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Letter: Monsanto Roundup impacts food, also poisons bees, butterfilies, soil, air, water

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Monsanto is a name that has been in the news and on the Internet a lot recently, and not in a good way. CREDO, an organization that "fights hard to enact progressive change and defeat regressive policies," sent me this email about stopping Monsanto from using the herbicide Roundup. You may have received the same one:

Tell the EPA and FDA: Immediately suspend Monsanto's Roundup herbicide.

Petition to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy and FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg: 

Evidence is mounting that the massive use of glyphosate, the primary ingredient in Monsanto's herbicide Roundup, is making us sick at alarming rates. Immediately suspend the use of glyphosate.

In case you weren't sure yet if the massive use of the herbicide glyphosate - the primary ingredient in Monsanto's Roundup - was cause for concern, here's the sobering takeaway from an MIT senior researcher who just conducted a review of the stuff...

And then they linked to their petition along with more information about the toxic herbicide used in Monsanto's Roundup.

But there's more, right here in today's Los Angeles Times letter to the editor, because our voices matter:

Bioengineered Seeds of Destruction

So much of the current debate on labeling foods containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs) focuses on the health impacts of eating that food. ("The legal nightmare of labeling GMOs," Letters, May 10)

While this is the immediate issue for many people, it's important to take a step back and look at why Monsanto and other producers of modified seeds are pushing farmers to plant their patented crops: because it enables farmers to spray their fields with herbicides such as Roundup without fear that this will kill off the crops.

The aggressive use of herbicides is destroying bee and butterfly habitats (the monarch butterfly population has been decimated by the use of Roundup and similar products on milkweed) and is polluting our air and water.

When we purchase GMOs, we are supporting a way of farming that maximizes the use of toxic herbicides. The issue of GMO foods isn't just about what we're putting on our tables, it's about what we're putting in our soil, air and water.

Mara Sperling

Los Angeles

 

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VIDEO: "Suspicious" letters sent to Senators Wicker, Shelby, Levin, and President Obama-- Update: Arrest made!

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What journalists are saying about Kenneth Curtis

Original post:

 

MSNBC is now reporting that Carl Levin's regional office has also received a suspicious letter.

MSNBC is also reporting that they believe the letters are being sent from Mississippi and that federal officials believe they know who sent them, but there have been no arrests. The FBI does not think they are connected to the Boston explosions.

Via the Los Angeles Times:

An envelope addressed to President Obama and intercepted at a mail processing facility has tested positive for the poison ricin, a law enforcement official said Wednesday.

Officials are conducting additional tests to confirm the result, said the official, who was not authorized to speak to the press because the tests are part of an ongoing investigation. Investigators believe the letter to the White House may have been sent by the same person who mailed a suspicious envelope to Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.). [...]

All White House mail is processed at a remote facility not located at the White House complex. It is common for letters to be flagged and tested for suspicious substances, officials said.

And via WAAYTV:

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WAAY) - Spokesperson Johnathan Graffeo confirms a suspicious package has been located at the Washington, D.C. office of Senator Richard Shelby. 

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Mitt Romney adviser: "Palin poisoned the well."

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I've previously posted about Willard Romney's evasiveness and lack of transparency. Via First Read, here he is proving the point again, and even reveling in it, while discussing possible running mates:

"I get a kick out of some of the speculation that goes on," Romney told Sean Hannity of Fox News in an interview to air this evening. "I'm not going to comment on the process of course, but I can tell you this: only Beth Myers and I know who is being vetted."

That's okay, he's allowed to keep that to himself, right? Why share that information... or any more tax returns? Meantime, while Mitt is getting a kick out of us, here's what I'm getting a kick out of:

ABC News initially reported that Rubio wasn’t being vetted, and the Washington Post followed up with indications that Rubio hadn’t made it past an initial review by Romney’s high command. [...] [UPDATE: Per Dave Weigel, Romney says Rubio is being "thoroughly vetted."]

The Times also included a kicker paragraph that suggested that the Romney campaign might be wary of selecting Chris Christie, since the bombastic New Jersey governor might threaten to overshadow Romney.

Gee, how could anyone overshadow a scintillating, off-the-cuff master of well-timed humor, deep-thinking, consistent, laser-focused leader like Willard?

But I'm saving the best for last:

In particular, few women except for New Hampshire Sen. Kelly Ayotte – a freshman lawmaker from New England with only scant federal experience – are thought to be under consideration by Romney.

"I think unfortunately, Palin poisoned the well on that," said one informal Romney adviser, fretting that any woman selected as VP would draw inevitable comparisons to the former Alaska governor. "I would guess if I were inside the Romney mind that they're worried that any woman chosen will be subjected to a higher level of scrutiny. "

Way to help GOP women get ahead! So much for Former Half Gov Strychnina McArsenic's legacy.

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Kids Eating Rat Poison is an "Acceptable Risk" for ALEC

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Lisa Graves, who you see in this video with Thom Hartmann, sent me a link to a piece on ALEC that she wanted to share. By the way, Lisa is officially awesome. (Just had to throw that in.)

First things first. What is ALEC (American Legislative Exchange Council )?

Through ALEC, behind closed doors, corporations hand state legislators the changes to the law they desire that directly benefit their bottom line. Along with legislators, corporations have membership in ALEC. [...]

More than 98% of ALEC's revenues come from sources other than legislative dues, such as corporations, corporate trade groups, and corporate foundations. [...]

The organization boasts 2,000 legislative members and 300 or more corporate members. The unelected corporate representatives (often registered lobbyists) sit as equals with elected representatives on nine task forces where they have a “voice and a vote” on model legislation.

In other words, corporations are writing bills that Congress passes that result in laws that we must live by... including Voter I.D. laws.

Now ALEC is whining because the EPA wants to limit the sale of poisons that our kids can (and do) ingest, and they complain that by regulating lethal substances, Big Government is being way too intrusive (but of course, limiting reproductive rights is A-OK).

Via PRWatch.org:

An American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) member is defying Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rules limiting the sale of rat poisons that pose dangers to children and the ecosystem. ALEC representatives say that kids eating rat poison is an "acceptable risk" that does not justify government intervention in the market. [...]

As for the claim the EPA action is an example of the "nanny state" with the government substituting its judgment for that of parents, [Aaron Colangelo, an attorney for the NRDC] says a child's exposure to rat poison often occurs in settings outside of a parent's control. "It is one thing to say parents need to be conscious of what their kids are doing in their own homes," he said. "But exposure [to the rodenticides] is not limited to one's own home." [...]

For Colangelo, it is a disgrace that a few "hold-out bad actors from the chemical industry" are further delaying EPA regulation of the rodenticides, despite decades of evidence of harm.

"It should not take this long to do something simple like protect toddlers from rat poisoning."

"Pro-life" my ass.

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