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Nonprofits Sue Pret A Manger for Deceptive Marketing of Foods as 'Natural'

Washington D.C.,– Beyond Pesticides, GMO Free USA and Organic Consumers Association filed a lawsuit against Pret A Manger restaurant chain for the deceptive marketing and sale of certain bread and other baked goods as “natural food,” after the products tested positive for glyphosate, a component of Roundup weedkiller. The lawsuit charges that Pret exploits consumers’ preferences and willingness to pay more for products marketed as ‘natural.’

“Consumers expect Pret’s food to be free of synthetic pesticides, including glyphosate. Glyphosate, patented as a chelator and an antibiotic, is linked to adverse health effects including cancer, infertility and non-alcoholic fatty liver and kidney diseases. Glyphosate shouldn’t be present in the food system at all, but a company that willfully misrepresents its products needs to be held accountable,” said Diana Reeves, executive director of GMO Free USA.

Jay Feldman, executive director of Beyond Pesticides said: “Consumers want truthful information on product ingredients, with labeling and advertising that is transparent about production practices and residues of toxic materials. Given the widespread use of pesticide-intensive practices, this lawsuit establishes the responsibility of purveyors of food products to know the origins of their product ingredients before making a ‘natural’ claim.”

New Report Defines Differences in Fair Trade Certification Labels, Offers Tips to Avoid 'Fairwashing'

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These Farmers Switched to Organic After Pesticides Made Them Sick



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More organic than thou? Rebel farmers create new food label: A rebellious group of about 15 farmers and scientists from around the country are creating the standards for an additional organic certification program that would indicate that a plant had been grown in soil.

Pet food is an environmental disaster – are vegan dogs the answer? - A quarter of the impact of meat production comes from the pet-food industry. Has the time come to change what we feed our dogs and cats?

'Toxic garbage will be sold here': Outcry as Brazil moves to loosen pesticide laws - A Brazilian Congress commission has approved a controversial bill to lift restrictions on pesticides despite fierce opposition from environmentalists, prosecutors, health and environment ministry bodies, and even United Nations special rapporteurs. Driven by a powerful agribusiness lobby, the bill now needs to be voted on in both houses of Congress and sanctioned by President Michel Temer before becoming law.
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Obama Regulators Want To Let Factory Farms Label Their Meat 'Humanely Raised'

Up is down, black is white, and this meat was "raised with care."



Mercy for Animals

Mother pigs, among the most socially complex animals, can spend most of their lives confined in small gestation cages. Yet meat generated from these pigs could still be labeled "humanely raised" under the recently proposed rules.