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Leukemia, nausea, diarrhea and death: Small price to pay for “fresh” fruits and veggies

By Alex Formuzis

Chemical agriculture’s defense of pesticides conjures up the image of the chain-smoking industry attorney Nathan Thurm slithering through a minefield of facts and figures about the causes of global warming in this classic skit from Saturday Night Live.

Stacks of scientific studies have documented serious health risks to humans from pesticide exposure, but pesticide makers and sprayers, like the fictional Mr. Thurm, ignore the research and stick with talking points or their own questionable “science” in their efforts to muddy the waters, create confusion and delay government action to protect the public. Meanwhile, we eaters are left to consume pesticides along with conventionally grown produce.

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Australia gov seeks public comment on legalizing raw milk products and GMOs

By Rady Ananda

Australia’s food standards authority seeks public comment on a report considering raw milk products in Australia, and food derived from a genetically modified soybean made by Bayer CropScience.

The Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) also recently approved a GM corn made by Dow AgroSciences (DAS-40278-9).  This GM corn is resistant to 2,4-D, half of Agent Orange, which is responsible for decades of birth defects in Vietnam.

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