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Is It Time to Reassess Current Safety Standards for Glyphosate-Based Herbicides?

Glyphosate is an active ingredient in a number of commercially available herbicides, including several that are used in concert with genetically modified crops.

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USDA Drops Plan to Test for Monsanto Weed Killer in Food

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has quietly dropped a plan to start testing food for residues of glyphosate, the world's most widely used weed killer and key ingredient in Monsanto's branded Roundup herbicides.

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Europe Poised for Total Ban on Bee-Harming Pesticides

The world's most widely used insecticides would be banned from all fields across Europe under draft regulations from the European commission

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Congress Must Investigate Collusion Between Monsanto and the EPA, Now

“I have cancer, and I don't want these serious issues in HED [EPA's Health Effects Division] to go unaddressed before I go to my grave. I have done my duty.”

It's been four years since Marion Copley, a 30-year EPA toxicologist, wrote those words to her then-colleague, Jess Rowland, accusing him of conniving with Monsanto to bury the agency's own hard scientific evidence that it is “essentially certain” that glyphosate, the key ingredient in Monsanto's Roundup weedkiller, causes cancer.

Copley has since died. But her letter suggesting that EPA officials colluded with Monsanto to hide the truth about Monsanto's flagship weedkiller has been given new life.

Thanks to the persistence of hundreds of plaintiffs in lawsuits alleging that they (or their deceased family members) were diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma after being exposed to Roundup, newly discovered internal emails and other documents are being made public. And they paint an increasingly troubling and sinister picture of corruption.

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Access to Nature Reduces Depression and Obesity, Finds European Study

Trees and green spaces are unrecognised healers offering benefits from increases in mental wellbeing to allergy reductions, says report

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Children as Young as Three Detained 500 Days and Counting in Disgraceful Immigrant Prisons

At "Berks Family Residential Center," kids contemplate suicide as their mothers go on hunger strike.

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A New Wave of Socially Conscious Tampon Companies Focuses on Organics and Giving Back

Cora, Lola, Veeda, and Conscious Period are disrupting the tampon aisle with a clean and basic approach to periods.

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General Mills' Push to Sow Wildflowers to Help Bees Reaps Criticism

Its pollinator seed giveaway was a huge hit, but some advocates challenge the flower mix.

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On Food And Farming

Folks, we are living in exciting times, in which the industrial economy is giving way to the information economy. Since agriculture was the last economic sector to move from the agrarian to the industrial economy, it will be the last to exit.

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Beyond Wetiko Agriculture: Saving Ourselves from the Soil Up

How long do you hope your children or grandchildren will live?  Do you think you or your loved ones will live 60 more years? If so, you'll be around to witness the end of food production on the planet.  Unless, that is, we become conscious of the crisis and evolve.

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Slew of Monsanto Roundup Cancer Lawsuits Filed This Week—Tops 700 Cases

The Los Angeles-based law firm of Baum, Hedlund, Aristei & Goldman and co-counsel Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., filed three bundled complaints last week on behalf of 136 plaintiffs from across the country who allege exposure from Roundup weed killer caused them to develop non-Hodgkin lymphoma.

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The Food and Farm Fallout from a Trade War with Mexico

If the Trump administration taxes imports from Mexico and renegotiates NAFTA, it's U.S. farmers, restaurateurs, and consumers who will be hardest hit.

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Medical School to Examine Whether Professor Published Paper Partly Written by Chemical Company

Officials at a medical school in New York State say they will investigate a faculty member who, according to internal documents released last week by a federal court in California, put his name on a paper partially ghostwritten by employees at Monsanto, the giant agricultural chemicals company based in St. Louis, Missouri.

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Demand Congress Investigate Collusion Between Monsanto and the EPA!

The New York Times reported Tuesday (March 14) that a former high-level EPA official collaborated with Monsanto to bury the truth about Monsanto's Roundup weedkiller.

According to the Times, and other news outlets, Monsanto and the EPA official may have conducted a cover-up in order to protect Monsanto's billion-dollar flagship product from being taken off the market.

For decades, the evidence has been mounting that Roundup causes cancer. Yet even after a panel of 17 scientists with the World Health Organization unanimously agreed that Roundup is a “probably carcinogenic,” Monsanto has refused to acknowledge the evidence. Instead, the company continues to profit from sales of a product—a product sold both commercially and in retail stores—that is linked to cancer.

TAKE ACTION: Tell Congress: Investigate the collusion between Monsanto and the EPA to bury the truth about Roundup. And in the meantime, ban sales of Roundup until we know the truth!

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Eat This, Not That for Longer Life

A new study reports that if you eat the right foods in the right amounts, your risk of dying from heart disease, stroke and type 2 diabetes — among the most common killers in the U.S. — could be cut nearly in half.

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Superfoods That Give You the Most Bang for Your Buck

Ideally, food is your "medicine." It's certainly one of the best preventive strategy I can think of, and getting more raw organic foods and healthy fats in your diet are key considerations.

