The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) calls antibiotic resistance “one of the biggest public health challenges of our time.” In the U.S., at least 2 million people get an antibiotic-resistant infection every year, and at least 23,000 of those people die, the CDC says.
Antibiotic resistance is a global, and worsening, problem. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), “some types of bacteria that cause serious infections in humans have already developed resistance to most or all of the available treatments, and there are very few promising options in the research pipeline.”
In November 2017, a WHO official said:
“A lack of effective antibiotics is as serious a security threat as a sudden and deadly disease outbreak. Strong, sustained action across all sectors is vital if we are to turn back the tide of antimicrobial resistance and keep the world safe."
Unfortunately, the tide isn’t turning back. In the U.S., that’s largely because lobbyists for some of the world’s biggest agribusiness corporations have successfully thwarted efforts by Congress to restrict the rampant and reckless use of antibiotics on factory farms.
Read ‘Are Factory Farmers Winning the Antibiotics War?’
By 2050, 10 million people could die from drug-resistant diseases every year—that’s more than the number of people who die from cancer each year.
By just 2030, antimicrobial-resistance could force up to 24 million people into extreme poverty, and trigger a global economic crisis on a scale comparable to the one last seen in 2008-2009.
What’s the biggest driver of this global public health crisis? The reckless use of antibiotics on factory farms.
TAKE ACTION: Tell Congress: Healthy Farm Animals Shouldn’t Get Antibiotics that Sick People Need!
“This one tiny molecule is now gumming up the gears of life, it’s stopping, on so many levels, all normal functions of resilience, and we’re becoming a very unresilient species and damaged species, and we’re dying very quickly. ” - Zach Bush, MD
A former cancer researcher, Zach Bush had been taught that cancer was a genetic disease.
No more. Bush now believes that we’ve done something to our food and our environment that is causing cancer and other illnesses. That something, he says, is glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup weedkiller.
In this “Farmer’s Footprint” video, Bush explains that glyphosate is killing the microbiome in the soil, and in humans. And because it’s water soluble, it’s destroying our waterways, especially all those connected to the Mississippi River. (Last year, a judge ruled that our lawsuit against Monsanto, for claiming that Roundup weedkiller targets a (plant) enzyme “not found in humans and pets,” could go forward. The case is still working its way through the courts).
Bush doesn’t mince words. Glyphosate is killing us, he says.
Watch ‘Cancer Maps & Glyphosate’
DEADLINE EXTENDED: Tell the EPA to ban Monsanto’s Roundup weedkiller!
Over the past year or so, we’ve experienced some disturbing trends. Fewer and fewer of our emails are reaching our subscribers. Fewer of our articles are turning up in Google searches. At times, our web traffic is far slower than normal.
Are we doing something wrong? Or is something more sinister at work?
Natural health websites, Mercola.com and GreenMedInfo, both recently reported that their content has been virtually scrubbed from Google search engines. GreenMedInfo also reports that its email service provider doesn’t appear to be delivering all the site's emails anymore.
It seems that industries like Big Pharma don’t like to be criticized. And they’re using their power (and obscene profits) to keep you in the dark as much as possible.
We’re big believers in the science that equates a healthy ecosystem and healthy food with human health.
That’s why we’re also strong believers in natural health strategies as an important alternative to the western medical model that thrives on pushing drugs to treat diseases that could be treated, or prevented, by pursuing a nutrient-dense, chemical-free diet.
As those beliefs—along with our commitment to your right to know—attract more attention, we’re seeing a decline in our ability to share important information, especially information corporations view as hazardous to their image or profits.
OCA could soon be in the same boat as sites like Mercola and GreenMedInfo—which means you'll be in the dark more than ever.
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If you bought tea advertised as “pure” and made from “100% natural ingredients,” would you be surprised to learn that it contained residues of weedkillers and insecticides?
We thought so. That’s why we sued Twinings Tea this week.
Tests conducted on samples of Twinings Green Tea and Green Tea with Mint revealed residues of glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup weedkiller, and two synthetic insecticides: thiacloprid, a neonicotinoid (the class of pesticides responsible for wiping out bees); and bifenthrin, a pyrethroid. Both chemicals are known neurotoxins.
We don’t think tea should contain any of these contaminants. But that’s not why we sued Twinings. We sued the company for intentionally misleading consumers with its false claims about purity and “100% natural” ingredients.
There's a reason Twinings and other companies love to throw around the word "natural"—it helps them sell more product. A 2014 Consumer Reports poll found that 66 percent of consumers believe a product labeled “natural” has no artificial ingredients, pesticides or genetically modified organisms, and 86 percent believe that it should mean those things.
In 2016, Consumer Reports released a new survey showing that 73 percent of consumers seek out foods labeled “natural.” Many consumers equate the word “natural” with “organic” and some even believe that “100% Natural” is better than certified organic.
Read our press release
More on the Myth of Natural
Schoolchildren deserve access to fresh, locally grown food. Yet the foods served up by most school cafeterias are bad for kids, bad for local farm businesses and bad for the environment.
Who gains when the school menu is full of chicken nuggets, “cheese” pizza, french fries and tater tots? Giant food corporations that support factory farms and chemical companies, like Monsanto.
Feeding kids processed food filled with cheap ingredients can have profound and long-lasting health effects. Eating ultra-processed food is linked to heart attack, stroke and early death. It also promotes obesity and diabetes, two life-threatening conditions that are on the rise among kids in the U.S.
The “Kids Eat Local Act” (HR 3220), Introduced by Rep. Chellie Pingree (D-Maine), would help public schools source more local food, which would in turn give kids access to healthy, nutritious lunches. Plus it would support local farms by creating more market opportunities.
What's not to love?
TAKE ACTION: Tell Congress to Support the “Kids Eat Local Act”
Study Finds Residue of Pesticides, Antibiotics and Growth Hormone in Non-Organic Milk
Pesticide Companies ‘Seriously Deficient’ on Human Rights, Says UN Toxics Expert
Spike In Autism May Be Linked To Preservative In Processed Foods, Study Suggests
EPA: Factory Farms Don’t Need to Report Emissions
Peanut Oil: Is It Good for Cooking?
Nearly 40% Decline in Honey Bee Population Last Winter 'Unsustainable,' Experts Say
Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. and Children’s Health Defense Bring Legal Action Against Beech-Nut Nutrition Company Concerning Misrepresentation That Their Naturals Baby Foods Are 100% Natural