“How could we have ever believed that it is a good idea to grow our food with poisons?” – Dr. Jane Goodall
Two new reports published in recent weeks add to the already large and convincing body of evidence, accumulated over more than half a century, that agricultural pesticides and other toxic chemicals are poisoning us.
Both reports issue scathing indictments of U.S. and global regulatory systems that collude with chemical companies to hide the truth from the public, while they fill their coffers with ill-gotten profits.
According to the World Health Organization, whose report focused on a range of environmental risks, the cost of a polluted environment adds up to the deaths of 1.7 million children every year.
A report by the Special Rapporteur on the right to food, presented to the United Nations Human Rights Council, focused more narrowly on agricultural chemicals. The UN report states unequivocally that the storyline perpetuated by companies like Monsanto—the one that says we need pesticides to feed the world—is a myth. And a catastrophic one at that.
The fact that both these reports made headlines, in mainstream outlets like the Washington Post and the Guardian, is on one hand, good news. On the other, it's a sad and discouraging commentary on our inability to control corporate greed.
Read 'Monsanto Isn’t Feeding the World—It’s Killing Our Children'
I often wish I were a King,And then I could do anything. – Children’s poem, by A.A. Milne
What if you were “King” of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)? How would you shape the future of agriculture in the U.S.?
On March 2, the Organic Consumers Association presented testimony at a USDA “listening session” titled “Visioning of U.S. Agriculture Systems for Sustainable Production.” We shared our vision for the future of agriculture.
Now it’s your turn. The USDA has asked for public comments on what a “sustainable” food and farming system should look like. Would you like to see industrial factory farms replaced by a more humane and more "regenerative" alternative? Would you like pesticides to be banned from food production?
The USDA wants to hear from you—by midnight tonight.
ACT BY MIDNIGHT MARCH 9: Tell the USDA What You want Food & Farming to Look Like in 50 Years
It's a little too early for Easter egg hunts. How about a pre-Easter GMO apple hunt?
We recently reported that Intrexon, marketer of the GMO Arctic Apple, is quietly selling the apples in 10 retail grocery chains in the Midwest. Along with Friends of the Earth and Center for Food Safety, and with your help, we’ve been trying to figure out exactly which stores are selling the apples, in which states.
So far, we’ve come up empty. But we’re not ready to give up.
If you live in the Midwest, can you help us hunt down the stores that are already selling GMO apples?
Intrexon’s GMO apples will supposedly bear a label identifying the brand—Arctic. But they won't have a label that says "GMO." (You can thank Congress and its DARK Act, for that).
The GMO apple uses an experimental, unregulated technology called RNA interference that keeps the apple from turning brown after it’s been sliced. Scientists say this process may have negative unintended impacts on human health and the environment.
You can help disrupt the market for these apples. But we need you to act now during this trial run in grocery stores.
TAKE ACTION: Tell grocery stores to commit to keeping GMO apples off their shelves!
Live in the Midwest? Help us find the stores selling GMO apples.
“You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.” – R. Buckminster Fuller
Our “existing reality” doesn’t look so great right now.
Under the current administration, the U.S. Department of Justice appears ready to sign off on three chemical industry mega-mergers that will all but guarantee an international monopoly on seeds—seeds that go hand-in-hand with massive amounts of pesticides.
Universal healthcare is off the table.
The EPA, whose power has already been undermined by corporate influence, is now teetering on the brink of extinction.
It’s no wonder that everywhere you look, you see the word "#resist."
Make no mistake—we jumped on the #resist train early. And we have every intention of riding it to the ends of the earth, if need be. But as “Bucky” said, if we want to change things, we need to “build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.”
That advice applies to our degenerative agriculture model, our degenerative healthcare system, our degenerative “growth-at-all-costs” economy, our rapidly degenerating so-called democracy. Our current models are broken. We need new models that will make the old ones obsolete. Regenerative models. Models that work for all of us, not just a few fat-cat CEOs and politicians.
We can’t change all of these models overnight. But we’ll never change them at all unless we commit, now, to making them obsolete. We're going to need your help.
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“For 33 years, I’ve been working to get mercury out of fish, and no one has ever called me ‘anti-fish.’” – Robert F. Kenney, Jr., World Mercury Project
Maybe you’ve decided all vaccines are good. Maybe you’ve decided they’re all bad. Or maybe, like the speakers in this week’s featured video, you accept that some vaccines, for some people, are good—but that there may be some populations who are susceptible to certain vaccine-related risk factors, and that in the interest of vaccine safety, those risks should be thoroughly investigated.
