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We've Been Sold a Lie for Two Decades About Genetically Engineered Foods 5.12.2016 Truthout - All Articles
It appears Europe has been right all along to renounce genetically engineered (GE) crops. An in-depth examination recently published by The New York Times found that GE crops have largely failed to achieve two of the technology's primary objectives: to increase crop yields and decrease pesticide use. (Photo: Unsplash ) Editor's note from AlterNet: The terms GE (genetic engineering) and GMO (genetically modified organism) are often used interchangeably, but their meanings are different. GMOs, which are produced when plant breeders select genetic traits that may also occur naturally, have been around for centuries. Common examples are seedless watermelons and modern broccoli. The subject of much recent debate are GE foods, which have only been around in recent decades and are produced by transferring genes between organisms. The resulting GE organisms -- either plant-, or in the case of GE salmon, animal-based -- would not otherwise occur in nature. This article is about GE foods. In 1994, a tomato known ...
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EWG and Healthy Child Healthy World - Making the World Toxin Free 3.12.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
For the past ten years, I've been a big fan of Ken Cook and the Environmental Working Group since I learned about their work. So when they asked me to co-host EWG's Healthy Child Healthy World Annual Gala, a celebration of the group's 24 years of achievement in promoting children's environmental health and reversing its negative effects, I did not have to think twice. EWG is the pillar of my life. I look to it as my main source of products and information for having a toxin-free life. Do you know what's in your tap water? What pesticides are in your food? What about the farms, fracking wells, and factories in your local area? More than two decades ago, The Environmental Working Group set out to answer these questions with breakthrough research and education, creating the mission to embower people to live healthier lives in a healthier environment. With programs like their EWG Verified with Skin Deep , they take into account more than just ingredients in determining how safe and non-toxic a product is, ...
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Report: Oregon’s strict pot rules hurting industry 1.12.2016 Seattle Times: Nation & World

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A new report argues that Oregon’s strict rules around pesticide testing are hurting the state’s fledgling recreational marijuana industry. The Statesman Journal reports that (http://stjr.nl/2gcjQ81) the report issued Wednesday says some businesses are closing their doors because of strained supplies. The Oregon Health Authority started enforcing new testing regulations on Oct. […]
Six Reasons We’ll Need to Ramp Up the #ConsumerRevolution under Trumpism 1.12.2016 Commondreams.org Views
Katherine Paul

If ever conditions were ripe for revolution, that time is now—especially for anyone who cares about their health, and the health of planet earth. 

President-Elect Donald Trump’s short lists for his environment and agriculture cabinet appointments are dominated by entrenched D.C. insiders, career politicians and industry lobbyists. Not one of these proposed “leaders” supports policies that would lead to healthier food, a cleaner environment or a cooler planet.  

