Gov. Rick Snyder has called for the suspension of an internal state investigation into the Flint drinking water crisis after Attorney General Bill Schuette complained it was complicating — and compromising — his ongoing criminal investigation.
On the heels of Canada’s approval of GMO salmon, Friends of the Earth U.S. and a coalition of more than 30 consumer, health, food safety and fishing groups released updated numbers Wednesday showing that nearly 80 major food retailers have committed to not sell genetically engineered salmon, despite FDA’s approval last November.
The Organic Coup, first USDA-certified organic fast-food chain in the US to open two dozen more restaurants over the next year. The chain, specializes in fried-chicken sandwiches and chocolate-drizzled caramel popcorn, has two restaurants, one in San Francisco and another in Pleasanton, California.
Peru has declared an environmental emergency state in a remote area of the Amazon region due to high levels of mercury contamination caused by illegal gold mining. Peruvian President Ollanta Humala declared the 60-day emergency state in 11 districts of the Madre de Dios region near the country’s southeastern border with Brazil.“Forty-one percent of the population of Madre de Dios is exposed to mercury pollution. As part of the emergency, the government would provide uncontaminated fish to residents in Madre de Dios and send hospital boats to help treat the affected people there.
Horseradish (Cochlearia armoracia) is a natural antibacterial which contains compounds that could help detoxify and eliminate cancer-causing compounds in the body, a study has shown.The cancer-fighting compound, known as glucosinolates, undergoes a series of chemical reactions that activates enzymes involved in the detoxification of cancer-causing molecules.
The new antibiotic, developed by scientists at the National Physical Laboratory and University College London, utilizes the protein Lactoferrin, and effectively kills some drug-resistant bacteria, viruses and fungi on contact.
The booming U.S. organic industry posted new records in 2015, with total organic product sales hitting a new benchmark of $43.3 billion, up a robust 11 percent from the previous year's record level and far outstripping the overall food market's growth rate of 3 percent, according to the Organic Trade Association's 2016 Organic Industry Survey.
Many ingredients in conventional breakfast cereals are fumigated with deadly gases like chlorpyrifos methyl, sulfuryl fluoride, ethylene oxide, and propylene oxide as soon as 24 hours before being packaged, boxed, and shipped to grocery stores.
Boyaca, a province in central Colombia, is set to be the first in the country to begin production of medical marijuana, according to local media.The Government of Boyaca, Canadian laboratory Canavida and the Pedagogical and Technological University of Colombia (UPTC) has been promoting the project that seeks to grow marijuana in several greenhouses across the department. The project aims to further drug research, particularly in relation to curing epilepsy and cancer.
More than 400 simultaneous demonstrations around the world are voicing fury at US biotech leviathan Monsanto, which is facing a hostile takeover from German pharmaceuticals company Bayer. The crowd held up posters condemning the sale of the herbicide RoundUp, which has been accused of causing cancer in humans, and the development of genetically-modified crops.
Tuesday, nearly 100 people at an elementary school in Northern Peru were made violently ill when a plane fumigating nearby fields released weed-killer. Reports stated that 92 school children and 3 teachers were exposed to the dangerous herbicide glyphosate, the active ingredient in US biotech giant Monsanto’s best-selling product, Roundup. A health official in the municipality of Nepena said at a news conference that children in the school suffered a range of symptoms, including extreme vomiting, fainting, stomach pains, and headaches as a result of the exposure.
Hundreds of thousands are expected to gather across 38 countries and 428 cities to join in peaceful protest against the Monsanto Company as a part of the ‘March Against Monsanto‘ grassroots campaign on May 21, 2016. A complete list of events can be found here: Find March Against Monsanto in your city This movement seeks to raise awareness to the dangers surrounding Monsanto’s genetically modified seeds and cancer-linked herbicide Roundup.The campaign comes as the demand for GMO labeling and non-GMO food alternatives continues its exponential climb, Vermont enacting mandatory GM labeling legislation that will require food corporations to let consumers know if their products contain GM ingredients.
Should patients have the same right to access their genetic information from a laboratory as they would a copy of their MRI, X-rays, or physical exam records? We believe the answer is clearly yes, which is why today we filed the first complaint seeking to guarantee patients’ rights to their own genetic data.
Health authorities in Canada have approved the sale of genetically modified salmon, making it the first genetically altered animal to be allowed for consumption in the country. The genetically changed salmon is usually ready for sale in 16-18 months, while conventional fish need up to three years to come to the market; there will be no special labeling requirements for the new product.
Resistance to antibiotics is growing at such an alarming rate that they risk losing effectiveness entirely meaning medical procedures such as caesarean sections, joint replacements and chemotherapy could soon become too dangerous to perform. Drug resistant infections are thought to be growing due to over-use of medicine such as antibiotics and anti-fungus treatments to treat minor conditions such as the common cold. With over-use, resistance to the drugs builds up meaning some conditions become incurable and so-called ‘superbugs’ such as MRSA develop.
