Archive for January, 2014

EPA abandons major radiation cleanup in Florida, despite cancer concerns

 Note that the Center for Public Integrity is the source of this article which appears courtesy of the Global Security Newswire, a project of the nonprofit, nonpartisan Nuclear Threat Initiative. By Douglas P. Guarino published January 30, 2014

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

.http://www.publicintegrity.org/2014/01/30/14190/epa-abandons-major-radiation-cleanup-florida-despite-cancer-concerns (more…)


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RNAi Pesticides: Safety Mtg

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…)

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Legal Experts Reject Food Industry Claims that GMO Labeling Laws Are Unconstitutional
By Katherine Paul and Ronnie Cummins
Organic Consumers Association, January 23, 2014 
The food industry is playing every conceivable angle in its quest to keep labels off foods that contain genetically modified organisms (GMOs)—including, according to a leaked document, threatening to sue the first state that passes a GMO labeling law. (Maine and Connecticut passed GMO labeling laws in 2013. But both have “trigger” clauses that prevent the laws from taking effect until at least four neighboring states, with a combined population of 20 million inhabitants, pass similar labeling bills).
The Organic Consumers Association has obtained the Grocery Manufacturers Association’s (GMA) “One-Pager” of talking points about GMOs and labeling laws. The document is intended for use by food industry lobbyists whose job it is to convince state lawmakers to reject GMO labeling bills in their states.
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.

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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

fully referenced version of this paper is posted on ISIS members website and is otherwise available for download here

http://www.i-sis.org.uk/Phosphorus_Starvation_Threatens_the_World.php (more…)

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The Health Consequences of Smoking—50 Years of Progress: A Report of the Surgeon General, 2014

Fifty years after the U.S. surgeon general first linked cigarette smoking to deadly diseases such as lung cancer and heart disease, his successors continue to add to the list of health problems associated with tobacco use.
 Smoking is a cause of liver cancer and colorectal cancer, the fourth-most-diagnosed form of the disease in the United States, Acting Surgeon General Boris D. Lushniak found in a report released Friday. In addition, he said, smoking is a cause of Type 2 diabetes mellitus, age-related macular degeneration, erectile dysfunction and rheumatoid arthritis. It can impair the immune system, worsen asthma and cause cleft lips and palates in fetuses. And exposure to secondhand smoke can cause strokes

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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…)

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Agent Orange in our food ?

If you think Al Queda is the most dangerous terrorist organization we’re fighting, think again.
The USDA on the 3rd of January 2014 released its draft environmental impact statement as part of a review to determine whether to allow genetically engineered (GE) corn and soybean plants that are resistant to several herbicides including 2,4-D the main chemical found in Agent Orange. Public feedback can be provided athttp://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=APHIS-2013-0042. and the public review period is for 45 days from the date of publication in the Federal Register. Numerous epidemiological studies have linked 2,4-D to non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma

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