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Explaining the 'Unexplained' Illnesses of Gulf War Veterans 15.4.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
A recent Institute of Medicine report on Gulf War illness has unfortunately concluded that veterans have such diverse symptoms and exposures that a single, distinct definition cannot be used to describe their condition. This conclusion fails to account for strong evidence for a new two-step disease mechanism that links environmental exposures with a host of debilitating symptoms similar to those afflicting one-in-four veterans , 23 years after the war. As a physician and professor of environmental and occupational medicine who studied health concerns of veterans and served on the National Advisory Committee on Gulf War Veterans' Illnesses , I was also initially baffled by the wide variety of symptoms reported by Gulf War returnees. These individuals were exposed to a variety of toxicants , including smoke from oil well fires, pesticides, nerve agents and anti-nerve agent pills, diesel fuel and exhaust, and solvents. I also served as consultant to the Houston VA's Chief-of-Staff on Persian Gulf Veteran's ...
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Largest Cleanup in EPA History Proposed 14.4.2014 Wildlife and Habitat Conservation News - ENN
In an historic action that will protect people's health and the environment, and benefit riverfront communities, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency proposed a plan to remove 4.3 million cubic yards of highly contaminated sediment from the lower eight miles of the Passaic River in New Jersey. The sediment in the Passaic River is severely contaminated with dioxin, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), heavy metals, pesticides and other contaminants from more than a century of industrial activity. Ninety percent of the volume of contaminated sediments in the lower Passaic are in the lower eight miles of the river.
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Guest: The failure of the EPA to protect the public from pollution 12.4.2014 Seattle Times: Opinion
Can we trust the EPA to do what is in the public’s best interest? Not if history is any guide, writes guest columnist E.G. Vallianatos.
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Minn. Bats Are Facing A Deadly Disease, And Here’s Why You Should Care 11.4.2014 WCCO: National
(credit: CBS)A small-winged mammal not highly thought of by most people is under attack, as a deadly disease has already killed millions of them across the country.
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Organic Gardening: 10 Tips to Success 11.4.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
By Dianne Venetta for GalTime.com Organic gardening is the method of gardening that utilizes only materials derived from living things, ie. all natural plant foods and pesticides. Once you know the basic tenets of this practice, organic vegetable gardening is simple. And the payoff is enormous: no toxic chemicals, no waste, better for the environment as a whole, and not to mention a crop full of natural, delicious vegetables. Remember these 10 steps and you'll have a successful crop in no time! Soil. It all begins here. Amending your soil with organic material such as composted manure or yard and kitchen scrap compost will get your dirt off to a good start. The inclusion of organic material provides a solid basis of nutrients for your plants which helps to cut down on the need for commercially made fertilizers and improves soil structure making it easier for your plant to absorb the important minerals they need. Sandy soil will not hold its moisture well. Heavy clay soil may prove too dense for healthy ...
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Health officials test pesticide spill on I-15 9.4.2014 Salt Lake Tribune
All southbound lanes of Interstate 15 in South Salt Lake were shut down Wednesday morning after a multi-vehicle crash left a truck tanker trailer leaking pesticide onto the freeway. Utah Highway Patrol Sgt. Todd Royce said three people — a woman and her two children — were taken to hospitals with minor injuries after their PT Cruiser collided with the truck at 8:51 a.m. in the southbound lanes of I-15 at 3300 South. Salt Lake County Health Department personnel were dispatched to the scene to tes...
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Is India on a Totalitarian Path? Arundhati Roy on Corporatism, Nationalism and World's Largest Vote 9.4.2014 Democracy Now!
As voting begins in India in the largest elections the world has ever seen, we spend the hour with Indian novelist and essayist Arundhati Roy. Nearly 815 million Indians are eligible to vote, and results will be issued in May. One of India's most famous authors — and one of its fiercest critics — Roy is out with a new book, "Capitalism: A Ghost Story," which dives into India's transforming political landscape and makes the case that globalized capitalism has intensified the wealth divide, racism, and environmental degradation. "This new election is going to be [about] who the corporates choose," Roy says, "[about] who is not going to blink about deploying the Indian army against the poorest people in this country, and pushing them out to give over those lands, those rivers, those mountains, to the major mining corporations." Roy won the Booker Prize in 1997 for her novel, "The God of Small Things." Her other books include "An Ordinary Person's Guide to Empire" and "Field Notes on Democracy: Listening to ...
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Is organic better for your health? A look at milk, meat, eggs, produce and fish. 8.4.2014 Washington Post

Organic or conventional? It’s a choice many grocery shoppers are faced with, over and over. The price difference is easy to see; it’s right there on the product. The quality difference is much harder. Is the organic milk better for your kids? Is the conventional lettuce more likely to carry pathogens?