Healthy soil contains billions of tiny microorganisms that help plants to thrive and our food supply to remain abundant. A paper, published in Nature Communications, used large-scale data comparisons of soil from 78 global dry lands and from 179 locations across Scotland to study diversity of soil microbiota. The researchers found that diversity is absolutely imperative for supporting ecosystems. With high diversity of microbiota, the soil can function more efficiently and provide a multitude of services. This single factor turned out to be more important than annual rainfall, altitude, or temperature. Loss of microbial diversity resulted in reduced multi-functionality, including soil fertility and food production. Soil biota is essential to ecosystem functioning because it breaks down organic matter, enables chemical elements to be reused, and fixes nitrogen, which is necessary for nutrients in the ecosystem.
One of every five refugees resettled in Minnesota by the federal government tested positive for latent tuberculosis in 2014, according to the state’s Department of Health. Only 4 percent of the general population in the United States tested positive for latent tuberculosis in the most recent report provided by the Centers for Disease Control.
Canada announcing it will propose allowing doctors to prescribe pharmaceutical-grade heroin under its Special Access Program.
US Navy is legally permitted to harass, injure or kill nearly 12 million whales, dolphins, porpoises, sea lions and seals across the North Pacific Ocean over a five-year period. One-quarter of every tax dollar you pay is helping to fund it;. do not include dozens of other military projects in the same areas.
A new study published in Molecular Biology and Evolution suggests a long-term vegetarian diet may alter human DNA , make people more susceptible to some cancers and heart disease. because DNA makes vegetarians more susceptible to inflammation by boosting arachidonic acid, a substance linked to cancer and inflammation. Cornell University researchers compared hundreds of genomes from a mainly vegetarian population in Pune, India to traditional meat-eaters living in Kansas and discovered a significant genetic difference;. found people with a long ancestral line of vegetarianism more likely to have genetics predisposed to rapidly metabolize plant fatty acids. “Those whose ancestry derives from vegetarians are more likely to carry genetics that more rapidly metabolise plant fatty acids, vegetable oils converted to more pro-inflammatory arachidonic acid, increasing risk for chronic inflammation implicated in heart disease, and cancer.” Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids vital for good health. Omega-3 found in fish, whole grains, olive oil, fruits and vegetables, omega-6 found in beef, The body can’t produce either type of fatty acids naturally, humans must get them from food sources. Omega-3 fatty acids are anti-inflammatory, help regulate metabolism, Omega-6 fatty acids contribute to inflammation, plays n important role in skin, hair growth, bone health, and reproductive health. We need a certain amount of inflammation to fight infection and protect us from injury; too much inflammation can cause increased risk of heart disease, cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, and diabetes.
University of Sydney followed more than 230,000 people aged 45 and older for 6 years. The team assembled a list of 6 ‘deadly sins.’ University of Cambridge researchers warn you’re twice as likely to have a stroke if you sleep for more than 9 hours.
1. Alcohol consumption
2. Poor diet
5. Sitting for more than 7 hours a day
6. Sleeping for more than 9 hours
A whole lot of frozen food, approximately 358 consumer products sold under 42 separate brands to include both organic and conventional, recalled due to potential listeria contamination. Listeria can cause listeriosis, which is particularly dangerous and possibly even fatal for pregnant women (in whom it can cause miscarriages), babies, elderly people, and others with compromised immune systems. Symptoms include fever, muscle aches, headache, stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance and convulsions sometimes preceded by diarrhea or other gastrointestinal symptoms. The products are being sold in all 50 states and Canada. The products, according to the recall, have the best by or sell by dates between April 26, 2016 and April 26, 2018.
Almost 90,000 gallons of crude oil gushed from a Shell oil facility into the Gulf of Mexico off the Louisiana coast on Thursday, leaving a 13- by 2-mile sheen of oil on the waves, federal authorities said. The Coast Guard said that the spill had been contained and that two companies were being contracted to begin cleanup operations.
Normal Radiation is 5 to 20 CPM 
COUNT TIMES NORMAL CITY, STATE TYPE OF RAD
1,545 CPM, 309 Times Normal, Raleigh, NC. Beta, Gamma.
1,435 CPM, 287 Times Normal, Little Rock, AR. Beta, Gamma.
1,424 CPM, 284.8 Times Normal, Colorado Springs, CO. Beta, Gamma.
1,345 CPM, 269 Times Normal, Portland, ME. Beta, Gamma.
1,333 CPM, 266.6 Times Normal, Navajo Lake, NM. Beta, Gamma.
1,295 CPM, 259 Times Normal, San Diego, CA. Beta, Gamma.
1,226 CPM, 245.2 Times Normal, Idaho Falls, ID. Beta, Gamma.
1,183 CPM, 236.6 Times Normal, Spokane, WA. Beta, Gamma.
1,117 CPM, 223.4 Times Normal, Phoenix, AZ. Beta, Gamma.
1,089 CPM, 217.8 Times Normal, Worcester, MA. Beta, Gamma.
1,082 CPM, 216.4 Times Normal, Tucson, AZ. Beta, Gamma.
1,065 CPM, 213 Times Normal, Hartford, CT. Beta, Gamma.
1,055 CPM, 211 Times Normal, Harrisonburg, VA. Beta, Gamma.
1,053 CPM, 210.6 Times Normal, Memphis, TN. Beta, Gamma.
1,050 CPM, 210 Times Normal, Billings, MT. Beta, Gamma.
1,013 CPM, 202.6 Times Normal, Pittsburgh, PA, Beta, Gamma.
