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News for October 14, 2010

Why Is The Government So Sour On Raw Milk?

Did you know that it is illegal to provide raw milk to Canadian consumers?

I am astounded by this, as are many others, because it restricts each consumer’s choice to access milk that, in my opinion, is far more health promoting than its pasteurized counterpart.

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California Pays to Promote Pesticides on Produce

Well, here's a new twist on getting Americans to eat their veggies: Let them know that pesticide residues on them are no big deal. That's the line of argument taken by the Alliance for Food and Farming (AFF), an industry front group that refers to itself as "a non-profit organization made up of farmers and farm groups." As Sarah Parsons pointed out a few months back, the AFF came out full force against the Environmental Working Group's (EWG) guide to pesticides, claiming that giving Americans information about pesticide exposure is scaring them away from eating fruits and vegetables.

Well, I have to hand it to that PR machine, whoever they are. Way to take a national problem — Americans not eating enough fruits and veggies — and somehow spin it in your favor. Apparently, it's such a successful argument that the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) bought in, issuing the AFF a $180,000 grant of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) money to "correct the misconception that some fresh produce items contain excessive amounts of pesticide residues."


Organic Egg Farms May Not Be as Clean as You Think

After a massive health crisis like the recent 550 million egg recall for salmonella (which came despite new FDA rules), many consumers may have flocked toward USDA organic hoping to find a safer, more environmentally product. But that little green sticker may not be telling you the whole story.

Two weeks ago, James McWilliams wrote in The New York Times about a number of studies suggesting that small-scale egg producers may not have any lower incidence of salmonella infection than their industrial-scale counterparts. But according to a recent report by small-scale farming advocacy group the Cornucopia Institute, the "organic" label doesn't even guarantee that your eggs will be coming from a small producer.


Canada Declares BPA Toxic, Sets Stage for More Bans

Canada has declared bisphenol A a toxic chemical, prompting calls for far-reaching curbs on the industrial chemical that is used in everything from the linings of aluminum cans to coatings on electronic till receipts.

Canada added the compound, known as BPA, to a list of substances deemed potentially harmful to health or the environment in a notice published in the Canada Gazette on Wednesday.


Wal-Mart to Buy More Local Produce

Wal-Mart Stores announced a program on Thursday that would focus on sustainable agriculture among its suppliers, as it tries to expand its efforts to improve environmental efficiency among its suppliers.

The program is intended to put more locally grown food in Wal-Mart stores in the United States, invest in training and infrastructure for small and medium-size farmers, particularly in emerging markets, and begin to measure the efficiency of large suppliers in growing and getting their produce to market.

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