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Thomas Riggins: Bum Rap for the Rapa Nui New research on Easter Island calls into question the theory of self induced cultural collapse. 1 

Thomas Riggins: Women, Fertility and the Rise of Modern Capitalism: Review Review of an economics article in Science, official publication of the AAAS. 1 
Karl Grossman: GMO Food in the U.S. and the Biotechnology Industry's Power Will New York be the first state to require the labeling of food containing what has become known as GMO--genetically modified organisms? More than 60 countries have enacted laws banning the use of GMO in producing food or requiring the labeling of food with ingredients that have utilized genetic modication. But because of heavy pressure by the biotechnology industry, there are no such laws or regulations in the United States. 2 

Sustainable Farming Proven to Increase Yield at Zero Cost In potentially "the most important agricultural study this year," researchers find that sustainable farming methods can help conventional agriculture "shed much of its chemical use," according to New York Times writer and food author Mark Bittman.

Prehistoric Humans Prospered Before Agricultural Boom? The development of agriculture facilitated extensive human population growths and activities, but whether these major expansions began before or after the Neolithic era, a period during which humans started to grow crops and domesticate animals, remains controversial. Agriculture is thought to have first developed in the Fertile Crescent of West Asia around 12-11,000 years ago, and was then developed independently over the nex...
People For The Ethical Treatment Of Animals: Eat Vegan To Beat Breast Cancer--Doctor's Orders Does the nation seem to have a pink tint to it these days? It's not your vision--it's National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. But when it comes to winning the war on breast cancer, eating "green"--in other words, eating vegan foods--is more effective than buying pink. 2 

Record Loss Of Arctic Ice May Trigger Extreme Weather Arctic sea ice is shrinking at a rate much faster than scientists ever predicted and its collapse, due to global warming, may well cause extreme weather this winter in North America and Europe, according to climate scientists. Decades ago, Arctic ice covered about 6 million square miles of sea in the winter, and would shrink to about 3 million square miles in the summer. The rate of summer melt increased enormously around 2005...

Ridiculous Study Claims Organic Same as Conventional The latest study to demonize foods free of GMO ingredients and mercury-containing high-fructose corn syrup ultimately once again fails to accurately address key aspects of the conventional verses organic debate and even falls short of properly addressing the limited scope of concerns it does attempt to analyze. You can see even from the comments on many of the mainstream reports that readers quickly saw through the eroneous "o... 2 

Greater Global Food Output, Less Environmental Impact? "Can we have enough to eat and a healthy environment, too? Yes -- if we're smart about it, suggests a study published in Nature this week by a team of researchers from the University of Minnesota and McGill University in Montreal." A more sensible choice would be cut the existing population in half; in fact, if we don't, what exactly does anyone think will happen next? 2 
Busted: Biotech Leader ‘Syngenta’ Charged Over Covering Up Animal Deaths from GM Corn Read more: http://naturalsoci In a victory against genetically modified creations, a major biotech company known as Syngenta has been criminally charged for denying knowledge that its GM Bt corn actually kills livestock. What’s more is not only did the company deny this fact, but they did so in a civil court case that ended back in 2007. The charges were finally issued after a long legal struggle against the mega corp initiated by a German farmer whose d... 1 

Can Organic Food Feed the World? Can organic agriculture feed the world? Although organic techniques may not be able to do the job alone, they do have an important role to play in feeding a growing global population while minimizing environmental damage, according to researchers at McGill University and the University of Minnesota. 2 

Study: Genetically Modified Corn Increases Body Weight in Rats Many crops in the U.S. are now genetically modified. For example, 93 percent of soybeans grown in the US are genetically engineered, as are: 86% of all corn 93% of canola 93% of cottonseed oil Between 2008 and 2009, 95% of all sugarbeets planted were genetically engineered to be able to tolerate high doses of the pesticide Roundup Some allege that Roundup kills healthy gut bacteria, and that genetically modified crops c...
Laurie Endicott Thomas: Even Small Amounts of Any Animal-Source Foods Are Bad for You A recent study showed that eating a lot of red meat is hazardous. Yet earlier work showed that eating any animal-based food is hazardous. 32 

Steve Corrick: A Green Power House Rises in Cellulose Valley: How the Flathead Valley is Helping Fund Its Own New Energy Economy Renewable energy is not only about new sources for electricity. Algae Aqua-Culture Technology of Columbia Falls, Montana is developing an organic carbon (TM) plant to convert excess wood and agricultural biomass into organic fertilizer and soil amendment. Their Green Power House (TM) is off-grid, fossil-fuel-free, carbon negative, and produces fertilizer, food, fuel, fresh water and farmland twelve months a year. 1 

