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A Review of John Todd, 2019, Healing Earth: An Ecologist's Journey of Innovation and Environmental Stewardship

Ecosystem restoration pioneer John Todd begins his new book with “I am writing this book based on the belief that humanity will soon become involved in a deep and abiding worldwide partnership with nature. Millions of us will commit ourselves to reversing the long legacy of environmental degradation that threatens to destabilize the climate as well as the great ecologies that sustain life on Earth.

(01/01/1970 @ 01:00)

School Climate Strikes: 1.4 Million People Took Part, Say Campaigners

More than 1.4 million young people around the world took part in school strikes for climate action, according to environmental campaigners. Greta Thunberg, the 16-year-old Swedish student whose solo protest last August prompted the global movement, said: “We proved that it does matter what you do and that no one is too small to make a difference.”

(01/01/1970 @ 01:00)

CWD: 'It's Kind of a Genetic Roulette Table'

The Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota announced Tuesday that it has launched the Chronic Wasting Disease Response, Research and Policy Program. Dr. Michael T. Osterholm, the director of CIDRAP, said the new program has multiple objectives, but the biggest one is to raise national awareness of what he believes is a real threat to human health.

(01/01/1970 @ 01:00)

Over 1 Trillion Trees Need to Be Planted in the Next 10 Years

Planting more trees — to the tune of 1.2 trillion — could be the answer to saving the Earth, with the trees capable of storing so much carbon dioxide (CO2) that they would cancel out a decades' worth of human-made (CO2) emissions. Further, thanks to the work of ecologist Thomas Crowther and colleagues at Swiss university ETH Zurich, it's now known that there's room for an additional 1.2 trillion trees on the planet.

(01/01/1970 @ 01:00)

Demand to Know! Is the CDC Colluding with Coke?

A new study suggests that people who frequently drink sugar-sweetened drinks, including soda, increase their risk of death from cardiovascular diseases, and to a lesser extend, cancer.

We think that's all the more reason it's time to investigate recent allegations that Coca-Cola is colluding with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to downplay the negative health consequences associated with drinking Coke.

TAKE ACTION: Ask the U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Reform to investigate Coca-Cola's influence on the CDC.

(01/01/1970 @ 01:00)

U.S. Verdict on Roundup Cancer Case Batters Bayer Share Price

German chemical giant Bayer has suffered one of its worst losses in 16 years after a court ruled Roundup caused a man's cancer. The trial could now determine the settlement of hundreds of similar cases.

(01/01/1970 @ 01:00)

The Good, the Bad, and All That's In-Between.

Regenerative Organic Certified was not launched as a greenwashing campaign or marketing scheme. It was launched as an effort to address some of the most complex problems of our times. That is why we call this the Journey to Regenerative Organic Certification, not the Arrival at Regenerative Organic Certification. The process is challenging, enriching, and completely inspiring.

(01/01/1970 @ 01:00)

LA County Halts Use of Popular Weedkiller on County Property

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Tuesday directed all departments to stop using a popular weed killer until more is known about its potential health and environmental effects. Supervisor Kathryn Barger recommended the moratorium on glyphosate -- a main ingredient in the herbicide brand Roundup.

(01/01/1970 @ 01:00)

Boston City Council Passes Groundbreaking Food Justice Ordinance

Food justice advocates heaped praise on Boston Monday after the city's legislative body unanimously passed an ordinance that boosts the local economy and environment as well as workers, animal welfare, and healthful eating.

(01/01/1970 @ 01:00)

Pesticide Residues Found in 70% of Produce Sold in U.S. Even After Washing

According to the Environmental Working Group's annual analysis of US Department of Agriculture data, strawberries, spinach and kale are among the most pesticide-heavy produce, while avocados, sweetcorn and pineapples had the lowest level of residues.

(01/01/1970 @ 01:00)

A Mother's Exposure to Pesticides During Pregnancy May Raise Children's Autism Risk

In one of the largest studies looking at the potential effects of pesticide exposure on still-developing fetuses and newborns, scientists found that exposure to the most commonly used pesticides was linked to higher risk of autism spectrum disorder.

(01/01/1970 @ 01:00)

Degeneration Nation: GMOs, Toxic Chemicals and Factory Farms

Welcome to Degeneration Nation 2019. The frightening truth is that genetically engineered foods and crops, toxic chemicals and factory farms — the unholy trinity of industrial food and farming — are undermining our very survival. Public health and the health of the living Earth — our soils, forests, wetlands, watersheds, oceans and climate — are rapidly being destroyed, collateral damage arising from the "profit at any cost" ethos of corporate agribusiness, Big Biotech, Big Pharma and Big Food.

Unless we can turn things around, shut down the factory farms, rebuild our soils, restore our watersheds and forests, and get rid of the toxins, GMOs and greenhouse gases contaminating our bodies and our environment, mounting evidence suggests that we may soon, perhaps in the space of one generation, pass the point of no return.

(01/01/1970 @ 01:00)

California Legislators Consider Banning All Cosmetics With Cancer-Causing Chemicals

California is considering a bill that would ban the sale of all cosmetics in state that contain certain chemicals known to cause cancer and other health effects. State legislators introduced a bill Tuesday that would ban makeup made with 20 highly toxic chemicals including asbestos, mercury, lead, formaldehyde and fluorinated compounds known as PFAS.

(01/01/1970 @ 01:00)

'It's Probably Over for Us'

As I write this today, many of our friends in Midwest farming communities are reeling—record catastrophic flooding is threatening their livelihoods and lives.

It's the last straw for many farmers who were already struggling financially. As one of them told a New York Times reporter, “It's probably over for us.”

