Charles Margulis

Mother Jones: Blinded by “Science” on GMO Food

Sarah Zhang’s defense of genetically modified (GMO) crops in Mother Jones purports to make the scientific case for the safety and environmental benefits of GMOs. It’s an easier case to make when one focuses solely on one GMO variety, as Zhang does, while ignoring the majority of GMOs grown worldwide. Zhang writes only about the…

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Big Pharma, Big Food, Big Trouble

In Born With a Junk Food Deficiency, Martha Rosenberg takes on many of the outrageous practices of the pharmaceutical and food industries. With scandalous food and drug safety lapses in the news nearly every day, it might seem impossible to expose anything very startling, yet as each new disturbing chapter unfolds, Rosenberg gets deeper into…

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Pink Slime Defenders To America: Eat Shit and Die

By now much of America has learned that they have been unknowingly eating pink slime burgers for many years, and the vehement and widespread consumer revulsion means that the slime burger industry is fighting for its life.  The controversy, first exposed by the New York Times in late 2009 (a piece we followed with our…

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This Little Piggy Is Not Going To Market

Following last week’s victory on the end of sales of a cancer-causing strawberry pesticide comes more good news for safe food: as a result of widespread consumer rejection of GMO food, Canadian researchers have been forced to shelve production of their experimental GMO hogs. The so-called Enviropig promised factory farmers a way to cram even…

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Not Monsanto's Biotech Basics: The ABCs of GMOs

Preceding the news yesterday that more than 1 million Americans have signed the petition calling on the FDA to label genetically modified (GMO) foods came more unsettling news about the biotech industry’s assault on our children’s minds. A primer on “biotechnology basics” for school children is being distributed by the trade group made up of…

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Top Ten Reasons NOT to Label GMO Food

Those nauseating food police are at it again. They say that GMO food may be harmful to our health, and they complain that without labels it is almost impossible to determine what harmful effects these untested foods may have. Sure, our children are the first generation who have been eating these foods for their entire…

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Walmart: Behind the Curve on GMO Corn

Last fall, biotech giant Monsanto announced its first new genetically modified (GMO) corn variety that would be intended for sale as whole food, in canned and frozen corn products. Previously most GMO corn went for animal feed or into highly processed foods, like corn syrup. But now, people could be eating whole corn engineered with…

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LA Times: Back to the ABC’s on Bee Deaths

Earlier this week, the Los Angeles Times ran a review of the import to California farming of healthy bee populations, including an overview of bee colony collapse disorder. While the story aptly covered some of the concerns and issues for food and farming, the Times piece completely ignored what some scientists believe may be a…

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Those Old, Reliable Farm Poisons – Anyone Still Driving an Edsel?

I’m sure there are offices where people are talking around the water cooler about the latest American Idol or what Snookie is wearing, but not at CEH. Here we tend towards more nerdy topics, like pesticides and health. In one such conversation just a couple of weeks ago, my colleague Caroline Cox, who has worked…

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Californians Tell New Pesticide Chief: Say No to Methyl Iodide

Mike Somers of Pesticide Watch delivering petitions to the DPR

Last week, advocates from the Pesticide Action Network brought petitions with more than 60,000 signatures to the desk Brian Leahy, California’s new Director of the Department of Pesticide Regulation, calling on him to rescind approval of the highly toxic strawberry pesticide methyl iodide. Research has linked methyl iodide to cancer, miscarriages, and groundwater contamination, yet…

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