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by Wal on January 4, 2014 · 0 comments

Below you will find some health information news items I have found from around the web in the last few weeks. Some of these healthy news items make for fascinating reading, some maybe not so. But I will let you decide. Scroll down the page and pick out the headlines that most interest you. Topics include natural health news, news about GMO’s, and news affecting the health of the planet. Those of you who are familiar with my healing work will know I am passionate about healing the planet and eating healthy food. This means saying a huge NO! to eating Genetically Modified Food, which to many is a anti-humanitarian weapon of mass destruction disguised as food.

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Here are the latest news items from around the internet.

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(NaturalNews) If you use conventional toothpaste, you could be brushing your teeth with a chemical linked to endocrine disruption, cancer, infertility and a host of other health problems. A recent Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit has revealed that the Colgate-Palmolive Co... [...]
Thu, Aug 21, 2014
Source: Natural News
(NaturalNews) Researchers from Tel Aviv University in Israel recently published a cannabis study in the Journal of Neuroscience Research. Their findings indicate that low doses of cannabinoids, in particular ultra-low-dose tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), exerts a protective effect against... [...]
Thu, Aug 21, 2014
Source: Natural News
(NaturalNews) According to News Daily, a CDC study has determined that two out five people born between 2000 and 2011 are expected to develop diabetes type 2.This rate is double what it was two decades ago for men, and it's a 50 percent increase for women. Currently, 29 million... [...]
Thu, Aug 21, 2014
Source: Natural News
(NaturalNews) If you're reading this, there's a good chance that you have a tattoo. After all, nearly half of the population has decided at some point in their life that it was a good idea to permanently ink an image, or special symbol, onto their skin. Many hold no regrets when it... [...]
Thu, Aug 21, 2014
Source: Natural News
(NaturalNews) A top scientist and researcher for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had a key role in helping Dr. Brian Hooker of the Focus Autism Foundation uncover manipulated data from the agency that obscured a higher incidence of autism in African American boys.As... [...]
Thu, Aug 21, 2014
Source: Natural News
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Originally published by 9 News Allison Sylte August 20, 2014 Source article KUSA – A ballot measure aimed at labelling genetically modified food has gotten enough signatures to appear on the November ballot, Colorado Secretary of State Scott Gessler announced Wednesday. The initiative received 145.06 percent of the signatures necessary to make the ballot. Barring a successful protest, the initiative will be numbered Proposition 105, according to Gessler’s office. Ballot Proposition 105 would amend Colorado statutes to: -Require foods that are genetically modified or produced with genetic engineering to include the words “Produced With Genetic Engineering” on the label or container, with certain exceptions -Apply existing food mislabeling penalties in state law to a food manufacturer, distributor, or retailer for failing to comply with the labeling requirements -Prohibit a person from bringing legal action against a manufacturer, distributor, or retailer for failing to comply with the labeling requirements -Require the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment to develop regulations and oversee the labeling requirements. FDA rules already state that genetically engineered foods must meet the same safety requirements as other foods. For more information about Proposition 105, visit: http://bit.ly/1tqaXIf The post GMO labeling to appear on November ballot – Colorado (9 News) appeared first on GMO Inside. [...]
