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Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity May Not be the Real Problem With Grains After All

Thursday, November 22nd, 2018

Field of Wheat

By Catherine Haug, Thanksgiving, November 22, 2018 (photo, right, from Wikimedia Commons)

Many Americans are pursuing a gluten-free diet to relieve/avoid gut issues. While that is very very important for those with Celiac disease (an auto-immune disorder), it may not be the best healthful solution for those with “gluten sensitivity.”

What is gluten? And if it is not the problem with non-Celiac gluten sensitivity, what is causing the trouble with grains? (more…)

Why farmed salmon should be banned

Tuesday, November 13th, 2018

Farmed Salmon Pen

by Catherine Haug, Nov, 2018 (Photo, right by  L. Renehan/Living Oceans Society (1))

Salmon is my favorite fish (after lutefisk), probably because when I was growing up in Bigfork in the 50 and 60s, we had an amazing land-locked salmon fishery here. When I moved to the west coast for college and career, I had abundant access to wild-caught ocean salmon. But we lost our salmon fishery here, and wild-caught salmon are in decline in the waters off the west coast of the USA and Canada.

You might think that switching to farmed salmon would help our wild salmon fisheries to recover, but sadly, this is not the case. In fact, the truth is just the opposite.

It’s estimated that within the next 10 years, farm-raised fish (of all species) will make up the majority of fish consumed by humans. Aquaculture (technical name for fish-farming) sounds like a sustainable alternative to catching wild fish, but that is not true. It poses many of the same problems plaguing industrial land-based livestock operations, or concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs). Here’s just a few examples:

  • This $160 billion dollar industry is depleting wild fisheries because wild fish are caught and turned into fishmeal to feed the farmed fish. 20 million tons of wild fish caught in the oceans are used to make fresh meal for farmed fish, depleting wild fish even more (and making them more expensive at the market).
  • Communities near the shore around the world lose a valuable source of income when wild fish are depleted. For example, the sardinella fisheries in West Africa, and the Alaskan and British Columbia salmon fisheries are prime examples.
  • Diseases that may be rampant in fish farms are passed to wild fish through biological waste. Concentrated fecal matter along with urine and mucus is released from each salmon farms by the ton daily. Nearby wild salmon are the victims. Fisheries and Ocean Canada virologist, Dr. Kyle Garver testified at the Cohen Commission into the decline of Fraser River sockeye salmon, that a salmon farm can shed  65 billion infectious particles per hour. This is a threat to wild salmon survival.

See Mercola’s articles (2a, 2b) for lots more information.

References

  1. Photo by  L. Renehan/Living Oceans Society, from farmedanddangerous.org/salmon-farming-problems/
  2. Mercola:
  3. alexandramorton.typepad.com/racing_a_virus/

SF Groundskeeper sues Monsanto (and Roundup) and wins

Saturday, August 11th, 2018

Frankenfood

By Catherine Haug, Aug 11, 2018 (Image, right, from Organic Consumers’ Association (2), used with permission)

I found this article in today’s Daily Inter Lake, but I can’t find it on their website (yet). For the full story, check it out on the LA Times. (1)

The groundskeeper is dying of Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a type of cancer, after repeated exposure to Monsanto’s Roundup (glyphosate) over many years. Monsanto denies their product could cause cancer and will appeal the jury’s decision.

This is a big win for those of us who are fighting the rapid increase in use of GMOs and toxic ag chemicals. Quoting the article, “The verdict “signals a turning tide,” said Linda Wells, Midwest organizing director for Pesticide Action Network. “It’s time to get carcinogenic pesticides off the market, and fight for the protective regulations we all deserve,” Wells said.” (1)

The amount awarded (“$39 million in compensatory damages and $250 million in punitive damages to [the] groundskeeper” (1)), may be small for such a large company that is about to merge with an even larger company (Bayer). But it will help the groundskeeper and his family. And it sends a signal that more cases may follow.

See also my June 2018 related post: Are toxic ag chemicals winning the battle?

References

  1. LA Times: http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-roundup-verdict-20180810-story.html
  2. OCA photo: http://www.organicconsumers.org/images/bytes/frankenfood-250.jpg (note: that link is no longer valid, and I cannot find its replacement)

Are toxic ag-chemicals winning the battle?

Wednesday, June 20th, 2018

Frankenfood

By Catherine Haug, June 20, 2018 (Image, right, from OCA, used with permission)

Three huge ag company mergers have happened in recent weeks (2):

  • Monsanto and Bayer as Bayer (effective the first week of June, 2018)
  • Dow and Dupont, as DowDupont
  • ChemChina and Syngenta as ChemChina

These three, along with the German ag-chem giant BASF, will control 70 percent of the pesticide market. While the name “Monsanto” will disappear, their toxic ag sprays like Roundup will simply be labeled as Bayer products.

There’s never been a better time for us to support Organic and Regenerative agriculture (see link below), and turn our backs on all GMO foods. This includes meats and eggs from animals fed a GMO diet.

Read on for scary statistics, and for a spark of hope. (more…)

Artificial Trans-Fats no longer Recognized as Safe

Monday, June 18th, 2018

Vintage Crisco Can

By Catherine Haug, June 18, 2018 (photo, right, from Wikimedia Commons)

This is GREAT news! The FDA finalized its determination in 2015, and it became official today, June 18, 2018. Why the delay? They allowed time for food producers to adjust their recipes. Up until now, they were allowed in foods as long as total trans fats were less than 5% per serving, but they had to include the grams of trans fats on the label.

This movement to ban artificial trans fats started in 2006 in New York City and spread to other cities/counties: Philadelphia, PA; Seattle/King County, WA; Montgomery County, MD; and also the state of California (1). It continued to spread to other communities and is now effective in all 50 states as a result of the FDA decision.

This is a major change that affects products like Bisquick, cake and frosting mixes, pancakes & waffles, most margarines, most fried and deep-fried foods, Crisco and other vegetable shortening, non-dairy creamers, most ice creams, doughnuts, crackers, cookies, frozen dinners, and more.

Why this big change? Read on for more (more…)

Eating Animals, a new documentary about factory vs traditional farming

Friday, June 15th, 2018

Chicken Factory

By Catherine Haug, June 15, 2018 (photo, right, from factory farming.org)

More and more people are learning about the harm of factory farming – to the animals, and to the people who eat them – but many don’t know how they should be raised. Especially people in cities who have never seen a real farm or seen a chicken or cow in its natural environment.

There’s a new movement afoot to turn this around, and that’s the major topic of this film that is now available in certain theaters around the country (the nearest theater from Bigfork is in Seattle WA).

We – every one of us – are a big part of the problem, because we buy our meats, eggs and dairy from a supermarket where most of these products come from factory-raised animals. We need to start asking for the source of these products, and then look into how the animals are raised, then spread the word. Then switch to locally farmed products, where you can visit the farmer and see for yourself if his animals are raised humanely.

You can read about the film and see the 2 minute trailer (2), or view the trailer on YouTube, below. You can also purchase the book; see Amazon (3) for more about the book, or go to your local library. (more…)