Daniel Taylor: THE issue of our time: Genetic Armageddon Daniel Taylor | If the Scientific Dictatorship is allowed to continue without debate, the survival of the human species is at risk. 1 

Joan Brunwasser: Magazine Publisher Moonlights as Urban Beekeeper I wasn't really interested in bees in the beginning. Sure, I love honey and always have. I had an uncle who kept bees and used to give us giant jars of the thick, golden liquid sunshine with the comb when I was a kid. And, after I had been keeping bees for a few years, I found out my dad had kept bees when he was in 4H. So, maybe it is in my DNA. 2 

POOP BURGER: Japanese Researcher Creates Artificial Meat From Human Feces Mr Science explains to us why eating other people's sh*t is a great new way to contribute to the health of the planet. 8 

Nathan Runkle: Felony Animal Cruelty Warrants Issued following MFA's Undercover Investigation at Texas Calf Factory Farm If you missed seeing the cruelty perpetrated on innocent calves at the E6 Cattle Company ranch, there is a video shot by Mercy for Animals in this post. This is why I believe ALL Christian churches and ALL religious faiths should have a teaching on compassion to animals. 4 

Genetically modified cows produce 'human' milk - Telegraph The scientists have successfully introduced human genes into 300 dairy cows to produce milk with the same properties as human breast milk. Human milk contains high quantities of key nutrients that can help to boost the immune system of babies and reduce the risk of infections. The scientists behind the research believe milk from herds of genetically modified cows could provide an alternative to human breast milk and form...

Tawanda Kanhema: Book reveals caloric divide between rich, poor A feature of the book What I Eat: Around the World in 80 Diets by Peter Menzel and Faith D'Aluisio. 1 

Andrea Silverthorne: *Media Complicity In Eco-Fraud Media Complicity In Eco-Fraud Analysis of a major network's story on oxygen depletion in the Gulf of Mexico and the issue of fairness and appropriateness: CNN, August 30, 2010. That story attributes the cause of oxygen depletion to nitrate runoff, which is inaccurate in the extreme. The cause is due to leakage of oil and methane gas in the Gulf of Mexico. 1 
M. Wizard: The Origin of All Indian Spirituality The Vedas are generally considered to be the basis of Hinduism, and the Upanishads have been called 'the milk of the Vedas" because they contain the utterances of the ancient saints, sages and seers on the nature of reality; having influenced Goethe, Schopenhauer, Emerson, Thoreau and countless others...
Stanimal: Re-packaged Tainted Milk Powder In China A Threat To Infant's Health A AP News report on China's tainted milk powder promised to be destroyed by government is instead repackagerd and sold as non-tainted. Now how much more evidence does one need to prove China is more "Capitalist" than "Communist"?
M. Wizard: Okay, So Maybe You Don't Believe He Lived Without Eating Food For 250 Years.... ...and maybe you don't speak Russian. But just how long do you think you'd last in that house-on-stilts? 1 
Stephen Fox: Roger Williams, UK Parliament Member, Applauds Reinvestigation of Aspartame's Neurotoxicity Williams said: "Although the Food Standards Agency [UK's FDA] says this product's safety has been established, the fact that a fresh scoping study is being carried out points to concern about aspartame. In recent years I have done significant work on these chemical compounds and my belief is that they can have profoundly damaging effects on certain individuals."
Laudyms: Just Say No To GMOs The American Academy of Environmental Medicine says: "several animal studies indicate serious health risks associated with GM food consumption including infertility, immune dysregulation, accelerated aging, dysregulation of genes associated with cholesterol synthesis, insulin regulation, cell signaling, and protein formation, and changes in the liver, kidney, spleen and gastrointestinal system. ..." 3 
Laudyms: Secretary of Ag Vilsack pledges to promote Big Biotech While the Obama Administration has supported organics with several notable actions during its first 100 days of office, Secretary of Agriculture Vilsack pledged to promote Big Biotech abroad as part of President Obama's foreign policy. Tell him this is a bad idea. We want a sustainable agri. policy! 2 
Laudyms: 4 Reasons Why 'Modern' Agriculture Is Bad For You Here are four of the negative effects of industrial agriculture on the well-being of people and the ecosystems we depend on: Genital feminization of male humans and animals caused by ag chemicals. Herbicides linked to cancer, neurological disorders. Antibiotics fed to livestock have created antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Plants absorb antibiotics from soil amendments.
Laudyms: Concerned Scientists Offer Online Column on the Science of Agriculture A new online UCS column, "The Real Scoop," will offer a science-based perspective on industrial-style agriculture. Written by Doug Gurian-Sherman, senior scientist and author of the report Failure to Yield, the column will cover genetic engineering, CAFOs (confined animal feeding operations), and other food production methods that have enormous impacts on human health, the environment, and society.

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