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Statements on BPA Packaging PDF Print E-mail

BPA in Food and Beverage Packaging

Based on recent FDA studies, food co-op shoppers have raised concerns over food packaging containing Bisphenol-A or BPA. National Cooperative Grocers Association (NCGA) gathered information from key vendors about the presence of BPA in manufacturers packaging as well as efforts that manufacturers are taking to remove BPA or use BPA-free packaging.

NCGA asked key vendors to respond to the following points of interest:

  • Which, if any, of your current products use packaging that contains BPA? Please provide a product description and UPC number for each item.
  • What measure, if any, your company is taking to move away from packaging containing BPA.
  • Your company’s position on BPA.

This is a list of the vendors and links to their responses:

Please click on the following links for additional information on BPA:

EPA Action Plan Summary link
FDA BPA Info Link

 
Report: Attention Deficit Disorder and Pesticides on Food PDF Print E-mail
A new study out of Harvard shows that even tiny, allowable amounts of a common pesticide class can have dramatic effects on brain chemistry. Organophosphate insecticides (OP's) are among the most widely used pesticides in the U.S. & have long been known to be particularly toxic for children. This is the first study to examine their effects across a representative population with average levels of exposure.

Conclusion:  Kids with above-average pesticide exposures are 2x as likely to have ADHD.

Read the full report at www.whatsonmyfood.org
 
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Take Action: Rescue Local and Organic Farming in the Food Safety Bill!

The U.S. Senate will vote shortly on a sweeping overhaul of federal food safety law (S. 510).  The House food safety bill passed last year (HR 2749) included several measures that potentially threaten small-scale local farmers and organic producers, including a blanket application of complicated monitoring and traceability standards -- regardless of one's farm size - and a potential $500 fee for any farm engaged in onsite processing (i.e., maple syrup production, sun-dried tomatoes, salad mixes, etc.).

The vast majority of recent food safety scandals in the U.S. - E. coli on fresh spinach, melamine in dairy products, Salmonella in peanut butter - were all linked to industrial agribusiness practices.  There's no doubt that industrial agriculture and its international supply chain need better oversight.  But, family-scale local and organic farms are probably the safest in the nation -- they are part of the solution, not part of the problem -- and need to be protected!

What You Can Do

Now is your chance, as a supporter of sustainable family farming, to help fix these problems. Senator John Tester (D-MT), a certified organic farmer himself, is proposing an amendment to S. 510 that would exempt small-scale farmers and food processors from the most burdensome regulations.

Please contact your Senators today and ask them to support the Tester amendment to S. 510.  Call the Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121 to find their phone number:

For the more information on the amendment, go to:

http://www.cornucopia.org/2010/04/action-alert-rescue-localorganic-farming-in-the-food-safety-bill/#more-2770

Your Voice Makes a Difference.   Thanks for your support of organic, local and sustainable farmers
 
Action Alert - Protect Your Right to Know Which Foods Contain GMOs PDF Print E-mail
Please send this URGENT message to U.S. Government leaders to protect your right to know which foods are made from genetically modified organisms (GMOs). Click and send an email today to the Secretaries of State (Clinton), Agriculture (Vilsack), and Health and Human Services (Sebelius). Please try to do this before Wednesday, May 5th, but don't stop until they come around.

They must stop U.S. negotiators at an international (Codex) conference from May 3-7, from pushing an agenda that could make it difficult for anyone, anywhere in the world to label foods as genetically modified (GM) - or even make non-GMO claims on their product's label. At this point, there is no labelling of products containing GMOs in the U.S., and the majority of consumers would avoid GMOs if they were labeled.

The U.S. is taking the position that GMOs are not different from conventional foods, claiming labels that say GMO or non-GMO are misleading.

If they succeed at the meeting, the U.S. may then file lawsuits through the World Trade Organization against any country that implements mandatory labeling of GMOs, or even allows non-GMO claims on packages.

The growing evidence and concern about health dangers of GMOs is making waves. A renowned US Medical organization (American Academy of Environmental Medicine) called on doctors to prescribe non-GMO diets for all patients. Consumers are seeking non-GMO brands, and the fastest growing claim among store brands in 2009 was "GMO-Free" (Neilson Survey). The trade journal Supermarket News predicts GMO concerns will erupt this year, specifically because consumers are now given choices by the new Non-GMO Shopping Guide website and the Non-GMO Project's third-party verified standard for making non-GMO claims.

Most Americans (53%) say they would avoid GMOs if they were labeled. But even 5% would likely be enough to create a tipping point of consumer rejection, forcing all GM ingredients out of our food supply.

We can see the tipping point just over the horizon, but it is now threatened by the US position at Codex.

Demand that the U.S. support the right for countries everywhere to label GMOs. And remind them that 9 out of 10 Americans want mandatory GMO labeling, and that President Obama actually made a campaign pledge to implement it-which are all waiting for.

Send an email today
 
Help Protect Organic Small Farms PDF Print E-mail
Please contact your senators to protect organic small farms in the food safety bill.

Please contact your Senators today, if you have yet to do so, and ask them to support the Tester amendment. To reach your US Senators, use the following web address to find their office and phone number or call the Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121. http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm

There's no doubt that industrial agriculture and its international supply chain need better oversight. But, family-scale local and organic farms are probably the safest in the nation -- they are part of the solution, not part of the problem -- and need to be protected!

The U.S. Senate will vote shortly on a sweeping overhaul of federal food safety law -- S. 510. The House food safety bill passed last year (HR 2749) included several measures that potentially threaten small-scale local farmers and organic producers, including a blanket application of complicated monitoring and traceability standards -- regardless of one's
farm size -- and a potential $500 fee for any farm engaged in onsite processing (i.e., maple syrup production, sun-dried tomatoes, salad mixes, etc.).

Now is your chance, as a supporter of sustainable family farming, to help fix these problems. Senator John Tester (D-MT), a certified organic farmer himself, is proposing an amendment to S. 510 that would exempt small-scale farmers and food processors from the most burdensome regulations. Visit the web address below to read why Senator Tester is offering his amendment. http://www.cornucopia.org/FoodSafety/Tester_FoodSafetyAmendment.pdf
 
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