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Meat Inspectors Speak out-But Government Doesn’t Want to Hear Them – Food Revolution Network

It has been several years since Jose Navarro, a federal poultry inspector died at the age of 37, a victim of increasingly noxious chemicals used in poultry and meat production. Chemicals like ammonia, chlorine and peracetic acid are frequently employed to kill aggressive bacteria in meat and poultry. Navarro coughed up blood several months before his death, the Washington Post reported and died in November 2011 of lung and kidney failure, according to the autopsy report. An OSHA inspector during a subsequent investigation said “the combination of disinfectants and other chemicals” in addition to pathogens such as salmonella “could be causing significant health problems for processing-plant occupants,” reports the Post. The plant where Navarro worked and the chicken industry defend the chemicals as safe. Consumers and food activists often criticize the sped up, barely-regulated operations at commercial slaughterhouses that harm workers and animals in the quest for cheaper meat. But increasingly federal meat inspectors themselves are speaking out about the broken system. More http://foodrevolution.org/blog/meat-inspectors-speak-out-but-government-doesnt-want-to-hear-them/ Read more...

News – ‘Sixth mass extinction': Earth’s species disappearing at frightening rate, new study says

… Past mass extinctions were caused by massive volcanic eruptions and an asteroid falling from the sky. Now, humans are delivering the coup de grâce, according to the team. We’re emitting carbon that drives climate change and ocean acidification. We’re also cutting down forests, introducing invasive species and releasing poisons into fragile ecosystems. More http://www.mercurynews.com/science/ci_28345327/sixth-mass-extinction-earths-species-disappearing-at-frightening Read more...

Fast food boosts obesity and lowers academic grades : News : News Every Day

Daily consumption of fast food not only causes obesity but hurts children’s academic performance, a new study published by SAGE Journal says. Students who attempt to consume fast food even just once everyday exhibit very slow progress in math, reading, and science skills, as compared to others who keep away from fast food, according to thinkprogress.com. Like Us on Facebook The experiment, conducted by Ohio State University (OSU), collected information from the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study-Kindergarten Cohort, which surveyed about 12,000 students between the fifth and eighth grades. It quizzed them about their eating habits to check the link with academic progress in the last three years. Less than 30 percent of the students clarified that they had not eaten fast food that week. About 50 percent ate it about one to three times a week, while ten percent consumed it four to six times. Only the remaining 10 percent ate fast food every day, according to sciencetimes.com. Unfortunately, those who ate higher levels of fast food showed lower growth in all the three academic subjects, according to Kelly M. Purtell, the lead researcher. While fast food is popular and pervasive among everybody, it is important to check and explore how families can be persuaded to stay away from it. More http://www.newseveryday.com/articles/4982/20141226/http-www-sciencetimes-com-articles-2121-20141222-fast-food-may-affect-school-performance-htm.htm Read more...

A soda a day increases cancer risk

It’s no secret that soda consumption is directly linked to obesity, but could a can a day also be linked to cancer? According to a Swedish study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, a man’s risk of developing prostrate cancer is increased by 40% by drinking a single can of soda each day. More http://os.care2.com/all/a-soda-a-day-increases-cancer-risk#1 Read more...

Drugging our kids: The Big Pharma alliance

Drugging our kids: The Big Pharma alliance By Karen de Sá, kdesa@mercurynews.com Copyright 2014, Bay Area News Group Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014 – 5:07 p.m. Olivia Hernandez, 22, a UCLA student, on Nov. 18, 2014, at her home. She was prescribed as many as four psychiatric medications at a time as a foster youth in Ventura County. (Dai Sugano/Bay Area News Group) Read the full report on a mobile device Olivia Hernandez always trusted the doctors who scribbled out prescription after prescription for the heavy-duty psychiatric drugs that clouded her teenage years in foster care. Now, she feels “betrayed.” Three of her former doctors are among a chosen group of California foster care prescribers who received gifts and payments for meals, travel, speaking and industry-sponsored research from the world’s biggest pharmaceutical companies. An investigation by this newspaper has found that drugmakers, anxious to expand the market for some of their most profitable products, spent more than $16 million from 2010 to 2013 to woo the California doctors who treat this captive and fragile audience of patients at taxpayers’ expense. Advertisement Drugmakers distribute their cash to all manner of doctors, but the investigation found that they paid the state’s foster care prescribers on average more than three times what they gave to the typical California physician. The connection raises concerns that Hernandez and many other unsuspecting youth have been caught in the middle of a big-money alliance that could be helping to drive the rampant use of psychiatric medications in the state’s foster care system.”It sucks that the people marketed it that way, but that’s not that shocking. I’m more mad at the doctors for just going along with it,” said Hernandez, 22, who was prescribed as many as four psychiatric medications at a time as a foster youth in Ventura County. Overall, drugmakers reported payments to 916 doctors — well over half of those who prescribed psych medications to the state’s foster children, according to this newspaper’s analysis of prescribing data and four years of pharmaceutical company payments compiled by the public interest journalism nonprofit ProPublica. And those who prescribed the most typically received the most, the analysis found. Read the full report at webspecial.mercurynews.com/druggedkids. Read more...

