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...
Researchers at North Carolina State University (NCSU) believe GM maggots could play a vital role in the wound healing process and encouraging new cell growth They eat up bacteria; chow down on dead skin cells while leaving healthy ones untouched by producing anti-microbial factors. NCSU researchers have created genetically modified maggots that secrete a human growth factor to promote healing, which they say makes them even more powerful in fighting infection
How do you expect the public to accept your GM crops if you make every effort to hide them?” “If you truly believe that your technology is safe, then why are you treating it like a dirty little secret that can’t be shown on the label? Why, if it’s such a proven technology, are you fighting labelling instead of promoting it? 64 countries around the world require mandatory GMO labelling” GMO has a serious credibility problem. No amount of labelling can hide that.
In a publicity blitz against GMO labeling, Big Food is using a six-figure campaign to run ads in prime time on network and cable TV in and around the nation’s capital. This is part of a last ditch effort for the biotech industry and Big Food to keep states from writing their own mandatory GMO-labeling laws. Coalition for Safe Affordable Food, funder of the ad campaign blitz in the capitol, is “working urgently with Congress to pass a national uniform labeling standard and stand up against on-package labeling of GMOs,” Companies want that ‘national standard’ to forbid mandatory on-package GMO labels.
California plans to delay state-required warnings on metal cans lined with the chemical BPA, arguing too-specific warnings could scare stores and shoppers in poor neighborhoods away from some of the only fruits and vegetables available — canned ones, officials said Thursday. Instead, the state on May 11 will require stores to post general warnings at checkout counters about the dangers of BPA and note that some canned and bottled products being sold have liners with the toxic chemical..
American College of Physicians (ACP), a group of 143,000 internal medicine doctors, on Tuesday published a position paper calling on the government to do more to regulate the skyrocketing costs of pharmaceutical drugs. U.S. is one of the only economically advanced countries in the world that does not have any government regulation of drug prices. “In the United States we pay much more for prescription drugs than other countries.
. In a just-released June 25, 2015 internal email, US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 5 water expert Miguel Del Toral described the situation in Flint as “bordering on criminal neglect” after he discovered high levels of lead in tap water and efforts of state officials to conceal it from the public. Del Toral sent the message to his superior, EPA Section Chief of Ground Water and Drinking Water Rita Bair, the day after submitting a detailed interim report warning of high lead in Flint water.
Canadian farmers are justifiably requesting that Lawrence MacAulay, the Canadian Agri-Minister, immediately act to halt the sale of genetically modified (GM) alfalfa seed by Forage Genetics International, a Monsanto licensee. Many farmers have been concerned that their alfalfa will be contaminated by GM alfalfa; asked the Minister to put border controls in place to stop the continued cross-pollination of non-GM alfalfa with seed that has already been compromised.
One-hundred organizations representing more than 5 million Nigerians, including farmers, faith-based organisations, civil society groups, students and local community groups, have submitted a joint objection to the country’s National Biosafety Management Agency (NABMA) expressing serious concerns about human health and environmental risks of genetically altered crops.
U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has opened the door for farmers to plant MON87419, a new strain of genetically modified (GM) corn created by Monsanto to tolerate the weed killers dicamba and glufosinate without government oversight. The move will likely increase spraying of the herbicides. Like earlier strains of GMO corn, MON87419 is designed to withstand being coated in toxic chemicals that wipe out weeds and other plant life on farm fields could “lead to an increase in dicamba use, which will spur the evolution of dicamba-resistant weeds and abandonment of conservation tillage practices.
UN FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization):advantage of organic agriculture; work with natural processes, increase cost-effectiveness.. Organic farmers intensify production in a sustainable way; could produce enough food forcurrent world population with reduced environmental impact than conventional agriculture.without polluted environment, less diverse diets, degraded soils and nutrient deficient food, ill health; an unsustainable model of agriculture that creates food insecurity, environmental degradation, helps create jobs in rural areas..Crop yields increased.
