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More Bad News for Honeybees

Bayer CropScience just scored a big win on both sides of the Canada/US borders. In January, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced it completed the registration of Bayer’s new pesticide, flupyradifurone. The chemical spray can now be marketed as an alternative to neonicotinoid pesticides and “safer for bees.” Health Canada’s Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA), also proposed full registration for the sale and use of flupyradifurone. Good news for the honeybees right? Well, not so much. A closer look reveals the EPA and Health Canada may be misleading the public on the ecological safety of pesticide.

The High Cost of Convenience

Plastic pollution is an environmental catastrophe that we can all take responsibility for creating. The choices we make as consumers are literally choking the life out of our global ecosystem. A new documentary, Inside the Garbage of the World, says its so bad, we may not be able to recover. The images are disturbing. But perhaps we need to see exactly what we are causing by accepting yet another plastic bag for our groceries, or purchasing another plastic bottle full of water or buying another throw away plastic toy made from questionable materials.

USDA Approves GMO Apples

UPDATE: MARCH 20, 2015 A genetically modified non-browning Arctic apple has been approved for sale in Canada, just weeks after it received similar approval in the U.S.

Remember the old saying 'An apple a day keeps the doctor away'? Well, we may have to rethink that. Last week, the United States Department of Agriculture approved two new genetically engineered apple varieties and they will likely be coming to a supermarket near you soon. How can you recognize them? You can't. Just like GMO sweet corn, these apples require no label.

POLLINATORS IN DECLINE GLOBALLY

As residents living on this beautiful blue planet, we are all interconnected and nothing exemplifies this more than Earth's ecosystems. They are humanity’s life support system. These delicate environs depend on pollinators to regenerate finely tuned elements to ensure continuity. Whether mammal, animal or insect, should these pollinators disappear, the impact on humanity would be considerable. Previous studies indicate that the number of pollinators may be falling, but until now, there has been no investigation of how they are faring on a global level. A new international study does just that and it's ringing a very loud warning bell.

Coffee Drinkers Rejoice Ahhh Maybe

Disclaimer: Don't start drinking loads of coffee based on this study. It's one of those studies that needs more study. Having said that, as a regular coffee drinker, reading the research prompted a sigh of relief -- even if it's only a rationalization to justify the fourth cup of joe that's currently sitting on the desk. Studies already suggest that caffeine may be help liver function. But there's a new medical discussion about whether java juice is good for the heart.

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

Here's an ingredient you won't find on the food label. 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?