Posted on February 29, 2016 by Envirothink
Glyphosate is all over the news. The World Health Organization declared it a likely carcinogen yet the U.S. EPA continues to drag its feet adding it to the list of chemicals banned for use.
For those who don’t know or aren’t sure, glyphosate is the key ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide. It’s also found in 750 or more other products in the U.S. Tests have shown that people in 18 countries across Europe have glyphosate in their bodies. Another study revealed that the chemical has estrogenic properties and drives breast cancer proliferation in the parts-per-trillion range. And in February 2012, a shocking study published by the journal Archives of Toxicology showed that Roundup is toxic to human DNA even when diluted to concentrations 450-fold lower than used in agricultural applications.
Filed under: Health concerns | Tagged: A Curious Harvest, educated consumer, EPA, glyphosate, herbicide, Maximus Thaler, Monsanto, Roundup, toxic, U.C. Berkeley, World Health Organization | Leave a comment »
Posted on February 25, 2016 by Envirothink
Consumers should be concerned that the toxic chemical glyphosate, shown here being sprayed on crops, is being found in places we really don’t want it to be
The push to get glyphosate – – a key ingredient in Monsanto’s cash cow RoundUp – banned by the U.S. EPA as a highly toxic pesticide continues. Even more of a concern to consumers is the fact that traces of glyphosate are showing up in a lot of things Americans use every day.
Filed under: Food Safety | Tagged: carcinogen, endocrine disruptors, EPA, German Brewers’ Association, glyphosate, herbicide, Monsanto, Munich Environmental Institute, obesity, pesticide, Roundup, toxic, toxic chemicals, World Health Organization | Leave a comment »
Posted on February 18, 2016 by Envirothink
Photo courtesy of Recology
The world’s soil has lost up to 80 percent of its carbon – runaway fossil fuel use, rampant deforestation and modern industrial agricultural practices that depend on widespread pesticide use are responsible for that.
That carbon, now CO2 in our atmosphere, is growing at an alarming rate. Governments are beginning to recognize that climate change due to increased greenhouse gases in our atmosphere is a reality.
To learn what Recology, a San Francisco Bay area composting facility, is doing about this and the international attention its innovative methods have attracted, click here to read the full article.
Filed under: composting | Tagged: carbon, climate change, CO2, composting, fossil fuel, greenhouse gases, innovative, pesticides, Recology | Leave a comment »
Posted on February 8, 2016 by Envirothink
Poor soil quality could mean only 100 more harvests in the UK
The idea of food scarcity just got a little more real in the United Kingdom. New research released by The Soil Association states that with continued soil loss and degradation, farmers in the UK may only have 100 more harvests left.
Filed under: composting | Tagged: carbon density, climate change, compost, mulching, organic farming, Recology, soil degradation, soil health | Leave a comment »
Posted on February 2, 2016 by Envirothink
Score another one for consumers Another large food manufacturer is paying attention to what we want.
Hellman’s parent company Unilever announced today it was adding 2 new non-GMO products to its line. They are Hellmann’s Organic Mayonaise and Hellmann’s “Carefully Crafted” egg-free dressing and sandwich spread. This comes after the introduction of Hellmann’s non-GMO olive oil mayonnaise last year.
Filed under: GMOs | Tagged: Campbell's, genetically engineered, GMO ingredients, Green America, Hellmann's, mandatory GMO labeling, non-GMO, non-GMO products, organic products, Unilever | Leave a comment »
Posted on February 1, 2016 by Envirothink
The difference between “regular” salmon and larger, genetically engineered “Frankenfish” is apparent
Just two months after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved genetically engineered salmon for human consumption, it appears that it’s taken a step backward – though perhaps this is actually a step forward for consumers. This past Friday, the FDA issued a ban on the import and sale of AquAdvantage salmon, produced by Massachusetts-based AquaBounty, until the agency can publish guidelines for how it should be labeled.
Filed under: GMOs | Tagged: AquaBounty salmon, AquAdvantage salmon, FDA, GE Salmon, genetically engineered, mandatory labeling, Senator Lisa Murkowsk, US Food and Drug Administration | Leave a comment »