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 ‚Äúvoluntary labeling‚ÄĚ the law of the land. Big Food is trying to kill your right to know if the food you‚Äôre eating is genetically engineered.

The food giants want to control the debate.


Watering Hole: Tuesday, March 11, 2014 – I Remember

I remember when all vegetables were organic and purchased from the local farmer. ¬†As a matter of fact, when I was a very young child, I remember a farmer driving his truck around the city where I lived and selling his produce right off the back of his truck. ¬†Before supermarkets, our food came from the corner grocery store and with the exception of the Birdseye frozen vegetables and canned vegetables (yuk), it was fresh from the local farmer. ¬†If it was out of season, it wasn’t on the shelf. The corner grocery store was often owned by a butcher. ¬†Our little neighborhood supported three corner butcher/groceries. ¬†The meat was not factory farmed and tasted good. ¬†Once a week, the milkman would stop by very early in the morning and drop off farm fresh milk and eggs. ¬†My mother would put money in an envelope along with a note for her next order and leave it in the insulated milk box.

Then the supermarket chains appeared and gradually put an end to the corner butcher/grocery stores. ¬†This was when factory farming became all the rage and the farmers turned to using pesticides and chemical fertilizers. ¬†The ranchers discovered that feeding steers grain made them get fatter faster which meant a quicker and higher return on their investment. ¬†Along with the grain came an increase in intestinal salmonella growth in the cattle and the contamination of the meat supply. ¬†Cattle are NOT grain eaters. ¬†They are grass eaters and salmonella does not grow freely in a grass fed bovine. ¬†Besides, grass fed beef is high in Omega 3’s whereas grain fed beef is high in Omega 6’s. ¬†That’s a story for another time.

Now, we pay premium prices for organic food which was once the only food that could by purchased at the local grocery. ¬†Has Monsanto won or are we waiting for summer’s bounty from the local farmers? ¬†I am anxiously awaiting the return of the local farmers’ markets. ¬†Now if only I can find room in my small house for my freezer.

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