Solano Coalition for Better Health: Sustainable food system better for all

… car off the road for three months. 2. Go organic. Because fewer chemical pesticide and fertilizers are used, organically grown and raised products have less impact on the environment. When applied to animal products like dairy, organic means that no antibiotics or synthetic hormones are fed to the animals. Look for foods labeled USDA Certified Organic or ask at your farmers market. 3. Close to home. Eating locally means sourcing foods that are produced relatively close to where they are sold. …

The Dirt on Growing Food in Water: Some Think It Can’t Be Organic | TakePart

… comment sections—the dynamic is a part of how federal organic standards are determined. Case in point: In late April, the National Organic Standards Board, a 15-person board appointed by the secretary of agriculture, recommended to the Department of Agriculture that hydroponics, a method for growing plants in a nutrient-rich water solution instead of soil, be banned from receiving official organic certification. The USDA promptly ignored the recommendation, which has organic advocates furious. …

Organic board busts ‘no synthetic pesticides’ myth, okays new herbicides and fungicides | Genetic Literacy Project

By Peter Whoriskey |May 1, 2015 You might think the USDA “organic” label is reserved for foods produced without any man-made chemicals. But under government rules, “organic” food may be grown or processed with the aid of scores of synthetic substances, as long as those chemicals have been deemed essential. Exactly which chemicals should be allowed? This week, in a process that is largely invisible to consumers but that has become a semi-annual ritual of controversy within the world of …

We have the right to know what we are putting in our bodies – Columbus healthy living | Examiner.com

… not proven safe and the labels would not be accurate. The announcement on May 11, 2015 was made by Joseph Mercola MD as a call-to-arms for people to write their Congressmen immediately to stop the progress of H.B. 1159. Our bodies are the temples of our souls. We have an obligation to take care of them. While the USDA and FDA pretend that GMOs may not be harmful, there is no doubt that Roundup (glyphosate), 2-4-D (Agent Orange) and similar chemicals are carcinogenic and cause damage to the …

Just Because Your Chicken Is Organic Doesn’t Mean It Was Raised Humanely | Mother Jones

By Twilight Greenaway & Adrien Schless-Meier | April 23, 2015 The USDA’s organic standards don’t prevent animal cruelty—but that may soon change. This piece was originally published by Civil Eats. Do you ever wonder why so much organic food also carries animal welfare labels? The short answer is that while the US Department of Agriculture’s organic standards are very precise about pesticides and other growing practices for the crops that people and animals eat, it doesn’t …

Organic seafood standards coming in 2015

By Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press | April 18, 2015 WASHINGTON – After more than a decade of delays, the government is moving toward allowing the sale of U.S.-raised organic fish and shellfish. But don’t expect it in the grocery store anytime soon. The Agriculture Department says it will propose standards for the farmed organic fish this year. That means the seafood could be available in as few as two years — but only if USDA moves quickly to complete the rules and seafood …

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

… set standards for organic certification. It also created the National Organic standards Board to oversee – in the absence of healthier alternatives – which synthetic materials could be used in the production and processing of organic food. Under USDA rules, these materials would automatically exit a National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances after five years – unless, after considering public comment, two-thirds of the members of the organic standards board voted to …

10 Nutritious Foods That Won’t Break Your Budget

… 10 foods to your grocery list, your money will go further in terms of your shopping budget, as well as your health. The average prices listed below were gathered from various sources, such as the Bureau of Labor Statistics and the USDA Economic Research Service (ERS). Nutritional information was provided by a variety of sources including NutritionData.com. If you’re concerned that prices may rise significantly when buying organic, don’t worry. There are easy ways to buy organic foods on a …

What Food Labels Really Mean

By Sylvia Booth Hubbard | April 2, 2015 If you’re like many Americans, you’re reading more food labels than in the past. Perhaps you look for foods labeled “all natural,” “organic,” “free-range,” “GMO-free,” or “0 trans fats.” But what do those labels really mean? Some terms, such as organic, are regulated by the FDA and USDA. Others, such as “all natural,” aren’t regulated at all, and may not mean what you …

Certified Naturally Grown: A New Way to Identify Pesticide-Free, Non-GMO Food » EcoWatch

By Radha McLean, Posted 20 March 2015 Eco-conscious shoppers now have an alternative to organic food that has been certified by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) as Certified Naturally Grown (CNG). The equally pesticide-free method of farming is being used by a growing number of small farmers who cannot afford the expense of getting an organic certification from the USDA. “Certified Naturally Grown is like the USDA’s National Organic Program in that our certified producers must …