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The EPA Will No Longer Protect Us

With the recent appointments of the Trump administration to the EPA, the word “protection” in the title, Environmental Protection Agency, no longer applies.

This administration’s vow to roll back government oversight, which was championed by Trump during the campaign, has taken a potentially deadly turn in the installation of Scott Pruitt as EPA head.  Pruitt has been an advocate for the oil, gas and coal industry, has denied the impacts of climate change, and after his appointment, signaled that he will not renew the Obama administration’s Clean Water Act.  He has also gone against the agency’s findings in mothballing a ban on the use of chlorpyrifos, an insecticide widely used on vegetables and fruits, which has been shown to poison groundwater and directly impact human health, especially that of farmworkers.  This is just the tip of the iceberg in the dismantling of the EPA.

Shortly after his inauguration, Trump welcomed coal miners to the White House in an effort to make good on his promise to revive the dying coal industry. This went hand in hand with the rolling back of the Clean Water Act which will allow mines to resume dumping toxic chemicals into waterways.

To further add insult to injury, Nancy B. Beck, joined the EPA in May.  She is a former member of the American Chemistry Council, the chemical industry’s main trade association.  She is an advocate of lessening oversight on potentially harmful chemicals.

Just announced is the EPA’s decision not to let 2 of its scientists speak at a conference, 3 years in the making, of the state of the Narragansett Bay Watershed Program and the relation to climate change.  This follows the scrubbing of the EPA website by Trump’s political appointees which addresses human causes in climate change.

This is just the latest in the Trump administration’s assault on the banishment of scientific evidence regarding climate change, environmental impacts of chemicals, pesticides and potentially harmful substances which endanger humans and the ecosystem.

It is horrifically clear to those of us concerned with our planet’s health and that of its people,  this is not a priority of this administration.

Government oversight has protected us from a myriad of potential harm from insidious corporate actions executed in the name of cost-cutting and greed.  Citizens who applauded a rollback of regulations in favor of less government may learn that they are the ones being hurt most.

Therefore, we need that protection in the “P” of the EPA, as well as other agencies under the axe of the Trump administration.

 

 

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Monsanto: Evil Personified

We all have been touched by Monsanto. You may be denying it saying that you don’t use Monsanto products around your home and yard   roundup

 If anyone known to you served on the ground in Viet Nam, they were probably exposed to Agent Orange, a Monsanto creation.

You have eaten food exposed to Monsanto chemical, Round-Up

Your groundwater has been contaminated by 2-4-D and glyphosate from Monsanto.

Chances are you may have lived somewhere that Monsanto’s PCBs have totally decimated waterways and soil.

Monsanto also invented DDT, a commonly used chemical till its ban in the 70’s.

That “illness” that a family member has; that “condition”  (read birth defect) that your child was just diagnosed with – could be a side effect of a Monsanto chemical – a hormone disruptor.

IF you use Round up around your yard – you are predisposing yourself and your children, as well as your neighbors, to health complications courtesy of Monsanto.

Read more on the history of Monsanto

Now Monsanto wants to cover up the truth of GMO crops thus muting further the effects that they have on our health and that of future generations.

They also have their hooks deep into the minds of those in Washington who would dare to make policy decisions against Monsanto!

The time is NOW to fight back against this evil empire Monsanto. They’ve poisoned this world, subjected countless citizens – by direct (Agent Orange in Vietnam) or insidious contamination of foods and the environment.

 


Dow’s 2-4-D Corn = More Cancer, Birth Defects, Environmental Disaster

It was two years ago that I blogged about the battle for Dow’s 2-4-D corn.The USDA was still accepting comments on its pending approval. Now it seems, despite a huge public outcry, not only from concerned citizens but also from farmers, health professionals and environmentalists, the USDA  is leaning heavily for approving it.

Photo:  USDA

Photo: USDA

2-4-D, or Atrazine, is in popular Weed & Feed, Weed B Gon, Turfbuilder products. It was developed for chemical warfare in WWII and used in Viet Nam as part of a solution in Agent Orange as a defoliant. It is a known carcinogen: Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and possible soft tissue sarcomas (cancer) are indicated, as are increased rates of Parkinson’s disease & lung cancer.  Respiratory and circulatory birth defects have been linked to it.

Despite a very strong link to cancer, hormonal disruption, Non-Hodgkins lymphoma,  birth defects and other illnesses,   2-4-D is marketed to consumers for use around their homes as a multi-use broadleaf weedkiller.  Millions of American homeowners use this on their lawns in one form or another in sprays, dusts or in a pelletized version. It is also in other lawn care products such as “Winterizers,”  and “Turfbuliders.” It is very likely that year-round exposure is not uncommon: “weed and feed” being used in the spring and summer, “Turfbuilders” from spring through fall and “winterizer” just before winter sets in.  Consumers who rely on these chemicals to keep their lawns looking golf course perfect are spreading poison on their property all year without realizing it. 

