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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.”

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.

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. 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.”

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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.