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Sleep More, Weigh Less?

Recent research shows the longer a person slept, the smaller their waist and lower their BMI were likely to be. People who slept for an average of six hours a night had a waist circumference more than 1 inch (3 centimeters) larger than those who slept for nine hours a night. Shorter sleep was also linked to lower levels of beneficial HDL cholesterol, disruptions to thyroid hormones and increases in inflammatory markers.

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The Link Between Sugar and Depression

Sugar increases your risk of depression by contributing to insulin and leptin resistance, suppressing BDNF, affecting dopamine, damaging your mitochondria and promoting chronic inflammation. Studies have linked high-sugar diets to a higher risk of depression and anxiety, showing a low-sugar diet is an important part of the prevention and treatment of common mental health problems.

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ECJ Ruling on Document Access Rattles Chemical, Pesticide Industries

A decision by the European Court of Justice on Wednesday in favor of disclosing confidential safety tests by large pesticide companies has sent shockwaves through the wider chemical industry.

The court's decision dealt with two cases in which non-governmental organizations had been denied access to documents about pesticides on the grounds that the information was commercially sensitive.

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Like you, I'm saddened. And worried.

You've always supported our joint struggle for an organic and equitable food system. For a chemical-free environment. For corporate accountability. For peace, justice and sustainability.

That mission requires us to strike at the heart of the absolute worst manifestation of our degenerative, exploitative, extractive industrial food and farming system—the $1-trillion factory farm industry.

Late yesterday, a New England donor, inspired by our campaign to force Ben & Jerry's to go organic, made a generous offer.

We're grateful because this generous offer validates our strategy: To erode Ben & Jerry's brand so much that the company begins the long-overdue transition from Dirty Dairy to an organic regenerative system that respects and rewards farmers and farmworkers, doesn't abuse animals, no longer pollutes waterways or degrades soil, and produces a safer, organic consumer product.

The donor, who asked to remain anonymous, will match up to $25,000 in donations raised between now and midnight, Monday, August 21. That means your donation today will be worth twice as much.

Can you pitch in today to help us take advantage of this matching gift offer? Details here.


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One-Third of American Adults Prescribed Opioids Each Year, and Opioid Deaths Now Leading Cause of Death for People Under 50

More than one-third of American adults were prescribed an opioid drug in 2015, and opioid overdoses are now the leading cause of death for Americans under the age of 50. Back pain, wisdom tooth extraction and pain during pregnancy are common reasons for receiving an opioid prescription. As a result, many young adults and infants are unduly affected by drug addiction.

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Neonics Harm Bees, Poison Drinking Water and Don't Improve Crop Yield: Why Aren't We Banning Them?

It's no secret that neonicotinoids can harm bees and other insects—they're designed to kill pests, after all. But an increasing body of evidence is uncovering just how serious an impact these pesticides are having on the environment.

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UK Government Shows Support for Neonics Ban

On July 20, in response to a parliamentary question on whether Britain would lift the restrictions after Brexit, Lord Gardiner, Minister for Rural Affairs, said: “The Government keeps the developing evidence on neonicotinoids under review, advised by the UK Expert Committee on Pesticides.
“On the basis of current evidence, we support the existing restrictions.”

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Vaccines: A Simple Way to Discover the Truth

Representative Bill Posey (R-FL) has introduced a bill that would direct the Department of Health and Human Services to conduct a comprehensive study comparing health outcomes in vaccinated and unvaccinated populations.

This is an incredibly important bill. The number of immunizations given to young children has increased dramatically over the years. By the age of two, children in 1950 received five shots; today, children receive as many as twenty-seven shots before their second birthday, with multiple shots often given in the same visit.

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That Chicken From Whole Foods Isn't So Special Anymore

Whole Foods Market Inc. doesn't just sell chickens. It sells shoppers on the idea of chickens raised and treated better than prevailing standards: no antibiotics, no hormones, no cages. Not the sort of chicken you can get anywhere. But thanks in no small part to a food-quality revolution that Whole Foods helped cultivate over the past decade, standards for much of the poultry sold at American supermarkets are shifting. 

