Why you should Adopt the Precautionary Principle at home (Abridged from an Article : Time to Heed the Evidence By Sean Palfrey, MD) We can work on and pass meaningful Safe Chemical Act reform and build in proactive responses to new evidence of medical danger whenever it appears which can stop jeopardizing the health of our children’s grandchildren. Abridged from an Article : Time to Heed the Evidence By Sean Palfrey, MDTwo generations ago, Rachel Carson woke us up, and her book and others sounded a clarion call that should have changed the country’s laissez faire attitude about inventing, using, and discarding chemicals into our air, water, and soil before we studied them to reassure ourselves that they were harmless
Archive for March, 2013
10 Reasons to Avoid GMOs The most important reason is GMO’s are unhealthy. The American Academy of Environmental Medicine (AAEM) urges doctors to prescribe non-GMO diets for all patients.Reprinted from The Campaign for Healthier Eating in America is designed to achieve a tipping point against GMOs in the US. They cite animal studies showing organ damage, gastrointestinal and immune system disorders, accelerated aging, and infertility. Human studies show how genetically modified (GM) food can leave material behind inside us, possibly causing long-term problems. Genes inserted into GM soy, for example, can transfer into the DNA of bacteria living inside us, and that the toxic insecticide produced by GM corn was found in the blood of pregnant women and their unborn fetuses. Numerous health problems increased after GMOs were introduced in 1996. The percentage of Americans with three or more chronic illnesses jumped from 7% to 13% in just 9 years; food allergies skyrocketed, and disorders such as autism, reproductive disorders, digestive problems, and others are on the rise. Although there is not sufficient research to confirm that GMOs are a contributing factor, doctors groups such as the AAEM tell us not to wait before we start protecting ourselves, and especially our children who are most at risk
Open Letter from World Scientists to All Governments Concerning Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs)
- The scientists are extremely concerned about the hazards of GMOs to biodiversity, food safety, human and animal health, and demand a moratorium on environmental releases in accordance with the precautionary principle.
- They are opposed to GM crops that will intensify corporate monopoly, exacerbate inequality and prevent the essential shift to sustainable agriculture that can provide food security and health around the world.
- They call for a ban on patents of life-forms and living processes which threaten food security, sanction biopiracy of indigenous knowledge and genetic resources and violate basic human rights and dignity.
- They want more support on research and development of non-corporate, sustainable agriculture that can benefit family farmers all over the world. (more…)
Shame on you Mr President
Late last night, President Obama signed HR 933 into law with biotech rider Sec. 735 – dubbed the Monsanto Protection Act – still contained. Simply put, the rider hidden in the text of the Farmer Assurance Provision – and has nothing to do with Continuing Resolution spending (HR 933) – protects Monsanto from the court system should they want to halt illegally planted or hazardous genetically modified crops. The USDA already gives biotech companies like Monsanto the thumbs up, trusting Monsanto’s own safety evaluations. Now the court system cannot intervene, which could prove detrimental to farmers who are sued by Monsanto for patent infringement when their GM seeds contaminate those farmers’ fields.
The rider was passed despite efforts of phone calls, emails, and forms asking for veto made by over a quarter-million concerned Americans given very little time to do so before the “must-pass” spending bill slipped through the House and Senate. That number comes just from Food Democracy Now!’s alert alone. That does not include the many contacts made by people who read alerts from many other websites and organizations.
|Call President Obama TODAY – 202.456.1111
Tell him to strike Section 735 from the 2013 Continuing Resolution!
On March 21st, Congress passed The Monsanto Protection Act that was slipped into a short term budget resolution. This dangerous rider found in Section 735 of the bill would create a precedent-setting limitation on judicial review of genetically-engineered crops, allowing them to be planted without federal safeguards in place that protect our environment, family farmers and citizens.
|Call the White House 3/26/13
Here is a see a sample script to use for your call:
“THIS IS (name), a registered voter from (city, state). I am calling with an urgent request that President Obama strike Section 735 from the 2013 Continuing Resolution. The rider defeats our country’s constitutionally guaranteed Separation of Powers between the Legislation and the Courts by prohibiting the Courts from exercising their role regarding USDA Regulation and the nation’s food safety. Please remove this harmful rider. Thank you.”
Arsenic – Stakeholder recommendations regarding US EPA’s Toxicological Review of Inorganic Arsenic – Scoping and Planning
These recommendations are respectfully submitted to the US EPA and NAS Arsenic Toxicology Review Panel by the following: Dr Kathleen Burns and Dr Micheal Harbut
Our written comments submitted at the January 8-9 US EPA arsenic stakeholder meeting titled “Toxicological Review of Arsenic Must Include Consideration of Disproportionately High Rates of Cardiovascular Disease in African Americans” are being submitted with these recommendations. The following recommendations are brief summaries on issues we consider important to the arsenic risk assessment scope and planning. Most are also more broadly relevant to the IRIS evaluations of all hazardous chemicals. We make these recommendations based on our experience in toxicology, epidemiology, risk assessment, public health, and medicine, with the goal of obtaining more informative, public health-oriented, and scientifically current toxicological reviews from US EPA. We will provide additional technical information and citations related to these issues when we submit recommendations regarding technical aspects that are scheduled by US EPA to be addressed in the near future.
European Parliament vote on EDCs conveys urgency of protecting health
Brussels, 13 March 2013 – The European Parliament vote adopting MEP Asa Westlund’s report on the protection of public health from endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) today reflects the serious concern and the strong desire to see comprehensive and multifaceted EU policy action, says the Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL) (1).
The Parliament’s report: “Calls on the Commission to revise its EU Strategy on endocrine disruptors so that it delivers effective protection of human health by placing greater emphasis on the precautionary principle … to work towards reducing human exposure to endocrine disruptors where necessary.” (Para 18)
Lisette van Vliet, Senior Policy Adviser, Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL), Email: email@example.com. Asa Westlund is rapporteur for the EP’s own initiative report on the “Protection of public health from endocrine disruptors”. Report on the protection of public health from endocrine disrupters (2012/2066(INI)) prior to the Plenary vote: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?pubRef=-//EP//TEXT+REPORT+A7-2013-0027+0+DOC+XML+V0//EN
Cancer is a Preventable Disease that Requires Major Lifestyle Changes. These observations indicate that most cancers are not of hereditary origin http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2515569/