Katherine Paul

Katherine Paul

Katherine Paul, former communications director for Common Dreams, is now the associate director of the Organic Consumers Association.

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"Industrial agribusiness, led by multi-billion dollar corporations like Tyson, is destroying our most precious natural resource—water." (Photo: Dept. of Fish and Wildlife Resources) Views
Thursday, March 22, 2018
From 'Sea to Shining Sea,' Industrial Ag Fouls America's Waterways
A citizen-led group in Nebraska is fighting Costco’s plan to build a huge chicken factory farm operation that residents in nearby cities say would pollute their drinking water. Residents of Devils Lake, North Dakota, along with members of the Spirit Lake Nation Tribe are battling plans to build a...
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"It’s time to let Congress to know that vulnerable children need wholesome, nutrient-dense fresh (and preferably organic) foods—not processed factory farm food products." (Photo: Andrew Burton/Getty Images) Views
Thursday, March 01, 2018
Trump's 'Harvest Boxes:' A Terrible, Horrible, No-Good, Very Bad Idea
It’s not every day that the crowd at a Washington, D.C. policy conference gets rowdy. But that was the scene on Tuesday (Feb. 26) at the National Anti-Hunger Policy Conference. It happened when the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) top nutrition official (and keynote speaker) Brandon Lipps...
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"Only 12 percent of consumers trust brands to tell them what’s in their food. Most consumers do their own independent research, via phones and personal computers." Views
Tuesday, December 05, 2017
Is Big Food's Lobbying Arm on the Brink of Extinction?
At the height of the GMO labeling battle, we not-so-fondly referred to the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) as “ Monsanto’s Evil Twin. ” Last week, a former GMA executive told Politico that to him, the food industry lobbying group seems like “the dinosaur waiting to die.” For consumers who...
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Friday, November 17, 2017
Popular Thanksgiving Turkey Brand Comes with a Side of Antibiotics?
Diestel Turkey, sold by Whole Foods and other retailers at premium prices, says on its website that its “animals are never given hormones, antibiotics or growth stimulants.” But Diestel Turkey samples tested by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) suggest otherwise, leading consumers to wonder:...
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This year’s award goes to Dr. Akinwumi Ayodeji Adesina of Nigeria, president of the African Development Bank, and a proud supporter of Big Ag and Biotech. Views
Thursday, October 19, 2017
World Food Prize: Feeding the World a Slick Campaign of Lies
Tonight (October 19, 2017), the World Food Prize will be ceremoniously bestowed on yet another cheerleader for degenerative agriculture. This year’s award goes to Dr. Akinwumi Ayodeji Adesina of Nigeria, president of the African Development Bank, and a proud supporter of Big Ag and Biotech. In his...
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Thursday, July 20, 2017
Organics: Ferreting Out the Fraudulent Few, While Demanding Higher Standards, Better Enforcement
A recent series of articles by a Washington Post reporter could have some consumers questioning the value of the USDA organic seal. But are a few bad eggs representative of an entire industry? Consumers are all for cracking down on the fraudulent few who, with the help of Big Food, big retail...
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Thursday, April 20, 2017
International Monsanto Tribunal Calls for Human Rights Over Corporate Rights
Most opinion tribunals have had a considerable impact, and it is now accepted that they contribute to the progressive development of international law. – International Monsanto Tribunal Advisory Opinion, The Hague, April 18, 2017 On Tuesday, April 18, representatives of the Organic Consumers...
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Thursday, March 23, 2017
Congress Must Investigate Collusion Between Monsanto and the EPA. Now.
“I have cancer, and I don’t want these serious issues in HED [EPA’s Health Effects Division] to go unaddressed before I go to my grave. I have done my duty.” It’s been four years since Marion Copley, a 30-year EPA toxicologist, wrote those words to her then-colleague, Jess Rowland, accusing him of...
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Friday, January 27, 2017
Trump’s Pick for Ag Secretary Has ‘Bigly’ Ties to Big Ag and Big Food
In announcing his pick last week for Secretary of Agriculture, Trump heaped predictable praise on Sonny Perdue, promising that the former governor of Georgia will “deliver big results for all Americans who earn their living off the land." We predict that Perdue will indeed deliver “big” results—but...
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Thursday, December 01, 2016
Six Reasons We’ll Need to Ramp Up the #ConsumerRevolution under Trumpism
If ever conditions were ripe for revolution, that time is now—especially for anyone who cares about their health, and the health of planet earth. President-Elect Donald Trump’s short lists for his environment and agriculture cabinet appointments are dominated by entrenched D.C. insiders, career...
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