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SNEAK ATTACK ON ORGANIC STANDARDS
The Organic Consumers Association (OCA) needs your immediate help to stop Congress and the Bush administration from seriously degrading organic standards. After 35 years of hard work, the U.S. organic community has built up a multi-billion dollar alternative to industrial agriculture, based upon strict organic standards and organic community control over modification to these standards.
Together we will take back citizen control over organic standards and preserve organic integrity! Call the Capital Switchboard and write your US Senators and House Representives at democracyinaction.org.
Visit Daily Kos and Organic Consumers for more information.
PREVENT THE FREEZING OF COOL
Opponents of country of origin labeling (COOL) are trying once again to delay its implementation by slipping an amendment into a House budget bill. Let your Representative know you are watching!
The repeated delays on COOL are unacceptable! Send an email to your Representative, urging them to support Rehberg's amendment, and ensure COOL's timely implementation.
Press Your Lawmakers to Support Moratorium on Factory Farms
APHA, the largest professional society for US public health and
safety officials entrusted with our health and wellbeing, has
issued a call for local, state, and federal officials to enact
a moratorium on any new factory farms because of their devastating
effects on human health and the environment. Our health professionals
are telling us THERE OUGHT TO BE A LAW against building any
more factory farms.
your members of Congress and your state and local officials and
ask them to enact the moratorium on new factory farms called
for by APHA to protect our health and communities.
Take action to protect country of origin labeling (COOL)!
The 2002 Farm Bill established mandatory country of origin labeling (COOL) for meat by 2004. The labels would be found on food sold in grocery stores, and would state what country the meat came from. This kind of labeling could benefit both consumers, who will be able to make an informed choice and buy food produced closer to home and/or from countries with high food safety standards, and producers, who need a way to identify their crops and livestock as products of the United States.
Since the 2002 Farm Bill, corporate agribusiness, especially the meat and grocery industries, have used numerous tactics to delay COOL and hope to ultimately kill the labeling. Indeed, Congress already successfully delayed its implementation until 2006. Early this month, COOL opponents introduced the Meat Promotion Act of 2005, which would switch country of origin labeling into a voluntary program. The House Appropriations Agricultural Committee thankfully did not include this voluntary legislation in the appropriations bill (thank you to those who made calls!), but they instead decided to delay mandatory COOL once again, until 2007.
---Voluntary COOL does NOT have the support of commodity industries covered by the bill. In fact, over 170 agriculture and consumer groups support mandatory COOL, including one of the largest farm organizations and the 3 largest consumer organizations.
--- Every consumer survey conducted clearly indicates an overwhelming demand and even a willingness to pay a premium for the information provided by a mandatory COOL program.
--- Voluntary COOL is currently available and has been for a number of years, yet companies that import cheaper, often lower-quality food products have been unwilling to participate. Voluntary COOL is like having a voluntary speed limit -- it is not realistic!
This continual delay is unacceptable. Consumers deserve to know where the food comes from, so they can make thoughtful choices.
Send an email to the your Representative, urging them to implement COOL in 2006, and not to delay it for another year.
Take Action on Irradiated Meat
On April 7, 2004 the New York State United Teachers union passed a resolution calling for: a moratorium on the use of irradiated meat in school food programs until the long-term effects on children have been studied and documented.
Meanwhile, one of the most prominent food irradiation companies, SureBeam, recently went bankrupt. But while SureBeam supplied many of the national supermarket chains with irradiated meat, there are still other companies in the business. Publix is still stocking irradiated meat, and needs to hear from their shoppers that this is a bad choice.
Send Publix a Free Fax!
Tell Your Supermarket "NO Irradiated Food!"
Most supermarket chains that previously carried irradiated
ground beef had purchased their meat from SureBeam, the
prominent food irradiation company that recently filed
for bankruptcy. So now these supermarkets are searching
for a new irradiated meat supplier. This is a great time
to pressure stores NOT to resume sales of irradiated meat,
but to keep it off their shelves for good.
The irradiation companies which are still in business use
Cobalt 60 (a radioactive material). There are a host of problems
with food irradiation facilities, especially for surrounding
communities. In addition to a long list of accidents impacting
workers and surrounding communities, the presence of cobalt
60 raises serious security questions for neighbors of such
Tell your supermarket that it is irresponsible to support
a technology that has negative impacts on your health and the
safety of communities burdened with irradiation facilities
and ask them instead to stock sustainable, non-factory farmed
send a free fax, click
here and select your state to find
the supermarkets that carried irradiated foods.
to Other Factory Farm Action Alert Networks
are many organizations working on all fronts to counteract factory
farming and its negative impacts. Here is a sampling of those
that need your help with direct action campaigns:
The Public Citizen Critical Mass Energy and Environment Program
web site features Action Alerts related to Food Irradiation, Energy,
Nuclear Safety and Power, and Radioactivity.
for more organizations and web sites.