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Even Farm Animal Genetic Diversity Is Plummeting — Loss Of Genetic Diversity Amongst Wild And Domesticated Species Is A Slow-Moving Disaster

Along with the rapid disappearance of much of the world’s wild biodiversity over the past century, the diversity of domesticated plant and animal species has also been falling rapidly. This loss of species diversity and genetic diversity poses a serious threat to continuation of modern industrial agriculture, and perhaps much more importantly, to the free […]

May 29th

Weed Killers, Bug Killers, Pesticides, And Solvents — Exposure Increases Risk Of Developing Parkinson's Disease, Meta-Analysis Finds

Exposure to pesticides, weed killers, bug killers, and solvents, is associated with a significantly higher likelihood of developing Parkinson’s disease, according to a new meta-analysis on the subject. The meta-analysis incorporated over 100 different studies from all over the world. “Due to this association, there was also a link between farming or country living and […]

May 29th

Grow Plants In Your Backyard, Not Chickens

As the tide of locavorism continues to rise around the world, more and more people are looking closer to home for their food with the idea that, by reducing food miles, they are solving the world’s problems. Instead of seriously questioning the eating of animals, and taking the compassionate approach of veganism, people simply shift […]

Commonly-Used Poultry Drug Increases Levels Of Toxic Arsenic In Chicken Meat

The meat from chickens raised with arsenic-based drugs contains considerably higher levels of inorganic arsenic, a very toxic carcinogen, new research from the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future at the Bloomberg School of Public Health has found. While it may sound obvious that if chickens are administered drugs containing arsenic than their bodies […]

May 14th

Earthworms Protect Gardens From Slugs, Research Finds

Earthworms, when present in healthy numbers in a garden’s soil, effectively protect the plants there from being consumed by slugs, according to new research from the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences in Vienna. An interesting finding, for those of us that like to garden. Slugs can be quite the pest from what I’ve […]

May 14th

Florida Orange Crop 'Totally Threatened' By Bacterium-Carrying Bug

The State of Florida’s $9 billion annual orange crop is under serious threat from ‘citrus greening’ disease (also known by its Asian name huanglongbing); some citrus farmers are calling it the worst threat to their crop in over half a century. The disease is caused by a bacterium called Candidatus Liberibacter asiaticus, which, as the […]

Grapes May Protect Against Metabolic Syndrome-Related Organ Damage

Grapes may help to limit the organ damage typically associated with metabolic syndrome, according to new research presented recently at the Experimental Biology conference in Boston. Polyphenols — compounds that are found in many fruits and vegetables, including grapes, are theorized to be responsible for these health effects. Possibly in the same way that grapes […]

May 11th

Veganism And The Ethics Of Local Food

As vegans living in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, which is in many ways centered around animal agriculture, my wife and I are constantly facing the realities of our modern food system from the point of production to the point of consumption — what many refer to as “farm to table.” Being a traditionally agricultural […]

Planned Obsolescence (of children)

More on Obesity From the Clinton Foundation: Childhood Obesity: Facts & Solutions From PlanetSave: Obesity Is A Major Environmental Threat, Study Says From NaturalPapa: Sugar is killing us! Joe’s cartoon archive, twitter ramblings and StumbleUpon page…and now Facebook!

May 1st

Mediterranean Diet Linked To Preservation Of Memory

The diet that is popularly referred to in the media as the Mediterranean diet may be linked to the preservation of memory and thinking abilities, according to new research from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). It’s worth noting that the “Mediterranean Diet” in popular terminology generally refers to a diet relatively high in […]

April 30th

Marine Species Used As Food Grown In Captivity For First Time

Eating sea anemones doesn’t sound that appealing, but the Snakelocks species (Anemonia sulcata) is regularly cooked and consumed in Spain near the Gulf of Cadiz. (Ortiguillas are marinated and deep-fried anemone.) Unfortunately, too many have been taken from the sea to be used as human food, so the Snakelocks species is in decline. Not only […]

April 10th

Arsenic In Your Beer? Commonly Used Filtering Material Source Of Contamination

Elevated arsenic levels have been detected in some brands of beer sold in Germany in recent years, but the cause has remained somewhat unclear, until now. New research from the Technische Universität in Munich appears to have found the cause, a commonly-used filtering material, diatomaceous earth. “Mehmet Coelhan, Ph.D., and colleagues said the discovery could […]

April 8th

GMO's are Everywhere, Sucker!

