By now, you’ve probably heard about the dangers of eating factory-farmed meat. Antibiotics, pesticides, and other harmful chemicals run rampant in typical supermarket fare. To avoid these perils of the food system—and to help create healthier ecosystems—one author suggests a rather unconventional remedy: Eat invasive species. “The main reason to look at invasive species as food is to leverage self-interest as a tool for the removal of these species,” says Jack Landers, author of the upcoming book Eating Aliens: One Man’s Adventures Hunting Invasive Animal Species.Removing invasive species—plants and animals that aren’t native to a particular area—could boost biodiversity along with environmental and economical health. The other positive side to not just removing, but also eating, invasive species is that it lessens the need for factory farming.Photo: (cc) Ro Ng/Flickr Wild PigsStealthy and able to live in all different types of … [Read more...] about 7 Truly Foreign Foods You Need to Eat
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A class of insecticides called neonicotinioids appears to be decimating wildlife, including bees, bats, and amphibians, according to a new multinational study from researchers from the UK, Australia, and the Netherlands.The research, published in the Journal of Environmental Immunology and Toxicology, reviews existing literature and highlights how increased use of neonicotinoid bug killers since 1991 has paralleled colony (CCD) disorder in honeybees and plummeting populations of wildlife in areas that feature heavy chemical farming. The authors also weave their own hypotheses into the paper, raising more issues that implicate neonicotinoid pesticides in wildlife collapse. The concept is that the nerve-agent chemicals are damaging critters' immune systems, making it harder for them to fight off fungal, parasitic, viral, and bacterial infections, while also wiping out non-target bugs that serve as food for wildlife.BeesThe newer class of chemicals was first believed to be safe and is … [Read more...] about Scientists: Farm Chemicals Causing Massive Bee, Bat Deaths
"When you drive through here, pay attention to your body," says Ronald Plain, a member of the Anishinabek tribe that lives on the Aamjiwnaang reserve. He's showing me where his people live. "Your lips might tingle. Your fingertips might go numb." Welcome to Chemical Valley, the industrial region around Sarnia, in southern Ontario. As we pass mile after mile of sprawling industrial plants, towering smokestacks, freighter-size tanks, and labyrinthine pipes connecting it all, the odors seem to change at each factory. One has the rotten-egg smell of sulfur. Another reeks of diesel fuel. Yet another has the nose-wrinkling redolence of cooked cabbage. Orange flames jet from the forest of smoke-stacks, evidence of the incineration of volatile gases that accumulate as oil is refined and chemicals are processed. The whine of machinery is constant, punctuated from time to time by blaring emergency sirens. Even before Plain's warning, my body began reacting to the polluted air. Now, my throat … [Read more...] about The Lost Boys of Aamjiwnaang
(Natural News) The U.S. Justice Department recently announced that Lehi, Utah-based essential oils company Young Living has pleaded guilty over federal misdemeanor charges due to its illegal trafficking of rosewood oil and spikenard oil, which violated the Lacey Act and the Endangered Species Act.The federal agency noted that Young Living voluntarily disclosed its rosewood oil violations and has been coordinating with the authorities. Under the terms of the plea agreement, the company is to settle $500,000 in fines and $135,000 in restitution.The essential oils firm was also sentenced to a community service payment of $125,000, which was intended for the conservation of protected species of plants used in their manufacturing processes.In addition, the company was penalized with a term of five years’ probation with special conditions, which include:AuditsImplementation of a corporate compliance planPublication of statements regarding its … [Read more...] about Young Living, essential oil giant, fined for sourcing oils illegally
(Natural News) The rusty patched bumblebee was, at one time, an ordinary bee with a substantial population across the US. But the once-common bee has fallen prey to human action, and the number of these little pollinators has declined drastically. Over the last two decades, the rusty patched bumblebee population has declined by a staggering 90 percent, rendering them the first bee species to be declared “endangered” in the contiguous United States. On March 21, 2017, the United States Fish and Wildlife Service listed the rusty patched bumblebee as endangered under the Endangered Species Act.There are many factors in the decline of bee populations: Habitat destruction, disease, pesticides and GMO agriculture are all thought to play a role in the decimation of one of our most needed species of insects. Bees are essential to the pollination of many crops grown for food, and it is doubtful that the loss of these little critters will come without consequences.The decimation of … [Read more...] about Is Monsanto responsible for a 90 percent drop in the bumblebee population?
(Natural News) The United States Fish and Wildlife Service is currently investigating what happened at 3222 Vance Street in Lakewood, Colorado. Dozens of geese and ducks have been killed or harmed by the illegal dumping of cooking oil into a local retention pond. Federal and local authorities are seeking out information on who committed this grievous act.Officials were first notified of a suspicious-looking white sheen coating the surface of the pond in late January. It was soon realized that whatever this “sheen” was, it was contaminating the water and harming the wildlife. Thirty-three waterfowl unfortunately lost their lives to the water pollution and another eight were injured by it before the pond’s cleanup could be completed.Now, lab results have indicated that this mysterious substance polluting the water is actually commercial cooking oil waste that is believed to have been introduced to the pond somewhere upstream between January 18, 2017 and February … [Read more...] about Criminals are dumping cooking oil in local ponds, destroying ecosystems
(Natural News) In case you thought that reporting on the rapidly diminishing number of bee colonies around the country was being over-hyped, this should tell you that prior warnings were spot-on, and indeed, prophetic.For the first time ever, a rare bee species is being placed on the endangered species list, giving them special legal protections enshrined in U.S. code that, hopefully, will save them from extinction and billions of people from starvation.As reported by Agence France Presse (AFP), U.S. officials with the Fish and Wildlife Service said in recent days that the decision was made following major declines in the rusty patched bumblebee population.Monsanto, as we’ve reported in the past, has a hand in this. Fish and Wildlife Service officials say that the precipitous decline in the bee population is due to pesticides, disease and “climate change” (okay, so two of the three causes are real). The primary ingredient in Monsanto’s widely used … [Read more...] about Another species of bee added to the endangered list, almost wiped out by Monsanto
Monarch butterflies are a tropical species, and like other tropical insects, they cannot survive the winters of Canada and much of the United States. This is why monarchs leave Canada to make an astounding, cross-continental journey to the tropics every fall, returning to our neck of the woods each spring. Unique biological phenomenon Although they are the most iconic of the butterflies in North America, monarchs are actually found all over the world. However, it is only the monarchs of North America that make an annual migration from as far north as Canada into as far south as Mexico, and it is one reason this migration event is considered such a unique biological phenomenon. Although globally the monarch is not considered to be endangered, in recent years fewer and fewer monarchs have been observed in North America. The population size of these monarchs has been in decline over the last 10 years, and as this particular monarch population continues its free fall, it is the … [Read more...] about Where Have All the Monarchs Gone?
In 2011 the Canadian Ice Service (CIS) observed the second lowest Canadian Arctic summer sea ice level on record since satellite mapping began in late 1978. The impact of melting Arctic ice, a result of climate change, has far-reaching consequences for this fragile ecosystem and its inhabitants. The Arctic is seen by many climatologists as the fastest changing place on the planet. In September 2011, sea ice in the Canadian Arctic reached its lowest point of the year at 4.33 million km2. The sea ice rapidly froze in October to 7.10 million km2, 330,000 km2 higher than 2007, the year of the lowest recorded sea ice average. Reaching new lows This past September sea ice coverage in the northern shipping route also set a new record low. In October 2011, while ice began to grow in the area, ice coverage remained lower than normal, according to Henry Lau, spokesperson for Environment Canada. The United States’ National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) released similar … [Read more...] about Melting Arctic Sea Ice