U.S. regulatory agencies have failed miserably when it comes to protecting Americans from Monsanto’s Roundup weedkiller and its key active ingredient, glyphosate.
But when ordinary people are presented with the truth about Roundup, and about Monsanto’s efforts to bury that truth, they seem to have no problem distinguishing between truth and lies.
For the second time in five months, a jury has unanimously concluded that Roundup is to blame for causing a man’s cancer.
The decision, once again, has sent the shareholder value of Monsanto’s new owner, Bayer, into a tailspin.
This latest trial is considered a bellwether case for the more than 9,000 similar lawsuits coming down the pike.
After the first trial, Bayer CEO Werner Baumann brushed off the lawsuits as “nuisances.”
Sorry yet, Bayer?
Read ‘Monsanto’s Roundup Weedkiller Substantial Factor in Man’s Cancer, Jury Finds
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Welcome to Degeneration Nation 2019.
Genetically engineered foods and crops, toxic chemicals and factory farms—the unholy trinity of industrial food and farming—are undermining our very survival.
Public health and the health of the living Earth—our soils, forests, wetlands, watersheds, oceans and climate—are rapidly being destroyed, collateral damage arising from the "profit at any cost" ethos of corporate agribusiness, Big Biotech, Big Pharma and Big Food.
Cancer, chronic disease, obesity, loss of fertility, mass depression, learning disabilities and reproductive disorders have now become the norm, along with environmental degradation. The rhythms and cycles of nature—the atmosphere, the soil carbon cycle, the water cycle, biodiversity, the climate and even the integrity of our DNA—are unraveling.
Can we turn this around? Yes. But we have to take bold and immediate action.
Read Ronnie’s essay: ‘Degeneration Nation: GMOs, Toxic Chemicals and Factory Farms’
Your tax dollars fund the CDC, a federal agency that bills itself as “the nation’s health protection agency, working 24/7 to protect America from health and safety threats.”
But emails between the CDC and Coca-Cola executives suggest the CDC cares more about Coke’s profits than your health.
According to a study published in The Milbank Quarterly, emails reveal that Coke used its cozy relationship with the CDC “to gain and expand access, to lobby and to shift attention and blame away from sugar-sweetened beverages.”
One of Coke’s most popular advertising slogans was: “It’s the Real Thing!” Too bad the company’s health safety claims aren’t.
TAKE ACTION: Ask the U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Reform to investigate Coca-Cola’s influence on the CDC.
This week, many of our friends in Midwest farming communities are reeling—record catastrophic flooding is threatening their livelihoods and lives.
It’s the last straw for many farmers who were already struggling financially. As one of them told a New York Times reporter, “It’s probably over for us.”
There are still a minority of Americans who will argue over whether this new wave of extreme weather is a result of human-induced climate change.
But the debate over whether our dominant factory farm, GMO industrial food system is healthy for humans, animals or the planet is over.
And so is the debate over who is responsible for what’s gone wrong.
Read ‘It’s Over for Us.’
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We’ve reported about them before. The corporate “organic imposters” who somehow manage to circumvent the rules and/or spirit of the organic certification.
There are the giant milk producers masquerading as organic. The giant egg producers. And more recently, the "organic" hydroponic fruit and vegetable growers.
The best advice so far for consumers (until we can force the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to clean up its act) has been to avoid the offending brands. Those brands include most store brands sold in the organic section of major national retailers, such as Costco and Walmart, and in many large regional retail grocery chains that peddle their own labels.
Now, consumers have a new tool to help them identify and support the brands that play by the rules. The Cornucopia Institute has issued a report on the organizations that certify organic operations.
As it turns out, some certifiers do a better job than others at policing the organic industry. That means consumers can have a higher degree of confidence in the organic integrity of the products certified by those organizations, compared with products certified by organizations ranked lower in Cornucopia’s Certifier Guide.
Cornucopia’s Mark Kastel told us:
"If you see a product certified by one of the unethical certifiers it doesn’t necessarily mean the product itself is illegitimate. But it should trigger additional research and encouragement to the brand marketers, if you appreciate their products, to switch to a more reputable certifier."
Good advice. In the meantime, we’ll keep up the pressure on the USDA to keep organics strong.
Read ‘The Organic Food Industry Is Booming, and That May Be Bad for Consumers'
Read the full report
If you’re lucky enough to live in a climate where gardening season has already arrived, this video is for you.
The folks at Plant Health Cure do a great job of explaining why synthetic fertilizer—once thought to be a miracle—is now seen for what it is: the reason that over time, plants grown in synthetically fertilized soil grow weak and become susceptible to disease.
As it turns out, synthetic fertilizer eventually destroys the soil’s natural biology, including the minerals and nutrients that keep plants healthy.
Don’t be fooled into thinking this “science” video won’t be entertaining. It’s a good watch - dig in!
Watch ‘Soil Is a Living Organism’
A Mother Swept Away by Climate Change
New U.S. Bill Aims to Limit Children’s Exposure to Glyphosate Herbicides
Case Study Shows CBD Shrinks Tumor
Good Enough to Eat? The Toxic Truth About Modern Food
Rural America is Ready for Some Sort of a New Deal, Preferably Green
Boston City Council Passes Groundbreaking Food Justice Ordinance
Pesticide Residues Found in 70% of Foods Sold in U.S. Even After Washing