Dow Crop Chemical Labeled “Possibly Carcinogenic to Humans” | EWG

… states. The other herbicide in Enlist Duo is glyphosate, which the international cancer agency had previously classified as “probably carcinogenic.” Exposure to both chemicals has separately been linked to non-Hodgkin lymphoma. When the EPA approved Enlist Duo for use on GMO crops, the agency did not consider the effects the two harmful defoliants may have on human health when mixed together. Like glyphosate, 2,4-D has been linked to other human health dangers as well. Exposure to 2,4-D has …

India’s Independent Farmers Embrace Organic | Al Jazeera America

… technologies and irrigation systems, this fertile northern Indian state quickly became the seat of the country’s agricultural revolution in the 1970s and 1980s. And farmers like Singh, now a vibrant 69-year-old with a snow white beard, started to see their harvests multiply. But alongside this burst of prosperity came the harrowing side effects of pouring chemicals into the ground: People’s health deteriorated rapidly, as did water and soil quality, and neither the government nor consumers …

Choose smart & organic – Focus Health – Susie Ponici

… Genetically modified foods have also generated much alarm in many sectors of the health industry. Scientists, doctors, and health educators have long cautioned the public about the injurious effects of GM crops on the health of animals and humans. As it stands now, we have about a 70-75% chance of picking a product with GMO ingredients without even realizing it! To date, the biggest GM crops are soybeans and corn, from which thousands of processed foods are made. While washing and rinsing may …

Which fruits, vegetables are most likely to be exposed to pesticides? – WTOP

… Sustainability Center, said in a news release. “We just don’t know enough about the health effects.” Studies have linked long-term pesticide exposure to increased risk of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease, prostate, ovarian and other cancers, as well as depression and respiratory problems, Consumer Reports says. The analysis is based on the risk to a 3 1/2-year-old child because kids are especially vulnerable to the dietary risk from pesticides. The risk to adults would be lower, …

Beware of the Corporate GMO Spin Doctors | Food & Water Watch

… effects on our health and our planet are still unknown; they promote the use of dangerous chemicals, and they pose a significant threat to organic agriculture. What’s more, consumers should absolutely get to decide whether the food they are buying carries these unknown risks or supports this system; GMO foods must be labeled. Corporations and their hired guns love confusing people about the science behind their questionable products to help shape favorable public opinion (in the case of GMOs, …

Tribute: The Man Who Linked Climate Change To Global Health : Goats and Soda : NPR

… effects of climate change. As we look back on the people we lost in 2014, McMichael stands out as a pioneer and prophet. One of his prime motivators was a sense of social justice. Before going to medical school, McMichael spent a summer volunteering at a leper colony in India. Then he trained in Australia as a physician and epidemiologist. He made a name for himself early on by defining the effects of lead on children and establishing some of the basic rules of epidemiology. via Tribute: The Man …

Groundbreaking biofuel project brings new life to Cornish mine | Environment | The Guardian

… solution to a significant environmental problem,” said Dr Chris Chuck from the University of Bath’s Centre for Sustainable Chemical Technologies. “We’re putting contaminated water in and taking out valuable metals, clean water and producing fuel.” The Wheal Jane mine, near Truro, closed in 1992. But the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs is still spending £2m a year on cleaning it up and combating its polluting effects. The project to clean up its acidic water using …