1,001 CPM, 200.2 Times Normal, Denver, CO. Beta, Gamma.
US Department of Agriculture (USDA): 28% of bee colonies in the United States were lost over the 2015-16 winter. More than half of surveyed beekeepers said they suffered unsustainable losses during the winter. If we want to produce apples, cucumbers, almonds, blueberries and lots of other types of food, we need a functioning pollination system. Bees
One study, which wound up costing $1 million, sought to find out where it hurts the most to be stung by a bee, which resulted in a researcher being stung in the penis (apparently, only the third most painful body part to be stung). Another $5 million study tried to find out if drunk birds slur when they sing.
Germany, the fourth-largest economy in the world and a leader in renewable energy, produced so much energy this weekend from its solar, wind, hydro, and biomass plants that power prices went into negative territory for several hours. Consumers were being paid to use energy. Sunday’s spike in renewable output shows that wind and solar can keep pace with the demands of an economic powerhouse; highlights the success of Germany’s push to expand clean energy, increase energy efficiency. As of 2012, individuals owned more than a third of Germany’s renewable energy capacity."
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The nation's largest public utility is selling a never-completed nuclear plant that cost more than $4 billion dollars over the past four decades. Tennessee Valley Authority board voted to declare the Bellefonte nuclear plant near Hollywood, Alabama, surplus. The site includes two partially finished nuclear reactors, office buildings, warehouses. 1,600 acre site appraised at $36 million, will be sold at auction to highest bidder,. Board member Eric Satz: completing Bellefonte not economically viable, a lot has changed in the energy market in 40 years, including huge improvements in energy efficiency and renewable energy technology.
The California Environmental Protection Agency's Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) recently released a document called Evidence on the Carcinogenicity of Fluoride and Its Salts that highlights the many health hazards caused by the consumption of fluoride. And the Fluoride Action Network (FAN) recently submitted a compilation of its own to OEHHA, which is soon to make a final decision concerning fluoride's toxicity, providing additional evidence that fluoride causes cancer.
The move from Del Monte comes as a result of pressure from investors who are seeking more “natural” products, particularly non-GMO and BPA-free products. BPA – or bisphenol A, a chemical found in bottles and food packaging that is considered to cause a variety of health problems, including cancer and brain damage. Campbell Soup and General Mills, both recently announced that they were moving away from BPA packaging.. Hershey’s has recently started to transition its sugar sourcing away from GMO sugar beets and towards non-GMO sugarcane, citing consumer discomfort with GMOs as the main reason for making the switch.
In April, the state of Indiana became the first in the nation to install climate-controlled “baby boxes,” where parents can safely and anonymously surrender children to authorities.. Every state in America permits the abandonment of infants to the state with legislation referred to as “safe haven” laws, but Indiana is the first state in the nation to adopt the "baby boxes," which allow a parent to walk up to designated drop-off spots, open the small door, and deposit the infant inside a small climate-controlled chamber. A weight underneath the padded bed alerts emergency responders to come pick up the child.
Hundreds of families throughout the world have been drawn to Colorado to seek medical marijuana treatment for their children's ailments. These parents and their children, dubbed “international medical marijuana refugees,” travel thousands of miles in an attempt to procure what they say are life-saving elements, the Guardian reported Monday.
Millions of dead sea creatures suddenly washing up on beaches all over the world; over the past month we have seen a series of extremely alarming mass death incidents all over the planet. Many of these mass death incidents have involved more than 30 tons of fish. In places such as Chile and Vietnam, it has started to become a major national crisis. In Vietnam so many dead fish and clams have been washing up along the coast that soldiers have been deployed to bury them.
State of Colorado was trying to become the first state to come up with standard organic labeling for marijuana, but lawmakers failed to pass such a measure.. A senate panel this week killed the bill 4-3. It would have made Colorado the first state in the nation to offer organic certification for cannabis grown without pesticides, voiced concerns the U.S. Department of Agriculture would penalize Colorado agriculture regulators for labeling a federally illegal substance as organic. The federal government regulates organic standards.
The Global Marijuana March has taken place this weekend as cannabis supporters from around the world gathered in 829 cities in 72 countries to put pressure on their governments to legalize the drug. Brazilian politician Renato Cinco took part in the march and he told Ruptly that legalizing cannabis could help to bring down the country’s rising prison population.
Dannon to go GMO-free over next three years, replacing everything, all the way down to cattle feed and soil input; planning to remove all GMO ingredients from their yogurt and other products. The changes are set to impact everything, all the way down to the quality of soil and how farmers conserve water. The company's new agricultural sustainability and animal welfare policy will set a new standard for the entire dairy industry. Farmers working with Dannon must now implement "sustainable agriculture practices and technology that leads to better soil health, better water management, an increase in biodiversity, and a decrease in carbon emission." The first changes will be seen as early as July 2016
Many of the supplements sold at Whole Foods, Amazon.com,, ,grocery store are made with genetically modified vitamin C. It's typically called "ascorbic acid," and nearly 100% of the ascorbic acid used in the natural products industry is derived from GMOs. Most supplements being sold as "vitamin C" do not contain true, natural vitamin C, but is "ascorbic acid," a synthetically manufactured chemical derived from glucose using a chemical process involving microorganisms, acetone - a dangerous solvent and sodium hypochlorite bleach.. .Synthetic ascorbic acid does not have the same biological properties and therefore benefits as true vitamin C found for example in fruits, berries, vegetables and many other natural sources..
