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MSNBC

by JoNel Aleccia

May 22, 2012

Nearly 1,000 dogs reportedly have been sickened by chicken jerky pet treats from China, according to a new tally of complaints from worried owners and veterinarians submitted to federal health officials.

The Food and Drug Administration has logged some 900 reports of illnesses and deaths since November, when it warned owners about continued problems with the products known variously as chicken jerky strips, treats and nuggets, a spokeswoman said. Back then, the agency already had heard from 70 owners about problems ranging from vomiting and diarrhea to kidney failure and other serious ailments after animals reportedly consumed the treats. Since then, complaints have mounted steadily, putting growing pressure on the FDA to solve the problem.

althealthworks.com

by Nick Meyer

September 1, 2016

My name is Robert, and I am a Cornell University undergraduate student. However, I'm not sure if I want to be one any more. Allow me to explain.

Cornell, as an institution, appears to be complicit in a shocking amount of ecologically destructive, academically unethical, and scientifically deceitful behavior. Perhaps the most potent example is Cornell's deep ties to industrial GMO agriculture, and the affiliated corporations such as Monsanto. I'd like to share how I became aware of this troubling state of affairs.

occupymonsanto360.org

by Occupy Monsanto

February 14, 2013

This is the English subtitled trailer of the full film on Séralini's study, which is the only long-term study on the commercialized GM maize NK603 and the pesticide (Roundup) it is designed to be grown with.

Seralini designed his 2012 study as a direct followup of a previous study on the same NK603 maize conducted by Monsanto to support its application for regulatory authorization. Monsanto's study was a 90-day rat feeding trial on NK603. Monsanto published the results of its test in 2004,1 the same year that the maize was authorized in the EU. Differences were found in the GM-fed rats, but the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) claimed that the differences were "of no biological significance" and that the maize was as safe as non-GM maize. Seralini's team obtained Monsanto's raw data and re-analyzed it. They found signs of liver and kidney toxicity in the GM-fed rats, publishing their findings in a peer-reviewed journal in 2009.

treehugger.com

by Jeff Nield

June 21, 2011

I wrote earlier about the Environmental Working Group's (EWG) updated Dirty Dozen list of most toxic produce from a consumer perspective.

Shortly after the list was announced, Tom Philpott, now at Mother Jones asked, "What about the farm workers?" Turns out that the cleanest produce from a consumer perspective - the "Clean Fifteen" - are at least as toxic as the "Dirty Dozen". I looked up the total amount of pesticides applied in California in 2009 to each of the Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen items and also the total number of acres planted for each, and calculated pesticide use intensity for each. (I used California data since its the only data available, and since pineapples, mangoes, and blueberries aren't grown in California I had to omit these). Here's what I found...

mrconservative.com

by Kristin Tate

May 17, 2013

A local Seattle bookshop quickly transformed into what appeared to be a crime scene all because of a ... granola bar wrapper. Yes, you read that correctly.

Around 7 a.m. on Wednesday, police and a bomb squad were called to Mystery Bookshop to investigate a "suspicious package". Officers reached the scene to discover an inflated granola bar wrapper and a computer modem card attached by a phone cord, all placed on top of a piece of white paper. After a mere five minutes, the bomb squad determined that the granola bar wrapper and computer modem were just that- a harmless granola bar wrapper and computer modem on a piece of paper. Amber, an employee at the bookshop, wrote on the store's website that she appreciated the police's response to the call. "In this day and age, you cannot be too careful," she wrote. Good grief.

spreadlibertynews.com

by Ezra Van Auken

March 8, 2013

It would be naive to say that what Senator Rand Paul did four twelve hours, fifty-two minutes and eleven seconds from Wednesday into the first hour of Thursday morning did nothing to resonate with leftist groups and once mainstream Republicans.

From the time Sen. Paul took the floor until the time he finished his statements and yielded his time, old-school Republicans were itching to fire back. One major feature to Sen. Paul's filibuster delivery was the drive by social media, which turned the Kentucky Senator into a household name for nearly forty-eight hours. The Twitter trends echoed "#StandWithRand" and "#Filibuster" for over a day, bringing in thousands of discouraged Americans, those who believe the direction of this country is in need of a U-turn. Sen. Paul's actions also prompted those disengaged with the Republican Party to rekindle new hopes.

globalresearch.ca

by F. William Engdahl

June 4, 2013

On May 31 world media headlines read similar to this from Reuters: "Monsanto backing away from GMO crops in Europe." The original source for the story is attributed to a German left daily.

Ursula Lüttmer-Ouazane reportedly told Taz "We've come to the conclusion that this has no broad acceptance at the moment." Her remarks were circulated worldwide and Reuters interviewed Monsanto corporate spokesman Thomas Helscher who reportedly said, "We're going to sell the GM seeds only where they enjoy broad farmer support, broad political support and a functioning regulatory system. As far as we're convinced this only applies to a few countries in Europe today, primarily Spain and Portugal."

althealthworks.com

by Nick Meyer

April 7, 2014

Even as the United States government continues to push for the use of more chemically-intensive and corporate-dominated farming methods such as GMOs and monoculture-based crops, the United Nations is once against sounding the alarm.

According to the new UN report, major changes are needed in our food, agriculture and trade systems, with a shift toward local small-scale farmers and food systems recommended. Diversity of farms, reducing the use of fertilizer and other changes are desperately needed according to the report, which was highlighted in this article from the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy.

salon.com

by Radley Balko

July 7, 2013

SWAT teams raiding poker games and trying to stop underage drinking? Overwhelming paramilitary force is on the rise

Sal Culosi is dead because he bet on a football game - but it wasn't a bookie or a loan shark who killed him. His local government killed him, ostensibly to protect him from his gambling habit. Several months earlier at a local bar, Fairfax County, Virginia, detective David Baucum overheard the thirty-eight-year-old optometrist and some friends wagering on a college football game. "To Sal, betting a few bills on the Redskins was a stress reliever, done among friends," a friend of Culosi's told me shortly after his death. "None of us single, successful professionals ever thought that betting fifty bucks or so on the Virginia-Virginia Tech football game was a crime worthy of investigation." Baucum apparently did. After overhearing the men wagering, Baucum befriended Culosi as a cover to begin investigating him. During the next several months, he talked Culosi into raising the stakes of what Culosi thought were just more fun wagers between friends to make watching sports more interesting. Eventually Culosi and Baucum bet more than $2,000 in a single day. Under Virginia law, that was enough for police to charge Culosi with running a gambling operation. And that's when they brought in the SWAT team.

fortune.com

by Tom Huddleston, Jr.

September 7, 2014

The great-grandchildren of the woman who once served as Aunt Jemima filed a class action suit seeking royalty back payments.

The suit, which also names as defendants Pinnacle Foods and its former suitor Hillshire Brands, accuses the companies of failing to pay Harrington and her heirs an "equitable fair share of royalties" from the pancake mix and syrup brand that uses her likeness and recipes. According to the lawsuit, Quaker Oats took control of "64 of [Harrington's] recipes and 22 complete menus" and marketed them to the public.

      

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