Scientists condemn FDA's 'disingenuous' findings on BPA, say, 'It borders on scientific misconduct'

Posted: March 24, 2014



(http://www.motherjones.com)If you were confused by a recent report put out by the Food and Drug Administration which claimed "that BPA is safe as currently used," then you have every reason to be, as a group of scientists say that the study not only was misleading but also "borders on scientific misconduct."

One major problem with the study is that the lab where the research rats were housed was contaminated, so all the animals, including those in what would have been the control group, were exposed to bisphenol-A (BPA). The FDA claimed that this had no effect on the outcome but decided to hide that detail near the bottom of the paper, which also omitted key information, such as some dramatic effects seen in the same group of animals.

"If your controls are contaminated, you've got a failed experiment and the data should be discarded," said Gail S. Prins, a professor of physiology at the University of Illinois at Chicago, referring to what the FDA should know is basic science. "I'm baffled that any journal would even publish this."

"The way the FDA presented its findings is so disingenuous," said one scientist who works closely with the agency, as reported by Mother Jones. "It borders on scientific misconduct."

Professor Prins is working on a taxpayer-funded project, CLARITY-BPA, whose purpose is to find the most effective methods for assessing the effects of BPA and to ensure that they shape government policy. "The FDA is essentially preempting our findings," he said. "Right now, people are being told that BPA is harmless. As the CLARITY data trickles out over the next few years, the public is just going to be confused."

Contrary to the FDA's findings, around 1,000 published studies have shown harmful health effects resulting from exposure to BPA, even at low levels, including cancer, diabetes, obesity and endocrine disruption.

Be sure to visit Mother Jones to read Mariah Blake's full report on this issue.


Dr. Suzanne Humphries talks about the dangers and deception of the vaccine industry

Posted: March 21, 2014

Suzanne Humphries, M.D., a nephrologist who has spent the past three years extensively studying vaccines, and she has come to the conclusion that vaccines "have never been safe."

"Never has there been a safe vaccine," Humphries said in a video interview with Gary Null's Progressive Radio Network. "Never will there be a safe vaccine, and it is not possible to have a safe vaccine."

"The reasoning for that is that the actual process of vaccination defies the natural function of the immune system of living beings," she continues. "It thwarts the immune system into a balance that's very unnatural and that leaves it susceptible to more things than just what you may be vaccinated, supposedly, for. Putting a disease matter into a body and thinking that the manner in which it's going in -- i.e., usually through a muscle through the skin using a very unnatural thing, a needle, combined with all the chemicals and antibiotics and things that the manufacturing companies may not even know about at the time that they're being injected, into a muscle -- there's no possible way that that could be safe."

"Now, when you're bypassing the normal immune system by putting this disease matter into a muscle, you are stimulating yet another abnormal response at the site of the injection, pulling of all sorts of metals and things that call in the immune cells in this very unnatural way." And all of this is just to produce an antibody, one small factor in the cascade of natural immunity whose elegance escapes vaccine manufacturers.

One of the main arguments used by the vaccine industry, Humphries says, is "that we're just too stupid to notice how miraculous" vaccines are, despite the fact that they maim and kill people, so they should enforce public vaccination in order to "protect everybody." If vaccines saved lives, people would be lining up out of town to get them, but that has never been the case.

"History books really show that the people that were vaccinated were among the sickest, that many children were dying after smallpox vaccinations, that they were developing terrible ulcerations," stated Humphries. "Beautiful, perfect babies, you know, forced into smallpox vaccines, either dying or developing terrible, terrible diseases, and the diseases are often said, 'Oh, that would have happened anyway,' but parents who watch this happen time and again know otherwise."

Watch the entire video, above or at VaccineLiberationArmy.com, to learn more about the dangers of vaccines and the lies told by the vaccine industry to promote their use.


Corn rootworm develops resistance to GM corn's Bt toxin

Posted: March 20, 2014



(http://gizmodo.com)A study recently published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences has shown that the western corn rootworm, a pest that destroys corn crops, is quickly becoming increasingly resistant to the Bt toxin produced by genetically modified corn. Cry3Bb1 and mCry3A, two strains of corn that have been spliced with genes from the bacterium Bacillus thuringiensis, are being significantly harmed by rootworms that have developed resistance to the pesticidal plants.

