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Posted By: FoodDemocracyNo... on Apr 18th, 2017

 

What is the best way that you yourself can help to implement real change in your community and the world? Do you ever ask yourself that question? I truly believe that opting out of the structures that do not serve humanity is one of the best ways to go about this. If something does not resonate with you, or does not serve the planet or the beings dwelling on it, then simply don’t buy into it.


Posted By: FoodDemocracyNo... on Apr 13th, 2017

Results of a new animal study into possible health risks of the weedkiller glyphosate will be published in time to inform a key EU re-licensing vote due by the end of 2017, according to the researcher leading the trial.

 

A row over possible effects of glyphosate - an ingredient in Monsanto's big-selling herbicide Roundup - has prompted investigations by congressional committees in the United States and forced a delay in Europe to a decision on whether it should be banned or re-licensed for sale.

 

 
Posted By: FoodDemocracyNo... on Apr 13th, 2017

 

Of the many pesticides that American farmers have embraced in their war on bugs, neonicotinoids are among the most popular. One of them, called imidacloprid, is among the world’s best-selling insecticides, boasting sales of over $1 billion a year. But with their widespread use comes a notorious reputation — that neonics, as they are nicknamed, are a bee killer. A 2016 study suggested a link between neonicotinoid use and local pollinator extinctions, though other agricultural researchers contested the pesticides' bad rap.


Posted By: FoodDemocracyNo... on Apr 12th, 2017

Unprecedented coral bleaching in consecutive years has damaged two-thirds of Australia's Great Barrier Reef, aerial surveys have shown.

 

The bleaching - or loss of algae - affects a 1,500km (900 miles) stretch of the reef, according to scientists.

 

The latest damage is concentrated in the middle section, whereas last year's bleaching hit mainly the north.

 

 

Posted By: FoodDemocracyNo... on Apr 12th, 2017

To see the worst of the coal slump in Colorado, look no further than the state’s North Fork Valley. Since 2013, two out of three mines have closed around Paonia. The region has seen a large exodus of miners and their families as the number of mine-related  jobs dropped from 950 in January 2010 to just 220 in January 2017.

 

Workers at the last mine standing in the region, West Elk, met President Donald Trump’s executive order with cautious optimism. But travel to the west central Colorado region, it’s clear that the area isn’t banking on coal coming back to what it used to be. And the decline is clear. It’s meant a few empty storefronts in Paonia, a drop in Delta County School District students, and fewer fully ensured health care patients in the region.

 

 


Posted By: FoodDemocracyNo... on Apr 12th, 2017

Environmental groups have filed a complaint against the US government over its support of a pesticide linked to brain damage in children, one week after Donald Trump’s administration rejected federally backed science and reversed an Obama-era policy.

 

The Pesticide Action Network and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) filed the case against the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Wednesday, seeking to force the government to follow through with the Obama administration’s recommendations to ban an insecticide widely used in agriculture.

 

 
Posted By: FoodDemocracyNo... on Apr 05th, 2017

 

Children’s Environmental Health Network (CEHN) announced Tuesday new evidence highlighting growing concern over sharply rising herbicide use and risks to pregnant women and children living in the rural Midwest.

 

One ongoing study of pregnant women in an Indiana obstetric practice has found glyphosate (aka Roundup) in the urine of over 90% of test subjects so far. The study will be peer-reviewed and published later in 2017. The lead scientist of the study, Dr. Paul Winchester, stated; “In our study, which is ongoing, mothers with relatively higher levels of glyphosate were more likely to have shorter pregnancies and deliver babies with lower birth-weight, outcomes that everyone should be concerned about.”

 

 

Posted By: FoodDemocracyNo... on Apr 05th, 2017

If genetically-modified and chemically-laden produce can cause adverse health effects in adults, imagine what it can do to an infant. Yet, many people who will buy their own organic produce also reach for conventional baby food when shopping for their little ones. Thankfully, making your own organic baby food is simple and can be quite enjoyable.

 

To make the best organic baby food, you will need to start with the best ingredients. If you can, grow it yourself. But if not, be sure to purchase the right produce. Buy local, organic produce whenever possible in order to maximize the nutritional benefits and freshness.

 

 
Posted By: FoodDemocracyNo... on Apr 05th, 2017

Dan Fazio says his phone is "ringing off the hook" these days.

 

He's executive director of WAFLA, an organization that helps fruit growers in Washington state find workers — and specifically, foreign workers who are allowed to enter the U.S. specifically as seasonal workers on farms.

 

WAFLA takes care of the bureaucratic details. It applies for permission from the Department of Labor to bring in workers for specific jobs. It certifies that it has looked for U.S. citizens to do these jobs and can't find them. Then it locates people in places like Mexico, or Central America. These "guest workers" get a special visa, called an H-2A visa, that lets them stay in the country temporarily, usually for no more than 10 months. WAFLA brings them by bus to the fields and orchards of Washington.

 

 

Posted By: FoodDemocracyNo... on Apr 05th, 2017

Deaths from correctly taken prescription drugs number above 100,000 every year, which is just one of the main reasons why the popularity of natural medicine has surged lately.

 

But even as Americans’ attitudes about medicine have begun to change and realign with the classic Hippocrates mantra of “First, Do No Harm…” our doctors haven’t quite gotten the message.

Posted By: FoodDemocracyNo... on Apr 04th, 2017

 

Concerns about the world’s most widely used herbicide are taking a new twist as researchers unveil data that indicates pervasive use of Monsanto Co.’s weed killer could be linked to pregnancy problems.

 

Researchers looking at exposure to the herbicide known as glyphosate, the key ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup branded herbicides, said they tested and tracked 69 expectant mothers and found that the presence of glyphosate levels in their bodily fluids correlated with unfavorable birth outcomes. The research is still in preliminary stages and the sample size is small, but the team is scheduled to present their findings on Thursday at a conference put on by the Children’s Environmental Health Network (CEHN) in Washington, D.C.

 

 

Posted By: FoodDemocracyNo... on Apr 04th, 2017

When White Oak Pastures in Bluffton, Georgia, made the transition from an industrialized agricultural facility to a regenerative farm, the benefits were felt throughout the town. In his new film, director Peter Byck introduces viewers to Will Harris, the owner of White Oak Pastures, whose journey could inspire a revolution across the global agricultural industry.

 

“I used to consider what I did to be a simple business,” Harris said in the film. “I had nothing but cattle, dogs and horses to work the cattle, and cowboys to work the dogs and horses. We raised the cows, fed corn to the cows, and sold the cows.”

 

As a “full-time commodity cowboy,” Harris was only concerned with his bottom line. However, the town around him was crumbling. With the centralization of industrial agriculture, Harris said, small, rural towns just weren’t needed anymore. And with economic reason to stay, people left Bluffton to pursue better jobs elsewhere.

Posted By: FoodDemocracyNo... on Apr 04th, 2017

The land undulates upwards into gentle hills, cradling nooks of fertile terraces growing sweetcorn, sunflowers and tomatoes, before rolling down into tranquil lakes. It looks like a natural Edenic paradise on earth. But 20 years ago this land was arid and barren, and farming was a struggle.

 

The land is called Tamera, the name given to these 330 acres in southern Portugal by a community of 30 people who moved here from Germany in 1995. Today, 200 people from all over the world live here. Through simple practices of digging swales (ditches) and creating water retention spaces, Tamera’s ecology experts have transformed an area on the brink of desertification – and say they can do the same anywhere in the world.

 

 


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