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Monsanto’s Day of Reckoning Finally Coming in Crimes Against Humanity Trial?

by LJ Creapeau, Circkles Editor

This is it. This is the event that needs every eco-friendly business, sustainable organization and every environmental group and health-conscious citizen to come together in group support, because that is what it will take to put any kind of a dent in Monsanto’s reign of genocide on our planet, or what the tribunal is calling ecocide.

If you follow Circkles.com at all, you know we have been publishing information regarding Monsanto for years (just do a search for Monsanto on any of our site pages if you need to catch up because you live with your head buried in the sand and have missed the last 4-5 years of Monsanto in the news.)
For our Circkles founder…the campaign against this agricultural Hitler started about 15 years ago – before it was fashionable to be a Monsanto-hater in the press. Before the world was made publicly aware, we have been pushing to put an end to this fraudulent killing machine for over a decade. Now…the rest of the media has caught up to where they should have been over 50 years ago: supporting our health instead of buying into the Monsanto hype like the rest of the public.

Now, finally, thanks to the ability to spread news like wildfire on the internet, and thanks mostly to small publishers and writers like ourselves who can’t be bought, bribed or threatened into silence, the word is finally out about Monsanto and it is escalating to the point now where there is nowhere this planet-and-people-poisoner can hide; although they have tried their darnedest to, by falsifying test studies, lying to the public and government regulatory agencies, and infiltrating most of these agencies in order to ensure their secrets, power and lies continue.

Monsanto will be investigated by a tribunal of environmentalists, activists, and scientists in The Hague, Netherlands, next year in October, against charges of “ecocide”. The citizens’ trial was announced at a press conference on December 3 in Paris, to tie in with the COP21 UN Conference on Climate Change.

“That’s why today I am calling on all citizens of the world to participate in this exemplary tribunal.”

monsantotribunalCalling themselves the Monsanto Tribunal, the citizen-funded group will evaluate allegations made against Monsanto regarding damage caused to the environment and human health. However, we’re sad to say, regardless of the outcome, they won’t be able to sentence or charge Monsanto. Still, they claim the trial is more than just a symbolic act, with the larger goal of establishing ‘ecocide’ as a crime for the first time, which will hopefully make this a giant step toward showing group support for our environmental health in public which may some day lead to consumer-based flogging of these types of corporate practices.

Finally, Monsanto, the US-based, transnational company responsible for introducing multiple genetically modified crops and numerous toxic chemicals into our environment – including saccharin, aspartame, polystyrene, DDT, dioxin, Agent Orange, petroleum based fertilizers, recombinant bovine growth hormones (rGBH), Round Up (glyphosate), Lasso (an herbicide used in Europe), Bt toxic plants, and more –will have to answer to the world for its reign of terror even if they can’t be held accountable thanks to their ability to convince the U.S court system to pass the Monsanto Protection Act.

The proceedings will take place on World Food Day, October 16, 2016.

This International Criminal Court, established in 2002 in The Hague, has determined that prosecuting ecocide as a criminal offense is the only way to guarantee the rights of humans to a healthy environment and the right of nature to be protected.

The court, in The Hague, Netherlands, will use the UN’s ‘Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights’ developed in 2011 to assess damages for Monsanto’s acts against human life and the environment.
The court will also rely on the Rome Statute that created the International Criminal Court in The Hague in 2002, and it will consider whether to reform international criminal law to include crimes against the environment, or ecocide, as a prosecutable criminal offense.
This International Criminal Court, established in 2002 in The Hague, has determined that prosecuting ecocide as a criminal offense is the only way to guarantee the rights of humans to a healthy environment and the right of nature to be protected.

Speaking at the press conference, Ronnie Cummins, international director of the OCA (US) and Via Organica (Mexico), and member of the RI Steering Committee, said:

“The time is long overdue for a global citizens’ tribunal to put Monsanto on trial for crimes against humanity and the environment. We are in Paris this month to address the most serious threat that humans have ever faced in our 100-200,000 year evolution—global warming and climate disruption. Why is there so much carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide in the atmosphere and not enough carbon organic matter in the soil? Corporate agribusiness, industrial forestry, the garbage and sewage industry and agricultural biotechnology have literally killed the climate-stabilizing, carbon-sink capacity of the Earth’s living soil.”

