Friday, April 18, 2014

Three More Vaccines Now Mandatory for Ontario Children

from Ontario is making three more vaccines mandatory for schoolchildren, a move that cements the province’s hard line against parents who decline to immunize their children. As of this September, Ontario students will need to be vaccinated against whooping cough, meningococcal disease and, if they were born after 2010, chickenpox. All three are already publicly funded and part of the province’s immunization schedule. Ontario already bars students who have not received their shots for six diseases, including measles, unless their parents apply for an exemption on religious or philosophical grounds – something fewer than 2 per cent of families pursue, according to Arlene King, Ontario’s chief medical officer of health.

h/t - Ann Benson

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Rising Food Prices Pinching Consumers

from Two months of sharp increases in food prices show grocers are starting to pass along their higher wholesale costs to consumers. Retail food prices rose 0.4% in March, the same as in February and the largest amount since September 2011. By comparison, the prices of all consumer goods rose 0.2% in March and 0.1% the month before, reports the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Environmental Activists Murders 'Have Soared Dramatically'

from More than 900 environmental activists have been slain in 35 countries over the past decade with very few of their murderers ever likely to be brought to justice, a survey by London-based Global Witness group reported.

Global Witness, which reports on links between environmental exploitation and human rights abuses, said the death toll has soared dramatically and has largely gone unpunished.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Medicated to Death: SSRIs and Mass Killings

from SSRI stands for Selective Seratonin Reuptake Inhibitor, and it is a class of drugs that is often used to treat depression and anxiety. It includes Prozac, Zoloft, Celexa, Paxil and a host of other commonly prescribed antidepressants. And the perpetrators of a raft of school shootings, mass murders and other violent incidents in recent years have been taking them.

Find out more about the correlation between SSRIs and mass murder in this week's edition of the

Monday, April 14, 2014

Fourth Anniversary of Gulf Oil Spill: Wildlife Is Still Suffering from Toxic Cover Up

BP and the Government Decided to Temporarily Hide the Oil by Sinking It with Toxic Chemicals … The Gulf Ecosystem Is Now Paying the Price

from As we noted at the time, and on the first (and here), second and third anniversaries of BP’s Gulf oil spill, BP and the government made the spill much worse by dumping toxic dispersant in the water in an attempt to to sink – and so temporarily hide – the oil.

In addition, adding dispersant makes oil 52 times more toxic than it would normally be.

EPA whistleblowers tried to warn us

Gulf toxicologist Susan Shaw told us last year:
Covering up the [Gulf] oil spill with Corexit was a deadly action … what happened in the Gulf was a political act, an act of cowardice and greed.
(60 Minutes did a fantastic exposé on the whole shenanigan.)

And the cover up went beyond adding toxic dispersant.  BP and the government went so far as hiding dead animals and keeping scientists and reporters away from the spill so they couldn’t document what was really happening.

As the National Wildlife Federation (NWF) notes in a new report, the wildlife is still suffering from this toxic cover up.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

US Bill Seeks to Block Mandatory GMO Food Labeling by States

from A Republican congressman from Kansas introduced legislation on Wednesday that would nullify efforts in multiple states to require labeling of genetically modified foods. The bill, dubbed the "Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act" was drafted by U.S. Rep. Mike Pompeo from Kansas, and is aimed at overriding bills in roughly two dozen states that would require foods made with genetically engineered crops to be labeled as such. The bill specifically prohibits any mandatory labeling of foods developed using bioengineering. "We've got a number of states that are attempting to put together a patchwork quilt of food labeling requirements with respect to genetic modification of foods," said Pompeo. "That makes it enormously difficult to operate a food system. Some of the campaigns in some of these states aren't really to inform consumers but rather aimed at scaring them. What this bill attempts to do is set a standard." Consumer groups have been arguing for labeling because of questions they have both about the safety for human health and the environmental impacts of genetically modified foods, also called GMOs.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

​Cancer-inducing benzene traced in China water supply

from Residents of Lanzhou, northwest China, have started panic-buying bottled water after city authorities confirmed the lethal chemical compound benzene was contaminating the city’s drinking water at 20 times the national safety level.

Lanzhou warned its 2.4 million residents not to consume any water from the tap on Friday after tests conducted at a local water plant showed that the liquid contained 200 micrograms of benzene per liter rather than 10 micrograms per liter – the nationally recommended limit.