most impact. Send them to:

Docket No. APHIS-2007-0044
Regulatory Analysis and Development, PPD, APHIS, Station 3A-03.8
4700 River Road Unit 118
Riverdale, MD 20737-1238

Comments period has been extended to March, 3, 2010

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