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A Lack Of Oversight Of New Genetically Engineered Crops

Staff Writer | GenomeWeb | January 2, 2015

Crop developers are leveraging new genetic engineering technologies to skirt regulatory oversights, alarming some who fear that the lack of controls could have unexpected consequences, The New York Times' Andrew Pollack reports...

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Biologist Investigates Antibiotics in Environment

Press Release | Binghamton University | July 27, 2017

A Binghamton University student could change how people think about antibiotics and the environment. Matthew Wersebe studies the effect of antibiotics on wetland ecosystems. “I realized no one was really looking at the effects of antibiotics as a contaminant, so that’s where we started,” says Wersebe, a biology major. Antibiotics kill or inhibit the growth of microorganisms. Agricultural companies treat animals with antibiotics for a variety of reasons, such as the reduction of pain or suffering, or to ensure their health or survival. Wersebe studies sulfadimethoxine (SDM), an antibiotic used to treat dairy cows, chickens and other animals...

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Fast Food Identified as a Significant Source of Hormone-Disrupting Chemicals

Dr. Joseph Mercola | Mercola.com | April 27, 2016

Fast food contains many ingredients that compromise health, but did you know these convenience meals also come with an extra serving of endocrine-disrupting chemicals? According to recent research, people who eat drive-through hamburgers and take-out pizzas have higher levels of phthalates in their urine. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) collected data on nearly 8,900 Americans of all age groups between 2003 and 2010 as part of a nationwide survey on health and nutrition...

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Stanford Researchers Show Fracking's Impact to Drinking Water Sources

Press Release | Stanford University | March 29, 2016

Only one industry is allowed to inject toxic chemicals into underground sources of drinking water – hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking.” Concerns about this practice have riled the U.S. political landscape and communities around the country, perhaps nowhere more so than in Pavillion, Wyoming, population 231. A new study by Stanford scientists published in Environmental Science & Technology finds for the first time that fracking operations near Pavillion have had clear impact to underground sources of drinking water.

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‘Crapshoot’ — How Sewage Contaminates Our Food Supply

Dr. Joseph Mercola | Mercola | September 2, 2017

The documentary, "Crapshoot: The Gamble with Our Wastes," produced by the National Film Board of Canada in 2003, investigates an important aspect of human life you likely give little consideration: sewage.  Do you know what happens to the water and other items after you flush the toilet or run water down the drain?...

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