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Organic Consumers Association Comments on New Study Showing Glyphosate Found in Mothers' Breast Milk 7.4.2014 Commondreams.org Newswire

The Organic Consumers Association (OCA) today called on U.S. regulatory agencies, including the Food & Drug Administration (FDA), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to ban the use of glyphosate based on a new pilot study showing that the toxic herbicide was found in the breast milk of American women.

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NYC Cronut bakery shuttered over mouse infestation 5.4.2014 Yahoo: US National
NEW YORK (AP) — Health officials say they've closed a New York City bakery famous for serving up delicious croissant-doughnut hybrid treats called Cronuts because of a "severe mouse ...
Monarch Butterflies: Industrial Agricultural Warfare Is Killing Them, Us 4.4.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
The nonprofit organization Make Way for Monarchs is calling for April 14, 2014, the 50th anniversary of Rachel Carson's death, to be a day of action and contemplation for monarch butterflies and other imperiled pollinators. As genetically modified (GM), herbicide-tolerant (HT) crops such as corn, soy and cotton overspread our agricultural lands, farmers spray the land with herbicides. Those herbicides kill the milkweeds that monarchs depend on. Three-quarters of the world's food depends upon pollinators, primarily wild insects, for reproduction. The orange-and-black monarch, flying from flower to flower for sips of "flight fuel," or nectar, provides the essential service of pollination. The travel habits of monarch butterflies are nothing short of miraculous. Starting in March, up to five consecutive generations of monarchs flutter and glide from Mexico to Canada. In October, a single generation of these seemingly flimsy bits of life starts the arduous flight -- of 2000 miles or more -- all the way ...
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Schools and Disasters: Prepare First, Then Remediate Fully 4.4.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
After 9/11, New York City parents praised schools for safeguarding their children on the day of the World Trade Center terror attacks. Gratitude quickly turned to outrage when parents realized not a single federal, state, or city agency evaluated or tracked impacts on 3,000 children who returned to facilities filled with toxic dust and fumes. While the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) was called in to evaluate the health of school personnel, schools reopened without [fully] remediating contaminated classrooms. Schools of Ground Zero: Early Lessons in Children's Environmental Health , co-published by my office and the American Public Health Association in 2002 documented this shameful situation. Unfortunately, since its publication, other disasters have revealed continuing gaps in children's health protections. Katrina left New Orleans with moldy schools and pesticide-contaminated playgrounds , but no process to protect the kids who ...
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Maine wants recognition of Agent Orange exposure 2.4.2014 Boston Globe: Maine
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Gov. Paul LePage is poised to sign into law a bill calling on the federal government to recognize disabilities suffered by Maine soldiers who were exposed to Agent Orange at a military base in ...
'Extreme levels' of Roundup are the norm in GMO soya 1.4.2014 Environmental News Network
To accommodate high levels of Roundup residues in GM soya, limits were raised 200-fold - with no scientific justification and ignoring growing evidence of toxicity. What Monsanto calls 'extreme levels' are now the norm - but only in GM crops.
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Makers of rat poison d-Con sue state 1.4.2014 San Jose Mercury News: Breaking News
The manufacturers of one of the most common brands of rat and mice poison, d-Con, have sued state regulators just one week after California banned the pesticide and blamed it for causing widespread wildlife death.
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Glyphosate and Cancer 29.3.2014 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines

Among the unsettling results of the Seralini study [1], which almost certainly lie behind its notorious retraction by the journal editor a year after it was published ([2] Retracting Seralini Study Violates Science & Ethics, SiS 61), are cancers in rats fed GM maize and/or exposed to Roundup.

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Brazil Seeks Ban on Monsanto Herbicide Due to Alarming Toxicity Risks 29.3.2014 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines

Brazil's Federal Public Prosecutor has asked the country's justice department to suspend the use of glyphosate, which is the active ingredient in Monsanto's Roundup-the world's top-selling herbicide.

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Pollinators & Pesticides: Heavy Costs 28.3.2014 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines

Heavy Costs is a scientific literature review which reveals that neonicotinoid insecticide seed treatments offer little benefit, do not increase crop yields, and cause widespread environmental and economic damage.

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Dow: The Other Monsanto 28.3.2014 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines

While Monsanto is the deranged big brother of all things biotech, Dow is also a menace worth nipping in the bud as soon as possible.

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Gut-Wrenching: New Studies Reveal the Insidious Effects of Glyphosate 27.3.2014 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines

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