California adds Monsantos glyphosate to list of chemicals known to cause cancer

June 28, 2017 by  
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Ever since the World Health Organization (WHO) deemed Monsanto’s glyphosate — a key ingredient in its Roundup weed killer — to be “ probably carcinogenic ,” the agrochemical giant has fought back with a vengeance. After California’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) attempted to add glyphosate to its list of cancer-causing chemicals last year, the corporation sued the organization . Now, after rounds of legal battle, the branch of California’s Environmental Protection Agency says it will add glyphosate to a list of chemicals “ known to the state to cause cancer “ Proposition 65 , covered by California’s Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986, requires state officials to publish a list of chemicals which pose harm to human health by means of causing birth defects, cancer or other reproductive harm. It is updated at least once a year and typically includes more than 800 chemicals . As USA Today reports, businesses that sell products with banned ingredients are required to inform California consumers of the risk. As per Proposition 65, state officials were just doing their job by adding a chemical proven to cause birth defects, cancer, autism, ADHD, gluten intolerance , and a host of other ailments to the list. Fortunately, Monsanto lost its lawsuit against the state’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment last year. The company did file an appeal soon after, however – and this appeal’s ruling is still pending. If the company wins the appeal, Monsanto products that contain glyphosate will not require labels saying they cause cancer . Listing the ingredient as a known carcinogen under California’s Proposition 65, however, would require companies that sell the chemical in California to add warning labels to all packaging. Related: EPA official accused of killing investigation into Monsanto weedkiller Environmental groups cheered OEHHA’s decision to list glyphosate as cancer-causing. Nathan Donley, a senior scientist at the Center for Biological Diversity, said: “California’s decision makes it the national leader in protecting people from cancer-causing pesticides .” + California Proposition 65 Via Reuters , USAToday Images via Chafer Machinery , Shutterstock

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WHO says drinking very hot beverages can cause cancer

June 20, 2016 by  
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Great, just great. Are there any of our vices left that don’t have a link to cancer? Super-hot coffee was just added to the list of possible carcinogens, along side things like  cell phones , bacon , and sunbathing, thanks to a recent analysis concluding that beverages heated above 65 degrees Celsius (149 degrees Fahrenheit) can cause esophageal cancer . If cupcakes are next, we are all doomed. The findings came about after 23 international scientists reviewed all available data on hot beverages and their link to cancer. They analyzed things like coffee , tea, maté, and other hot drinks, leading to the conclusion that imbibing these beverages at temperatures above 65 degrees Celsius could lead to cancer of the esophagus. Luckily, the type of beverage doesn’t seem to matter as much as the heat. The International Agency for Research on Cancer , who published the study, says drinks at such temperatures are “possibly carcinogenic .” Exposure to gasoline fumes and lead are in the same category. Related: Study finds sugar-loaded drinks responsible for over 180,000 deaths worldwide Industrialized countries in Europe and North America tend to drink their favorite libations just below the “possibly carcinogenic” threshold, yet people in South America, East Africa, and the Middle East often drink theirs at or above dangerous temperatures. Not only is there a possible cancer link at this high heat, but liquids at this temperature can easily burn tongues and scald esophaguses. Luckily, it seems we can still enjoy a cup of joe without fear, as long as we use some self restraint and let it cool down first. Via  CNN Images via Pexels ( 1 , 2 )

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Green Feminist Smart Phone App Points Women Toward…Cleaners?

April 22, 2010 by  
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Results from NoDryClean for safe dry cleaners in San Francisco It seems rather odd that The National Organization for Women, California Chapter (CANOW) is celebrating Earth Day by announcing a new app that points people toward green cleaners. Really? Feminists would focus on better access to laundry facilities for Earth Day?

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