Gardening, Guinea pigs, climate, bees and more from the week-end readings

In Highlands Today, Tracy Hodge lists the benefits of organic gardening.

It is no surprise that we are all Guinea pigs for big agrochemical and pharmaceutical companies. AlterNet’s You Are a Guinea Pig: What Happens to Your Body As It’s Bombarded by Toxic Chemicals in Your Home reiterate the issue by providing explanation and examples.

GMOs continue to be in the news as Washington State GMO labeling initiative to go to the voters in a November ballot. More from the GMOs world. Albeit an older article, from 2008, it eloquently and lucidly delineates the Potential Health Hazards of Genetically Engineered Foods. Worth viewing! And if nothing else, Why GMO Supporters Should Embrace Labels.

It has become wildly acknowledged that factory farming in the US has greatly contributed to global warming (and the destruction of Southeastern, New Jersey, New York and Connecticut coastlines). OCS reminds about Climate Chaos: Boycott Genetically Engineered and Factory-Farmed Foods. As the article points out, “Traditionally conservative World Bank scientists estimated in 2009 that animal farming worldwide emits at least 51 percent of the world’s greenhouse gasses every year.”

Bees – the very basic of life propagation – in the USA continue to suffer. While Europe Bans Bee-Harming Pesticides, US Keeps Spraying. And ‘Victory for bees’ as European Union bans neonicotinoid pesticides blamed for destroying bee population.

On a positive note, Illinoisans Firmly Reject Bill That Would Allow Fracking in Illinois as “the detrimental effects of fracking are numerous and well documented.”

Also, found in Kitchn, Two Terrific New Podcasts have just become available: Talking With My Mouth Full and Slate’s Table to Farm. And as mentioned in Kitchn (I concur) other good podcasts include Along Good Food, The Splendid Table, America’s Test Kitchen Radio, Spilled Milk, Joy the Baker/Homefries, and The Sporkful.

Beans are a marvel. Now more reasons to enjoy them as 3 Studies Link Beans to Cancer Prevention from Natural Society.

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