Monsanto’s Round-Up has been failing in recent years due to the ability of weeds to adapt and resist its application.  This is the next generation of herbicide-resistant spray to be formulated with an even more potent and dangerous chemical, Atrazine or 2-4-D.

Dow’s Enlist seeds, will be able to withstand applications of 2-4-D and Round Up.

Wait and see.  This miracle chemical’s effects will not last, either.  Just like Round Up, after awhile the same thing will happen and farmers will find themselves back where they started:  weeds out of control.

Now we will have millions of acres of corn being sprayed with 2-4-D and Round up combined.

  • Groundwater will be contaminated with yet another harmful chemical.
  • It will be IN that corn that you eat & all other foods you buy from the store – because corn is in everything!
  • Beef cattle, chickens, pigs, turkeys will eat this – YOU will eat it too.
  • Contamination will be in immediate areas through wind.
  • HUNDREDS of MILLIONS of acres of corn each year could be sprayed with it.
  • It will wash from the nation’s corn belt into rivers and the seas.
  • Small farmers will be tied to yet another corn seed and chemical
  • Approval will lead to MORE GMO products because USDA sees nothing wrong with them.
  • Corporate entities will have even more control over our lives.

Our government has failed us again.  By bowing to the one-sided test results – and the lobbyists and to Dow’s influence in government, and not to mention – big bucks – We The People will again become Guinea pigs.

This shows me that our government does not care about its citizens, only mega profit for mega corporations.

TAKE ACTION:  Go to THIS PAGE and sign the petition against Dow’s GMO 2-4-D corn

Read MORE:

If You Use Pesticides, READ THIS (there are no “safe” pesticides)

USDA Greenlights Dow 2-4-D Seeds (Pesticide Action Network)

2-4-D Articles on “Food, Truth & Freedom”


Sevin Dust Dangers, Round-Up & Other Garden Chemicals

  • Of the 30 most commonly used pesticides, fungicides or insecticides:
    • 19 are linked with cancer
    • 13 linked with birth defects
    • 21 with reproductive effects
    • 26 with liver or kidney damage
    • 15 neurotoxicity (nervous system)
    • 11 with endocrine (hormone) disruption
    • 17 are found in groundwater
    • 23 have the ability TO leach into groundwater
    • 11 are extremely toxic to bees
    • 16 are toxic to birds

Sevin dust is a popular lawn and garden chemical. So are Scott’s Turf Builder, Round-Up, Bug B Gon, Bayer products, Spectricide, Triazicide and others.

What do they have in common?

THEY ARE POISON

You cannot use it IN your house, ON your dog, near children or pregnant woman.

Why?

They are neurotoxins meaning it affects your nervous system & brain.

They are carcinogens meaning they cause cancer!

They cause birth defects

  • Women who are pregnant from May to September have higher instances of fetal abnormalities.

They are highly toxic to fish, bees and birds.

Your dog and cats can get cancer from being on lawns or in gardens treated with these chemicals.

You can make your children very, VERY sick – even predispose them to CANCER.

Aren’t these enough reasons NOT to use them?

For more information read:

Sevin Dust Is NOT Your Garden Friend

If You Use Pesticides READ THIS


Sevin Dust Illegal in Many Countries: Top Seller in U.S.

While Americans sprinkle Sevin dust around their yards like sugar, it is banned in the United Kingdom, Denmark, Australia, Germany, Sweden, Iran and Angola.  These countries are not convinced, as the United States is, that Sevin dust is safe.

The U.K. Chemicals Directorate Division of the Health and Safety branch is not convinced enough that Sevin dust is safe.  Because of the effects of ingestion, that’s EATING the stuff, folks, after you douse your vegetable garden with it — has been proven to cause cancer.

DO NOT USE THIS STUFF INDOORS ~or~ ON YOUR PETS!

Now the reason I am sounding off again on Sevin dust is because on this site, it is the #1 search term.  I should change the site name to SEVIN DUST is Icky or something like that.  Well, that’s the truth because it is!

One of the most widely used chemicals in U.S. gardens, but illegal in many countries.

One of the most widely used chemicals in U.S. gardens, but illegal in many countries.

On a more serious side, continuous inhalation of Sevin dust can cause pneumoconiosis, more commonly referred to as “Black Lung Disease,” which is routinely found in coal miners, but the indication is also prominent in those who work in certain manufacturing industries. Pneumoconiosis causes hardening of the air sacs in the lungs caused from inflammation. Complications of pneumoconiosis include:  heart failure, lung cancer, respiratory failure.

Pregnant women should avoid exposure to Sevin dust because it can cause fetal abnormalities:  cardio and pulmonary, nervous system development, spontaneous abortion, ADD in their child and a host of other difficulties. Additionally, women whose pregnancies fall between the months of highest Sevin applications – May and September – have the highest instances of fetal distress in development.

