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As a GMO Stunt, Professor Tasted Pesticide and Gave It to Students

Imagine you are an undergraduate attending an Ivy League university. You go to a routine department seminar. In the middle of his presentation the professor picks up a container from the lectern. He says it contains a pesticide. As he opens it, a faint cloud of brown powder rises from the tub. It is, says he, “very safe”.

(01/01/1970 @ 01:00)

The Uncertain Future of the Boundary Waters

At 1.1 million acres, the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness is one of the largest and most popular backcountry destinations in the U.S. and a longtime proving ground for adventurers. But now the region is facing the threat of sulfide-ore copper mining. Stephanie Pearson paddles into the wild.

(01/01/1970 @ 01:00)

Trial in Monsanto's Hometown Set for August after $2 Billion Roundup Cancer Verdict

After three stunning courtroom losses in California, the legal battle over the safety of Monsanto's top-selling Roundup herbicide is headed for the company's hometown, where corporate officials can be forced to appear on the witness stand, and legal precedence shows a history of anti-corporate judgments.

Sharlean Gordon, a cancer-stricken woman in her 50s, is the next plaintiff currently set for trial. Gordon v. Monsanto starts Aug. 19 in St. Louis County Circuit Court, located just a few miles from the St. Louis, Missouri-area campus that was the company's longtime world headquarters until Bayer bought Monsanto last June. The case was filed in July 2017 on behalf of more than 75 plaintiffs and Gordon is the first of that group to go to trial.

(01/01/1970 @ 01:00)

Asbestos in Your Makeup? Legislature Rejects Proposal to Ban Toxics From Cosmetics

Vivian Song of Sacramento tries to keep up with the latest makeup trends. While she pays attention to the ingredients in her beauty routine, she says others are clueless. â€śNot a lot of girls know what they're putting on their face,” she said. “Whatever's trending, they're going to put it on.”

(01/01/1970 @ 01:00)

Regeneration 2019: State of the Movement

Five years ago, at the massive People's Climate March in New York City, a small but determined band of food, farm, natural health and climate activists held a press conference at the Rodale Institute in Manhattan, where we announced the formation of a new global network: Regeneration International (RI).

 

Vandana Shiva, Andre Leu, Richard Teague, Ryan Zinn, Kris Nichols and myself, among others, put forth the bold, but then little-known proposition that regenerative food, farming and land-use practices, scaled up internationally, and in conjunction with a global transition to renewable energy, could not only substantially reduce greenhouse gas emissions and slow down global warming, but could actually draw down enough carbon dioxide from the atmosphere to reverse climate change.

 

We pointed out that a Regeneration Revolution could also dramatically improve the environment, soil fertility, food quality, public health, biodiversity and rural economies, while revitalizing the body politic.

 

Unfortunately, we didn't get a lot of media to attend our first RI press conference. But 400,000 people marching in the streets of New York did generate massive world media coverage of the impending Climate Emergency.

(01/01/1970 @ 01:00)

Neil Young, Grimes & Rufus Wainwright Push Green New Deal in Canada

Neil Young, Murray McLauchlan, k.d. lang, Arcade Fire's Richard Reed Perry, Melissa auf der Maur, Broken Social Scene, Claire "Grimes" Boucher and Rufus Wainwright are among the Canadian musicians who have signed the "Pact for a Green New Deal," asking Justin Trudeau's Liberal federal government to devise "an ambitious policy platform that re-tools our economy to respond to the multiple crises we are faced with today."

(01/01/1970 @ 01:00)

Consumer Reports' Recommends Sunscreens That Seep Poison Into Your Bloodstream

While there are instances where sunscreen may be prudent, these products are widely overused and contribute to widespread vitamin D deficiency. In my view, sunscreen is rarely needed, provided you're following sensible sun exposure guidelines to prevent burning. Simply get out of the sun or wear clothing the moment your skin starts to turn light pink.

(01/01/1970 @ 01:00)

Healthy Soils Legislation Helps Green New Deal

Congressional Democrats have offered an ambitious legislative framework for 2019. Titled the Green New Deal, it seeks to tackle impending climate threats while generating innovative opportunities in the energy, transportation, and agricultural sectors. The Green New Deal includes support of soil health. Between 50% to 70% of agricultural soil has been lost, and rebuilding soil health is crucial for food system security, water quality, and climate change mitigation.

