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How Can You Miss This?

Touch the Soil News #1006 (Feature photo – March against Monsanto which produces seeds that are glyphosate tolerant – CCA SA 2.0 Generic) Rather concerning is that a foreign news agency – The Guardian from the U.K. – has to be a watchdog over U.S. food safety. The Guardian reported that the world’s most used pesticide – glyphosate from RoundUp – has been tested by the FDA for two years with no public results. More obvious, since glyphosate has been around for 40 years, why has it not been tested earlier. Leaked e-mails from an FDA researcher suggests that the FDA is having trouble finding any foods that don’t have…

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The Dirty Dozen

Touch the Soil News #646 (Feature Photo – David Monniaux CC SA 3.0) The Dirty Dozen pertains to the 12 foods most contaminated by pesticides. The report is updated and published annually by the Environmental Working Group (EWG): https://www.ewg.org/foodnews/dirty_dozen_list.php The EWG’s analysis of tests by the USDA found that nearly 70 percent of samples of 48 types of conventional produce were contaminated with residues of one or more pesticides. USDA researchers found a total of 178 different pesticides and pesticide breakdown products in the thousands of produce samples tested. The EWG said that the most contaminated sample of strawberries had 20 different pesticides and that spinach had twice the residues…

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Single-Crop Farming – Perfect Environment for Pests

Touch the Soil News #517 In our Touch the Soil News piece #502 (October 2, 2016), we covered a global report in which the FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations) inferred that the industrial food chain almost totally misses delivering adequate nutrition and should be totally reshaped. On the heels of this report, new research about pesticide use has surfaced. Mono-cropping leads to greater pesticide use over companion cropping or smaller plots with a diversity of crops. William Wetzel, who led the study whilst at the University of California Davis, explained, “Insects have a perfect nutrient level that they really like. When it’s too high or too…

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Brazil National Cancer Institute: GMO Crops Drive Agrochemical Use

Touch the Soil News #376 Brazil, one of the world’s largest GMO corn and soybean producers has become the largest consumer of agrochemicals in the world. Brazil’s National Cancer Institute (INCA) – a division of the nation’s ministry of health – is quoted as saying: “Importantly, the release of transgenic seeds in Brazil was one of the factors responsible for putting the country in first place in the ranking of agrochemical consumption. The cropping pattern with the intensive use of pesticides generates major harms, including environmental pollution, poisoning of workers and the population in general. Brazil’s national consumption of agrochemicals is equivalent to 5.2 liters per person per year. Brazilian…

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A City’s Approach to Food is Dynamite on Industrial Food

Touch the Soil News #319 The action is taking place in Victoria, British Columbia – a picturesque city of some 85,000 people on the Puget Sound on Vancouver Island. As the provincial capital of British Columbia, Victoria is part of a much larger urban metropolis of 350,000. Mainstream agriculture in Canada has the full blessings of the national government when it comes to using pesticides, GMOs that require the use of pesticides and all other chemicals deemed safe for human consumption. Recently, the Times Colonist – a newspaper in Victoria – reported on news that the City Council wants to help promote urban farming and food close to home. The…

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The World’s Largest Organic Food Vision Moves to Reality

Touch the Soil News #316 The Times of India has just released an interesting news piece about food and farming. Sikkim, one of the smallest states in India (population 620,000) is a new test case for a much larger movement in India to go organic. This small state is banning the use of chemical-based fertilizers and pesticides and is embracing an agricultural platform of all organic. A much larger state in India – Kerala (population 34,000,000) is looking to become fully organic by year end 2016. Not to be outdone, the largest state in India – Rajasthan (population 75,000,000) has just banned the growing of Genetically Modified Crops and taken…

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