Opposition to the use of insecticides (aka pesticides) is not new. Research proving they can be toxic isn’t new either (see 1, 2). While Bayer has been in the spotlight for trying to avoid compensating people who became sick from using its Roundup weedkiller, the company also seems to be complicit for trying to conceal risks associated with its insecticides. It wasn’t alone. Read more.
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Given the rising cost of artificial fertilisers, the need to stop using the fossil fuels from which they are made, and declining insect populations, the organic option is looking increasingly attractive. Were it to come to pass, the remaining 11m or so hectares of grassland would be open to a variety of land uses, such as nature recovery, grazing cattle and sheep, planting more trees, energy crops and so on. Read more.
While Americans have much to be concerned about in regard to Genetically Engineered (GE) Salmon (aka “Frankenfish”) (see 1, 2), it was also reported in 2020 that America’s water supply included unhealthy levels of chemicals, pesticides, and pharmaceuticals that were significantly affecting fish. A more recent study confirms the same. Read more.
An article has just been published in La Jornada, one of Mexico City’s leading daily newspapers, which usefully summarises some of the latest research on glyphosate. The article is by Silvia Ribeiro, the Latin America director for ETC group. She is based in Mexico, where the government of President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador issued an executive order in 2020 to phase out glyphosate and GMO corn by 2024, arguing that Mexico must attain food self-sufficiency without using toxic chemicals. Read more.
Hershey’s Chocolate Found to have 4X Higher Levels of Glyphosate than YouTuber, MrBeast’s Chocolate. Read more.
Vitamins: great for your body, bad for your water supply. While a well-balanced diet should provide the body with the nutrients it needs, it’s also no secret why we take multivitamins. For vegetarians, they can give you the vital B12 your body craves; for those with an iron deficiency, they can help you regulate your anemia. However, it’s also a well-known fact that whatever the body doesn’t end up using, it releases through urine. Read more.
Fully artificial food is an increasingly popular trend focused on developing a new line of synthetically produced, ultra-processed food products by using recent advances in synthetic biology, artificial intelligence, and biotechnology. These new products seek to imitate and replace animal products, food additives, and expensive, rare, or socially conflictive ingredients (such as palm oil). Read more.
A plate of fortified Golden Rice as the first course, a second course of Impossible Burger and a side dish of synthetic mozzarella with vegetables grown from genetically modified seeds. Of course, selling such a menu doesn’t really seem easy. Read more.
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Troubling signs about the future of healthcare in this country show the urgent need to embrace regenerative health solutions. A new analysis found that US life expectancy has dropped for the second year in a row, by about six months in 2021, after falling by two years in 2020. This has driven overall US life expectancy to its lowest point in 25 years. This should spur a moment of reflection among policymakers and public health experts. Read more.