Organic food and malformations in the urinary tract (hypospadias) in newborn boys

From medicalxpress.com | July 10, 2015 Women who ate organically produced food during pregnancy had halved likelihood of giving birth to a boy with hypospadias compared to women who never or seldom did so. These are findings from a new study from the Norwegian Mother and Child Cohort Study (MoBa) at the Norwegian Institute of public Health, newly published by Environmental Health Perspectives. Hypospadias denotes a male urogenital anomaly in which the opening of the urinary tract is not …

TTIP could open EU to ‘new biotech’ GMO seeds and foods – The Ecologist

… generation’ biotech crops to escape the EU’s legislation on GMOs and therefore to go unregulated. Is there a link between this new push, and TTIP? Emails obtained via a Freedom of Information request show this might indeed be the case. Responding to public concerns, the European Commission has fervently denied any claims that EU food safety standards, or other standards for that matter, would be lowered as a result of TTIP. In early 2013, for example, the New York Times reported …

City to push for more organic recycling | Capital New York

… 2030. The city will take comments from the public on the proposal and hopes to enact the measures in the fall, though it would provide a six-month grace period for businesses to comply. The new rules would apply to places like Yankee Stadium, Citi Field, the Barclays Center and Madison Square Garden, as well as the Hunts Point Food Distribution Center in the Bronx and more than 100 hotels. The new rules would double the amount of organic waste that’s now collected by the city to roughly …

Hy-Vee composting food waste at Nebraska stores : Lincoln, NE Journal Star

… latest grocery chain in Nebraska to launch a food and organic waste recycling program. B&R Stores, which owns Super Saver and Russ’s Market, has been working with Prairieland Dairy since March to turn organic waste into compost. The dairy also picks up cafeteria waste at six Lincoln public Schools. Source: Hy-Vee composting food waste at Nebraska stores : Lincoln, NE Journal Star …

Growing food heals communities – Valley Morning Star : Tu Salud

… forest including a fruit orchard. His volunteer group met with some resistance when the city gave him a citation for gardening in the public space. But with a bit of press coverage and 900 signatures on a petition, they fought it and won. And why shouldn’t they? South Central LA has many vacant and unsightly lots, as we do in the Valley. What better way to use that land for something positive and productive. Finely’s prophetic voice has touched millions of people. He “preaches” that …

Maine Organic Farmers Group Joins Lawsuit Against USDA | Maine Public Broadcasting

By Jay Field | April 8, 2015 UNITY, Maine – The Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association has joined groups across the country in a federal lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Agriculture. In the suit, the groups charge that the department changed a key rule, without public comment, governing how synthetic and prohibited natural substances can be used in the production of organic food. This story begins with the Organic Foods Production Act. Congress passed the measure in 1990. It …

Choose smart & organic – Focus Health – Susie Ponici

… Genetically modified foods have also generated much alarm in many sectors of the health industry. Scientists, doctors, and health educators have long cautioned the public about the injurious effects of GM crops on the health of animals and humans. As it stands now, we have about a 70-75% chance of picking a product with GMO ingredients without even realizing it! To date, the biggest GM crops are soybeans and corn, from which thousands of processed foods are made. While washing and rinsing may …

GMO Critics Vindicated: Biotech Corporations Were Pushing Fraud All Along | Global Research – Centre for Research on Globalization

By Ethan A. Huff | March 31, 2015 The sordid sequence of events that opened the floodgates for the genetic takeover of the American food supply — that is, the mass introduction of untested genetically-engineered (GE) food ingredients on the sly — is outlined in an eye-opening new book by American public interest lawyer Steve Druker, entitled Altered Genes, Twisted Truth. Drudging up several decades’ worth of historical facts surrounding genetically-modified organisms (GMOs) and the way …

Conspiracy Theorist Denies Olive Oil is Extra Virgin | GlossyNews.com

… virgin at all!” “And some of it isn’t even olive oil! They mix in soy oil or corn oil, most of it genetically modified!” Da Vinci lost his plum job as senior food critic at Manhattan Gourmand after he went public with his olive oil conspiracies. He is also starting a class action suit against the olive oil industry for fraudulent labeling. His “Olive Oil Truth” account on Twitter (@OliveOilTruther) already has more than 20,000 followers. But not everyone believes in such wild …

Legislature considers banning microbeads: Oregon environment news | OregonLive.com

… of public land. California’s drought has gotten so bad, the state’s governor is imposing mandatory water restrictions. Gov. Jerry Brown announced the restrictions Wedesday at a snow survey where surveyors the lowest level of Sierra Nevada snowpack in 65 years of record-keeping. The restrictions include mandatory curtailments for campuses, golf courses, cemeteries and other large users. It also calls upon local governments to replace lawns with drought-resistant landscapes and charge …