Read my other posts on Sevin dust:

Sevin Dust is NOT Your Garden Friend

Sevin Dust: Why Grow Vegetables & Put POISON On Them?


Poison for This Country – Gun Violence

Poison for this country: gun violence.

Poison for this country: gun violence.

Since the horrific gun deaths of the 20 children in Newtown, on my other blog here on WordPress, “A Little Knowledge Is A Dangerous Thing,”   I have been on a crusade to end gun violence.

I’ve written an article which is posted both on my blog and on the Reader Supported News site.  The piece is titled:  “The Other Gun Deaths: Black-On-Black Gun Deaths In The Inner City.”  It has gotten over 1,000 hits.

Why am I writing about guns on a food blog?

Violence is poison, just like the chemicals and poison that surrounds us on a daily basis.

Violence is insidious, too, just like the poison of lawn chemicals, artificial food additives, cleaning products and GMOs.  Like these poisons, it steals our lives, creates hatred, resentment and the poison of a need for revenge.

I have one request to all my faithful readers:  Please go to this LINK

https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/dont-let-nra-hold-country-hostage-gun-control/LrncYgsT

and anonymously sign the White House Petition.  It will only take a minute of your time.

Then I ask that you post it on your Facebook page, Tweet it and send it out in your e-mails to friends.

The petition NEEDS 150 votes to be “public” on the White House site. It needs 25,000 signatures to get to the President’s desk.  Can you do this for me?

I am only going to ask once.

In my activist stance, not only the fight for food is important but for the safety of our families from gun violence.

As I have said time and time again —  WE THE PEOPLE — must stand up and speak out.

SILENCE IS ACCEPTANCE


Chemical Spraying in Right-of-Ways: What You Should Know

If your electric company contacts you about maintaining their right-of-way, the following information is very valuable.

Last summer I got a letter from my electric cooperative, Southside Electric Cooperative.  Instead of brush-hogging, it seems that they have contracted to have a company called NaturChem apply herbicides to the right-of-way.

I do not use any chemicals or pesticides around my yard or in my home. Even though it is Southside Electric’s right-of-way, I felt that I should have a say in what they do to my property.  I called the number in the letter and spoke with a representative.

He explained that they are spraying 3 herbicides:  Round-Up (Glyphosate), Imazapyr and a chemical called 2-4-D (Atrazine). I stated that I am well informed about 2-4-D and this it is found in 90% of the tested groundwater in the United States.  Round-Up isn’t far behind because of overuse by homeowners and in agricultural applications.  Imazapyr, is used as a pre and post-emergent for weeds and aquatic plants.

Most people do not know how dangerous herbicides are. They spray Round-Up with wild abandon all over their properties.  2-4-D is in most weed and feed preparations for lawns. The average citizen is totally oblivious to the effects of these chemicals.  Bottom line:  they are poison!

Round-Up is known to kill embryos, placental and umbilical cord cells. It is an endocrine (hormone) disruptor.  It is shown to increase instances of cancer.  Cardiovascular & respiratory damage are associated with its use.  There is an increased chance of myeloma (bone cancer) and the inert chemicals in it – which are NOT harmless, by the way – intensify its toxicity.

Imazapyr, although according to the EPA, is ‘below the agency’s concern, still has an ecological impact for aquatic vascular plants, non-treated areas and contamination by spray drift. It is listed as being ‘persistent or mobile in soil.’ From the EPA Prevention, Pesticides & Toxic Substances (7508C) literature: ‘Field dissipation study observations are consistent with Imazapyr’s intrinsic ability to persist in soils and move via runoff to surface water and to leach to groundwater.’

2-4-D or Atrazine is in popular Weed & Feed, Weed B Gon, Turfbuilder products. It was developed for chemical warfare in WWII and used in Viet Nam as part of a solution in Agent Orange as a defoliant. It is a known carcinogen: Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and possible soft tissue sarcomas (cancer) are indicated, as are increased rates of lung cancer.  Respiratory and circulatory birth defects have been linked to it.

I checked on the NaturChem’s website.  It frightened me. NatureChem and other companies like this all over the United States and the world are “managing vegetation” by spraying millions of gallons of toxic chemicals.  Roadsides, right-of-ways, rail yards, parks, golf courses, fence lines, ditches, drainage culverts, ponds, forest areas, sports fields, airports, substations, perimeter management of malls and industrial parks: the list is extensive.  If you look at the pictures on the website, the “before” and “after,” then think of all the places that you’ve seen where vegetation has been sprayed, we’re being poisoned without our knowledge, much less our permission!  Even if these chemicals aren’t sprayed directly on our property these chemicals are getting into the groundwater.  This is the water we drink, bathe in and use every day.  It is any wonder why cancer rates are so high?

If you want to read some good propaganda on 2-4-D, go to:  http://24d.org/faqs/default.aspx