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Compendium of Scientific and Practical Findings Supporting Eco-Restoration to Address Global Warming

This Compendium of Scientific and Practical Findings Supporting Eco-Restoration to Address Global Warming (the “Compendium”) is a fully referenced compilation of the evidence outlining the power, benefits and necessity of eco-restoration to address global warming.

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Weeding Out Vaccine Toxins: MMR, Glyphosate, and the Health of a Generation

Glyphosate, often sold under the brand name “Roundup,” is the most widely used weed killer in the U.S. Glyphosate is a “non-selective herbicide,” which means it kills many plants, not just weeds. It kills them by interfering with the production of critical proteins necessary for growth.

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GM Moths Shown to Fail Ahead of New York State Release

Cornell University's plans to release genetically modified (GM) moths in New York State ignore existing evidence of failure, which shows the GM pests will damage the broccoli and cabbages they are supposed to protect, GeneWatch UK stated Monday.

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If You Eat an Animal That Ate Drugs, Will It Affect You?

Some of our cows and chickens are on drugs. The relative safety of those drugs is the subject of ongoing debate, and some are more common than others. Last month, Bloomberg reported that Sanderson Farms is being sued for allegedly dosing its chickens with ketamine.

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Fossil Fuel Subsidies Are a Staggering $5 Tn per Year

Fossil fuels have two major problems that paint a dim picture for their future energy dominance. These problems are inter-related but still should be discussed separately. First, they cause climate change. We know that, we've known it for decades, and we know that continued use of fossil fuels will cause enormous worldwide economic and social consequences.

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Call for Stricter Regulations on Herbicides as Federal Testing for Glyphosate in Food Resumes

Barely two months after the federal government renewed testing for glyphosate in food, Connecticut is pushing for a strict ban on the herbicide.

Connecticut Senator Richard Blumenthal told the New Haven Register that he's “concerned with the growing body of evidence linking glyphosate to serious health problems, including cancer,” and supports “a limitation or ban on the use of glyphosate.”

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Toxin Found in Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream: Here's What We Can Learn

When the Organic Consumers Association found traces of the herbicide Roundup, also know as glyphosate, in Ben & Jerry's ice cream, little did they know that was just the tip of the iceberg…

​The traces of glyphosate that were found in 10 out of 11 of the Ben & Jerry's ice cream samples did fall below the legal limit set by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). (1)

However, the regulation on how much is safe for humans is outdated, and the studies are often fiercely disputed by Monsanto and other companies that make products containing glyphosate.

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What Is Aloe Vera Good For?

A succulent plant that grows wild in tropical regions, aloe vera has had innumerable uses for thousands of years, both medicinal and nutritional, due to the 75 potentially active compounds it contains. Antioxidant, antibiotic, antimicrobial, antifungal, antiseptic — these are some of the properties of aloe vera that can help detoxify your body, fight infection, aid digestion, heal canker sores and prevent dental plaque. You can grow aloe vera very easily, as it requires little upkeep; indirect sunlight and drying out between waterings will produce hundreds of plants you can keep in your kitchen and cut for a healing salve or a nutritious drink.

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How to Reduce Lectins in Your Diet

Many lectins are proinflammatory, immunotoxic, neurotoxic and cytotoxic. Certain lectins may also increase blood viscosity, interfere with gene expression and disrupt endocrine function. Among the most problematic lectin-containing foods are corn, corn-fed meats, casein A1 milk, peanuts, cashews and unfermented soybeans. These are best avoided altogether. High-lectin foods such as legumes and grains can be made safe to eat by proper soaking and cooking. Sprouting, fermenting and removing skins and seeds will also help reduce lectins in your diet.

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The UK's Royal Society: A Case Study in How the Health Risks of GMOs Have Been Systematically Misrepresented

For more than twenty years, many eminent scientists and scientific institutions have routinely claimed that genetically modified foods are safe. And because of the perceived authority of their pronouncements, most government officials and members of the media have believed them. But when the arguments these scientists employ to support their claims are subjected to scrutiny, it becomes clear that important facts have invariably been misrepresented — either deliberately or through substantial negligence. And when these facts are fairly considered, the arguments collapse.

