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How Monsanto could be poisoning your Microbiome

Just how much of Monsanto's RoundUp is it safe to ingest? According to Monsanto and now the US Government, more! But it's looking more and more like it's far more toxic than we're being told.

From the article:

First the bad news: The “safest” herbicide in the history of science may be harming us in ways we’re just beginning to understand. And now for the really bad news: Because too much is never enough, the Environmental Protection Agency just raised the allowable limits for how much of that chemical can remain on the food we eat, and the crops we feed to animals – many of which end up on our plates as well. If you haven’t guessed its identity yet, it’s Monsanto’s RoundUp, a powerful weed killer.

Here’s the thing: As farmers adopted Monsanto’s genetically modified seeds in droves — the majority of corn, soy and cotton grown worldwide include the company’s RoundupReady trait — there has been an explosion in the use of the pesticide for which the trait is designed: You guessed it, RoundUp.

In the U.S. alone, it’s estimated that over 200 million pounds of the stuff are spread on fields and farms every year. That’s almost triple the amount used in 2001. (These numbers, by the way, are all estimates, since the USDA doesn’t precisely track glyphosate use because MONSANTO!)

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Screwed by Climate Change: 10 cities that will be hardest hit

A great article from Grist about which US cities will be most adversely affected by climate change.

From the article:

Here at Grist, climate change is our bread and melting butter. But this month, we’re feeling especially hot and bothered. As part of our in-depth look at the warming planet, we’ve compiled a list of the U.S. cities that we think will be in the hottest water as the mercury rises — in some cases, up to their foreheads.

Phoenix, Ariz.: The founders of Phoenix spotted a particularly dry stretch of desert and thought, “You know what this place could use? Golf courses.” Unfortunately, this town of 4.5 million has been getting hotter by almost a degree a decade since 1961; in 2011 Phoenix had 33 days over 110. In heat like that, air conditioning is a life-and-death issue, and that A/C runs on America’s electric grid. That’s scary enough, but the power on that grid comes from dams on the Colorado River — the same shrinking river that wets Phoenix’s enormous whistle. Then again, Phoenicians named their town after a bird that periodically bursts into flames, so they must have seen this coming.

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What one week of groceries looks like around the world


From the link:
It seems as photographers we have a fascination with photographing our food. From Henry’s series of riders to looking on instagram we cant help but documenting what we consume. Peter does a great job of exploiting this on a bigger scale. Photographer Peter Menzel started this intriguing series of one weeks of groceries from around the world.

It is interesting to see that how much food does not seem to vary too much(except Chad) but the variety of food is vastly different in each country. It is a great way to see the different culture’s influence on the products and food the consumers buy.

How do you feel about this series. Do you think it could of been differently? What Would you do differently?

Sort of an interesting social study, here! Of course, it's just a typical family, and deosn't represent everyone. Not everyone in Canada necessarily eats that much fresh food (I know, I'm Canadian, and some of my friends eat much closer to the US diet depicted), just as not everyone in the USA eats such a pre-processed diet.
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