Author: Oscar

Take action to defend organic standards!

Send a message to the USDA today to support the organic animal welfare rule Last year, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) finalized a new rule requiring humane conditions for animals raised on certified organic farms. Now the USDA is proposing to withdraw this new rule entirely. Last year, the U.S….

Consumers Union Supports Organic in the Farm Bill

The Farm Bill is the primary legislation authorizing federal agriculture and food policy programs. This massive bill, which Congress generally revisits and reworks every few years, deals with policies affecting farms, food assistance programs, and other initiatives of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). The 2018 Farm Bill process is…

Arsenic in Baby Rice Cereal

FDA Takes Action: Proposes Limit on Arsenic The Issue Arsenic in Baby Foods On April 1, 2016, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced a proposal to limit inorganic arsenic in infant rice cereal to 100 ppb—very close to the level we recommended more than three years ago. While we are pleased…

Routine Drug Use in Livestock and Poultry Production

What Consumers Should Know The development of bacteria that can resist antibiotics is now a public health crisis. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that every year antibiotic-resistant bacteria cause more than two million infections, killing at least 23,000 people. The problem is not limited to…

Antibiotic use in organic chicken hatcheries

Closing the loophole for a strong organic label Improving the Organic Label Prohibiting Antibiotics in Hatcheries If you look for the “organic” label to ensure you are buying chicken that was never treated with antibiotics, you may be surprised to learn that the organic regulations contain a loophole. Federal organic…

Animal Agriculture

Working Toward a More Sustainable and Humane System Food Safety and Sustainability in Animal Agriculture Why it matters There’s a high cost to cheap protein. The way we raise the animals destined for our dinner tables has a direct impact on the health and safety of our food. There should…

Fair Trade Certified

The Fair Trade Certified seal means that one or more of the ingredients in the product were produced and traded in accordance with Fair Trade USA’s standards. Fair Trade USA says it aims to help ensure that farmers and workers are paid fair prices and wages, work in safe conditions, protect…