Over the past few months, several communities in upstate New York and New England have detected PFOA -- perfluorooctanoic acid, or C8, a chemical linked to a range of health issues from cancer to thyroid disease -- in their drinking water. PFOA is a fluorinated compound that is absorbed into our bodies through inhalation or ingestion. The chemical can then accumulate in our blood serum, kidneys and liver.The stain-resistant and water-repellant properties of PFOA make it effective in products that act as coatings. Common consumer products with PFOA include Scotchgard, Gore-Tex and Teflon.
Despite thousands of seismic jolts occurring after a major earthquake recently rocked southern Japan and caused widespread public concern over safety in the region, authorities say there is no need to shut down the local nuclear plant. The decision not to take any precautionary measures has been backed by Japan’s Nuclear Regulation Authority.“There are no compelling scientific grounds. We are not going to shut down the plant just because of calls from the public or politicians. What has been going on is within our expectations
Federal prosecutors have agreed to end their years-long effort to close and seize Oakland's Harborside Health Center, the nation's largest dispensary with more than 100,000 patients. The dispensary also operates a facility in San Jose, brings in about $25 million a year from medical marijuana sales. In July 2012, U.S. Attorney filed a civil forfeiture action against Harborside, claiming it violated federal drug laws. In October 2012, city of Oakland sued the federal government to block the Justice Department from seizing the dispensary's properties; argued shutting down Harborside would harm its patients and force them into the black market to get their medicine.
Quaker Oats, owned by PepsiCo, has been sued over its "all natural" oats containing high levels of glyphosate weed killer (sold as "Roundup" by Monsanto). Quaker Oats admits that its oats are sprayed with glyphosate by farmers; said that it did not add glyphosate during any part of the milling process but that it might be applied by farmers to certain grains before harvest. Oats are not a genetically engineered crop. Glyphosate is increasingly being used as a “dessicant” to dry out crops to speed harvesting.
At the start of this year, an estimated 40,000 tons of salmon and some 8,000 tons of sardines washed up the Chilean, thousands of dead clams piled up on the coast of Chiloe Island.coast as a result of El Niño. That is about 12 percent of annual salmon production in Chile, the world’s second-biggest producer of the fish after Norway. On the shores of Santa Maria Island off the center off Chile’s long coast, cuttlefish have been washed up dead in the thousands.
$3,000,000 shall be used by the Commissioner of Food and Drugs, in coordination with the Secretary of Agriculture, for consumer outreach to promote understanding and acceptance of agricultural biotechnology and biotechnology-derived food products and animal feed, including through publication and distribution of science-based educational information on the environmental, nutritional, food safety, economic, and humanitarian benefits of such biotechnology, food products, and feed.
, Obama urged Flint residents to begin drinking the water again, while he sought to cover up the criminal responsibility of government officials for the disaster. His visit to Flint is part of a broader effort at damage control Those who spoke to the WSWS expressed anger that they were being urged to use the water, despite recent test results showing dangerously high levels of lead.
If the rest of the world ate like Americans, the planet would have run out of freshwater 15 years ago, according to the world's largest food company. Nestlé executives told US officials that the world is on a collision course with doom because Americans eat too much meat, and now, other countries are following suit. "A calorie of meat requires 10 times as much water to produce as a calorie of food crops."Producing a pound of meat requires a tremendous amount of water,farmers use tons of crops such as corn and soy to feed each animal, which require tens of thousands of gallons of water to grow."Nestle thinks one-third of the world's population will be affected by freshwater scarcity by 2025. Major regions, including in the United States, are being drained of their underground aquifers. "Problems with be severest in the Middle East, northern India, northern China, and the western United States."
Years of long lines, rationing, and shortages, the opposition government has declared a “nutritional emergency. ”In 2013 prepping became illegal. The Attorney General of Venezuela, Luisa Ortega Díaz, called on prosecutors to target people who are “hoarding” basic staples with serious sanctions. Grocery stores instituted a fingerprint registry to purchase food and supplies. This January, the government told citizens that they would need to produce their own food.
Judges with the Supreme Court of Cassation overturned a theft conviction against a Ukrainian man who stole $4.50 (€4.07) of sausage and cheese from a supermarket in Genoa in 2011, finding that he had taken the food "in the face of immediate and essential need for nourishment."In 2015, the man, Roman Ostriakov, was sentenced to six months in jail and ordered to pay a $115 (€100) fine. It took three rounds of court rulings before a case concerning $4 of goods was overturned "in a country burdened with [$69 billion] a year of corruption," hundreds of people become homeless in Italy every day,
Martin Makary, a professor of surgery at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine who led the research, said in an interview that the category includes everything from bad doctors to more systemic issues such as communication breakdowns when patients are handed off from one department to another. "It boils down to people dying from care they receive rather than the disease.
In this week’s episode of “Days of Revolt,” Truthdig contributor Chris Hedges sits down with Kip Anderson and Keegan Kuh, co-directors of the documentary “Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret”—the film that Hedges reveals led him to become a vegan.