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Activist eat from dumpster to highlight food waste

By eating from dumpsters during his cycling tour across America, activist Rob Greenfield is hoping to draw attention to, and find solutions for, food waste. Last summer, Greenfield cycled 4,700 miles across the US on a bamboo bicycle during his Off the Grid Across America bike tour, and he’s also gone a year without showering, pedaled across Iowa with no bike seat for his Stand Up for Sustainability tour, and biked from NYC to Boston using only water from leaky faucets (Drip by Drip tour) to highlight water conservation, so he’s no stranger to putting it all on the line for what he believes in. Greenfield is now cycling across America on a bamboo bicycle during his Goodfluence tour, seeking to inspire Americans to help boost the sustainability movement, starting with their own lives. And along the way, he’s also finding that dumpsters, which most of us associate with being virtually untouchable, can be a viable source of food, not only for himself, but also for many others, and he’s drawing attention to what he calls Food Waste Fiascos. More http://www.treehugger.com/green-food/activist-fuels-his-bicycle-tour-food-dumpsters-call-attention-food-waste-fiascos.html Read more...

This Post Will Make You Stop Drinking Soda Instantly | Care2 Healthy Living

Think that daily can of soda is something you’re sneaking into your diet? Your mouth knows what’s it drinking. And even though your body craves it, your insides beg to differ. Of course, it’s hard to actually hear your gut begging for mercy, especially when your brain full of cravings and tastebuds full of desire are the entire trumpet section. It’s easy to ignore the signs. It’s easy to ignore the return of your teenage acne. It’s easy to wonder if your weight gain is a result of simply forgetting the gym for a month straight. And it might be. Bodies are, after all, very complicated. As miraculously complex as the human body is, there are a few basic truths about the way it ticks. And one of those truths is: soda isn’t good for the body. Even just one can a day can affect everything from your bones to your butt size. So, sit back, crack open a sparkly water, and sip your way through these eleven soda facts that’ll have you glad you’ve decided to kick that 20-oz fountain soda habit. Disclaimer: This information is not intended to replace the medical advice of your doctor or health care provider. Please consult your primary health physician for further advice. 1. Soda can give you kidney stones. Kidney stones are painful…like as painful or more painful than giving birth, if you can even fathom that. Only thing? No cute baby to nuzzle when it’s all over. This study has found a serious link between soda consumption and kidney stones. (Do you really want another reason to pull out the Lamaze breathing? 2. Soda makes Type-2 Diabetes More Likely. The possibility of getting a disease simply from drinking soda is gross. Even worse? Studies indicate drinking just one soda per day will boost your Type 2 Diabetes risk by 25 percent. Check out this studyand toss that aluminum can, stat. 3. Soda Steals Your Extra Cash. If a bottle of soda costs $1.49 each, you’ll be blowing through $543.85 a year. That’s enough to fly to Barbados, Aruba, or Costa Rica. Take your pick. 4. Soda can cause infertility. Soda cans have BPA in them. Here’s BPA in a nutshell. Technically called “Bisphenol A”, BPA is a chemical linked topotential reproductive problems. When you purchase soda pop in an aluminum can, the can liner contains BPA, which can then leak into the soda. Yuck. More http://www.care2.com/greenliving/this-post-will-make-you-stop-drinking-soda-instantly.html Read more...