|Why it’s so hard to know whether organic food is really organic|
The Washington Post - 5/22/2017. By M. Jason Kuo - Last week, The Washington Post reported that 36 million pounds of imported nonorganic soybeans suddenly obtained “organic” labels for domestic sale after entering California. This could happen because soybeans, like other foods, are imported via complex global supply chains, involving many different specialist businesses between the farmer and the final customer.
|US Court Documents Show Monsanto Manager Led Cancer Cover Up for Glyphosate and PCBs|
Sustainable Pulse - 5/19/2017. The same Monsanto manager, Dr. George Levinskas, who helped hide the carcinogenic potential of PCBs in the 1970s, has now been shown, in California court documents released Tuesday, to have also influenced the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regarding the carcinogenic potential of the World’s most used herbicide – glyphosate – in the 1980s.
|Monarch butterfles: The problem with herbicides|
Science Daily - 5/17/2017. By Michigan State University - Monarch butterfly populations are shrinking. New research makes a strong case that the reasons for this decline go far beyond what's happening on the wintering grounds and addresses a current controversy about the primary causes of the specie's decline.
|Letter to the editor: At Maine dairies, products are truly ‘organic’|
Portland Press Herald - 5/16/2017. By Chris Grigsby, Director of MOFGA Certification Services - The recent Washington Post article, “Review of big dairies raises doubts that some ‘organic’ milk is the real thing,” published in the May 2 Portland Press Herald, underscored one of the major enforcement challenges facing the organic dairy industry and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s administration of organic certification activities. It also created the impression that consumers cannot trust any organic dairy products, and that is unfortunate because it is untrue.