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April 30, 2010

 


Time to get serious on atrazine: Send an LTE

atrazine chartApril - June is atrazine season. It's also birth defect season. Children conceived during this three-month period have a higher chance of being born with a serious birth defect like spina bifada, cleft palate or Down syndrome. According to neonatalogist Dr. Paul Winchester, birth defect rates have been steadily on the rise in the U.S. for the last two decades. Yet when faced with evidence linking birth defects to in uteroatrazine exposure during the spring planting season,Syngenta's chief scientist responded by positing that "rainfall, lightning strikes and tornadoes" might just as well be the cause. Statistically significant correlation does not determine causation, but neither is a 3% increase in serious birth defects something with which to play politics or hone talking points.

These are serious matters. And apparently Syngenta (the largest pesticide company in the world and atrazine's main promoter) needs to be reminded of this fact. You can do that with a letter to the editor. Your letter will come just as U.S. EPA convenes scientists to take a new look at the safety of the controversial weed killer, and as Representative Keith Ellison introduces a federal bill to ban atrazine. Last week, Syngenta issued another statement indicating a stunning lack of seriousness: "Earth Day is a good time to recognize the vital role the herbicide atrazine places in protecting the environment and promoting responsible land stewardship." Atrazine is the single most common pesticide water contaminant in the country and Syngenta is greenwashing. Meanwhile, Pesticide Action Network is working with farm groups like Minnesota's Land Stewardship Project to ensure health, democracy and scientific transparency triumph over corporate profit in the atrazine decision.. 

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Supreme Court opens  GE alfalfa case

GE researchThe Center for Food Safety (CF went head to headagainst agrochemical giant Monsanto on Tuesday of this week in the first-ever case involving genetically engineered crops to be heard by the Supreme Court. CFS lawyers are representing several farmers and environmental groups, including Phillip Geertson, an organic alfalfa seed grower from Adrian, OR. The case, which has major implications under the National Environmental Policy Act, centers on Monsanto's RoundupReady Alfalfa seed -- genetically engineered to tolerate increased application of Monsanto's Roundup (glyphosate) herbicide. CFS filed the suit after the USDA illegally deregulated without first completing an Environmental Impact Statement (EI. A federal judge agreed that the potential for cross contamination with organic (non-GE) farmers' alfalfa posed a grave risk of "irreparable damage" and placed a ban on all planting and sale of GE alfalfa until the Department of Agriculture completed the EIS.  The decision was upheld twice after appeals by Monsanto, who claims that their product poses "no risk of harm whatsoever" -- despite a 2009 study showing that GE crops have increased the use of pesticides by 383 million pounds over the last 13 years, despite their role in the creation of pesticide-resistant "superweeds," and despite the fact that alfalfa stands a particularly high likelihood of GM contamination because it is an open-pollinated crop that can be cross-pollinated by bees with fields several miles away. Alfalfa is the third most valuable and fourth most widely grown crop in the U.S., but Japan and South Korea, the largest customers of America's $480 billion worth of alfalfa export, have threatened to discontinue U.S. alfalfa imports if the GE variety is approved. According to CFS, seven separate amicus briefs have been filed in support of CFS by organic food companies, legal scholars, former government officials, scientists and environmental groups, including one by the Attorneys General of California, Oregon and Massachusetts, noting the  "'immense' ramifications for all environmental protection should Monsanto prevail." The court's decision will have far reaching implications for both GE regulation as well as other cases under the National Environmental Policy Act.