This is a new version of a Hank D and the Bee cartoon I did after Halloween. It was a popular cartoon so I wanted to share it with a larger audience. Enjoy…and share. More on GMO’s and Monsanto From PlanetSave: 5 Appalling Facts About The Monsanto Protection Act Obama Signed Into Law (GMO Heaven) […]

April 4th

Monsanto Protection Act Signed By Obama, GMO Bill Written By Monsanto Itself Signed Into Law

The Monsanto Protection Act, essentially both written by and benefitting Monsanto Corporation, has been signed into law by United States President Barack Obama. The infamous Monsanto Corporation will benefit greatly and directly from the bill, as it essentially gives companies that deal with genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and genetically engineered (GE) seeds immunity to the […]

March 30th

Urbsly — Fund This Open Data Catalog Of Seeds

While we all play on our computers, watch movies and TV, and… blog, one of the key components of our life support system is increasingly controlled (even owned) by a small handful of companies. As you probably gathered from the title, I’m talking about the essence of our food system, our seeds. As an example, […]

March 30th

Bill Gates Advocating For Big Cut In Meat Consumption

After making his fortune on computer software, Bill Gates has shifted his focus to social and environmental problems (of course, environmental problems are also social problems). While I don’t agree with everything he promotes or thinks, he definitely seems genuine and is putting a lot into these matter. One of his recent topics of focus […]

March 29th

Animals We Abuse, Murder, & Then Throw In The Trash

Kenny Torrella recently had the idea for an article on a topic most of us have probably never considered, and he got his friend Harish over at Counting Animals to put it together. Rather than rewrite his intro, here are his own eloquent words leading into the numbers and chart: We waste a lot of food in […]

March 29th

Coriander Contained High Levels Of Toxin

(This article originally appeared on Healthfooddaily.) A study of ten families found that the ones who ate organic, catered meals had higher levels of chemicals in their bodies. It wasn’t because the food they were eating is organic, the high levels of phthalates were traced to imported coriander, and bottled dairy milk. Dairy products can […]

March 27th

Meat, Lies, & Videotape (A Deeply Flawed TED Talk)

By Robert Goodland A recent videotape that went somewhat viral begins with a factual statement by cattleman Allan Savory: “Fossil fuels… are by no means the only thing that is causing climate change.” Then Mr. Savory launches into opinion, saying there’s “only one option left to climatologists and scientists.” That’s to do “the unthinkable” — […]

March 26th

Soft Drinks Cause Around 180,000 Deaths A Year, Research Finds

Soft drinks, sodas, “sports” drinks and “fruit-juice” drinks are associated with an estimated 180,000 deaths every year, according to new research from the American Heart Association. The new research was just presented at the American Heart Association’s Epidemiology and Prevention/Nutrition, Physical Activity and Metabolism 2013 Scientific Sessions. Sugar-sweetened beverages are now widely-consumed throughout the whole […]

March 24th

Vegan Body Builder and Fitness Trainer Lisa Koehn Interview

(This content originally appeared on Healthfooddaily.com.) Lisa Koehn is a vegan bodybuilder and fitness trainer based in Hawaii. She kindly agreed to answer some questions about her training and diet. 1. What did your diet used to be, and what is it now? I was born and raised in the Midwest, so it was meat, […]

March 21st

Eggs & Cigarettes Similarly Linked To Atherosclerosis (VIDEO)

NutritionFacts.org recently shared the video below regarding some recent studies related to the health effects of egg consumption, with this intro line: “A similar exponential increase in carotid artery plaque buildup was found for smokers and egg eaters.” Before sharing the video, though, here’s the catchy reddit title that led me to the post: “Last […]

March 17th

After Ever After Viral Video Has Green Gene (Video)

Brand new viral video “After Ever After” from Paint just popped onto my radar. After two days, the video has almost 1.5 million views. I decided to check it out for basically two reasons: 1) I was curious what might be the next big, big thing (following Gangnam Style & Harlem Shake), and 2) the […]

March 15th