Our mission is to create a farmer-controlled and consumer-oriented food and fiber system, based upon democratically controlled institutions that empower farmers to speak for and respect themselves in their quest for social and economic justice.
The OCA deals with crucial issues of food safety, industrial agriculture, genetic engineering, children’s health, corporate accountability, Fair Trade, environmental sustainability and other key topics.
Industrial livestock operations (aka factory farms) threaten human health, damage the environment, degrade rural communities and compromise animal welfare. This series explores the issue... in all its manure-spewing, pestilent repugnance.
The latest calculations from Compassion in World Farming suggest that we farm around 70 billion animals worldwide every year - nearly 10 animals for every single person on the planet. Around 70% of these animals (that's nearly 50 billionare factory farmed, which is bad news for the farm animals, as well as people and planet.
Small slaughterhouses once existed throughout the US. Unfortunately, the transition to factory farming spawned the creation of huge, highly mechanized, corporate-controlled mega-slaughterhouses, which ultimately put most small, independent slaughterhouses out of business.
Spring is a time for new growth, fertility and change; a time to get up and start moving after a long (long!) winter. Even this year’s White House Easter Egg Roll has the theme "Get up and Go!" promoting health and wellness through Michelle Obama’s Lets Move campaign to fight childhood obesity.
The USDA is currently deciding whether or not to approve an application by Dow Chemical for its controversial genetically engineered (GE) corn variety that is resistant to the highly toxic herbicide 2,4-D, one of the main ingredients in Agent Orange.
The name "Chicago" is said to originate from "Checagoua" (Chick-Ah-Goo-Ah) or "Checaguar," which in the Potawatomi language means "wild onions" or "skunk." Historians believe the area was thus named for the smell of rotting wild leeks (ramps) in the marshland that used to occupy the region.
When it comes to climate change and the ocean, we often think of the impacts to water temperature, sea level rise and coastal storms. However, Dr. Chris Gobler of Stony Brook University calls ocean acidification a "game-changer in the way we think about how climate change can affect the functioning of our oceans."
The chemicals in your hand soap and deodorant have been tested and proven safe, right? Probably not. Regulation of such industrial chemicals falls under the Toxic Substances Control Act, which asks little of companies and puts safety testing requirements on the overstretched EPA. Having tested only a tiny fraction of the 85,000 (that's right) industrial chemicals in use today, maybe it's time for a Control Act update considering it hasn't been touched since its 1970s-era adoption. Whadya think? [NY Times]
The National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) rejected a petition to extend the expiration date for the use of oxytetracycline to treat fire blight in apple and pear production beyond October 21, 2014. The decision is a victory for the organic standard and advances efforts to preserve the effectiveness of antibiotics.
Most of us would prefer to feed ourselves and our families good, healthy, local, sustainably produced and affordable food. Unfortunately, there are many things that get in our way and don't allow this to happen. Sign the petition below to show your support for making our food system fair for all! We'll deliver it to your members of Congress.