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Pesticide Dew - Exposure route for bees

dew dropHumans aren't the only ones whose drinking water has been contaminated by pesticides: in Europe, anew study finds that the insects already on the frontlines in the battle against toxic pesticides are consuming lethal doses of neonicitinoid pesticides in the droplets of dew they drink. Plants emit guttation droplets -- a source of morning dew -- as part of their respiration process. These droplets of water are a favorite source of moisture and nutrients for bees to drink from after leaving the hive in the morning. Germans scientists have found that seeds treated with neonicitinoid pesticides such as imidacloprid (Gaucho) and clothianidin (Poncho) show contaminated guttation droplets for as long as two months after germination. The study, which looked at corn, barley and canola plants, showed levels were highest during the ten days after germination -- as high as 100 parts per million (ppm). Two weeks after germination, levels were closer to 10 ppm. Levels of imidacloprid in the pollen of plants treated with commercial levels of the pesticide averaged around 3.4 ppm - 1,000 times lower than the levels found in the guttation droplets. Imidacloprid has been shown to affect bees with as little as 0.1 nanogram. A range of serious effects has been documented in the 1-20 nanogram per bee level. This means that a bee drinking a small fraction of a guttation droplet with 100 ppm of imidacloprid would be consuming a potentially fatal dose. The study's authors say that in light of their findings, strong and rapid action is needed to protect bee populations.

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Posted: Apr 30, 2010 8:54am
Oct 7, 2009
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/environment/climatechange/6259404/Arctic-Ocean-acid-will-dissolve-shells-of-sea-creatures-within-10-years.html 

Please note Care2 News story at; 

Waters around the North Pole are absorbing carbon dioxide at such a rate that they will soon start dissolving the shells of living sea creatures. Carbon dioxide gas is ACID, and it affects our health as well, and not in a positive way... Breathing in acid is not a healthy thing to do.
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Sep 5, 2009
Avoid This if You Want to Keep Your Thyroid Healthy
A little-known but pervasive and toxic endocrine disruptor is one of the most common causes of low-functioning thyroids.
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Posted: Sep 5, 2009 9:56am
Jan 28, 2009
Please note news story at;
http://www.care2.com/news/member/979852695/1029344
1900 peanut products have been recalled as of 2/9/09. 
PCA distributed potentially contaminated peanut product to more than 70 companies, for use as an ingredient in hundreds of different products, such as cookies, crackers, cereal, candy and ice cream. See website for more information on specific products on the recall list.. It is HUGE... 
Make sure you check this list before you eat ANYTHING FLAVORED OR MADE WITH PEANUTS. 

Here is a list of products recalled as of 1/28/09


    Brownie Product Recalls
    Cake Product Recalls
    Candy Product Recalls
    Cookie Product Recalls
    Cracker Product Recalls
    Fruit and Vegetable Product Recalls
    Ice Cream Product Recalls
    Peanut Butter Product Recalls
    Peanut Paste Product Recalls
    Pet Food Product Recalls
    Pet Food Peanut Paste Product Recalls
    Pre-Packaged Meals Product Recalls
    Snack Bar Product Recalls
    Snack Mix Product Recalls
    Download All Recalled Peanut Butter Products

Brownie Product Recalls 
    Avanza Supermarket 
    Chef Jay's 
    Econofoods (excluding Wisconsin stores in Sturgeon Bay, Clintonville, Marquette, Holton and Iron Mountain) 
    Family Fresh Market 
    Family Thrift Center 
    Food Bonanza 
    Pick'n Save (Ohio stores in Van Wert and Ironton only) 
    Prairie Market 
    SunMart Foods 
    Wholesale Food Outlet 

Cake Product Recalls 
    Avanza Supermarket 
    Econofoods (excluding Wisconsin stores in Sturgeon Bay, Clintonville, Marquette, Holton and Iron Mountain) 
    Family Fresh Market 
    Family Thrift Center 
    Food Bonanza 
    Pick'n Save (Ohio stores in Van Wert and Ironton only) 
    Prairie Market 
    SunMart Foods 
    Wholesale Food Outlet 

Candy Product Recalls 
    Blanton's 
    Hy-Vee 
    Landies 
    Rain Creek Baking Company 
    Rain Creek Baking Corporation 
    Sinbad 
    SinbadSweets.com 
    South Bend Chocolate Company 
    Wegmans Swiss Recipe 

