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Ed Rosenthal /Florikan honored with  USEPA Gulf Guardian Award for education and research into nutrient run off and the cause of Red Tide escalation near shore Attached is the USEPA download of the 2008 Gulf Guardian Award video on YouTube.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QntVl_ASkK0 (more…)

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When it comes to pesticides, children are among the most vulnerable. Pound for pound, they drink 2.5 times more water, eat 3-4 times more food, and breathe 2 times more air. They therefore absorb a higher concentration of pesticides than do adults.

Infants and children also face unique exposure because of how they interact with the world: they crawl on the ground, and put things in their mouths – including their hands. They also face exposure during critical windows in the womb and via breast milk.Research indicates that children exposed to pesticides either in utero, or during other critical periods face significant health risks including higher incidence of:

  • Birth defects
  • Childhood brain cancers
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD)
  • Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (AD/HD)
  • Neurodevelopmental delays
  • Endocrine dysruption (more…)

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Exposure to chemicals early in life may alter how breast tissue develops and raise the risks of breast cancer and lactation problems later in life, scientists concluded in a report published. The scientists are urging federal officials to add new tests for industrial chemicals and pesticides to identify ones that might disrupt breast development.concerned that chemicals acting like hormones may raise the risk of breast cancer if exposures come during critical development times — in the womb, and during puberty and pregnancy.

The scientists are urging federal officials to add new tests for industrial chemicals and pesticides to identify ones that might disrupt breast development. In some cases, they said, mammary glands are more sensitive to effects of hormone-disrupting chemicals than any other part of the body, so low levels of exposure may be causing breast changes. Although many experts have long debated the role of the environment in breast cancer, the possibility that chemicals are changing how and when breasts develop is a relatively new concern for scientists. (more…)

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Lucia Graves article in the Huffington Post and Earth Open Source a non-profit organization specializing in businesstechnology and genetic engineering,

A comprehensive review of existing data released this month by Earth Open Source, an organization that uses open-source collaboration to advance sustainable food production, suggests that industry regulators in Europe have known for years that glyphosate, originally introduced by American agricultural biotechnology giant Monsanto in 1976, causes birth defects in the embryos of laboratory animals.

Founded in 2009, Earth Open Source is a non-profit organisation incorporated in the U.K. but international in scope. Its three directors, specializing in businesstechnology and genetic engineering, work pro-bono along with a handful of young volunteers. Partnering with half a dozen international scientists and researchers, the group drew its conclusions in part from studies conducted in a number of locations, including ArgentinaBrazilFrance and the United States.

The chemical at the heart of the planet’s most widely used herbicide Glysophate marketed as — Roundup weedkiller, used in farms and gardens across the U.S. — is coming under more intense scrutiny following the release of a new report calling for a heightened regulatory response around its use.

Critics have argued for decades that glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup and other herbicides used around the globe, poses a serious threat to public health. Industry regulators, however, appear to have consistently overlooked their concerns. (more…)

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Last week the National Toxicology Program, part of the US Department of Health and Human Services, released its 12th Report on Carcinogens. The release of the report made waves because it listed two substances not previously recognized by the US government as being linked to the development of cancer: formaldehyde (listed in the report as a known human carcinogen) and styrene (listed as reasonably anticipated to cause cancer in humans). Formaldehyde is used in construction materials, particle board, furniture, and as a preservative, among other uses; styrene is used in insulation, auto parts, ink cartridges, food packaging, and other products. (more…)

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“This Earth is precious, and to harm the Earth is to heap contempt on its creator.

The whites too shall pass, perhaps sooner than all other tribes.

Continue to contaminate your bed, and you will one night suffocate in your own waste.” (more…)

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What did you do once you knew?

“It’s 3:23 in the morning and I’m awake… because my great great grandchildren won’t let me sleep.

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