The Environmental Protection Agency is walking away after a decades-long battle with Florida politicians and industry officials over cleaning up phosphate-mining waste in an area that could expose more than 100,000 residents to cancer-causing radiation levels. Under a decision quietly finalized two weeks ago, the federal agency will leave it to state officials to decide the fate of the sites in and around Lakeland, an approximately 10-square-mile residential area midway between Orlando and Tampa
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IMPORTANT: EPA FIFRA Science Advisory Panel agenda on RNAi pesticides: Safety Mtg Jan 28, 2014Arlington, VA [GMO Food]
This is the PRELIMINARY REGULATORY DISCUSSION of a NEW CLASS OF GMO PESTICIDES with UNKNOWN RISKS that involve ACTIVE GENETIC INTERFERENCE with the internal metabolic functions of target species. Notably, these new RNAi pesticides may be incorporated into HUMAN FOOD CROPS and may be eaten by humans.
This raises more than just issues of allergy. These genetic sequences may be pharmacologically active in that they may shut off genetically controlled cellular functions.
Notably, under the U.S. system of pesticide regulation, pesticides are generally considered to be innocent until proven guilty. The Administrator of EPA can regulate pesticides to “prevent unreasonable adverse effects on human health and the environment”. (more…)
The talking points include the usual misinformation about GMO safety testing and the so-called benefits of GMOs. But they also include claims that GMO labeling laws are unconstitutional—claims that legal experts say are baseless.
The world is running short of phosphate ore for chemical fertilizers; recovering phosphate from waste and reducing phosphate use in phosphate rich countries can alleviate the shortage and simultaneously prevent environmental pollution Prof Joe Cummins
The Health Consequences of Smoking—50 Years of Progress: A Report of the Surgeon General, 2014
- Executive Summary
- Full Report
- Consumer Booklet
- Order Documents
- Fact Sheets
- Video and Podcast Series
- Partner Resources (more…)
Complete Genes May Pass from Food to Human Blood
Our bloodstream is considered to be an environment well separated from the outside world and the digestive tract. According to the standard paradigm large macromolecules consumed with food cannot pass directly to the circulatory system. During digestion proteins and DNA are thought to be degraded into small constituents, amino acids and nucleic acids, respectively, and then absorbed by a complex active process and distributed to various parts of the body through the circulation system. Here, based on the analysis of over 1000 human samples from four independent studies, we report evidence that meal-derived DNA fragments which are large enough to carry complete genes can avoid degradation and through an unknown mechanism enter the human circulation system. In one of the blood samples the relative concentration of plant DNA is higher than the human DNA. The plant DNA concentration shows a surprisingly precise log-normal distribution in the plasma samples while non-plasma (cord blood) control sample was found to be free of plant DNA
Sándor Spisák ,Norbert Solymosi,Péter Ittzés,András Bodor,Dániel Kondor,Gábor Vattay,Barbara K. Barták,Ferenc Sipos, Orsolya Galamb,Zsolt Tulassay, Zoltán Szállási, Simon Rasmussen, Thomas Sicheritz-Ponten, Søren Brunak, Béla Molnár, István Csabai
Published: July 30, 2013 DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0069805 (more…)