Food labels, nuclear power, pesticides in tea, Drift and more from the week-end readings

Dr. Marion Nestle affirms in her post titled FDA study: Do added nutrients sell products? (Of course they do) that food marketers know perfectly well that nutrients sell food products.

On a related topic, Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) Introduces Bill Ending Subsidy for Marketing Unhealthy Foods to Children.

Fukushima in Free-fall: Radioactive Water Filters Taken Offline, Tepco in Desperation as Leaks Just Won’t Stop (Natural News). As awful as the situation is, hopefully, this will pressure governments, communities and individuals to reconsider nuclear power. Mark Bittman continues the discussion in The New Nuclear Craze (NYT) by further clarifying safety and economic viability of nuclear power.

But as Japan plans to spend $470 million on a subterranean ice wall in a desperate attempt to stop leaks of radioactive water from the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant, Radiation Levels Spike Around Contaminated Tanks At Fukushima Nuclear Plant.

Origin conducted a remarkable interview with Brené Brown, PhD, LMSW, one of the best, well-known researchers on vulnerability. Her TEDx Houston talk, The Power of Vulnerability, has become one of the most watched talks on, with over 8.5 million views.

With the healthcare overhaul law and more evidences that healthcare cost are declining explained in  More Good News on Health Care: Medicare Costs Are Down, Down, Down (Mother Jones), the future [in this country] may be brighter than we think.

The newest update on fluoride – Fluoridating Water Supplies Keeps Us Dumb, Docile, and Sick – Let’s End It (Natural Society).

That Food Dyes are Linked to Cancer, ADHD, Allergies (Food Safety News) is not news but a good reminder as so many edible items around us today contain them.

Due to overdiagnosis of psychiatric disorders, medical treatment of normal behaviors, Big Pharma exploitation of psychiatry and the adverse effects of psychiatric medications, Our Society Breeds Anxiety, Depression and Dysfunction (AlterNet).

As more and more evidences suggest that pesticides used to treat crops are making honey bees susceptible to a fatal parasite and contributing to recent declines in bee populations, Florida Citrus Grower That Killed Millions of Bees With Pesticide Gets $1,500 Fine. In fact, honeybees are on a verge of collapse; Mother Jones’ article, The Mystery of Bee Colony Collapse, shines more light on the issue.

Before reaching for the next cup of your favorite tea, read Do You Know What’s Really In Your Tea? to learn if some of the heaviest pesticides are ending up in your mug/cup.

If possible, please, Tell Coke: Stop Running Ads Claiming that Diet Coke and Aspartame are Healthy.

An astonishing Jon McGoran’s new novel, Drift, is an ecological thriller about a small farming community invaded by a genetic engineering-focused crime ring. As David Morell , New York Times bestselling author of Murder as a Fine Art, expresses, “You’ll think twice about the food you put into your mouth after you read Drift. This thriller isn’t only compelling—it’s about something hugely important.

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