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Tell Whole Foods to Stop Selling Toxic GMO Potatoes!

Remember when Whole Foods promised consumers that by the end of 2018, all of its U.S. and Canada stores would require labels on any foods containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs)?

About midway through 2018, Whole Foods reneged on that promise.

Now, the retailer once known as a mecca for organic food shoppers is selling GMO potatoes—and those potatoes aren't labeled.

TAKE ACTION: Tell Whole Foods to stop selling toxic GMO potatoes!

(13/11/2018 @ 10:51)

'Troubling Allegations' Prompt Health Canada Review of Studies Used to Approve Popular Weed-Killer

Health Canada says in light of "troubling allegations," its scientists are reviewing hundreds of studies used during the approval process for glyphosate, the active ingredient in the herbicide, Roundup. The decision comes after a coalition of environmental groups claimed Health Canada relied on studies that were secretly influenced by Monsanto when it re-approved use of glyphosate in 2015 and confirmed that decision in 2017.

(01/01/1970 @ 01:00)

Organic GMOs - Ask Yourself, Can This Ever Be a 'Thing'?

There is no question that our food system is broken. The way we farm, the way we process, sell, buy and eat food has become an exercise in a polluted environment and polluted, undernourished bodies.

Against this backdrop the word ‘organic' is sometimes waived like a flag – or worn like a magic cloak – that protects us from harm.

(01/01/1970 @ 01:00)

Smithfield Should Bail Out Pools of Hog Waste, Not Ask for a Bailout

Allowing hog producer Smithfield Foods, which is wholly owned by China's WH Group, to apply for relief from a U.S. taxpayer-funded bailout program designed to shield U.S. farmers from retaliatory tariffs from China is absurd. We should require this corporation to use its own money to stop polluting, not subsidize it while it continues to harm North Carolina's people and natural resources.

(01/01/1970 @ 01:00)

Farm to Your Table? How 'Agrihoods' Can Create Access to Fresh Food

Developers hoping to break ground on a housing complex next year in Santa Clara, Calif., are soliciting potential residents by offering a quirky but increasingly popular perk. It's not a golf course, health club or even a pet spa. The big draw will be a farm and access to all the tomatoes, zucchini and kale you can eat.

(01/01/1970 @ 01:00)

What's Behind the Crippling Dairy Crisis? Family Farmers Speak Out.

“If a mammal doesn't produce it, it isn't ‘milk',” says Lisa Engelbert, one of the farmers at the sixth-generation Engelbert Farms in Nichols, New York. Engelbert is referring, somewhat wearily, to the plant-based beverages and other products made from soy, rice, nuts, and oats—she calls them “plant juices”—that currently account for 13 percent of the U.S. milk market and $1.6 billion in sales.

(01/01/1970 @ 01:00)

Americans of Color Are Largely Excluded From Producing and Eating Fresh Food

Near the end of a five-hour delivery run, Lytisha Wyatt rings an apartment in Albany, New York's South End. A little girl answers the door, furtively accepting the box of organic produce. It's one of 97 being delivered throughout the area, and the last of the season, courtesy of Soul Fire Farm's Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program.

(01/01/1970 @ 01:00)

Brazil's New President Openly Threatens Genocide of Indigenous Amazonians

Brazil's new president, Jair Bolsonaro, campaigned on a plan to sell off major portions of the Amazon rainforest to agribusiness, mining. and hydro-power. â€œMinorities have to adapt to the majority, or simply disappear,” he said on the campaign trail, adding that under his administration, “not one square centimeter” of Brazil will be reserved for the country's indigenous peoples.

(01/01/1970 @ 01:00)

Dirt Rich: Healthy Soil Movement Gains Ground in Farm Country

"I can't even dig up an inch without digging up an earthworm," Hall said. "I feel bad, because I don't want to hurt the poor guys. I always try to pack 'em back in the ground, try to cover them up — you know, like I'm tucking them in." 

(01/01/1970 @ 01:00)

Climate Change: Oceans 'Soaking up More Heat Than Estimated'

The world has seriously underestimated the amount of heat soaked up by our oceans over the past 25 years, researchers say. Their study suggests that the seas have absorbed 60% more than previously thought. They say it means the Earth is more sensitive to fossil fuel emissions than estimated.

