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      Organic Bytes 86: Milk Boycott, Mad Cow & More
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      They show this below as a recommended website and I agree... Jahnets


      -----Original Message-----
      From: Organic Consumers Association [mailto:listadmin@...]
      Sent: Saturday, July 01, 2006 3:00 AM
      To: Janet
      Subject: Organic Bytes 86: Milk Boycott, Mad Cow & More




      Hello Janet,

      ORGANIC BYTES #86
      Health, Justice and Sustainability News Tidbits with an Edge!

      6/29/2006
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      Written and edited by Craig Minowa and Ronnie Cummins

      IN THIS ISSUE

      a.. BOYCOTT OF HORIZON DAIRY GENERATING NATIONAL PUBLICITY
      b.. PESTICIDES INCREASE RISK OF PARKINSONS DISEASE
      c.. STUDY SAYS MAD COW EPIDEMIC MAY BE INCUBATING IN THOUSANDS
      OF PEOPLE
      d.. STOP GENETICALLY ENGINEERED PLUM TREES
      e.. EPA STAFF REVOLTS
      f.. STATE FOOD SAFETY LABELING LAWS UNDER ATTACK
      g.. OCA RECOMMENDED WEBSITES OF THE WEEK



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      BOYCOTT OF HORIZON DAIRY GENERATING NATIONAL PUBLICITY
      The Organic Consumers Association's (OCA) call for a boycott of
      the nation's largest organic dairy brand, Horizon Organic has recently
      generated stories in the New York Times, USA Today, National Public Radio,
      and the Associated Press. The media coverage has highlighted the growing
      backlash by organic consumers against industrial scale dairy feedlots, who
      are misleadingly labeling their products as "USDA Organic," even though the
      animals on these factory farms have little or no access to pasture. In
      addition, most of the cows on these giant feedlots have been imported from
      conventional dairies, where they were weaned on blood, injected with
      hormones and antibiotics, and fed genetically engineered grains and
      slaughterhouse waste. While Horizon sources half of its milk from family
      farms where the lactating cows do have access to pasture, Aurora Organic,
      OCA's other major boycott target, gets all of its milk from intensive
      confinement feedlots. Aurora sells its "organic" milk to supermarket chains
      including Costco, Safeway, Giant, and Wild Oats, who bottle it under their
      own private labels. For more information, see the Safeguard Organic
      Standards section of the OCA website http://www.organicconsumers.org/sos.cfm
      as well as http://www.organicconsumers.org/2006/article_923.cfm

      Please Help OCA Continue our Fight to Safeguard Organic Standards!

      http://www.organicconsumers.org/donations.htm

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      PESTICIDES INCREASE RISK OF PARKINSONS DISEASE
      A new Harvard study has linked pesticide exposure to a 70%
      increase in Parkinson's disease. The study, which is the largest ever
      conducted, was released in the July 2006 issue of the Annals of Neurology.
      This research backs up earlier animal studies linking pesticide exposure to
      brain and nerve damage. For those who were exposed, occupation was not a
      risk factor, as farm workers and everyday home bug-sprayers all had the same
      increased risk. The study did not correlate the increased risk with any
      specific pesticides, but rather found the connection in overall general use
      of pesticides. "This is certainly the biggest and most serious populations
      study on people, and it appears to be the best proof today that there is a
      general association between pesticide and Parkinson's among people," said
      Robin Elliot, executive director for the Parkinson's Disease Foundation in
      New York City, describing the findings as "important and solid." Learn more:
      http://www.organicconsumers.org/2006/article_902.cfm


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      STUDY SAYS MAD COW EPIDEMIC MAY BE INCUBATING IN THOUSANDS OF
      PEOPLE
      A new study in the Lancet medical journal (UK) suggests that
      variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (vCJD), the human variant of Mad Cow
      Disease, may not peak in the human population for several decades, by which
      time many thousands of beef eaters and hospital patients that have received
      tainted blood transfusions could die. The study shows how Kuru, a similar
      fatal brain-wasting prion disease in New Guinea, has been found to have an
      incubation period of 35 to 41 years. Researchers suspect it could be longer
      for vCJD because the infection is transmitted between species, from cows to
      humans. The 160 fatal human cases of the disease that have already surfaced
      around the world could represent a distinct genetic subgroup of the
      population with an unusually short incubation period, according to John
      Collinge, the study leader and a professor at University College, London.
      There could be "substantial underestimations" in recent estimates of the
      size of the vCJD epidemic, Collinge said in a report in The Lancet medical
      journal.
      Learn more: http://www.organicconsumers.org/2006/article_889.cfm


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      BYTE BACK--TAKE ACTION

      There's still time to "byte back" on recent action alerts we've
      highlighted in Organic Bytes. If you haven't already done so, please take a
      moment to learn more about these issues and make your voice be heard!


      STOP GENETICALLY ENGINEERED PLUM TREES: The USDA is accepting
      public comments regarding the commercial planting of a genetically
      engineered plum tree, known as "C5." The plum has been gene-spliced to be
      resistant to the Honey Sweet Pox Potyvirus, which doesn't even exist in the
      United States. Approval of C5 would be the first widely released genetically
      engineered (GE) tree in the mainland United States (GE papayas are currently
      grown in Hawaii), and would pave the way for more GE tree and fruit
      varieties, including peaches, cherries, and apricots. GE tree pollen can
      drift for several miles, leading to contamination of neighboring organic
      crops and indigenous trees.
      Learn more and Take Action:
      http://organicconsumers.org/plum_alert.htm
      EPA STAFF REVOLTS (4,536 OCA members have taken action on this
      issue so far): Nine thousand EPA scientists have submitted a strongly worded
      letter to the EPA's Administrator, Stephen Johnson, protesting that
      "industry pressure" is compromising the "integrity of the science upon which
      agency decisions are based." The scientists are calling for a ban on
      pesticides known to be highly toxic. Research indicates that several dozen
      widely sprayed organophosphate pesticides, similar in composition to
      bio-warfare nerve gases, pose serious health threats, especially to
      children.
      Learn more and Take Action: http://organicconsumers.org/epa7.htm
      STATE FOOD SAFETY LABELING LAWS UNDER ATTACK (71,330 letters sent
      by OCA members so far): The House of Representatives has passed a
      controversial "national food uniformity" labeling law that would take away
      local government and states' power to require food safety food labels such
      as those required in California and other states on foods or beverages that
      are likely to cause cancer, birth defects, allergic reactions, or mercury
      poisoning. The law lowers the bar on food safety by overturning hundreds of
      food safety state laws and regulations, including those governing the safety
      of milk, fish, and shellfish. The bill now goes forward for consideration by
      the Senate.
      Learn more and Take Action:
      http://www.organicconsumers.org/rd/labeling.cfm

      ____________________________________

      We rely on your donations to continue our work on these important
      issues!

      http://www.organicconsumers.org/donations.htm

      OCA RECOMMENDED WEBSITES OF THE WEEK

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      can assist you in getting a better night sleep? NewsTarget and Truth
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      healing foods, herbs and nutrients. Look up any ailment and find a quick
      guide to treating the problem with everyday natural ingredients.
      http://www.healingfoodreference.com/
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      archives while live. Ronnie Cummins, OCA's National Director will be on the
      program August 10, followed by Ryan Zinn September 14 and Craig Minowa
      October 12.
      http://www.Meria.net



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