Category: Health & Disease

Medicinal Plants in Permaculture: Basil

Basil – Ocimum spp. Lamiaceae Herbs are often included in the permaculture design process and constitute a vital role in the garden for integrated pest management and bee fodder. They are also included because of their culinary properties and find themselves located near to the kitchen for easy access. However, these ‘culinary’ herbaceous plants are often underutilised as medicines. It is curious that many plants, and spices, get labelled as […]

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Monsanto’s New GMO Cotton Will Unleash a Triple Whammy of Toxic Herbicides

If you are still reeling from the news of the latest round of approvals for “Agent Orange” corn and soy, please sit down. More hopped up toxic combinations are on the way. Monsanto has a new “triple stack” GMO cotton up for deregulation with tolerance to dicamba, glyphosate, and glufosinate herbicides. They call it another “tool” for fighting superweeds. These glyphosate-resistant weeds have more than doubled since 2009 and are […]

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Yes to GMO Labeling is Winning 49 to 44% in Oregon Despite Millions in Negative Ads

The full scheduled voting on a state-wide ballot for Measure 92 in Oregon to label GMO foods won’t come in until November 4th, but voting has begun, and we’re winning! The measure would ensure that the labeling of genetically modified foods was mandatory, and that Big Food corporations along with Big Chemical like Monsanto and Dow wouldn’t be able to label foods ‘if they felt like it’ as the Grocery […]

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Pesticides and Autism Spectrum Disorders: New Findings from the CHARGE Study

by David C. Holzman A small but growing body of literature reports associations between pesticide exposures during pregnancy and characteristics of autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) or actual autism diagnosis.(1,2,3) A study published this month in EHP adds to the weight of this evidence, reporting an increased risk of ASD diagnosis among children whose mothers lived during pregnancy near fields where pesticides were applied.(4)

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Stephen Palumbi: The Hidden Toxins in the Fish We Eat (TED video)

There’s a tight link between the ocean’s health and ours, says marine biologist Stephen Palumbi. He shows how toxins at the bottom of the ocean food chain find their way into our bodies, with a shocking story of toxic contamination from a Japanese fish market. Further Reading: Pesticides, and You Synthetic Sea

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Guerilla Gardening in Rural Panama

A gnome (the author) in the Communal Garden Make no mistake, the war is on. The commodity is food, the source needs to be sustainable, and the community needs to know about it. If you are already into permaculture, or just gaining an interest, then congratulations and welcome to the peace-loving yet active front lines. We call it guerilla gardening.

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Join the Global Frackdown this Weekend! (October 11, 2014)

This Saturday we’re joining concerned citizens all over the world who are coming together to take a stand against fracking. Will you join us? As you know, fracking is an ongoing disaster for communities around the U.S.A. and increasingly around the world. But that hasn’t stopped the fossil fuel industry — they’re on the march, working tirelessly to buy off politicians and dig up every last bit of oil and […]

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Deciphering the Labels – Egg Cartons

We have all heard the terms ‘farm fresh’, ‘farm raised’, ‘cage free’, ‘free range’, ‘organic’, ‘pastured’, and, well, I am sure the list goes on and on, but what do they really mean and what are we getting? Small farmers are not only farming nowadays but they have now also taken on the task of being educators and marketers (not by choice might I add). Here is a look into […]

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Widespread Glyphosate Contamination in USA

Most comprehensive study reveals glyphosate and AMPA in the environment over 9 years and across 38 states. by Dr Eva Sirinathsinghji The most comprehensive research to date on environmental glyphosate levels exposes the widespread contamination of soil and water in the US, as well as its water treatment system. Looking at a wide range of geographical locations, researchers from the US Geological Survey (USGS) analysed 3732 water and sediment samples […]

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Unconventional Gas Development from Shale: Myths and Realities Related to Human Health Impacts

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sD7koag4QqE Part I Broken into two parts (one above, one below, and a question & answer session after that), this is a long but interesting watch. It was filmed in 2011 at a presentation by Dr Anthony Ingraffea (Ph.D., P.E., Cornell University) in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada, and covers many interesting and pertinent aspects of all fracking entails. Mr. Ingraffea’s good sense of humour makes the time pass fast, and […]

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