Like superweeds evolving to overcome herbicide, this is just another example of how nature finds a way around toxic chemicals and gene manipulation, leading to bigger, hardier, more destructive pests, which illustrates the need for more diversity and organic agriculture.


America celebrates "Kick Butts Day," encourages smokers to lead healthier lives

Posted: March 19, 2014



(http://dailyjournalonline.com)If you haven't heard, today is "Kick Butt Day," a day organized by the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids and sponsored by the United Health Foundation to empower youth to stand out, speak up and seize control against Big Tobacco.

On this day, according to the event's website, "teachers, youth leaders and health advocates organize events to:"

"Raise awareness of the problem of tobacco use in their state or community;

"Encourage youth to reject the tobacco industry's deceptive marketing and stay tobacco-free; and

"Urge elected officials to take action to protect kids from tobacco."

This year's Kick Butts Day comes after a new report from the Surgeon General found that smoking is even more dangerous than previously thought. As reported by Tobacco Free Kids, key findings from that report include:

Each year, smoking kills 480,000 people in the U.S. and costs the nation at least $289 billion in health care bills and other economic losses.

Without urgent action to reduce smoking, 5.6 million U.S. children alive today will die prematurely from smoking-caused disease.

Tobacco marketing causes kids to start and continue using tobacco products.


More than 1,400 events have been planned across America to support the fight against tobacco, including a rally at Louisiana's state capitol in Baton Rouge, an anti-tobacco march in Boston, Massachusetts, and an '80s-themed "Tobacco Has No Place Showcase" featuring dancing and music. You can search for activities to participate at KickButtsDay.org or look at a full list and map here. Additional information can be found at TobaccoFreeKids.org.


Fukushima Solutions World Conference to be hosted in Austin, TX, March 22-23

Posted: March 18, 2014



(IMG: http://liveonlocation.tv)(http://www.fukushimasolutions.com)The Fukushima Solutions World Conference being hosted by the Young Americans for Liberty from the University of Texas at Austin (UT), where it will take place on March 22-23 in Room 21 of the Peter T. Flawn Academic Center.

The first day of the event will feature foremost experts in nuclear issues discussing remediation solutions for the continuing Fukushima disaster. The focus on the second day will be health issues and providing solutions for personal health.

The keynote speaker, Lieutenant Steve Simmons, a former crew member of the USS Ronald Reagan, which was doused with radiation when it responded to help after the March 2011 tsunami that crippled the Fukushima nuclear power plant, is scheduled to address attendants at 9:30 am on March 22.

Mike Adams, the founder of Natural News and the Executive Director of the Consumer Wellness Center, will speak about issues regarding Fukushima and radiation at 2:00 pm. A host of other speakers are also scheduled to attend the event, including Dr. John Ashley, II, MD(E), ND, DC, author of Fukushima Meltdown & Modern Radiation, and Dr. Dale Klein, PhD, PE, of UT and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, as well as international experts.

The programs for the conference are subject to change, but "[b]oth days will have a minimum of 4 on site speakers and 6 skyped in speakers from around the world, this will enable us to present to the onsite audience and viewing audience on the webcast the finest speakers and solutions possible," FukushimaSolutions.com, the event's website, states. Time has been allocated for Q&A periods between speakers.

The conference is being produced and co-produced by George Butler and David Barrow, respectively. The goal of the meeting is to bring people together to come up with an unprecedented world solution to help the people of Japan counter the unprecedented Fukushima disaster. If you would like to make a donation to help this cause, you can do so here. Also, be sure to visit FukushimaSolutions.com to learn more about the Fukushima Solutions World Conference.


Industry agreement prompted by Health Ranger Mike Adams seeks to improve food safety, lower heavy metal concentrations

Posted: March 18, 2014



(http://voices.yahoo.com)Because the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has no regulations in place to monitor produce for heavy metals, Mike Adams, the Health Ranger and founder of Natural News, has recently conducted a series of investigations into heavy metal contamination of products in the food supply. One product tested by Adams involved vegan and vegetarian brown rice protein supplements.