Wed, Aug 20, 2014
Source: GMO Inside
pesticide herbicide roundup 263x164 Main Ingredient in Monsanto’s RoundUp, Patented as an Antibiotic, Destroying GI Tract
A global threat? A slight nuisance? Whatever you decide to call it, the U.S. government gave Monsanto a patent for the main ingredient in toxic RoundUp, glyphosate, in 2010. It has been killing a wide range of pathogenic organisms (including the healthy bacteria we need to fight super bugs) even since it first came into use in 1974. Monsanto will tell you that: “Roundup® brand herbicides continue to be a perfect fit with the vision of sustainable agriculture and environmental protection. In fact, their use on Roundup Ready® crops has allowed farmers to conserve fuel, reduce tillage and decrease the overall amount of herbicides used.” These are all claims which have been proven to be untrue. So why would the company seek a patent for an herbicide to be used as an antibiotic? All the more important to ask is, why is this toxic ingredient allowed to be used when it has been proven again and again to allow toxic bacteria like clostridium to flourish? In 2013, the Chief Medical Officer for England, Dame ally Davies, announced that antibiotic-resistant diseases posed an ‘apocalyptic’ threat to the world. The CDC has even admitted (finally) that the age of antibiotics must come to an end as antibiotic-resistant bacteria begin to reign supreme over conventional treatments. Has Monsanto purposefully created a healthy bacteria killer? Dr. Don Huber, a preeminent GMO expert, has said: “Despite what the media and so-called “experts” proclaim, there are NO peer-reviewed scientific papers establishing the safety of GMO crops.” To be honest, not a single person has been able to establish that genetically engineered proteins (i.e. the foreign proteins produced by the genetically modified plant), or the chemicals we’re consuming in ever-growing quantities as a result of the genetic engineering process are safe. In fact, the facts point quite clearly in the opposite direction. Dr. Huber also explains that though glyphosate [...]
Wed, Aug 20, 2014
Source: Natural Society
marijuana cannabis plants 263x164 Marijuana Helps Reverse Womans Crohns Disease, Replaces Pharmaceuticals
As research and the desire for human rights continue to escalate, more and more states are allowing its citizens to utilizing the healing properties of marijuana. As far as rights go, anyone should have access to this plant. But let’s not forget how this vilified substance was able to rid cancer from people’s bodies and halt ‘untreatable’ seizures in children. Now, it’s time to hear how marijuana was able to help one woman overcome Crohn’s disease. A Little About Crohn’s Disease Crohn’s Disease is affecting more and more in North America, and its debilitating effects are usually underestimated. It’s beyond acid reflux, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), and even ulcerative colitis. Crohn’s sufferers often undergo a few or more operations and suffer through several different pharmaceuticals. And they still aren’t cured. Crohn’s manifests with many debilitating symptoms that are autoimmune diseases as well. This whole package is debilitating and can be lethal. Modern mainstream medicine (MMM) has no real solution. MMM “manages” Crohn’s with operations and pharmaceuticals with side effects. How Marijuana Helped One Woman Overcome A dramatic example is Shona Banda. She was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease around 2004. Shona underwent several surgeries and was put on several pharmaceuticals, but her condition worsened progressively until she was considered terminal. She was bedridden and whatever she managed to eat didn’t provide nutrition. She began suffering from cachexia, a wasting away that accompanies chronic disease. She was waiting to die. Then she discovered that marijuana may be the solution. Her viewing of Rick Simpson’s “Run from the Cure” video documentary inspired her until she realized she had no way to get enough marijuana plant to make the cannabis oil featured that had treated many of not only cancer, but several other maladies that were “uncurable” as well. She was inhaling small amounts of marijuana from a vaporizer to help [...]
Wed, Aug 20, 2014
Source: Natural Society
mom baby children toxin 263x164 Parents: Avoid These 5 Toxins for You and Your Childs Health
When it comes to raising children, it’s difficult to know which products are best and the most safe. One look at the ingredients on a bottle of baby wash or shampoo and your head will spin from the unpronounceable long list of names. Many self-care and home products are loaded with chemicals known as endocrine disruptors, components that can interfere with the body’s natural hormones and do lasting damage. Avoiding these chemicals should be a top priority, especially for the safety of small children. Endocrine disruptors, or EDCs, can increase or decrease the production of certain hormones, interfere with hormone signaling, bind to hormones, or imitate them. The Environmental Working Group has established a “Dirty Dozen” list of EDCs (which can be found here), but here are 5 that you’ll particularly want to be aware of in your baby’s products. 1. BPA Perhaps one of the most widely known EDCs, bisphenol-a (BPA) is found in plastic food containers and even receipts. A synthetic hormone which can imitate estrogen within the body, BPA has been linked to certain types of cancers, obesity, early puberty, and heart disease, and is found in 93% of Americans’ bodies. Here are 7 nasty effects of BPA. 2. Phthalates Phthalates can trigger cell death in testicular cells, bad news for boys. They’ve also been linked to hormone changes, birth defects, obesity, diabetes, lower sperm count, and decreased sperm health. They are largely found in plastic food containers, but can also be listed as “fragrance” in personal care items. Read: 5 Hidden Toxins Found in Baby Products 3. Perfluorinated Chemicals (PFCs) PFCs are used in the making of nonstick cookware. They are “completely resistant to biodegeneration” which means they’ll outlast you and I. They’ve been linked to decreased sperm health, kidney disease, low birth weight, and thyroid disorders. 4. Glycol Ethers Found in cleaning products and cosmetics, glycol ethers can [...]