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Breeding Superbugs

Robert Lee Metcalf was a distinguished entomologist who was becoming disenchanted with the establishment. He ridiculed the enthusiasm for pesticides among his colleagues, farmers, the chemical industry and government regulators. So in the 1987 summer issue of the Newsletter of the College of Arts and Sciences of the University of Illinois, he wrote a scathing critique of the chemical industry-farm-government complex. He said he was disappointment with America's obsession with chemicals.

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Impossibly Fake

It's tough to even know where to start with this one, but here goes.

A company called Impossible Foods, with $257 million in venture capital funding, recently launched its fake, genetically engineered Impossible Burger—even though, the FDA (supposedly in charge of food safety) can't say if the burger's “secret sauce”—soy leghemoglobin—is safe.

How can Impossible Foods put soy leghemoglobin in food if the FDA hasn't deemed it safe? The New York Times explains:

The F.D.A.'s approval is not required for most new ingredients. Companies can hire consultants to run tests, and they have no obligation to inform the agency of their findings, a process of self-affirmation.”

While you let that sink in . . . here's the other half of that story. Impossible Foods asked the FDA to weigh in on the safety of its “secret sauce” ingredient, even though it wasn't required to. The agency did. This is what regulators wrote in a memo to Impossible Foods:

“F.D.A. believes the arguments presented, individually and collectively, do not establish the safety of soy leghemoglobin for consumption,” nor do they point to a general recognition of safety.”

Despite that statement, the Impossible Burger went to market. 

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Monsanto Has a New Agricultural Disaster for Sale: DICAMBA

To learn more about this topic, visit AL.Law

Via America's LawyerMike Papantonio talks with attorney Bev Randles about Monsanto's legal dilemma over Dicamba.

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Connecticut Opposition to Use of an Herbicide Grows; FDA Testing Resumes on Glyphosate

Glyphosate, the active ingredient in the world's top-selling weed killer, Roundup, is a suspected carcinogen that's used in agriculture, on golf courses, ballfields and other public venues, and for lawn care. It can be found in more than 750 products sold in the U.S.

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'What the Health' — Where This Vegan PR Film Went Wrong

According to the sugar industry, sugar is harmless and may even be an important part of a healthy diet. Industry recommendations suggest getting 25 percent of your daily calories from sugar. 

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The Nitrogen Problem: Why Global Warming Is Making It Worse

New research shows that increases in rainfall and extreme weather because of climate change will increase the amount of nitrogen polluting rivers and other waterways. The findings underscore the urgency of reforming agriculture to dramatically reduce the use of nitrogen fertilizers.

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Climate Change: Scientists Concerned About Increased Humidity in Mason City

Gene Takle, director of Iowa State University's climate science program told a Statehouse news conference that “absolute humidity” measured by dew-point temperature has increased statewide by 8 percent to 23 percent since 1971. 

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Lighthizer Warning: Buy GMOs or Expect a Fight

For decades, U.S. policy has called for international trade rules to be based on fact rather than prejudice. The agribusiness community often points to science-based regulation as a way of removing obstacles to the export of genetically engineered crops. 

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New Study: Vaccine Manufacturers and FDA Regulators Used Statistical Gimmicks to Hide Risks of HPV Vaccines

A new study published in Clinical Rheumatology exposes how vaccine manufacturers used phony placebos in clinical trials to conceal a wide range of devastating risks associated with HPV vaccines. 

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FDA Casts Doubt on Safety of Impossible Burger's Key GMO Ingredient

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration told the manufacturer of the meat-like Impossible Burger that the company hadn't demonstrated the safety of the product's key genetically engineered ingredient, according to internal FDA documents. Despite FDA's concerns, Impossible Foods put its GMO-derived burger on the market for public consumption.

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Are Industrial Agriculture and Genetic Modification the Answer to Feeding Humanity?

Over the past half century, the world has moved increasingly to industrial agriculture—attempting to maximize efficiency through running massive, often inhumane livestock operations; turning huge swaths of land over to monocrops requiring liberal use of fertilizers, pesticides, and genetic modification; and relying on machinery that consumes fossil fuel and underpaid migrant workers. 

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