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Canada Just Took a Big Step Toward Banning a Nasty Pesticide 1.12.2016 Mother Jones
While President-elect Donald Trump ponders which anti-regulation stalwart to place at the head of the US Environmental Protection Agency , Health Canada—our northern neighbor's version of the EPA—just took a bold step toward protecting the environment. Last week, the Canadian agency declared in a preliminary assessment that a high-profile insecticide should be banned within five years, because it's turning up in waterways "at levels that are harmful to aquatic insects"—the base of the food chain for fish, birds, and other animals.  Health Canada is soliciting public comment on its assessment through late February, after which it will decide whether to proceed with a phased-in ban. The chemical is imidacloprid, widely marketed by Bayer, the German chemical giant that recently bought US seed/agrichemical titan Monsanto in a deal pending approval by US and European antitrust authorities. Bayer was not amused by the finding, declaring itself "extremely disappointed." Imidacloprid is part of a class of ...
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A better approach to solving the world's 'wicked problems' 28.11.2016 Design & Innovation | GreenBiz.com
What can sustainable coffee farms teach us about unraveling the world's biggest crises?
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Efforts to Combat Zika Don't Have to Harm the Environment 27.11.2016 Truthout - All Articles
November 21, 2016 -- County public health officials in South Carolina weren't thinking about bees in August, when they realized that four residents in a single town had returned from travel abroad infected with Zika. Like health officials around the world, they were thinking of the babies born with heartbreaking birth defects in Brazil. And they were thinking about mosquitoes. After reports emerged in January that thousands of Brazilian infants had been born with microcephaly, a debilitating neurodevelopmental condition marked by severely stunted head and brain growth, the World Health Organization declared an international public health emergency to figure out why. Scientists thought Zika might be a cause, and within months the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed that it was . In the U.S., the primary Zika-transmitting mosquito species, Aedes aegypti, have been known to inhabit areas ranging from California through the Midwest and Southeast and as far north as Connecticut. When ...
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People’s Assembly on Dow-DuPont crimes of Genocide and Ecocide 24.11.2016 Commondreams.org Newswire
Navdanya International In remembrance of the Bhopal gas genocide, Navdanya along with other civil society organisations is organising a People’s Assembly against Dow/DuPont, on November 29th 2016. This will be an assessment of Dow/DuPont’s crimes in terms of having committed genocide and ecocide against the people of Bhopal. This is the 32nd anniversary of the struggle for Bhopal, and together we are calling for ” No More Bhopal” by presenting an alternative: a poison-free organic ...
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Before the Holiday Feast: New Data on Pesticides in Food Raises Safety Questions 23.11.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
As American gather their families to share a Thanksgiving meal this week, new government data offers a potentially unappetizing assessment of the U.S. food supply: Residues of many types of insecticides, fungicides and weed killing chemicals have been found in roughly 85 percent of thousands of foods tested. Data released last week by the U.S. Department of Agriculture shows varying levels of pesticide residues in everything from mushrooms to potatoes and grapes to green beans. One sample of strawberries contained residues of 20 pesticides, according to the "Pesticide Data Program" (PDP) report issued this month by the USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service. The report is the 25th annual such compilation of residue data for the agency, and covered sampling the USDA did in 2015 Notably, the agency said only 15 percent of the 10,187 samples tested were free from any detectable pesticide residues. That's a marked difference from 2014, when the USDA found that over 41 percent of samples were "clean" or ...
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Pastors in South Africa face criticism for unorthodox methods - like spraying worshipers with pesticide 22.11.2016 L.A. Times - World News

The woman’s body was rigid from tension as Lethebo Rabalago sprayed a can of a powerful insecticide called Doom in her face.

Rabalago, who calls himself a “prophet detective,” posted pictures of the incident Sunday and said the tactic would miraculously heal the woman’s ulcer. 

Dubbed the Prophet...

