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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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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

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

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

Britain Could Become a Biological Desert

shutterstock_515369695-e1480287688288“Britain will soon become a biological desert,” writes environmentalist Dr. Rosemary Mason in an open letter to Prof. William Cushley, chair of the UK’s Expert Committee on Pesticides (ECP). “Few can avoid the pollution of water, soil and air by genotoxic and teratogenic herbicides, insecticides and other industrial chemicals. Governments and regulators only measure a small fraction of them. Human health depends on biodiversity. Food depends on natural pollinators.”

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The Latest Smart Meter Blunder in the UK

764_-3According to The Daily Telegraph millions of smart meters installed in British households under the Government’s flagship scheme may need to be replaced due to an IT bungle. Last night consumer experts described the smart meter roll-out as a “cock up” while sources at major energy firms admitted the cost was “spiraling” despite customers receiving “sub-par experiences”. Read more of this post

Smoking Gun Revealed: Monsanto’s Roundup & Cancer

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The agrochemical giant Monsanto has desperately tried to hide research that links Roundup, the world’s most popular pesticide with cancer. Now documents revealed through lawsuits show how a respected EPA scientist’s conclusions that Roundup caused cancer were suppressed by the government agency meant to protect our health. Read more of this post

The Maui Independent Debuts on the Web

alika-atay-Native Wisdom: Water Protector Alika Atay on the Power of We the People. Alika Atay was the lead plaintiff in the SHAKA Movement’s federal lawsuit over the invalidation of Maui’s successful GMO Moratorium initiative in 2014. This Maui Independent In Their Own Words features the barrel-chested, deep-voiced leader known to many Native Hawai’ians as “Uncle Alika.” His words are from interviews conducted during the past year by journalist Jonathan Greenberg. Read more of this post

Hawaii’s Drowning in Pesticides

morihei-ueshiba-formal-portrait“Hawaii is a wonderful place, but all the agricultural chemicals used here are destroying the islands. Try to stop the desecration of your land.” – Morihei Ueshiba, founder of Aikido, during his 1961 visit to Hawaii. Read more of this post