SC Johnson Raises the Bar, Encouraging Environmentalists

Mos consumers have little to no idea what’s in the cleaning products they use.

SC Johnson – maker of Windex, Pine Sol, Shout and a variety other products – plans to disclose their complete ingredient list on their cleaning and air care products, something the industry has balked at doing.

The key industry hold-out for disclosure has been the fragrance industry, citing propietary confidentiality as the chief reason for their reluctance.

Eric Thompson Switaski of Women’s Voices for the Earth said “SC Johnson just raised the bar for the entire cleaning products industry.”

SC Johnson also announced it has told fragrance suppliers to discontinue use of phthalates, a controversial chemical. SCJ currently uses a phthalate called DEP in their cleaning and air freshener products. Environmental groupsincluding the NRDC applaud this change.

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Study Shows Genetically Modified (GMO) Cotton Kills Soil

 

Monsanto GMO cotton shown to kill soil

Monsanto GMO cotton shown to kill soil

A study conducted in India has shown that Monsanto’s Bt-cotton causes soil to die.

The study, reported the Organic Consumers Association, reveals that fields planted with Monsanto’s genetically modified (GM) cotton, over three years showed soil micro-organisms – responsible for healthy, nutrient-rich soil -were dramatically reduced in Monsanto cotton fields.

The Institute for Science in Society stated “At this rate,  a decade of planting GM cotton, or any GM product with Bt genes in it, could lead to total destruction of soil organisms, leaving dead soil unable to produce food.”

Another serious concern noted by the study, the regions of Nagpur, Amravati and Wardha of Vidharbha which contains the highest GMO plantings in India, this region also accounts for the highest level of farmer suicides in India (4,000 per year).

Whether a direct collelation or not, this figure is of grave concern.

The government of India is nevertheless pushing to give approval to Bt Binghal, a GM cotton strain without including Bio safety studies on soil organisms. The European Union (EU) is working to pressure non-GMO countries to introduce another strain, Mon 810.

This study is the first to consider the long-term impact of Bt cotton on soil and should be a wake-up call to countries around the globe.

It also shows that the claims of the benefits and safety of GM products are clearly untrue.