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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 OCA photo: http://www.organicconsumers.org/images/bytes/frankenfood-250.jpg (note: that link is no longer valid, and I cannot find its replacement)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…)

“The Need to Grow” Documentary in Whitefish, June 16, 2018

Friday, June 8th, 2018

By Catherine Haug, June 8, 2018

Thanks to Jean H. for letting me know about this documentary. It concerns a local algae aquaculture plant on F.H. Stoltze Land and Lumber Co property, that uses industrial waste, like wood chips from the lumber plant, to create electricity and nutrient-rich soil amendments. This demonstration-scale greenhouse began operations in 2009; unfortunately, a 2015 fire destroyed the main powerhouse.

Filmmaker Rob Herring and his partner, Ryan Wirick, now present their documentary about this “game-changing” technology on June 16 at 7 p.m in Whitefish at the O’Shaughnessy Center,

To watch the documentary trailer, visit theneedtogrow.com; to purchase tickets for the Whitefish showing, go to algaeaqua.ticketleap.com/the-need-to-grow-whitefish; or for all screening locations: theneedtogrow.com/screenings

For more about this film, the technology, and the plant, see Flathead Beacon’s article flatheadbeacon.com/2018/06/08/the-need-to-grow/

References:

  1. Flathead Beacon: http://flatheadbeacon.com/2018/06/08/the-need-to-grow/

Avoiding Scams Associated with New Medicare Cards

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2018

By Catherine Haug, May 23, 2018

As you’ve probably observed, scams seem to be the norm these days, and we need to stay sharp to avoid them. The latest scams exploit the new replacement Medicare Cards. Since many of ESP’s subscribers are Seniors, I thought sharing this info would be helpful.

The old/current cards use a version of your social security number, and scammers use that number to pretend to be you. So the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is creating new numbers for Medicare recipient, rather than using their SS number, to reduce exposure of your number to scammers.

But as you might have expected, scammers have already found ways to take advantage of this. Read on for information on what you need to know/do to avoid becoming a victim, and what to do if you suspect you have been victimized in this regard. (more…)