Andre Leu, president of IFOAM and a member of the RI Steering Committee, said:

“Monsanto is able to ignore the human and environmental damage caused by its products, and maintain its devastating activities through a strategy of systemic concealment: by lobbying regulatory agencies and governments, by resorting to lying and corruption, by financing fraudulent scientific studies, by pressuring independent scientists, and by manipulating the press and media. Monsanto’s history reads like a text-book case of impunity, benefiting transnational corporations and their executives, whose activities contribute to climate and biosphere crises and threaten the safety of the planet.”
Marie-Monique Robin, journalist and author of the best-selling documentary (and book by the same name), “The World According Monsanto,” said: “This International Citizens’ Tribunal is necessary because the defense of the safety of the planet and the conditions of life on Earth is everyone’s concern. Only through a collective resurgence of all living forces will we stop the engine of destruction. That’s why today I am calling on all citizens of the world to participate in this exemplary tribunal.”

Also speaking at the conference were Valerie Cabanes, lawyer and spokesperson for End Ecocide on Earth; Hans Rudolf Herren, president and CEO of the Millennium Institute, president and founder of Biovision, and member of the RI Steering Committee; Arnaud Apoteker, creator of the anti-GMO campaign in France, which became one of the priority campaigns of Greenpeace France, and author of “Fish in Our Strawberries: Our Manipulated Food;” and Olivier De Schutter, co-chair of the International Panel of Experts on Sustainable Food Systems (IPESFood) and former UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food. More information will be available at www.monsanto-tribunal.org/, after 2:30 p.m. EU time on December 3, 2015.

 

World Wildlife Fund in bed with Monsanto and DuPont

By their own admission, on a website listing a panel of speakers they are using to host their Fuller Symposium on Wednesday, November 12th at National Geographic Society’s Grosvenor Auditorium, The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) has listed guest speakers who work for Monsanto and DuPont.

If that isn’t bad enough, rumor has it that a huge deal is in the works between WWF and Monsanto to turn billions of acres of Amazon rainforest into GMO crops as part of what WWF calls their new “Whole Planet, Full Plate”  campaign to “find ways to feed the world sustainably.”

The WWf is catching so much bad press for their apparent hypocrisy in portraying themselves as protectors of wildlife for literally decades and now joining forces with the likes of Monsanto and DuPont to destroy that very wildlife they are accepting donations for protecting. Needless to say, there are calls out all over the internet to stop supporting the World Wildlife Fund as it now appears they do not have the best interests of those they have sworn to protect at all. Labels like “traitors” and “hypocrites ” now describe an organization that used to be associated with protecting the innocent and the greater good. One has to wonder just how much Monsanto and DuPont have donated to the WWF to cause them to do such an about-face.

Monsanto is infamous for “green washing” their products, making people think they are for the environment. The corporation calls their GMO soy a “responsible” choice for protecting the environment. This deceit ultimately infected the WWF, which went along with plans to unleash GMO soy in the Amazon. Now Brazil and Argentina are being turned into GMO plantations as the Amazon is cut down to make way for Monsanto’s GMO “save the planet” brainwashing.

Contained within a book of secrets, including WWF’s relationship with Monsanto, whom the WWF admitted they took money from according to one German newspaper.

As stated on the website GMWatch, the friendly panda logo charity actually collaborated with Monsanto to create something called the “Round Table on Responsible Soy.”

The campaign has been criticized as being a covert exercise in Monsanto’s patented brand of “greenwashing,” which calls GMO soy a “responsible” choice for protecting the environment despite much independent evidence to the contrary.

In other words, the countless people across the world who donate 20 bucks or more per month to the WWF are actually funding a charity with ties to what many call the most evil corporation in the world.