In that experiment, Adams found tungsten concentrations exceeding 10,000 parts per billion (ppb), lead at over 500 ppb and more than 1,800 of cadmium in one lot of brown rice protein. Adams said, "These proteins contain the highest concentration of tungsten, lead and cadmium that we've ever found in any edible product, across all categories."

After publishing his results on Natural News, Adams prompted an industry agreement to limit the presence of heavy metals in raw vegan and vegetarian protein supplements. So far, the following standards have been agreed upon by Garden of Life, Sunwarrior and Boku Superfood:

Lead limit: 250 ppb
Tungsten limit: 50 ppb
Cadmium limit: 1000 ppb
Mercury limit: 50 ppb

"Mike Adams now seeks the cooperation of companies such as VEGA, Jarrow Formulas, Nutribiotic, Living Fuel, Nutribody Protein, Ultimate Superfood and Healthforce Warrior Food," William Malsam wrote for Yahoo.com. "The corporations involved in the pact have agreed to limit their concentration levels by July 15, 2015."


Brazilian court strikes down approval of Bayer's LibertyLink GM corn

Posted: March 17, 2014



(http://www.gmwatch.org)On March 13, Brazil's Federal Court of Appeals unanimously decided to annul the Technical Committee on National Security's (CTNBio) previous decision to approve the use of genetically modified LibertyLink corn.

LibertyLink corn was developed by Bayer CropScience and is engineered to be resistant to Bayer's Liberty herbicide. When CTNBio approved the GMO (genetically modified organism) in 2007, they ignored the lack of studies performed on the crop and the environmental and health concerns presented at the meeting. They also disregarded their legal duties to evaluate the risks and impacts of GMOs, as many Committee members wrongly just assumed that GM corn would be safe.

Now, however, that approval has been overturned in a Civil Action brought to the Federal Court of Appeals of the 4th Circuit by Terra de Direitos (Land Rights), the Brazilian Institute for Consumer Defense, the National Association of Small Farmers and AS-PTA (Family Farming and Agroecology), which challenged the legality of the commercial release of Liberty Link.

"Federal Judge Candido Silva Alfredo Leal Junior, read excerpts from his long ruling for about an hour and a half, supporting the need for studies on the negative impacts of GMOs in all biomes. According to Leal Junior, not enough studies have been carried out in other countries, because the law requires that the decision of CTNBio is supported by studies that assess the impact of GMOs on each of the major biomes," reported Terra de Direitos, as translated by GMWatch and Google. "In addition, the judge ordered CTNBio to develop standards to enable society to access documents in the [industry] dossier processed by the Commission, allowing a qualified participation of the population in the process of trade liberalization."

Thanks to this decision, Bayer's GM maize can not be marketed in north and northeast Brazil, where studies have not been conducted. It has also created new legal paradigms and may catalyze a review of all other commercial releases of GMOs in Brazil.

"The court decision today is an important element that will add to the people's struggle for a model of agriculture based on agroecology, which guarantees rights for farmers and healthy food without pesticides for the population," said Fernando Prioste, the lawyer representing Terra de Direitos in the case.


Sri Lanka bans Roundup and glyphosate herbicides to fight kidney disease epidemic

Posted: March 14, 2014



(http://www.publicintegrity.org)Sri Lanka's president has ordered a ban on herbicides containing glyphosate, including Monsanto's trademark Roundup, from being used or imported into the country.

The reason for the sudden ban is a recently released study which suggests that glyphosate is the leading cause of a growing kidney disease epidemic. According to that study, glyphosate increases the uptake of heavy metals to the kidneys, thus causing chronic kidney issues.

The study's lead author, Dr. Channa Jayasumana, said, "Glyphosate acts as a carrier or a vector of these heavy metals to the kidney."

The mysterious disease has killed tens of thousands of agricultural workers in Central America, Sri Lanka and India, and is suspected to be caused by a combination of hard labor, chronic dehydration, high heat and exposure to toxins, such as glyphosate and heavy metals.

