Unreleased internal FDA emails show glyphosate weedkiller residue in almost every food tested

April 30, 2018 by  
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For the past two years, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has been testing food samples for the weedkiller glyphosate , but the agency hasn’t released any results of their findings. This week, The Guardian , using a freedom of information request, found that the FDA has had “trouble finding any food that does not carry traces of the pesticide.” Not only that, but the levels tested are higher than the legal limit allowed in foods. Glyphosate is best known as the weedkiller in Monsanto’s Roundup products and it is sprayed directly onto crops and soil to suppress weeds. It is used on everything from corn, soybean, wheat, oats, to spinach and almonds.  Internal FDA documents show that scientists have found traces of glyphosate in a wide variety of foods. “I have brought wheat crackers, granola cereal and corn meal from home and there’s a fair amount in all of them,” FDA chemist Richard Thompson wrote in an email in January 2017. In fact, the only food Thompson readily found that was glyphosate-free was broccoli. Related: California adds Monsanto’s glyphosate to list of chemicals known to cause cancer These tests are the first time the FDA has attempted to figure out how much of the weedkiller is showing up in our food. Many groups have criticized the FDA for taking so long to do so because glyphosate is a commonly-used chemical that has been utilized in food production for four decades. It was declared a possible carcinogen in 2015. In another email, FDA chemist Narong Chamkasem found glyphosate levels of 6.5 parts per million, well above the legal limit of 5.0 ppm. Normally this would be reported to the EPA , but a supervisor at the FDA claims that the food used in the testing was not an “official sample.” We should be able to expect an official report by 2019. That report should also include information on other herbicides used in food production. Via The Guardian Images via Global Justice Now and Deposit Photos

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Thousands of California ‘hipster succulents’ are being stolen in plant poaching crisis

April 30, 2018 by  
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The dudleya, a California native succulent , has become a symbol of hipster lifestyle, according to The Guardian . But now so-called plant poachers are stealing the succulent by the thousand to smuggle to buyers in Asia, and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) has made several busts this year alone. (function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id; js.src = ‘https://connect.facebook.net/en_US/sdk.js#xfbml=1&version=v2.12’; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs);}(document, ‘script’, ‘facebook-jssdk’)); CDFW wildlife officers have made a series of arrests this year while working to halt a trend of individuals poaching the Dudleya succulent plant on the north coast of California. Posted by California Department of Fish and Wildlife on  Friday, April 6, 2018 Dudleya plants aren’t rare in the Golden State. But they do take years to grow in nurseries. The Guardian said nursery owners said the plants aren’t available in the massive amounts Asian shippers seem to desire. Smugglers are stealing the plants, which have a market value of around $40 to $50 overseas. CDFW warden Pat Freeling, who’s led the plant poaching investigation, told The Guardian, “Right now these plants are a boom in Korea, China, and Japan. It’s huge among domestic housewives. It’s a status thing. It’s become an exotic lotus flower succulent. Someone likened it to the next Pokémon.” Related: Man caught smuggling 51 turtles in his pants pleads guilty An anonymous woman gave Freeling a tip in January; she had been waiting in line at a Mendocino County post office behind a man with dozens of boxes to be sent to Asia. As the man was holding up the line, the woman asked what he was sending and the man said, “Shhhhh, something very valuable.” The CDFW has already made several busts; in a post earlier this month, they said they arrested three people — two from Korea and one from China — and intercepted 1,334 dudleya en route to be shipped. 1,000 more were uncovered in the hotel room of the suspects. In another bust, they recovered 50 succulents; in another, 1,400 dudleya. CDFW said, “The removal of dudleya can result in environmental degradation of habitat and a destabilization of bluffs and cliffs on the coastline.” Multiple volunteers and CDFW staff recently came together to replant around 2,000 dudleya on the cliffs they came from in the Humboldt and Mendocino counties. + CDFW News + California Department of Fish and Wildlife Via The Guardian Image via CDFW News

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An adventurer just journeyed into Americas largest national park – and here’s what he found