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Judge: Hawaii counties can't regulate GMOs and pesticides 19.11.2016 Yahoo: Politics
HONOLULU (AP) — A federal judge has ruled that three Hawaii counties can't enact their own bans or regulations on genetically modified crops and pesticides.
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Reframing Agriculture In The Climate Change Discussion 17.11.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
When it comes to climate change, the problem and the solution may be one and the same. This week in Marrakesh, government leaders will meet for the last leg of the UN Climate Change Summit (COP 22) and it is clear we are at a critical moment in our history. Man-made changes to the climate threaten humanity's security on Earth. Though we are taking steps globally to reduce emissions from industry, transportation and heat production, another source accounts for 24 percent of total global greenhouse gas emissions, according to the EPA. That problem is farming. Agriculture is the largest-single contributor to the climate crisis. The UN's 2013 Trade and Environment Review points to agriculture as responsible for 43-57 percent of human-generated greenhouse gas emissions. The current degenerative farming system results in the loss of 50-75 percent of cultivated soils' original carbon content. By destroying soil nutrients through the overuse of chemical fertilizers and pesticides, conventional agriculture ...
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Trump's EPA Pick Says Pesticides Aren't Bad for You 16.11.2016 Mother Jones
To craft environmental policy for the next administration, President-elect Donald Trump settled on notorious climate-change denier Myron Ebell. The decision rattled climate activists—see Julia Lurie's interview with Bill McKibbon and David Roberts on Vox . But it isn't just greenhouse gas emissions that are likely to get a free ride under an Ebell-influenced Environmental Protection Agency. Farm chemicals, too, would likely flow unabated if Ebell's agenda comes to dominate Trump's Environmental Protection Agency. Ebell directs the Center for Energy and Environment at the Competitive Enterprise Institute. The group's website, SafeChemicalPolicy.org , exists to downplay the health and ecological impacts of chemicals. If the incoming EPA takes its cues from Ebell's group, the agency's coming decisions on some widely used farm chemicals won't be hard to predict. Take the class of pesticides called neonicotinoids. An ever-accumulating weight of evidence links declining honeybee health with neonicotinoids, ...
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Tests Show Monsanto Weed Killer in Cheerios, Other Popular Foods 14.11.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Independent testing on an array of popular American food products found many samples contained residue levels of the weed killer called glyphosate, leading the nonprofit organization behind the testing to call for corporate and regulatory action to address consumer safety concerns. The herbicide residues were found in cookies, crackers, popular cold cereals and chips commonly consumed by children and adults, according to Food Democracy Now and the group's "Detox Project," which arranged for the testing at the San Francisco-based Anresco lab. Anresco uses liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS), a method widely considered by the scientific community and regulators as the most reliable for analyzing glyphosate residues. The groups issued a report Monday that details the findings. The announcement of the private tests comes as the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is struggling with its own efforts to analyze how much of the herbicide residues might be present in certain foods. Though ...
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FDA Suspends Glyphosate Residue Testing, 2,4-D Also Under Microscope 11.11.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Government testing for residues of an herbicide that has been linked to cancer has been put on hold, slowing the Food and Drug Administration's first-ever endeavor to get a handle on just how much of the controversial chemical is making its way into U.S. foods. The FDA, the nation's chief food safety regulator, launched what it calls a "special assignment" earlier this year to analyze certain foods for residues of the weed killer called glyphosate after the agency was criticized by the U.S. Government Accountability Office for failing to include glyphosate in annual testing programs that look for many less-used pesticides. Glyphosate is the most widely used herbicide in the world, and is the key ingredient in Monsanto Co.'s branded Roundup herbicide line. Glyphosate is under particular scrutiny now after the World Health Organization's cancer experts last year declared the chemical a probable human carcinogen . Several private groups and nonprofits have been doing their own testing, and have been ...
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Uncertain Harvest: Doubts About the Promised Bounty of Genetically Modified Crops 3.11.2016 NYT > Environment
Higher yields with less pesticides was the sales pitch for genetically modified seeds. But that has not proved to be the outcome in the United States.
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Ten things to do to have have a healthy home 2.11.2016 TreeHugger
How to improve air quality, and keep the bad stuff out.
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More Bad News for Honey as U.S. Seeks to Get Handle on Glyphosate Residues in Food 2.11.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Testing for residues of an herbicide developed by Monsanto Co. that has been linked to cancer has turned up high levels in honey from the key farm state of Iowa, adding to concerns about contamination that have triggered at least two lawsuits against honey industry players and prompted scrutiny by regulators. The Food and Drug Administration began glyphosate residue testing in a small number of foods earlier this year after the International Agency for Research on Cancer classified glyphosate as a probable human carcinogen in March 2015. The "special assignment," as the FDA refers to the testing project, is the first time the FDA has ever looked for glyphosate residues in food, though it annually tests foods for numerous other pesticides. Research by FDA chemist Narong Chamkasem and John Vargo, a chemist at the University of Iowa, shows that residues of glyphosate - the chief ingredient in Monsanto's branded Roundup herbicide - have been detected at 653 parts per billion, more than 10 times the limit of ...
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Nonprofits File Lawsuit Against Sioux Honey Over ‘100% Pure’ and ‘Natural’ Labels on Products Contaminated with Glyphosate 2.11.2016 Commondreams.org Newswire
Organic Consumers Association Beyond Pesticides and the Organic Consumers Association (OCA), represented by Richman Law Group, today filed a lawsuit in Superior Court in the District of Columbia against Sioux Honey Association, for the deceptive and misleading labeling of its Sue Bee and Aunt Sue’s honey brands. The suit follows news that Sue Bee honey products labeled “100% Pure” and “Natural” tested positive for glyphosate residue. Glyphosate, a known endocrine disrupter and, according to the World Health Organization, a probable human carcinogen, is the active ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup® ...
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Durango City Council hears compromise on organic parks 2.11.2016 Durango Herald
A compromise to keep more parks organic in Durango was proposed Tuesday during a Durango City Council meeting.The city was considering a proposal from staff members to take six of eight parks out of the organic management program.Under the new proposal, the city would keep five parks –
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