(01/01/1970 @ 01:00)

Beyond Damaging Crops, Dicamba Is Dividing Communities

John and Lisa Zuhlke used to get along well with their neighbor of 10 years. Before they began raising more than 350 varieties of heirloom vegetables and honey on their five-acre operation in Aurora, South Dakota, two years ago, they maintained an amicable relationship with the soybean grower next door.

(01/01/1970 @ 01:00)

The Fossil Fuel Industry Spent $100 Million to Kill Green Ballot Measures in Three States - and Won

Patricia Nelson was eager for a fresh start when she moved her family from Louisiana back home to Weld County, Colorado, in 2016. Soon after, Nelson's friend encouraged her to come out to a meeting where Lisa McKenzie, an environmental chemist and epidemiologist at the Colorado School of Public Health, was presenting her research on the health impacts of oil and natural gas drilling.

(01/01/1970 @ 01:00)

Supermarkets Out of Africa! Food Systems Across the Continent Are Doing Just Fine Without Them

Africa's food systems are a final frontier for multinational food companies and retailers. Most Africans still consume a healthy diet of traditional foods, supplied by millions of small vendors and small farmers across the continent. But this is slowly changing as global food companies and retailers adopt new strategies to expand their presence on the continent, led by the aggressive actions of some multinational supermarket chains.

(01/01/1970 @ 01:00)

California Makes Cage-Free Hens a State Law by Approving Proposition 12

California voters overwhelmingly approved a measure Tuesday requiring that all eggs sold in the state come from cage-free hens by 2022. Proposition 12 also bans the sale of pork and veal in California from farm animals raised in cages that don't meet the new minimum size requirements.

(01/01/1970 @ 01:00)

Breakfast Favorite Orange Juice Tainted by Glyphosate Herbicide Threatens Our Health and Florida's Environment

In August, news broke that Cheerios, Quaker Oats, and other breakfast cereals were contaminated with glyphosate weed killer. Just this week, more news of glyphosate in snack bars. Parents across the nation became concerned about their family's breakfast foods and snacks. Now we learn we must also be looking at the most popular breakfast beverage, orange juice, as well.

(01/01/1970 @ 01:00)

Bugs Are Full of Our Drugs and They Could Be Getting Other Critters Hooked, Too

Pharmaceuticals are increasingly detected in waterways around the world as prescription drug use increases. The drugs get into the water via people excreting them or when they're flushed down the toilet. Wastewater treatment plants were not designed to handle such contamination and previous research shows only about half of drugs are removed by sewer treatments. 

(01/01/1970 @ 01:00)

Pesticides Are in So Many Many Foods. Did You Know They May Also Be in Your Home?

By now, most everyone knows that the pesticides used by industrial farming operations pollute the air, linger in the soil and turn up on many foods—including Ben & Jerry's ice cream.

Now, a new study suggests those pesticides could also be in your home.

A team of researchers from Cornell University conducted pesticide analyses as part of a larger effort to study  pollutants in homes and childcare facilities. Scientists sampled 350 rural homes in six New York state counties, looking for more than a dozen potentially toxic pesticides commonly used in conventional farming operations.

(01/01/1970 @ 01:00)

Tell Florida's Natural: Orange Juice with Roundup Weedkiller Isn't 'Natural'

When you buy food labeled “natural,” you probably assume it doesn't contain “unnatural” ingredients—like agrochemicals known to cause cancer.

But as we've found with some other so-called “natural” products, that's not always true. 

The latest “natural” product to test positive for Monsanto's Roundup weedkiller? Florida's Natural orange juice.
TAKE ACTION: Tell Florida's Natural: Orange Juice with Roundup Weedkiller Isn't ‘Natural'

(07/11/2018 @ 11:48)

Bayer CEO: Roundup Weedkiller Cancer Victims Are 'Nuisances'

There are about 8,700 lawsuits pending against Monsanto, by people who allege that exposure to Roundup weedkiller is responsible for their cancer. Most of the people behind these lawsuits have stories not unlike the one told by Dewayne Johnson, during his landmark jury trial which resulted in a unanimous decision against Monsanto.

Like Johnson, many of these people have non-Hodgkin lymphoma—or they have family members who have already died from the disease. They face long, grueling trials as they go up against the biotech behemoth.