Wed, Aug 20, 2014
Source: Natural Society
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There are some foods in our world that are powerful healers, with benefits we are only beginning to understand. Honey is one of those foods. Created through the toiling of one of our most precious resources—bees—this sweet liquid has the potential to be far more than an addition to your tea or toast; it may actually be a medical treatment even for cancer. The health benefits of honey are remarkable, as the substance holds antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal, and antibiotic properties. A recent review published in the journal Molecules tried to identify just how honey worked to ameliorate various types of cancer. As Sayer Ji at GreenMedInfo reports, the research indicated flavonoids and phenolic acids as the primary compounds in honey’s anti-cancer properties. Many of these flavonoids are phytoestrogens, meaning they bind easily to estrogen receptors, potentially increasing the positive influence they have on estrogen receptor-positive cancers. Further, some (but not all) honeys are able to target cancer cells selectively in “selective cytotoxicity”, where the cancer cells are killed, but nearby healthy cells are left alone. Honey’s anti-cancer properties have been under the microscope for years. Studies have linked it to positive results in various forms of cancer including liver, colorectal, prostate, bladder, endometrial, skin, cervical, lung, mouth, bone, and renal cell carcinoma. The Molecules review states: “Honey is a natural product that shows potential effects to inhibit or suppress the development and progression of tumor and cancer. Its antiproliferative, antitumor, antimetastic and anticancer effects are mediated via diverse mechanisms, including cell cycle arrest, activation of mitochondrial pathway, induction of mitochondrial outer membrane permeabilization, induction of apoptosis, modulation of oxidative stress, amelioration of inflammation, modulation of insulin signaling, and inhibition of angiogenesis in cancer cells. Honey is highly and selectively cytotoxic against tumor or cancer cells while it is non-cytotoxic to normal cells. It can inhibit cancerogenesis by modulating [...]
Wed, Aug 20, 2014
Source: Natural Society
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Green America and GMO Inside are pleased to announce our new Farmer-Grower Initiative. Through this new initiative, we are expanding collaboration with farmers, growers, and garden educators across the US to highlight and celebrate the work of our nation’s sustainable food producers. By amplifying the voice of the sustainable farming community, we aim to bridge the gap of communication between farmers, consumers, and policy makers. Stay tuned on the blog and our Facebook page for new farmer-grower profiles. Farmer Eric (left) and Farmer Connie (right) at the Baker Creek Spring Planting Festival, May 2014 We couldn’t be more excited to kick off our new Farmer-Grower Initiative with the help of Constance and Eric Payne from Chopping Block Farm. We first connected with Constance and Eric at the Baker Creek Spring Planting Festival in May 2014, and couldn’t wait to work with them on our inaugural Farmer Profile. They even gifted us two of their custom-made Chopping Block t-shirts! Read on to learn more about two of the coolest farmers around – and make sure to “like” the Chopping Block Facebook page. To check out their full website, click here. Introduce yourself! We are Constance and Eric Payne of Chopping Block Farm, GMO-free and AgriTrue Certified. We live in De Soto, Missouri, approximately 45 minutes south of St. Louis. Describe your farm and the sustainable practices you employ. The primary sustainable practices we employ on the farm are based on many common permaculture design principles and ethics. Through observation of our land and conditions, Farmer Eric was able to create and impose a landscape that maximizes natural and environmental input and minimizes human alteration. We employ Hugelkultur [raised garden beds created on woody debris like fallen branches or logs], swales [water-harvesting ditches] and water-catchment systems, no-till gardening, composting, natural fertilizer and diverse planting that allows symbiotic relationships between plants, insects and animals to thrive. When and [...]
