Neonicotinoids Pose Ecosystemwide Threat

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  • A majority of soybean, corn, canola and sunflower seeds planted in the U.S. are precoated with neonicotinoid insecticides, also known as “neonics.” More than half of garden plants attractive to bees sold at garden centers are also pretreated with these toxic pesticides
  • Neonics have been shown to threaten the entire food chain, having toxic effects not just on pollinators such as bees, but also invertebrates, birds and other wildlife
  • American agricultural land is now 48 times more toxic to insects than it was two decades ago, and between 1992 and 2014, neonicotinoids accounted for 92% of the total acute insecticide toxicity load
  • Neonics affect migration behavior of songbirds by affecting their feeding patterns and fat stores. The chemicals act as a rapid appetite suppressant
  • Research by the EPA in 2014 and 2019 concluded that neonicotinoid-treated seeds provide no significant financial or agricultural benefits for farmers

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Why Glucose Restrictions Are Essential in Treating Cancer

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  • Pollution and destructive agricultural practices are devastating the ecosystem and influencing our global weather patterns. Adding biochar to soil and building materials of all kinds is a simple and inexpensive strategy that can remediate much of this damage
  • Biochar added to cattle feed helps eliminate the need for antibiotics. When grazed on pasture, the manure from cows fed biochar improves plant growth, reducing cattle feed and water requirements, speeds up field rotation as the pasture recovers faster, and helps the land resist floods and droughts
  • Aside from adding activated biochar to farm fields, there are myriad other uses. It can be added to steel, concrete, asphalt, buildings, bridges, roads and tunnels
  • We do not need to burn trees to create biochar. Alternative waste stream sources that can be used include chicken litter, paper mill waste, municipal sewage, industrial pallets, textile scraps, sawdust and scrap wood from furniture factories, just to name a few
  • For entrepreneurs, biochar now offers opportunities on par with those available at the beginning of the industrial revolution. There’s enormous opportunity for microenterprise, new businesses and, indeed, whole new industries to start up

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Edibles in plain sight: 15 Common wild plants that are safe to eat

When you’re in the wild, the usual food sources may no longer be available. You’ll need to find your own food through hunting or foraging. These skills rely greatly on your knowledge of which foods you can eat. (h/t to AskAPrepper.com) Continue reading

Buyer Beware: GMO Stevia Is Everywhere

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  • Stevia (Stevia rebaudiana), a perennial shrub native to South America, has a long history of use as a natural sweetener. Steviol glycosides, including rebaudiosides A, D and M are what provide the sweet taste, with Reb A being the sweetest
  • Despite hundreds of years of safe use of stevia, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has labeled stevia leaf and crude stevia extracts “unsafe food additives,” granting GRAS status to certain high-purity steviol glycosides only
  • Genetically engineered (GE) versions of stevia have also received the green light for widespread and unregulated use in food
  • Cargill’s EverSweet contains Reb D and Reb M made from GE yeast fermentation, yet is marketed as “nonartificial”
  • If you want a stevia-based sweetener that is actually made from the plant, opposed to GE yeast, you have to make sure it’s certified organic

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Frothy and Toxic Bubbles Cover One of India’s Most Famous Beaches

A beach in India is coated in knee-deep foam that experts warn is toxic. Continue reading

Can Water Be Used As A Form Of EMF Protection?

In 2005, a young lady shared with Gary how her mother had been healed of cancer by eating a raw food diet. Continue reading

Canada Launches Lawsuit Against Bayer

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  • Canadian law firm Diamond & Diamond has filed a class-action lawsuit against various makers of Roundup, including Bayer
  • The Canadian class-action suit names more than 60 individuals as plaintiffs, but thousands more may have been affected
  • The suit alleges that Roundup, which contains glyphosate as an active ingredient, caused serious health problems in the users, including Non-Hodgkin lymphoma, brain cancer and lung cancer
  • In the U.S., approximately 42,700 U.S. lawsuits from individuals alleging that glyphosate caused them to develop cancer have already been filed and analysts suggested the number of glyphosate lawsuits may soon surpass 45,000

