FDA Finds Chemicals Linked to Birth Defects in Two-Thirds of Cosmetic Products
Federal Agency Refuses to Publicly Release Study's Findings
WASHINGTON--The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics has learned that the FDA recently conducted a safety study of phthalates--a group of industrial chemicals linked to birth defects that are used in many cosmetics products--but is refusing to publicly release the study's findings. In response, Friends of the Earth, a founding member of the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, today filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to obtain the study.
According to preliminary information uncovered by the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics about the st...
Rachael Carson, Silent Spring – pesticides in the ecosystem
Disturbed by the reckless use of synthetic chemical pesticides after World War II, Rachel Carson reluctantly changed her focus in order to warn the public about the long-term effects of misusing pesticides. In Silent Spring (1962) she challenged the practices of agricultural scientists and the US Government, and called for a change in the way humankind viewed the natural world.
Carson was attacked by the chemical industry and some in government, as an alarmist, but courageously spoke out to remind us that we are a vulnerable part of the natural world, subject to the same damage as the rest ...
Todays Fruit & Vegetables lack yesterdays Nutrition
From The Globe & Mail - Andre Picard Reporting
Fruits and vegetables sold in Canadian supermarkets today contain far fewer nutrients than they did 50 years ago, according to an analysis conducted by The Globe and Mail and CTV News.
Take the potato, by far the most consumed food in Canada. The average spud has lost 100 per cent of its vitamin A, which is important for good eyesight; 57 per cent of its vitamin C and iron, a key component of healthy blood; and 28 per cent of its calcium, essential for building healthy bones and teeth.
It also lost 50 per cent of its riboflavin and 18 per...
Why We Are Losing the War Against Cancer
Dr. Quentin Young
Cancer-Gate How to Win the Losing Cancer War With a Foreword by Congressman
David Obey and Introduction by Congressman John Conyers, Jr.
Samuel S. Epstein, M.D.
Policy, Politics, Health and Medicine Series Series Editor: Vicente Navarro
Award-winning author, Samuel S. Epstein, M.D., whose 1978 book The Politics of Cancer shook the political establishment by showing how the federal government had been corrupted by industrial polluters, has written a book that is sure to be of equal consequence. Cancer-Gate: How to Win the Losing Cancer War is a groundbreaking ne...
Pesticides cause breast cancer
Monash University PhD student Dr Narges Khanjani has revealed a possible link between the use of organochlorine pesticides and breast cancer in Victoria's north-east.
Her study shows up to 48,000 women in the Ovens and Murray Shire could have been exposed to the chemicals which were mainly used in the production of tobacco crops.
"Because this is the only region in Victoria to grow tobacco, the number of women possibly exposed is much higher here than anywhere else in the state," Dr Khanjani said.
"Although women traditionally don't work in the fields, they have been exposed to the ch...
The importance of Soil & Organics
(Excerpts from a new book by Alf Orpen)
"We know more about the movement of celestial bodies than about the soil underfoot".
– Leonardo da Vinci
Many cultures’ creation stories have us coming from the soil. Even the biblical beginning has the first people named Adam (from the Hebrew word adama meaning "earth" or "soil") and Eve (from hava meaning "living"). Together, they hint to us that life comes from soil or the soil is alive. Literally both are true. EO Wilson, professor of ecology at Harvard University, states that "the soil is a living organism... It’s dynamic. It’s full of ...
Chemicals link to obesity
By Elizabeth Grossman
Special to The Washington Post
Monday, March 12, 2007; Page A06
Too many calories and too little exercise are undeniably the major factors contributing to the obesity epidemic, but several recent animal studies suggest that environmental exposure to widely used chemicals may also help make people fat.
The evidence is preliminary, but a number of researchers are pursuing indications that the chemicals, which have been shown to cause abnormal changes in animals' sexual deve...
Chemicals in Vitamins & Supplements
Organic Consumers Launch "Nutri-Con" Campaign to Expose Rampant Labeling Fraud in the $20 Billion Vitamin and Supplements Industry
Press Release from http://www.organicconsumers.org/articles/article_4409.cfm
New Coalition Challenges Natural Products Industry to Stop Lacing Nutritional Supplements with Ineffective and Hazardous Synthetic Chemicals and Instead to Use Naturally Occurring Organic Ingredients
Organic Consumers Association, March 7, 2007
Anaheim, California: On the eve of the Natural Products Expo West convention, the Organic Consumers Association (OCA) is launching a new pu...
Pesticides Impact on Conventional Bee Keeping, Organic Bees uneffected
By Sharon Labchuk
"Natural" beehives appear less affected by the strange new plague dubbed colony collapse disorder. Colony Collapse Disorder in domestic honey bees is all the buzz lately, mostly because honey bees pollinate food crops for humans.
However, we would not be so dependent on commercial non-native, factory-farmed honey bees if we were not killing off native pollinators. Organic agriculture does not use chemicals or crops toxic to bees and, done properly, preserves wildlife habitat in the vicinity, recog...