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Sugar Bombs

“Most parents would never serve dessert for breakfast, but many children’s cereals have just as much sugar or more”.
Jane Houlihan, Senior Vice President,Environmental Working Group

Cereal is often considered a quick, easy and inexpensive breakfast for kids and adults. But a new study from the good folks at the Environmental Working Group, a U.S. based non-profit research and public health advocacy group, reveals that there is enough sugar in the popular brands of breakfast cereal to fuel more than a morning’s worth of tantrums and meltdowns.

Pesticides on Trial: The Environment

On the 27th anniversary of the Bhopal disaster in India, anti-pesticide advocates are putting the six largest pesticide companies under the accountability spotlight. According to a press release from the North American branch of Pesticide Action Network (PAN), attorneys, witnesses and jurors will put the 'Big Six' -- Monsanto, Sygenta, Bayer, BASF, Dow and Dupont on trial for what PAN calls "their crimes against humanity.

Navigating the Yogurt Aisle

Yogurt has long been considered a ‘health-food’. It can make a great dessert or mid-morning snack. It’s also easy to throw in your child’s lunch box. So it’s important to pick a yogurt that actually delivers on its promise. That can be challenging particularly when advertising claims don’t necessarily correspond with nutritional facts. The choices can be overwhelming but after a little investigation, you’ll quickly discover that not all brands are what they seem.

Pass The Salt

Campbell’s newly appointed CEO, Denise Morrison, announced recently that she had a new strategy to bring sales and taste back to their product. Her plan? Bump up the salt.

“For me it’s about stabilizing company sales first and then planning growth beyond that.” Morrison said at an annual investor meeting at the company's headquarters in Camden, New Jersey.

Now It's in the Blood

For all the empty promises the bioseed corporations have made to try and convince consumers that GMO food is safe, a study from University of Sherbrooke, in Quebec, Canada is perhaps the most telling.

Genetically modified crops include genes extracted from bacteria to make them resistant to pest attacks. The toxin is derived from a soil bacterium called Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt). Corporate scientists who engineer these bioseeds claim there is no danger to the environment or to human health maintaining that the Bt toxin poses no danger to human health as the protein breaks down in the human gut. But the presence of this toxin in human blood clearly demonstrates that this does not happen.

Summer, Your Lawn and Your Liver

Ahhh Summer. There's nothing like it. And, for those who like to putter in the garden during the long days of summertide, there's nothing finer than the gratification of a finely manicured lawn. Unfortunately cultivating that fine patch of green may be detrimental to your health.

Used in yards, farms and parks throughout the world, Roundup is the most widely used weed-killer in the world. Invented in 1976 by Monsanto, Roundup is a highly toxic herbicide.

The Global Ocean Crisis

According to a recent report released by the International Programme on the State of the Ocean (IPSO) our global ocean is on the brink of catastrophe. If you're reading this and thinking that's really too bad but it doesn't affect me just stop a moment and take a breath. That breath just came from the sea.

Global Warming

Stephen Thomson’s soul-chilling footage of extreme weather events we have witnessed of late, combined with Bill McKibben’s powerful op-ed piece from the Washington Post last month dramatically illustrates the time for debate is over. Global warming is not something that will affect us in the distant future. It’s here, it’s now, and it’s at our front door. And our food supply is taking a direct hit.

Advertising Food

"...advertising directed toward children is inherently deceptive and exploits children under eight years of age."
The American Academy of Paediatrics

Staxed

"The lack of transparency in the current approval process, leading as it does to an inability to evaluate the scientific rigour of the assessment process, seriously compromises the confidence that society can place in the current regulatory framework used to assess potential risks to human, animal and environmental safety posed by GMOs."
Royal Society of Canada's Experts panel on the Future of Food