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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

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

Electronic Heroin

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China’s state newspaper People’s Daily has declared a controversial mobile phone game “electronic heroin” that is ” poisoning” teenagers. Called Honor of Kings it has become the world’s top-grossing (paywall) mobile game, with some 50 million active daily users. The People’s Daily also declared that the game “has been constantly releasing negative energy” to the society. Read more of this post

The Rise of the Attention Economy

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“Everyone is distracted – all of the time” Justin Rosenstein, Facebook engineer who created the “like” button. “We’ve habituated ourselves into a perpetual cognitive style of outrage, by internalising the dynamics of the medium,” former Google strategist James Williams. Read more of this post

So The World Will Not End Tomorrow

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The ‘Christian numerologist’ who alleged that the world would end on September 23 has clarified that life will, in fact, go on tomorrow. Speaking to the Washington Post, David Meade said: ‘The world is not ending, but the world as we know it is ending.’ Meade added: ‘A major part of the world will not be the same the beginning of October.’ Read more of this post

The Hacking of the American Mind

hack645237481756_1011134214_nIn his book “The Hacking of the American Mind: The Science Behind the Corporate Takeover of Our Bodies and Brains,” Dr. Robert Lustig reveals the corporate scheme to sell pleasure, driving the international epidemic of addiction, depression, and chronic disease. “There has been a plot by some industries to obfuscate the link between their products and disease, and willfully confuse the concepts of pleasure and happiness” he says. 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

Switzerland Now Sells Insect Burgers

insect1502894215064Swiss supermarket chain Coop announced is now selling an insect burger and insect balls based on protein-rich mealworm in seven Coop branches, including in Geneva, Basel, Bern, Lausanne, Lugano and Zurich. Swiss food safety laws were changed in May to allow for the sale of food items containing three types of insects: crickets, grasshoppers and mealworms, which are the larval form of the mealworm beetle.    Read more of this post