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Scientist Replies to Aluminum Industry's and Medical Industry's False and Misleading Claims of Aluminum Safety

It is highly odd to see the Alzheimer's Association and the World Health Organization describing a type of consensus that there is no role for aluminum as a primary cause in Alzheimer's disease for one simple fact: amyloid, the gunk that gums up the brain in Alzheimer's dementia, is part aluminum. In fact, this has been known since 1985.

(01/01/1970 @ 01:00)

How to Increase Lung Capacity

Because breathing is essential to life and your lungs are essential to breathing, I would like to share a number of tips to help you improve your lung capacity, which is a measure of how much air your body can use. As you may expect, your lung capacity can be improved through activities like diaphragmatic breathing, exercise and maintaining good posture.

(01/01/1970 @ 01:00)

Mass HPV Vaccination Plan for the U.S.

The American Cancer Society (ACS) has set an aggressive goal to achieve an 80 percent uptake rate among American children with two doses human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine by 2026. To gain that coverage, 14 million more preteen children would need to complete the two-dose series, for a total of 57.62 million doses above and beyond the number of vaccinations given to date.

(01/01/1970 @ 01:00)

Helping David Take on Goliath

Last year, environmentalists and organic farmers scored a win when the Maryland Legislature passed the Healthy Soils Program and Gov. Larry Hogan signed the bill. The program works to sequester the global-warming bad guy, carbon, in Maryland soil while increasing its biological activity.

(01/01/1970 @ 01:00)

USDA Won't Name Turkey Plants, Despite 164 Illnesses and 1 Death

The public doesn't need to know which turkey plants have been found to be contaminated with a deadly strain of Salmonella that has infected people in 35 states, federal officials said yesterday in a strongly worded statement.

(01/01/1970 @ 01:00)

German Minister for Environment Pushing for End of Glyphosate

The German Federal Minister for the Environment, Svenja Schulze, is calling for pesticide-free compensation areas and a binding date for the phase-out of glyphosate. However, this has annoyed the Federal Minister of Food and Agriculture. EURACTIV Germany's partner Der Tagesspiegel reports.

(01/01/1970 @ 01:00)

SA Government Rejects Monsanto's Triple Stacked GM Drought Tolerant Maize

The African Centre for Biodiversity (ACB) welcomes the decision of the South African biosafety authorities, rejecting Monsanto's application for the commercial release of its GM drought tolerant triple stacked maize: MON 87460 x MON 89034 x NK 603.

(01/01/1970 @ 01:00)

What's Behind the CDC Claiming 80,000 Died from Flu Last Winter?

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the 2017-2018 flu season was the deadliest flu season in the U.S. in four decades, hospitalizing 900,000 and killing 80,000, including 180 children. According to CNN,1 " … [F]lu-related deaths have ranged from a low of about 12,000 during the 2011-2012 season to a high of about 56,000 during the 2012-2013."

(01/01/1970 @ 01:00)

35+ Natural & DIY Christmas Gifts Ideas

This year, we've decided to keep things simple, natural and sustainable with homemade, natural and DIY Christmas Gift Ideas (and a few select wooden toys for the kids that will (hopefully) last for generations). We are also trying to focus more on experiences than material gifts for the most part.

(01/01/1970 @ 01:00)

What Turkey Producers Don't Want You to Know

As Turkey Day approaches, animal lovers cringe, food safety advocates become vigilant and industrial turkey producers hope you aren't reading the news.

Specifically, the purveyors of factory farm turkeys hope you haven't heard about the latest turkey salmonella outbreak in 35 states, causing 63 hospitalizations and at least one death.

Can consumers rely on labels to make good buying decisions? Not really.

Many consumers rely on labels to help them avoid serving a sick, contaminated or abused bird on Thanksgiving Day. Unfortunately, navigating the maze of labels and marketing claims is at best time consuming, and at worst, a waste of time. For example, "cage free" and "hormone free” are meaningless since cages and hormones aren't used (or at least, aren't supposed to be used) in turkey production anyway.

Clearly there is a lot that turkey producers, even the so-called "humane" ones—don't want you to know.

(01/01/1970 @ 01:00)

Urging House Democrats to Go Bold on Climate, Group Says Probing Fossil Fuel Giants Must Be a 'Top Priority'

After Democratic leaders signaled in the lead-up to last week's midterms that they have no plans to pursue the kind of bold climate agenda that the latest science says is required to avoid planetary catastrophe, environmental groups are ramping up pressure on the incoming House Democratic majority to show real leadership by investigating the corporations that caused the climate crisis and pursuing an ambitious green agenda to combat it.

(01/01/1970 @ 01:00)

Time for a Climate Resilient Farm Bill

At the end of September, the House and Senate missed their deadline to agree on a Farm Bill, leaving in limbo the $100 billion worth of programs we spend annually on food assistance and agriculture. That delay opens the possibility for the country to change course and help avert a global meltdown with policies that could transform the "Corn Belt" into a climate cooling "Carbon Belt."

(01/01/1970 @ 01:00)

GMO Potatoes Are Here - How to Avoid Them

The genetically modified Innate potato was approved by the USDA in 2014. The “Innate” potato is a group of potato varieties that have had the same genetic alterations applied using a new form of genetic engineering known as RNA interference (RNAi). Five different potato varieties have been transformed, including the Ranger Russet, Russet Burbank, and Atlantic potatoes.

(01/01/1970 @ 01:00)

Farmed Fish Are Depleting Oceans of Wild Fish

It's estimated that within the next 10 years, farm-raised fish will make up the majority of fish consumed by humans. There are already 100 species being farmed,1 and while aquaculture, as it's technically known, may sound like a sustainable alternative to catching wild fish, it poses many of the same problems plaguing industrial land-based livestock operations, or concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs).

(01/01/1970 @ 01:00)

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)

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