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Gut-Wrenching effects of Glyphosate

by Pamela Coleman, PhD • Glyphosate is the active ingredient in one of the most heavily used herbicides in the world: Monsanto’s Roundup®. The industry claims that Roundup® is quite safe, but authors of a recent article in the scientific journal Entropy reach a very different conclusion: “Contrary to the current widely-held misconception...

Youth under the influence

Youth under the influence

Apr 1, 2014

Mental health drugs based on biased sources DRUG BUST by Alan Cassels • The people’s briefing note on prescription drugs A November 2012 press release from the BC Ministry of Health presented us with a bold and hopeful headline: “New program helps BC family doctors treat mental health challenges in children and youth.” This announcement was...

Teach children to eat well in 10 steps

Teach children to eat well in 10 steps

Apr 1, 2014

by Danielle Nierenberg and Sarah Small • A new study has claimed that children with strict parents are more likely to be overweight. This warning comes weeks after British parents were criticized for being too lenient, an indulgence that, according to Sarah Beeny, a UK television presenter and mother of four, was fuelling Britain’s obesity crisis. And...

Washington State GMO initiative (1.2mb PDF)

Washington State GMO initiative (1.2mb PDF)

Apr 1, 2014

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Sugar’s deadly seduction

Sugar’s deadly seduction

Apr 1, 2014

Aint’t she sweet by Geoff Olson • I loved her from the moment she first touched my lips. She’s really sweet. But I’ve had a long and difficult relationship with C12H22O11, otherwise known as sucrose. She is also known as table sugar, cane sugar, beet sugar – but most of us just call her ‘sugar.’ The liaisons began early with breakfast cereals...

GMO Bites

by Lucy Sharratt, Canadian Biotechnology Action Network • GM apple doomed McDonald’s and Gerber have said they have no plans to buy the GM “non-browning” apple that could be approved this year in Canada and the US. Now, the Canadian Biotechnology Action Network and the Society for a GE Free BC are asking Canadians to write to the head office of their...

Earth, our home

Earth, our home

Apr 1, 2014

ON THE GARDEN PATH by Carolyn Herriot • At the time of writing it’s Earthweek, a great time to be reminded of the Earth Charter created as a follow-up to the 1992 Earth Summit. The document was developed over a decade of extensive international consultation and in this column I’d like to share an extract from their website. I also encourage you to read...

Dr. Warren Bell on the cannabis conundrum

Dr. Warren Bell on the cannabis conundrum

Mar 1, 2014

DRUG BUST by Alan Cassels • The people’s briefing note on prescription drugs Dr. Warren Bell is a physician in Salmon Arm, BC and one of the co-founders of the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment. He has never seen a pharmaceutical sales rep in nearly 40 years of practising medicine and has a depth of knowledge of complementary and...

Substantial equivalence

Substantial equivalence

Mar 1, 2014

GMO Bites by Emily Atkinson • Applying the concept of “substantial equivalence” to GMOs is problematic. Not only does it fail to capture the complexities that genetic modification introduces into a living organism, but it also deflects criticisms of GMOs and promotes the interests of biotech companies. The idea of equivalence comes from...

Newsbites

A rapidly deteriorating situation The Harper government of Canada gave the Norwegian salmon feedlot industry the green light to expand in BC. Days later on January 28, 2014, the biggest Norwegian company using British Columbia to grow “salmon” was listed on the New York Stock Exchange. They are talking big expansion, looking for US investors. Each fish farm...