Author Archives: Charles Margulis

Charles coordinates CEH’s efforts to promote sustainable and organic food to hospitals and other major institutional food buyers. He also manages CEH’s media outreach. Prior to joining CEH, Charles was the lead campaigner for Greenpeace USA’s Genetic Engineering Campaign for five years. He currently serves as CEH’s representative on the Steering Committee of Californians for GE Free Agriculture. He is also a board member of the Sunshine Project, an international nonprofit that works to expose the hostile use of biotechnology in weapons development and to strengthen the global consensus against biological warfare. He is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley in Peace and Conflict Studies. He is also a graduate of the California Culinary Academy and was a long-time professional baker.

Another Hall of Shame

Yesterday, for the first time since 1996, no players were chosen for induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame. Many first-time nominees, including Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, and several others were considered reputation-damaged, steroid-tainted players. In the run-up to the vote, the New York Times noted that this years’ scurrilous Hall of Shame nominees would [...]

GMO Food Labeling: Lies and the Lying GMO Food Liars Who Tell Them

It’s no surprise that Monsanto and their agribusiness and Big Food industry friends are spending upwards of $40 million to keep Californians in the dark about genetically modified (GMO) foods. Their anti-Prop 37 campaign intends to run nonstop TV, radio and (if they could) subliminal-beamed-into-your -brain messages designed to scare you about this simple ballot [...]

From Dolly to Dinner: Your Right to Know

In California, voters have a chance next month to take a stand for our right to know when our food has been genetically modified, whether in plants or animals, by voting YES on Prop 37, the Right to Know Genetically Engineered Food Act. GMO foods are currently found in 70% of packaged foods in conventional [...]

Green Windows or Green Washing?

Buying energy efficient windows is a win-win:  the environment wins because less energy need be generated through the burning of fossil fuels, and the consumer wins by saving money on energy bills.  It’s no surprise, then, that many homeowners are willing to pay a higher price for windows that claim to be energy efficient.  What [...]

Speaking Truth on Toxic Flame Retardant Chemicals

Last week, CEH staff testified at a hearing of the California State Assembly Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials Committee. The Committee met to learn about toxic flame retardant chemicals used by many furniture and baby products makers for compliance to California’s flammability standard. Last month, Governor Jerry Brown called for a revision of that standard [...]

Mother Jones: Blinded by “Science” on GMO Food

Sarah Zhang’s defense of genetically modified (GMO) crops in Mother Jones purports to make the scientific case for the safety and environmental benefits of GMOs. It’s an easier case to make when one focuses solely on one GMO variety, as Zhang does, while ignoring the majority of GMOs grown worldwide. Zhang writes only about the [...]

Big Pharma, Big Food, Big Trouble

In Born With a Junk Food Deficiency, Martha Rosenberg takes on many of the outrageous practices of the pharmaceutical and food industries. With scandalous food and drug safety lapses in the news nearly every day, it might seem impossible to expose anything very startling, yet as each new disturbing chapter unfolds, Rosenberg gets deeper into [...]

Pink Slime Defenders To America: Eat Shit and Die

By now much of America has learned that they have been unknowingly eating pink slime burgers for many years, and the vehement and widespread consumer revulsion means that the slime burger industry is fighting for its life.  The controversy, first exposed by the New York Times in late 2009 (a piece we followed with our [...]

This Little Piggy Is Not Going To Market

Following last week’s victory on the end of sales of a cancer-causing strawberry pesticide comes more good news for safe food: as a result of widespread consumer rejection of GMO food, Canadian researchers have been forced to shelve production of their experimental GMO hogs. The so-called Enviropig promised factory farmers a way to cram even [...]

Not Monsanto’s Biotech Basics: The ABCs of GMOs

Preceding the news yesterday that more than 1 million Americans have signed the petition calling on the FDA to label genetically modified (GMO) foods came more unsettling news about the biotech industry’s assault on our children’s minds. A primer on “biotechnology basics” for school children is being distributed by the trade group made up of [...]