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Why the Milk Monopoly Is Faltering

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  • Dean Foods, the largest dairy processor in the U.S., filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in November 2019. Dairy Farmers of America (DFA) — the largest dairy co-op in the U.S. — may end up buying Dean Foods, forming an even larger dairy monopoly
  • The merger would pose a serious conflict of interest for dairy farmers, as DFA is supposed to advocate for farmers but would end up being a processor. As such, they’d have an interest in keeping milk prices low, at the detriment of the dairy farmers they represent
  • Milk is a perfect example of how your choices are being restricted for no other reason than to benefit big business. Raw milk is banned in many states on the basis of claims that it may make you sick. In sharp contrast to the U.S., many European countries sell raw milk in vending machines
  • In recent years, an increasing number of Americans have embraced organics and everything that goes with it, including minimal processing, higher nutrient density, fewer chemical contaminants, animal welfare, food safety and environmental regeneration
  • The dairy monopoly doesn’t seem to understand modern consumers, as it ignores all of the concerns that have brought organics from a small specialty niche into mainstream prominence. The failure to give consumers what they want is killing the dairy industry

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Boyan Slat Unveils the Ocean Cleanup Interceptor

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  • Boyan Slat, a young Dutch entrepreneur and his group, The Ocean Cleanup, have invented an ingenious collection barge to clean plastic debris from our oceans
  • During its test run, the collection barge collected macro and micro plastic debris in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch
  • In October, The Ocean Cleanup unveiled a solar powered device called the Interceptor to remove plastic waste from rivers
  • Of the world’s 100,000 rivers, 1,000 are responsible for most plastic that reaches the oceans. Interceptors have already been deployed in Jakarta, Indonesia, and Klang, Malaysia
  • The Interceptor may be the lowest cost way to remove plastic pollution and is especially cost effective in coastal countries where tourism and fisheries industries are prevalent

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Medicinal Mushrooms Cut Herpes Suffering Time in Half

The herpes virus afflicts millions of people worldwide, causing painful blister-like sores that are often embarrassing. There is no known cure, and medications have a long list of potential side effects and a “take it forever” prescription. Did you know that there is a clinically proven, natural way to provide relief that is growing right under your feet? Continue reading

Eating Canned Vegetables Can Ruin Your Digestion and Eventually Your Health

We’d like to think all fruits and vegetables are good for us, but researchers have discovered that certain ones can sabotage your health, not improve it. I’m talking about the ones that you get out of a can. Continue reading

For Brain Health, One Food Makes All the Difference

Botanically, it’s closer to an animal than a plant. Some types glow in the dark, others are hallucinogenic, many are poisonous. Continue reading

Patagonia Leads the Charge on Hemp-Based Clothing

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  • The environmentally friendly outdoor apparel and gear company Patagonia has been using legally sourced hemp fibers in its clothing since 1997
  • Now that hemp is legal again in the U.S., Patagonia is working to establish a domestic supply of hemp, which could create new American jobs
  • Hemp was criminalized in the U.S. for decades, but the 2018 Farm Bill made industrial hemp legal to be cultivated, sold and transferred across state lines
  • The featured film, “Misunderstood: A Brief History of Hemp in the U.S.,” shows the history of hemp in America, as well as highlights the plant’s many uses
  • Hemp is known as the “plant of 50,000 uses” because every part of it can be repurposed

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“Composting” dead humans creates bio-goo that gets flushed down sewage pipes, turned into biosludge, then deposited on crops

Washington state is on the verge of legalizing the “composting” of human remains, which advocates say will create a new source of “organic fertilizer” for food crops. But this so-called “organic fertilizer” is actually a toxic and just plain disgusting bio-goo that will easily make its way into sewage systems, only to be “recycled” and turned into toxic biosludge. Continue reading