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Tackling Food Waste

Food is the single largest contributor to U.S. landfills today. In Canada, the stats are no different. An estimated $27 billion in Canadian food annually finds its way to landfill and composting, creating unnecessarily high levels of carbon and methane. That's approximately 40% of all the food we produce.

NMX - New Organic Pesticide Shows Promise

A new organic pesticide developed at New Mexico State University is showing great promise. Called NMX, the essential oil-based pesticide is a safe alternative to conventional chemical pesticides and solutions. NMSU Microbiologist Geoffrey Smith developed NMX with a team of three researchers, who discovered that a mixture of essential oils from common desert plants can help defend against fungus, bacteria, nematodes and some insects, such as thrips.

Europe Bans Two Endocrine-Disrupting Weedkillers

The European Commission has ordered a ground-breaking moratorium on two endocrine-disrupting weedkillers that have been linked to thyroid cancer, infertility, reproductive problems and foetal malformations.

The Dirtiest Fruit in Your Supermarket

After five years of topping the list, apples have officially been dethroned as the most pesticide-loaded produce. The new fruit that tops the Environmental Working Group's list of the "Dirty Dozen" -- strawberries. One of Nature's most potent packages of health-defending antioxidants, this sad news is not only maddening, it demonstrates, once again, the danger posed to the public's health when food becomes a commodity.

Monstano's Playing the Shell Game - Again

The monolithic chemical company, Monsanto, is at it yet again. This time, they are trying to convince the world that glyphosate, their number one selling herbicide, is not a probable carcinogen as defined by World Health Organization report published earlier this year.

Christmas Trees - Real or Plastic?

For many, decorating the Christmas tree is our favourite part of the holiday season. There is nothing as magical. It makes the beautiful out of the ordinary standing as a symbol of shared values, peace and hope. It holds the remembrances of old treasures and the promise of new life and there is an undercurrent of a stillness which reminds us of the importance of being close to each other, close to the earth and close to those who have gone before.

Glyphosate Takes Another Hit


Early in 2015, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), the research arm of the World Health Organization (WHO), determined glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide, was to be listed a “probable carcinogen” (Class 2A). The recommendation was based on evidence showing the popular weed killer was linked to non-Hodgkin lymphoma and lung cancer in humans,as well as convincing evidence that the pesticide can also cause cancer in animals.

All Star Quarterback Calls Fast Food Poison

On the football circuit, Tom Brady is already a hero. The star athlete is a four-time Super Bowl champion and all-star quarterback. But recent Tom Brady, has won a victory of another sort - he tackled the commercial food industry and in the eyes of many he won.

Ontario Targets Honeybee Killing Pesticides

Neonicotinoids (NNIs) are the most widely used insecticides in the world. In theory, they are the perfect pesticide, coating the seeds of a crop so the growing plant is seeped in their poison, killing any munching marauder. No sloppy spraying, no residue, no toxic runoff into nearby streams - according to the marketing speak. In truth, however, NNIs are much less precise than advertised. They are persistent and water-soluble, so they do wash into streams and they target more than nibbling pests.

Push to Clean Up Garbage in Oceans

Bloomberg reports for the first time in the G7's history, Germany will put ocean cleanup on the agenda of the summit in June in the Bavarian Alps. The goal is to encourage countries to reduce waste from plastic and tiny beads added to body scrubs and toothpastes that pollute the sea and kill marine life.

The problem of ocean plastic pollution is massive. Plastics weighing 191 times as much as the Titanic are dumped in the oceans every year. Plastics of every description, from toothbrushes to tires to unidentifiable fragments too numerous to count drift as far as the polar regions.