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It's Official: California Lists Key Ingredient in Monsanto's Roundup as Cancer-Causing
It's not everything we need, or everything we want—but California's decision, upheld by the courts, represents a major step forward in a decades-long fight expose the truth about Roundup and protect the public from its cancer-causing effects.
The full impact of the decision remains to be seen. How much glyphosate will need to be present before a product is required to carry a warning? How many foods will exceed the glyphosate residue limits set by California's Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA)?
Will Monsanto find a way to keep those warnings off all labels? Including foods and weedkillers?
Time will tell. And activists will need to remain vigilant.
Glyphosate Residue Free Certification Creates New Transparency Shift for US Consumers
Glyphosate Residue Free certification for U.S. food ingredients and products was launched on March 19 2017 by The Detox Project, in a move that gives consumers a way of avoiding the ‘probably carcinogenic’ chemical.
No Turtles Here, Just Mutated Food: Here are 7 Crops Being Grown with Mutated Seeds
“Mutagenesis is a method of plant breeding that involves subjecting plants to radiation, or dousing them in chemicals, in a way that scrambles their genes in order to produce new traits,” according to this article from the Organic Consumers Association, which continues, “the goal is to produce plants suitable for modern industrial agriculture, where crops are grown in vast monocultures with the aid of chemicals and machinery.”
Biodynamic Farming and the Legacy of Rudolf Steiner
“Steiner was one of the first public figures to warn that the widespread use of chemical fertilizers would lead to the decline of soil, plant and animal health and the subsequent devitalization of food. He was also the first to bring the perspective of the farm as a single, self-sustaining organism that thrives through biodiversity, the integration of crops and livestock and the creation of a closed-loop system of fertility.”
In 1923, he also predicted that, in 80 to 100 years, honeybee populations would collapse6 — a prediction fulfilled with the sudden emergence of colony collapse disorder, which can be traced back to the use of toxic pesticides and herbicides.
As just one of many examples of Steiner’s comprehensive approach to farming, biodynamic farmers will not cut off the horns on their cows, as the animal’s horns are a primary sensory organ, and a complex interrelated relationship exists between the horns and the animal’s digestive system.
Okja is a Netflix original written and directed by Joon-Ho Bong (Snowpiercer). It is a refreshing take on the evils of biotechnology…
Okja is a tale of friendship, a story of loyalty, and at the same time, a sordid expose of corporate greed and the dark side of biotechnology. It is no surprise that biotechnology has some very well kept secrets, those that could destroy the very balance of nature. We live in a brave new world where scientists are working at artificially synthesizing organisms and giving them molecular kill switches. A world where entire nations survive on genetically modified and engineered foods; one of the biggest crises of the 21st century. While modern biotechnology is making progress by leaps and bounds, a very heavy cost is being paid by our environment, and the beings that exist in it. What has all this got to do with Okja? Actually, a lot.
Okja is a story about a teenage girl named Mija, beautifully portrayed by Seo-Hyun Ahn, and her pet pig Okja. Okja is a super-sized pig, born as a result of an experimental gene modification programme run by Mirando corp. The organisation bears an eerie resemblance to agrochemical giant Monsanto (also responsible for a majority of the world’s supply of genetically modified foods). Tilda Swinton plays the odious CEO of Mirando corp, Jake Gyllenhaal plays the role of an eccentric animal expert for hire, Shirley Henderson (Myrtle from Harry Potter) plays Swinton’s slave secretary and Paul Dano (Little Miss Sunshine) plays the leader of a secret rebellion organisation fighting animal atrocities.