President Mahinda Rajapaksa ordered the ban soon after he learned of an "investigation carried out by medical specialists and scientists [which] revealed that kidney disease was mainly caused by glyphosate," Special Projects Minister S.M. Chandrasena said.


Sign the petition to help end the abuse of authors on Amazon.com!

Posted: March 10, 2014



(http://www.change.org)Amazon is a huge, innovative company which has contributed much to the world, including changing the face of self-publishing by implementing their Kindle Direct Publishing and CreateSpace platforms. Thanks to that, anyone can easily and quickly publish books using Amazon's free tools. Unfortunately, a relatively unseen issue within Amazon's system has been growing: many of these self-publishing authors have been the target of an incredible amount of bullying and harassment

One reason that this bullying and harassment has been able to take place is the complete anonymity allowed on Amazon's platform. While some have seen this anonymity as a good thing, allowing anyone to freely voice their opinion without fear of retaliation, it has unfortunately allowed people to express inhumane cruelty through abusive online comments. If users' comments were matched with their actual identities, then much of the bullying and harassment would likely cease, as people would then be held accountable for what they say. To this end, Todd Barselow, the senior editor at Imajin Books, has started a petition addressed to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos urging to the company to protect authors by removing anonymity and requiring identity verification for making reviews and participating in forums.

The petition has been endorsed by best selling author Anne Rice, who said, "My experience with the gangster bullies in the Forum has been very bleak and ugly. I post there under my own name. They blatantly violate [Amazon's] guidelines with personal insults and harassing posts." She also said that a lot of the offending users are probably "obsessive abusers who have found some sort of dark home on Amazon tormenting writers" and she urges the company to take action.

What the petition's supporters "would like to see happen is for Amazon to revise their policies regarding anonymity when it comes to writing product/book reviews and for participation in the forums. Reviewers and forum participants should not be anonymous. By removing their anonymity and forcing them to display their real, verified identities, I believe that much of the harassment and bullying will cease. It may continue elsewhere on the web, but not on Amazon, the largest online retail marketplace in the world, where it really counts. Buyers of products on Amazon must have their identities verified, so it should be an easy transition to implement a policy whereby reviewers and forum participants must also have their identities verified."

If you want to help end the abuse of self-publishing authors on Amazon forums by signing the petition, click here. For those who do: "please include your experiences, briefly, if you have had any dealing with bullies and harassment on Amazon, whether it be in a book/product review or in the forums on Amazon. You can do this in the box labeled 'Why is this important to you?' just under where you sign the petition." And remember to be civil!


GMOs threaten to end all life on Earth, risk engineering professor and investment expert warns

Posted: March 6, 2014



(http://www.fool.com)Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) threaten to cause "an irreversible termination of life at some scale, which could be the planet," according to Nassim Taleb, an author and distinguished professor of risk engineering at New York University who made a fortune after disasters like September 11 and the Great Recession.

Taleb recently made his feelings on GMOs known in a paper that is available to the public, though still in draft form. Taleb expresses concern not for the potential health effects of GMOs but for the risk they carry of ending all life on Earth. A single GM seed type has a miniscule chance -- e.g., 0.1 percent -- of causing the breakdown of the ecosystem that all life depends on, also called ecocide. With this one type of seed, it is highly unlikely that total ecocide would ever occur; however, with increasing amounts of GM seed varieties comes cumulative risk. For example, if 100 new GM seed types are produced, then that 0.1 percent chance suddenly becomes a 10 percent chance of global life-ending catastrophe.

The associated risks vary for different seeds, and a huge number of factors are involved, but what Taleb's paper stresses is that these small odds add up over time so that "something bound to hit the [ecocide] barrier is about guaranteed to hit it."

Click here to read a report by The Motley Fool's Brian Stoffel explaining Taleb's paper in greater detail. The draft form of the paper, "The Precautionary Principle," is available to download as a PDF document here.


Smart Balance to remove GMOs from butter-like spreads

Posted: March 5, 2014



(http://www.latimes.com)Smart Balance recently announced that it will phase out genetically modified ingredients used in their butter-like spreads. The company said that the process should be completed in early summer of this year and won't cause an increase in costs.

