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Mexico Revokes Monsanto’s Permit to Market Soy

The headquarters of Monsanto, near St. Louis, Mo. Monsanto is the world's largest seed supplier.

The headquarters of Monsanto, near St. Louis, Mo. Monsanto is the world’s largest seed supplier.

By MCNS Staff

Mexico’s agriculture sanitation authority SENASICA revoked Monsanto’s permit to commercialize genetically modified soy in seven Mexican states this past month, according to Reuters.

The Mexican newspaper Reforma referenced a document stating that the permit was withdrawn as a result of the detection of transgenic Monsanto soya in areas where its growth was not authorized.

Monsanto responded to the document by stating that authorities did not perform analysis on how the soy was sown.

The revocation applies to the states of Tamaulipas, San Luis Potosi, Veracruz, Chiapas, Campeche, Yucatan and Quintana Roo and it follows a 2016 legal suspension of the permit.

Monsanto has been highly successful in taking legal action against individual farmers in the US when Monsanto GMO seeds were carried by the wind and as a result, ended up growing on the land of other farmers. According to its website, they have taken farmers to court 147 times in the US since 1997. Only nine of these cases went to court and Monsanto won all of them. However, the tables are turning against the GMO giant in Mexico as well as in the US where individual farmers are organizing.

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The Dangers of Microwaves

By MCNS Staff

Microwave ovens have been linked to cancer, memory loss, and a host of other diseases.

Microwave ovens have been linked to cancer, memory loss, and a host of other diseases.

 

More than 90% of homes in the US regularly use microwave ovens for meal preparation and they are almost always the only means available to warm up meals at the workplace.

Yet, microwaved foods, and the dangerous electromagnetic radiation frequencies they emit, have been linked to cancer, memory loss, and emotional instability according to thedailyberries.com. Even the Soviet Union banned them in 1976 because of their negative effects on health.

Information on the dangers of microwave ovens is also suppressed to the point where it is challenging to locate data that directly address this subject. For more on this issue, click here.

US Obesity at All-Time High

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A recent study reported that this year, the United States is the most obese nation in the world. Nearly 40% of adults and 19% of youth in the US are obese, the highest rate that the US has ever seen in all adults, according to research released Friday by the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS).

Since 1999, there has been a sharp rise in the prevalence of obesity, particularly in adults, without any “signs of it slowing down,” according to the study’s lead researcher, Dr. Craig Hales, medical epidemiologist at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Hispanic adults had an obesity rate of 47% and African-American adults had a rate of 46.8% in 2015-16. The new report also showed White adults at 37.9% and Asian adults at 12.7%. Additionally, among youths, Hispanics and African-Americans also had higher rates of obesity, at 25.8% and 22% respectively, compared with 14% of whites and 11% of Asians.

What is “very striking” about this information is that there has been a 30% increase in adult obesity and 33% increase in youth obesity from 1999-2000 to 2015-16, according to Michael W. Long, assistant professor at the Milken Institute of School Public Health at George Washington University. The rate of obesity is a result of diets that are embraced in the US and the disparity of obesity between ethnic groups can be tied to dietary differences between the groups. This can be addressed, where a significant change in diet and the addition of a fitness regimen, constituting a change in lifestyle can reverse an otherwise dismal prognosis.

Going Vegan Can Save Millions

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According to researchers at Oxford University, worldwide veganism can save anywhere from $700 billion to $1 trillion per year on health care costs and reduce food-related emissions by 70 percent.

The findings are published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences and they mark the first time that researchers have looked into the impact of a worldwide vegan diet on health and climate change.

Recent analyses highlight health and environmental benefits of reducing the consumption of animal-sourced foods. The abstract from the study states that transitioning toward more plant-based diets that are in line with standard dietary guidelines could reduce global mortality by 6–10% and food-related greenhouse gas emissions by 29 – 70% by 2050.

The study report states that the food system that supports the consumption of animal products is responsible for more than a quarter of all greenhouse gas emissions. Additionally, unhealthy diets and high body weight are among the greatest contributors to premature mortality. Therefore, researchers project that health would improve and climate change would be minimized when more people significantly lower the amount of animal-sourced foods they consume in their diets.

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