In July, Organic Bytes, the newsletter of the Organic Consumers Association, reported that Parents Magazine, one of the most influential parenting publications in the U.S., printed an article belittling the benefits of organic foods as a myth. Likely under the financial sway of the magazine's conventional food advertisers, the magazine endorsed pesticides in foods as safe, stating: "there's no evidence that these chemicals, used at the low levels found in our food supply, are harmful to children."
The OCA sent out an action alerts and thousands of letters and emails were generated to the magazine's editorial staff. Despite this landfall of input, Parents Magazine has refused so far to respond to any of these letters, including the OCA's formal letter of inquiry.
This magazine has more than 14 million subscribers! It's placed in pediatricians' and dentists' offices accross the land, reaching even more parents. How can the publishers sleep at night?!
If you want to write them a letter, you can send it to: firstname.lastname@example.org
For a fact sheet based on government research showing that pesticides in food do indeed harm children, click here: http://www.organicconsumers.org/organic/wic-faq.pdf
I feel so bad for parents who haven't figured out that most of what they read in the mainstream press and see on TV is pure corporate construction designed to extract their money from them, with no regard for anyone's health or well-being.
Thank goddess for La Leche League (http://www.laleche.org/), Mothering Magazine (http://www.mothering.com/), Hathor (http://www.thecowgoddess.com), homeschool park days, the internet and all the other ways we share "alternative" parenting resources.
On a related note, there has been a recent "sneak attack" in Congress on the standards used to certify products as organic. In response, the Organic Consumers Association network members have deluged the U.S. congress with over 70,000 emails and over 10,000 telephone calls so far. But the attack continues. Click here to sign a petition against any weakening of the standards: http://www.demaction.org/dia/organizations/oca/campaign.jsp?campaign_KEY=1242