"I've been in the food industry for 35 years. I have never seen a consumer issue come on this fast," said Stephen Hughes, chairman and chief executive of Smart Balance's parent brand, Boulder Brands, according to the LA Times. "Forty-three percent of our consumers want to see a non-GMO Smart Balance."

GMO labeling initiatives were extremely popular with consumers in California and Washington State, but they were defeated after food companies poured millions of dollars into misinformation campaigns. Over 60 countries around the world require GMO labeling, which is something sought after by 93 percent of all consumers, Hughes admitted. He also said that the move was being taken to appeal to consumer demand, not for safety reasons.

Smart Balance already has non-GMO Natural Peanut Butter, and the "company is considering converting other products, including its mayonnaise dressing and cooking spray oils," the LA Times reported.


Zero Accountability: Japanese prosecutors drop nuclear meltdown charges against TEPCO and government

Posted: March 4, 2014



(http://news.yahoo.com)After the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami crippled the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan, an independent investigative committee set up by the government concluded that the massive release of radiation from reactor meltdowns was a "man-made disaster" that resulted from issues in the country's corporate culture.

Tens of thousands of Japanese people are unable to return to their homes due to radioactive contamination; there lives have basically been destroyed. Seeking compensation, assistance and someone to take responsibility for the disaster, many have filed lawsuits against TEPCO and the Japanese government for negligence regarding the safety and operation of the nuclear plant. However, prosecutors are now disregarding the earlier independent investigation and have dropped all charges against TEPCO and the Japanese government, leaving no one accountable for the more than 80,000 residents who are unable to return home.

Hundreds rallied in Tokyo to protest the prosecutors' decision. Ruiko Muto, a chief rally organizer at the protest, said, "We are determined to keep telling our experiences as victims to pursue the truth of the accident, and we want to avoid a repeat of the accident in the future."


Terminator seeds just keep coming: Sign the petition to keep Brazil's ban in place!

Posted: March 3, 2014



(http://www.etcgroup.org)Sign the petition to keep Brazil's ban on Terminator seeds in place!

"Terminator" seeds, crops whose seeds have been genetically engineered to die at harvest instead of being replantable, have long been a source of controversy and have been banned in Brazil. Since time immemorial, farmers have saved seeds to reuse during the next planting season, but biotech companies created this unholy atrocity in order to force farmers to continuously buy their product with threats of bankruptcy and starvation.

In 2007, a bill, PL 268/2007, was introduced in the Brazilian congress to do away with the country's ban on Terminator seeds. Global protests and a petition boasting nearly 20,000 signatures temporarily halted that bill in October 2013. The bill began to move again just before Christmas now, but was stopped when more "than 30,000 people and organizations around the world signed a protest letter calling on the Brazilian government to uphold the UN moratorium on the commercialization of Terminator," the ETC Group wrote.

In late February, "sources in the Brazilian Congress warned that the Bill might slip through during a session that could be held during Carnaval next week. ... If the pro-Terminator Deputies can pull together a quorum in the [Judiciary] Commission, the Bill could pass virtually unnoticed until it appears for final vote in Congress sometime thereafter. (The Bill is more likely to be blocked in the Commission than in the full Congress.)"

"[T]here are strong rumors (but no evidence) that, for some deputies, passing the Terminator Bill could result in substantial donations from major global seed companies to bolster their election campaigns," the ETC Group reported after its Latin America Director, Silvia Ribeiro, visited the Brazilian Congress.

Brazil's agricultural research agency, EMBRAPA, which has ties with and receives "donations" from multinational agricultural companies, has defended the interests of such corporations throughout the debate and says that it approves of the use of Terminator seeds in bio-reactor crops, which would be allowed if PL 268/2007 is passed.

Independent scientists and organizations have pointed out though that "bio-reactor" can refer to any crops intended for industrial markets, which could include "sugarcane, maize, soybeans and even trees, and that this argument is only a pretense to overturn the ban and break the international moratorium."

All those who wish to help prevent the destruction of the moratorium on Terminator seeds and who want to help protect farmers, biodiversity and food sovereignty should sign the petition here!


