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     Do you think it’s important to have chemical-free, organic food?
     Do you buy organic dairy to avoid exposure to pesticide residues in milk, ice cream, butter and cheese?
     If so, you may want to pay attention to a fight that’s brewing between the food safety groups, and organic dairy producers and the federal government.
     Earlier this year, the U.S. Department of Agriculture approved unrestricted planting of a type of genetically modified alfalfa grass engineered by the Monsanto Corporation. 
     Now opponents are suing in court—for a second time after the losing the first time around—trying to block the use of genetically alfalfa.
     Why might you worry? You don’t eat grass!
     Well, sweet alfalfa is an important; some might say the most important grass that US cows eat. And the reason that the alfalfa is being genetically altered by Monsanto is so that it won’t die when massive amounts of weed killers are sprayed on it, in particular Monsanto’s herbicide called Roundup®.
     Weed killers make it easier for large industrial farmers, but the poisons that are supposed to get in the weeds also get into the groundwater and on the alfalfa, and then into the cow, and then into us.
    Exposure to synthetic chemical weed killers is linked to a wide variety of maladies, and Roundup® has been linked by some researchers to cancer.
    And since alfalfa readily cross pollinates in a wide area, opponents say once this genetically modified alfalfa gets into the environment, there is no way to keep it from mixing with natural alfalfa.
    Thus the decision to allow the use of genetically altered alfalfa could spell the end of organic dairy products, ranging from milk to ice cream, butter and yogurt, as organic products aren’t allowed to contain genetically engineered products.
    According to opponents the widespread use of genetically modified alfalfa would lead to the release of an estimated 23 million toxic chemicals into the environment.
   But Monsanto says its critics are overstating the case against genetically modified alfalfa. 
   “Despite dramatic claims, Roundup Ready® alfalfa can be grown with organic and conventional alfalfa without impacting them," says Monsanto. "Pollen flow (or drift) in alfalfa and hay production is well-understood and has been researched by public and private institutions for more than 25 years. ” 
 
To see details of the lawsuit filed against the US Dept of Agriculture on March 18, 2011 by opponents to genetically modified alfalfa, go to: http://www.centerforfoodsafety.org/2011/03/18/farmers-and-consumer-groups-file-lawsuit-challenging-genetically-engineered-alfalfa-approval/
    Monsanto’s comments on the issue can be found here:
 http://www.monsanto.com/newsviews/Pages/roundup-ready-alfalfa-organic-coexist.aspx
    The Organic Consumers Association citations about research linking Roundup® with cancer can be found here:
 http://www.organicconsumers.org/monsanto/glyphocancer.cfm

Jay-Z once famously said, "I check cheddar like a food inspector." It was a brilliant coupling of the hip hop and dairy industries that has yet to be rivaled… till now.

Video stats: Over 777,000 views in just 20 days!
Allow me to reintroduce you to Yeo Valley Farms (pronounced Yo!). Yeo Valley is an organic farm and dairy business in the U.K. with a unique and youthful vision. This family-based company started producing organic yogurt back in 1993 and their line has grown from there to include butter, cheese, milk and ice cream.
Buzz is also growing around this new video ad (now available on itunes!). Deftly designed to draw a young, hip to the green scene, Yeo Valley called in some heavy duty help to shape their message into a music video. They enlisted music video director Julien Lutz (best known for his work with artists like Usher, Alicia Keys, Mystikal, The Ying Yang Twins and Rihanna) and Yeo Boyz to create an authentic organic anthem.
With tractors bumpin like cadillacs on hydraulics and beat-laden production it was hard to go wrong. The lyrics are delivered with skill and don't come off forced at all even with a strong conservation message:
"This isn’t fictional farming
It’s realer than real
You won’t find milk maidens
That’s no longer the deal
In my wax coat and boots
I’m proper farmer Giles
Now look
You urban folk done stole our style"

Did they succeed? I'll let you be the judge. Drop your comments below!
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BBC: Pump up Milk Production by Pumping up the Volume!

Yeo Valley Organic

The Message Remixed

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Thinking about making your closet more eco friendly? You might want to avoid clothes made with bamboo. According to the FTC it turns out that the fabric is not as "natural," "biodegradable," or "antimicrobial" as manufactures claimed.
Check out this Wall Street Journal piece for the truth behind the fabric:
Picking Apart Bamboo Couture

Instead of bamboo, make your old favorites sustainable by either thinking of a new way to wear them or handing them down.

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