If we want to secure the safety and security of our food system, it's time we revolutionize how farmlands are managed and how food is produced. Please pitch in today to help us take on the corporations that are destroying our food and health. Donate online, by mail or by phone, details here.

(01/01/1970 @ 01:00)

How Big Tobacco Hooked Children on Sugary Drinks

What do these ads featuring Joe Camel, Kool-Aid Man and the maniacal mascot for Hawaiian Punch have in common? All three were created by Big Tobacco in the decades when cigarette makers, seeking to diversify their holdings, acquired some of America's iconic beverage brands. They used their expertise in artificial flavor, coloring and marketing to heighten the products' appeal to children.

(01/01/1970 @ 01:00)

'Holy Grail:' How Textile Recycling Can Help Slash Emissions, Pollution and Landfill

Before and after the catwalk, the fashion industry is inherently ugly. Textiles account for 10% of global carbon emissions. The industry is the world's second-biggest industrial polluter, behind oil. In Australia, an estimated 3m tonnes of textiles goes into landfill each year.

(01/01/1970 @ 01:00)

Monsanto: Roundup Substantial Factor in Man's Cancer, Jury Finds in Key Verdict

A federal jury in San Francisco found Monsanto's Roundup herbicide was a substantial factor in causing the cancer of a California man, in a landmark verdict that could affect hundreds of other cases.

(01/01/1970 @ 01:00)

‘It's Probably Over for Us': Record Flooding Pummels Midwest When Farmers Can Least Afford It

Ice chunks the size of small cars ripped through barns and farmhouses. Baby calves were swept into freezing floodwaters, washing up dead along the banks of swollen rivers. Farm fields were now lakes

(01/01/1970 @ 01:00)

To Revive Rural America, We Must Fix Our Broken Food System

A senior official at the Iowa Farm Bureau, the nation's largest agricultural organization, recently told me that most rural communities will soon disappear. Even though the organization's nominal mission is to help “farm families prosper and improve their quality of life,” the official seemed accepting of this fate, even a bit happy about it.

(01/01/1970 @ 01:00)

Exercise is Key to Longer Life

Results from a new study, shared in this short video, demonstrate the importance of exercise and movement to your health. Exercise may be one of the best preventive strategies against common chronic ailments, including heart disease and diabetes

(01/01/1970 @ 01:00)

A Mother Swept Away by Climate Change

Young people across the world are striking to draw attention to the ravages of climate change. They are demanding -- with their bodies and their voices -- that the catastrophe each of them will inherit be a priority for the grown-ups around them. They are insisting that we adults make some sacrifices to keep their planet from becoming uninhabitable.

(01/01/1970 @ 01:00)

The Basics of No-Dig Gardening

Wouldn't gardening be far easier and infinitely more enjoyable if you didn't have to turn the soil and break your back every spring? Each of us has been there and done that! After all, that ritual is what conventional gardeners have taught and passed down from generation to generation.

(01/01/1970 @ 01:00)

Case Study Shows CBD Shrinks Tumor

Cannabis has a long history of traditional use as a botanical medicine. The term medical marijuana refers to the use of whole, unprocessed plant and pure extract to treat disease or improve a symptom. To qualify, the product must be sourced from a medicinal grade cannabis plant meticulously grown without the use of toxic pesticides and fertilizers.

(01/01/1970 @ 01:00)

New U.S. Bill Aims to Limit Children's Exposure to Glyphosate Herbicides

Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) introduced legislation Friday to dramatically limit American children's exposure to glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto's Roundup weedkiller, in food. The bill would not only ban pre-harvest spraying of glyphosate on oats but also require the federal government to test foods popular with children for the herbicide, which has been linked to cancer.

(01/01/1970 @ 01:00)

Organic Farms Are Under Attack from Agribusiness, Weakened Standards

The certified organic label has helped save many generational farms and enabled people like me, who do not come from agricultural backgrounds, to become successful farmers. Organic farming has brought environmental benefits â€” healthier soils, freedom from toxic pesticides and herbicides — to 6.5 million acres in the U.S.

(01/01/1970 @ 01:00)

In the Future, Everything Will Be Made of Chickpeas

In 2007, Poorvi Patodia was pregnant and felt like she was eating too many chips. Her cravings for salty, crunchy snacks were intense, but what moms should eat while pregnant is a touchy subject. “I had this thought of, What else could I be eating that's better for me?” she says. “I remembered these roasted chickpeas that my mom used to make.”

(01/01/1970 @ 01:00)

Carbon Farming

Soil organic carbon is in effect a scorecard for regenerative farming practices. The broader remit beyond carbon is to commercialise regenerative practices to enable producers to access a premium supply chain while the public gains access to more nutritious food and a regenerating environment.

(01/01/1970 @ 01:00)

Good Enough to Eat? The Toxic Truth About Modern Food

Pick a bunch of green grapes, wash it, and put one in your mouth. Feel the grape with your tongue, observe how cold and refreshing it is: the crisp flesh, and the jellylike interior with its mild, sweet flavour.

(01/01/1970 @ 01:00)

Study Examines How Herbicide Adds to Phosphorus Levels in Soil and Waterways

First commercialized by Monsanto under the name Roundup, glyphosate has come under scrutiny in the past, mostly in relation to its potential toxicity. This new research, published recently in the Ecological Society of America's Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, focuses not on direct health risks associated with the herbicide, but on its contribution to environmental  levels, an issue that has yet to receive much attention.

(01/01/1970 @ 01:00)

Rural America is Ready for Some Sort of a New Deal, Preferably Green

Rural America needs a new deal, or at least a better deal, and if it's green all the better. Farm loan delinquencies are rising to levels not seen since the Farm Debt Crisis of the 1980s, from which the rural midwest never really recovered.

(01/01/1970 @ 01:00)

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