Shortly after the release of a report showing 14 beers testing positive for glyphosate in Germany, a concerned supporter of Moms Across America said he had test results from Microbe Inotech Lab of St.Louis showing 10 different wines, from large and small vineyards, contained the chemical glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup weedkiller, including wine made with organic grapes.The contamination of conventional wine was 28 times higher than organic wine. The wines tested came from Napa Valley, Sonoma and Mendocino counties in California.
Ted Cruz: we shouldn’t let anti-science zealotry shutdown the ability to produce low-cost quality food;” the anti-GMO movement is driven by “hysteria. Senator Bernie Sanders: GMO labeling exists in 64 other countries. There is no reason it can’t exist here.” Sanders favors small and mid-sized family farms, regional food systems, stopping domination of the food supply by a few large corporations
November of last year, California state officials placed an indefinite hold on the commercial crab season, in order to protect public health. The reason given by the state was dangerously high levels of algal toxins in the bodies of the crabs According to New York radio station 95.1 FM (SuperStation 95), insiders from the California Fish and Game Commission have revealed that the real reason for the ban was dangerously high levels of radioactivity resulting from the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster. State officials were concerned they could cause immediate sickness in anyone who ate them.“If people started connecting the dots proving radiation in seafood was making them sick, it would destroy California’s seafood industry in days.”
Japan stopped using the MMR vaccine seven years ago; 1.8 million children had been given two types of MMR, record number developed non-viral meningitis and other adverse reactions. Official figures show there were three deaths, eight children left with permanent handicaps ranging from damaged hearing and blindness to loss of control of limbs.The government reconsidered using MMR in 1999 but decided it was safer to keep the ban and continue using individual vaccines for measles, mumps and rubella.
Thimerosal, a mercury-based preservative approved by the FDA, was once present in many vaccines. GMOs gastrointestinal disorders and the inherent instability of genetic modification. Fluoride: FDA has not approved fluoride or fluoride supplementation despite its widespread use in toothpaste, mouth rinse, bottled water and local water supplies. BPA is present in food packaging linked to hormone disruption, cancer and heart damage. A pharmaceutical named Vioxx; 88,000 Americans had heart attacks, 38,000 of them died. If these individuals had been killed by guns. it would have been labeled a genocide.
Many seals are underweight and starving, suffering from a shortage of food in the Pacific Ocean… “When they get extremely thin they’re open to all sorts of illnesses and infections.
Contaminants get into the water through human drug waste in sewage, medicines flushed down toilets, agricultural runoff and the wide use of endocrine disruptors like pesticides, flame retardants and plastic-related compounds like phthalates and BPA. (BPA has ironically been used in bottled water that people drink to avoid tap water risks!) 60 percent of Americans now take prescription drugs, one fourth of US women are now on antidepressants.
An estimated $21 billion has been spent on cleanup efforts since 2011, including funding for a team of remote activated robots capable of going to high-dose radiation areas of the plant where humans cannot enter and survive. Five of these robots have been lost to the dangers in Fukushima Daiichi’s severely damaged nuclear reactors and waste treatment buildings.
Vaccine tragedy in La Pimienta, Mexico killed two babies, sent 37 to the hospital with serious reactions to toxic vaccine additives. 52 children were vaccinated in all, meaning that 75% of those receiving the vaccines are now either dead or hospitalized. The vaccines were administered by the Mexican Social Security Institute, known as IMSS. The deadly reactions occurred after children received injections of vaccines for tuberculosis, rotavirus and hepatitis B — the same viral strains targeted by vaccines routinely administered to children in the United States.
Investors recently committed $172 million for “smart pills” being developed jointly by Proteus Digital Health and Otsuka Pharmaceuticals. After a pill is swallowed, a microscopic device within the pill relays ‘health data’ to a patch worn by the patient, then to a smartphone, and then (if the patient wishes) to doctors and/or pharmaceutical companies.
US public water infrastructure is dangerous to human health. Suspected cancer-causing chemical PFOA being phased out in the U.S.;, turning up in the water in factory towns across the country — most recently in upstate New York and Vermont — where it is blamed by residents for cancers and other maladies.
Committee on Environment, Food Safety & Public Health (ENVI) has formally objected to the re-authorization by the European Commission of the herbicide, called the herbicide’s re-authorization “irresponsible and unacceptable.”MEP Anja Hazekamp criticized the European Commission for even considering giving Round Up the green light in Europe.