Tue, Aug 19, 2014
Source: GMO Inside
grass gmo1 263x164 The GMO Lawn Engineered to Withstand Monsantos Toxic Pesticides
Are you ready for some Kentucky Bluegrass? Kentucky Bluegrass isn’t the name of a band touring the South, easing work-a-day blues with a little ditty, it’s the name of a toxic new GMO lawn grass being engineered by Scotts to withstand copious amounts of Monsanto’s vile RoundUp chemicals. If that’s not something to sing the blues about, then I don’t know what is. Monsanto and Scotts have teamed up to create genetically engineered lawn grass intended for both consumer and commercial use. If people actually start using this stuff, we may as well book B.B. King for some funeral performances in advance. Kentucky Bluegrass will be entirely unregulated, will not be labeled “GMO,” and because of the ease with which grass seed spreads, could in short order contaminate lawns, parks, golf courses, and pastures everywhere. Just when you thought fighting Monsanto on GMO corn, soy, sugar beets, and alfalfa was enough of a headache, now they want you and your dog to roll in a green carpet of glyphosate-tolerant grass. In one breath, biotech companies tell us they are trying to feed the world and grow crops which will be resistant to weeds. In their very next step to control the natural world, biotech suggests we all grow poisonous weeds. It starts to make you wonder if the people behind Monsanto, Bayer, Scotts, Syngenta, et al, aren’t just a hybrid themselves – a genetically mutated beast. The next time you head to the country club to play some golf or a park to walk your dog, you could be exposed to GMO grass without even knowing it. And who gave Scott’s and GMO permission to grow lawns everywhere with toxic GM grass? Our own United States Department of Agriculture in July of 2011 – no regulation required, whatsoever! By utilizing rules written in the 1950s that allowed [...]
Tue, Aug 19, 2014
Source: Natural Society
Facebook is forcing users to install a new app that allows it to access your phone camera and record audio, call and send messages without your permission, identify details about you and all your contacts, and send that info on to third parties. [...]
Sun, Aug 17, 2014
Source: Sum Of Us
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Joyce de Brevannes comes to the Non-GMO Project with decades of experience in marketing  and communications for both the non-profit and for profit sectors. She began her career in  the entertainment industry, working for  DreamWorks, Paramount and Warner Bros. Believing that she should be of service, she  began looking for jobs with purpose and served as Creative Director and Marketing/Communications Manager for two  non-profits; in addition, she started two businesses of her own. Joyce has always been a passionate advocate for food sustainability, accessibility and transparency issues. But it was her experience in Marketing and Community Outreach for Whole Foods Market that really brought her concerns regarding GMO issues to the forefront. In fact, she drove over 1,200 miles to join our team in Bellingham! Joyce is incredibly excited to begin her work with the Non-GMO Project. Her new role will encompass building upon existing programs, retailer relations, consumer outreach and expanding awareness of the Project’s mission. In her spare time, you will find Joyce hiking, biking, exploring farmer’s markets and finding any excuse to hang out with dogs. What interests you about working with the Non-GMO Project, and what about this opportunity caught your attention? I’ve been blogging about food issues since 2004 and deeply believe that food should be just that … food. The Non-GMO Project is the preeminent verification program and one that has helped customers navigate store aisles and make informed choices for themselves and their families. I’ve not only seen it firsthand in stores, but in the many conversations I have had in communities. It’s an exciting time in the food sector as more people are becoming engaged and looking at where their food comes from and the impact it has on their health. The Non-GMO Project is an industry leader in this conversation, and it has become [...]
