The Dirty Dozen Plus™
For the past eight years, EWG has scrutinized pesticide testing data generated by scientists at the U.S. Department of Agriculture and federal Food and Drug Administration and has created its signature Dirty Dozen™ list of foods most commonly contaminated with pesticides. As well, we publish our Clean Fifteen™list of the foods least likely to be pesticide-tainted.
This year we have expanded the Dirty Dozen™ with a Plus category to highlight two crops — green beans and leafy greens, meaning, kale and collard greens – that did not meet traditional Dirty Dozen™ criteria but were commonly contaminated with highly toxic organophosphate insecticides.
These insecticides are toxic to the nervous system and have been largely removed from agriculture over the past decade. But they are not banned and still show up on some food crops.
Earth Open Source press release 17 June 2012
Aren’t critics of genetically engineered food anti-science? Isn’t the debate over GMOs (genetically modified organisms) a spat between emotional but ignorant activists on one hand and rational GM-supporting scientists on the other?
A new report released today, “GMO Myths and Truths”, challenges these claims. The report presents a large body of peer-reviewed scientific and other authoritative evidence of the hazards to health and the environment posed by genetically engineered crops and organisms (GMOs).
Unusually, the initiative for the report came not from campaigners but from two genetic engineers who believe there are good scientific reasons to be wary of GM foods and crops.
We had a great turnout for the pick-nic info session last Sunday. Some eager volunteers showed up to share delicious food and positive energy towards this great community food project!
Thank you goes out to Jessica Goerzen, Christina Grieve, Laura Hsu, Jill McDowell, and Alisa Senecal. These dedicated ladies have been working very hard behind the scenes to get this project up and started. Here’s to a successful picking season!
Come see Marcel Knittel and Carol Kergan, two of our fantastic Board members speak at next week’s Okanagan Institute Express. This week’s theme is “Naked Fork: Rethinking the Food Landscape”.
They will explore how the Okanagan food scene is defined by passionate farmers and producers, and how their changing world informs and defines ours.
Location: Bohemian Cafe, 524 Bernard Avenue, Kelowna.
Date: Thursday 28 June 2012, 5 pm
$2 at the door. Refreshments are available.
Space is limited, please reserve yours HERE
Water and a well-balanced diet ‘do far more than water alone,’ Australian researcher says
The common advice to drink eight glasses of water a day doesn’t hold water, say nutrition and kidney specialists who want to dispel the myth.
“What drove us to drink two litres of water a day?” asks an editorial in this week’s issue of the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health.
The recommendation was driven by vested interests rather than health, suggests author Speros Tsindos of the department of dietetics and human nutrition at La Trobe University in Victoria, Australia.
Full article at CBC…
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Health Canada (HC) have received a submission from Okanagan Specialty Fruits Inc., seeking approval for unconfined environmental release for commercial planting purposes, livestock feed and food use for apple (Malus x domestica) events GD743 and GS784, which have been genetically engineered to be non-browning.
Full story from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency…
OCO is very concerned that, if approved, the genetically modified apples will contaminate certified organic orchards across Canada.
Before July 3, 2012: Send your comments to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency at
Please tell the government you don’t want GM apples.
Make it clear that:
- Consumers do not want genetically modified apples
- BC apple growers have already rejected the GM apple
- Contamination from GM apples is a risk to organic apple producers’ certification and income
- CFIA and Health Canada should not waste public funds to review a GM apple that no one wants
The government should consult with farmers and consumers before it approves any new GM crop.