The Organic Consumers' Association (OCA) is a grassroots non-profit focusing on issues of food safety, industrial agriculture, genetic engineering, children's health, corporate accountability, Fair Trade, and environmental sustainability. Their website has a wealth of great information.
You can sign up for their informative every-other-week online newsletter and keep up with these issues. There is a section of the website for local New York news and information. The Food Coop is a member of the OCA.