However, while any type of whole food is better than none, some choices can give you more bang for your buck than others.

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These Cities Are Pulling Billions From the Banks That Support the Dakota Access Pipeline

From Seattle to San Francisco, Albuquerque to Raleigh, cities are joining the fight to defund the controversial pipeline.

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Why I'm Quitting Tillamook Cheese

It turns out that only a portion of the milk that is used by the Tillamook County Creamery Association (TCCA)* to make their famous cheeses is produced by those cows munching that rich, coastal grass. Instead, Tillamook has partnered with Threemile Canyon Farms in Boardman on the Columbia River, a factory farm that produces around 2 million pounds (that's 233,000 gallons, folks) of milk per day from 30,000 milk cows kept during the entirety of their short lives in confined barns. Add to that another 40,000 animals consisting of calves and "replacement heifers," young females that will be added to the milking herd at two years old.

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As Trump Divides, One Lawmaker Remains Huuugely Popular with American Voters

While it seems that the American public holds a dim view of most of its elected officials these days, a recent Fox News poll highlighted one lawmaker who has seemingly won over the majority of voters: Sen. Bernie Sanders.

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Organic Consumers Association Calls for Congressional Investigation into Monsanto-EPA Collusion

FINLAND, Minn. – The Organic Consumers Association (OCA) today called on members of Congress to launch a full investigation into whether or not some EPA officials conspired with Monsanto (NYSE:MON) to suppress legitimate scientific evidence of Monsanto's Roundup weedkiller's potential to cause cancer.

The OCA, whose US network includes more than two million consumers, also called on Congress to immediately suspend all sales of Roundup until the investigation has been completed.

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Just Food Conference Brings Latinos to the Table on Food Activism

Yadira Garcia's close relationship with food began when she fell down a flight of stairs in her junior year of college, leaving her unable to walk and in enduring pain.

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Pepsi, McDonalds, Nestlé, Other Major Brands Implicated in Illegal Destruction of Critical Elephant Habitat

A Rainforest Action Network field investigation team has documented new evidence of large-scale, illegal rainforest destruction within habitat critical to the survival of the Sumatran elephant, tiger and orangutan.

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Avoid the Risks of Testosterone Therapy with Simple, Inexpensive Diet and Lifestyle Strategies

Testosterone plays many important roles in men's health. Besides affecting your sex drive, it also helps maintain muscle mass, bone density, red blood cells and a general sense of vigor and well-being. 

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Oregon May Let Farmers Sue Monsanto, Other GMO Patent-Holders, for Crop Contamination

Oregon lawmakers are considering a bill that would let farmers sue Monsanto, Scotts Miracle-Gro and other companies that hold patents on genetically engineered seeds if crops grown from those seeds contaminate traditional or organic crops.

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Right-Wing Populism Can Be Stopped, Says Jubilant Dutch GreenLeft Leader

Jesse "the Jessiah" Klaver celebrates Netherlands poll wins with pro-refugee message before possible coalition deal.

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Monsanto Isn't Feeding the World—It's Killing Our Children

“How could we have ever believed that it is a good idea to grow our food with poisons?” —Dr. Jane Goodall

Two new reports published in recent weeks add to the already large and convincing body of evidence, accumulated over more than half a century, that agricultural pesticides and other toxic chemicals are poisoning us.

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US Congressman Calls for DOJ Investigation into EPA-Monsanto Glyphosate Collusion

U.S. Congressman Ted Lieu issued a strongly worded statement this week regarding reports that unsealed court documents raise new questions about the safety of Monsanto weed killer Roundup and its chief ingredient glyphosate.

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As Demand for Organics Grows, 'Transitional' Enters the Market

Americans are clamoring for organic food, but U.S. farmers are no longer growing a significant portion of what customers are buying. Despite close to $40 billion in organic food sales in 2015, less than 1 percent of U.S. farmland is certified organic, with the bulk of raw ingredients for organic processed foods and animal feed coming from places like Romania and Turkey.

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Polytoxicity: The Wild World of Chemical Exposure

Have you ever wondered how many chemicals you're exposed to on any given day? How about your kids? It's really anyone's guess. The Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) requires that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) compile and keep a current list of chemical substances manufactured or processed in the U.S.

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EPA Official Bragged About Hiding Monsanto's Cancerous Truth

While farmers and children exposed to Monsanto's Roundup herbicide were dying from non-Hodgkins lymphoma, a high-level EPA official was colluding with Monsanto behind the scenes to hide the truth.

And he actually bragged about it

According to the  New York Times, newly unsealed court documents reveal that former EPA official Jess Rowland let Monsanto ghostwriters write the toxicology reports that would form the basis for a government investigation into whether or not Roundup causes cancer.

“If I can kill this I should get a medal,” Rowland reportedly told a Monsanto executive, who shared the comment in an email.

We're calling on Congress to launch an official investigation into how EPA officials colluded with Monsanto. Can you help us raise $200,000 by midnight, March 31 to meet our quarterly online fundraising goal. You can donate online, by mail or by phone, details here.

 

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