Fri, Aug 15, 2014
Source: Non GMO
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Hello, GMO Insiders!  It’s August, the last month before the summer says goodbye. We’re not ready to part ways just yet. No better way to send off these hot months than indulging in some delicious treats! 1. Mate Cranberry Raspberry Cooler - Guayki Brand Yerba Mate This tart and tangy drink is quick to whip up! Please use organic and non-GMO ingredients whenever possible! Ingredients: 1 cup brewed Traditional yerba mate 2 tbsp honey (or agave)  Ice  2 raspberries  1/2 cup cranberry juice (if using unsweetened juice, add a bit more honey) Lemon or Lime Zest Preparation: Brew the mate. Add honey, cranberry juice and stir until honey dissolves. Add ice and raspberries. Garnish with citrus zest.   2. Melted Ice Cream Cake - Coconut Bliss This vegan cake will make your mouth water! Please use organic and non-GMO ingredients whenever possible! Cake ingredients: 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour 1 cup organic cane sugar 2 tsp baking powder 1-1/2 tsp Ener-G Egg Replacer 1 pint melted Coconut Bliss Ice Cream (I chose Dark Chocolate. You choose whatever you like!) **If you have a vegan cake mix you like, go for it, and just add the melted Coconut Bliss. **This makes a very short bundt cake. It doesn’t rise much. Feel free to expand the recipe for a different sized cake. Icing ingredients: 1-1/3 cup sifted organic powdered sugar 2 tbsp Nutiva Buttery Spread 1-1/2 tsp vanilla extract 2 tbsp organic non-dairy milk **This makes enough to drip it over the bundt cake, but not totally cover it. Preparation: Make sure your Coconut Bliss is melting. Prep your bundt pan. Preheat the oven to 350. Sift the flour into a large mixing bowl. Add the other dry ingredients and stir. Add the melted Coconut Bliss, and mix well (it will be very thick). Spoon mixture into the pan, and use the back of the spoon to smooth it out. Bake for 40 minutes, or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean. Rest in pan on cooling rack until the pan is cool to the touch, then invert [...]
Fri, Aug 15, 2014
Source: GMO Inside
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Originally published by Environmental Working Group Thursday, August 14, 2014 By Mary Ellen Kustin, Senior Policy Analyst and Soren Rundquist, Landscape and Remote Sensing Analyst Source article EWG has determined that 487 elementary schools across America are within 200 feet of a corn or soybean field. This finding is alarming because young children are especially vulnerable to the toxic herbicide 2,4-D in Dow AgroSciences’ Enlist DuoTM, a weed killer mixture that is awaiting governmental approval for widespread use on new varieties of genetically engineered corn and soybeans. Last week (Aug. 6), the U.S. Department of Agriculture took a step towards permitting corn and soybean seeds genetically modified to tolerate 2,4-D and glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto’s best-selling weed killer, Roundup. Exposure to 2,4-D has been linked to Parkinson’s disease, non-Hodgkin lymphoma and reproductive and immune system problems. EWG’s analysis of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s flawed risk assessment of Enlist DuoTM would pose significant health risks for children 12 and under. In fact, young children of farm families already using relatively small amounts of 2,4-D on their fields test positive for higher levels of 2,4-D in their bodies than older children, according to a University of Minnesota study. EWG’s most recent analysis – available through the interactive map below – found 3,247 elementary schools located within 1,000 feet of a corn or soybean field that could be sprayed with 2,4-D, and 487 within 200 feet. Click here to see the district map | Click here to see the county map In its application to the EPA, Dow claims that Enlist Duo would not drift more than 202 feet if applied properly, but the EPA notes in its risk assessment that other formulations of 2,4-D have drifted more than 1,000 feet. The 10 states with the most elementary schools within 200 feet of cropland growing corn or soybeans [...]
Thu, Aug 14, 2014
Source: GMO Inside
24 workers at a key iPhone supplier were fired for refusing to work public holidays. You can tell Apple to step in and right this wrong. [...]