First ever video of Supreme Court proceeding shows protestor shouting for true democracy

Posted: February 28, 2014

Video recording of Supreme Court sessions has always been prohibited. The reason for that, CNN says, is "that cameras would upset the personal dynamic between [the justices] that make [sic] oral arguments so unique and useful to their later deliberations and opinion-writing." Others say that, if judges knew they were being recorded and watched by the public, then their judiciary decisions might begin losing their objectivity.

Well, history has recently been made with a video secretly recorded in the courtroom in 2013 being posted to YouTube for the world to see. The video is of a session involving the case Shaun McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission, which is challenging the campaign donation limits.

The video was shot by 99 Rise, an activist group that works to protect democracy against corruption, and features its cofounder Kai Newkirk standing up in protest, as he shouts:

"I rise on behalf of the vast majority of the American people who believe that money is not speech, corporations are not people and our democracy should not be for sale to the highest bidder. Overturn Citizens United. Keep the cap in McCutcheon. The people demand democracy."

Newkirk was quickly escorted out of the chamber, and the justices ignored his protest. But now the video is out for the world to see his act of bravery. Watch the video above for the first instance of footage ever recorded in the Supreme Court and coverage by The Young Turks.


Commission decides not to fluoridate water in Florida county

Posted: February 26, 2014



(http://hernandotoday.com)Commissioner Diane Rowden of Hernando County, Florida, recently made a motion to consider mandatory fluoridation of the county's water supply, but she was impressed by the response she got from the community.

As expected, there were pro-fluoride "experts" and dentists extolling the "benefits" of adding industrial waste to drinking water, but the majority of those who attended the two-hour debate on the matter were opposed to fluoridation. At the end of the meeting, not a single person chose to second Rowden's motion, which thus died.

Knowledgeable citizens spoke to the commission about the science-proven dangers of ingesting fluoride, including dental fluorosis, weakened bones and lowered IQ. They also said that people should have the right to choose for themselves what to put in their bodies, and water fluoridation would amount to forced medication.

According to Hernando Today, "Retired doctor Robert Broe said not only is fluoride harmful when ingested by mouth but it is absorbed into the skin and ultimately the bloodstream when showering."

If the water were to be fluoridated, then most of it would not even go into people's mouths. Susan Goebel-Canning, the county's director of environmental services, said that between 85 and 98 percent of the fluoridated water would end up in irrigation and sewage, thus posing an environmental risk in addition to health concerns.


Rise of Orwellian robot journalists and the Media-Industrial Complex

Posted: February 25, 2014



(http://www.newswithviews.com)Author and radio talk show host Paul McGuire recently wrote an article about the disturbing Orwellian trend being taken by the mass media and how "news" these days is often delivered by "robot journalists" who convey political propaganda.

McGuire writes, "Although there are still a few free thinking and independent journalists, most of the others could be human-like robots resembling the technology portrayed in the movie Her."

He then cites Google Artificial Intelligence expert Ray Kurzweil, who wrote, "By 2029, computers will be able to understand our language, learn from experience and outsmart even the most intelligent humans"

Since radio and TV personalities basically just read an approved script from a teleprompter, they might as well be robots, and one day, like factory workers, they will be replaced by actual robots that can do the job more quickly and cheaply and without question.

The most important aspect of the covert nature of the Orwellian mass media is not in the news that they cover but in the news that they do not. While "Freedom of the Press" is generally the pubilc's top concern when it comes to media, who controls the content and decides what is newsworthy is the real danger to freedom. "The very fact that major news organizations and media personalities choose to ignore or downplay serious news stories creates the greatest form of censorship," McGuire writes.

One such case of censorship, perhaps the most important, involves the Federal Reserve System. "The Federal Reserve Act, signed by President Woodrow Wilson in 1913, essentially turned our entire monetary system over to an independent cartel of international banking families," reports McGuire. "Yet you will never hear, see, or read an in-depth and detailed news media coverage of the most important financial institution in our nation. It is impossible to understand anything that has to do with our economy, debt, budgets, inflation, recession, global finance, jobs, outsourcing, and the U.S. dollar without a thorough understanding of the Federal Reserve System."

