Organic Consumer Association Stories

Rats Fed Junk Food Pass Down Cancer Risk Through Multiple Generations of Offspring

A recent study out of Georgetown University Medical Center has concluded that what you eat can affect your children’s and grandchildren’s health, even if they eat healthy themselves. Sonia de Assis and her colleagues observed that rats fed fatty, unhealthy food pass on an increased cancer risk to their children and grandchildren. Click here to… Read more »

Tainted Cereal Exposes Soggy Food-Safety System

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… Read more »

More Pressure on Organic Claims for Personal Care Products

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… Read more »

Chez Sludge: How the Sewage Sludge Industry Bedded Alice Waters

How the Sewage Sludge Industry Bedded Alice Waters The celebrity chef Alice Waters is probably the world’s most famous advocate of growing and eating local, Organic food. In February 2010 her Chez Panisse Foundation 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… Read more »

LATEST ON THE SFPUC/CHEZ PANISSE SLUDGE SCANDAL: When Environmentalists Go Bad (and Tell Lies)

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… Read more »