Colorado's efforts to become the first state to pass a public, universal health care system are facing stiff opposition from right-wing organizations, many of which are funded by or affiliated with brothers Charles and David Koch. Opposition is also coming from the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce and is expected from the health insurance and drug industries.
Most foods sold in the United States soon could have labels listing ingredients made from genetically modified foods, thanks to a Vermont GMO labeling law that is set to take effect July 1. General Mills announced its labeling will apply nationwide, and not just in Vermont. Two other companies – Mars and Campbell Soup – previously made similar announcements.
Teri McCall, the widow of Jack McCall, is suing Monsanto for wrongful death. She claims that the company is responsible for exposing her husband to their flagship weed killer for years, all the while knowing that it caused cancer. This is similar to over legal moves against Monsanto over glyphosate damage.
Mars Incorporated, the company that owns many popular chocolate candy brands announced it intends to label the products that contain genetically modified organisms (GMOs), to comply with Vermont’s law. Vermont is the first state to require such labeling, effective July 1, 2016. The company will label its products nationwide, not just for the state of Vermont. Popular brands include M&M’s, SNICKERS, Dove, Galaxy, Mars, Milky Way, TWIX, 3 MUSKETEERS.
The study published in the Journal of Chromatography by researchers from Poland’s National Veterinary Institute utilized a new test that allowed them to analyze exactly which of the 200 pesticides licensed for use in the EU were contributing to honeybee deaths.57 specific pesticides have been named for poisoning bees. “Bee health is a matter of public concern. Bees are considered critically important for the environment and agriculture by pollinating more than 80 percent of crops and wild plants in Europe
Along the Texas coast, game wardens will now carry radiation detectors. The Port of Houston has for years had radiation detectors to scan cargo; acquired about a hundred devices that allow game wardens to detect radiological or nuclear emissions. These are little devices that can be worn on someone’s belt.” They’re about the size of a cellphone and can help a warden determine if something suspicious is radioactive. It wouldn’t necessarily have to be connected to terrorism: radioactive materials used in the energy and medical industries can be illegally dumped.
New Delhi:- The government has given an “in-principle” approval to sites for locating 46 new reactors comprising 23 twin unit projects in a phased manner, the Rajya Sabha was informed today.This is perhaps for the first time that the government has revealed “in-principle” approval to these many sites.The government has also given in-principle approval to reactors with foreign technical cooperation.
Small amounts of a probable carcinogen were found in more than 80 water systems in every part of the state, according to an analysis of federal data by The Record. The chemical, 1,4-dioxane, raised concerns after it was found at a Superfund site in Ringwood. 1,4-dioxane can damage the liver, kidney and respiratory systems.
USA Today investigation published this week identified almost 2,000 additional water systems in all 50 states where testing has shown excessive levels of lead contamination over the past four years. “The water systems, which reported lead levels exceeding Environmental Protection Agency [EPA] standards, collectively supply water to 6 million people.”
CBDs work so well that drug companies are now investigating them to be approved by the FDA as medicines. Because CBDs are being investigated by drug companies, the FDA has granted CBDs status as being “investigated as a new drug.” Because CBDs work so well and have been authorized for drug investigations, the FDA now OUTLAWS them being sold as dietary supplements. CBDs work better than pharmaceuticals for treating epilepsy, seizures, neurological disorders and other serious health conditions.
Desire to eat pure, uncontaminated, healthy food now diagnosed as a mental disorder known as orthorexia nervosa. “Orthorexics refusing to touch sugar, salt, caffeine, alcohol, wheat, gluten, yeast, soy, corn and dairy; foods that have come into contact with pesticides, herbicides or contain artificial additives. Jennifer Culbert , a registered dietician: if someone cuts out processed food, or things that are genetically modified, or not grown organically, the danger is that they can become malnourished or underweight.”
France just approved plans to totally ban some widely used pesticides blamed for harming bees, going above and beyond European Union (EU) restrictions.
Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder boasted in March that the lead-in-the-water crisis plaguing the city of Flint for months had actually spurred job growth. Though Snyder has been heavily criticized for tight-fisted budgeting that enabled the crisis, 81 temporary workers have been recently hired -- to hand out bottled water so that residents would not have to hydrate themselves with poisoned municipal water.
In 2012, Connecticut fired the companies that were running Husky, as its Medicaid system is known, and returned to a more traditional “fee-for-service” arrangement where the state reimburses doctors and hospitals directly. States have turned to managed care as a way to control spending, particularly those that expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. Health plans say they can provide better, more-coordinated care and save states money.
According to new research published in the online journal BMJ Open, “ultra-processed” foods make up more than half of all calories consumed in the US and contribute almost all of our added sugar intake. Ultra-processed foods are formulations of several ingredients. Besides salt, sugar, oils, and fats, they include substances not generally used in cooking, such as flavorings, emulsifiers, and other additives designed to mimic the qualities of “real foods;” include soft drinks; packaged snacks; confectionery and desserts; packaged baked goods.
. General Mills (GM), the same company that tried to impair genetically modified food-labeling by donating more than a million dollars to defeat legislation in several states, is about to label its products containing genetically modified ingredients. GM announced that it will label all their products if they contain genetically modified ingredients; says that it will label GM products due to a need to be cost-effective with Vermont’s new GMO labeling law going into effect this summer..”
Oregon collected $3.48 million in taxes from recreational marijuana sales in January, far outpacing estimates and offering the first look at how much pot is moving through the state's newly regulated retail market. Oregon dispensaries sold $14 million worth of recreational marijuana in January. That figure doesn't take into account medical marijuana sales, which remain untaxed. The collections for a single month exceed state economists' projections for the entire year
A study conducted by GW Pharmaceuticals has shown that Epidiolex can successfully treat children with Dravet syndrome, a rare form of epilepsy. GW claimed that a 120-patient trial showed patients taking Epidiolex were able to reduce their convulsive seizures by 39 percent. GW will request a meeting withU.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to discuss plans for regulatory approval for treating Dravet syndrome. GW already has approval for a cannabis-based multiple sclerosis treatment in more than 20 countries, but not the United States.
Activists in 60 countries are celebrating World Consumer Rights Day by calling on fast-food companies to get antibiotics "off the menu."The worldwide actions, organized by the London-headquartered Consumers International (CI), call specifically on McDonald's, Subway, and KFC to make "global, time bound commitments to stop serving meat from animals routinely given antibiotics that are classed as important for human medicine by the World Health Organization."
Naohiro Masuda, Tepco’s head of decommissioning “It is extremely difficult to access the inside of the nuclear plant.”The biggest obstacle is the radiation.”“It takes two years to develop a single-function robot.” As soon as Tepco’s robots, co-designed with Toshiba, get close to Reactor 3, their circuitry gets destroyed by the radiation. The robots are designed to “swim” in the radiated pools where the radioactive fuel rods are located, to search for and recover them.
Judge Anne Hirsch awarded a summary judgment in a suit brought against the Grocery Manufacturer’s Association by Attorney General Bob Ferguson, finding the GMA guilty of a money laundering scheme that shielded members’ identities as they helped to defeat Washington’s 2013 GMO labeling ballot initiative, I-522, with their donations.
t is estimated that as much as 35% of all cancers have a foundation in lacking nutrition. the latest study, published in the journal Endocrinology, all the more interesting. The study, titled “Tumor Autonomous Effects of Vitamin D Deficiency Promote Breast Cancer Mestastasis,” indicates that many breast cancer patients found frequently to have a preexisting deficiency in vitamin D levels
Food and Drug Administration (FDA)found nearly half of all chickens tested have absorbed inorganic arsenic, the most toxic form, in their liver, asked Pfizer to stop manufacturing Roxarsone, the arsenic-containing drug that’s added to feed to fatten chickens and give meat a bright pink hue. It is added to induce faster weight gain on less feed, and creating the perceived appearance of a healthy color in meat from chickens, turkeys and hogs. FDA continues, claiming arsenic in chickens at such a low level safe to eat.
