Monthly Archives: November 2009

In gmo world, less = more

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The “Masters of the Universe,” those mighty CEOs of the GMO world are so good at presenting their vision of a sustainable future. One of the main tenets of their faith in GMOs is that it has reduced the amount of pesticides applied to growing crops. For this reason, GMOs are a major boon for the environment.

Maybe not.

A new report — Impacts of Genetically Engineered Crops on Pesticide Use: The First Thirteen Years — authored by Chuck Benbrook and just released by The Organic Center, tells a different story.

GE crops are pushing pesticide use upward at a rapidly accelerating pace. In 2008, GE crop acres required over 26% more pounds of pesticides per acre than acres planted to conventional varieties…this trend will continue as a result of the rapid spread of glyphosate-resistant weeds.

Q. How do we know when we are going in the wrong direction?

A. When our solutions cause more problems than they solve.

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Chemicals inside and out

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Remember to use protection.

Of the 85,000 man-made chemicals registered by the federal government, we know very little. They are in our environment and they are in us. Here’s an interesting article about a guy trying to find out what he’s got inside and what it means.

“…we do know a few unnerving things. One, all American adults carry around hundreds of synthetic chemicals in their bodies. Two, as a study published in the British Medical Journal in 2004 put it, “many synthetic chemicals have intrinsic hormonal activity,” and hormonal disruptions carry a high likelihood of causing disease. And three, according to the same study, “it is clear that environmental and lifestyle factors are key determinants of human disease—accounting for perhaps 75 percent of most cancers.”

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