Category: Policy

Food-Planet-Health
February 11, 2019February 11, 2019
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Food-Planet-Health

The EAT-Lancet commission, an offshoot of the Lancet, a medical journal from Great Britain, recently published a landmark paper titled: Food in the Anthropocene: the EAT-Lancet Commission on Healthy Diets for Sustainable Food Systems https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(18)31788-4/fulltext. The importance of this report cannot be minimized. Worldwide, there is an epidemic of hunger, obesity and unhealthy diets that...

Implementing Fair Practices On Our Farms
February 1, 2019February 1, 2019
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Implementing Fair Practices On Our Farms

The Agricultural Justice (AJP) and NOFA—one of AJP’s four founding members—are collaborating to support our organic farming community’s efforts in addressing our shared social justice values while striving for dignified living careers for farmers, our families, & the workers on our farms. We are following up on the NOFA Domestic Fair Trade Committee’s 2013  survey...

Jan 7, 2019 Press Release from the Real Organic Project
January 18, 2019January 18, 2019
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Jan 7, 2019 Press Release from the Real Organic Project

January 7, 2019 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Dave Chapman, 802-299-7737 Dr. Linley Dixon, 970-317-0309 Thetford, VT Real Organic Project open for public comment Erosion of USDA organic standards demands new certification process for farmers The Real Organic Project (ROP) is calling for public input on its crop and livestock standards. The standards were created to...

Chemicals on our food: When “safe” may not really be safe – EHN
January 16, 2019January 16, 2019
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Chemicals on our food: When “safe” may not really be safe – EHN

Dear NOFA-NJ Readers: On November 27, 2018, Environmental Health News published “Chemicals on our food: When ‘safe’ may not really be safe”, by our 2019 Winter Conference keynote speaker, Carey Gillam. This article pulls together, in one place, links to other resources and information about the dangers of pesticides in our food system. Through her investigative...

We need regenerative farming, not geoengineering | Guardian Sustainable Business | The Guardian
January 7, 2019January 7, 2019
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We need regenerative farming, not geoengineering | Guardian Sustainable Business | The Guardian

Dear NOFA-NJ readers, after seeing a new documentary discussing geoengineering yesterday, I was reminded of this excellent article by Charles Eisenstein which appeared in The Guardian on March 9, 2015. We will be discussing this article (link below) at an upcoming book club, along with Eisenstein’s book, The More Beautiful World Our Hearts Know Is...

NJ Senator takes on ‘Foodopoly’
August 30, 2018August 30, 2018
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NJ Senator takes on ‘Foodopoly’

On Wednesday, U.S. Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) introduced bill S-3404 “The Food and Agribusiness Merger Moratorium and Antitrust Review Act of 2018.” This bill would enact an 18 month merger moratorium on national agribusiness, grocery, and food/beverage manufacturing and establish a federal commission to study ways to strengthen antitrust oversight. According to Booker, consolidation of chemical...

There is Still Time to Comment on the NBFDS – The Propaganda You Paid For
July 3, 2018July 3, 2018
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There is Still Time to Comment on the NBFDS – The Propaganda You Paid For

Until 11:59pm tonight, July 3, 2018, you have an opportunity to comment on the proposed rule for the National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard. This is a very important rule that will determine how foods that contain GMOs will be labelled – or not.  This rule is an outgrowth of the DARK Act (*).  Your taxpayer...