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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

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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

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

The Great Nestlé Water Ripoff

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The Guardian reports that just a few miles from Flint, Michigan, which is still reeling from a lead water crisis, the giant food conglomerate Nestle has been paying the ridiculous sum of $200 a year to siphon municipal water and sell hundreds of thousands of plastic bottles of water at a $1 plus a pop. Read more of this post

Monsanto Writes EU Report on Roundup Safety

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The Guardian has revealed that the European food safety authority based a recommendation that Glyphosate, a chemical linked to cancer, and the core ingredient in Roundup weedkiller, was safe for public use on an EU report that copied and pasted analyses from a Monsanto study. The battle over its relicensing has split EU countries, with a final decision on its authorization expected in early November. Read more of this post

Smart Meter Victory on Maui

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Maui’s electric utility has taken an extraordinary step in proposing to only provide new smart meters to customers who request them. The decision is likely the first time that a utility anywhere in the nation has adopted such a radical proposal. Across the United States, people have either been forced to accept a smart meter replacement for their analog meter, or pay an “opt-out” fee, in places like California, of more than $400, to not take the forced “upgrade.” Read more of this post

Weed Killer Designed to Save Farms is Devastating Them

dicamba-soybeans-damage-Porter-0501W1-3245a_1The damage in northeast Arkansas and across the Midwest — sickly soybeans, trees and other crops — has become emblematic of a deepening crisis in American agriculture, reports the Washington Post. Farmers are locked in an arms race between ever-stronger weeds and ever-stronger weed killers. Read more of this post

Right Around the Corner – Synthetic Meat

memphiskq4fkjk1d7otspom4sqzBloomberg reports that Cargill Inc., one of the largest global agricultural companies, has joined Bill Gates and Richard Branson in company that makes meat from self-producing animal cells. Memphis Meats, which produces beef, chicken and duck directly from animal cells without raising and slaughtering livestock or poultry, raised $17 million from investors. Read more of this post

How Monsanto Tries to Suppress Science By France’s Le Monde

Monsantos-March-FranceFrance’s leading daily newspaper Le Monde has published a lengthy expose on Monsanto’s insidious practices in suppressing any science that puts their pesticide products in a bad light. It highlights how the giant agro-chemical company went into attack mode when the U.N.’s International Agency for Research on Cancer suggested that glyphosate in Roundup could cause cancer. Here’s an excerpt translated from the French by Google, so it might sound a little odd sometimes.   Read more of this post

The Veggie Burger That Bleeds

all-burgerBack in the mid-1970s when I stopped eating meat I thought it was a little weird that some companies would try to attract vegetarians by marketing fake meat products. Flash forward to 2017 and the Impossible Foods company is selling a “delicious burger made entirely from plants for people who love meat.” Read more of this post