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Monthly Archives: June 2017

Arkansas Farmers Sue Monsanto

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A group of Arkansas farmers has filed a class-action lawsuit against Monsanto and the German Company BASF for crop damage due to dicamba herbicide. According to a news release announcing the class action case, the attorneys have decades of experience fighting and protecting agricultural interests in Arkansas and across the nation.  Read more of this post

Monsanto & Bayer Killing Bees & Butterflies

sunflower-bee-beth-reisHow shameless is Monsanto Hawaii’s advertising? A banner ad on the Maui Now web site shows a photo of a bee sucking up nectar from a sunflower next to a photo of a butterfly landing on a yellow flower with a caption proclaiming – “Cultivating an even brighter future for agriculture.”

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Power Corrupts – Lack Empathy

all-power-tends-to-corrupt-and-absolute-power-corrupts-absolutelyAccording to research from Sukhvinder Obhi, a neuroscientist at McMaster University in Ontario, Canada, power can actually change how the brain functions. “Many people who have witnessed a colleague get promoted to an executive level have probably seen some changes in their behavior. Power has a profound effect on the neurocognitive system underlying behavior.” Read more of this post

Flying Danger – Toxic Air

plane.giPilots are left incapacitated or suffering fatigue, experiencing breathing problems, and stomach and heart trouble. It’s called aerotoxic syndrome, and researchers are calling for it to be recognized as an occupational disorder. A study published June 12, in the World Health Organization’s journal Public Health Panorama, focused on “bleed air” – the system in use on most planes by which unfiltered air from engine compressors is used to supply the ventilation system in the cabin and cockpit. In a survey 142 out of 274 UK pilots reported specific symptoms and diagnoses with 30 suffering “adverse health effects.” Read more of this post

Meditation & Yoga Can Reverse Molecular Impact of Stress

meditateMeditation, yoga and Tai Chi can ‘reverse’ the molecular reactions in our DNA which cause ill-health and depression, according to a study by the UK universities of Coventry and Radboud. The research published in the journal Frontiers in Immunology, reviewed over a decade of studies analyzing how the behavior of our genes is affected by different mind-body interventions (MBIs) including mindfulness and yoga. Read more of this post

Organic Food is Healthier Study

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Five years ago, a highly publicized meta-analysis of more than 200 studies concluded that organic food was no more nutritious than conventionally grown food. Since then, however, additional work has suggested the organic foods contain more health-benefiting phytochemicals. Now Irish researchers at the Teagasc Food Research Centre have found that flavonoid levels and antioxidant activity in organic onions are higher than in conventional onions. Their investigation, in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, is the longest-running study to address the issue. Read more of this post

Mick Fleetwood on Band Mates New CD and Book Celebrating Fleetwood Mac’s 50th Anniversary

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In August Fleetwood Mac will celebrate 50 years since the original band made its debut at the Windsor National Jazz & Blues Festival in the U.K. In commemoration of the anniversary, Mick Fleetwood is releasing a deluxe coffee-table book, “Love That Burns: A Chronicle of Fleetwood Mac,” which focuses on the early days of the group. Read more of this post

Planned Obsolescence – Light Bulbs

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The 2010 documentary The Light Bulb Conspiracy examined planned obsolescence and products that are designed to fail, including light bulbs. Have you ever wondered why light bulbs burn out so often? Read more of this post