|Posted on Friday, July 28, 2006 - 2:31 am: || |
ORGANIC BOYCOTT SPREADS--
ORGANIC OUTLAWS LABELING FACTORY FARM MILK AS "USDA ORGANIC"
In April OCA launched a boycott of two leading organic dairy brands and distributors, Horizon (a division of Dean Foods) and Aurora, for mislabeling their products as "USDA Organic." All of Aurora's and much of Horizon's "organic" milk is coming from factory farm feedlots where the cows have been brought in from conventional farms and have little or no access to pasture. After three months, thousands of consumers and a number of co-ops and natural food stores have joined the boycott. Now it's time to expand the boycott to five grocery chains selling bogus organic milk from Aurora Organic:
Costco's "Kirkland Signature"
Publix’s “High Meadows"
Safeway's "O" Organics brand
Wild Oats' organic milk
Giant's "Nature's Promise."
In addition OCA is calling for a boycott of Horizon's sister soy brands--Silk soymilk and White Wave tofu--which have begun turning away from U.S. organic farmers and instead importing cheap organic soybeans from China and Brazil, where labor rights and environmental standards are routinely violated.
Please send an email message to the Shameless Seven, telling them to stop violating organic standards and to source certified organic foods and ingredients from North American family farmers. And please forward this email to interested friends and colleagues. Take Action: http://www.organicconsumers.org/rd/aurora.cfm
BOYCOTT THE SHAMELESS SEVEN--ORGANIC OUTLAWS LABELING FACTORY FARM MILK AS 'USDA ORGANIC'
While USDA bureaucrats drag their feet on closing key loopholes in national organic organic standards, retailers, wholesalers and major “organic” brands are continuing to sell milk and dairy products labeled as "USDA Organic, even though most or all of their milk is coming from factory farm feedlots where the animals have been brought in from conventional farms and are kept in intensive confinement, with little or no access to pasture.
The Organic Consumers Association is expanding its boycott of Horizon and Aurora organic dairy products to include five national "private label" organic milk brands supplied by Aurora, as well as two leading organic soy products, Silk and White Wave, owned by Horizon's parent company, Dean Foods. Its time to turn up the heat on the "Shameless Seven.
While thousands of organic consumers and a number of natural food stores and cooperatives have joined the boycott, major national large grocery retailers have ignored the boycott.
Aurora Organic supplies milk for several private label organic milk brands, including Costco's "Kirkland Signature," Safeway’s "O" organics brand, Publix’s “High Meadows,”Giant's "Natures Promise," and Wild Oats’ organic milk. Aurora Organic received a failing grade from the Cornucopia Institute's survey of organic dairies for its practice of intensive confinement of dairy cows. For pictures of Aurora Organic's operations, follow this link. The Cornucopia Institute recently blew the whistle on Aurora Organic's greenwashing and its bogus certification of animal welfare.
Additionally, its been revealed that much of the soy for Dean Food's White Wave tofu and Silk soymilk products are sourced abroad, primarily from Brazil and China. Environmental standards and workers' rights are routinely violated in these two countries.
Take action today! Send a message to the Shameless Sevens' CEOs and let them know you are boycotting their products until they comply with USDA organic standards. Sign the petition below!
Link to Petition:
|Posted on Friday, July 28, 2006 - 7:11 am: || |
Posted on our discussion board Tuesday, July 11, 2006 - 7:25 am:
Here is an article just published in the July Delicious Living magazine. They place it in all the bags when checking out in Washington state health food stores. It explains the run we are having on our books from Washington people. I always said to Mike that it would take someone in a small country like the U.K. to publish the truth about MSG:
"Some artificial food additives commonly found in children's snacks could be a dangerous cocktail for nerve cells, particularly when combined, and may even cause hyperactivity disorder, according to new research conducted at the University of Liverpool (Toxicological Sciences, 2006, vol.90, no.1).In the study, nerve cells exposed to combinations of additives (in the amount found in typical snacks) experienced stunted growth and disrupted signaling. Those tested included monosodium glutamate (MSG), aspartame (Equal, Nutrasweet), and artificial colorings brilliant blue and quinoline yellow. Here's a quick cheat-sheet for avoiding these additives." Melissa Coleman. I'll include the list for MSG here:
Names used to disguise MSG include autolyzed yeast, yeast extract, hydrolyzed protein, and hydrolyzed plant protein." The source for information was from Jane Hersey, national director of the Feingold Association, which researches harmful additives in brand name foods."
For your further information, the Brilliant Blue can be labeled here as Blue No. 1. Blue 1, or FD&C Blue 1. Quinoline yellow is found as D&C Yellow No 1. Foods in the U.S. should not contain this dye. but lots of medicines do, Including two versions of Ritalin, the medication used for hyperactivity and attention deficit disorder...quite ironic.
|Posted on Friday, July 28, 2006 - 7:26 am: || |
Lisa Marie, thank you for posting about the organic milk problem here. I had heard about it, and now we can do something about it. We just added our name to the petition. Now I know why I always react to Horizon milk.