Although Circkles researchers could not find actual documents to support the claims that the  WWF has accepted donations from Monsanto and DuPont, we did find plenty of evidence that the WWF is admitting they have done so, and are in fact publicly announcing their support of the destruction of the Amazon Rainforest to support GMO crops in spite of the fact that environmental groups have protested the destruction of the rainforests for any agricultural activities as doing so will seriously disrupt our climate, rain amounts and clean air: all closely connected to the very existence of rainforests.

http://www.globalresearch.ca/monsanto-teams-up-with-world-wildlife-fund-wwf-to-convert-amazon-into-giant-gmo-plantation/5476826

Dept. of Agriculture Being Sued for Withholding GMO Info

CFS_lawsuitThe Center for Food Safety (CFS) is suing the Department of Agriculture for years of withholding safety information regarding GMO crops. According to the CFS, the Department of Agriculture has been violating the Freedom of Information Act for over thirteen years.

Cristina Stella, staff attorney for the Center for Food Safety said this about the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS).

 “APHIS has a track record of irresponsible and inadequate regulation of GE crops. In the absence of thorough government oversight, public access to information about these crops becomes all the more critical. This lawsuit is necessary to stop APHIS from continuing to ignore.”

Under the current agricultural regulations, experimental field trials of GE crops have repeatedly been found to escape containment, and APHIS has refused to do its job to make sure that GMO cross-contamination does not occur.

Stella explains further:

 “The longer APHIS fails to use its full authority to regulate the environmental and agricultural harms from GE crops, such as transgenic contamination of nearby crops, pesticide drift, and endangerment of protected species, the more these harms will occur. CFS has been seeking information about these harms for over ten years—and for over ten years, APHIS has continually ignored our requests. It cannot continue to do so.”

This is the fourth time CFS has had to sue APHIS to compel compliance with FOIA, and this is reportedly the most extensive challenge to APHIS’s pattern of unreasonable delays to date.

Lawsuit Claim Filed: Plaintiff’s requests that pertain to APHIS’s oversight of GE crops, unlawfully and unreasonably delaying responses, and withholding public disclosure of information sought by Plaintiff. View the actual filing document here.

The Denying Americans the Right to Know Act Passed.

It’s all such a SCAM: Also known as “Monsanto’s Dream Bill”.

label_gmosOnce again Republicans deny us our rights for the sake of their supporter’s profits. The House last Thursday passed hotly contested legislation that would keep states from issuing mandatory labeling laws for foods that contain GMOs.

The Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2015, which passed 275-150, would instead create a federal standard for the VOLUNTARY labeling of foods with GMO ingredients.
This means it is now up to manufacturers to be honest and tell us what’s in their food. Which ultimately means those who use GMO ingredients will NOT put them in their labeling and those who do not use GMOs but wish to win over consumers WILL label them as GMO-free.

SOLUTION: Only support those manufacturers and products who honestly tell you what’s in their products. This will cause the ones that are not honest to either tow the line or lose business – the only thing that will give us our right to know back!

Consumer groups, backed by Democrats including Reps. Peter DeFazio (Ore.) and Rosa DeLauro (Conn.), are instead calling the bill the Denying Americans the Right to Know Act.

“American families deserve to know what they are eating and feeding to their children,” DeLauro told reporters Wednesday. “The FDA already requires clear labeling of over 3,000 ingredients, additives and food processes. GMOs should be no different.”

See what Neil Young, the musician, says about “The Age of Monsanto.”

What The New TPP Agreement Means for Joe Consumer.

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Everyone in Congress, and politicians abroad, of course think the TPP agreement is a good thing. But they aren’t looking at it from an organic consumer’s eyes, an environmentalist or anyone who is the least bit concerned about their health. Right now, Democrats are not backing the agreement and news reports state that their lack of support will jeopardize all the progress Obama has made in Asia. But what type of progress are they exactly talking about? Well, the monetary gain type of course. What best benefits Corporate America’s bank accounts and to heck with the health or welfare of our environment and us.