Salmon caught in the Puget Sound were recently found to be contaminated with a toxic cocktail of 81 drugs and chemicals. Drugs these fish were on included:
Birth control pills (estrogen)
Cipro and other antibiotics
Wastewater treatment facilities does not filter out all the drugs that are eliminated by humans into the water supply en masse on a daily basis. That water is then reused, contaminated more, taken up by crops and the animals that eat them,
Japan’s prime minister at the time of the 2011 earthquake and tsunami revealed the country came within a “paper-thin margin” of a nuclear disaster requiring evacuation of 50 million people. He said he considered evacuating the capital, Tokyo, along with all other areas within 160 miles of the plant, and declaring martial law. “The future existence of Japan as a whole was at stake,”“Something on that scale, an evacuation of 50 million, it would have been like a losing a huge war,” admitted he was frightened and said he got “no clear information” out of Tepco, the plant’s operator.
Monsanto is suing the State of California for its intent to include glyphosate — the main ingredient in its wildly popular herbicide, Roundup — on its Proposition 65 toxic chemicals list. California’s decision came after the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) classified glyphosate as a “probable carcinogen” in March 2015.
Five years ago this month a devastating tsunami engulfed Japan's northeastern coast, triggering the worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl. Today the disaster site remains in crisis mode. Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO), currently circulates water through the three melted units to keep them cool—generating a relentless supply of radioactive water. TEPCO collects the contaminated water and stores it all in massive tanks atrate of 400 metric tons a day. Groundwater flowing from a hill behind the crippled plant now mingles with radioactive materials before heading into the sea.
A court has ruled that French Professor Gilles-Eric Séralini was correct when he concluded that GMO food, when fed to rats, caused serious health problems including tumors.
Lawmakers in the country have just legalized medical marijuana for the entire country, with a vote made by the Australian Parliament last Wednesday. The details of legalization are still being worked out by the nation’s federal government, patients with a valid prescription will have access to both purchase and grow their own cannabis products. Specific types of marijuana that will be allowed are still being discussed, with an initial crop expected to be planted within months.
The government in Italy recently decriminalized cultivation of medical marijuana and production of the plant for research purposes; also rolled back hundreds of other small crimes, including “obscene acts,” driving without a license and deceiving people. Once these were jailable offenses, they now only carry a fine... The decriminalization will only apply to people working in the medical marijuana field and in cannabis research. Cultivation of marijuana for private consumption or distribution is still illegal in Italy.
Long before state authorities publicly acknowledged problems with drinking water in Flint, Michigan, internal emails show that advisers to Michigan Governor Rick Snyder advocated moving the water supply from the polluted Flint River back to the Detroit water system.
Researchers at Southampton University (SU) in the UK conducted a meta-analysis of 9 studies covering data on 430,000 people. They found that people who drink 2 extra cups of coffee a day have a 44% decreased risk of developing liver cirrhosis, a condition associated with long-term heavy drinking that kills more than 1 million people worldwide each year. Liver cirrhosis can also be caused by hepatitis, immune disorders, and a buildup of fat in the liver, known as fatty liver disease.
Three former executives of Tokyo Electric Power Co. will be indicted Monday for allegedly failing to take measures to prevent the tsunami-triggered crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear complex, a lawyer in charge of the case said Friday.
A St. Louis jury has recently awarded $72 million to the family of a woman from Alabama whose ovarian cancer death was traced to years of using Johnson & Johnson talcum powder.
3000 boxes of ‘organic’ panty liners have been pulled from stores in France and Canada after Monsanto’s favorite herbicide was found in the cotton-based Organyc brand. The same report found that o.b. and Nett tampons made by Johnson & Johnson also contain glyphosate traces, as do Always sanitary pads and Tampax tampons made by Procter & Gamble.
German beer industry is in shock after finding that 14 different popular beer brands have traces of the ‘probably’ carcinogenic herbicide, glyphosate – an ingredient found in Monsanto’s best-selling weed killer, Round Up; even in beer that is supposed to be brewed from only water, malt, and hops..Germany’s Agricultural minster is playing down the risks in order to save one of the countries’ best-selling exports.
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