(01/01/1970 @ 01:00)

EPA Plan to End Funding for Children's Health Research Leaves Scientists Scrambling

Despite repeatedly expressing public support for children's health, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is ending funding for a network of research centers focused on environmental threats to kids, imperiling several long-running studies of pollutants' effects on child development.

(01/01/1970 @ 01:00)

Organic Farming Explained

It's easy to forget that before there was a National Organic Program, before there was organic certification, before there were genetically engineered crops and industrial factory farms, there were farmers—farmers who grew nutritious food and raised healthy meat, using farming and ranching practices that worked with, and enhanced, the Earth's natural ecosystems.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National Organic Program evolved out of the need to define “organic” in order to protect these good farmers in a marketplace increasingly being taken over by industrial food producers. Unfortunately, over the years, industrial food lobbyists have used their financial and political clout to try their best to weaken organic standards.

(01/01/1970 @ 01:00)

Impossible Burger CEO Is Full of Baloney. Here's Why.

The Impossible Burger—deceptively marketed as “natural”—already contains a genetically engineered ingredient, a yeast referred to as â€śheme.” 

Now, Impossible Foods, the maker of the fake meat patty, is adding a new GE ingredient: genetically engineered soy.

TAKE ACTION: Tell Impossible Foods CEO Pat Brown: GMO Soy is bad for consumers, bad for the planet!

(01/01/1970 @ 01:00)

How the Green New Deal Can Deliver Land Justice

In 2013, when brandon king and others launched Cooperation Jackson â€” a radical project to bring economic democracy and worker ownership to Jackson, Mississippi — they decided to put their funds toward purchasing land instead of paying themselves salaries.

(01/01/1970 @ 01:00)

'Tortilla Movement' Seeks to Restore Mexico's Iconic Food

As Mexico City's 9 million residents sleep in the pre-dawn darkness, busy hands are already preparing the day's corn tortillas in the small kitchen of Molino El Pujol, a tortilla shop that is part of a famed chef's bid to help recover Mexico's iconic food.

(01/01/1970 @ 01:00)

Monsanto Parent Company Bayer Faces Thousands of Roundup-Cancer Cases After $2 Billion Verdict

Annually, for weeks at a time over his more than 30 years of farming, John Barton would spray a thousand gallons of Roundup every day to kill the weeds springing up among his cotton crop outside Bakersfield, California.

(01/01/1970 @ 01:00)

You Can't 'Starve' Cancer, but You Might Help Treat It With Food

Cancer cells grow in distinctive patterns that defy normal limitations. That growth activity requires energy, and so cancer cells metabolize nutrients in different ways from the healthy cells around them. In an attempt to kill the tumor without killing the normally functioning cells, chemotherapy drugs target these pathways inside of cancer cells.

(01/01/1970 @ 01:00)

6 Reasons Impossible Burger's CEO Is Wrong About GMO Soy

Throughout the U.S., major food brands are trying to get rid of GMO ingredients—not necessarily for the right reasons, but because nearly half of consumers say they avoid them in their food, primarily for health reasons.

But the CEO of Impossible Foods, purveyor of the Impossible Burger, is bucking that trend.

The manufacturers of the controversial veggie burger just announced that in the future, due to “high demand” for the product, its plant-based patties will be made using GMO soy.

The formula change was made to ensure the smooth rollout of the Impossible Burger in Burger King restaurants. The soy formulation is apparently better able to withstand Burger King's trademark flame grilling. As a result, in early in 2019, Impossible Foods dumped the textured wheat protein it had been using and replaced it with soy protein concentrate instead.

(01/01/1970 @ 01:00)

How Carbon Farming Can Help Stop Climate Change in Its Tracks

Ninety people are gathered along a trench—maybe 20 feet long, five feet deep, and three feet wide—in the Montana prairie. It's an overcast spring day, with a cool breeze stirring the grass. Children clamber around the edges of the trench while the adults crouch or stand, listening to a woman pacing at the bottom, pointing out roots and different layers of exposed earth, talking about how the soil can save us from a climate catastrophe.

(01/01/1970 @ 01:00)

Critics Question Ethics Behind Impossible Burger's Rapid Fast-Food Expansion

Last week, Redwood City's Impossible Foods announced it received $300 million in new investments now that Burger King plans to serve its faux-meat Impossible Burger at 7,200 locations nationwide.