A shortage of life-saving drugs continues to challenge hospitals across the US, a new Yale study has revealed. Despite government efforts to ease their scarcity, medicines in emergency rooms remain in high demand for millions of critically ill patients; essential medicines, or acute-care drugs, that are still in highest demand in emergency departments nationwide.
Cerenity was a healthy baby with normal physical and cognitive development. But after receiving the eight vaccine doses, she became fussy and lethargic, according to her mother July Garza. The medical team pointed the finger at the Garzas before calling Child Protective Services and accusing them of shaking their baby. The accusers eventually backed down from the accusations and apologized before vindicating the family of any misconduct.
Over the past month, nearly 50 tons of dead fish have washed up on Vietnam’s shores — without official explanation. Agriculture and Rural Development Deputy Minister Vũ Văn Tám released a report to say that the only thing that could be to blame for killing the fish is a highly poisonous toxin. There have been at least 35 other incidents of mass fish die-offs reported in 2016..The fish that don’t die end up contaminated with over 80 different pharmaceuticals on average.
University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) researchers: 55% of California adults have either diabetes or prediabetes; 175% increase nationally since 1980.
Normal Radiation is 5 to 20 CPM 
COUNT TIMES NORMAL CITY, STATE TYPE OF RAD
1,454 CPM, 290.8 Times Normal, Colorado Springs, CO. Beta, Gamma.
1,418 CPM, 283.6 Times Normal, Little Rock, AR. Beta, Gamma.
1,361 CPM, 272.2 Times Normal, Casper, Wyoming Beta, Gamma.
1,269 CPM, 251.8 Times Normal, Idaho Falls, ID. Beta, Gamma.
1,195 CPM, 239 Times Normal, Champaign, IL. Beta, Gamma.
1,167 CPM, 233.4 Times Normal, Raleigh, NC. Beta, Gamma.
1,150 CPM, 230 Times Normal, Portland, ME. Beta, Gamma.
1,143 CPM, 228.6 Times Normal, Denver, CO. Beta, Gamma.
1,125 CPM, 225 Times Normal, San Diego, CA. Beta, Gamma.
1,120 CPM, 221.4 Times Normal, Harrisonburg, VA. Beta, Gamma.
1,095 CPM, 219 Times Normal, Spokane, WA. Beta, Gamma.
1,063 CPM, 212.6 Times Normal, Bakersfield, CA. Beta, Gamma.
1,060 CPM, 212 Times Normal, Worcester, MA. Beta, Gamma.
1,054 CPM, 210.8 Times Normal, Navajo Lake, NM. Beta, Gamma.
1,053 CPM, 210.6 Times Normal, Memphis, TN Beta, Gamma.
1,041 CPM, 208.2 Times Normal, Kansas City, KS. Beta, Gamma.
1,037 CPM, 207.4 Times Normal, Augusta, GA. Beta, Gamma.
1,029 CPM, 205.8 Times Normal, Pierre, SD. Beta, Gamma.
1,028 CPM, 205.6 Times Normal, Louisville, KY. Beta, Gamma.
1,008 CPM, 201.6 Times Normal, Grand Junction, CO. Beta, Gamma.
A number of parents received a letter this month from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, which said in the document that parents of unvaccinated children in school would be required to register and exempt their child through a state website.
Twenty workers at the The Hanford Site nuclear facility in Washington state were sent for medical evaluations after inhaling chemical vapors in the vicinity of a leaking nuclear waste tank which was being transferred, according to US Energy Department officials.
Oxford’s Global Priorities Project has compiled a list of catastrophes - both natural and self-engineered - that could kill off 10 percent or more of the human population: natural pandemics and extreme conventional warfare are the most important global risks, with artificial intelligence (AI) and natural disasters also posing serious threats. The likeliest risks include nuclear war and pandemics (both natural and deliberately engineered), followed by disasters stemming from runaway climate change, geoengineering run amok; also included low-probability — but high impact —events, like asteroid impacts and supervolcanic eruptions.
Mental illness is on the rise. There has been a four-fold increase in the number of people who are on disability as a direct consequence of being diagnosed with a mental health disorder. With a 20-fold increase in international rates of ADHD, a 30-fold increase in autism, and similar increases in bi-polar and other disorders in children, it seems we must pay attention to nutrition more than ever. But our healthcare system seems to ignore this vital aspect of mental health while continuing to prescribe ever-increasing numbers of pharmaceutical drugs.
A charity called Your Best Pathway to Health set up shop in downtown Los Angeles this week, providing free medical and dental care. People lined up by the thousands for chance to see a doctor, dentist, or optometrist -- all medical volunteers, offering their services for free. When Dr. Lewis founded the traveling, free clinic in 2014, he anticipated a different clientele."I expected to see a lot more homeless people and people with no insurance; the majority had insurance but couldn't afford their co-payment or deductible, that was surprising.."
Government is planning to implement mandatory fluoridation to the whole of New Zealand. Currently, only around 50% of households are on fluoridated water, with only 23 out of 67 local councils still fluoridating, while voicing their growing concerns about fluoridation risks and dangers. In response to more and more councillors and mayors deciding against fluoridation, the Government is now taking the decision away from local councils and communities and putting the power into the hands of District Health Boards (DHB), who are under the direct control of Central Government.”
