Category Archives: Health

Germans want sane agriculture

19th of January was an entertaining day in Berlin. You could see a long column of tractors drive under the Brandenburg Gate, and about 35,000 protesters crowding the streets. Many held placards reading “Eating is political.” Their cause: replace industrial … Continue reading

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Killing Gaia from the bottom up

When considering the damage from climate change, we think of wildfire, flood, drought, superstorms, rising sea level, the wiping out of ecosystems like coral reefs and rainforest. However, there is a more subtle, and more deadly effect. A study in … Continue reading

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Reset your gut after the holidays

I respect Michelle Schoffro Cook on health matters. Her advice in on on renovating your gut biome after holiday excesses is spot on. After too much of all the wrong foods, it’s a good idea to look after the … Continue reading

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More on Monsanto

Bayer may have bought the brand (and the brand is burning them), but more court cases against Monsanto are coming. Katherine Paul, from the Organic Consumers Association has written a brief but informative essay at Daily Kos, setting out the … Continue reading

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Bug killers harm children

In my essay, How to Change the World, I use an organophosphate pesticide as a case study. A new, large scale report shows, yet again, that this entire class of poisons is deadly stuff for humans. Here is a plain-language … Continue reading

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Eating pesticide = increased cancer risk

Any sensible person knows that, but it’s nice to have scientific evidence. Nearly 69,000 people in France were followed up 4 years after they reported their preferences for organic food. Of several writeups, this is the best.

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Organic state rewarded

An entire state in India has gone 100% organic. As a result, it has been awarded the “Oscar for best agroecology practices,” the Future Policy Award 2018. We must not follow, or poor Bayer will lose their investment in Monsanto. … Continue reading

Posted in Climate change, environment, good news, Health

Dirt into soil

This is the title of Gabe Brown’s book, and the passion of his life. He has turned a failing chemical ranch into a thriving organic one, with a very long list of benefits. Read his inspiring story here.

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Organic vegie growing 101

We live on Poison Planet. I need to use Buddhist equanimity flat out, much of the time, because so many people I care for have cancer. Many of them are young. One of my lovely nieces is only a teenager, … Continue reading

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Another thing about glyphosate

Glyphosate is a poison. It kills things. Despite industry misinformation, the victims are not limited to weeds, but affect a huge range of organisms. A new study by Chinese scientists demonstrates that this includes gut bacteria in honeybees. Bees are … Continue reading

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