 Stop the Secret Trade Deals: the Monsanto Protection Act on Steroids!

If you thought the Monsanto Protection Act was bad, the secret trade deals called the TPP and TAFTA are a global nightmare. Right now two secret trade agreements, known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and Trans-Atlantic Free Trade Agreement (TAFTA), also called the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), are being negotiated behind closed doors like this spring when the Monsanto Protection Act was passed.

Just as we are on the verge of winning GMO labeling in the US, these secret negotiations could eliminate the ability of countries around the world to label GMOs or impose common sense restrictions on the sale of genetically engineered seed and food in their countries if Monsanto and other biotech companies get their way. They could also make it illegal to label GMOs in the U.S., placing the decision in the hands of corporate lobbyists and Monsanto GMO stooges.

Senate Votes 60 to 37 for Monsanto’s Secret Trade Deal

We regret to inform you that earlier this morning the U.S. Senate voted 60 to 37 to pass cloture on Fast Track authority on the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP). Today’s vote was a procedural vote on cloture, which limits debate on this secret international trade agreement, the language of which, the American public has not been allowed to read.

This vote, and the secrecy surrounding the Fast Track agreement, is an absolute betrayal of the American people that undermines representative democracy and the important consumer protection laws that local, state and federal elected officials have passed to protect our health, environment and economy.

How you feel about the newest trade agreement (TPP) depends on who you are listening to: politicians, corporations or environmentalists. Now which one do you think probably has our best interests in mind over anything else?

What this all means is that as a food consumer, you had better get yourself educated on what is best for you and your environment, because we certainly cannot rely on our representatives to do it. Can we?

Bottom line: you can’t go wrong supporting organic. And you had better do so before Monsanto legislation and Corporate America abolish it so we no longer have organic as a choice – because that is what they are shooting for. Eliminate the competition.

The fact that consumers are not, and have never, been allowed to even read the TPP agreement should give us all concern that this bit of legislation most certainly does not benefit us in any way.

 

He Holds the Patent to Bring Down Monsanto and Change Agriculture Forever.

Paul-Stamets-620x264He holds the patent that could destroy Monsanto and change the world!
If there’s anything you read – or share – let this be it. The content of this article has potential to radically shift the world in a variety of positive ways.

And as Monsanto would love for this article to not go viral, all we can ask is that you share, share, share the information being presented so that it can reach as many people as possible.

In 2006, a patent was granted to a man named Paul Stamets. Though Paul is the world’s leading mycologist, his patent has received very little attention and exposure. Why is that? Stated by executives in the pesticide industry, this patent represents “the most disruptive technology we have ever witnessed.” And when the executives say disruptive, they are referring to it being disruptive to the chemical pesticides industry.

What has Paul discovered? The mycologist has figured out how to use mother nature’s own creations to keep insects from destroying crops. It’s what is being called SMART pesticides. These pesticides provide safe & nearly permanent solution for controlling over 200,000 species of insects – and all thanks to the ‘magic’ of mushrooms.
Read more: Green Circkles

Watch Out for BMPEA in Supplements.

Tired of Being a Human Guinea Pig for the Billion Dollar Supplements Industry?

well_supplements-tmagArticleWhat YOU don’t know about weight loss, body building and energy supplements could kill you, or darn near. The latest study finding concerning levels of a chemical almost identical to amphetamines called BMPEA is just another lyric in the same old song and dance between consumer safety and products hitting the shelves without proper analysis or regulation beforehand.

It was only after trying unsuccessfully to find out from the F.D.A. which supplements contained BMPEA that Dr. Cohen and academics at other universities conducted their own tests, identifying the stimulant in 11 of 21 products.

As early as 2013, scientists at the FDA said in an article published last year that they noticed many popular supplements listed among their ingredients a little-known plant called acacia rigidula, a shrub native to Mexico and southern Texas.