According to the CDC, some of the illegal immigrants who have made it onto U.S. soil have been confirmed as having TB, swine flu, and some of them have been diagnosed as having Dengue.
A newly resurfaced email demonstrates that in 2008 an official from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) tried to game lead tests by suggesting that technicians collect extra water samples to make the average lead count for a community appear artificially low.
Brussels (AFP) - Belgium is to provide iodine pills to its entire population of around 11 million people to protect against radioactivity in case of a nuclear accident, the health minister was quoted as saying Thursday. Belgium faces growing pressure from neighbouring Germany to shutter two ageing nuclear power plants near their border due to concerns over their safety. Iodine pills help reduce radiation build-up in the thyroid gland, had previously only been given to people living within 20 kilometres (14 miles) of the Tihange and Doel nuclear plants.
Research has revealed new ways to wipe out liver cancer cells without harming healthy cells – a fish oil component known as DHA (docosahexaenoic acid), encapsulated in the low-density lipoproteins (LDL). The method utilizes the cholesterol carrier LDL, combined with fish oil to produce a unique nanoparticle that is selectively toxic to cancer cells,” ;study senior author Dr. Ian Corbin, Assistant Professor in the Advanced Imaging Research Center (AIRC) and of Internal Medicine at UT Southwestern. “
Rural northeastern Wisconsin residents are facing an ongoing drinking water crisis. Pollution from large-scale dairy farms known as Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs) and the failure of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources have created unsafe drinking water for thousands in Kewaunee County. Tainted water across the state of Wisconsin has become a serious problem. Since 2013, 64 Wisconsin drinking water systems have tested over federal lead contamination limits.
State police in Michigan have been conducting online surveillance to track social media discussions related to the Flint water crisis, even attempting to press charges against one man over a Facebook post, new emails released by the state show.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported accounts of unusually candid comments by an oil and natural gas industry executive, Terry Bossert, at a Pennsylvania Bar Institute gathering in Harrisburg this April. “We heard Range Resources say it sites its shale gas wells away from large homes where wealthy people live and who might have the money to fight such drilling and fracking operations. Oil and gas operations in California are disproportionately located in poor and minority communities 5 million Californians living within a mile of an oil or gas well had a poverty rate 32.5 percent higher than that of the general population. :
A study recently published by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) suggests women who eat as much or more seafood as the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recommends for pregnant women may be exposing themselves to unsafe levels of mercury, depending on the types of fish they’re eating;. found that 30% of frequent seafood eaters have mercury levels exceeding the limits established by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) – 11 times more than those who rarely ate seafood.
Harry Jacob Anslinger was a US government official who served as the first commissioner of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics (FBN), a predecessor agency of the DEA that was formed in 1930. His critics argue he shifted not due to objective evidence but due to the obsolescence of the Department of Prohibition he headed when alcohol prohibition ceased – seeking a new Prohibition. Of 30 leading scientists whose views he sought, 29 said cannabis did no harm. Scientific study of cannabis has identified more than 80 unique, biologically active cannabinoids. A recent meta-analysis of these compounds shows well over a dozen therapeutic properties attributable to cannabinoids, including neuroprotective, anti-cancer, anti-bacterial, and anti-diabetic properties. The earliest recorded uses date from the 3rd millennium BC.
Environmental Working Group’s “Dirty Dozen,” the organization’s annual roundup of conventionally grown produce most likely to be contaminated with pesticides. A single sample of strawberries contained residues from a whopping 17 different pesticides.
10. Sweet bell peppers
11. Cherry tomatoes
Flint Mayor Karen Weaver announced the sudden death of foreman, Matthew McFarland Thursday
as the attorney general’s announcement of three men facing criminal charges in connection with the city’s water crisis.The Lapeer County Sheriff’s Department told MLive that there were no apparent signs of foul play and an autopsy conducted did not determine a cause of death. Police are still waiting for toxicology reports. Lapeer County deputies also contacted state and federal officials because McFarland had been questioned by investigators looking into Flint’s Water Emergency.
A woman at the center of a bellwether Flint water crisis lawsuit was one of two women who were shot to death inside a townhouse earlier this week.Sasha Avonna Bell was one of the first of a growing number of people to file a lawsuit in connection to the Flint water crisis, claimed her child had been lead poisoned.
The Washington State Department of Agriculture have approved a pesticide-bacteria spraying program to be used over Seattle, in an attempt to kill Asian and European gypsy moths. The program, opposed by many residents, will spray a bacteria with pesticide properties called Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt), the same bacteria gene commonly used in GM crops to kill insects. Washington State Department of Agriculture says the damage caused by the moths would have serious economic and environmental implications.”
The Cornucopia Institute, a public interest group of thousands of organic farmers and consumers, and two of its members have filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, alleging unqualified individuals have been put in place to determine what is “organic;” unqualified individuals do not have the requisite experience and knowledge, and personal investment in certified organic production agriculture.
Coinciding with growing income inequality, widespread economic stagnation, and a continued lack of basic health services during the same time period, a new federal report reveals a surging suicide rate among the U.S. population over the last three decades. Suicide rates increased from 1999 through 2014 for both males and females and for all ages 10–74. The most frequent suicide method in 2014 for males involved use of firearms (55.4%), poisoning was the most frequent method for females (34.1%).
