Thanks but No Thanks

Researchers found bluefin tuna caught off the coast of San Diego, California are still carrying contamination from the Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan. This is the first time a large migratory fish species has been known to carry radiation over such a large distance – 6,000 miles from Fukushima to the West Coast of the United States.

Honeybees dead in Elmwood, Ontario

Shortly after 50,000 bees and other pollinators were found dead in an Oregon parking lot, 37 millions honeybees were found dead in Elmwood, Ontario. Dave Schuit, who runs a honey operation in Elmwood lost 600 hives and he's pointing to the class of insecticides known as neonicotinoids, which are manufactured by Bayer CropScience Inc as the culprit.

Pollinator Die-off In Oregon

Tens of thousands of dead bumblebees, honeybees and ladybugs blanketed a shopping plaza's parking lot in Wilsonville, Oregon.

Its estimated 25,000 dead bumblebees and 150 colonies were lost. Rich Hatfield, a conservation biologist with the non-profit Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation said "To our knowledge this is one of the largest documented bumblebee deaths in the Western U.S. It was heartbreaking to watch."

To Ban or Not To Ban

There's a war about to take place. The honeybees are taking on industrial farming and the battle field is looking ugly.

Between April and June 2012, Health Canada's Pest Management Regulatory Agency received "an unusually high number of incident reports of bee losses" from across southern Ontario. The agency said the reports involved 40 beekeepers and more than 200 bee yards. Residues of nitro-guanidine neonicotinoid insecticides used to treat corn seed were detected in approximately 70 per cent the dead bee samples analyzed by the agency.

Adieu Bordeaux, Hello Chateau Yellowstone

Researchers predict a two thirds fall in production in the world’s premier wine regions because of climate change.

A study by Conservation International predicts sharp declines in wine production from Bordeaux, Rhone and Tuscany as well as California’s Napa alley and Chile by 2050 as a warming climate makes it harder to raise grapes in traditional wine country.

Chemical Cuisine

In North America, we spend almost 90 percent of our food budget on processed food which contains a staggering number of artificial food additives, preservatives, colours and flavour enhancers. The Centre for Science in the Public Interest compiled a list of common food additives. There is a short description for each additive and a safety rating for each.

Storing Organic Produce

Once vegetables are picked they begin to lose nutrients. While there is no way to avoid this loss--other than growing the vegetables yourself and eating them right from the vine--you can easily increase the staying power of your vegetables by storing them properly.

Beef Processing Gone Bad

In what has been called the biggest beef recall in Canadian history questions are flying over why Ottawa regulators didn’t act sooner to a recall that could top 1,800 beef products scattered across Canada.

On Sept. 4, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service notified the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) that a positive E. coli sample was found in beef trimmings from XL Foods Inc. On Sept. 12, the USDA informed CFIA that it found two more positive samples from the same company. On Sept. 13, XL Foods were removed from the list of establishments eligible to export to the United States – at the request of the U.S. government. But it wasn’t until Sept. 27 that Ottawa suspended the operating licence for XL Foods’ Lakeside plant.

France Calls on Commission to Ban Monsanto GM Corn

The French Government have called on the European Commission to suspend the authorization to grow Monsanto's genetically modified MON810GM corn seeds in the EU.

The French ecology ministry said in a statement that it had asked European regulators to overturn the authorization for the use of genetically modified MON 810 maize crops produced by US agriculture and biotechnology giant Monsanto.

Thanks But Not On My Plate

How can any government say this is safe to eat? Two years after the BP spill the affected area is producing some seriously nasty stuff. Shrimp without eyes, some without sockets. Shrimp with abnormal growths and female shrimp with their babies still attached to them and gills so full of black stuff the fish can't maneuver in the water.

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