The California Department of Food and Agriculture recently awarded $180,000 to a California agribusiness marketing group to finance a campaign to "correct the misconception that some fresh produce items contain excessive amount of pesticide residues." The U.S. Department of Agriculture - who supplied the tax-dollar grant money - actually maintains a database confirming such residues and the health risks associated with them.
Action Now signed on to a letter with 50 allied groups to protest the award, demand that that it be retracted and that the process for making such grants in the future be reviewed.
To learn more about pesticide residues on our food check out Environmental Working Group's great site www.ewg.org/pesticidesorganics. To see the protest letter and how you can help, go to www.PesticideReform.org and click on the "Outrage" article.
Wednesday, October 6, 2010
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