Researchers named fluoride as one of the key causes of a “pandemic of developmental neurotoxicity” in a peer-reviewed paper, government is likely still adding sodium fluoride to your drinking water. Fluoride named one of the industrial chemicals causing brain damage to hundreds of thousands around the world.’ In documents recently declassified, we also learn that one of the key ingredients for making the Atomic Bomb was fluoride. Most of the ‘proof’ that fluoride was safe for human consumption, even ‘good for people,’ was created by the scientists who helped create the A-bomb.
Next generation of GMOs might not only be unlabeled—they might be unregulated. Over at Scientific American you can read a 6,000-word story about how one such plant, a GM mushroom, was created. The short version is that a plant scientist named Yinong Yang used the gene-editing technique called CRISPR to snip out a few DNA letters in the genome of “Agaricus bisporus, the most popular dinner-table mushroom in the Western world.”The result: he turned off an enzyme that turns mushrooms brown.
An outbreak of yellow fever in Angola has infected thousands of people and claimed 238 lives since December. The first cases of the outbreak were reported in the capital of Luanda, and has since spread to 16 of 18 of the country’s 18 provinces. World Health Organization (WHO) is warning that the yellow fever situation in Angola presents “a threat to the entire world.” Yellow fever has already been spread to China, Kenya, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, where at least 21 people have died, by people traveling from Angola. Countries where the Aedes mosquito lives – including the United States – are especially at risk, as well as areas where there have been previous outbreaks of Dengue, Chikungunya, or Zika virus.
Two employees of the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality and one city employee; Michael Glasgow and Michigan Department of Environmental Quality employees Steven Busch and Michael Prysby charged in lead poisoning disaster. Glasgow is accused of tampering with evidence when he allegedly changed testing results to show there was less lead in city water than there actually was, also charged with willful neglect of office. Prysby and Busch are charged with misconduct in office, conspiracy to tamper with evidence, tampering with evidence, a treatment violation of the Michigan Safe Drinking Water Act and a monitoring violation of the Safe Drinking Water.
Pennsylvania is the only state to include autism as a condition for medical marijuana. The bill sets standards for tracking plants, certifying doctors and licensing growers, dispensaries, and physicians; implement a cap if prices are “unreasonable or excessive.” Marijuana must be used in pill, oil, vapor, ointment, or liquid form, but cannot be smoked. It is illegal to grow your own plants.
Colombia will resume using weed killer to destroy illegal coca crops less than a year after suspending its use following World Health Organization decision to classify it as a carcinogen. Defense Minister Luis Carlos Villegas: instead of dumping glyphosate from American-piloted crop dusters, as Colombia did for two decades, the herbicide will be applied manually by crews on the ground. "We'll do it in a way that doesn't contaminate. President Juan Manuel Santos last year banned use of glyphosate. Conservative critics warned without glyphosate Colombia would soon be awash in coca.
Two German state environment ministries have admitted that workers failed to carry out safety checks at two nuclear power stations, but registered them as done anyway. One power station has been shut down. German energy giants EnBW and RWE have admitted that employees did not carry out routine safety readings on equipment measuring radioactivity at their nuclear power stations, but pretended they had. Both workers were immediately barred from the premises and then dismissed.
Organic food demand is so booming multiple efforts are underway to support the acquisition of organic farmland. Cost-Co, General Mills, rush for organic farmland. Cost-Co’s CEO, Craig Jelinek, the company can’t keep up with the demand for organic food. General Mills announced it will double its organic acreage with a goal of acquiring 250,000 acres, plans to achieve $1 billion in sales from organic and natural products. General Mills is the second largest purchaser of organic fruits and vegetables in North America.
A recent study by the American Chemical Society published by Chemistry and Engineering News shows that “eating vegetables grown using reclaimed water boosts urine levels of carbamazepine, an anti-epileptic drug commonly detected in wastewater” meaning that anyone who consumes this produce is exposed to the carbamazepine drug in detectable dosages.
Each year, the Environmental Working Group (EWG) releases its “Dirty Dozen” list of the fruits and vegetables that rank highest in pesticide residues. This year, strawberries top the list. Some of the strawberries were found to have residues from 17 different pesticides. Some of the chemicals found on the strawberries linked to cancer, reproductive and developmental damage, hormone disruption, and neurological problems, according to the EWG. The full list includes:
Sweet bell peppers
Scotts Miracle-Gro Co. announced they will eliminate the use of a class of insecticides linked to negative effects on pollinator populations, including bees and butterflies; decided to end the use of neonicotinoid insecticides for its Ortho brand lawn and garden care products. The company said they are expanding their selection of non-neonicotinoid products and will completely end the use of neonicotinoid ingredients imidacloprid, clothianidin and dinotefuran by 2017.
The American Nurses Association: genetically modified ingredients should not be allowed in any product labeled ‘natural.’ The public has a right to appropriate food labeling including country-of-origin, modification of any of the food’s ingredients; know the contents of their food and food products and the manner in which they were processed or modified.”