(01/01/1970 @ 01:00)

Meet the Sioux Chef: Revitalizing Native Foodways

From the plains of the Midwest, a new and surprising trend in the world of healthy local food is gaining ground thanks to Sean Sherman, an Oglala Lakota Sioux and founder of The Sioux Chef, a nonprofit organization aiming to revive the traditional Native American diet through hands-on education and the use of indigenous ingredients.

(01/01/1970 @ 01:00)

Regenerative Fiber Farming

It was sheep shearing day on my grandpa's ranch in the mid-20th century, and all I knew was that I was having fun. Everyone, including Grandpa, was clad in blue denim jeans on this sunny day. Gathered with other neighboring small-scale ranchers, we sheared and then stuffed and stomped wool into the gigantic bag that would be taken to market.

(01/01/1970 @ 01:00)

Exposing the Dirty Business Behind the Designer Label

Even before it gets worn once, that new T-shirt you bought is already dirtier than you can imagine. It's soaked through with toxic waste, factory smog and plastic debris—all of which is likely just a few spin cycles away from an incinerator, or maybe a landfill halfway around the world.

(01/01/1970 @ 01:00)

The Battle Over Air Quality Near Factory Farms on the Eastern Seaboard

Twenty-four years ago, Sam Berley bought a little house on a quiet stretch of Backbone Road in rural Princess Anne, Maryland. Today, the house appears tiny, because it's dwarfed by six massive metal barns that together house more than 250,000 chickens. The closest one is just 240 feet away.

(01/01/1970 @ 01:00)

How to Cook Kale

With its impressive array of nutrients — fiber, antioxidants lutein and zeaxanthin, vitamins A, K and C, and omega-3 and -6 fats â€” it's not surprising that kale is now dubbed a “superfood,” and has found its way into many recipes, such as salads and soups, and even as a healthy snack. Its exceptionally high amount of protein — 2 grams in every 100-gram serving â€” for a vegetable has caused it to earn the moniker “the new beef.”

(01/01/1970 @ 01:00)

Sunrise Movement Calls for Mass Climate Demonstration Outside Democratic Debate in Detroit

On Monday night, at the final stop on the Sunrise Movement's “Road to a Green New Deal” tour across the United States, the group called for a mass, youth-led mobilization to pressure Democratic candidates to make the 2020 election a referendum on climate change.

(01/01/1970 @ 01:00)

180 Countries — Except Us — Agree to Plastic Waste Agreement

Almost every country in the world, except the United States, agreed to a deal on Friday that would sharply reduce the amount of plastic being washed into the world's oceans. The legally binding framework for reducing plastic waste means countries will have to monitor and track thousands of types of plastic waste outside their borders.

(01/01/1970 @ 01:00)

U.S. Organic Sales Pass $50 Billion Mark for First Time

U.S. organic sales continue to outpace the broader market, surpassing $50 billion for the first time last year, as pesticide-free, non-GMO products take a bigger slice of the total consumer dollars spent every year. That rate is slowing from earlier this decade, a sign that the organic market is maturing and new types of health and wellness claims are fragmenting consumer spending.

(01/01/1970 @ 01:00)

The World's Happiest People Already Have a Green New Deal, and They Love It

According to the latest report from the United Nation's Sustainable Development Solutions Network, the Nordics are once again in the top tier of the World's Happiest People. This year's report, which came out March 20, pulled together the scores from the last three years to build a composite score, revealing that the four happiest countries from 2016-2018 are Finland, Denmark, Norway and Iceland, with Sweden coming in seventh.

(01/01/1970 @ 01:00)

Trump: Importing Dangerous Medicines and Food and Keeping Consumers in the Dark

Conservatives favor consumer choice. Consumer information is vital to make that choice meaningful. Corporatists, masquerading as conservatives, do not care about informed consumer choice. Donald Trump is a corporatist, as are the vast majority of Republicans in his Cabinet and in Congress.

(01/01/1970 @ 01:00)

Forget the Anthropocene: We've Entered the Synthetic Age

One fact about our time is becoming increasingly well-known. No matter how far you travel, no matter in which direction you point, there is nowhere on Earth that remains free from the traces of human activity. The chemical and biological signatures of our species are everywhere.

(01/01/1970 @ 01:00)

The Secret Ingredients in a Nonorganic Diet Harm You

For years I have advocated for an organic diet to maximize your health, avoid many health problems and help the environment. Choosing organic foods reduces your exposure to pesticides, herbicides and dangerous genetically engineered (GE) foods, which comprise almost all nonorganic foods and are typically unlabeled.

(01/01/1970 @ 01:00)

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