Monsanto Roundup is the most important causal factor in the Celiac disease/gluten intolerance epidemic.

Toxic Wheat

Common wheat harvest protocol in the United States is to drench the wheat fields with Roundup several days before the combine harvesters work through the fields as the practice allows for an earlier, easier and bigger harvest.

Pre-harvest application of the herbicide Roundup or other herbicides containing the deadly active ingredient glyphosate to wheat and barley as a desiccant was suggested as early as 1980. It has since become routine over the past 15 years and is used as a drying agent 7-10 days before harvest within the conventional farming community.

Celiac disease, and, more generally, gluten intolerance, is a growing problem worldwide, but especially in North America and Europe, where an estimated 5% of the population now suffers from it. Symptoms include nausea, diarrhea, skin rashes, macrocytic anemia (low red blood cells) and depression (low mood disorder). It is a multifactorial disease associated with numerous nutritional deficiencies as well as reproductive issues and increased risk to thyroid disease, kidney failure and cancer. Here, we propose that glyphosate, the active ingredient in the herbicide, Roundup®, is the most important causal factor in this epidemic.

Also see http://www.mdpi.com/1099-4300/15/4/1416

Jenny’s Food and Ag Update for November 17, 2014

Jenny's Food and Ag Update

Land, Co-ops, Compost: A Local Food Economy Emerges in Boston’s Poorest Neighborhoods (Truthout) http://bit.ly/14kh3mP

Africa: Urban Farming Covers an Area the Size of Europe (EU), More Growth Needed – Study (AllAfrica) http://bit.ly/1q52EVB

Study: Global assessment of urban and peri-urban agriculture: irrigated and rainfed croplands (Environmental Research Letters) http://bit.ly/1vcTIzx

Protecting Seeds and Their Stories: The Sacred in Everyday Life (Nation of Change) http://bit.ly/10J0UFe

Don’t ask how to feed the 9 billion (NYT) http://nyti.ms/1oPNNgY

The fight for seed sovereignty in Ghana (World Development Movement) http://bit.ly/1pFZFmr

Why We Need a Policy for Food, Health and Wellbeing (Union of Concerned Scientists) http://bit.ly/1v5G3tg

Rethinking School Lunch Oakland (OUSD Central Kitchen) http://bit.ly/1xGcNI9

Inside School Food: Episode 21 – Sustainable California Chicken for California Kids (Heritage Radio Network) http://bit.ly/14wP3N9

Millions of Ladybugs Converge in Oakland Redwoods (The Bold Italic) http://bit.ly/112HwmL

Read the rest..

Watch the Exclusive Worldwide Premiere of Origins

Find out who’s hijacking your health…
and how to reclaim it!

Origins (movie)

About the Filmmakers

Pedram Shojai, OMD, is the founder of Well.Org, the editor of BeMore! Magazine, the author of Rise and Shine, and the producer and director of the documentary films “Vitality” and “Origins.” It was when he ran a large medical practice treating patients with the same lifestyle-induced ailments again and again, that Dr. Shojai began his mission — to help people understand the intrinsic connection between their lifestyle, their health and the vitality of our planet. He works to preserve our natural world and wake us all up to our fullest potential.

Mark van Wijk is a filmmaker based in Cape Town, South Africa. He studied Photography at Port Elizabeth Technikon, specialising in travel. After 4 years of travel he then made a natural progression onto film and television.

“The great outdoors gives me energy – the earth and nature inspires me in my work and in my life! Respect for all is my only rule! People need to understand that they are actually a part of nature and my dream is for my work to bridge the divide that civilization and technology have created”

The message in the film – Origins – kept me inspired throughout the entire project. I am so happy and privileged to have been able to make this film with Pedram and I believe it carries a message that all of us need to understand and live towards!

Join Tom Philpott and the CIW in Austin for the Texas premiere of Food Chains

The Revolution in America's FieldsDear Friends,

Join us tomorrow for the Texas premiere of Food Chains, a penetrating documentary about the success of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers in transforming the agricultural industry!

The film’s producers include actress Eva Longoria and Eric Schlosser, author of Fast Food Nation; Oscar-winner Forest Whitaker narrates.

UT students were among their earliest allies in the fledgling struggle. In November 2001, just months after the CIW quietly launched its campaign, several Longhorns met Immokalee farmworkers at a gathering in Georgia, bringing back to the 40 Acres a commitment to organize in solidarity 1.

Silvia Perez, a farmworker leader of the CIW, will join us from Immokalee for the special screening, taking part in a panel after the film along with Food Chains producer Smriti Keshari; Tom Philpott, food & agribusiness correspondent for Mother Jones; and Lou Dubose, editor of The Washington Spectator.

Texas Premiere of Food Chains
Wednesday, Nov. 12th at 7 PM
The Marchesa Hall & Theatre, 6226 Middle Fiskville Rd
presented by the Austin Film Society

Marvelous Mexican folk music from Son Armado will precede the screening. Cost is $8 for the general public; $5 for students with ID and Austin Film Society members.

Lastly, please mark your calendars for Sunday, November 23rd at 2 PM — Nely Rodriguez of the CIW will be in Austin for a protest at the Wendy’s restaurant located at East 7th Street & the I-35 access road.

Hope to see you tomorrow at The Marchesa!

Sincerely,

Fair Food Austin

Since 2001, Fair Food Austin has organized with the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) for fair wages and dignified working conditions in the U.S. agricultural industry. The CIW is a farmworker organization headquartered in Immokalee, Florida with over 4,000 members. The CIW has aided in the prosecution by the Department of Justice of six slavery operations and the liberation of well over 1,000 workers.

Jenny’s Food and Ag Update for November 9, 2014

Jenny's Food and Ag Update

How a national food policy could save millions of American lives (Washington Post) http://wapo.st/1EbDx4d

A just food systems for all Californians (Aljazeera America) http://alj.am/1u4oCYf

Pedalling the way to cleaner food (Sustainable Food Trust) http://bit.ly/1wlgrYm

The Right to Food: An Interview With Hilal Elver (Truthout) http://bit.ly/1EfPSEG

Your Guide to Finding a Sustainably Raised Turkey (GRACE) http://bit.ly/1tO8Vog

Grow Your Own “Unretirement” – Minnesota Hmong on the Farm (New America Media) http://bit.ly/1qySDxn

Red Lobster goes back into its shell (Yahoo!) http://yhoo.it/1GhCB26

20,000 baby chickens die in Pennsylvania barn fire (SF Chronicle) http://bit.ly/1AbblBX

Why Did Fort Lauderdale Police Arrest an Old Man for Feeding Homeless People? (Truthout) http://bit.ly/1ye5XII

Drop That Plate Right Now: Cops Arrest 90-Year-Old Advocate and Clergy For Scary Crime of Feeding the Hungry (CommonDreams) http://bit.ly/1GmUk8h

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160 of the world’s 196 countries ban or restrict ractopamine. We’re not one of them.

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The U.K., China, Russia, Taiwan, and the European Union ban or limit the use of ractopamine, a drug that promotes growth in pigs, cattle, and turkeys. Ractopamine is linked with serious health and behavioral problems in animals, and human studies are limited but evoke concerns, according to the Center for Food Safety.

Ractopamine Factsheet Ractopamine Factsheet

The U.S. meat industry uses ractopamine to accelerate weight gain and promote feed efficiency and leanness in pigs, cattle, and turkeys. The drug mimics stress hormones.

So how did this drug wind up in our food supply?