Wed, Aug 13, 2014
Source: Sum Of Us
Originally published by The New York Times by MICHAEL WINESAUG. August 11, 2014 Source article Scott Harper, the weed expert at Harper Brothers Farms in Indiana, inspected a soybean field for invasive, herbicide-resistant weeds known as palmers. Credit Daniel Acker for The New York Times WHEATFIELD, Ind. — The Terminator — that relentless, seemingly indestructible villain of the 1980s action movie — is back. And he is living amid the soybeans at Harper Brothers Farms. About 100 miles northwest of Indianapolis, amid 8,000 lush acres farmed by Dave Harper, his brother Mike and their sons, the Arnold Schwarzenegger of weeds refuses to die. Three growing seasons after surfacing in a single field, it is a daily presence in a quarter of the Harper spread and has a foothold in a third more. Its oval leaves and spindly seed heads blanket roadsides and jut above orderly soybean rows like skyscrapers poking through cloud banks. It shrugs off extreme drought and heat. At up to six inches in diameter, its stalk is thick enough to damage farm equipment. “You swear that you killed it,” said Scott Harper, Dave Harper’s son and the farm’s 28-year-old resident weed expert. “And then it gets a little green on it, and it comes right back.” Botanists call the weed palmer amaranth. But perhaps the most fitting, if less known, name is carelessweed. In barely a decade, it has devastated Southern cotton farms and is poised to wreak havoc in the Midwest — all because farmers got careless. Photo Mr. Harper uprooted a palmer by hand, the last resort in fighting the weed. Each plant can produce up to 200,000 seeds in an average field. Credit Daniel Acker for The New York Times Palmer, as farmers nicknamed it, is the most notorious of a growing number of weeds that are immune to [...]
Wed, Aug 13, 2014
Source: GMO Inside
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Orchard Valley Harvest has announced that all of their products are now Non-GMO Project Verified – ensuring healthier snacking and baking options for consumers. In addition to providing consumers with quality products containing no artificial ingredients, Orchard Valley Harvest is taking steps to provide transparent information on the ingredients used in its products. The company is updating its packaging to include the Non-GMO Project Verified seal, as well as its commitment to no artificial ingredients. “We have always been committed to providing consumers with good tasting closer to the earth products,” said Howard Brandeisky, Senior Vice President, Global Marketing and Customer Solutions at John B. Sanfilippo & Son, Inc., the manufacturer and distributor of Orchard Valley Harvest products. “The new Non-GMO Project verification allows us to provide information to help consumers make informed decisions when shopping for snacking and baking products.” A brand dedicated to offering products with great quality and taste, Orchard Valley Harvest starts with ingredients that are pure and simple. The nuts used are picked at their peak, minimally processed and have no artificial colors, flavors or preservatives. Orchard Valley Harvest products can be found in the produce section of retail stores among fruits, vegetables and other products that help promote a healthier lifestyle. For additional information, visit www.orchardvalleyharvest.com. About John B. Sanfilippo & Son, Inc.  John B. Sanfilippo & Son, Inc., (NASDAQ: JBSS), founded in 1922, is a leading processor, marketer and distributor of baking nuts, snack nuts and nut-based products that are sold in multiple distribution channels. Our products can be found under the Fisher Nuts, Orchard Valley Harvest and Sunshine Country brand names and a variety of private brands. *** Media Contact Riva Budowsky Blue Chip Marketing 847-418-8091 rbudowsky@bluechipww.com [...]
Tue, Aug 12, 2014
Source: Non GMO
A piping hot double double and a bag of Timbits has got most of us through school exams, 5am hockey practice, and countless other small and large moments in our lives. But now those same doughnuts are pushing orangutans, Sumatran tigers, and countless other species to the brink of extinction. [...]
Mon, Aug 11, 2014
Source: Sum Of Us
ExxonMobil is lobbying the German government start fracking in Germany. [...]
Mon, Aug 11, 2014
Source: Sum Of Us
First poachers and now, coal? Over 1,000 rhino were killed for their horn in 2013. Poachers have killed nearly 500 rhino in South Africa in 2014 alone. Plans for an open cast coal mine on the border of South Africa's Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park are controversial. The park is home to the largest population of the white rhino in the world. For mine developers, it's about jobs and economic development. But mine opponents are concerned about worsening air and water quality and increased poaching and crime. Jeff Barbee reports from South Africa. [...]
