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A New Approach to the Perils of Overfishing

Why is Gillian Anderson nude wrapped in a conger eel? Posing for a British campaign called Fishlove. Photographs in dramatically lit studios, by renown photographers, of celebrities in the buff, expressing their love for assorted sea creatures all to bring awareness to overfishing and clean conscious eating. The campaign was produced by Nicholas Röhl, co-owner of Japanese restaurant MOSHIMO, based in Brighton, U.K. See the entire collection of photographs here.

Weedkiller Found in Frito's Sunchips

GMO Free USA, recently announced that Frito Lay's SunChips tested positive for glyphosate, a popular weed-killing chemical and the active ingredient in Roundup. Testing also revealed the chips contained genetically engineered or transgenic ingredients.

The public advocacy group found that a quantitative test verified by DNA analysis discovered that 100 percent of the corn in the SunChips came from GMO sources, containing DNA sequences known to be present in insecticide-producing Bt and Roundup Ready corn.

Coca Cola Redesigns Milk

The mega-beverage processor, known for its marketing prowess when it comes to redesigning an already known product, to appeal to a lucrative, health-conscious, demographic has entered the dairy market. Coca-Cola partnered with one of the largest dairy farms in the U.S. to launch Fairlife, a lactose-free milk that boasts less sugar, more protein and calcium, and comes to market at a cost twice that of regular milk.

GMO Crops Linked to Decline in Monarch Butterflies

The Center for Food Safety (CFS) just released a detailed scientific report, revealing the severe impacts of herbicide-resistant genetically engineered (GE) crops on the monarch population, which has plummeted over the past twenty years.

The report makes it abundantly clear this iconic species is on the verge of extinction because of Monsanto’s Roundup Ready crop system.

Saving the Monarch

The eastern population of Monarch butterflies are known for their extraordinary migration north from Mexico, through the mid-west United States and on into Canada. The one way trip is over 4800 miles -- the longest insect migration on Earth. They’ve traversed this route for thousands of years, but within the last 20 years, their populations have mysteriously plummeted 90%. Fewer than 50 million butterflies made it to Mexico last winter – a fraction of the population once estimated at 1 billion. So the Obama administration recently launched an initiative to halt the death spiral of the Monarch butterfly. But how effective will it be?

Excessive Sodium and Sugar in Processed Food for Toddlers

Researchers from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) analyzed sodium and sugar levels in 1,074 infant and toddler dinners, snacks, fruits, vegetables, dry cereals, juices and desserts. Not only was the processed food heavily salted and contained too much sugar, it didn’t matter whether the toddler’s meal was organic or otherwise.

Glyphosate Found Kellogg's GMO Froot Loops

Independent DNA lab testing has verified that 100% of the corn in Kellogg’s Froot Loops is genetically modified, containing DNA sequences known to be present in insecticide producing Bt toxin and Monsanto's Roundup Ready BT corn. What’s more, tests documented the presence of glyphosate at 0.12 mg/kg, the main chemical ingredient of Monsanto’s best-selling Roundup weedkiller. Food manufacturers like Kellogg's have the choice to source their corn from organic farmers but simply don’t. Why? Profit margin. But there's a bigger issue here than profit taking. Our kids are eating transgenic food that has been linked to serious health issues.

Study Links Pesticides and Autism

A recent California-based study has uncovered a strong link between pesticides and autism. Researchers at the University of California, Davis, MIND Institute examined associations between specific classes of pesticides, including organophosphates, pyrethroids and carbamates, applied during participants pregnancies. The data revealed pregnant women who live in close proximity to fields and farms where chemical pesticides are applied experience a 66 percent increased risk of having a child with autism spectrum disorder or developmental delay.

Fighting Back: Lawsuit Challenges Pesticide Spraying near Schools, Homes, Organic Farms

The City of Berkeley, the Environmental Working Group and the Pesticide Action Network along with eight other activist groups, sued the California Department of Food and Agriculture over the agency’s approval of a statewide “pest management” plan that allows pesticide spraying on schools, organic farms and residential yards, including aerial spraying over homes in rural areas. Regulators approved the program despite receiving over 30,000 public comment letters calling for a less toxic approach that would protect the vitality and resilience of the state’s food system and the economic interests of organic farmers.

Pushing Earth's ‘Planetary Boundaries’

A new report published in Science gauges the breaking points in the natural world. Researchers contend that we have already crossed four of the nine “planetary boundaries”: the extinction rate; deforestation; the level of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere; and the flow of nitrogen and phosphorous (used on land as fertilizer) into the ocean.