Friends of the Earth’s Food and Agriculture program works to advance three fundamental shifts in our food system: from chemical-intensive to organic and regenerative; from corporate-controlled to democratically governed; and from a system that embodies the deepest inequities in our society to one that advances social justice and fulfills the needs of all eaters now and into the future.
Friends of the Earth is more than 1.5 million members and supporters strong in all 50 states, and we are the U.S. voice of the world’s largest federation of grassroots environmental groups with a presence in 75 countries.
This study was led by Kendra Klein, PhD senior staff scientist at Friends of the Earth in collaboration with researchers from University of California at Berkeley, University of California at San Francisco and Commonweal Biomonitoring Resources Center. Kendra is a writer, researcher and advocate with over sixteen years of experience in sustainability, food, agriculture and environmental health. She is a 2011 Switzer Environmental Fellow and holds a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies from Miami University of Ohio and a PhD in Environmental Science, Policy & Management from UC Berkeley.
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Organic For All Collaborators
We are grateful to the families that participated in this study and many others who made this project possible!
We thank project partners Anna Lappé at Real Food Media and Sharyle Patton at Commonweal Biomonitoring Resources Center for their close collaboration.
We are grateful to our regional partners in the four locations where participating families live, Georgia Organics, Emory University’s Office of Sustainability Initiatives, Maryland Pesticide Education Network, Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service, The Birchwood Café, and Conscious Kitchen.
We are grateful to Rudy Arredondo at National Latino Farmers and Ranchers Trade Association, Jennifer Taylor at Lola’s Organic Farm in Georgia, and Dr. Devon Payne-Sturges, Dr.P.H. at University of Maryland for participating in the film about the study.
Finally, we sincerely thank Carly Hyland and Dr. Asa Bradman, Ph.D. at UC Berkeley and Igor Zakharevich and Dr. Roy Gerona, Ph.D. at UC San Francisco for contributing their scientific expertise.
Organic For All Allies
Friends of the Earth is part of an ecosystem of organizations that champion a healthy, just and sustainable food system. The following organizations support the vision of organic for all. If you would like to add your organization, please click here.
Breast Cancer Action
Breast Cancer Prevention Partners
Californians for Pesticide Reform
Center for Biological Diversity
Center for Environmental Health
Center for Food Safety
Children’s Environmental Health Network
Community Resource Center
Council for Healthy Food Systems
Fair World Project
Farmworker Association of Florida
Food & Water Watch
Food Democracy Now!
Food Revolution Network
Hawaii Alliance for Progressive Action
Health Care Without Harm
IFOAM North America
Learning Disabilities Association (GA, IL, ME, SC, WI)
Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association
Maryland Pesticide Education Network
Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service
Moms Across America
Moms Advocating Sustainability
National Latino Farmers and Ranchers Trade Association
National Organic Coalition
Natural Resources Defense Council
Northeast Organic Farming Association (VT, MA, NY)
Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association
Organic Consumers Association
Organic Farmers Association
Organic Seed Alliance
People and Pollinators Action Network
Physicians for Social Responsibility, San Francisco Bay Area Chapter
Safe Ag Safe Schools
Sustainable Food Center
Toxic Free North Carolina
Toxics Action Center
This project is possible thanks to the generous members of Friends of the Earth-US. Become one or donate now. This work is also supported by grants from foundations, including California Consumer Protection Foundation. We received no funding from organic food companies or trade associations to produce this study. You can read our organizational policy on funding here.
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