“The plant’s presence in so many supplements was a red flag,” said Dr. Pieter A. Cohen, the lead author of the new study published Tuesday and an assistant professor at Harvard Medical School. He added that it’s not uncommon for companies to spike weight-loss and exercise supplements with amphetamine-like chemicals, then hide them on their labels under the names of obscure plants to give the impression they are natural botanical extracts.

Dr. Cohen said the F.D.A. appeared to be waiting for evidence that BMPEA was harming consumers. “If they wait long enough,” he said, “I suspect they will have that level of evidence to remove it from the market.”

In December, the Canadian health authorities said they forced a recall of JetFuel Superburn after the product was found to contain BMPEA and another amphetamine-like stimulant.

The Food and Drug Administration documented two years ago that nine such supplements contained the same chemical, but never made public the names of the products or the companies that made them. Neither has it recalled the products nor issued a health alert to consumers.

The Canadian health authorities in December called BMPEA, “a serious health risk,” and pulled supplements that contain it from store shelves. Although BMPEA was first synthesized in the 1930s as a replacement for amphetamine, it was never introduced as a pharmaceutical drug and its side effects were never studied in humans. Under federal law, dietary supplements can contain only ingredients that are part of the food supply or that were already on the market before 1994. Dr. Cohen said that BMPEA has never been sold as a food or supplement, and as a result any product that contains it is considered adulterated, which would give the F.D.A. the authority to send warning letters to companies that add it to their supplements.

Three of the supplements — JetFuel Superburn, JetFuel T-300 and MX-LS7 — found in Dr. Cohen’s study to contain BMPEA were still for sale at Vitamin Shoppe, one of the country’s largest retailers of supplements, with hundreds of locations. None list BMPEA as an ingredient. One of the products is the same one that the Canadian health authorities pulled from stores.

gat-jetfuel-superburn-bannerThe FDA is horribly lax at regulating the 33 billion-dollar-per-year supplement industry and many claim it’s in part because of conflict of interest with the agency staffing former employees of the very industry they are suppose to be regulating. The FDA however, claims it’s due to being understaffed, over-burdened and under-funded. The FDA has been under fire for several years now; being accused of continuous conflicts of interest and downright bribery from lobbying and political groups.

Daniel Fabricant, who ran the agency’s division of dietary supplement programs from 2011 to 2014, had been a senior executive at the Natural Products Association, which has spent millions of dollars lobbying to block new laws that would hold supplement makers to stricter standards. He left the F.D.A. last year and returned to the association as its chief executive. His current replacement at the F.D.A.’s supplement division also comes from the NPA trade group.

Many agree. “There are just too many other people who could have that job who don’t have these conflicts,” said Arthur L. Caplan, the head of the division of medical ethics at New York University Langone Medical Center.

In February 2013, Dr. Kenneth R. Spaeth, the division chief of occupational and environmental medicine at North Shore University Hospital in New York, reported to the F.D.A. that 20 of his patients developed muscle aches, fatigue and liver damage after using a brand of B vitamins. Some female patients had stopped having their periods and started growing facial hair. He said he told the F.D.A. he suspected the vitamins were contaminated with anabolic steroids.

Dr. Spaeth said he got no response for weeks and called the agency numerous times. He also sent multiple emails to Dr. Fabricant and other F.D.A. officials, pleading with them to get the vitamins off the market.

In response to a request under the Freedom of Information Act, the F.D.A. said it was “unable to locate” any records of Dr. Spaeth’s communications. However, Dr. Spaeth provided The New York Times with the emails.

The Canadian government issued a public health alert about BMPEA to consumers: “Amphetamine stimulants can increase blood pressure, heart rate and body temperature; lead to serious cardiovascular complications (including stroke) at high doses; suppress sleep and appetite, and be addictive.” Their findings were published in the journal Drug Testing and Analysis.

Under a 1994 law, supplements are exempt from the same trials and testing applied to prescription drugs and medical devices. They do not have to undergo federal reviews of their safety or effectiveness before they are sold to the public, and as a result, tainted supplements are usually pulled from the market only after consumers are harmed.