To read McGuire's complete article, visit NewWithViews.com. Also, be sure to look out for his new book A Prophecy of the Future of America, in which he deals with the issue of "robot journalists" who either are being controlled or know the truth and choose to conceal it.


Massive Bitcoin exchange mysteriously and suddenly halts all exchanges; is a collapse imminent?

Posted: February 25, 2014



(http://news.yahoo.com)Mt. Gox, which was once the largest Bitcoin exchange by volume, went dark on Tuesday in what could be a critical blow to the virtual currency. The following message was posted by the Mt. Gox team on the website:

"In light of recent news reports and the potential repercussions on MtGox's operations and the market, a decision was taken to close all transactions for the time being in order to protect the site and our users. We will be closely monitoring the situation and will react accordingly."

Withdrawals from Mt. Gox were halted earlier this month after the company detected "unusual activity." The chief executive of the Bitcoin exchange told Reuters on Tuesday that the business was "at a turning point."


Sign the Petition! Stop the Corporate Takeover of Organics

Posted: February 25, 2014



(http://www.cornucopia.org)According to the Cornucopia Institute, Dean Foods and WhiteWave have for years violated organic farming standards, using factory farms to supply milk for the Horizon Organic brand. WhiteWave, which recently became its own company, has cast aside organic values and cheapened products to increase corporate profits. So when representatives from the company planned to make an appearance at an upcoming organic education conference, the Cornucopia Institute responded with the following petition and news release to protect the reputation and values of organic agriculture:

After years of pillaging the conventional dairy industry, Dean Foods recently spun-off their branded products division (WhiteWave), including the Horizon and Silk labels. The company has cheapened organics (see above).

Now, at the nation's largest organic farming conference, the company will again have a prominent role. This Saturday, at the Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service (MOSES) Conference, WhiteWave's corporate representative will seek to teach farmers how to communicate with organic consumers and understand "consumer demographics, behaviors, attitudes, and mindsets."

How will this WhiteWave executive help us better understand today's organic consumer? Will she encourage us to cheapen production costs by sourcing feed and ingredients from China or factory farms? Will she instruct us on how to break contracts with family farmers? Or market new non-organic products with the same name and nearly identical packaging that's already familiar to organic consumers?

Enough is enough! Sign the petition asking the MOSES board of directors to cancel WhiteWave's workshop. Please tell MOSES's leadership that we love this conference but it should not be for sale to the highest corporate contributor.

For too long Dean Foods/WhiteWave has purchased influence with many nonprofits running farming conferences across the U.S. and in the organic community. It's estimated that over the last 10 years, they have been the largest corporate contributor to organic nonprofits. They buy influence in the organic community and access to farmers the same way their lobbyists buy influence in Washington with large campaign contributions.

Help protect the reputation of the nation's largest organic farming conference. Please ask the MOSES board to cancel this inappropriate workshop or substitute marketing expertise from experts that truly believe in the values that have helped build the organic business industry.

Click here to sign the petition to protect organic agriculture and the MOSES conference from corporate influence.


PCB-11 found in almost all paper, clothing products; chemical exposure near ubiquitous

Posted: February 24, 2014



(http://plone.environmentalhealthnews.org)Polychlorinated biphenyls, a toxic class of industrial chemicals that has been linked to cancer, lowered IQs and toxic effects on the immune, reproductive, nervous and endocrine systems and was banned in the United States and Canada in the 1970s, has recently been shown by researchers from Rutgers University (RU) to still be widely present throughout our environment.

In particular, PCB-11, a byproduct of yellow pigment manufacturing, was detected in nearly all samples of paper products sold in 26 countries and clothing sold in the United States.

Furthermore, scientists from the University of Iowa (UI) published a study in 2013 showing that 60 percent of women tested had traces of PCB-11 in their blood. And since this compound is "rapidly metabolized and excreted," the fact that it's being detected in people shows that we are "constantly exposed," said postdoctoral researcher Rachel Marek.

UI researchers wrote in 2010 that exposure to PCB-11 may come from inhaling, touching or ingesting the chemical. And in 2007, it was found in nearly every air sample taken near 40 elementary schools in Chicago.

