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Almond Growers Sue USDA to Halt Mandatory Chemical Fumigation of Raw Almonds

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After having their organic almond businesses devastated by the USDA's bizarre decision requiring mandatory chemical fumigation of almonds, the almond industry is fighting back. Fifteen American almond growers have filed a lawsuit against the USDA...

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Elena P (549)
Wednesday September 10, 2008, 2:43 pm
*clap* *clap* *clap*

Vicki Murray (119)
Thursday September 11, 2008, 8:45 am

Chris F (0)
Thursday September 11, 2008, 1:36 pm
why do those insane people keep poisoning our food??? i am trying to grow my own, the supermarket has goton too scary!

Marion Y (322)
Thursday September 11, 2008, 4:22 pm
Cool! I hope they win.

Chris...are they hard to grow?

serge vrabec (278)
Thursday September 11, 2008, 9:14 pm
Thank you for bringing this to my attention Linda. I'm glad more and more people are WAKING up and becoming AWARE of the situation. Don't forget "Death looks at you from the Plate".

" As leaders of the raw foods movement rightly insist, fumigating or pasteurizing nuts destroys as much as 90 percent of their original nutritional value, altering proteins and destroying disease-fighting phytonutrients. The USDA, however, remains remarkably illiterate on this topic, have never made a single statement acknowledging any qualitative difference between cooked foods and raw foods."

Marion Y (322)
Thursday September 11, 2008, 9:27 pm
A 90% loss is outrageous. Between pesticides, fumigation and GMO foods, we might as well eat cardboard for nutrition. I encourage everyone to grow their own food. Our lives depend on it.

Janet Wintle (87)
Friday September 12, 2008, 8:55 am
Please everyone put back your gardens grow your own food you do not need moor than a handful in any one meal. if you eat the right fresh food you will have so much strength. Bless you all Janet

Kerry S (0)
Friday September 12, 2008, 11:59 pm
thanks for posting this article..

Darlene K (356)
Saturday September 13, 2008, 6:35 pm
Awww, c'mon they need the leave the nuts alone, and my favorite almonds, yet. Noted, and thank you.

Amanda Dolan (16)
Monday September 15, 2008, 8:46 pm
This is terrible. I love making almond milk with raw sliced almonds and I use almonds for so many recipes. I thought they were healthy, and now I find out they're trying to chemically fumigate them? What can you eat that hasn't been poisoned in this country? ....anyway, thanks for the article. Glad they are fighting back against this ridiculous policy.

Alf I (246)
Tuesday September 16, 2008, 6:13 am
Good luck!! I hope they wipe the floor with them!!!

. (0)
Thursday September 18, 2008, 2:22 pm
If the FDA requires American almond growers to fumigate or treat in other ways it should require that imported almonds are treated in the same manner.

And it certainly shouldn't say that they can be labeled "raw" as that would definitely mislead consumers (raw milk isn't the same as pasteurized milk, for example).

I don't know whether or not the FDA has good cause to require these treatments for health purposes; however, they shouldn't "pick and choose" - if it's unhealthy for American almonds to go without the treatment then it's unhealthy for all almonds. They need to be consistent in their regulations.

Maggie Amaya (201)
Friday September 26, 2008, 7:34 pm
Yikes! They want to put chemicals on/in everything these days! What's with that? What are they (government) trying to do to us? This has gotten way out of hand and needs to stop.

Sandy P (1)
Saturday November 1, 2008, 6:57 am
I am so glad the farmers are fighting this. I wonder if we can help them fight it too. How are we to grow everything we need on such small properties? I can only grow so much on our little piece of land. Yes I can grow the veggies but I cant grow every type of nut I would love to eat! And almonds are one of my favorites and they are used in so many recipes.

Leslie P (76)
Friday November 21, 2008, 8:34 am
does anyone know if there has been any progress in this case?
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