(01/01/1970 @ 01:00)

Another Class of Pesticides Is Destroying Brains

A group of environmental and public health researchers from the U.S. and Canada suggest prenatal exposure to OPs is putting children at risk for behavioral and cognitive deficits, as well as neurodevelopmental disorders. For this reason, they are calling for a global phaseout of these toxic chemicals, among other measures.

(01/01/1970 @ 01:00)

Study: GMOs Lacking in Protein and Nutrients

Corn is an ancient and sacred crop of the Americas. This plant has taken root across the globe, influencing cultures and cuisines worldwide. A richly diverse crop, corn has been bred to display a rainbow of colors in an array of sizes and shapes. Corn, also referred to as maize, has become a staple agricultural crop with an abundance of uses.

(01/01/1970 @ 01:00)

Ozone Layer Finally Healing After Damage Caused by Aerosols, UN Says

Upper layer above northern hemisphere should be completely repaired in 2030s 

The ozone layer is showing signs of continuing recovery from man-made damage and is likely to heal fully by 2060, new evidence shows.

The measures taken to repair the damage will also have an important beneficial effect on climate change, as some of the gases that caused the ozone layer to thin and in places disappear also contribute to warming the atmosphere. Phasing them out could avoid as much as 0.5C (0.9F) of warming this century.

(01/01/1970 @ 01:00)

Some Breakfast Foods Contain More Glyphosate Than Vitamin D or B12

Concerns over the health effects of glyphosate continue to rise as evidence of harm and widespread exposure keeps accumulating. In recent years, researchers have discovered it may affect your body's ability to produce fully functioning proteins, inhibit the shikimate pathway and interfere with the function of cytochrome P450 enzymes (required for activation of vitamin D and the creation of nitric oxide and cholesterol sulfate).

(01/01/1970 @ 01:00)

Why Permaculture Puts Food First

When I teach permaculture, and now having done more than 50 full design courses, I try to de-emphasize gardening. I do that because I know that most other Permaculture teachers do precisely the opposite; they begin with drawing a chicken and then make mandala gardens and herb spirals.

(01/01/1970 @ 01:00)

Herdshare & Healthy Soil at Free Hand Farm

In the foothills of the Sierras, just outside the town of Placerville, Melissa and Spencer Tregilgas lease a stunning 95-acre ranch. There they farm full time, with the help of their sprightly daughters Molly (9), Adele (7), and Maxine (4). Together, the family makes up Free Hand Farm.

(01/01/1970 @ 01:00)

Could Your Cannabis Be Cleaner Than Your Organic Produce?

If you read the paper or watch the news as it relates to Sonoma County Cannabis, by now you've heard these terms: Regenerative, Biodynamic, Organic, Sun-Grown, Light-Dep, and Sustainable Practices.

Sure, you know it's better than the stuff that comes from a warehouse or worse, grown with who-knows-what, added to it. But do you know why it's better? More importantly, do you know where you can get it?

(01/01/1970 @ 01:00)

The Unseen Driver Behind the Migrant Caravan: Climate Change

Thousands of Central American migrants trudging through Mexico towards the US have regularly been described as either fleeing gang violence or extreme poverty. But another crucial driving factor behind the migrant caravan has been harder to grasp: climate change.

(01/01/1970 @ 01:00)

We Need a Complete Change in Agriculture to Feed the Planet

Study results show that the global agriculture system currently overproduces grains, fats, and sugars, while production of fruits and vegetables and protein is not sufficient to meet the nutritional needs of the future global population.

(01/01/1970 @ 01:00)

Bayer CEO Says Would Consider Glyphosate Settlement Depending on Costs

Bayer AG's chief executive said this week the company might consider settling lawsuits over Monsanto's glyphosate-containing weed-killers depending on how high court costs rise, but stressed it remained focused on defending the combined company against claims they cause cancer.

(01/01/1970 @ 01:00)

Insect Populations Are Declining Around the World. How Worried Should We Be?

When Susan Weller traveled to Ecuador to study tiger moths in the 1980s, she found plenty of insects. A decade later, Weller, now director of the University of Nebraska State Museum, returned to conduct follow-up research. But the moths she was looking for were gone.

(01/01/1970 @ 01:00)

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