Beyond Blind Fold
By Todd Woody
As we’ve written before, the mysterious mass die-off of honey bees that pollinate $30 billion worth of crops in the US has so decimated America’s apis mellifera population that one bad winter could leave fields fallow. Now, a new study has pinpointed some of the probable causes of bee deaths and the rather scary results show that averting beemageddon will be much more difficult than previously thought.
Scientists had struggled to find the trigger for so-called Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) that has wiped out an estimated 10 million beehives, worth $2 billion, over the past six years. Suspects have included pesticides, disease-bearing parasites and poor nutrition. But in a first-of-its-kind study published today in the journal PLOS ONE, scientists at the University of Maryland and the US Department of Agriculture have identified a witch’s brew of pesticides and fungicides contaminating pollen that bees collect to feed their hives. The findings break new ground on why large numbers of bees are dying though they do not identify the specific cause of CCD, where an entire beehive dies at once.
Last updated 07:11 03/03/2014
knowing, as we did, Schapelle Corby’s first words on her release from prison – ”I feel like a crab” – what else was there to say? Not much, judging by Channel Seven’s much-hyped exclusive with the paroled drug smuggler.
It was the interview you have when you’re not having an interview. As revealing as a conversation with a circus mime. Seven’s Sunday Night programme paid dearly, if not in dollars then sense, for exclusive footage of Corby, 36, saying very little indeed.
There she was being barrelled into the back of a car, feeling like a crustacean. She giggled on arriving at a luxury Bali villa. She swam, fully dressed, in the sea at sunset. But she barely spoke, on camera at least. Reporter Mike Willesee had to relay her words to viewers.
”I’m not free,” she apparently told him, before asking, ”Do you think I will ever be normal and be able to walk down the street like other people?”
Published time: July 23, 2013 17:14
Edited time: July 24, 2013 18:12
Biotech giant Monsanto has been awarded yet another victory by the federal government thanks to a recent Environmental Protection Agency decision to allow larger traces of the herbicide glyphosate in farm-grown foods.
Despite a number of studies linking exposure to the chemical with diseases including types of cancer, the EPA is increasing the amount of glyphosate allowed in oilseed and food crops.
The EPA announced their plans on May 1 and allowed critics two months to weigh in and object to the ruling. Following little opposition, though, the EPA is on path to soon approve of levels of glyphosate being found in crops several times over the current concentration.
Glyphosate, a weed-killing chemical developed by Monsanto in 1970, is the key ingredient in the company’s “Roundup” label of herbicides. In the decades since, Monsanto has created and patented a number of genetically-modified organisms and genetically-engineered crops resisted to glyphosate that are sold worldwide under the company’s “Roundup Ready” brand. Those GMO products are then planted in fields where glyphosate, namely Roundup, is used en masse to eliminate weeds from taking over harvest. With scientists linking that chemical to cancerous diseases, though, critics decry the EPA decision and caution it could do more harm than good.
Published time: March 01, 2014 02:47
The Los Angeles, California City Council has passed a moratorium on hydraulic fracturing, making it the largest US city to prohibit the highly controversial oil and gas drilling procedure.
In a 10 to 0 vote in favor of a moratorium on Friday, the Los Angeles City Council curbed “all activity associated with well stimulation, including, but not limited to, hydraulic fracturing, gravel packing, and acidizing, or any combination thereof, and the use of waste disposal injection wells.” The vote makes Los Angeles the only oil-producing city in California to ban hydraulic fracturing, or fracking.
The moratorium will hold until the city can verify that fracking in the city will not harm public safety or compromise drinking water.
Fracking is the controversial process of injecting water, sand, and various chemicals into layers of rock, in hopes of releasing oil and gas deep underground.
The moratorium motion now moves to the city attorney’s office to be written as a zoning ordinance, and then it will return for a final council vote, according to EcoWatch.
Published time: February 28, 2014 20:26
Edited time: March 01, 2014 10:54
Nearly 500 food items commonly sold in the United States contain a chemical compound also used in synthetic leathers and yoga mats, but a health research and advocacy organization is aiming to change that.
Fast-food chain restaurant Subway made headlines earlier this month when it announced that it would no longer be including that compound — azodicarbonamide, or ADA — as a “dough conditioner” in the sandwich bread used in thousands of locations around the globe. But researchers at the Environmental Working Group say Subway isn’t the only guilty party, and that roughly 130 other companies mass-produce and sell an array of products that should have that chemical from their recipes as well.
According to a report released by that group on Thursday this week, consumers are just about as likely to find azodicarbonamide while at the grocery store as they would be inside a plastics factory. The Environmental Working Group, or EWG, has been constructing a database containing the ingredients of 80,000 foods sold across the US, and say Subway shouldn’t be the only ones changing their recipes.
From Wikipedia As a food additive, azodicarbonamide is used as a flour bleaching agent and an improving agent. It reacts with moist flour as an oxidizing agent. The main reaction product is biurea, a derivative of urea, which is stable during baking. Secondary reaction products include semicarbazide and ethyl carbamate. The United States and Canada permit the use of azodicarbonamide at levels up to 45 ppm. In Australia and Europe the use of azodicarbonamide as a food additive is banned.
My Conclusion: As this food additive is banned in the EU and Australia but it’s still legal in the United State and Canada and can be used up to 45 ppm and is that still safe? As I heard about the Food Babe talking the chemical azodicarbonamide (E927) has been in Subway Sandwiches on the Alex Jones Show on You Tube. Also you visit foodbabe.com for more info about food additives.