UT OH, all bets are off.


Industrial chemicals such as melamine may actually be able to cross from the feed to the food chain. Truly, that is too scary to even imagine. And, it exemplifies why organic standards must not be altered or loosened, as such standards really provide the safety we all need.

An incredible diary from “Deep Harm” at Daily Kos revealed the following:

A blockbuster revelation in the melamine scandal arrived today in the form of a little-noticed statement by the world’s largest food company, Nestle, which announced that melamine discovered in its baby formula in South Africa was caused by “contaminated animal feed” fed to dairy animals.  In a May 7, 2007 diary, I  had warned about such a problem and urged FDA officials to test U.S. milk supplies after melamine was discovered here in corn gluten that is sometimes fed to dairy cows.

Today’s news follows an Associated Press report, on Wednesday, that the FDA had found traces of melamine or cyanuric acid had been found in U.S.-produced infant formula, prompting demands for a recall.

Melamine causes kidney stones and kidney failure. The Chinese babies who recently died all died of kidney and organ failure. So it comes as no surprise that doctors are now seeing a rise in kidney stones in US children as young as 5.

Can we really believe huge companies like Nestle as well as the FDA when they tell us that we all are safe? I certainly don’t. We need to be testing US dairy products for potential melamine contamination. And, we need to question the strength of the previous interim risk assessments issued by US food safety officials.  Public comments on the most recent assessment will be accepted through January 12, 2009.

Melamine contamination of human food is real. Its in (non-U.S.) coffee, Snickers, KitKat, M&Ms and Heinz products such as baby cereals and crackers. There is also contamination in eggs, which got there via tainted animal feed. This has caused United Nations officials to worry that it is also in chicken, pork, farmed fish and other meats.


Don’t Let the Bush Administration Cut Short the Debate on Organic Standards

For eight years the Organic Consumers Association (OCA) has stood with organic family farmers in an effort to crack down on the handful of giant factory farms, each milking thousands of cows, that are misrepresenting themselves as organic. The USDA just put out a draft rule that would require mandatory pasturing of dairy cows during the full growing season, with a minimum of 30% of their feed  coming from pasture forage. The OCA and the organic community supports this tightening up of pasture and feed standards.

Unfortunately the proposed new regulation still includes a loophole that would allow large dairy farms to bring non-organic heifers, or young milk cows onto their farms, and then call them organic. The Bush USDA has allowed only a 60-day comment period from the public on this rule. More time is needed to mobilize consumers and farmers to close this loophole and decertify the
dozen or so industrial-scale dairy feedlots operated or sourced by large dairy corporations such as Aurora, Horizon, Rockview, and Shamrock, who supply cheap “organic” milk to Wal-Mart, Safeway, Costco and other chains

Please send a message to the USDA secretary asking for a 30-day extension to the public comment period so all farmers, including Amish families that don’t have e-mail, and consumers, have a chance to review this rule and make their views known.

Simply take 30 seconds to click here and a ready-made letter is all ready for you to send.

Demo of Inhalant Therapy for Osteosarcoma

Dr. Carlos Rodriguez of UC Davis’ Center for Companion Animal Health, part of the School of Veterinary Medicine, demonstrates how the aerosol form of gemcitabine was administered to dogs in a recent research study to see if tumors in the lungs could be eliminated completely or stopped from growing. The drug gemcitabine has been shown to kill osteosarcoma cells in tissue culture and in mice when administered as a breathable mist.