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Toxic Chemical Veggie Soup

veggiesThe UK Soil Association reports that the number of toxic chemicals found in onions, leeks, wheat and potatoes has been steadily increasing since the 1960s.  Speaking at a UK Royal Society of Medicine conference on pesticides, scientists warned that consuming tiny amounts of many different chemicals on a regular basis could be harmful to human health. Read more of this post

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Big Brother Surveillance China Style

china3By 2020 China will have implemented a mandatory Big Brother social ranking score for every one of their citizens. The behavior of every single citizen and legal person (which includes every company or other entity)in China will be rated and ranked, whether they like it or not. Read more of this post

How the US E.P.A. Removes Scientists That Want to Protect the Environment

smokestacks-sunsetControversial Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt, the guy who sued the EPA many times while Oklahoma’s Attorney General, has devised a genius way to silence critics, i.e. those wanting to protect the environment. He announced scientists receiving EPA grants for their research (you know the smart ones) would no longer be eligible to serve on committees that provide his agency with expert scientific input, including the Scientific Advisory Board, the Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee, and the Board of Scientific Counselors. Read more of this post

Say What? Chicken Industry’s Bizarre View of Millennials

chickenhODlmLTRjNDJmZmJlZDg1ZgThis not a joke. Here is an extract from a real (not fake) article on the WATTAgNet web site about how to coax millennials into eating more chicken, taken from the Chicken Marketing Summit talk in North Carolina in July, by expert Richard Kottmeyer. First off – Millennials find science-based information suspect. “If you only approach these consumers with science-based information they will believe the poultry producer is trying to hide something,” said Kottmeyer. Read more of this post

Pesticides & Pregnancy

pesticides_spraying_mask_735_3501Eating fruits and vegetables with a high amounts of pesticide residue—such as strawberries, spinach, peppers, or grapes—may reduce women’s chances of conceiving and bearing children, according to a new study from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

The study, published October 30, 2017 in JAMA Internal Medicine, looked at 325 women undergoing infertility treatment as part of the Environment and Reproductive Health (EARTH) study. Researchers compared information about the women’s diet, drawn from questionnaires they filled out, with U.S. government data on average pesticide residues on fresh fruits and vegetables, in order to estimate the women’s diet-related exposure to pesticides.

The study found that women who ate more than two servings of high-pesticide fruits or vegetables each day, compared with women who ate an average of one each day, were 18% less likely to become pregnant and 26% less likely to have a live birth than women with the lowest exposure.

Jorge Chavarro, associate professor of nutrition and epidemiology at Harvard Chan School and senior author of the study, said that women trying to conceive may want to limit their intake of high-pesticide fruits and vegetables or eat organic versions, or choose low-pesticide produce such as avocados, onions, or oranges.

Certain types of fruits and vegetables, such as strawberries and spinach, tend to require more pesticides to protect the crops and ‘washing them makes absolutely no difference,’ says Chavarro.

“I am now more willing to buy organic apples than I was a few months ago,” he told TIME.

 

Monsanto’s War on the International Agency for Research on Cancer

glyphosate-is-good-for-meEver since the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer released a report suggesting that glyphosate, the primary ingredient in Monsanto’s best-selling pesticide Roundup, could cause cancer, there has been a relentless campaign to discredit the agency. Read more of this post

Another Pesticide Threat to Bees

Bees-Collect-Nectar-from-Strawberry-FlowersFrench bee keepers are up in arms over the authorization of the insecticide sulfoxaflor they warn could sound the death knell of their already decimated bee population, reports The Telegraph. Bee hives have been hit in Europe, North America and elsewhere by a mysterious phenomenon called “colony collapse disorder”. The blight has been blamed on mites, a virus or fungus, pesticides, or a combination of factors. Read more of this post

Only in Hawaii – Spam Shoplifting

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Only in Hawaii is Spam and canned corned beef a hot commodity like fine wines and other luxury items, that need to be locked up to prevent theft. But, according to Civil Beat, that’s what’s happening in some stores on Oahu from Kalihi to Hauula. Read more of this post

Plant-Based Shrimp Heading to Stores

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Vice reports on a San Francisco-based startup, New Wave Foods, that has developed, “an insanely realistic faux shrimp made in a lab from algae and plants, and it tastes so much like the real thing co-founder and CEO Dominique Barnes says that people can’t tell it apart from actual shrimp.” Their shrimp has proven to be a hit, and it has been served in Google’s cafeteria and several pop-ups and events in San Francisco. Read more of this post

Are We Devolving?

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Looking at how crazy the world seems to be getting lately it’s reasonable to wonder whether we devolving rather than evolving as a species. Stanford University geneticist Dr. Gerald Crabtree suggests humans are actually devolving – slowly losing intellectual and emotional abilities. In 2012 paper in Cell Press he posits: “The development of our intellectual abilities and the optimization of thousands of intelligence genes probably occurred in relatively non-verbal, dispersed groups of peoples before our ancestors emerged from Africa.” Read more of this post