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Another New Study Proves Link Between Roundup and Cancer

noroundupA report published 3/20/2015 in the journal The Lancet Oncology says glyphosate, the main ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup, is a “probable carcinogen.”

The report is from the International Agency for Research on Cancer, the France-based cancer research arm of the World Health Organization know as WHO.

“This latest finding, which links Monsanto’s Roundup to non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and lung cancer is not the first to make these links, but it is one of the strongest indictments of glyphosate, the key ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup,” said Ronnie Cummins, international director for the Organic Consumers Association.

The study also mentions 5 chemicals used in pet collars and home insect sprays as carcinogens. The report classifies glyphosate, malathion and diazinon as probable carcinogens all used in such home products.

The pesticides tetrachlorvinphos and parathion received a slightly stronger designation as possible carcinogens because there is more evidence for their cancer-causing effects in animals, but still little information on their effect on people. Both of these possible carcinogens are already restricted; tetrachlorvinphos is banned in the European Union while still allowed for use in livestock and pet collars in the U.S. Parathion was banned in both the U.S. and Europe in 2003.

… The Department of Agriculture does not test food for glyphosate residues, however in 2013, the Environmental Protection Agency raised the allowed limits of glyphosate residues on fruits and vegetables and the allowable amount farmers can spray their fields with this deadly toxin.

Glyphosate is up for review this year by the EPA.

The report comes as legislatures in Oregon, Colorado, Hawaii and other states consider mandatory labeling of genetically modified food and restricting the planting of genetically modified crops, and as Vermont, who has already passed such labeling laws in their state are currently having to defend their decision in the courts against Monsanto who is suing them for it.

This prompted the Environmental Working Group to call on the FDA to require mandatory GMO labeling.

“The widespread adoption of GMO corn and soybeans has led to an explosion in the use of glyphosate — a main ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup and Dow’s Enlist Duo,” said Ken Cook, EWG president. “Consumers have the right to know how their food is grown and whether their food dollars are driving up the use of a probable carcinogen.”

Excerpt from Study:

Glyphosate is a broad-spectrum herbicide, currently with the highest production volumes of all herbicides. It is used in more than 750 different products for agriculture, forestry, urban, and home applications. Its use has increased sharply with the development of genetically modified glyphosate-resistant crop varieties. Glyphosate has been detected in air during spraying, in water, and in food. There was limited evidence in humans for the carcinogenicity of glyphosate. Case-control studies of occupational exposure in the USA,14 Canada,6 and Sweden7 reported increased risks for non-Hodgkin lymphoma that persisted after adjustment for other pesticides. The AHS cohort did not show a significantly increased risk of non-Hodgkin lymphoma. In male CD-1 mice, glyphosate induced a positive trend in the incidence of a rare tumour, renal tubule carcinoma. A second study reported a positive trend for haemangiosarcoma in male mice.15 Glyphosate increased pancreatic islet-cell adenoma in male rats in two studies. A glyphosate formulation promoted skin tumours in an initiation-promotion study in mice.

Glyphosate has been detected in the blood and urine of agricultural workers, indicating absorption. Soil microbes degrade glyphosate to aminomethylphosphoric acid (AMPA). Blood AMPA detection after poisonings suggests intestinal microbial metabolism in humans. Glyphosate and glyphosate formulations induced DNA and chromosomal damage in mammals, and in human and animal cells in vitro. One study reported increases in blood markers of chromosomal damage (micronuclei) in residents of several communities after spraying of glyphosate formulations.16 Bacterial mutagenesis tests were negative. Glyphosate, glyphosate formulations, and AMPA induced oxidative stress in rodents and in vitro. The Working Group classified glyphosate as “probably carcinogenic to humans” (Group 2A).

How many more studies such as these need to be published before Americans get the hint to stop using these deadly carcinogen-laced products.

To follow more news, studies and articles regarding your health, your pet’s health and your environment’s health, see our main site Circkles.com. Also see our full article on pet collars in our April 2015 Pet Circkles Edition.