Fri, Aug 08, 2014
Source: Earth Healing
The promise of jobs from a proposed uranium mill has an economically devastated mining community in Colorado hopeful for the first time in decades. When environmentalists step in to stop the mill, pro-mill advocates are enraged. A debate ensues, pitting jobs against health and the environment. Uranium Drive In, a new film by Suzan Beraza, looks at who decides the future of rural America. [...]
Thu, Aug 07, 2014
Source: Earth Healing
It may be considered a heresy for a Republican member of Congress to say climate change is real and that we should do something about it. But that's what Bob Ingliss (R-SC) did. He was a member of the House Science Committee and a Ranking Member of the Energy and Environment Subcommittee. Since leaving Congress in 2011, he devoted himself to convincing conservatives to support a revenue neutral carbon tax. He also founded the Energy and Enterprise Initiative. He explains what factors helped shape his views on climate change. Excerpts from his keynote address to the Citizens Climate Lobby, June 23, 2014. Washington, DC. [...]
Wed, Aug 06, 2014
Source: Earth Healing
Public Demand for Non-GMO Choices Drives Growth in Program Administration With more than 20,000 Non-GMO Project Verified products representing well over $7 Billion in annual sales, demand for the iconic butterfly label continues to surpass projections. In response, the Non-GMO Project has trained additional certification bodies to serve as Technical Administrators for its Product Verification Program. The role of Technical Administrators is to oversee the verification process and to issue evaluation decisions based on a product’s compliance with the Non-GMO Project Standard. This is comparable to the role organic certifiers play in overseeing the National Organic Program. “We currently have more than 2,200 participating brands, and are receiving an average of 70-80 new verification inquiries every week,” says Megan Westgate, Executive Director of the Non-GMO Project. “By offering multiple technical service providers for verification, we’re ensuring that every company seeking Non-GMO Project Verification has options and gets the support they need.” The Non-GMO Project’s original Technical Administrator was FoodChain ID. FoodChain is part of the Global ID Group, an international company with unsurpassed expertise gained from over 20 years of offering non-GMO verification and testing services. In addition to FoodChain, the Project is steadily onboarding new certifiers to administrate its program. The first new certification body to complete the training process was NSF International, a global public health organization with 70 years of food certification and auditing expertise and a network of hundreds of expert auditors worldwide. Companies can now choose to work with either FoodChain or NSF in order to achieve Non-GMO Project Verification. In addition, Where Food Comes From is currently in a pilot program for livestock product verification, and the company is on track to be fully operational by later this year. Where Food Comes From houses the expertise of both International Certification Services (ICS) and IMI Global, a leading verifier for the [...]
Tue, Aug 05, 2014
Source: Non GMO
(Earth Focus: Episode 66) Oceans support life, yet they are overfished, polluted, and, with global climate change, are becoming increasingly acidic. The XPrize Ocean Initiative seeks to solve some of these critical threats by bringing in teams from around the world for high-profile competitions to find the best new technologies and stimulate investment in research and development. After the massive Deepwater Horizon spill in the Gulf of Mexico, the Wendy Schmidt Oil Clean up XCHALLENGE in 2011 awarded $1.4 million to a team that demonstrated an oil recovery cleanup rate four times greater than the industry's previous best recovery rate. A second $2 million Wendy Schmidt Ocean Health XPRIZE is spurring innovators to develop accurate and affordable pH sensors to deepen our understanding of ocean acidification, which threatens the growth of shellfish and coral reefs. [...]