A study published Monday in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) provides more evidence that life expectancy in the United States is chiefly determined by economic class. Higher income is the most critical factor in longevity, the study found, with the gap between the richest one percent and poorest one percent of individuals averaging 14.6 years for men and 10.1 years for women.The study was based on income data derived from 1.4 billion tax records between 1999 and 2014 of individuals aged 40 to 76, and death records obtained from the Social Security Administration.
On Monday and Tuesday, 150 members of the European Parliament (MEP) donated urine samples to find out if they have glyphosate in their systems. The screening comes ahead of a symbolic vote in the European Union that is scheduled for Wednesday, April 12, on whether to re-license the RoundUp chemical for another 15 years. 
New Wave Foods biotech company was founded a year ago by Dominique Barnes, who studied marine conservation at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, and Michelle Wolf, a materials scientist, and it plans to release a “popcorn shrimp” product that is entirely man-made out of red algae and protein powder,within the next eight months.
Organic food demand is exploding; organic food sales $37 billion annually, up 12% from just a year ago, farmers switching to organic crops at a growing rate. The masses are seeing how toxic our current approach to agriculture can be. .Awareness growing on the potential dangers of GMOs and the very negative impact pesticides and herbicides have on human health and the environment,
Charging that the Flint water crisis was part of an "intentional scheme" created by state officials to save money, a group of 15 citizens on Wednesday filed a federal racketeering lawsuit against Gov. Rick Snyder and other high-profile state officials; seeks "financial compensation for property damage, loss of business and financial losses attributed to the city's water crisis; as well as compensatory damages for future medical care and punitive damages."
Look at the nutrition label on your Parmesan bottle. If you see “cellulose” listed as an ingredient, the product contains wood pulp. Cellulose is extracted from wood when manufacturers grind it up. Powdered cellulose is made by cooking wood in various chemicals to separate the cellulose; used as an anti-caking agent, and to give low-fat and no-fat foods a creamy texture. It’s in lots of shredded cheeses, salad dressings, and ice cream. Even organic companies use cellulose. Organic Valley says it uses it in its shredded cheeses to keep them from clumping. Whole Foods 365 brand contains traces of cellulose, label does not list it as an ingredient.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has warned about the increasing rate of diabetes in adults, saying the number of cases recorded around the world has quadrupled in less than four decades; said most people living with diabetes have type 2, a long-term condition characterized by insulin resistance and associated with obesity and other lifestyle factors that emerge in adults and increasingly among children, .blamed worldwide changes “in the way people eat, move and live” for the unprecedented surge.
A preservative chemical that's routinely added to hot dogs, beef jerky, bacon and breakfast sausage is now being deployed by government researchers as a fatal bait to poison wild hogs to death. sodium nitrite, is a cancer-causing "color fixer" and meat preservative added to processed meat; in feral pigs, the same chemical kills quite rapidly..
Between 2014 and 2015, domestic certified organic operations increased by nearly 12%, according to the Agricultural Marketing Service’s (AMS) National Organic Program (NOP). “Organic food is one of the fastest growing segments of American agriculture,” says agriculture secretary Tom Vilsack.
Bisphenol A (BPA was banned in baby bottles and sippy cups in 2012, but it is still widely used in canned foods to line the cans, used to make reusable plastic food containers, and sports water bottles. The chemical has been shown to increase the risk for diabetes, heart disease, infertility, and many other health problems. It has been linked to breast cancer in well over 130 studies. In addition, BPA is associated with brain damage; hormonal problems; and development issues in fetuses, infants, and young children. 75% of Campbell’s soups will be sold in BPA-free cans by the end of this year
The industrial chemical bisphenol A, or BPA is routinely used as a coating inside canned foods. Because it is also a synthetic estrogen, BPA mimics the body’s sex hormones, resulting in countless health problems including infertility, early puberty and cancer. BPA in Food Packaging Right to Know Act would ban the sale of food package containers composed in whole or in part of BPA unless they come with a warning label that states: “This food packaging contains BPA, an endocrine-disrupting chemical, according to the National Institutes of Health. 70 percent of cans produced by major retailers, such as General Mills, Campbell Soup, Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s, contain the hormone-disrupting chemical. ” Feinstein is also supporting a bill that would devise a national standard for GMO labeling. Food makers want to keep using BPA but promise to reduce the chemical to safe levels – critics argue there is no such thing.
UK supermarket Waitrose to remove all of Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide bottles from their shelves. Other businesses in the UK, like German retailer REWE (toom Baumarkt), have also removed glyphosate-based products from their stores. French Environment and Energy Minister Ségolène Royal hasasked stores to stop selling Roundup. Sri Lanka’s newly elected president, Maithripala Sirisena, has announced import of Monsanto’s glyphosate, will no longer be allowed in the country.
Tens of thousands of impoverished, unemployed adults were cut off food stamps Friday, the first wave of a social catastrophe that could affect more than one million people this year. 22 states began terminating benefits for “Able-Bodied Adults Without Dependents, These adults, aged 18 to 49 years without children, are generally the poorest section of the working class, earning only 17 percent of the official poverty rate, an average of barely $150-170 per month in income, eligible for 90 days of food stamp benefits unless they have paid employment or job training for at least 80 hours in a month plunging hundreds of thousands overnight into hunger and destitution...
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