April 30, 2018 by  
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The largest national park in America is one few have ever heard of, and even fewer have visited. Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve encompasses 13.2 million acres of glaciers and forests in the southeast of Alaska . Mark Jenkins, writer-in-residence at the University of Wyoming , decided to journey into the big unknown of the park’s landscape for Smithsonian magazine to capture what it looks like today, knowing that in 10 years, it would look entirely different because of  climate change . What he saw was absolutely breathtaking, in more ways than one. Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve is massive – it could fit Yosemite, Yellowstone and the entire country of Switzerland within its borders. But even though it is the biggest park in the country, it gets just 70,000 visitors a year. In contrast, Yellowstone gets 4 million. The park holds 3,000 glaciers, some of the largest in the country, and no one knows them better than the 250 residents of McCarthy, a bush down tucked deep in the park that isn’t accessible by car. Related: Alaskan city’s temperatures spiked so significantly NOAA algorithms thought they were wrong Jenkins met with some of the residents of McCarthy, and they showed him the changing landscape, giving him a once-in-a-lifetime tour of the glaciers and rivers that make up the landscape. “Bottom line, the glacial rivers are growing and the glaciers are retreating and diminishing,” Mark Vail, a resident since 1977 told Jenkins. “The Kennicott Glacier has retreated over half a mile since I first came here. Ablation has shrunk the height of the glacier by hundreds of feet in the last century.” Jenkins found the most obvious signs of these changes when he visited the nearby mining town of Kennecott. Photographs from Kennecott’s heyday a century ago show the massive Kennicott Glacier towering over the mill, but today the glacier sits below the mill. Jenkins talked to glaciologist Michael Loso while dining in McCarthy’s Potato restaurant. He told Jenkins about Iceberg Lake, which suddenly vanished in 1999. Loso explained that the resulting open land left by the lake allowed scientists to determine what the lake looked like even during warming periods in the past. The news was grim: “They’re an archival record that proves there was no catastrophic lake drainage, no jokulhlaup, even during the Medieval Warming Period,” he said. “When Iceberg Lake vanished, it was a big shock. It was a threshold event, not incremental, but sudden. That’s nature at a tipping point.” To read the rest of the story, and to view the astonishing photos that Nathaniel Wilder took on his journey with Jenkins, check out Smithsonian magazine . + Smithsonian Images courtesy of Nathaniel Wilder for Smithsonian Magazine , Google Maps and the NPS  

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Alarming map shows where cancer-causing glyphosate has been sprayed in San Francisco

March 7, 2016 by  
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San Francisco residents can now see exactly where glyphosate – the carcinogenic herbicide linked to myriad health and environmental issues – is lurking in their city. After creating a map of New York City locations contaminated with glyphosate (otherwise known as Monsanto’s Roundup), Reverend Billy & The Stop Shopping Choir have targeted San Francisco with a revealing and disturbing new map. The scariest thing? Most of the glyphosate sprayings are in public parks and playgrounds. Read the rest of Alarming map shows where cancer-causing glyphosate has been sprayed in San Francisco

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Blissful timber holiday home blends in with France’s countryside woods

March 7, 2016 by  
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Skater smashed Guinness electric skateboard record at nearly 60 mph

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Professional longboard racer Mischo Erban has just hit a new Guinness World Record by clocking in at 59.55 mph on a modified electric skateboard . The fast and powerful NEXTBoard , by Next Generation Vehicle, took two years to develop and is already making noise with its debut. Read the rest of Skater smashed Guinness electric skateboard record at nearly 60 mph

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Mark Ruffalo confronts Monsanto chief: “You are poisoning people.”

December 8, 2015 by  
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Mark Ruffalo is perhaps best known for his role as the Hulk, but in real life, Ruffalo is a different kind of superhero. The actor has spoken and written extensively on the horrors of environmental destruction, as well as the guilt assigned to corporations carrying out those atrocities. Recently, a chance meeting with Monsanto  CEO Hugh Grant gave Ruffalo the opportunity to tell the GMO boss exactly what he thinks of the company and its practices: “You are wrong.” Read the rest of Mark Ruffalo confronts Monsanto chief: “You are poisoning people.”

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Additional lawsuits filed against Monsanto over Roundup’s cancer link

October 16, 2015 by  
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We reported last week about two separate lawsuits filed by individuals, claiming Monsanto ’s Roundup herbicide caused their cancers. This week, a new suit has been filed on behalf of three plaintiffs with similar claims, while attorneys across the country are rounding up potential clients for class action lawsuits against the chemical giant. Surely, some attorneys are motivated by greed, tantalized by Monsanto’s deep pockets. Hopefully, the majority are focused on seeking justice for their clients, many of whom have suffered for decades with conditions they now believe were caused by extended exposure to Roundup’s main ingredient: glyphosate. Read the rest of Additional lawsuits filed against Monsanto over Roundup’s cancer link

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Renzo Piano to convert a Moscow power station into a solar-powered arts center

October 16, 2015 by  
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Tell world leaders to ban glyphosate, which has been linked to cancer, autism

April 21, 2015 by  
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The World Health Organization recently declared that glyphosate, the main ingredient in Monsanto’s herbicide RoundUp, “probably” causes cancer. Scientific experts around the world agree that the poison is likely more dangerous to humans than we currently understand, and several countries are currently considering a ban on its use. This petition is your chance to speak up, joining your voice with hundreds of thousands of other concerned citizens around the world who are demanding the chemical be barred from use until further studies can be done on the extent of its effects. The petition targets the Environmental Protection Agency as well as all government leaders worldwide who are responsible for public health policy. Tell them to protect our health and the health of our children by restricting the use of this dangerous poison! SIGN THE PETITION > Read the rest of Tell world leaders to ban glyphosate, which has been linked to cancer, autism Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: causes of cancer , environmental petition , Glyphosate , health petition , herbicide causes cancer , Monsanto , petition , probably carcinogen , roundup , WHO , World Health Organization

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