Tue, Aug 05, 2014
Source: Earth Healing
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Hemp Oil Canada (HOCI) is proud to announce that many of their products have received Verification by the Non-GMO Project. This official Non-GMO Project Verified label allows manufacturers, bulk wholesalers, distributors and businesses to purchase hemp foods and ingredients with confidence in avoiding GMOs. As of today, Hemp Oil Canada’s (HOCI) products that have received Non-GMO Project Verified status include: Hemp Seed Oil Hulled Hemp Seed Milled Hemp Hulls Organic Hemp Seed Oil Organic Hulled Hemp Seed Organic Sterilized Hemp Seeds Roasted Hemp Coffee Sterilized Hemp Seeds Hemp Oil Canada’s organic and natural hemp foods and ingredients join the more than 20,000 products verified by the Non-GMO Project since 2010.  More products are to receive verification in the next few months and can also be found listed on the Non-GMO Project online directory. Barry Tomiski, Hemp Oil Canada’s COO, explains that the company shares the Non-GMO Project’s conviction that consumers deserve to know exactly what is in their food. GMOs have not been proven safe for human consumption. Some GMO crops have been modified to withstand large doses of pesticides, which are harmful to the environment and humans. Consumers who are concerned with social justice issues also have objections to the business practices of some companies who produce GMOs. More than 60 countries worldwide have banned or restricted the use of GMOs. The United States has no such restrictions. GMOs are now present in 80% of America’s conventional processed food, so consumers who want to avoid GMOs must rely on independent verification from the Non-GMO Project. The Non-GMO Project offers North America’s ONLY independent verification for products made according to rigorous best practices for GMO (genetically modified organisms) avoidance. Their verification proves that Hemp Oil Canada’s Verified products are produced in compliance with the Non-GMO Project Standard—that means ongoing testing of all GMO risk ingredients, facility inspections and an annual audit to ensure we’re meeting the highest [...]
Tue, Aug 05, 2014
Source: Non GMO
While fans around the world mourn the tragic death of Robin Williams, Fox News has come out and called the comic genius a “coward” for his apparent suicide. [...]
Tue, Aug 05, 2014
Source: Sum Of Us
Nadamoo
Austin-based NadaMoo! coconut milk ice cream is now officially Non-GMO Project Verified, meaning that products are in compliance with the Non-GMO Project Standard. Since the inception of the Non-GMO Project, this verification has been a priority for the company, as NadaMoo! was founded with a mission to make the world happier and healthier, one scoop at a time. NadaMoo! ensures a better product by using organic, kosher, Fair Trade Certified and gluten-free ingredients whenever possible in support of a fair, sustainable and non-GMO food chain. “Becoming Non-GMO Project Verified is a trustworthy and rigorous process, but worth it for our consumers’ health,” said NadaMoo! CEO Daniel Nicholson. “With GMOs now present in more than 80 percent of conventionally processed foods, we at NadaMoo! feel that consumers should be informed when buying products for themselves and their family. We are proud to carry the Non-GMO Project Verification on our products.” Seven delicious NadaMoo! coconut milk ice cream flavors are now Non-GMO Project Verified, including Lotta Mint Chip, Gotta Do Chocolate, Vanilla…ahhh!, mmm…Maple Pecan, Creamy Coconut, Chocolate Almond Chip and Java Crunch. The newest NadaMoo! flavors, Vanilla Cha Cha Chai, Bananas for PB & Chocolate and Sweet Cherry Lime are in the process of Non-GMO Project Verification. NadaMoo! is available across the United States, Western Canada, and in Mexico at select Whole Foods Markets, Vitamin Cottage/Natural Grocers, H-E-B,  Albertson’s and other natural, conventional, specialty and co-op grocery stores. To find NadaMoo! in your area, visit www.nadamoo.com. ABOUT NADAMOO! NadaMoo! is a dairy-free, zero cholesterol, gluten-free, lower calorie and lower carb coconut milk ice cream. Established in Austin, Texas in 2004, NadaMoo! was founded with a mission to make the world happier and healthier, one scoop at a time. Since NadaMoo! is made with the cream of the coconut, each pint retains the same saturated-fat mouth-feel of ice cream [...]
Tue, Jul 29, 2014
Source: Non GMO
Is climate change igniting turmoil around the world? Is it contributing to unrest in the Middle East and North Africa? Will it affect our capacity to respond to crises at home? Rear Admiral (Ret.) David W. Titley speaks to Earth Focus about how climate change impacts national security. Dr. Titley served as Commander, Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command and as Oceanographer and Navigator of the Navy. He initiated and led the U.S. Navy's Task Force on Climate Change. He is presently Director of the Center for Solutions to Weather and Climate Risk at Penn State University. [...]
Mon, Jul 14, 2014
Source: Earth Healing

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