Tag Archives | Health and Environment Concerns

Exciting research gets early news break

Although the news from the Newcastle University-led study was scheduled to be released late July 14, an early story appearing in The Guardian July 11 started a rush of media attention. The Organic Center, which had been poised to send out its release late July 14, went ahead to distribute its press release and background […]

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The Organic Center campaign to Save Organic Citrus continues!

This past week, The Organic Center launched a crowdfunding campaign to support research finding organic solutions to citrus greening.   Currently, control of citrus greening relies heavily on toxic sprays that are harmful to bees and other wildlife.  We need solutions that are healthy for the environment and people, and that don’t rely on GMO resistant […]

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Health Canada limits antibiotics

CBC News reports that Health Canada’s Veterinary Drug Directorate has quietly announced a prohibition on the use of antibiotics as livestock and poultry growth promoters. Unfortunately, most antibiotics in feed are intended for disease prevention, which will still be permitted, so it’s unlikely the requirement will reduce the overall amount of antibiotics fed to animals. The use of prescriptions may ensure a […]

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Changes to supplemented foods

Health Canada is proposing changes to how it approves products supplemented with vitamins, minerals or amino acids, as well as those covered by a Temporary Marketing Authorization Letter. Affected members are asked to contact Stephanie Wells to request draft guidelines shared this week by Health Canada. The draft guidance includes a new classification for supplemented products and maximum […]

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OTA’s new GMO labeling position

The Board adopted an official position on the Labeling of USDA NOP certified products and Non-GMO claims, shaped by OTA’s Organic = Non-GMO Plus Task Force in response to growing concern about competing and confusing “non-GMO” claims in the marketplace. The position highlights USDA National Organic Program (NOP) certification as the primary and sole messaging […]

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Major campaign seeks organic solutions for citrus greening

Citrus greening disease, or Huanglongbing (HLB), threatens the citrus industry on a massive scale. In the past ten years, citrus greening has wiped out 90,000 acres of citrus, resulted in a loss of 8,000 jobs, and caused $4.5 billion worth of damage to the U.S. economy. The organic sector has been hit especially hard. Until […]

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Ontario to ban neonicotinoids

The province of Ontario intends to be the first to restrict the use of neonicotinoids, the controversial pesticide that has been linked to a decline in the bee population. Ontario is home to over 40 percent of Canada’s beekeepers. Reports show their winter losses have risen to as high as 50 percent, from 15 percent […]

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Oregon Right to Know campaign gets needed signatures

Obtaining over 150,000 signatures from Oregon residents, the Oregon Right to Know Campaign will be submitting a petition to the state this Wednesday, July 2, requesting a GMO labeling measure on the Nov. 4 ballot. The effort, undertaken over the past six weeks, vastly surpassed the needed goal of 87,213 signatures by a July 3 […]

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AMA seeks ban on overuse of antibiotics on farms

The American Medical Association is seeking a ban on the agricultural use of antibiotics to promote livestock growth in an effort to slow the development of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. At its annual meeting in June, AMA adopted Resolution 513 which also calls for regulatory and legislative measures to require that antibiotic prescriptions for livestock be overseen […]

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Collaboration needed on enforcing organic claims

OTA senior staff members, including Executive Director and CEO Laura Batcha, met with Federal Trade Commission officials this past week to discuss FTC’s oversight and enforcement of the term “organic” on non-food products. The meeting followed the filing of comments by OTA in late May to an FTC notice that the commission plans to move […]

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