Cookie Product Recalls 
    ABC 
    Archer Farms 
    Arizona Gold 
    Avanza Supermarket 
    Baker Jo's Peanut Butter 
    Best Brands Corp. 
    Chef Jay's 
    Classic Breaks 
    Cub Foods 
    Dough-to-Go 
    Econofoods (Excluding Wisconsin stores in Sturgeon Bay, Clintonville, Marquette, Holton and Iron Mountain) 
    Evening Rise 
    Family Fresh Market 
    Family Thrift Center 
    Famous Amos 
    Food Bonanza 
    Food Lion Bake Shop 
    Gigi's 
    Gourmet Cookie Dough 
    Grandessa 
    Hy-Vee 
    Jimmy's Cookies 
    Keebler 
    Lofthouse 
    One Smart Cookie 
    Ovens of Ashley 
    Parco Foods Chuck's Chunky 
    Parker 
    Pastries Plus 
    Pick'n Save (Ohio stores in Van Wert and Ironton only) 
    Prairie Market 
    Sam's Choice 
    SunMart Foods 
    Trader Joe's 
    WalMart Bakery 
    Wholesale Food Outlet 

Cracker Product Recalls 
    Austin Quality Foods 
    Cambridge 
    Keebler 
    Little Debbie 
    Meijer 
    ShopRite 
    Weis Quality 

Fruit and Vegetable Product Recalls 
    Eating Right 
    H-E-Buddy 
    Ready Pac Cool Cuts 
    Trader Joe's 

Ice Cream Product Recalls 
    Meijer 
    Perry's 
    Private Selection 
    Shurfine 
    Wegman's 

Peanut Butter Product Recalls 
    GRANDE GOURMET 
    King Nut 
    POCO PAC 
    Parnell's Pride 
    Peanut Corporation of America or Parnell's Pride 
    Unbranded for further distribution 

Peanut Paste Product Recalls 
    Peanut Corporation of America or Parnell's Pride 

Pet Food Product Recalls 
    Carolina Prime 
    Carolina Prime Pet 
    Grreat Choice 
    Happy Tails 
    Healthy-hide Deli-wrap 
    Salix 
    Shoppers Valu 

Pet Food Peanut Paste Product Recalls 
    Peanut Corporation of America or Parnell's Pride 

Pre-Packaged Meals Product Recalls 
    Dinners Ready 
    Sure-Pak 

Snack Bar Product Recalls 
    Arbonne 
    Avanza Supermarket 
    CLIF BAR 
    Can Do Kid 
    Chef Jay's 
    Econofoods (Excluding Wisconsin stores in Sturgeon Bay, Clintonville, Marquette, Holton and Iron Mountain) 
    Evening Rise 
    Family Fresh Market 
    Family Thrift Center 
    Food Bonanza 
    GNC Triflex 
    Health Valley 
    Isagenix 
    Isagenix IsaLean 
    JamFrakas 
    Jenny's Cuisine 
    LUNA 
    LÄRABAR 
    MOJO 
    NUTRILITE 
    Naturally Preferred 
    Nestle 
    NutriPals 
    NutriSystem 
    Optimum Energy Bars 
    Pick'n Save (Ohio stores in Van Wert and Ironton only) 
    Prairie Market 
    Promax 
    Promax 70 
    Shaklee 
    SunMart Foods 
    SunRidge 
    Supreme Protein 
    TITAN 
    TWISTED 
    Think Thin 
    Trader Joe's 
    Whole Foods 
    Wholesale Food Outlet 
    Zone 
    ZonePerfect 

Snack Mix Product Recalls 
    Avanza Supermarket 
    Econofoods (Excluding Wisconsin stores in Sturgeon Bay, Clintonville, Marquette, Holton and Iron Mountain) 
    Family Fresh Market 
    Family Thrift Center 
    Food Bonanza 
    Pick'n Save (Ohio stores in Van Wert and Ironton only) 
    Prairie Market 
    SunMart Foods 
    Wholesale Food Outlet 


 

Download All Recalled Peanut Butter Products 
    Peanut Butter Recalls [Excel - 84KB] [PDF - 59KB] [XML
    Download Microsoft Excel Viewer 
    Download Acrobat Reader

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