Fake “Organic” BodycareCompanies Go to Court
Te amily owned r. ronner’s agicoaps led a lawsuit in aliornia uperiorourt today against numerous personalcare brands to orce them to stop makingmisleading organic labeling claims.r. ronner’s and the rganic onsumersssociation (OCA) had previously warnedofending brands that they aced litigationunless they committed to either drop theirorganic claims or reormulate away rommain ingredients made rom conventionalagricultural and/or petrochemical mate-rial without any certied organic material.OCA members are expected to be witnessesand provide evidence o raud and decep-tion in support o r. ronner’s complaint.
How Your Diet Affects Global Climate Change
ood accounts or 13% o all reenhouse as
emissions.Red meat and dairy are responsible or nearly
hal o all greenhouse gas emissions rom oodor an average US household.Replacing red meat and dairy with chicken,
sh, or eggs in your diet or one day per weekreduces emissions equal to 760 miles per yearo driving.witching to vegetables one day per week cuts
the equivalent o driving 1160 miles per year.
Affordable Electric Cars Soon to Hit US Market
lthough several manuacturers now provide elec-tric cars or the price o a small home ($50k-$100k),Norwegian automaker Tink lobal announced itwill have an afordable electric car available or envi-ronmental-minded consumers in North mericawithin 18 months. Te battery-powered vehicle willbe priced below $25,000 and will be able to travel upto 110 miles on a single charge, with a top speed o about 65 mph.
Last Chance to TakeAction on Farm Bill?
Te deadline on the 2007—now2008—arm ill has been a mov-ing target, but the conerencecommittee is currently set toconclude its work soon. e needas many e-mails as soon as pos-sible to urge ongress to pass aarm ill that increases undingor organic, transition to organic,and nutrition programs, ratherthan simply more subsidies orcorporate welare and biouels.
Celebrate World Fair Trade Day May 10
Join us in celebrating air rade on ay 10, 2008! airrade means a air price or armers and artisans, abetter uture or our planet, and a tastier, higher qual-ity product or you.n aturday, ay 10, rganic onsumers will joinwith people rom 70 countries worldwide to celebrateorld air rade ay and highlight the importanceand benets o air rade.e’re trying to set the world record or the orld’sLargest air rade ofee reak: t 3pm Eastern/Noon Pacic, air rade supporters around the worldwill take a break to enjoy a cup o air rade cofee.
Web Video: A Crude Awakening: The Oil Crash
e’ve built our civilization to depend on it. e con-sume as much oil in a single day as it would take toll enough barrels to encircle the entire planet. It’s ourchilles heel, and geologists and economists agreethere’s a major problem on the horizon. ave we hitour peak, and what massive implications will thathave on our lives in both the short and long term?
Written and edited by Craig Minowa & Ronnie Cummins
Food and Consumer News Tidbits with an Edge… From the Organic Consumers Association · www.organicconsumers.org
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