Daily Archives: September 19, 2012

Don’t feed GMO corn to your pet rats

From Ben Hirschler and Kate Kelland, on Reuters:

(Reuters) – In a study that prompted criticism from other experts, French scientists said on Wednesday that rats fed on Monsanto’s genetically modified (GM) corn or exposed to its top-selling weedkiller suffered tumors and multiple organ damage.

Gilles-Eric Seralini of the University of Caen and colleagues said ra]ts fed on a diet containing NK603 – a seed variety made tolerant to dousings of Monsanto’s Roundup weedkiller – or given water with Roundup at levels permitted in the United States, died earlier than those on a standard diet. Continue reading

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Can “learning gardens” in American schools reverse childhood obesity?

From Jane Black:

“The slogan “Think Different” has become a mantra for a generation of Silicon Valley entrepreneurs. So when high-tech-millionaire-turned-restaurateur Kimbal Musk envisioned a network of Learning Gardens for public schools, he didn’t settle for the usual framed, raised beds.

Instead, he thought of swooping, curved planters made of food-grade plastic, each with an irrigation system tucked away inside: a “product” that could be replicated quickly, at relatively affordable prices.

Product is not a word usually associated with organic temples of experiential learning. But like chef-restaurateur Alice Waters, who launched the American school-garden craze 15 years ago in Berkeley, Calif., Musk, 39, says such gardens are essential to reversing obesity, which now afflicts one in three American children. Continue reading

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She has taken it as far as she can go…

From “Lifestock – a call to farms”:

Shepherd Montana Jones with one of her Shropshire sheep

I’ve gone as far as I can go…well..even further than I imagined I’d ever need to.

A dozen years ago I began efforts to save a rare heritage breed of endearing fuzzy-faced sheep from extinction. The Shropshire.

I went from the earthly joys of shepherding…the satisfaction of long hours working with earth and animals, to the place I stand today. I stand to lose my farm. Simply for wishing to live quietly. Then for suggesting that our government re-examine their protocols involving agricultural biodiversity.

I went from from disbelief that a sheep in my flock had scrapie (which stands true to this day) to horror at what degree of harm a government agency (Canadian Food Inspection Agency—CFIA) can do with an incredible amount of money and a superfluous number of relatively incompetent employees. Over two and a half years ago, I was advised to roll over, let them kill my healthy sheep, take their money and move on.  Other commercial sheep producers did…why shouldn’t I? Continue reading

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