References: http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lanonc/article/PIIS1470-2045(15)70134-8/abstract

Meat Industry and Republicans Don’t Want Americans Healthy.

plate1Proving the battle for healthy food, a.k.a the Healthy Rights Movement, is a never-ending challenge even for committees who actually do have our best interests in mind on occasion, the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC – who makes recommendations for what you most commonly know as the food pyramid and Recommended Daily Allowances charts) released a report on February 19 stating that the health of the planet should also be considered along with proper nutrition. The panel concluded that a plant-focused diet lower in red meat is not only paramount to good health, but is more sustainable as well.

Of course, the meat industry was the first to object, saying sustainability is “outside the scope of the Dietary Committee’s charter.”

I’m sorry, but healthy food IS the Dietary Committee’s business, and foods laced with toxins and that destroy our environment are seriously detrimental to good health. But…once again, health minded committees, organizations and individuals are being forced to choke on Big Businesses’ profit margins. It’s money over heath over and over again.

Many politicians (mostly Republicans) also oppose the federal government mixing nutrition guidelines with environmental concerns – those politicians who support the opposing lobbying groups and the meat industry of course.

There’s a new petition on Change.org that’s calling for support of the lower-meat and sustainability recommendations, and public comments on the scientific report can be submitted for a 45 day period ending April 8, 2015, and oral comments can be delivered at a public meeting in Bethesda, MD on March 24, 2015 on a first-come, first-served basis.

It’s now up to the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture and the Dept. of Health and Human Services to decide whether they will consider the Dietary Committee’s suggestion when they write the new Dietary Guidelines which are updated every 5 years. Trying to plead their case for our right to be healthy, 49 academic centers, health advocacy groups, and environmental advocacy groups sent a recent letter to the secretaries urging the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to adopt the sustainability recommendations developed by the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC)

However, several Republicans and Secretary Tom Vilsack have stated they are going to try and force the old nutrition guidelines by basically tell the Dietary Committee they have no business voicing their opinions regarding how the environment impacts our health because it’s not in their job description.

Really?

“If Secretary Vilsack ignores the sustainability recommendations of the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee after their months-long deliberation, he will once again side with the powerful economic interests of the industrial meat companies and not with the health and well-being of all Americans,” says Bob Martin of the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future, which also signed the letter.

The meat industry, meanwhile, has asked for an extension of the 45-day public comment period on the dietary guideline recommendations. Why? Probably so they can have more time to sway public opinion in their favor. Why else would they want an extension on something that is NOT in their favor? Despite broad support from health and environmental groups, USDA and HHS are under pressure from registered lobbies (including The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, the National Pork Producers Council, and the National Chicken Council) to exclude the sustainability recommendations in the final rendition of the revised dietary guidelines

There’s been no decision yet from the USDA as to whether the comment period will be extended. But, once again, politicians and big business are trying to determine for us whether we have the right to be healthy if it interferes with their profits.

See our letter to Secretary Vilsack regarding the DGAC’s request.

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Lumber Liquidators linked to health and safety violations

laminate-floor-cutaway60 Minutes found that Lumber Liquidators’ Chinese-made laminate flooring contains amounts of toxic formaldehyde – a known carcinogen- that do not meet health and safety standards. Some of Lumber Liquidator’s laminate contains up to 20 times the allowable amount of formaldehyde. See the 60 minutes report below.

Not only is this alarming news, but during the investigation, it was found that Lumber Liquidators has also been fraudulent by labeling their products as CARP 2 compliant when they are not. That is misleading advertising and misleading the public that their products are safe when they are not. The company just announced it is now involved in a class action lawsuit as well.

Our best advice: if you want hardwood flooring, stick to the real stuff, not the fake, manufactured from plastics and layers of cheaper materials stuff. Natural, made from natural products is always best over manmade prefabricated materials loaded with toxins.

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/lumber-liquidators-linked-to-health-and-safety-violations/