When it comes to personal care items like toothpaste and body lotion, claims like “made with organic ingredients” or “authentically organic” can flummox even the greenest consumer. No federal agency polices organic claims for personal care items – at least not yet – so manufacturers have been able to use these customer-pleasing terms loosely and liberally.
On June 25, Kellogg’s issued a “voluntary recall” of 28 million boxes of its breakfast cereals, including Froot Loops, Apple Jacks, Corn Pops, and Honey Smacks. The company revealed it had detected an “uncharacteristic off-flavor and smell coming from the liner in the package” of the suspect cereal and warned of “possible temporary symptoms, including nausea and diarrhea” from eating it.
BRUSSELS – Genetically modified (GM) foods will be introduced more quickly in Europe as a result of a new proposal, some Brussels officials fear.
Without strict new regulations, the way beef, poultry, and pork are produced in America could rob us of effective antibiotics.
Too-big-to-fail is a much bigger problem than you thought. We’ve all read damning accounts of the government saving banks from their risky subprime bets, but it turns out that the Wall Street privilege problem is far more deeply ingrained in the U.S. legal system than the simple bailouts witnessed in 2008. America’s largest banks can engage in flagrantly criminal activity on a massive scale and emerge almost completely unscathed. The latest sickening example comes from Wachovia Bank: Accused of laundering 0 billion in Mexican drug cartel money, the financial behemoth is expected to emerge with nothing more than a slap on the wrist thanks to an official government policy which protects megabanks from criminal charges.
How the Sewage Sludge Industry Bedded Alice Waters
The celebrity chefÂ Alice WatersÂ is probably the world’s most famous advocate of growing and eating local, Organic food. In February 2010 herÂ Chez Panisse FoundationÂ chose as its new Executive Director the wealthy “green socialite” and liberal political activistFrancesca Vietor. Vietor’s hiring created a serious conflict of interest that has married Waters and her Foundation to theÂ San Francisco Public Utilities CommissionÂ and its scam of disposing of toxic sewage sludge waste as free “organicÂ BiosolidsÂ compost.” for gardens.
Since 2007, the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission has given away “free organic biosolids compost” to gardeners and school gardens in San Francisco. Of course, their “organic” compost could not be legally applied on an organic farm because its made of sewage sludge – what the sewage industry likes to euphemistically call “biosolids.” Sewage sludge is minimally regulated by the EPA and its use as fertilizer for food crops has resulted in human and animal deaths in the past. Of course, usually it doesn’t result in such acute toxicity, but those are the chances you take when you play with such a minimally regulated chemical soup.
On Tuesday, the Federal Housing Finance Agency effectively shut down an innovative green financing program called Property Assessed Clean Energy, or PACE, by restricting the ability of homeowners to take out loans to install solar panels and make other energy efficiency improvements.
Federal politicians from the government and opposition benches have mysteriously cancelled an 18-month investigation into oilsands pollution in water and opted to destroy draft copies of their final report, Canwest News Service has learned.
We don’t produce enough fresh fruits and vegetables in the United States for everyone to eat a balanced and nutritious diet,” says Jon Scholl, President of American Farmland Trust (AFT).