The bill creates a national standard and blocks state laws on GMO labels.
Eben Lenderking's insight:
A cynical and horrible piece of legislation designed to keep consumers in the DARK. Overturns states' rights to determine how food should be labelled with a "voluntary" scheme. Heavily supported by Monsanto. This law is a perfect example of what happens when corporate interests are allowed to trump the interests of the individual voter.
Bumble bees have discriminating palettes when it comes to their pollen meals, according to researchers at Penn State.
Eben Lenderking's insight:
Es ugual con la meliponas--visitan otras flores que les abejas europeas, y por eso el sabor de su miel y sus calidades son totalmente diversas. Por esto es tan importante proteger nuestro medio-ambiente para la calidad de la miel y para nuestro salud.
Bumblebees like other native bee species, e.g.. Melipona, visit different flowers than european honey bees, in this case selected for their nutrient-rich pollen. That is why the characteristics of melipona honey are so different, and why preserving our native biodiversity is so important for our the quality of our honey and for our health.
As part of its intention to kill nearly 4,000 whales in the Antarctic over the next 12 years as “scientific research,” Japan’s whaling fleet returned to port Thursday with 333 dead minke whales, including pregnant females.
It’s been a tough year for glyphosate, the world’s most popular weedkiller. A year ago, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), an arm of the World Health Organization, declared that glyphosate—the key ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup products—was probably carcinogenic to humans. In the months since, multiple lawsuits have been filed blaming the chemical for causing cancer and birth defects. In February, testing found traces of glyphosate in German beer and organic panty liners sold in France. Other tests have found chemical residue in British bread, as well as in the urine of people across Europe. In early March, the European Union put off a vote to renew a 15-year license for glyphosate after several member states balked.
Of all the elements that make up Earth’s atmosphere, nitrogen is by far the most abundant. It is also one of the most inert. Nothing happens when you breathe it in, swallow it, or let it suffuse your skin. Nitrogen gas likes to stay nitrogen gas.
But in the early 20th century, two German chemists, Fritz Haber and Carl Bosch, figured out how to pluck fertilizer from thin air by making ammonia (NH3) out of nitrogen gas (N2). You need energy, lots of it. The Haber-Bosch process relied and still relies on high temperature, high pressure, and hydrogen atoms ripped from fossil fuels. Ammonia from this process fertilizes crops, which in turn nourish you. On average, half the nitrogen in your cells might come from Haber-Bosch. “The Haber-Bosch process is one of the most important for humanity,” says Mercouri Kanatzidis, a chemist at Northwestern University.
As over 150 nations assemble to sign the Paris climate agreement in New York on Friday, reams of new analysis are pouring out from the planet’s vital number-crunchers, who look at the fundamental relationship between how much carbon we put in the air and how much the planet’s temperature increases as a result.
And it’s adding up to a somber verdict: We seem closer to must-avoid climate thresholds than we thought — and crossing them may have bigger consequences than we recognize.
The Paris climate agreement pledges countries to keep the planet’s warming “well below” 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees F) above pre-industrial levels, and to strive to keep warming as low as 1.5 degrees C (2.7 degrees F) above those levels. But here are four things you need to know about these targets, based upon four separate new and insightful analyses:
1.5 degrees C isn’t looking so far off lately. An analysis by Climate Central shows that the planet has been right around 1.5 degrees C all year this year, if you take temperatures from 1881-1910 to be the pre-industrial baseline. “The average global temperature change for the first three months of 2016 was 1.48°C, essentially equaling the 1.5°C warming threshold agreed to by COP 21 negotiators in Paris last December,” the group wrote. February of 2016, Climate Central calculates, was actually slightly warmer than 1.5 degrees C over pre-industrial levels.
"Today we're using technology to replace cooking. We are a very intelligent being, but we're still a biological being, and we need to eat foods that are alive." Jean-Claude Moubarac on ultraprocessed foods
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