U.S. growers can’t keep up with consumer demand for organic and non-GMO grains

Walmart misrepresents products as Organic - againA growing number of consumers are looking for healthier choices, particularly when it comes to grains. According to a new report from CoBank, a $120 billion cooperative bank that provides loans, leases, export financing and other financial services to agribusinesses and rural power, water and communications providers in all 50 states increased consumer demand for organic and non-GMO foods. This led to a sharp rise in organic grain imports in 2016, prompting food manufacturers to explore new incentives for U.S. growers transitioning to organic production.

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The people speak – and are heard

Speak up!Consumers are speaking up more than ever these days.

Online petitions for worth causes are growing in popularity (and frequency). And as more of us are participating, companies and even legislators are sitting up and taking notice.

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Retailers set to limit lead in handbags

The health hazards from hidden lead in handbags will soon be limited


Most consumers don’t know that there are no standard limits to the amount of lead in purses, handbags, footwear and other accessories. 

Those little metal fasteners, brackets and tacks are almost invisible to consumers and fashionistas, yet they pose real health hazards to pregnant women and women of child-bearing age. 

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Airlines must let people go!

20090318_zaf_e47_884.jpgThe U.S. government has done something that consumers have been pushing them to do for years. The Transportation Department has ordered airlines to let passengers stuck in stranded airplanes to deplane after three hours.

Until now, airlines have had complete say-so as to when or if stranded passengers can deplane, no matter how many hours their plane sits in line on the tarmac. Today, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced the three-hour limit and other new passenger protections long fought for by consumer advocates. This year, from January to June, 613 planes were delayed on tarmacs for more than three hours, with passengers kept on board.

Under the new rule, airlines must provide food and water for passengers within two hours of a plane being delayed on a tarmac and maintain operable lavatories. They must also provide medical attention when necessary.

For those who remember the TV series LA Law, there was an apisode on this exact topic (“The Plane Mutiny”, 1989). One of the attorneys was stranded on the tarmac for hours and finally had to threaten a major lawsuit in order to get himself off the plane. Nice to know that the government has finally listened, even if it’s been quite a few years in the making.

This new rule takes effect in 120 days.