Dodgy food practices, children and chemicals, coconut oil and others from the week-end readings

Tom Philpott from Mother Jones enlightens us on 7 Dodgy Food Practices Banned in Europe But Just Fine Here (the US). (Warning: your hair will stand up)

Over 5000 children’s products contain toxic chemicals linked to cancer, hormone disruption, and reproductive problems, according to reports filed with the Washington State Department of Ecology (Ecology).  The Washington Toxics Coalition and Safer States just published a report revealing the chemicals.

Natural Society describes the many benefits of … see for yourself.

Jill Richardson in her article, The Price of Our Fertilizer Addiction, in Other Words, describes the benefits of organic farming and suggests that “Compared to the lifetime of grieving ahead for the people of West, Texas, a few years of reduced crop yields is a small price to pay for converting from “conventional” to organic farming.”

As written previously, studies in Europe, Russia, and other countries are showing that genetically modified food (GMOs) cause serious health problems in laboratory mice and rats. In Food Revolution Network, Former Pro-GMO Scientist Speaks Out On The Real Dangers of Genetically Engineered Food. The article explains that “In 2009 the American Academy of Environmental Medicine called for a moratorium of GM foods, safety testing and labeling. Their review of the available literature at the time noted that animals show 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. Monsanto writes “There is no need to test the safety of GM foods”. So long as the engineered protein is safe, foods from GM crops are substantially equivalent and they cannot pose any health risks.” The US Food and Drug Administration waived all levels of safety testing in 1996 before approving the commercialization of these crops. Nothing more than voluntary research is necessary, and the FDA does not even want to see the results.” (see the whole article for the complete explanation)

It also mentions previously shared report from Earth Open Source, “GMO Myths and Truths.”

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