The Watering Hole, Tuesday June 24, 2014 Environmental News and Food Politics

Study links pesticides and pregnancies with increased risk of autism:

“Pregnant women who lived in close proximity to fields and farms where chemical pesticides were applied experienced a two-thirds increased risk of having a child with autism spectrum disorder or other developmental delay, according to a new study.”

Another reason to go organic

New study shows link between bald eagle deaths and lead ammunition

“Endangered California condors have been the poster birds for calls to get lead ammunition out of our environment, but they might have to make some room for our nation’s most iconic raptors thanks to a new study showing how lead ammunition is also harming bald eagles.”

The NRA isn’t going to like this one.

Oppose the DARK act.

The Grocery Manufacturers Association has introduced a bill in Congress that would block states from enacting GE food labeling laws and make “voluntary labeling” the law of the land. Big Food is trying to kill your right to know if the food you’re eating is genetically engineered.

The food giants want to control the debate.


46 thoughts on “The Watering Hole, Tuesday June 24, 2014 Environmental News and Food Politics

  1. The Time Johnny Cash Set Fire to a National Forest

    The singer’s idiotic hillbilly stunts included fixing speakers to his roof and blasting Christmas carols at top volume. The cops were called, and the local headline was “Johnny Cash Has Blue Christmas.” Then there was the time he set fire to the Las Casitas National Forest: His overheated party truck became an igniting torch, scorching hundreds of acres, destroying foliage on three mountains and roasting, into near extinction, 49 of the area’s 53 endangered California condors.

    When held legally responsible by investigators, Cash endeared himself with statements such as, “I don’t care about your damn yellow buzzards.”

  2. Lead is a sore subject with me.
    Long story short.
    Lead is ubiquitous, cannot be neutralized or made inert.
    Causes neurological damage, and is carcinogenic.
    I had to study the effects of lead in detail and the ignorance that still prevails to this day makes me wonder how people can be so stupid.
    Suitable alternatives exist to the use of lead in most applications.
    Even when it has to be used, proper protective measures are now established and yet they are not adhered to because of cost.
    Out source it to another country and poison those people.
    As the saying goes: It’s difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends upon his not understanding it.

  3. I do indeed agree that getting rid of lead bullets will have a hugely positive effect on California Condors as well as on myriad other species who ‘dine’ on carrion. By the same token, getting rid of each and every ‘other’ type of bullet would save countless more lives, including humans (assuming anyone in the bullet business really cares about anything so cerebral). So how about this: leave the Second Amendment alone, esp. its “right to keep and bear arms” — i.e. go ahead, keep and bear as many as you want. But NO BULLETS! Make them illegal. Spitballs only (to satisfy the urges of the truly bright and gifted NRA members).

  4. “Pregnant women who lived in close proximity to fields and farms where chemical pesticides were applied experienced a two-thirds increased risk of having a child with autism spectrum disorder or other developmental delay, according to a new study.”

    Well, when I was pregnant with my eldest, I lived in Louisiana. In the middle of soy bean fields. Nearby chemical plants.


    • I think living near a golf course would qualify too.
      Those things are so unnatural it’s creepy.
      Chemical creations, manicured and groomed that would not exist under natural circumstances.

        • The soap gnomes have been stealing my soap supply again.
          I’m going to have to put in an order shortly.
          How is that sandalwood vanilla?

          • Sorry vinyl, I didn’t see this until just now.

            The sandalwood vanilla is awesome, as usual. 🙂 I also have 4 shaving soaps for you to test, if you’re still willing to be a test monkey.

    • I’ve seen a similar study that linked autism to highway proximity, so I’m somewhat skeptical. On the other hand, my sweet son’s birth mom worked on a farm in Guatemala and there is no telling what she may have been exposed to.

      • I have always wondered if there was some genetic predisposition involved, that might be aggravated or triggered by certain environmental pollutants.

  5. Bee Killers Sponsor National Pollinator Week

    By Alexis Baden-Mayer and Ronnie Cummins
    Organic Consumers Association, June 11, 2014

    For related articles and more information, please visit OCA’s Honey Bee Health page.

    Concerned about the bees and the butterflies? Interested in celebrating National Pollinator Week? It’s happening next week, June 16-22, 2014.

    And it’s brought to you, in part, by none other than Monsanto and Bayer.

    In 2007, the U.S. Senate designated a week in June as National Pollinator Week. Every year, the Secretary of Agriculture signs a National Pollinator Week proclamation. As the public has grown increasingly concerned about the link between toxic chemicals and the die-off of bees and monarch butterflies, National Pollinator Week has evolved into the Pollinator Partnership. The Pollinator Partnership is a nonprofit that describes itself as “the largest organization in the world dedicated exclusively to the protection and promotion of pollinators and their ecosystems.”

    Who supports (i.e. funds) the Pollinator Partnership? Among others, Bayer and Monsanto—the very companies that are killing pollinators with insecticides and genetically engineered crops.

    It’s all part of a well-documented, well-funded (and shameless) public relations campaign by the pesticide industry to give the appearance of “caring” about the die-off of bees and butterflies, while diverting attention from the cause of those die-offs—highly profitable products made by Monsanto and Bayer………..more

    • I look forward to the day when I can return to the middle of nowhere, build my log cabin and enjoy the stars and my dog.

    She hopped on to a rock wall out of sight from the cam, jumped into the wind, and flew north. She may not set foot on land again for more than 3 years! Upon her return, our collaborators at Pacific Rim Conservation will hope to retrieve the geolocator attached to her band to determine where she has been.

    Fly long and far, and may the fishing be fruitful!

    • Brave, brave gun toters

      …abruptly postponed a march it had planned for Sunday through the city’s Fifth Ward, a predominantly African-American neighborhood.

      Talking Points Memo reported that the event organizer C.J. Grisham claimed to have a scheduling conflict on the day of the planned Fifth Ward march.

    • Heh. This happened to a local TP/GOP county committee guy, arrested at Dulles for having a loaded gun in his backpack. His excuse: “I forgot where I had put it”. What kind of responsible gun owner forgets where he left his loaded gun?

  7. Boomeranghazi:

    The SEC investigation that Sen. Chuck Grassley demanded to find out who in the Obama administration leaked insider information on Medicare changes that let stock traders make a fortune is now focused on a GOP health policy staffer in the House — who is a former aide to Grassley.

    • It won’t be too much longer before stink arse Putin builds a wall to truly divide.
      (a bit reminiscent of Germany – dividing families into east and west)

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