Part of the reason for their ban in the 1970s is the fact that PCBs accumulate in animals and the environment, but PCB-11 is not as persistent and is metabolized more quickly by the human body, so its effects on health have not been studied as extensively. However, UI researchers reported last year that PCB-11 can disrupt cell signaling, and scientists from the University at Albany-SUNY said that PCB-9, which is similar to PCB-11, is more toxic than other PCBs.

Federal regulations allow byproducts of manufacturing to be included as "unintentional contaminants," including PCBs. These compounds "are defined as excluded manufacturing products or processes and are not regulated as long as they are reported to EPA and the PCB concentrations do not exceed specified limits," said Environmental Protection Agency spokesperson Cathy Milbourn.

In the RU study, researchers tested 16 pieces of US clothing, mostly children's items bought at Wal-Mart, all of which contained PCB-11. One kid's pajama top had 20 times as much PCB-11 on the front, which had yellow print, than on the back. PCB-11 has also been found in the New York-New Jersey Harbor, the Delaware River, the Houston Ship Canal, the Rio Grande, the San Francisco Bay and the Great Lakes in recent years.


Video: Dark Secrets of Artificial Sweeteners Revealed with Mike Adams

Posted: February 21, 2014

Mike Adams, the Health Ranger, recently appeared in a feature interview with WHDT 9 World News' Gary Franchi to explain the dark secrets of artificial sweeteners.

For millennia, humans have used honey and sugar to sweeten foods, but in modern times, people concerned with calories have turned to artificial sweeteners. "Some early sugar substitutes were found to cause cancer, and other[s] have ill effects on health. Many critics charge these artificial additives pose danger of their own. And many people point out unusual ingredients that go into some sweeteners; Splenda, for instance, is manufactured using chlorine, and skeptics say such food additives also play havoc with the human metabolism. Aspartame has even been charged with causing brain tumors, heart attacks and even seizures," said Franchi, as he introduced Adams.

Adams then says that artificial sweeteners came into existence because people began saying that sugar was "bad." "[O]f course, there is a lot of evidence that processed, refined sugar does have detrimental health effects, but the artificial chemical sweeteners were then pushed as a healthy alternative that would help you lose weight [and] that was safe for diabetics, for example," the Health Ranger stated. "But as the evidence started coming out, because the American people were treated as, in essence, human guinea pigs by these companies manufacturing these chemicals, it turns out, well, saccharine then had to have cancer warnings and then aspartame now, for many years in fact, has been linked with those side effects that you mentioned."

"Part of the problem is that aspartame can break down into a small amount of formaldehyde, and formaldehyde is a neurotoxic chemical compound that has devastating effects on neurology, and this is why many scientists believe that aspartame is linked to seizures, or blurred vision, or headaches, or even possibly brain tumors as well."

Since artificial sweeteners were first introduced, we have "gone full circle," as many people would prefer natural sugar, and now businesses that sweeten "their products with real, unprocessed sugar are finding very wide consumer acceptance," said Adams.

"Aspartame is actually created with a genetically modified bacteria. Aspartame is really a special kind of amino acid compound, so it's created in a... factory, but it was first discovered in a laboratory. ... [I]t's really the waste product of a certain strain of bacteria, and then that is usually substantially cut or diluted, because raw, straight aspartame is very, very potent. You know, 200, 300, maybe 400, times sweeter than sugar gram per gram, so they tend to cut it and put fillers in it."

The fillers can be of major concern to consumers, Adams explains, because maltodextrin is often used, and that, in turn, is derived from corn, a huge amount of which is genetically modified. Another huge concern is high-fructose corn syrup, which can contain mercury because of the way that it is extracted. "Corn syrup, of course, is linked to diabetes and obesity and many other potential disorders and health issues, so everywhere you turn in this industry, there's something to really be concerned about. And that's why more people are getting back to honey and unrefined sugar or evaporated cane juice crystals and stevia... which is also a very safe and very likeable sweetener."

To watch the complete interview with Mike Adams explaining the hidden dangers of artificial sweeteners, watch the video above or click here.

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