If your views on vaccines lie behind “door number 3,” be prepared to be maligned, marginalized and labeled an “anti-vaxxer"—even if you are by and large pro-vaccine. Because, as Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. explains, the vast majority of journalists, under pressure from the pharmaceutical industry and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), refuse to acknowledge any legitimate rationale for a middle ground in the vaccine debate.
At a press conference held at the National Press Conference in Washington, D.C., Kennedy pointed to a stack of 240 scientific studies, unreported by the media, linking vaccines that contain mercury to a host of chronic and acute neurotoxin disorders, from ADHD to allergies to autism. Kennedy issued a challenge to the press: “Show me just one legitimate scientific study that says mercury in vaccines is proven safe, and we’ll pay you $100,000.”
Here are just a few of the most compelling facts Kennedy and his fellow panelists outline in this videotaped press conference:
• The Pharmaceutical industry outspends every other industry, including oil and gas, on lobbying • The CDC owns over 20 vaccine patents• 97 percent of people making vaccine policy decisions own stock in a pharmaceutical company or are otherwise financially entangled with Big Pharma and the vaccine industry • The CDC warns pregnant women that eating fish, which often contain mercury, should be avoided during pregnancy, yet it continues to defend mercury-containing vaccines—even though the ethylmercury in vaccines is 50 times more toxic and twice as persistent in the human body as the methylmercury found in fish• In 2011, the Supreme Court ruled parents can’t sue vaccine makers for vaccine-related harm to their children• Despite refusing to admit that vaccines may cause injury to some children, the U.S. Department of Human Health and Services runs a vaccine injury compensation “no-fault” program that has paid out millions to parents whose children were harmed by vaccines• When the World Mercury Project put out a call for parents whose healthy children became sick shortly after being vaccinated, 6100 women responded in just 13 hours
This is a long video, preceded by a short video featuring Dr. Bernadine Healy, former director National Institutes of Health (NIH) and member of the Institute of Medicine (IOM). Healy says she used to dismiss any suggestion of a link between vaccines and autism. But she's changed her mind: “The more you delve into it, the more you look at the research and evidence, it’s clear that the question has not been answered.”
Don't we owe it to our kids, to everyone's kids, to at least take a hard look at all the evidence?
Watch the video on facebook (You’ll have to skip a few minutes of blackout)
Watch the video on YouTube
Injured? The World Mercury Project is looking for anyone who: 1) developed a tic directly after a vaccine, or 2) was born with a tic and whose mother received a vaccine during pregnancy. If you or your child meets the criteria, please get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Hear RFK Jr. speak in person on March 31 in Washington DC or livestream here
TAKE ACTION: Tell Congress You Want a Comprehensive Review and Reform of Vaccine Safety Policies
Let’s face it, the food movement on its own just wasn’t powerful enough to overcome Monsanto’s resolve to keep labels off GMO foods. And now, the Trump administration, aligning itself with the corporate interests of companies like Monsanto and Exxon, shows no interest in protecting consumers, public health or the environment. We need a bigger, better, more inclusive movement, united in its vision to protect consumers and the environment, to build stronger communities, stronger economies and a stronger democracy that works for all of us, not just corporations and the 1%. We need to #resist. And #regenerate. We need your help. We’re asking our supporters to organize house parties across the country, and form teams to work on the goals of our #ConsumerRevolution and #PoliticalRevolution platforms.
Never worked to elect candidates to your city council or state legislature? Never reached out to local climate, health or environmental groups to rally their support for a consumer campaign? Don't worry. You can do this. All of us must do this. Our future depends on it. Listen to the February 16 Town Hall organizing call Sign up today to host a house party We’ve got bumper stickers and leaflets and tons of ideas to help you get started.
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You’ve got a 50-50 chance of getting a cancer diagnosis in your lifetime. This despite the fact that since Nixon declared a “war on cancer” 45 years ago, more than $120 billion has been spent trying to find a cure.
In his new book, “Fat for Fuel: A Revolutionary Diet to Combat Cancer, Boost Brain Power, and Increase Your Energy,” Dr. Joseph Mercola says your best defense against cancer, and a host of other diseases, is to focus on your diet.
According to Mercola, when you eat too many sugars and carbs without fiber, along with too much protein, you can ignite a "cascade of metabolic events" that includes:
• Widespread inflammation and cellular damage, especially your mitochondria, or your cells’ power factories• Faster aging and a greater risk of all cancers from the activation of your body’s most important signaling pathway from eating excess protein• An increase in insulin resistance that can progress to prediabetes or Type 2 diabetes because your cells have lost their ability to respond to insulin effectively• Overeating due to the loss of control over your appetite and knowing when you’re “full”• An inability to lose weight because your body is holding on to fat instead of burning it for fuel
Mercola’s book will be available soon. Order it now and get six bonus gifts.
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