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Read more from the Organic Consumers Association
1) Health News of the Week: How Organic Food and Farming Can Reverse Trends in Obesity and Diabetes
Obesity and diabetes are collectively the nation’s number one public health problem. A new “Critical Issue Report” describes six ways that organic food and farming can contribute to reversing current trends in obesity and diabetes. But most important, the report explains why the conscious decision by individuals to purchase organic food marks a critical first step toward a healthier diet and lifestyle.
2) Consumer Tip of the Week: Good Methods for Finding Local Food
Information on farmers markets and CSAs, as well as the Natural Resource Defense Council’s Local Food database. There you can type in your state and the month and pop up a list of produce that a shopper could reasonably expect to see harvested somewhere in that state at that time.
3) Organic News of the Week: Owls Replace Pesticides
For years, toxic rodenticides have been used to kill crop-damaging pests. Endangered birds of prey are indirectly killed when they eat rodents that contain these poisonous chemicals sprayed on crop fields. Now government -funded programs in countries like Israel are helping farmers install nest boxes to encourage birds of prey to deal with pests instead of toxic chemicals.
4) Big Brother News of the Week:
USDA’s National Animal Identification System Listening Tour Continues: Majority Of Speakers Opposed
“More consumers are stepping up to complain about the National Animal Identification System (NAIS) as the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) continues its national listening tour…”
5) Environment News of the Week: Pollution Can Change Your DNA in 3 Days, Study Suggests
A new study finds particulate matter suspended in the air can reprogram human genes in as little as three days causing increased rates of cancer and other diseases.